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    Critic’s corner: Dec. 16

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    Critic’s Corner

    By Sarah Rodman

    VH1 Divas 9 p.m., VH1

    Adam Lambert (above) hosts this annual gathering of women with big voices like “American Idol” victors Kelly Clarkson and Jordin Sparks, and other women who can carry a tune like Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, and Ciara. Sparks, Ledisi, and Melanie Fiona will band together to pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston. Natasha Bedingfield, Iggy Azalea, and Bootsy Collins are teaming up for a take on Dee-Lite’s “Groove Is in the Heart,” and Lambert himself will be belting out a Madonna tune.

    Homeland 10 p.m., Showtime


    Will Quinn “take care of” Brody? Will Carrie and Brody run away together? Will we find out anything more about Dar Adal? Will Chris Brody ever get to stay in the room when the grown-ups talk? Will Brody’s constituents ever wonder why he never seems to work? Will Abu Nazir pop up and say “Just kidding! I was wearing a vest!” All of these questions — or at least some of them — will be answered in the second season finale of the newly Golden Globe-nominated drama.

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    Survivor: Philippines 8:30 p.m., Channel 4

    Mrs. Garrett can’t help her now.

    Dexter 9 p.m., Showtime

    Will it be la muerta for


    Royal Pains: Off-Season
    9 p.m., USA

    Forecast: Snowy with a chance of a wedding.