Taraji’s White Hot Holidays / 8:00pm (5) She doesn’t have fellow “Empire” star Terrence Howard with her this time, but Taraji P. Henson holds forth with the second annual edition of this seasonal variety special. She’s certainly not alone, since the guest lineup includes fellow “Empire” veterans Jussie Smollett and Taye Diggs, plus a very musical lineup featuring Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC’s Darryl McDaniels and TLC. Tyler Perry and Terry Crews also appear.
Shrek the Halls / 8:30pm (7) What’s not to love about a Christmas special starring a family of green ogres, especially one that already was popularized by a couple of hit movies when this debuted in 2007? Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) isn’t a Christmas kind of guy, but Princess Fiona (voice of Cameron Diaz) loves the holiday, so he goes along — with a little help from Donkey (voice of Eddie Murphy) and the rest of the fairy-tale gang. Antonio Banderas is heard again as Puss in Boots.
Fast N’ Loud / 9:00pm (Discovery) In a new two-hour special episode, Richard and Aaron made such an impression on Mattel last season when they transformed a ’68 Corvette into a life-sized Hot Wheels car that the company turned it into an actual toy. When the guys drop by again for a visit, they’re commissioned to build a life-sized Red Line Club car, this time using a 1963 Ford Econoline truck.
Falling Water / 10:00pm (USA) Burton (David Ajala) goes on the trail of the Woman in Red (Anna Wood), while Tess and Bill (Lizzie Brochere, Zak Orth) encounter a familiar face while following a lead on the Boy. Elsewhere, Taka (Will Yun Lee) gains new insight about the Green even as he stumbles in his relationship with Sabine