WASHINGTON, December 18, 2012 –Tonight, The Voice ends another successful season. The Voice is one of several talent search themed shows, but its format is a bit different. The series consists of three phases: a blind audition, a battle phase, and live performance shows. Four judges/coaches, all noteworthy recording artists, choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process.
The judges, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera are a huge part of the reason The Voice is so successful and usually warrants watching. Tune in tonight to see who wins it all.
For the younger audience, there are two great perennial favorites on tap tonight: A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s a Very Muppet Christmas Movie. In the latter, with a cast like Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, Mel Brooks, Joan Cusack, and William Macy, what’s not to love? I’m going to escape the real world tonight and let Jim Henson’s creations show me their unique take on the holiday season.
For more adult viewing, there is always the back-to-back set of NCIS dramas, and their respective, crime fighting, Christmas themed shows. For those of us convinced the world will end any day, there is also a new episode of Doomsday Preppers.
There is something for everyone tonight. So take a break from the demands of the day and the season and enjoy some TV with loved ones. After all, that’s what TV is for.
All times are EST
ABC: A Charlie Brown Christmas: (Repeat) Charlie Brown and Linus search for the meaning of Christmas; the short “Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa” accompanies the holiday classic.
CBS: NCIS: (New) It’s Christmas time and Tony DiNozzo can’t decide if he’ll be naughty or nice when his dad, Anthony DiNozzo, Sr., comes to town for a visit. Meanwhile, the NCIS team is “following the money” in order to solve a murder investigation, and Abby is bursting with excitement over all the holiday festivities.
FOX: Raising Hope: (Repeat) The Chances meet Sabrina’s mother in the Season 2 premiere at the funeral for her grandmother.
NBC: The Voice: (Repeat) The final two vocalists perform.
CW: It’s a Very Muppet Christmas Movie: (Repeat) A friendly angel (David Arquette) shows Kermit that he still has a wonderful life after a bitter banker (Joan Cusack) shuts Muppet Theatre on Christmas Eve. Boss: Whoopi Goldberg. Supervisor: William H. Macy. Mel Brooks, Kelly Ripa, the cast of “Scrubs” and Carson Daly have cameos, along with Jon Stewart, Rachel Hunter, Molly Shannon and Matthew Lillard.
FOX: Ben and Kate: (Repeat) Kate lies about her residence in order to get Maddie into a better school district, but when her plan falls apart, she must admit the truth to Maddie’s principal (Alan Ruck).
ABC: Happy Endings: (New) When Jane’s friends learn that her birthday is on Christmas Day, they try to throw her a party that isn’t overshadowed by the holiday.
CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (New) Callen, Sam, Kensi and Deeks spend Christmas aboard an aircraft carrier investigating the death of a fellow NCIS special agent. Meanwhile, Nell and Eric make the most of the holidays back at headquarters and Hetty takes a trip.
FOX: New Girl: (Repeat) Jess is laid off from her teaching job and volunteers to be a shot girl at Schmidt’s “rebranding” party in the Season 2 opener. Also: Cece introduces the gang to her new beau; and Winston shows a different side of his personality after drinking some of Nicky’s fruity concoctions. Parker Posey guest stars as a jaded cocktail waitress.
NBC: The Voice: (New) A new champion is crowned; The Killers, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson and Rihanna all perform.
ABC: Don’t Trust the B–H in Apartment 23 (New) Chloe tries to cheer her friends up by dragging them to the Hamptons, where she tries to crash the party of the year and hook up with its host.
FOX: The Mindy Project: (New) Shauna gets the staff into a hip nightclub, where Mindy connects with a lawyer for the New York Knicks. Meanwhile, Jeremy has his eye on a woman who happens to be engaged; and Morgan finds out how much money a bathroom attendant can make.
ABC: Private Practice: (New) Charlotte continues to run the hospital from her bed; Mason starts acting out in school.
CBS: Vegas: (New) Sheriff Lamb assigns Dixon an undercover job at the Savoy when Savino suffers a series of robberies, while Ralph and Jack look at the mob when they investigate the murder of the biggest contractor in Las Vegas.
New episodes of:
Doomsday Preppers at 9 p.m. on NGC
Mankind: The Story of All of Us at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Little People, Big World: Wedding Farm at 9 p.m. on TLC
Dangerous Grounds at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills at 9:48 p.m. on BRAVO
Storage Wars Texas at 10 p.m. on A&E
Million Dollar Decorators at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
Zombie Apocalypse at 10 p.m. on DSC
Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
NFL Road Tested: The Cleveland Browns at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel
For movie lovers:
Home Alone on ABCFAM
A Christmas Carol on AMC
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 on FMC
Deck the Halls on FX
The Change-Up on HBO
Little Miss Sunshine on IFC
In the Good Old Summertime on TCM
Friends With Benefits on STARZ
Rescue Dawn on SUND
New Year’s Eve on HBO
Money For Nothing at 9:45 p.m. on FLIX
Heartbreak Ridge at 10:05 p.m. on ENC
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