TVision: With glee, NBC offers 'Sing-Off'

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 11:30pm
Nick Lachey will host 'The Sing-Off'

Music competitions have become hot network properties this decade, thanks to the ratings success of American Idol and America's Got Talent. Now get ready for The Sing-Off, the latest incarnation of these programs, which debuts Monday night at 7 p.m. on WSMV-4.

Since reality shows are among the few things currently working on NBC, it's no surprise they would launch another one, though The Sing-Off does have one element that distinguishes it from its predecessors.

Greatly influenced by Fox's new show Glee, which focuses on choral style performances of a high school's glee club, this program pits eight singing groups from around the nation against each other in a series of matches to determine the ultimate winner of $100,000 and a contract with Epic Records.

The groups will be performing a cappella. Nick Lachey will be the host for the series.

The king of reality

We’ll have to wait and see if The Sing-Off can survive as long as CBS' highest rated reality show, Survivor, which concludes another season this week with two episodes.

Survivor: Samoa's regular presentation airs Thursday night at 7, then the season finale runs Sunday night, also at 7 p.m. (both on WTVF-5). For those who watch this program, the betting line is on Russell Hantz, proclaimed by TV Guide as the best villain and game player in Survivor history.

Crow guests on ‘Spectacle’

Sheryl Crow joins a crowded guest lineup as the second season of Elvis Costello's conversation and performance program Spectacle continues.

Crow will be joined by Neko Case, Ron Sexsmith and Jesse Winchester on a program of alt country, alternative rock, folk and many things in between that begins at 9 p.m. Wednesday night on the Sundance Channel, with multiple repeats throughout the week.

Holiday specials

For fans seeking more Christmas cheer, this will be a heavy week for holiday themed specials.

Monday night Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson will the main star on I'll Be Home For Christmas, a program from Chicago that pairs her with jazz/pop and standards sensation Michael Buble. It begins at 7 p.m. on WKRN-2.

Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell takes the spotlight Wednesday night on the annual Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir at 7 p.m. on WNPT-8. The song roster will be heavy with carols, spiritual and familiar family numbers, plus a show tune or two from Mitchell.

CBS (WTVF-5) gives over Friday night to animated specials with a vintage show Frosty The Snowman at 7 p.m., followed by the updated program Frosty Returns with John Goodman taking over voice duties from the late Jackie Vernon at 7:30 p.m.

The week's last Christmas program airs on cable Sunday night with Neil Diamond hosting Christmas in Washington on TNT at 7 p.m. Diamond's guest include Sugarland, Rob Thomas, Mary J. Blige and Usher, and they'll be performing for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.