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FRIDAY DECEMBER 19, 2014

The Amazing Race
8 p.m. on CBS

Every race eventually must end, especially when it comes to the ones on this multiple-Emmy-winning show - and so it is again, with the remaining competitors reaching the finish line in this finale of the 25th season. Host Phil Keoghan can greet only one couple with the good news that their around-the-world adventures have ended with their win of $1 million. In the tradition of the series, many others will be present to cheer their victory.

Last Man Standing
8 p.m. on ABC

"War Games" finds Mike (Tim Allen) being challenged by Ryan (Jordan Masterson) about encouraging Boyd (Flynn Morrison) to consume action-oriented movies and video games. Mandy (Molly Ephraim) is surprised to be consulted by Vanessa (Nancy Travis) about fashion prior to a college reunion. Kaitlyn Dever, Amanda Fuller and Hector Elizondo also star.

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
8 p.m. on CW

Mr. Magoo (voiced, as usual, by Jim Backus) is the nearsighted star of this animated 1962 adaptation of the Dickens holiday classic, which boasts a Broadway-caliber score by "Funny Girl" team Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. Songs include "Ringle Ringle," "Winter Was Warm," "I'm All Alone in the World" and "(We'll Have) The Lord's Bright Blessing." The voice talent also includes Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano, Morey Amsterdam and Jane Kean.

NBA Basketball
8 p.m. on ESPN

Two teams expected to vie for playoff berths in the Western Conference open tonight's ESPN doubleheader, as Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs defend home court from LaMarcus Aldridge and the Pacific Division-leading Portland Trail Blazers. Then two last place entries clash when Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers of the Pacific host Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder of the Northwest.

Mean Girls
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on WE

A naive teen (Lindsay Lohan) starts public school and is befriended by the elite girls clique and two outsiders - gay Damian (Daniel Franzese) and nonconformist Janis (Lizzy Caplan). The latter two suggest she take advantage of the former's interest to get the dirt on the clique. All goes well until she falls for the queen bee's ex (Jonathan Bennett). Tina Fey ("30 Rock") wrote this 2004 comedy, in which she plays a teacher.

Cristela
8:31 p.m. on ABC

Charismatic comedian Cristela Alonzo is pretty much a force of nature, a fact that sold ABC on this showcase for her personality and talents. The sitcom's "Pilot" introduces the on-screen Cristela as a law student working against her Mexican-American family's lower expectations for her life and career as she sets her own course for success. Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos and Sam McMurray also are featured - but there's no room for doubt that this is Alonzo's show.

A Home for the Holidays
9 p.m. on CBS

The annual special that combines musical performances with stories of adoption features Jennifer Hudson, Train, Rixton, Katharine McPhee - who's sung only fleetingly in her regular role on "Scorpion" - and Earth, Wind & Fire among the headliners in this 16th edition. Two families from Los Angeles and one from Birmingham, Ala., are among those showcased in the informational segments. Ashley Monroe, Jillian Michaels and Dan & Shay also appear.

Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies
9 p.m. on PBS

The powerful voice of actor John Rhys-Davies ("Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Shogun") is well-known, and it only can be an asset to this new holiday performance by the legendary choir and orchestra, recorded at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. He even "flies" in one sequence. Soprano Deborah Voigt also has a major part in the program, lending her vocals to "The Holly and the Ivy" and "The Twelve Days After Christmas." Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy are the conductors.

Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special
9:30 p.m. on CW

If you've ever had to work on a holiday and hated it, Po the panda feels your pain. In this special, he's looking forward to celebrating Winter Feast with his family, but he finds out that as Dragon Warrior, he's required to host a formal celebration at the Jade Palace. Original "Kung Fu Panda" movie cast members Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie lend their voices to this animated offering.

Blue Bloods
10 p.m. on CBS

A "Knockout Game" that is plaguing New York has Frank (Tom Selleck) concerned, and even more so when a stranger's punch to a pregnant woman (guest star Rose Hemingway) causes the loss of her baby. Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) tries to stop the would-be father (guest star Josh Segarra) from seeking revenge against the apparent assailant. Erin (Bridget Moynahan) doesn't want her apparent reunion with Jack (guest star Peter Hermann) to be known by Nicky (Sami Gayle). Christmas in Norway With the St.

Olaf Choir
10 p.m. on PBS

The choir from Minnesota's St. Olaf College has been a holiday fixture on PBS for many years. In 2013, it marked the 100th anniversary of its first Norway tour with a return trip. For this performance at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, the choir is joined by the cathedral's resident girls choir, Jentekor. The program includes Christmas carols, spirituals, and Norwegian hymns and folk songs.

The Glass Slipper
10 p.m. on TCM

Leslie Caron is the antidote to all those too-good-to-be-true fairy-tale heroines in this 1955 retelling of the Cinderella tale. Her Ella is a feisty girl who talks back to her abusers and takes refuge from their taunts in a secret place in the woods. There she encounters an eccentric woman (Estelle Winwood) with a sympathetic ear and later, the prince himself (Michael Wilding), posing as the palace cook. Then there's this ball...

SATURDAY DECEMBER 20, 2014

The Sound of Music Live!
8 p.m. on NBC

Probably needless to say, it's not live this time ... but it was last year when Carrie Underwood starred as Maria in this adaptation of the classic musical, whose ratings success enabled Allison Williams to play Peter Pan in a similarly staged telecast recently. Stephen Moyer ("True Blood") plays Captain von Trapp, with Audra McDonald as the Mother Abbess. The beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein score includes "My Favorite Things," and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!
8 p.m. on ABC

Nothing can replace the classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas," but this 2003 animated special reunites the updated Peanuts gang and the yuletide season. Linus and Lucy's little brother, ReRun, needs stress relief. He goes to Snoopy for attention and fun, but the canine has plans that don't include the boy. Voice talents include Jimmy Bennett, Adam Taylor Gordon and Bill Melendez.

Bones
8 p.m. on FOX

Booth (David Boreanaz) is behind bars in "The Conspiracy in the Corpse." His colleagues try to clear him by probing the matter that put him in prison, a man's death 16 years earlier. Booth has to face vengeful convicts he helped put away - and he might not have it much easier once he's out, thanks to an FBI man (guest star John Boyd, "Argo") who's eager to prove himself. The story includes what originally came as a shocking twist to the show's fans.

Divergent
8 p.m. on HBO

Veronica Roth's novel of a world divided by people's personal traits translates well to film, sparked by Shailene Woodley's fine performance as young heroine Tris. She learns she encompasses several of the dividing qualities, thus making her a Divergent - and a danger to her society's rulers, or so they perceive it. Along with an enigmatic mentor (Theo James), she goes on the run. Kate Winslet, Ray Stevenson, Tony Goldwyn ("Scandal"), Ashley Judd and Maggie Q ("Stalker") also appear in the 2014 film.

CMA Country Christmas
9 p.m. on ABC

Jennifer Nettles returns, for the fifth consecutive year, as host of Nashville's annual offering of its musical celebration of the season. Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale ("Pretty Little Liars") and Michael W. Smith are among those on board to vocalize this time. Not surprisingly, Nettles also sings here - as does Tony winner Idina Menzel, who now has added fame as a voice in "Frozen."

Sleepy Hollow
9 p.m. on FOX

Benjamin Franklin (guest star Timothy Busfield) is drawn into Ichabod and Abbie's (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) plan to save Katrina (Katia Winter) from the Headless Horseman in "The Kindred." The scheme involves a being not unlike the Dr. Frankenstein-created synthetic man, this one created by Franklin. Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) and the new local sheriff get off on the wrong foot with each other. Orlando Jones and John Noble also star.

Christmas Icetastrophe
9 p.m. on SYFY

You may never dream of a white Christmas again after watching this low-budget 2014 disaster flick, in which a super-frozen asteroid slams into the small town of Lennox, unleashing a rolling wave of ice crystals that threatens to freeze any living thing that crosses its path. Victor Webster, Jennifer Spence, Richard Harmon, Tiera Scovbye and Ben Cotton star.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 21, 2014

The Sound of Music
7 p.m. on ABC

Julie Andrews' sweet voice fills the hills in this 1965 Academy Award-winning musical based on the true story of Austria's Von Trapp family. Andrews plays the convent-trained governess of a wealthy Austrian's (Christopher Plummer) children. The score features such songs as "Edelweiss" and "My Favorite Things."

Mulaney
7 p.m. on FOX

The Christmas season is in full swing, but John (John Mulaney) finds his yuletide good cheer is severely dampened by his (mostly) irrational loathing of actor Macaulay Culkin in the new episode "It's a Wonderful Home Alone." Meanwhile, Lou (Martin Short) starts sweating bullets when his network rival, Jesse Tyler Munoz (guest star Nick Kroll), announces plans for a holiday special that will compete with Lou's. Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith, Zack Pearlman and Elliott Gould also star.

Tales From the Royal Bedchamber
8 p.m. on PBS

Some of the most rarely visited royal spaces imaginable give up their secrets in this new documentary hosted by Dr. Lucy Worsley, chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces. From Hever Castle to Hampton Court and the great English country manors, Dr. Worsley points out the opulence of Royal State bedrooms and explains how these "private" spaces once were active hubs of English policy and politics. Even the process of creating royal babies was a semi-public matter, since everyone had a stake in the outcome.

The Simpsons
8 p.m. on FOX

Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) has a big night out on the town on Christmas Eve in the new episode "I Won't Be Home for Christmas," joining Moe (voice of Hank Azaria) on a drinking spree. Not happy about it, Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) tells Homer not to return to the Simpson residence that evening, forcing him to wander the streets of Springfield. During his odyssey, he comes to some major realizations.

The Librarians
8 p.m. on TNT

Wow, just when you think those dastardly goons at the Serpent Brotherhood have finally hit rock bottom in the "evil" department, they hatch a plan to kill Santa Claus in the new episode "And Santa's Magic Run." Needless to say, librarians Jake, Ezekiel and Cassandra (Christian Kane, John Kim, Lindy Booth) aren't about to let that happen as they set out to help St. Nick accomplish the secret purpose of Christmas. Jonathan Frakes ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") directed this holiday episode.

Jingle All the Way 2
8 p.m. on USA

Larry the Cable Guy stars in this new 2014 holiday comedy as a frazzled divorced dad who wants nothing more than to show his little girl, Noel (Kennedi Clements), how much he loves her by getting her the toy of her dreams for Christmas. Alas, the prized item, Harrison the Talking Bear, is completely sold out, and Noel's new stepdad wants to make sure he, not Larry, grants the little girl's fondest wish. Santino Marella, Brian Stepanek and Kirsten Robek also star.

NFL Football
8:20 p.m. on NBC

First place in the NFC West could be on the line tonight in the desert, where Drew Stanton and the Arizona Cardinals defend home field from Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. The defending Super Bowl champs got the better of the Cards in their first meeting in Week 12, when the Seattle defense was in shutdown mode as the Seahawks rolled to a 19-3 home victory.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
8:30 p.m. on FOX

In a 2013 holiday-themed episode called "Christmas," Capt. Holt (Andre Braugher) starts getting death threats, but he may welcome the sweet embrace of the Grim Reaper after a thrilled Jake (Andy Samberg) is put in charge of his security, an appointment he relishes and abuses to its fullest extent. Elsewhere, Amy (Melissa Fumero) is determined to get a photo of the precinct staff as a gift for Holt, but she's met with a lack of enthusiasm, as well as Rosa's (Stephanie Beatriz) firm refusal to smile.

Top 10 Restaurants With Food Network Magazine
9 p.m. on FOOD

Food Network Magazine and host Bobby Flay offer a coast-to-coast countdown of the 10 must-eat meals of a lifetime in this new one-hour special, which covers fare ranging from the ultimate backyard barbecue to a seaside crab shack that is truly essential for any seafood lover. It's a handy way to get started on your culinary bucket list for 2015.

Homeland
9 p.m. on SHOW

Fans were divided when this Emmy-winning series more or less rebooted itself in Season 4 by sending Carrie (Claire Danes) off on her own high-profile new post in a very volatile part of the Middle East. The new location brought a slew of new characters and cast members, but longtime viewers probably will love that tonight's season finale, a new episode called "Long Time Coming," finds Carrie back in the United States for a reunion with Saul (Mandy Patinkin), who's eager to hear about what she saw in Islamabad.

Spy World
9 p.m. on TRAV

Drawn from previously secret case files of the FBI, CIA and their foreign equivalent spy agencies comes this new series of one-hour specials about espionage exploits in World War II and the Cold War that followed. It premieres with an hour called "Russian Seduction, Moscow Rules, Operation Goldenrod," in which a Russian beauty steals American secrets in 2010 Manhattan. Also: A weapons specialist in 1980s Moscow smuggles blueprints, while, in 1987, the FBI and CIA lay a trap for an international terrorist. Another special immediately follows.

The Mentalist
9:30 p.m. on CBS

A miserable head cold forces Jane (Simon Baker) to work from the office as he coordinates the team's investigation into a murder connected to a counterfeit diamond operation in a new episode called "Black Market." Meanwhile, Abbott (Rockmond Dunbar) worries his past will hurt his wife's chances of landing a prestigious job. William Abadirq, Devon Barnes and Courtney James Clark guest star.

Bob's Burgers
9:30 p.m. on FOX

Linda's (voice of John Roberts) black thumb strikes yet again as she manages to kill the Belcher Christmas tree, forcing the family to go out on Christmas Day itself to find a replacement. When Bob (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) inadvertently cuts off a giant candy cane-shaped truck, however, he triggers a lethal case of road rage in its driver (voice of guest star Bobcat Goldthwait), who traps them in their car and stalks them in the 2013 holiday episode "Christmas in the Car."

Cutthroat Kitchen
10 p.m. on FOOD

In the new episode "I Would Do Anything for Loaf," one chef wears Alton's ultimate poncho while making a breakfast quesadilla, then another is tasked with cooking meatloaf while "relaxing" in a recliner. Finally, a chef has to walk on cupcake boxes while making cupcakes. Jet Tila is guest judge.

The Comeback
10 p.m., 10:35 p.m. on HBO

As "Seeing Red" finally hits the airwaves, Valerie is taken aback by a number of critical comments she receives about her career, especially when some of the harshest come from husband Mark (Damian Young). On a surprise visit to Mickey's (Robert Michael Morris) apartment, Valerie later gets a surprise of a different kind in the new episode "Valerie Faces the Critics." "The Talk" panelists Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood guest star as themselves.

MONDAY DECEMBER 22, 2014

Antiques Roadshow
8 p.m. on PBS

A new episode called "The Boomer Years" offers a nostalgic look at vintage treasures and memorabilia from members of the so-called "Baby Boom" of the mid-20th century. Featured items include a 1956 Elvis "Love Me Tender" standee rescued during a home renovation; a 1958 Martin Luther King Jr. letter that a Richard Nixon biographer once purchased for $20; and Charles Schulz comic strip art circa 1960 owned by a former Schulz colleague and currently valued at between $200,000 and $250,000.

Gotham
8 p.m. on FOX

A vigilante has a unique way of dispatching law-breaking residents of Gotham in "The Balloonman." The killer simply hooks them to weather balloons and watches them float away, giving Gordon and Bullock (Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue) quite a challenge in trying to stop the murders. Newly returned to Gotham, Penguin-to-be Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) aligns himself with an underworld titan. David Zayas ("Dexter") guest stars.

The iHeartradio Jingle Ball 2014
8 p.m. on CW

Elvis Duran of Clear Channel Z100 is host for the 2014 edition of this star-studded concert at Madison Square Garden. The lineup of featured musical performers includes Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Pharrell, OneRepublic, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jessie J., Shawn Mendes, Charli XCX, Rita Ora and Nick Jonas.

NFL Football
8:15 p.m. on ESPN

A pair of AFC division leaders who could be seeing more of each other next month clash tonight at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, where Andy Dalton and the Bengals hope to use the home field to their advantage against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. The key to this game could be Manning and his corps of fleet receivers, who will try to test a Bengals pass defense that is among the NFL's worst.

Scorpion
9 p.m. on CBS

Against the advice of Agent Gallo (Robert Patrick), Team Scorpion heads to Las Vegas for what they're confident is going to be a "simple" casino job. Things quickly go south, however, when a robbery leads to Walter's (Elyes Gabel) arrest, forcing the rest of the gang to focus on clearing his name. Corbin Bernsen, Alicia Lagano and Chris Mulkey guest star in "Shorthanded."

Sleepy Hollow
9 p.m. on FOX

A new villain isn't exactly the Pied Piper, but he - or, perhaps more accurately, it - has a similar effect in luring youngsters in "Go Where I Send Thee ... ." Ichabod and Abbie (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) encounter the evil being as they seek a missing child, whose accursed family history may be the reason the creature has struck. Orlando Jones, Katia Winter and John Noble also star.

Major Crimes
9 p.m., 10 p.m. on TNT

A man dressed as Santa Claus definitely snags a spot on the Major Crimes unit's naughty list after he robs a bank and then vanishes into a vast Santa flash mob. As the team tries to figure out how things went south so quickly during that incident, Sharon's (Mary McDonnell) children (guest stars Zarah Mahler, Ryan Kennedy) come to town for a holiday visit, while Buzz (Phillip P. Keene) starts training as a back-up police officer in the new episode "Chain Reaction."

Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:30 p.m. on CW

Popular comic and character actor Gary Anthony Williams ("Malcolm in the Middle") joins recurring performers Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie for a zany half-hour of improvised games, fueled primarily by random suggestions supplied by the studio audience. Aisha Tyler ("The Talk," "Archer") is host.

NCIS: Los Angeles
9:59 p.m. on CBS

Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and his team go looking for a motive when Lily Lockhart (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg, "Gossip Girl"), the daughter of a U.S. senator (guest star John Getz), is attacked. While Deeks and Nell (Eric Christian Olsen, Renee Felice Smith) help get the girl to safety, a co-worker gives Kensi (Daniela Ruah) a perfect gift in "Merry Evasion." Erik Palladino also guest stars.

State of Affairs
10 p.m. on NBC

During a trip to Qatar with the president (Alfre Woodard), Charlie (Katherine Heigl) finds herself drawn into the strange case of a local man who insists he is a CIA asset, although the agency has no record of him, in the new episode "Masquerade." Elsewhere, Charlie takes a potentially fatal risk in pursuit of the truth about her fiance's (guest star Mark Tallman) death. Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand and David Harbour also star.

Independent Lens
10 p.m. on PBS

The documentary "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" profiles one of the 20th century's most beloved athletes, who was also one of its most controversial. It covers, among other things, the boxer's draft evasion conviction, his conversion to Islam and his struggles with Parkinson's disease.

Booze Traveler
10 p.m. on TRAV

A new episode called "Iceland's Warm Fire" reveals how locals in that country keep warm during chilly months via a shrewd combination of moss schnapps (which, yes, is actually a thing), volcanic beer and marathon pub crawls. Later, on the edge of the Arctic, Jack Maxwell explores how innovation and isolation, coupled with a Viking spirit, give Iceland its national spirit.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 23, 2014

NCIS
8 p.m. on CBS

When dozens of children from military families are stricken with a mysterious illness, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his colleagues try to pinpoint the cause. Abby and Jimmy (Pauley Perrette, Brian Dietzen) work with the Naval Medical Research Center on finding a cure for the ailing kids before the holidays in "Homesick."

One Direction: The TV Special
8 p.m. on NBC

The members of the wildly popular band One Direction - Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson - present their first network TV special in a new hour that provides a candid look at the group via documentary and performance footage drawn from the South American leg of their recent tour. The special also goes behind the scenes as the band records its recent release "Four" and performs for fans at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.

Shrek the Halls
8 p.m. on ABC

What's not to love about a Christmas special starring a family of green ogres? Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) isn't a Christmas kind of guy, but Fiona (voice of Cameron Diaz) loves the holiday, so he goes along - with a little help from Donkey (voice of Eddie Murphy) and the rest of the fairy-tale gang. If this special doesn't join Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch in the pantheon of holiday classics, something's wrong with the world.

Sacred Journeys With Bruce Feiler
8 p.m. on PBS

Author, scholar and explorer Bruce Feiler continues his six-part examination of some of the world's most meaningful landscapes and challenging religious pilgrimages with an hour devoted to Jerusalem, a thrice-holy city shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims. Among the highlights, Christian pilgrims walk the city's Jesus Trail, while American Jews celebrate Sukkot, the Feast of the Tabernacles. A second episode focusing on Mecca, Saudi Arabia, immediately follows.

The Flash
8 p.m. on CW

Another DC Comics character enters the scene in an episode titled for her, "Plastique." Played by guest star Kelly Frye, she's a soldier physically enhanced by a bomb blast that Joe (Jesse L. Martin) suspects the military had a role in setting off. A general (guest star Clancy Brown) turns out to be involved, wanting to create super-soldiers. Barry (Grant Gustin) tries to get Iris (Candice Patton) to stop writing about the so-called "streak."

King of Kings
8 p.m. on TCM

Jeffrey Hunter - whom "Star Trek" fans will recognize for his portrayal of Capt. Christopher Pike - stars in director Nicholas Ray's ("Rebel Without a Cause") 1961 retelling of the life of Jesus. Siobhan McKenna ("Doctor Zhivago") plays his mother, Mary, with Hurd Hatfield as Pontius Pilate, Rip Torn as Judas, and Spanish actress Carmen Sevilla as Mary Magdalene.

NCIS: New Orleans
9 p.m. on CBS

When a Navy SEAL is found dead in a sorority house, Pride (Scott Bakula) and his team must figure out whether his death was related to collegiate foul play or was part of a classified mission the man was on in "The Recruits." On a more personal note, Pride's daughter, Laurel (recurring guest star Shanley Caswell), visits the NCIS office. Other guest stars include Daryl Mitchell and Vanessa Marano; Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan and CCH Pounder also star.

New Girl
9 p.m. on FOX

When Nick (Jake Johnson) takes the gang on a Thanksgiving camping trip, Coach and Schmidt (Damon Wayans Jr., Max Greenfield) butt heads over who's the better woodsman. Winston and Cece (Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone) find common ground in their mutual dislike of the outdoors in "Thanksgiving III." Zooey Deschanel also stars.

Supernatural
9 p.m. on CW

Bobby's cell phone delivers a message that sparks Dean's (Jensen Ackles) curiosity in "Ask Jeeves." It indicates that either Bobby or a descendant has become the heir to a fortune, prompting Dean to convince Sam (Jared Padalecki) that they should claim the apparent windfall. Once they arrive at their destination, though, they find the situation much different from what they expected ... and much more dangerous.

The Mindy Project
9:30 p.m. on FOX

For many couples, the holiday season has been made that much more memorable by marriage proposals, and Mindy (Mindy Kaling) wonders if her turn is about to come in an episode called, simply, "Christmas." Thinking Danny (Chris Messina) might be about to pop the big question, she tries to get her thoughts and emotions in order in case that moment arrives. Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) has a great date - mainly because he's thought to be someone else. Julia Stiles guest stars.

Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale
10 p.m. on NBC

The Grammy winner and Season 1 "American Idol" victor stars in a 2013 musical special loosely based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," in which she learns some lessons about the meaning of the holiday. The special features songs from Clarkson's sixth studio album and first Christmas release, "Wrapped in Red," as well as guest appearances from Blake Shelton, Reba, Jay Leno, Trisha Yearwood and many others.

Frontline
10 p.m. on PBS

Conventional notions about the origin of Christianity are challenged in "From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians." The two-part series draws on recent and sometimes controversial historical evidence to piece together the events of Jesus' life and death. "Pax Romana" examines his teachings. Then "A Light to the Nations" focuses on his followers, whose conviction and martyrdom helped root the major religious movement that eventually transformed the Roman Empire. Concludes next Tuesday.

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
10 p.m. on BRAVO

In a new episode called "Rule No. 426: Fantasyland: A Great Place to Visit," Abby (Lisa Edelstein) decides to start dating Nate (guest star C. Thomas Howell), a married father with whom she had a turbulent affair when she was still married. Phoebe (Beau Garrett) is attracted to one of the dads at school. Lyla (Janeane Garofalo) needs to get rid of some tension. At the Family Equality Gala, Ford and Max (J. August Richards, Patrick Heusinger) receive an award from LGBT activist Adele Northrop (Laverne Cox, "Orange Is the New Black.")

Chopped
10 p.m. on FOOD

The new episode "Family Food Fight" finds a mother, father, daughter and son, all from the same restaurant, competing for the title of "Chopped" champion. The first basket contains a flatbread and a strong citrus, which proves too daunting a challenge for one of them. Next, in the entree round, there is fish to de-bone and tofu to flavor. The last two chefs standing are tasked with creating dessert using lobster tail pastries and cinnamon chips.

Benched
10 p.m. on USA

Nina (Eliza Coupe) struggles with a moral dilemma after discovering that Trent (Carter MacIntyre) and the district attorney's office are plotting to arrest the city's homeless population. Meanwhile, Cheryl (Maria Bamford) turns to Nina for help when her lousy track record lands her on thin ice with a new boss. Gary Anthony Williams and Lynne Marie Stewart guest star in the new episode "A New Development." Another new episode immediately follows.

Ground Floor
10 p.m. on WTBS

In the new episode "Space Invaders," Brody (Skylar Astin) suffers a brutal case of "sticker shock" when he gets his first ground-floor paycheck and finally grasps how much less money he is making now. Forced to give up his pricey apartment, he crashes with girlfriend Jenny (Briga Heelan). Unfortunately, it's not long before the new arrangement feels too much like lovers living together, triggering commitment anxiety in Jenny. Meanwhile, Derrick and Harvard (James Earl, Rory Scovel) bet they can make their own meager salaries stretch further than Rory can.

Person of Interest
10:01 p.m. on CBS

In an episode called "Death Benefit," Reese (Jim Caviezel) goes under cover as a secret service agent in order to get close to the latest person of interest, a congressman who may have the key to derailing Decima's plan to bring a second Machine online. John Heard guest stars; Michael Emerson, Kevin Chapman, Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker also star.

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 24, 2014

It's a Wonderful Life
8 p.m. on NBC

If you missed the telecast a few weeks ago, NBC presents an encore screening of Frank Capra's evergreen 1946 classic, which makes an excellent accompaniment to last-minute Christmas Eve gift wrapping. As you don't need to be told, the story follows small-town guy George Bailey (James Stewart) as he defers one big dream after another to stay home, marry a local girl (Donna Reed) and run the family business. Facing financial ruin, he's pulled from suicidal despair by angel Clarence (Henry Travers), who shows him how terrible the world would have been if he'd never lived.

Nature
8 p.m. on PBS

Born during the Ice Age and vividly embodying the power and grandeur of nature, the Himalayas stretch across Asia for 2,000 miles, and while their icy beauty may appear aloof and threatening, they actually are home to a staggering number of thriving plants and animals, including snow leopards, Tibetan foxes and huge goatlike creatures that have been the source of the mythical Golden Fleece.

Bob's Burgers
8 p.m. on FOX

It's no surprise that youngsters want as much candy as they can get on Halloween, but size truly does matter to the Belcher children in "Full Bars." Upon discovering one neighborhood is known for issuing regular-size candy bars, as opposed to the smaller versions often handed out to trick-or-treaters, they head straight for that block. Bob and Linda (voices of H. Jon Benjamin and John Roberts) go to a seasonal party with a black-and-orange motif.

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
8 p.m. on CW

Mr. Magoo is the nearsighted star of this hourlong, animated 1962 adaptation of the Dickens holiday classic, which boasts a Broadway-caliber score by "Funny Girl" team Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. Songs include "Ringle Ringle," "Winter Was Warm," "I'm All Alone in the World" and "(We'll Have) The Lord's Bright Blessing." Voice talent includes Jim Backus, Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano, Morey Amsterdam and Jane Kean.

Black Nativity
8 p.m. on HBO

This holiday-themed 2013 drama - a revision of a Langston Hughes play - casts Jacob Latimore as a Baltimore teen sent by his much-challenged mother (Jennifer Hudson) to spend time with his grandparents (Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett), whose method of tough love isn't to his liking. Ultimately, though, he benefits from their life lessons. Mary J. Blige, Tyrese Gibson and Vondie Curtis-Hall also perform for director Kasi Lemmons (Curtis-Hall's wife).

A Christmas Story
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on TNT

"You'll shoot your eye out!" Peter Billingsley stars in this 1983 comedy as the little boy who yearns to find a Red Ryder BB gun under the Christmas tree. Not just a Christmas story, it's about parents, little brothers, bullies, decoder rings, double dog dares and most of all, the workings of a youthful mind. Jean Shepherd's writing captures it all perfectly. Darren McGavin also stars in this holiday favorite, which airs as a 24-hour marathon starting tonight on both TNT and its sister station, TBS.

A Christmas Story
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on WTBS

"You'll shoot your eye out!" Peter Billingsley stars in this 1983 comedy as the little boy who yearns to find a Red Ryder BB gun under the Christmas tree. Not just a Christmas story, it's about parents, little brothers, bullies, decoder rings, double dog dares and most of all, the workings of a youthful mind. Jean Shepherd's writing captures it all perfectly. Darren McGavin also stars in this holiday favorite, which airs as a 24-hour marathon starting tonight on both TNT and its sister station, TBS.

The Goldbergs
8:30 p.m. on ABC

Murray (Jeff Garlin) is dreading a Thanksgiving visit from Marvin (Dan Fogler), his brother, who always stresses the family out on holidays. Marvin arrives with a big surprise, which ratchets up Murray's concern in "Stop Arguing and Start Thanking." Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile and Hayley Orrantia also star.

NOVA
9 p.m. on PBS

In "Building the Great Cathedrals," filmmakers take viewers on a breathtaking journey inside some of these jewels of Gothic architecture and reveal how builders in the Middle Ages were able to construct edifices of such dizzying heights using only simple hand tools. Sometimes more than 100 years in the making, some of these once-magnificent structures now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9 p.m. on FOX

Guest star Craig Robinson ("The Office") is back as the so-called Pontiac Bandit in the aptly titled episode "The Pontiac Bandit Returns." The police have him in custody again, but he may be able to strike a deal by revealing a drug dealer's location. Gina and Boyle (Chelsea Peretti, Joe Lo Truglio) are concerned about their parents' (guest stars Sandra Bernhard and Stephen Root) deepening relationship. Andre Braugher also stars.

Merry Madagascar
9:30 p.m. on CW

In this holiday sequel to "Madagascar" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria (voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith) must deliver Santa's presents to save Christmas when St. Nick gets amnesia following a crash landing on their island. And yes, those resourceful penguins also are on board. What a shame they have a long-standing North vs. South Pole rivalry with Santa's reindeer ... .

Blackish
9:31 p.m. on ABC

Rainbow and Dre (Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson) agree that they no longer will spank their children, but when Jack (Miles Brown) disobeys his parents, the kids all wonder whether their folks will reverse that decision in "Crime and Punishment." Laurence Fishburne also stars. Two other episodes follow immediately.

Stalker
10 p.m. on CBS

A marriage ceremony is interrupted in a very troubling way - by the shooting of the bride - in "Manhunt." Beth and Jack (Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott) have to figure out whether the assailant was a stalker the woman supposedly was rid of. Guest stars include Michael Irby ("Almost Human"). Elisabeth Rohm, Victor Rasuk and Mariana Klaveno also star.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 25, 2014

How Murray Saved Christmas
8 p.m. on NBC

Consider that this animated special is adapted from a book by Mike Reiss, a veteran of the creative team on "The Simpsons," and you'll probably - and correctly - guess that it isn't your standard holiday tale. Jerry Stiller supplies the voice of a cantankerous delicatessen owner who has to become a substitute Santa, assisted by an elf named Edison (voice of Sean Hayes). Jason Alexander, who played Stiller's son on "Seinfeld," also is heard.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
8 p.m. on PBS

Vanessa Redgrave has narrated every episode of this series as the mature Jennifer Worth, but she makes her first on-camera appearance in that role in the opening moments of this new Christmas special, which then flashes back to 1959, as rehearsals for the Sunday School Christmas concert disrupt the lives and routines of both nuns and nurses. Among other events, Cynthia (Bryony Hannah) is invited to join the order as a postulant, while Chummy (Miranda Hart) is offered the permanent position of matron. Jenny Agutter and Pam Ferris also star.

The 12 Dogs of Christmas
8 p.m. on CW

Christmas and dogs - does it get any more "awww"-inspiring? Set during the Depression, this 2005 dramedy stars Jordan-Claire Green ("The School of Rock") as a 12-year-old girl newly arrived in a town where dogs are banned. She decides to use the school Christmas pageant - and the residents of a dog shelter just outside of town - to convince the locals the law should be changed.

Richard Riehle and John Billingsley also star. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
8:30 p.m. on ABC

Wearing extremely heavy makeup, Jim Carrey plays the title character in director Ron Howard's 2000 live-action, big-screen adaptation of the enduring children's book. You know the plot: The big green grouch tries to stop Christmas from coming to Whoville but fails, because the holiday "doesn't come from a store." Christine Baranski, Taylor Momsen and Jeffrey Tambor also star.

Vicious
9:30 p.m. on PBS

A new "Holiday Special" finds bickering couple Freddie and Stuart (Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi) throwing a Christmas Day celebration for their friends in their crowded little flat. Thankfully, they're getting some help from Ash (Iwan Rheon, "Game of Thrones"), their hot upstairs neighbor, who has volunteered to prepare the food, but you can bet Violet (Frances de la Tour) will try to stir things up with the handsome chef. Elsewhere, a wicked game of Truth or Dare brings up some shocking truths.

Christmas in Rockefeller Center
10 p.m. on NBC

One of New York's prime gathering spots welcomes seasonal spectators to the annual tree lighting again in this yearly special, with the weekday "Today" team of Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales presiding over the festivities. Before the switch is flipped on the 85-foot-tall Norway Spruce (from Hemlock Township, Pa.), musical entertainment is supplied by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, LeAnn Rimes, Idina Menzel, Cyndi Lauper and others.

Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies
10 p.m. on PBS

The powerful voice of actor John Rhys-Davies ("Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Shogun") is well-known, and it only can be an asset to this holiday performance by the legendary choir and orchestra, recorded at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. He even "flies" in one sequence. Soprano Deborah Voigt also has a major part in the program, lending her vocals to "The Holly and the Ivy" and "The Twelve Days After Christmas." Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy are the conductors.

Beat Bobby Flay
10 p.m. on FOOD

It may be a day of peace on Earth and goodwill to mankind, but that doesn't mean chef Michael Voltaggio and food expert Simon Majumdar are letting up on their goal of finding someone to take down Bobby Flay. In the new episode "Roll the Dice," they're pinning their hopes on either New Hampshire's rising culinary star Evan Hennessey or former pastry king turned savory chef John Miele. The ultimate battle is judged by Ken Friedman and Ed McFarland.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 26, 2014

Now That's Funny! On Set With TV's Hottest Comedies: A Paley Center for Media Special
8 p.m. on CBS

Aisha Tyler ("Archer," "Whose Line Is It Anyway?") narrates this new behind-the-scenes look at TV's hottest comedies, including "The Big Bang Theory," "Mom," "The Mindy Project," "Modern Family," "Parks and Recreation," "New Girl," "Episodes" and "Key and Peele." The special, which includes interviews with stars and producers, follows the weekly production process from brainstorming in the writers' room to the initial table read with the cast to the actual performance taping.

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
8 p.m. on FOX

This holiday special, based on the "Ice Age" films, finds the arctic herd busily decorating for the holidays. In his rush to help, Sid destroys Manny's favorite decorations. Manny is so upset that he convinces Sid he is now on Santa's naughty list. Joined by Crash, Eddie and Peaches, Sid takes off for the North Pole to plead his case to Santa. Meanwhile, Manny, Ellie and Diego race to find Peaches. Ray Romano and John Leguizamo lead the voice cast.

Billy Rose's Jumbo
8 p.m. on TCM

Not especially successful on its 1962 theatrical release, this delightful family film stars Doris Day in her last movie musical as the daughter of a circus owner (Jimmy Durante) whose heavy gambling debts threaten to ruin them. She falls for a handsome tightrope walker (Steven Boyd) who joins their troupe, not knowing he's the son of a rival big-top owner. Martha Raye also stars. The Rodgers & Hart songs include "This Can't Be Love."

Bing Crosby Rediscovered: American Masters
9 p.m. on PBS

One of the most beloved figures in entertainment history - certainly during the holiday season, when his movies "White Christmas," "Holiday Inn" and "Going My Way" typically resurface - is recalled in a very personal way in this 2014 documentary. Surviving members of Crosby's immediate family reflect on his life and career, as do other interviewees including singers Tony Bennett and Michael Feinstein. Stanley Tucci is the program's narrator.

Glee
9 p.m. on FOX

The 2013 holiday-themed episode called "Previously Unaired Christmas" is built around the joking notion that it's actually an earlier episode that was shot but then withheld by the Fox network because so much of its content was tasteless. The main story lines involve the members of New Directions auditioning for roles in McKinley High School's living Nativity scene, while New Yorkers Rachel, Kurt and Santana (Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera) get Christmas jobs as mall elves at a shopping center.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9 p.m. on CW

"Water Tanks for the Memories" is the title of this episode, strongly suggesting that someone is going to get very wet before the hour is over. Penn & Teller likely will stay dry, though, as they assess another crop of talents hoping to perform with the duo in Las Vegas. Lee Hathaway, Jack Tapperel and Laura London are the contenders here. Jonathan Ross is the host.

Wake Up Call
9 p.m. on TNT

In the new episode "Tedesco Family: Pizzeria Problems," host Dwayne Johnson calls on celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito to lend professional perspective as "The Rock" examines a family pizza business that has been plagued by the economic downturn. They soon learn it's not because the dad is slacking off. In fact, he's an aggressive workaholic who is running both his business and his marriage into the ground.

Downton Abbey Rediscovered
10:30 p.m. on PBS

The American debut of the fifth season of the hugely popular drama series isn't far off, and this special recaps all that has happened for the Crawley family and their associates thus far. Bernadette Peters serves as host of the program, which also uses cast interviews and episode clips to whet appetites for what's to come - without giving away too much, lest that keep the show from continuing to enjoy the giant viewership it has drawn internationally.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 27, 2014

WWE Tribute to the Troops
8 p.m. on NBC

Many Americans spend the holidays sending warm thoughts to loved ones in various centers of conflict around the globe. In this new one-hour special, WWE wrestlers honor those troops with the best in sports entertainment and pop culture, including musical performances from some of the most popular acts in the industry.

Norbit
8 p.m. on ABC

Critics absolutely roasted Eddie Murphy for this very broad 2007 comedy about a man who tries to figure out a way to escape his obese, shrewish wife and find happiness with his childhood sweetheart (Thandie Newton), but let's face it, there's an audience for Murphy's multicharacter "Nutty Professor"-ish shtick. As the saying goes, for people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they will like.

Bones
8 p.m. on FOX

Seen often on "The Big Bang Theory," Laura Spencer also guest stars as a "squintern" in "The Geek in the Guck." She's part of the team's probe of the murder of a video-game designer, whose wealth factors into the probe. Brennan and Booth (Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz) share respective hopes they have for their daughter Christine (guest star Sunnie Pelant). John Boyd continues his guest role as FBI Special Agent James Aubrey.

The Grand Budapest Hotel
8 p.m. on HBO

Writer-director Wes Anderson's 2014 comedy-drama has its most valuable player in Ralph Fiennes, cast as the concierge of the title site. He's eager to service the needs of every guest - even if that means going beyond the normal bounds of duty where some of the female clientele are concerned. That dedication eventually gets him into big trouble. Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson and Tilda Swinton are among those also featured.

A Wife's Nightmare
8 p.m. on LIFE

Jennifer Beals stars in this 2014 made-for-TV thriller, which was inspired by a true story. The former "Flashdance" actress plays Liz, whose recent recovery from a nervous breakdown is jeopardized when a young stranger (Lola Tash) turns up claiming to be Caitlin, the daughter of Liz's new husband (Dylan Neal). At first, the newcomer seems a blessing as she pitches in on household duties, but very soon Liz can't shake the suspicion the girl is trying to take her place in the family. Spencer List also stars.

Platoon
8 p.m. on MAX

Oliver Stone drew on his own experience as an infantryman in Vietnam for this gritty 1986 drama. Charlie Sheen stars as a young volunteer who learns the hard way the truth of that old adage: War is hell. Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe earned best supporting actor Oscar nominations for their portrayals of dueling sergeants. Neither of them won, but the film received the best picture prize, and Stone was named best director. Forest Whitaker and Kevin Dillon also star.

Bridesmaids
8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. on OXY

If such movies as "The Hangover" suggested rowdy buddy humor was a men-only club, meet the women of director Paul Feig's truly funny 2011 comedy. Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live"), who also co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay, stars as a reluctant maid of honor trying to maneuver her way through the wedding party without suffering too many bruises. A riotously earthy Melissa McCarthy scored an Oscar nomination as best supporting actress.

The Black Stallion
8 p.m. on TCM

This breathtaking adaptation of Walter Farley's classic novel takes the famous yarn of a young boy who is paired with a handsome stallion following a shipwreck and translates it into some of the most glowingly beautiful images ever committed to film. Kelly Reno, Teri Garr and an Oscar-nominated Mickey Rooney star.

Sleepy Hollow
9 p.m. on FOX

Money is power, more literally than usual, in "Root of All Evil." The very special traits of a certain coin seem to be the cause of a bank robbery that has vicious results, sending Ichabod and Abbie (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) on a search for it. Capt. Irving (Orlando Jones) faces a choice that could imperil his family. Abbie and Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) face a possible parting of the ways. John Noble and Katia Winter also star.

Transporter: The Series
10 p.m. on TNT

Frank's (Chris Vance) latest gig finds him commissioned with retrieving a vital documentary from a villa in Crimea, but there's a string attached: The client wants Frank to work with the world's second best transporter, Bernard Dassin (guest star Dhaffer L'Abidine). Despite his strong misgivings about undertaking a dangerous assignment accompanied by a wild card, Frank has little choice but to team up with Dassin and a young computer whiz as the client demands in the new episode "T2."

SUNDAY DECEMBER 28, 2014

Revenge
8 p.m. on ABC

There's plenty of revenge - and "Revenge" - to go around on this night, since the three most recent episodes are repeated. First up: "Contact," with Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) a target of multiple parties. Not only is the FBI after her, but someone else has sinister intentions that could pose a new threat to her. Emily and David (Emily VanCamp, James Tupper) both face the exposure of things they'd prefer not to have known. Josh Bowman also stars.

The Simpsons
8 p.m. on FOX

It's not exactly the Love Boat, but another type of vessel called the Relation Ship also is meant to promote harmony - specifically between Homer and Bart (voices of Dan Castellaneta and Nancy Cartwright) - in "The Wreck of the Relationship." When they run into problems getting along, Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) sends them on the cruise. Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation") supplies the guest voice of the ship's captain.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Todd suggests that Kandi think outside the box for a solution when she can't keep peace in her family in the new episode "Tea With a Side of Squashed Beef," which also finds Phaedra psyching herself up for her future as a single parent. Elsewhere, Kenya takes a break from looking for office space to accept an invitation to sit down with NeNe, Cynthia and Porsha, a meeting that comes to a surprising conclusion.

The Librarians
8 p.m. on TNT

At the conclusion of this new fantasy's series premiere, Librarian Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle) turned over "routine" magical assignments to a trio of trainees (Christian Kane, Lindy Booth, John Kim) while he focused on more serious challenges. Flynn's back, however, in the new episode "And the Apple of Discord" - because it's all-hands-on-deck time when the dragons sleeping beneath the earth threaten to awaken and wreak wholesale havoc on the world unless someone finds and returns their stolen treasure.

NFL Football
8:20 p.m. on NBC

With the NFL's flexible scheduling, the teams for tonight's final game of the 2014 regular season had not yet been determined at this writing. But as always, expect the matchup to be relevant to the postseason picture, which will be fully resolved by the time the wild-card games get going next weekend.

Undercover Boss
8:30 p.m. on CBS

It's not hard to guess from the title of the new episode "Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill" what many of the employees' "uniforms" look like. That's precisely what causes problems for the chain's founder and CEO, Doug Guller, when - while incognito, of course - he crosses paths with a worker who adamantly will not wear the required bikini top. Worse still, that employee continues to serve a customer who clearly has imbibed too much already.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
8:30 p.m. on FOX

"Undercover" brings Jake (Andy Samberg) back to the precinct after his role in an FBI sting. It went well, except for one thing: One of the targets of the operation escaped. Jake recruits Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) to help him tie up that loose end. Holt (Andre Braugher) initiates a series of practice drills that brings his squad close to revolt. Jenny Slate guest stars. Terry Crews also stars.

Masterpiece Classic
9 p.m. on PBS

"Downton Abbey, Season 4" concludes with "Part 8," which finds everyone plagued by trouble of one kind or another - in particular, Martha, Harold and Edith (Shirley MacLaine, Paul Giamatti, Laura Carmichael). Lady Rose (Lily James) meets the Prince of Wales and is confronted with a dilemma. Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern also star. Season 5 of the internationally popular drama series begins next week.

Family Guy
9 p.m. on FOX

In the Halloween-themed episode "Baking Bad," Lois and Peter (voices of Alex Borstein, Seth MacFarlane) open a cookie store together, but things get messy when Peter, in search of more dough, comes up with a half-baked scheme to bring in more customers. The voice cast also includes Mila Kunis, Mike Henry, Seth Green and Patrick Warburton.

Nanny Cam
9 p.m. on LIFE

After their current elderly nanny becomes unable to cope with caring for their 5-year-old daughter, Chloe (Farrah Mackenzie), Linda and Mark Kessler (Laura Allen, Cam Gigandet) hire a seemingly perfect new child-minder, Heather (India Eisley). As she checks the newcomer's professional performance via a nanny cam she has installed, however, Linda starts to notice that Heather seems to be trying to take her place with Chloe ... and with Mark, too.

The Mentalist
9:30 p.m. on CBS

A new episode directed by series star Simon Baker, "The Silver Briefcase," raises Jane's (Baker) suspicions after he crosses paths with a military man. He's convinced there's something sneaky about the soldier, prompting him to delve into the supposedly solved murder of the officer's wife. Robin Tunney, Tim Kang and Rockmond Dunbar also star - and likely found it quite interesting to be under the direction of their longtime acting colleague.

Bob's Burgers
9:30 p.m. on FOX

It's been a few weeks since Thanksgiving, but "Turkey in a Can" lets viewers - and Bob (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) - revisit it. He wants a perfect holiday for his family, to the extent of preparing the traditional turkey dinner himself. Thus, he's none too happy to discover that someone has thwarted his efforts by messing with the bird ... and in a way that makes it less than appetizing. Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal also are in the voice cast.

Cutthroat Kitchen
10 p.m. on FOOD

In the new episode "The Cone Ranger," two chefs must cook breakfast as a tag team, then a chef gets a chance to take host Alton Brown's ax and go all Lizzie Borden on someone's pork chop. Also: A contestant is tasked with cooking an ice cream cone using a traffic cone. Jet Tila is the guest judge.

The Comeback
10 p.m. on HBO

After nearly a decade-long hiatus, it's not surprising that Season 2 of HBO's cult comedy hit took awhile to find its groove, but once it did, this ongoing chronicle of sitcom has-been Valerie Cherish's (Lisa Kudrow) desperate crusade for fame and validation was absolutely hilarious. Did the increasingly dire humiliations Valerie put herself (and her husband) through pay off? We'll probably find out in tonight's season finale.

MONDAY DECEMBER 29, 2014

2 Broke Girls
8 p.m. on CBS

Hal Linden ("Barney Miller") guest stars in "And the New Lease on Life" as Lester, the original tenant of Max and Caroline's (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) apartment. When the girls' lease comes up for renewal, they realize they have to locate Lester and have him sign the new one - claiming he still lives there - or they're out. Jennifer Coolidge, Garrett Morris and Matthew Moy also star.

State of Affairs
8 p.m. on NBC

After her tenure on "Grey's Anatomy," Katherine Heigl returned to series work in this drama, casting her as top CIA analyst Charleston "Charlie" Tucker. The "Pilot" establishes her as a close adviser to the president (Alfre Woodard), whose late son - a victim of a terrorist attack - she was engaged to. Charlie continues to pursue those perpetrators while handling other matters of domestic and global urgency. Two more encore episodes follow.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown
8 p.m. on ABC

Good grief! Who assigns elementary-school children "War and Peace"? Charlie Brown's teacher, that's who. He has to read it over the Christmas break and write a report, but holiday distractions keep getting in the way. He ends up leaving a New Year's party and sitting outside to read, but that doesn't end well. Chad Allen ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") provides the voice of Charlie Brown in this 1986 "Peanuts" special.

Antiques Roadshow
8 p.m. on PBS

Fans of such programs as "Downton Abbey" and "Upstairs, Downstairs" are sure to appreciate the items assessed in the new episode "Manor House Treasures," since they evoke the lifestyles - and possessions - of characters in those popular series. A Louis Vuitton steamer trunk that dates back to the early 20th century is appraised, as is a Louis Comfort Tiffany necklace that has a very impressive price attached to it now ... running up to $100,000.

Gotham
8 p.m. on FOX

The future of the city's Arkham district hangs in the balance - as do the lives of some of the politicians who are deciding on it - in "Arkham." Gordon and Bullock (Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue) try to protect the elected officials, but having so many to guard at once proves challenging. Richard Kind ("Mad About You") returns in his guest role as the mayor. Jada Pinkett Smith and Sean Pertwee also star.

The Originals
8 p.m. on CW

Nina Dobrev crosses over from this series' parent show, "The Vampire Diaries," appearing in flashbacks as Elijah's (Daniel Gillies) long-ago love Tatia in "Red Door." While Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) searches for him, Elijah relives his past as a means of determining his future. Mikael (guest star Sebastian Roche) takes Cami (Leah Pipes) captive, using her as a pawn to flush out Klaus (Joseph Morgan). Danielle Campbell also stars.

Mike & Molly
8:30 p.m. on CBS

A fishing excursion intended only for men becomes a much different trek when Carl (Reno Wilson) brings Victoria (Katy Mixon) along in the new episode "Gone Cheatin'." Mike (Billy Gardell) isn't happy about that unexpected addition to the list of participants, giving the occasion a tense tone that might even keep the fish from biting. Melissa McCarthy, Swoosie Kurtz and Nyambi Nyambi also star.

Scorpion
9 p.m. on CBS

Viewed skeptically by Cabe (Robert Patrick) after not making the grade in a military training assignment, Walter (Elyes Gabel) and his teammates get a chance to redeem themselves in "A Cyclone." They put their special skills to work to stop a bomber who has an eye toward ridding the entire American Southwest of its Internet access. Glenn Plummer ("Speed") guest stars. Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Jadyn Wong also star.

Rudolph's Shiny New Year
9 p.m. on ABC

While it's not quite on par with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," this animated special - using the same "Animagic" process - still is a lot of fun. Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin and Morey Amsterdam provide voices for the story of how the red-nosed deer, with the help of a whale and a caveman, sets off across time to find Happy ... the missing New Year baby. If Happy stays lost, it will be Dec. 31 forever. The tale originally was televised in 1976.

Sleepy Hollow
9 p.m. on FOX

Money is power, more literally than usual, in "Root of All Evil." The very special traits of a certain coin seem to be the cause of a bank robbery that has vicious results, sending Ichabod and Abbie (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) on a search for it. Capt. Irving (Orlando Jones) faces a choice that could imperil his family. Abbie and Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) face a possible parting of the ways. John Noble and Katia Winter also star.

Jane the Virgin
9 p.m. on CW

Talk about twists of fate: Miami hotel worker Jane (Gina Rodriguez) - who has vowed not to become an unwed mother like her own mom (Andrea Navedo) - ends up artificially inseminated by accident in this seriocomic series' first episode, "Chapter One (Pilot)." The resulting complications are numerous not only for Jane, but also for her fiance (Brett Dier) as well as for the biological father and his wife (Justin Baldoni, Yael Grobglas).

Vanderpump Rules
9 p.m., 10 p.m. on BRAVO

In the new episode "What Happens in San Diego... ," Lisa urges Sheana to invite Katie and Stassi to her Miami bachelorette party, but Stassi would prefer to just blow off the bash entirely. Tiffany, Jax's girlfriend, sets up the guys with a VIP weekend in San Diego, but Tom Sandoval accuses Jax of going too far following a night of drinking and debauchery.

Major Crimes
9 p.m., 10 p.m. on TNT

No good deed goes unpunished, as Flynn (Tony Denison) discovers after he manages to talk down a man preparing to jump from a high bridge ... only to discover that the would-be jumper is a sex offender with a dead body in his car, in the new episode "Leap of Faith." Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin), meanwhile, prepares an impact statement he hopes will end his involvement with the Stroh case. Kathe Mazur, Ransford Doherty and Chad Lindberg star.

Independent Lens
10 p.m. on PBS

How does it feel to be at the center, suddenly, of one of rock music's most enduring bands? Just ask Arnel Pineda, a Filipino performer who found himself summoned to become the lead singer of Journey. Ramona Diaz's documentary "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" traces his fast-forwarded ascent to fame, but it also considers the various strains that can come with such immediate success, including physical ones resulting from grueling touring.

Booze Traveler
10 p.m. on TRAV

Mongolia today is a jarring combination of contemporary and ancient, as host Jack Maxwell discovers in the new episode "Mongolian Road Trip," during which he samples camel vodka (frankly, we're scared to even ask) and fermented horse milk.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 30, 2014

NCIS
8 p.m. on CBS

In "Crescent City: Part II," the conclusion of the episode that introduced the spinoff "NCIS: New Orleans," Gibbs and Pride (Mark Harmon, Scott Bakula) continue their search for a serial killer who appears to be copying the modus operandi of an apparent felon they captured two decades earlier. DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) teams with the FBI to probe possible political ties to the case. Zoe McLellan, Lucas Black, Pauley Perrette and Emily Wickersham also star.

Chicago Fire
8 p.m. on NBC

The outcome of an explosion has a major impact on Firehouse 51's members in "Always." In the aftermath, Boden (Eamonn Walker) tries to get everyone to resume doing their jobs effectively - which isn't easy. Casey (Jesse Spencer) tries to locate the missing Severide (Taylor Kinney). Newhouse (Edwin Hodge) has surprising information involving Mills (Charlie Barnett). Jon Seda and Amy Morton cross over in their "Chicago PD" roles. Two more encore episodes follow.

Forever
8 p.m. on ABC

An expensive product that purportedly reverses the aging process causes several deaths in "Fountain of Youth," starting off a full night of the series. Abe (Judd Hirsch) gives thought to using it anyway. Henry's (Ioan Guffudd) probe of the clinic offering the supposed miracle potion leads him to recall a friend's early-20th-century health battle, which could provide clues for the present-day investigation. Alana De La Garza also stars.

Sacred Journeys With Bruce Feiler
8 p.m. on PBS

Feiler's spiritual travels continue with "Kumbh Mela," highlighting a Hindu festival that - every 12 years - draws millions of believers to the point where the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers meet in India. Those bodies of water are considered sacred, inspiring bathing there by participants who include the Americans accompanied by Feiler here. Peril also faces the group, as a monsoon threatens them and others staying in a "city" made up of tents.

New Girl
8 p.m. on FOX

"There's an app for that," including ...dating? Evidently, since Jess (Zooey Deschanel) gets lessons from Schmidt (Max Greenfield) in making very personal connections that way in "Dice." Winston (Lamorne Morris) is determined to make a favorable mark with fellow police cadets at a party - a plan that quickly goes out the window with the arrival of Nick, Cece and Coach (Jake Johnson, Hannah Simone, Damon Wayans Jr.).

The Flash
8 p.m. on CW

Some people may appear to have nerves of steel, but Barry (Grant Gustin) meets someone who has those quite literally in "The Flash Is Born." His latest potential opponent (guest star Greg Finley) can will himself to turn into literal steel. Eddie (Rick Cosnett) witnesses that transformation, and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) believes he can put an end to the potential threat. Iris' (Candice Patton) blogging about the Flash proves troublesome.

The Mindy Project
8:30 p.m. on FOX

Four-time "Cheers" Emmy winner Rhea Perlman guest stars as Danny's (Chris Messina) visiting mother in "Annette Castellano Is My Nemesis." Since Annette is the mom, it's a foregone conclusion that the "nemesis" is Mindy (Mindy Kaling), whose efforts to win her over don't go too well. Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) tries to assert himself with Tamra (Xosha Roquemore). Max Minghella ("The Social Network") also guest stars.

The 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
9 p.m. on CBS

If you love "Forrest Gump," "Every Breath You Take," "9 to 5," "Let's Stay Together" or "A Midsummer Night's Dream," this event is made for you this year. Tom Hanks, Sting, Lily Tomlin, Al Green and ballerina Patricia McBride are the honorees in a ceremony taped at the title venue in Washington, D.C. President and Mrs. Obama are seated with them as other talents and filmed profiles trace the recipients' respective careers. Stephen Colbert is the host.

Hotel Impossible
9 p.m. on TRAV

Near San Francisco, Antony Melchiorri strives to rebrand and upgrade the image of the 256-room CitiGarden Hotel in this new episode, but that daunting mission is going to involve getting the inexperienced general manager to take notice of some filthy rooms, not to mention the rude front-desk employees that give guests a terrible first impression from the moment they arrive.

Frontline
10 p.m. on PBS

"From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians" culminates with "Let the Reader Understand" and "Kingdoms in Conflict." The episodes explore the religious movement founded by Jesus Christ, challenging traditional and conventional notions about the origin of Christianity. Particular focus is placed on the struggles and upheavals Jesus' life and death brought upon society.

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
10 p.m. on BRAVO

In the wake of an epic fail of a date with Nate, Abby (Lisa Edelstein) goes out with Will (Warren Christie), her ardent young suitor. Lyla's (Janeane Garofalo) mother, Annie (guest star Bernadette Peters), arrives in town to help her daughter make a good impression on a visiting caseworker. Phoebe (Beau Garrett) raises her friends' eyebrows with the news that she is in a multi-partner relationship in the new episode "Rule No. 21: Leave Childishness to Children."

Benched
10 p.m. on USA

Phil (Jay Harrington) is completely unimpressed when he is a finalist for the Public Defender of the Year award, but that doesn't stop Nina (Eliza Coupe) from throwing herself into a campaign on his behalf. Meanwhile, Trent (Carter MacIntyre) brings his 10-year-old Little Brother, Walter (guest star Albert Tsai, "Trophy Wife"), to court for the week in the new episode "Campaign Contributions." Another new episode immediately follows.

Ground Floor
10 p.m. on WTBS

After a rival (Brent Morin, "Undateable") starts stealing Mansfield's (John C. McGinley) top workers, Brody (Skylar Astin) hopes his old boss will give him another chance. Mansfield quickly dashes that dream, however, forcing Brody to make a big change. Elsewhere, although she never actually has dated him, Jenny (Briga Heelan) realizes she's going to have to "break up" with Harvard (Rory Scovel) before he can move on, in a new episode called, fittingly, "The Break-Ups."

Imitation of Life
10:15 p.m. on TCM

The second adaptation of Fannie Hurst's novel, this 1959 drama stars Lana Turner and Juanita Moore as aspiring actress Lora and her housekeeper, Annie. Both women are the single mothers of daughters who cause them heartache - Lora's by falling in love with the man she loves, Juanita's by denying her black parentage. Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, John Gavin and Robert Alda also star. Be sure to have Kleenex handy for that final funeral procession scene.

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 31, 2014

Live From Lincoln Center
8 p.m. on PBS

The New York Philharmonic's annual New Year's Eve programs are esteemed staples of the performing-arts world. This year's edition showcases the music of George Gershwin, whose compositions such as "Rhapsody in Blue" impacted Woody Allen enough to make them the soundtrack of his renowned film "Manhattan." Dianne Reeves and Norm Lewis, Broadway's latest "Phantom of the Opera," are the featured vocalists as Bramwell Tovey conducts the orchestra.

Pitbull's New Year's Revolution
8 p.m. on FOX

A big television presence lately, having guest-judged on "Dancing With the Stars" and hosted the American Music Awards, recording star Pitbull plays host again as Fox turns over its New Year's Eve programming to him. Expect him also to perform over the course of the evening - continuing in late-night - though other music acts at the Thompson Miami Beach (Fla.) Hotel are slated to include Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Fifth Harmony, the Band Perry and Becky G.

iHeartradio Music Festival Night 1
8 p.m. on CW

Recorded at Las Vegas' MGM Grand in September, the showcase for numerous music acts fuels a two-night television special ending Thursday. Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Train, Paramore, Motley Crue, Bastille, Calvin Harris and Neon Trees are among the featured artists. The country genre also is represented thanks to Zac Brown Band, Eric Church and Kacey Musgraves.

All the Best, All the Worst 2014: An Anderson Cooper 360 Special
8 p.m. on CNN

As usual host Anderson Cooper readies himself to start counting down to midnight in Times Square with Kathy Griffin, Tom Foreman fills in with a look back on the highlights and low points of 2014 in the fields of politics (lots of fodder there!), pop culture, entertainment and the economy.

Capital One Orange Bowl
8:10 p.m. on ESPN

A pair of 10-win teams clash tonight in Miami, where Dak Prescott leads the Mississippi St. Bulldogs against Justin Thomas and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. While the No. 7 Bulldogs struggled down the stretch, losing two of their last three games, the No. 12 Jackets are playing very well, winning five of their last six - the only loss a narrow one to No. 1 Florida St. in the ACC Championship Game.

Criminal Minds
9 p.m. on CBS

The supposed culmination of a case in upstate New York sparks new questions in "The Edge of Winter." As Morgan (Shemar Moore) helps a survivor (guest star Aasha Davis) get ready for the trial of a serial kidnapper and murderer (guest star Taymour Ghazi), the woman recalls more about her captivity - prompting the BAU to intensify the hunt for the defendant's likely accomplice. Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness also star.

New Year's Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin
9 p.m. on CNN

As the real-life BFFs reteam for their eighth consecutive year, Cooper and Griffin likely will stick with what works: She acts progressively outrageous until he collapses into a fit of embarrassed giggles, as does their audience. Other CNN correspondents report on celebrations around the world, with Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon live from New Orleans, Richard Quest on a cruise ship off the Bahamas and Gary Tuchman covering the Crab Drop in Baltimore.

Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again
9 p.m. on HBO

This 90-minute 2014 "docu-concert" goes behind the scenes of the actress, singer and "American Idol" judge's first world tour of 65 cities and five continents, offering both a high-energy music performance and a surprisingly candid look at how Lopez juggled her professional and personal lives during this six-month period - with two young children in tow, to boot. Featured songs include "Dance Again," "Get Right," "Love Don't Cost a Thing," "I'm Into You" and "Goin' In," among several others.

A Hard Day's Night
9:45 p.m. on TCM

John, Paul, George and Ringo were on top of the world in 1964 when they made their film debuts in this madcap musical directed by Richard Lester. The score, written expressly for the film, includes "And I Love Her," "Can't Buy Me Love" and the title cut. The plot - what there is of one - finds the Beatles immersed in misadventures, some involving Paul's "very clean" grandfather (Wilfrid Brambell), en route to a television appearance.

Stalker
10 p.m. on CBS

If you like your procedural dramas grim, this drama fills the bill handily, as its "Pilot" immediately proves. Maggie Q ("Nikita") and Dylan McDermott ("Hostages") play new partners in the Los Angeles Police Department's Threat Assessment Unit. Focused on stalking cases, they have much experience: She's a former stalking victim, and he's secretly doing some stalking himself. Kevin Williamson ("The Following") is the show's executive producer.

NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly 2014
10 p.m. on NBC

It isn't that he doesn't have, oh, a few other activities for the network - "Today," ‘The Voice," "Last Call" - but Daly also has become NBC's man to ring in Jan. 1, and he's based in New York to do so again, with the program continuing in the late-night hours. As usual, musical performers will be on the bill. You also can bank on Daly presenting a that-was-the-year-that-was recap of major personalities and events of 2014.

Michael Feinstein's New Year's Eve at the Rainbow Room
10 p.m. on PBS

One of the most celebrated keepers of the Great American Songbook gets impressive assistance in performing tunes from it in this holiday celebration, presented from the recently reopened New York title site. Kelli O'Hara (seen recently in "Peter Pan Live!"), Christine Ebersole, Aaron Tveit ("Graceland"), Darren Criss ("Glee") and Leslie Odom Jr. ("Smash") are among those helping Feinstein evoke the nostalgic atmosphere of Big Apple nightclubs.

THURSDAY JANUARY 1, 2015

Island Life
7 p.m. on H&G

Prospective homeowners who just can't surrender their long-cherished fantasies of living in tropical splendor right out of a travel magazine layout take a tour of properties for sale in some of these island paradises and discover that, while some of them are as outrageously overdesigned and overpriced as you might imagine, others are shockingly affordable.

The Biggest Loser
8 p.m. on NBC

The five remaining contenders remain in Hawaii in the new episode "Kauai Part 2," and the scenic island wonders continue to pose challenges for them as the competition goes on. One of them is a waterfall that becomes a setting for rappelling, while another task involves swinging on a rope. And then, there are the coconuts - which become the basis for the contestants making their way through an obstacle course. Alison Sweeney is the host.

The Taste
8 p.m. on ABC

This food show hasn't missed a chance to mark the holidays lately, so a new episode titled "Happy New Year" - on a most appropriate night - shouldn't come as a major shock. As the season of celebration begins to come to a close, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson oversee the competing cooks' "decadent" (per the network) efforts with such ingredients as caviar and champagne. Michael Symon ("The Chew") is a guest judge.

Great Performances
8 p.m. on PBS

For the sixth time, stage and screen icon Julie Andrews travels to Austria to present the Vienna Philharmonic's annual holiday concert in "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2015." Zubin Mehta - in his fifth appearance on the special - conducts the orchestra in a program consisting primarily of Strauss music, some of which the Vienna State Ballet performs to. Holding to tradition, Andrews visits various locations in and around the city.

Bones
8 p.m. on FOX

A two-hour presentation combines two encore episodes. Laura Spencer ("The Big Bang Theory") guest stars as a "squintern" in "The Geek in the Guck," becoming part of the team's probe of the death of a video-game designer. Then, a puzzle of a different kind is generated by the murder of a crossword-puzzle expert in "The Puzzler in the Pit," as Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and her comrades discover the mental-health challenges the victim had.

Mom
8:31 p.m. on CBS

It's time for Violet's (Sadie Calvano) baby to enter the world, and just as they have been right along, Christy and Bonnie (Anna Faris, Allison Janney) are there for Violet - though they might not be quite ready for the latest step - in "Smokey Taylor and the Deathbed Confession." Christy believes Bonnie may still be in love with Alvin (Kevin Pollak). Nate Corddry and French Stewart also star.

Allstate Sugar Bowl
8:50 p.m. on ESPN

The second semifinal of the College Football Playoff pits two programs that are no strangers to national championship bids as No. 1 Alabama meets No. 4 Ohio State at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett leads a Buckeye offense that ranks with the best in the nation against a Crimson Tide defense that is one of the game's best. Blake Sims leads the 'Bama attack.

Bad Judge
9 p.m. on NBC

Though she wants to be helpful to a newly divorced friend (guest star Angela Kinsey, ‘'The Office"), Rebecca (Kate Walsh) finds her own judgmental nature thwarting the effort in the new episode "The Fixer." Tom and Tedward (John Ducey, Tone Bell) double-team a potential witness who's reluctant to give testimony. Hernandez (Miguel Sandoval) participates in a sexual-harassment course.

Two and a Half Men
9:01 p.m. on CBS

"The Ol' Mexican Spinach" set up an all-season story arc. A sudden health crisis on Halloween prompts Walden (Ashton Kutcher) to ponder what he wants to do with the rest of his life - leading to his decision to adopt a child. Worried that his single-male status will make that difficult, he asks Alan (Jon Cryer) to join him in a scheme that could ease the process. Aisha Tyler guest stars.

A Night at the Opera
9:15 p.m. on TCM

The plot of this 1935 comedy involves two young opera singers looking for their big break and the manager and his two bumbling buddies who try to help. But as with any Marx Brothers movie, the plot is just a delivery device for Groucho's one-liners, Harpo's slapstick and Chico's language mangling. Margaret Dumont is once again on hand as the brothers' oh-so-proper foil.

A to Z
9:30 p.m. on NBC

Zelda (Cristin Milioti) goes the matchmaker route by pairing a co-worker (guest star Sarah Baker) with Stu (Henry Zebrowski) in the new episode "J Is for Jan Vaughan." Andrew (Ben Feldman) is pleasantly surprised at how well the new couple appears to fare. Stephie (Lenora Crichlow) resents being without a partner of her own, though, prompting Andrew to try to find a match for her as well. Hong Chau and Christina Kirk also star.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
9:30 p.m. on PBS

Vanessa Redgrave has narrated every episode of this series as the mature Jennifer Worth, but she makes her first on-camera appearance in that role in the opening moments of this special. It then flashes back to 1959, as rehearsals for the Sunday School Christmas concert disrupt the lives and routines of both nuns and nurses. Also, Cynthia (Bryony Hannah) is invited to join the order, while Chummy (Miranda Hart) is offered the permanent position of matron.

Elementary
10 p.m. on CBS

Holmes and Watson (Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu) come face to face with their old adversary Moriarty (Natalie Dormer) when she's brought in as a consultant on a kidnapping case they're investigating. Bell (Jon Michael Hill) continues his struggle to recover in "The Diabolical Kind." Aidan Quinn also stars.

Parenthood
10 p.m. on NBC

The title "Vegas" indicates the setting of much of this story. Indeed, Sarah (Lauren Graham) takes Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) there on a birthday getaway, but the trip has unexpected consequences. Amber (Mae Whitman) has a hard time coping with growing up. The rest of the family pitches in to help Adam and Kristina (Peter Krause, Monica Potter) prepare to open their charter school. Erika Christensen, Dax Shepard and Bonnie Bedelia also star.

How to Get Away With Murder
10 p.m. on ABC

Annalise (Viola Davis) takes a special interest in a case involving a man who previously was handed a death sentence by Asher's (Matt McGorry) father in "Freakin' Whack-a-Mole." The details of where Asher himself was on a pivotal night are revealed. Wes' (Alfred Enoch) continuing anger toward Annalise over withheld information worries her. Billy Brown, Jack Falahee and Katie Findlay also star.

FRIDAY JANUARY 2, 2015

Last Man Standing
8 p.m. on ABC

Mandy (Molly Ephraim) goes her own way, despite counsel from Mike (Tim Allen), as she tries to come up with the money to cover the taxes for her online clothing business in "Mike Advises Mandy." She turns to Bud (guest star Robert Forster) to provide the location when she decides to open a pop-up store. Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo also star.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
8 p.m. on FOX

Though she's an executive producer of "Devious Maids," Eva Longoria hasn't been seen much since the end of "Desperate Housewives." However, in "Jake and Sophia," she plays Jake's (Andy Samberg) potential love interest. When they first meet, he doesn't suspect she's the defense attorney for someone he wants to see behind bars. Gina and Charles (Chelsea Peretti, Joe Lo Truglio) try to let their past stay in the past.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8 p.m. on CW

Can someone who knows about top chefs get top laughs? Padma Lakshmi gives it a go as a guest in this episode, joining series regulars Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles in trying to milk improvised humor from the studio audience's suggestions for skits and songs. Comedian Heather Ann Campbell also is featured. Aisha Tyler is the host.

Cristela
8:31 p.m. on ABC

Sisterly trouble arises in "Mr. Felix and Ms. Daniela," as Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) is presumed to be a nanny by a friend of Daniela (Maria Canals-Barrera). Especially since Cristela has been trying to put herself on a certain career trajectory, the mistake doesn't sit well with her. Felix (Carlos Ponce) eventually becomes the unlikely peacemaker. Alberto (Gabriel Iglesias) makes a crafty move on Cristela - or at least tries to.

Hawaii Five-0
9 p.m. on CBS

Sometimes, the old ways really are the best - which a veteran private detective (guest star William Forsythe, "The Rock") gets a chance to prove to McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and company in the new episode "Wawahi moe'uhane" (Hawaiian for "Broken Dreams"). The sleuth helps the team probe the murder of a secret escort. Eric Roberts, Doug Savant ("Melrose Place") and Andrea Roth also guest star.

Billy Joel: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize
9 p.m. on PBS

The "Piano Man" becomes the latest recipient of the prestigious honor in this special, taped in November in Washington, D.C. Tony Bennett, John Mellencamp, Boyz II Men, LeAnn Rimes and Gavin DeGraw salute Joel on his singing and songwriting achievements in popular music. Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney and James Taylor are seen in tributes they recorded for Joel. Selections include "Allentown" and "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me."

Glee
9 p.m. on FOX

Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth reprise their guest roles in the series' 100th episode - appropriately titled "100" - which also includes appearances by Amber Riley, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling and other cast members rarely seen on the show in more recent times. Fans chose the songs featured from numbers performed on previous episodes, playing into the plot of Will (Matthew Morrison) having the students come up with remixes of their favorite tunes.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9 p.m. on CW

Though half of this series' starring team may not exactly appreciate the title "Teller Is a Blockhead," he and his partner still are likely to appreciate the talents of the magicians who compete for a spot in their Las Vegas show. The illusionists featured here are Daniel Kramer, Gazzo, Alan Rorrison and Romany. British media star Jonathan Ross is the host.

Gold Rush
9 p.m. on DISC

In the new episode "Parker's Accident," fan favorite Parker Schnabel is involved in a head-on collision that totals his car. Elsewhere, Tony Beets finally starts to work rebuilding his gold-mining dredge, which is 75 years old, and the rock trucks of the Hoffman crew go head-to-head on a very dangerous hauling road.

Wake Up Call
9 p.m. on TNT

In the new episode "Alyssa: High School Dropout," Dwayne and youth psychologist Josh Shipp resort to some unconventional strategies as they try to cut through the tension in a toxic mother-daughter relationship and convince an at-risk teenager that she is heading down a very dangerous road. Among their tactics: opening Alyssa's eyes by having her spend a little time in prison.

In Performance at the White House
10:30 p.m. on PBS

First shown in 2013, "Carole King: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song" makes the prolific singer-songwriter of "You've Got a Friend," "So Far Away" and numerous other tunes the first woman to receive the prestigious award. Helping to honor her are James Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Trisha Yearwood and Emeli Sande. Lately, King's work also has fueled the Tony Award-winning stage show "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical."

SATURDAY JANUARY 3, 2015

Hairspray
8 p.m. on ABC

It started as a John Waters-directed movie, then transitioned into a hit stage musical - and it comes full circle by taking movie form again in its more tuneful 2007 incarnation. The entertaining tale lets John Travolta make an amusing gender switch as Edna Turnblad, mother of aspiring 1960s dance-show participant Tracy (Nikki Blonsky). Others (Michelle Pfeiffer, Brittany Snow) don't want plus-sized Tracy to have a spotlight. Zac Efron also stars.

Bones
8 p.m. on FOX

The title ride typically is a happy place, but not so in "The Money Maker on the Merry-Go-Round," as one such attraction is the site where human remains are found. A hedge-fund operation and the boss (guest star Gil Bellows) of the victim become the focus of the probe by Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and company. At home, Brennan has a falling-out with Booth (David Boreanaz) when Christine (guest star Sunnie Pelant) utters something she shouldn't.

Sleepy Hollow
9 p.m. on FOX

The Headless Horseman is close on the trail of Ichabod and Abbie (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) in "Magnum Opus." He wants to stop them before they can locate the powerful Sword of Methusaleh, which is capable of destroying Moloch. John Noble, Orlando Jones and Katia Winter also star.

Surprised by Love
9 p.m. on HALL

While visiting her parents for their upcoming anniversary, a driven young businesswoman (Hilarie Burton, "White Collar") has little luck convincing them that her current beau (Aaron Craven, "Gracepoint") is Mr. Right. Even more confusing, though, are the growing feelings of attraction she begins to feel for an old flame (Paul Campbell, "Battlestar Galactica") from high school who previously struck her as a lazy underachiever. Tim Conway, Wanda Cannon and Malcolm Stewart also star in this 2015 romantic comedy.

Devil's Due
10 p.m. on MAX

As if pregnancy doesn't pose enough challenges under normal circumstances, a young couple (Allison Miller, Zach Gilford) get a dose of supernatural terror while awaiting their child's birth in this 2014 thriller. The tale has a "Paranormal Activity" sensibility as the husband documents the wait for the baby on video - but that clues him into how much his wife is changing in the process, and not in a good way. Co-stars include Vanessa Ray ("Blue Bloods").

Rebel Without a Cause
10 p.m. on TCM

The legend of James Dean began with this 1955 classic, which provided his prototype role: a misunderstood youth whose lack of parental support leads him to vent his frustration destructively. Dean's portrayal rang true with legions of teens, but director Nicholas Ray is equally responsible for the film's enduring impact. Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo play Dean's friends.

Transporter: The Series
10 p.m. on TNT

The FBI tasks Frank (Chris Vance) with tracking down a chemical weapon code-named "Chimera" (also the title of this new episode) and retrieving it from a Triad crime lord in Chicago's Chinatown. Once he infiltrates the villain's lair, however, the bad guy takes steps to ensure Frank will never leave the building alive. Violante Placido also stars.

 
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