2014 American Music Awards
ABC, 8:00 pm ET
Pitbull returns as host as the annual event airs from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. As usual, the three-hour special -- whose winners are determined by fan voting -- will be stuffed with stars and categories representing various music genres. Among those slated to appear: Taylor Swift (offering the world-premiere performance of her tune "Blank Space"), Fergie, Lorde, One Direction, Iggy Azalea, Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith, Charli XCX and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Formula One Racing
NBCSN, 7:30 am ET
By the time the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix goes off, the Formula One championship may already belong to Lewis Hamilton, making today's 55 laps on the 21-turn, 3.451-mile Yas Marina Circuit but a formality. As of early November, the only driver left to challenge him was Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. Still, viewers can get one last racing fix and take in some impressive island scenery before F1 signs off for another year.
Family Skating Tribute
ABC, 4:00 pm ET
In this new special, it's not just a matter of youngsters saying that Mommy or Daddy skates professionally, since the kids lace up and hit the ice with them. Nancy Kerrigan, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Ilia Kulik, Kurt Browning, Paul Wylie, Linda Fratianne and Todd Eldredge are among veterans of the sport who participate in the show, taped at the Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State. Country-music veteran Amy Grant gives them an in-person soundtrack during the program.
Christmas in Palm Springs
UP, 7:00 pm ET
Joe Brady (Patrick Muldoon) and his estranged wife Jessica (Dina Meyer) are living on opposite sides of the country as they contemplate divorce. In a last-ditch effort to get their parents back together, the couple’s children evoke the help of a guardian angel and plan a family vacation to Palm Springs.
FOX, 7:30 pm ET
Jane's (Nasim Pedrad) new romantic involvement with a U.S. Marine leaves John and Motif (John Mulaney, Seaton Smith) feeling guilty over not being evident supporters of the military. They set out to correct that by trying to join a USO tour in the new episode "Patriot Acts." The situation inspires Lou (Martin Short) to weigh in on the difficulties of war -- and of doing improvisational humor. Elliott Gould and Zack Pearlman also star.
FOX, 8:00 pm ET
Homer Simpson, rock star? It happens in the new episode "CoverCraft," as Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) unites with other fathers of Springfield to form a band. They all enjoy their new musical fame, but their breakup may be imminent when Apu (voice of Hank Azaria) suddenly emerges as a solo star. Will Forte and -- as himself -- veteran rocker Sammy Hagar provide guest voices.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
BRAVO, 8:00 pm ET
In the new episode "All Tea All Shade," the distance between Phaedra and Apollo continues to grow after his fervent apology to Kenya. Kandi tells Phaedra that Kenya is not who they thought she was. Kenya helps her best friend, radio personality Claudia Jordan, adjust to her new life in Atlanta. NeNe returns home after headlining with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. Todd has second thoughts about having a baby with Kandi.
Guy's Grocery Games
FOOD, 8:00 pm ET
Round one of the new episode "Pressed for Time" finds the chefs required to make a panini lunch with items found on Guy's grocery list. Later, they try to prepare a favorite rice dish, followed by a top-notch seafood dish. Guest judges are Brian Malarkey, Catherine McCord and Marcela Valladolid.
The Christmas Shepherd
HALLMARK, 8:00 pm ET
Sally Browning (Teri Polo), a widow and children's book author is devastated when her dog, a German Shepherd her late husband found while serving overseas, runs away during a thunderstorm. Ultimately, however, the dog is adopted by a Boston widower (Martin Cummins) and his teenage daughter (Jordyn Olson), who unwittingly hold the key to renewed happiness for Sally.
Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize
PBS, 8:00 pm ET
This special celebrates former "Tonight Show" host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., a lineup of the biggest names in comedy salutes the 17th recipient of the humor prize.
NBC, 8:20 pm ET
Tonight's game at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys probably looked a whole lot more attractive when the NFL scheduled it for a prime-time telecast last spring. Now? Not so much. Eli Manning and the G-Men have fallen on hard times, as injuries have ravaged a secondary that was expected to be one of the team's strengths. Tony Romo and the 'Boys, meanwhile, are vying for the NFC East lead with their eyes on a playoff berth.
FOX, 8:30 pm ET
A U.S. Postal Service detective -- with the absolutely great name Jack Danger, and played by guest star Ed Helms ("The Office") -- partners with Jake and Charles (Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio) to find and apprehend a drug dealer in the new episode "USPIS." The other precinct members try to help Amy (Melissa Fumero) break her smoking habit. Andre Braugher and Terry Crews also star.
CBS, 8:31 pm ET
Some recent security issues in the nation's capital make the plot of the new episode "Collateral Damage" not as impossible as one might hope. The presence of a gunman outside prompts a lockdown of the State Department, leaving Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) with Iraqi delegates who may reveal unflattering information on her time in the CIA. Series co-star Tim Daly's son Sam guest stars as Daisy's (Patina Miller) fiance. Actor Eric Stoltz directed the story.
FOX, 9:00 pm ET
A series titled "Grimm" already exists, but that doesn't stop the animated Griffins from venturing into that territory in the new episode "Grimm Job." They put their own distinctive, and macabre, spins on three classic stories -- "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Cinderella." Guest voices include Adam West ("Batman"), Emily Osment and veteran-rocker sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, alias music's Heart.
The Walking Dead
AMC, 9:00 pm ET
Between holding down the church and going on a rescue mission, the group is spread pretty thin. Is this going to be the breaking point?
HBO, 9:00 pm ET
Reece and Leona (Chris Messina, Jane Fonda) try to raise cash to foil Randy and Blair (Chris Smith, Kat Dennings) and save the network in the new episode "Main Justice." Will (Jeff Daniels) gets a surprise at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, and Maggie's (Alison Pill) scoop about the EPA makes it to "News Night." Sloan and Don (Olivia Munn, Thomas Sadoski) try to keep their relationship a secret from a new Human Resources executive.
Holiday Baking Championship
FOOD, 9:00 pm ET
The six remaining bakers take on a reliable dessert favorite in the new episode "It's Not the Holidays Without Pie." In the first challenge, the bakers have just half an hour to make their best dessert using a store-bought crust. The second challenge involves three different pies and three different crusts. Judges for the episode are Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. Bobby Deen is the host.
Alaska Starts Here
TRAVEL, 9:00 pm ET
This new one-hour special explores the bustling port town of Seward, where warm ocean currents keep the harbor ice-free year round. That makes Seward the crucial link between the outside world and the wilder Alaska further inland. It's also a haven for tourists with its easy access and plethora of attractions, which include riding with Iditarod-trained sled dogs atop Godwin Glacier in 70-degree weather.
EAT: The Story of Food
NGC, 9:00 pm ET
Much of our modern foodstuffs have become so packed with preservatives that our ancestors would have a hard time even recognizing it as food. The new episode "Guilty Pleasures" examines how these foods, laden with sugar, salt and fat, have gotten modern diners addicted to them, despite their dubious impact on health. The series finale immediately follows this episode.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas
HALLMARK MOVIES, 9:00 pm ET
With a duty to deliver every last letter before Christmas, the quartet of post office detectives — Oliver, Shane, Rita and Norman (Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe and Geoff Gustafson, respectively) — are working around the clock to redirect Santa’s mail. When they receive an emotional last-minute plea not meant for Saint Nick, but instead written to God, they must delay their own travel plans to make sure one little girl doesn’t lose her Christmas joy.
Seasons of Love
LIFETIME, 9:00 pm ET
The budding romance of Amir (Cleo Anthony) and Kyla (LeToya Luckett) is threatened when her old flame Miles (Rob Riley) re-enters her life right after Amir's father dies. These twin events leave the lovers questioning what truly matters most to them. Taraji P. Henson, Gladys Knight and Cliff "Method Man" Smith also star.
The Good Wife
CBS, 9:30 pm ET
Since the start of the season, the series has been building toward this: Cary (Matt Czuchry) stands trial in this new episode, and he may draw time in prison when a plea deal is presented to him. Unexpected results from a joke Alicia (Julianna Margulies) shares with Grace (Makenzie Vega) complicate her political run, especially with rival Frank Prady (David Hyde Pierce) now watching her every move. David Paymer and John Ventimiglia ("Blue Bloods") guest star.
FOX, 9:30 pm ET
Kevin Kline and Zach Galifianakis are guest voices as Thanksgiving isn't quite the holiday it's intended to be in the new episode "Dawn of the Peck." Bob (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) wants nothing to do with the occasion, prompting Linda (voice of John Roberts) and the younger family members to spend it at the First Annual Fischoeder Turk-tacular Turkey Town Festival. (Say that five times fast.) Birds go on the rampage there, making the event less than joyous.
Richard Pryor -- Icon
PBS, 9:30 pm ET
One of the most unique and fearless -- and, in some corners, feared -- talents ever to add his voice to the history of American comedy is recalled in this new profile. Pryor rarely failed to go to the edge with his humor, whether in live performances, in such movies as "Stir Crazy" or in a memorable early edition of "Saturday Night Live." Bountiful clips offer reminders of his effect, as do interviews with other comics he influenced.
HBO, 10:00 pm ET
In the new episode "Valerie Is Brought to Her Knees," Valerie (Lisa Kudrow) is excited to meet her A-List co-star -- Seth Rogen, playing himself -- who will be portraying a fictionalized version of her longtime nemesis Paulie G., during the first day on set for "Seeing Red." Later, Valerie struggles to put on a brave face while filming a fantasy sequence in the show. Mark L. Young co-stars.
TRAVEL, 10:00 pm ET
Even run-of-the-mill RVs draw frowns of disapproval from many environmentalists because of the vehicles' reputation as a polluting gas-guzzler. This new one-hour special, however, looks at some true million-dollar mega-mansions on wheels that also have been designed to be scrupulously green in terms of their environmental impact.
FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
Two sets of twins compete in the kitchen in the new episode "In It to Twin It," and three of the chefs deal with calzones. Pirates invade the kitchen in another segment, while a chef marks a sad birthday in another. Antonia Lofaso is the guest judge.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CBS, 10:30 pm ET
Though rehab facilities are meant to encourage people's return to health, it definitely doesn't turn out that way for one guest in the new episode "Road to Recovery." Not only is the woman's body found in a pool, the consequent investigation shows she had consumed considerable amounts of alcohol and drugs -- prompting the team to suspect they may be dealing with a murder. Guest stars include Greg Grunberg ("Heroes") and Marc Blucas ("Necessary Roughness").
HBO, 10:30 pm ET
In the new episode "Turnips ... North Day ... Yes, yes," the staff tries to do things "old school" in the aftermath of a computer server crash, with disastrous results. DiDi (Niecy Nash) severely clashes with Dr. Stickley (Mark Harelik) over Arlene's (guest star Jean Smart) mother-in-law, while Dr. James (Laurie Metcalf) struggles to get through to a deaf patient.
Robin Williams Remembered -- A Pioneers of Television Special
PBS, 10:30 pm ET
The late comedy star gets a tribute, including an interview he gave for the "Pioneers of Television" franchise that celebrates the medium's history. Since home-screen programming is the series' thrust, clips of Williams in the show that made him immediately and enormously popular -- "Mork & Mindy" -- are plentiful, along with excerpts from his other TV appearances. Pam Dawber, Henry Winkler and comics Louie Anderson and Paul Rodriguez offer comments.