Monday TV: Environmental Concerns Amid Extreme Christmas Lighting Displays

saving-my-tomorrow-speech-1024Television strives to save the environment tonight by addressing children, and by addressing adults who like movie stars. “Saving My Tomorrow” (HBO, 7 p.m.) is the kids’ program, showing various grade schooler leading protests and making speeches — some more articulate than others, who just say pollution is bad.

There is also a jaunty theme song from They Might be Giants and a tune by Stephen Merritt called “A Million Trillion Bugs.” Tina Fey and Liam Neeson do readings. And the special kicks off a four part series on HBO next year.

For grownups, Matt Damon narrates the latest in public television’s “Journey to Planet Earth” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) by focusing on extreme weather aspects of climate change.

But will both be blown out by the electrical grid excess of the season’s second two-hour edition of “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (ABC, 8 p.m.)? Tonight’s second , they travel  from Owensboro, Ky.; to Newark, Vallejo and Fresno, Calif;  San Antonio and Dallas, Texas; Columbus, Ga.;  and Jacksonville, Fla..

A finale comes for “The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.) as the final four sing their final performances for votes. Four men are left in the contest — two of them from Adam Levine’s team — Matt McAndrew, 23, of New Jersey and Chris Jamison, 20, of Pittsburgh. Craig Wayne Boyd, 35, of Nashville, started on Blake Shelton’s team, was saved by Gwen Stefani, then stolen back by Shelton. The wild card entry in the finals is the single-named Damien, 35, of Monroe, La. Performers in the the finals week include Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Lynyrd Skynyurd and Hozier.

The first of a couple of new televised awards show is the “American Country Countdown Awards” (Fox, 8 p.m.), which is tied to sales and airplay. Miranda Lambert, Jason ALdean, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Jason ALdean are among performers in the event performed live from Nashville. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard host.

“Hart of Dixie” (The CW, 8 p.m.) has possibly the latest season premiere on TV.

Meanwhile, “Jane the Virgin” (The CW, 9 p.m.) has a season finale, ending on a high note after winning two Golden Globe nominations last week, a rarity for the network.

The three part “Ascension” (Syfy, 9 p.m.) is a miniseries about a group of offsprings of Americans who blasted off during the Cold War 50 years ago, begins with a murder investigation.

“Fake Off” (TruTV, 10 p.m.) has a season finale, with its winners now able to go back to gainful employment.

On “Mike & Molly” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) Molly, now an erotica novelist, hits a writers’ block.

Forgotten heroes are celebrated in the two night series “The American Revolution” (American Heroes Channel, 9 p.m.).

Tom Berenger returns on a new “Major Crimes” (TNT, 9 p.m.).

Bleona’s pop star stage performance is overblown and about 10-years dated. Still, she has a title to live up to on “Euros of Hollywood” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) — “Madonna of Albania.”

Christmas fare tonight includes “The Year Without a Santa Claus” (ABC Family, 8 p.m.), “Christmas on the Bayou” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (AMC, 8 and 10:30 p.m.), “The Secret Santa” (TLC, 8 p.m.), “Northpole” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.), “The Polar Express” (ABC Family, 9 p.m.), “Love at the Christmas Table” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.).  and “Royal Christamas” (Hallmark, 10 p.m.).

The month-long Monday night salute to Cary Grant continues with “Destination Tokyo” (8 p.m.), “I Was a Male War Bride” (10:30 p.m.), “Gunga Din” (12:30 a.m.), “Only Angels Have Wing” (2:45 a.m.) and “Kiss Them for Me” (5 a.m.).

It’s New Orleans at Chicago (ESPN, 8:15 p.m.) in Monday Night Football.

In the NHL, it’s Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.); in basketball, Lakers at Indiana (NBA, 7 p.m.).

It’s Elon at Duke (ESPNU, 7 p.m.) in college hoops.

Daytime Talk

Kelly & Michael: Amy Adams, Larry the Cable Guy. The View: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tai Beauchamp, Keke Palmer. The Talk: Barry Manilow, Dave Annable. Ellen DeGeneres: Nicki Minaj. Meredith Vieira: Jessie J. Queen Latifah: Jada Pinkett Smith, Bruno Tonioli (rerun).

Late Talk

David Letterman: Emma Stone, Marcus Mariota, Bob Seger. Jimmy Fallon: Oprah Winfrey, Idina Menzel. Jimmy Kimmel: Emily Blunt, Lee Pace, Alt-J. Seth Meyers: 50 Cent, Patricia Clarkson, James Bay. Craig Ferguson: Jon Hamm, Tim Meadows. Carson Daly: Tricia Helfer, Interpol, James Davis. Tavis Smiley: Sen. Carl Levin, Macy Gray. Jon Stewart: Tim Burton. Stephen Colbert: Seth Rogen. Conan O’Brien: Lisa Kudrow, Eric Andre, Interpol.

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