Best bets on TV this week

Monday

Nick Lachey returns to host another edition of “The Sing-Off,” a spirited smackdown involving a cappella groups from across the nation. Singer Jewel joins Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman on the judges panel. 9 p.m., NBC.

Tuesday

The “Sons of Anarchy” began with a shocking school shooting and steadily evolved into the most controversial — and deadliest — season yet. Now, in the season finale, all the questionable moves made by SAMCRO president Jax Teller could have dire ramifications for the future of the club, and for his own family. 10 p.m. Tuesday, FX.

And you thought Danica Patrick could only race cars and appear in sleazy Super Bowl commercials. She is co-hosting the “American Country Awards” with Trace Adkins. 8 p.m., Fox.

Wednesday

“Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale” is an offbeat special that has the pop star learning some lessons about the meaning of the holiday. Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood, Reba and others join her on the journey. 10 p.m., NBC.

Thursday

Don’t you hate it when this happens? On “The Michael J. Fox Show,” Mike finds out that he has to work on Christmas Eve, which complicates his plans for a gift exchange with Annie (Betsy Brandt). 9:30 p.m., NBC.

Friday

On “Raising Hope,” Burt (Garret Dillahunt) becomes interim mayor of Natesville and gets Grinchy as he faces the unpleasant prospect of canceling the town’s Christmas festival. 9 p.m., Fox.

Saturday

We don’t know if it’s true or not, but rumor has it that every time you watch “It’s a Wonderful Life,” an angel gets his wings. Atta boy, Clarence. 8 p.m., NBC.

Chuck Barney

Contra Costa Times

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