“The Amazing Race,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Next week, the show
will have its million-dollar winner. First, however, it trims to
Last week saw Jim
and Misti Raman (the married dentists) finish first for the fifth
time; Brooke Adams and Robbie Strauss (the dating wrestlers) were
last, but it was a non-elimination week. Also surviving: Bethany
Hamilton – famed for continuing to be a top surfer after losing an
arm to a shark – and her husband Adam Dirks; plus food-science
co-workers Maya Warren and Amy DeJong.
“MasterChef Junior,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox.
The season concludes
Tuesday, with a young chef winning $100,000. We can warm up for it
with these reruns of the last two episodes.
First, six chefs are
split into two teams, each with a restaurant. Then four survivors are
given Alaskan king salmon and challenged to prepare something with
ALTERNATIVE: Tim Allen, everywhere.
Did someone appoint
Allen to be TV's Christmas king? His “Last Man Standing” (8 p.m.,
ABC) finds him offering a generous Christmas gift (with conditions)
to Kristin and Ryan; there's more, on cable.
Allen stars in the
clever “Santa Clause” (1994) at 7:30 p.m. on ABC Family and
voices Buzz Lightyear in the oft-wonderful “Toy Story” tales. The
Disney Channel has “Toy Story 3” (2010) at 6:40 p.m. and the
somewhat-disappointing “Toy Story That Time Forgot” half-hour at
8-10 p.m., CW. This show got off to a strong start Sunday on TNT,
with 5.4 million viewers immediately and 7.3 million overall that
night. Now that debut gets a second run, this time on CW. Expanding
the “Librarian” cable movies, this has a new team – Rebecca
Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Kim – rescuing
artifacts ... starting with King Arthur's crown.
p.m., ABC. For Cristela, Christmas is the season to prepare tamales.
But what about her law-office co-workers? Josh mistakes a joke for an
invitation and shows up; the boss and his flashy daughter find one
thing in common at their own home – neither has any ability to
prepare a feast.
“Live From Lincoln
Center,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings). It was 80 years
ago that George Balanchine started the School of American Ballet;
later, it began annual workshop performances. This one, the 50th,
has an all-Balanchine program, with portions of “Coppelia,” “Swan
Lake” and more.
9 p.m., CBS. Christmastime in Hawaii finds McGarrett nudging Danny to
steal a tree. Also, a poisoning case has Max (Masi Oka) clashing with
another medical examiner.
“Grimm,” 9 p.m.,
NBC, Travelers really need to be more careful. Now one brings a
blood-sucking legend to Portland, which had enough troubles without
10 p.m., NBC. John and Chas go to Mexico, putting them closer to The
Rising Darkness. Meanwhile, Zed's past comes back to haunt her.
10 p.m., CBS. Three community leaders have been killed in apparent
hate crimes. While Danny tries to find the killer, his dad (the
police commissioner) wants to make sure this is viewed seriously.
Also, Danny's unhappy that his wife, after being mugged, wants to
carry a gun.