1) “The Masked Singer” finale, 8-10 p.m Wednesday, Fox. Three finalists remain, masked up as Sun, Crocodile and Mushroom. Chances are, they’re music pros; they’ve already outlasted some strong talent – Tori Kelly (shown here in her Seahorse mask), Taylor Dane, Paul Anka, Clint Black and Dr. Elvis Francois, the Mayo Clinic’s “singing surgeon.” Then again, snowboarder Chloe Kim and basketball’s Lonzo Ball also made it close to the finals.. Tonight, the last three will be unmasked and the judges will choose the champion.
2) “The Voice” finale, 8-10 p.m. today, 8-11 p.m. Tuesday, NBC. Tonight, the final five get one last chance to draw votes. Blake Shelton has two (Jim Ranger and Ian Flanigan), with one apiece for Gwen Stefani (Carter Rubin), John Legend (John Holiday) amd Kelly Clarkson (DeSz). The performances rerun from 8-9 p.m. Tuesday, leading into the noisy finish. That’s part of a busy stretch for NBC; on Wednesday, it reruns its Rockettes special at 8, then has “Saturday Night Live” holiday sketches at 9.
3) “Big Sky” mid-season finale, 10 p.m. Tuesday, ABC. This drama – one of the few new series so far – has been a mixed blessing. On one level, it has skilled actors and great dialog; David E. Kelley’s shows always do, from “L.A. Law” to “Big Little Lies.” On the other, it’s a relentlessly nasty story about a cop and a trucker who kidnap women. Now two private eyes are in pursuit. Kelley has said part of the story will conclude this week; when the show returns Jan. 26, it will have at least 11 more episodes.
4) Football conference finals, Friday and Saturday. It’s time for championships in a shortened season. There are three games Friday – including the Pac-12, at 5 p.m. PT on Fox – and then a deluge on Saturday. Barring late changes, ABC has three – the Big 12 at 9 a.m. PT (Oklahoma-Iowa State), the ACC at 1 p.m. (Clemson-Notre Dame) and the American Athletic Conference at 5 (Tulsa-Cincinnati). There are more, including the Big Ten, 9 a.m. on Fox, and SEC (Alabama-Florida) at 5 p.m. on CBS.
5) “Christmas With the Tabernacle Choir,” 10-11 p.m. Friday, KVPT. We’ve had lots of small-scale concerts lately, but here is a reminder of the sheer power of mega-music. The choir tapes its shows a year in advance; that means this one has it all – 360-voice choir, 100-piece orchestra, 20,000 people in the audience. Kelli O’Hara, a Broadway star, sings magnificently and Richard Thomas does readings. A 90-minute version is 5 p.m. PT Thursday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday on BYUTV, via cable or online.
6) “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball,” 8 p.m. today, CW; and “Garth & Trisha Live,” 8 p.m. Sunday, CBS. The week starts and ends with intimate holiday music, performed at home. Today, we get pop stars – Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith, Doja Cat, Shawn Mendes, Lewis Capaldi and The Weeknd; on Sunday, we get a husband-wife hour with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Last spring, a concert from their home studio had great music and down-home charm; now they’re back with seasonal songs.
7) More music. “Play On” (8 p.m. Tuesday, CBS) leaps between Los Angeles (Andra Day, Ziggy Marley, Gary Clark Jr.), Nashville (Sheryl Crow, Maren Morris, Yola) and Los Angeles (Bon Jovi, Machine Gun Kelly and more). And “Ella Wishes You a Swingin’ Christmas” (9 p.m. Friday, KVPT) re-creates an album Ella Fitzgerald did 60 years ago. The voices –Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Morgan James, Nova Payton, more – are great; the rest is barely adequate.
8) “The Bachelorette,” 8-10 p.m. today and Tuesday, ABC. This is in hurry-up mode, ready to wrap things up next week and make room for the long-delayed “Bachelor.” That means double episodes in these final weeks. There’s a lot to do, including the “Men Tell All” episode (Tuesday), the four home-town visits and the final decision, with or without a proposal. So far, Tayshia Adams still has seven guys … plus Bennett Jordan, who asked for a second chance. She’ll decide today, in a busy week.
9) “Star Trek: Discovery,” 10 p.m. Thursday, CBS. Last week ended with words you never want to hear from your first officer: “I don’t know where we are.” Now this starts with another jolt: “Almost nothing is where it should be.” We’re talking parallel universes here; for the crew to survive, roles must change and the meek must snarl. It’s a tangled but terrific episode, complicated by other troubles: The chief engineer is nearly comatose; the security officer seems to have flashbacks to his capture and torture.
10) “The Sound of Music” (1965), 7-11 p.m. Sunday, ABC. Here’s a holiday tradition for ABC. It only has a smidgen of Christmas, but projects joy and warmth. Loosely based on the true story of a teacher who formed a family singing group, it has Rodgers-and-Hammerstein music at its best, both whimsical (“Do-Re-Mi,” “Maria,” “Favorite Things”) and potent (“Sound of Music,” “Climb Every Mountain”). It won five Oscars, including best picture, and Julie Andrews won a Golden Globe for best actress.