TV picks: Tuesday, Dec. 18

From left: Terry McDermott, Cassadee Pope and Nicholas David are the finalists on "The Voice."

“The Voice”

REALITY. America unceremoniously sends one singer home, while you better believe mentor judges Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will get a fireworks display of a farewell as they temporarily leave the show to promote a new album (Xtina) and work on a sitcom for NBC (“The Lady Killer”). Oh, yeah — and a Season 3 winner will be announced! Terry McDermott, Cassadee Pope and Nicholas David vie for that $100,000 recording contract.

Season finale, 9 p.m., NBC

“Ramsay’s Christmas Cookalong”

SPECIAL. The only donkeys in this culinary-themed Christmas special hosted by hot-tempered “Hell’s Kitchen” star Gordon Ramsay are the ones in the manger scene — not in his kitchen, for a change.

10 p.m., BBC America

“Mankind: The Story of Us”

DOCUMENTARY. As man conquers new frontiers in the 19th and 20th centuries, war and devastating effects on the environment are results. Will humans survive? Guess you have to watch!

Season finale, 9 p.m., History Channel

“NCIS: Los Angeles”

DRAMA. Spending Christmas at headquarters is at least better than spending Christmas on an aircraft carrier investigating the death of a fellow NCIS special agent, right? Um, right?

9 p.m., CBS


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Giants vs. Texans: 3 things to watch

The Giants host the surprising Texans (2-0) in what may already be a must-win game for Big Blue.


Eric Decker misses practice again, could miss Monday

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Derek Jeter still focused on baseball as final…

Derek Jeter has effectively hid his emotions for 20 years in the Bronx.


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