TV highlights: Kelly Clarkson gets her very own Christmas special


NASHVILLE - Rayna is determined to buy herself out of her Edgehill contract once and for all, even though Tandy and Luke counsel otherwise. (Mark Levine/ABC)
December 10, 2013

Oliver is drugged and left for dead after a fight with Cyrus Gold on “Arrow” (CW at 8 p.m.). Felicity tries to help him, but her cure causes him to hallucinate even more and he’s visited by some ghosts from his past. During all of this, Barry and Felicity grow closer, and Roy is captured and tortured.

Cam takes Lily to a charity event to teach her the true meaning of Christmas on “Modern Family” (ABC at 9), while Mitch goes last-minute shopping for Lily. Jay and Manny try to cut down their own tree, and Gloria’s mom makes a surprise visit.

The typical celebrity musical Christmas special gets a moral twist with “Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale” (NBC at 10), when Clarkson and guests such as Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Heidi Klum and many, many more are involved in a story with well-meaning morality at its core. Songs include “Silent Night” and “White Christmas.”

Juliette is thrilled to play Teddy’s music festival on “Nashville” (ABC at 10), but someone leaks some gossip about what she expects at a venue, and she receives very bad press. Elsewhere, Rayna considers a risky financial move and Scarlett reconnects with Avery.

With the majority of the Coven turned against her, Fiona looks to Marie Laveau for an alliance on “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX at 10). Viewers finally learn who was behind Cordelia’s brutal burning, and Nan learns a disturbing truth about Luke.

RETURNING SHOW: The third season of “The Exes” (TV Land at 10:30) has Eden sharing a secret with Phil and Holly, who then turns and tells Stuart and Haskell all about it.

S ERIES PREMIERE: A reality show about five diverse women on the competitive barrel-racing circuit as they travel around the country, “Rodeo Girls” (A&E at 11) opens with a rider having to prove herself.

Actress Emma Thompson guests and Josh Groban presents a top 10 list on “The Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35). The musical guest is Nick Lowe.

Actor-director Tyler Perry and actor Ken Jeong join “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35), with musical guest the Head and the Heart.

Television host Ryan Seacrest and actor Bradley Whitford come to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with a musical performance from Mac Miller.

Correction: A previous version of this story said “The Exes” was returning for its fourth season. This version has been updated.

— Rachel Lubitz

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