A Pentatonix Christmas Special / 8:00pm (4) Used to being guests on others’ holiday shows, the members of the Grammywinning a cappella singing group instead get the chance to play the hosts in this new special. They certainly can draw from seasonal selections they’re familiar with, given this year’s release of their third Yuletide-celebrating album, “A Pentatonix Christmas.” Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton and Kelly Clarkson are among the announced guests.
Empire / 8:00pm (5) The drama’s fall finale, “A Furnace for Your Foe,” sees Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) try to help Angelo (guest star Taye Diggs) win the mayoral race by staging a free concert in support of him. Lucious (Terrence Howard) and others find themselves at the mercy of the FBI, which freezes the assets of Empire. Leslie Uggams and Kaitlin Doubleday also guest star. Trai Byers, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray and Gabourey Sidibe also star.
Star / 9:00pm (5) The debut of this drama from Lee Daniels uses the music world as its backdrop, and a theme familiar to fans of Motown music and/or “Dreamgirls.” Several young women embark on singing careers in Atlanta, but hurdles both personal and professional impact their shared aim. Newcomers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady and Amiyah Scott are showcased, supported by veteran talents including Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt.
blackish / 9:31pm (7) With Zoey (Yara Shahidi) about to head for college, Dre (Anthony Anderson) intends to stage the family’s most memorable yuletide ever in the new episode “Just Christmas, Baby.” Johan and his friend Gigi (guest stars Daveed Diggs and Tyra Banks) are invited to the celebration. Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) gets a reminder of parenting an infant by tending to Gigi’s baby. Laurence Fishburne, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown and Marsai Martin also star.
Benjamin Bratt stars in “Star” Wednesday on Fox.