“The Amazing Race” finale, 8 p.m., CBS.
Last week, “Race”
scuttled tradition by – for the second straight week -- eliminating
no one. That spared Amy DeJong and Maya Warren, the friends and food
scientists who were in last place.
Brooke Adams and
Robbie Strauss, the wrestlers who are dating, lead the million-dollar
chase, followed by two married couples. Bethany Hamilton – who
continued to be a top surfer after losing an arm to a shark – is in
second with Adam Dirks; Jim and Misti Raman, both dentists, are
II: “A Home for the Holidays,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Each year, this
special ripples with strong music. This year, it has two women –
Jennifer Hudson and Katharine McPhee – who became more famous than
the people who beat them on “American Idol”; it also has Train,
Rixton and Earth, Wind & Fire, plus country's Ashley Monroe and
Dan + Shay.
stories about adoption. Jared and Kelly Williams, for instance, had
two biological sons when they met Mara. “She didn't know how to
speak, because no one had talked to her,” Jared says. Now, eight
years later, she's a talkative 12-year-old ... and the family has
adopted two more kids.
ALTERNATIVE: “Christmas in Washington,” 8 p.m., TNT, rerunning at
In the elegant
National Building Museum, President Obama and others hear musical
from Darius Rucker (formerly of Hootie and the Blowfish) and Hunter
Hayes. And pop, from Christina Perri and Rita Ora. And soulful
singers, some new (Aloe Blacc) and some not (Earth, Wind & Fire).
Dwayne Johnson – far above his wrestling days as The Rock – is
More Christmas, 8
p.m. NBC repeats its “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” with
music by Mariah Carey, Trisha Yearwood and more, including a Lady
Gaga/Tony Bennett duet. There are also plenty of movies, including
“Elf” (2003) on ABC Family and “Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol”
(1962) on CW.
Junior” and “Hell's Kitchen,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox. Here –
repeated from Tuesday and Wednesday – are the two-person showdowns
from both shows, choosing the champions.
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. In a rerun, Boyd is sent home from a party
for starting a war game. His grandfather (Tim Allen) is promptly
blamed for showing him action movies and video games.
p.m., ABC. Here's a rerun of the pilot film, with comedian Cristela
Alonzo as a law-office intern, living with her mother, sister and
brother-in-law. The characters are appealing, but the humor is blunt
and forced, including one joke (about poison) which is literally a
the Mormon Tabernacle Choir,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
The holiday gets a classical touch, when soprano Deborah Voight links
with the choir; actor John Rhys-Davies also performs. Many stations
follow at 10 with Minnesota's St. Olaf Choir performing in Norway.
10 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, teens have been randomly punching
strangers. That turns tragic with a pregnant victim.