What to Watch Tonight

Animated Elf, a New Voice Champ, Smackdown and More

On TV this Tuesday: Someone on NCIS is making a list (and checking it twice?), The Voice and MasterChef Junior crown champions, an Elf goes looking for his dad, a special Smackdown is served and Samaritan taunts The Machine. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.

  • NBC
    Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas

    In this stop-motion animated mash-up of the movie and stage show, an elf (voiced by Big Bang‘s Jim Parsons) heads to New York City to meet his biological father (Star Wars‘ Mark Hamill). Ed Asner voices Santa.

  • CBS
    NCIS

    Winter finale: As the team consults with three cyber-terrorists (returning guest stars Ethan Rains, Erin Allin O’Reilly and Vik Sahay) about a city-wide Internet shutdown the week before Christmas (the horror!!!), McGee reflects on Gibbs’ rules as he pens a letter to his father. Cue flashbacks! (Read preview.)

  • Fox
    MasterChef Junior

    Season finale: The two finalists prepare the most important three-course menu of their lives, with an eye on the trophy and a $100,000 prize. But mostly on the $100,000 prize.

  • USA Network
    WWE Super Smackdown Live

    As part of “WWE Week,” you get this special live airing of WWE Super SmackDown, broadcast from Grand Rapids, Mich.

  • NBC
    The Voice

    Season finale, two gours: Will Chris Jamison, Matt McAndrew, Damien or Craig Wayne Boyd be voted champ? I like the cut of the jib on that Matt M. guy.

  • CBS
    NCIS: New Orleans

    Winter finale: The investigation of the murder of a retired SEAL who tracked down individuals impersonating military personnel takes a mysterious turn (when someone realizes NCIS: LA did this storyline a few weeks ago…?).

  • ABC
    Disney Prep & Landing

    Every Christmas Eve, an elite, high-tech unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared for a visit from The Big Guy aka Santa. (Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice follows at 9:30.)

  • Bravo
    Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce

    When Abby spends her first night alone without the kids to focus on writing her next book, things take a sudden turn for the worse, propelling the ladies on a wild ride through Hollywood.

  • CBS
    Person of Interest

    Winter finale: “Machi-i-iiiine…. Come out and play-ay-ayyyyy….” Samaritan erases crime from the city for a day, in an attempt to force its counterpart out of hiding.

  • MTV
    Real World: Skeletons

    Season premiere: Seven strangers move into a Chicago loft to start new lives together, having no clue that visitors from their troubled pasts will soon be moving in.

  • USA Network
    Benched

    Nina wagers Phil that she’ll fix what he couldn’t and get one of his chronic defendants out of the court system once and for all; after Micah criticizes Carols Phil’s performance in court, they give her a case of her own.