“Homeland”: As the spellbinding second season of this Emmy-winning political thriller comes to an end, Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody (Damian Lewis) have some major decisions to make about their futures. Then again, will Brody even have a future? Not if Quinn follows through on his mission to assassinate him. 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime.
SUNDAY: Here’s a fact of life: “Survivor: Philippines” will reward $1 million to its winner tonight. 8 p.m., CBS.
MONDAY: Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman play the president and first lady in “1600 Penn.” It’s a White House-set family sitcom that gets a sneak peek tonight, ahead of its official Jan. 10 premiere. 9:31 p.m., NBC.
TUESDAY: The “coaches” can mouth off all they want from their big red chairs, but the viewers will have total control over who captures the big prize as “The Voice” airs its glitzy season finale. 9 p.m., NBC.
WEDNESDAY: Break out the evening gowns and the swimsuits, it’s time for the “2012 Miss Universe Pageant.” 8 p.m., NBC.
THURSDAY: Some lucky singer will win a $5 million recording contract on tonight’s finale of “The X Factor.” 8 p.m., Fox.
FRIDAY: Conan O’Brien returns to host “Christmas in Washington.” It’s a concert special, attended by the Obama family, that features performances by, among others, Diana Ross, Megan Hilty and Scotty McCreery. 8 p.m., TNT.
SATURDAY: The 10th annual “WWE Tribute to the Troops” is a slam-bang holiday special to entertain military personnel and their families. 9 p.m., NBC.
sponsored Jargon is confusing, by definition. And the financial world has its own set of cryptic words.