Shrek the Halls
ABC, 8:00 pm ET
In this animated 2007 special, the lovable green ogre — now married and a dad — gets some help finding his Christmas spirit from his familiar friends Donkey, Puss in Boots and Gingerbread Man. Features the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas.
AMC, 9:15 am ET
Some purists may sniff that 1942's "Holiday Inn," of which this 1954 musical is a partial remake, is a superior piece of work. The fact remains that this latter vehicle for Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen has become a compulsory part of the yuletide celebration for millions around the world. The classic title tune is just one of several memorable Irving Berlin melodies performed here with style, heart and panache.
CBS, 8:00 pm ET
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."
CW, 8:00 pm ET
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."
Sacred Journeys With Bruce Feiler
PBS, 8:00 pm ET
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.
King of Kings
TCM, 8:00 pm ET
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.
One Direction: The TV Special
NBC, 8:00 pm ET
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.
CW, 9:00 pm ET
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.
FOX, 9:00 pm ET
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.
The Year: 2014
ABC, 9:00 pm ET
ABC News' now-annual recap of the preceding 12 months finds host Robin Roberts and others, including David Muir and George Stephanopoulos, showcasing major stories and personalities of that time span. Music stars Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor are among the celebrities cited, and racial unrest, ISIS and the Ebola outbreak are included in recollections of the year's top headlines. Amy Robach, Michael Strahan and Dan Harris also contribute segments.
The Mindy Project
FOX, 9:30 pm ET
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.
PBS, 10:00 pm ET
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.
FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
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.
USA, 10:00 pm ET
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.
TBS, 10:00 pm ET
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.
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
BRAVO, 10:00 pm ET
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.")
Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale
NBC, 10:00 pm ET
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.
Person of Interest
CBS, 10:01 pm ET
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.
NCIS: New Orleans
CBS, 10:01 pm ET
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.