Sunday TV: Billboard Awards, Jesse Stone Returns, ‘Sherlock’ Finale

Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen host the 2012 Billboard Music Awards (ABC, 8 p.m.) from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, not because they’re singers or musicians but because they are on a hit show on the network.

There will be plenty of other musicians to go around, including performers Cee-Lo Green, Jordin Sparks, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Linkin Park, Nelly Furtado, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, FMFAO and The Wanted. Stevie Wonder will be presented an Icon Award from Alicia Keys, and Whitney Houston will get a posthumous Millennium Award. They will probably pause to salute Donna Summer as well.

One of the great movie franchises isn’t at the movies, it’s on TV. Tom Selleck, who is so good in his role as New England former police chief is back again – as chief again – in “Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt” (CBS, 9 p.m.) that includes appearances from two others who have been in the Robert Parker series with him, Kathy Baker and William Devane. Why doesn’t Selleck just do a series on the laconic lawman? Because he’s already playing a police chief on “Blue Bloods” on another network.

The third and final adventure from “Sherlock” in its current series finds the return of the murderous arch enemy Moriarty on “Masterpiece Mystery” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

“The Simpsons” (Fox, 8 p.m.) ends its 23rd season with a Lady Gaga appearance in Springfield. Which proves that, wherever it is, Springfield is not located in the Phillipines.

It’s a familiar place for Clay Aiken: Finalist on a network reality competition. This time it’s “Celebrity Apprentice” (NBC, 9 p.m.) where he’s up against Arsenio Hall.

As the seventh season begins for “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (E!, 9 p.m.), watch how they’ll try to push the teenagers into the spotlight, not that the older daughters have already messed up their lives.

Clint Eastwood seems to have done nothing but lend his name and his family to the newest reality show, “Mrs. Eastwood & Company” (E!, 10 p.m.), which follows the advantures of Dina Eastwood and their two teenage daughters, and the singing group from South Africa that she manages. Clint himself will scarcely be seen.

Hannah goes home to Lansing for a visit and things go wrong, as usual, on “Girls” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

The “Veep” (HBO, 10 p.m.) learns she shouldn’t be so curious at what all the nicknames she has online.

It’s Christmas on “Mad Men” (AMC, 10 p.m.).

Linden tries to find Rosie’s key on “The Killing” (AMC, 9 p.m.) and candidate Richmond offers a hand on the show which lately has been as good as “Mad Men.”

A nasty turnabout in the North and they’re still searching for those dragons on “Game of Thrones” (HBO, 9 p.m.).

It’s a Cesar Romero double feature with “Captain from Castile” (TCM, 8 p.m.) and “A Gentleman at Heart” (TCM, 10:30 p.m.). In the wee hours, there’s a Jean Renoir double play with “Rules of the Game” (TCM, 2 a.m.) with “Partie de Campagne” (4 a.m.).

The WNBA season begins with Phoenix at Minnesota (ABC, 12:30 p.m.).

In the NBA playoffs, it’s Heat at Pacers (ABC, 3:30 p.m.) and Spurs at Clippers (TNT, 10:30 p.m.). In the Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s the Coyotes at Kings (NBC, 3 p.m.).

Baseball today includes Red Sox at Phillies (TBS, 1:30 p.m.) and Cardinals at Dodgers (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

Sunday Talk

ABC: Reps. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi. CBS: Sens. Mitch McConnell, Mark Warner and Lindsey Graham. NBC: Sen. Richard Durbin and Rep. Paul Ryan. CNN: Sens. Barbara Boxer and Kay Bailey Hutchinson, David Axelrod, Reince Priebus, NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Fox News: Ryan, former White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee.

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