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TV this week: ‘The Voice,’ ‘Survivor’ crown new champions

Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for Dec. 16-22
DON’T MISS: “The Voice” — It all has been leading up to this: After weeks of blind auditions, battle rounds and brutal “knockouts,” Season 15 of the popular singing competition comes to a close. Coaches Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton have groomed their wannabe pop stars for this moment, but who will walk away with the $100,000 record deal? Unfortunately, they’ll drag the finale over a bloated two hours before host Carson Daly delivers the big reveal. (9 p.m. Tuesday, NBC).
Other bets:
SUNDAY: The boss of the Great White Way? “Springsteen on Broadway” brings Bruce Springsteen’s Tony Award-winning solo acoustic show to viewers who couldn’t make it to New York (and/or afford those crazy ticket prices). It’s just Bruce, his guitar, a piano and some very personal stories. (Netflix).
MONDAY: “Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir” returns for its 15th year with Sutton Foster as the guest musical artist. Also, “Downton Abbey” star Hugh Bonneville reads the Christmas story from the Book of Luke. (9 p.m., PBS).
MONDAY: “The Year in Memoriam 2018” is an hourlong special that pays tribute to the stars and icons we lost this year and the legacies they left behind. Robin Roberts hosts. (10 p.m., ABC).
TUESDAY: Celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich hits the road for “Lidia Celebrates America: A Heartland Holiday Feast.” For her latest special, she showcases the cuisine and culture of various small towns that provide inspiration for the holidays. (9 p.m., PBS).
WEDNESDAY: All the blind-siding and back-stabbing on “Survivor: David vs. Goliath” comes to an end tonight as the reality series crowns a new champ. As usual, host Jeff Probst will preside over a reunion special right after the final tribal council. (8 p.m., CBS).
THURSDAY: “Timeless” fans — aka Clockblockers — get the closure they demanded as the twice-canceled time-travel drama delivers a two-hour holiday-themed movie. Set on Christmas Eve and Christmas, it promises to tie up some major loose ends. (8 p.m., NBC).
THURSDAY: On the season finale of “Murphy Brown,” the gang tries to distract Murphy from fretting about Avery’s assignment in Kabul by getting her to attend a New Year’s Eve celebration at Phil’s Bar. TV journalists Lawrence O’Donnell and Andrea Mitchell guest star as themselves. (9:30 p.m., CBS).
FRIDAY: When Season 2 of “Marvel’s Runaways” begins, our young heroes have left their homes — and evil parents — behind and now have to learn to scavenge for food and live on their own. They also aim to take down PRIDE once and for all. (Hulu).
FRIDAY: The “A Home for the Holidays” event celebrates its 20th anniversary with more inspirational stories about Americans who have adopted children from foster care. LL Cool J is our host and Gwen Stefani, Train and Lukas Graham all perform. (8 p.m., CBS).
SATURDAY: Wes Anderson’s Golden Globe-nominated “Isle of Dogs” makes its television debut. The animated saga follows a boy attempting to rescue his pet from an island where dogs have been quarantined after an outbreak of canine flu. (8 p.m., HBO).

Contact Chuck Barney at cbarney@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/chuckbarney and Facebook.com/bayareanewsgroup.chuckbarney.

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