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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.

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