“New Girl,” 8:30 p.m., Fox; and more.
This is one of those
nights when Christmas episodes pile up. At 8 p.m., are four straight
on ABC and two more on Fox, including this one that's mostly so-so,
but ends wonderfully.
Deschanel), a superfan of the holiday, is trying to organize a
secret-Santa plan, so each person buys only one gift and makes it
special. Naturally. Secrets dissolve, disappointments build ... and
then we get the sort of big finish that keeps us trying
II: “The Voice” finale, 9-11 p.m., NBC.
On Monday, the final
four had their last chance to gather votes. We can catch a recap of
those performances from 8-9 p.m., then – after lots of music –
find out who's the winner.
Adam Levine –
who's had three of the show's 10 champions – has half the
finalists, Billy Gilman and Josh Gallagher; Blake Shelton, with four
champions, has Sundance Head. And the necomers? Alicia Keys has teen
We McDonald; Miley Cyrus had two people in the final eight, but both
ALTERNATIVE: Music events, cable.
for tonight was a “Rock the Troops” event at 9 p.m. on Spike
(which repeats it at 11), VH1 and Comedy Central. It includes music
by Nick Jonas, Flo Rida, Lynyrd Skynurd and more, plus comedy people
– Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Rob Riggle and Keegan-Michael Key.
Now added is Dolly
Parton's concert for her fire-damaged Smoky Mountains homeland. From
8-11 p.m. ET on Great American Country, AXS, RFD and Heartland, it
has Parton, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Kenny Rogers, Chris
Young, Alison Krauss, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and more.
7 a.m. ET, Ovation. Here's the Bolshoi Ballet, which is good at these
things. That's part of the annual “Battle of the Nutcrackers,”
with viewers picking one to rerun at 7 p.m. Dec. 21. Coming are
Mariinsky on Wednesday, Wiener Staatsballett on Thursday and
Semperoper on Friday.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. It's time for another episode focusing on Ducky (David McCallum,
83). A new case sheds light on his late mother ... and has him
reflecting on a choice he made 37 years ago.
Nine-Nine,” 8 p.m., Fox. If you think you're having trouble finding
the right Christmas present, imagine seeking “Captain Latvia” --
an action figure that's not very popular outside Lativia. That, plus
a bungled Christmas-carol competition, creates a modestly funny
O'Neals,” 9 p.m., ABC. Obsessed with winning the Christmas choir
contest, Eileen gives the solo to a newcomer instead of her son. That
brings resentment ... and then a possible romance.
“Fresh Off the
Boat,” 9:30 p.m., ABC. Two popular holiday-time stories take turns
here: Evan, Eddie's little brother, is accidentally left home alone;
and Marvin (Ray Wise) takes a spill and thinks he's visited by the
ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
Orleans,” 10 p.m., CBS. A Marine corporal has died off-duty, in an
amateur auto race. The team suspects foul play.
p.m. to midnight, PBS (check local listings). Over two Tuesdays, PBS
will rerun its historical view of the era that began with the rise of
Jesus and (in next week's conclusion) saw Christianity become the
official religion of the Roman empire.