1) “American Music Awards,” 8-11 p.m., ABC. It’s time to link performers, award-show style. Bebe Rexha (shown here) is with Doja Cat, Bad Bunny with Jhay Cortez. Jennifer Lopez is with Colombian star Maluma; Justin Bieber does “Lonely” with Benny Blanco and “Holy” alone, There’s more – Katy Perry (singing “Only Love”), The Weeknd , BTS, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Dua Lipa, Lewis Capaldi, , Lil Baby, Nelly, Megan Thee Stallion, Shawn Mendes, Dan + Shay, Bell Biv DeVoe and Machine Gun Kelly.
2) “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 6 and 7 p.m., TBS. Here’s one of TV’s all-time gems, mixing the brilliant Dr. Seuss book and Chuck Jones’ clever animation. TBS has another classic, “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), at 8 and 10:15 p.m., It also has “The Elf on the Shelf” at 6:30 and 7:30, but there’s an alternative: In a late change, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” will be 7:30 p.m. on PBS Kids.
3) “Roadkill” finale, 9 p.m., PBS. Past sins are caving in on Peter (Hugh Laurie). His wife and daughters know about his long-running affair. Now they know he has another daughter, in prison. His political future is gripped by a prime minister whose own popularity is crumbling. And Peter needs his wife to conceal his corruption. It’s a complex finish, with some smart and surprising twists.
4) “Fargo,” 10 p.m., FX. While the modern British (in “Roadkill”) settle their disputes verbally, these people do it with guns. Gang warfare erupts in 1951 Kansas City; Loy (Chris Rock) – who doesn’t know that his son Satchel is alive – feels he has nothing to lose. There are fierce scenes in the beginning and near the end, surrounding tense dialog. With one exception – the brief addition of an unneeded supernatural natural element – it’s an excellent hour, setting up next week’s finale.
5) “The Family Guy,” 9:30 p.m., Fox, This show has lots of voice actors, so why not use the ultimate voice? Sam Elliott’s deep, hardy tone suggests cowboys and macho heroes. Now the town wants someone like its late Mayor Adam West (who was voiced, of course, by the late Adam West). Peter’s solution is Adam’s cousin, named … well, Wild West. There’s a tough campaign that Peter tries to sabotage, with near-lethal results. It’s fairly funny, setting up Wild as a recurring character.