Alex Hogh Andersen
86th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center
8 p.m. on WIS
Hot off their recent congenial coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, not to mention their regular morning duties on “Today,” Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb join NBC colleagues Al Roker and Craig Melvin for the traditional lighting of this year’s enormous Christmas tree in midtown Manhattan, a 72-foot-tall Norway Spruce from Wallkill, N.Y. Musical performances by John Legend, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Kellie Pickler and Pentatonix, among others, precede the moment of illumination.
9 p.m. on WACH
Upon her return to Gravity Records, Carlotta (Queen Latifah) discovers that much has changed, while Star (Jude Demorest) makes a startling discovery when she meets Jackson’s (Matthew Noszka) mother, Becky (guest star Kelly Sullivan) in the new episode “Roots and Wings.” Elsewhere, Simone (Brittany O’grady) turns to Nina (guest star Camila Banus) when Angel (guest star Evan Ross) returns unexpectedly. Ben Vereen and Chad Michael Murray also guest star.
9 p.m. on HIST
Fans of Shakespeare’s history play about Richard III of England may pick up resonances of that saga as this drama resumes Season 5 with the new episode “The Revelation,” which opens with the coronation of pathologically cruel Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh Andersen) as king of Kattegat. That occasion is closely followed by the return of Ivar’s uncle Rollo (Clive Standen), the Duke of Normandy, who played a part in Ivar’s victory. Now, however, Rollo seems more ambivalent in his loyalties.