1) “The Conners,” 8 p.m., ABC. A terrific show slides into its “winter break” with a moderately good episode that’s kind of morose. Things are hardest on Denise (Sara Gilberet), who really didn’t need any more bad news. But her dad (John Goodman) finds everyone forgetting his birthday; his new sorta-girlfriend (Katey Sagal) is being sniped at by his late wife’s sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf). Metcalf (shown here with Goodman) is a skilled actress, but Jackie is written and played way too broadly, one reason this is only kinda good.
2) More Christmas comedies, ABC. “The Conners” includes a brief (and funny) Santa bit, launching a streak – nine holiday comedies in four days. “Bless This Mess” (8:30) finds Mike and Rio planning a cozy Christmas alone; crises soon intervene. “Mixed-ish” (9) has the family straining for the same sort of Christmas it had at the commune. “Black-ish” (9:30) has suspicion, when Pops is in a holiday mood.
3) “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways,” 8 p.m., NBC. Imagine Michelle Obama showing up at your door, bearing gifts. Or Justin Timberlake or an action-movie star – Jason Momoa (“Aquaman”), Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”) or Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man”). All of them are part of this, plus Jennifer Aniston, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Teigen and Steph and Ayesha Curry. They’ll help Ellen DeGeneres give gifts to deserving people at home, at school and even in her studio audience.
4) “The Voice,” 9:01 p.m., NBC. It’s time for a drastic cutback: The hour starts with eight acts and ends with the final four who will compete next week for the title. Based on viewers’ votes Monday, three will advance instantly and two will be sent home; that leaves three to compete for an instant save. Also tonight: “Masked Singer” (8 p.m., Fox) trims from six to five, with two more leaving Wednesday; the amiable “Making It” (10:01 p.m., NBC) sets up Wednesday’s two-hour finale.
5) “The Moodys” conclusion, 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox. By now, the family Christmas is quite messy. Bridget cheated on her husband, Dan fell for his friend’s girlfriend, Sean Jr. has gone nowhere with his scheme to shoot people’s ashes into the sky via fireworks. Things will get worse, viewers know; a flashforward showed their mom shooting up the Christmas tree. But this clever comedy is packed with both joy and pain. It finds ways to make us feel good … then offers one more blip of dark comedy.