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Sat, November 22

A Royal Christmas

HALLMARK, 8:00 pm ET

Emily (Lacey Chabert), a seamstress from her father's Philadelphia tailoring company, is shocked to discover that her European boyfriend, Leo (Stephen Hagan), is actually Prince Leopold, heir to the throne of the small sovereign country of Cordinia. Far worse, Leo's mother, Queen Isadora (Jane Seymour) is in a royal snit over her son's plans to wed a commoner. Katherine Flynn, Seymour's real-life daughter, co-stars as Natasha, Leo's ex-girlfriend.

Thanksgiving at Bobby's

FOOD, 12:00 pm ET

In this all-new special, Bobby Flay hosts an all-star Thanksgiving celebration with the help of Katie Lee and a gaggle of pals including Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon and Sunny Anderson. From appetizers to drinks, turkey to dessert, Bobby, Katie and their guests cook up classic Thanksgiving dishes that are personal and special to them, and offer helpful how-tos along the way.

College Football

NBC, 3:30 pm ET

Two teams, with designs on bowl game appearances, clash today in South Bend, Ind., with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame defending their home turf from the Louisville Cardinals. Irish QB Everett Golson may be a Heisman contender but he may find it tough going against a Louisville that ranks among the best in the nation. Will Gardner and the Cardinals will similarly find it an uphill climb against a tough Notre Dame"D."

The Little Mermaid

DISNEY, 7:30 pm ET

Critics cheered this 1989 adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story as the start of a new golden age of Disney animation. Independent-minded mermaid Ariel (voice of Jodi Benson) risks her beautiful singing voice and her father's undersea kingdom to become human after falling for a land-dwelling prince. The song "Under the Sea," performed by ultracool Sebastian the crab (voice of Samuel E. Wright), won an Oscar.

My Cat From Hell

ANIMAL, 8:00 pm ET
My Cat From Hell

One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters returns for an encore presentation. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats reigned over an 18-year Broadway run and unending touring productions that continue to travel the globe. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Webber’s hit-filled stage version boasts musical highlights aplenty, including Elaine Paige’s return to her original role as Grizabella, the faded “glamour cat” singing the show-stopping ballad “Memory.”

An En Vogue Christmas

LIFETIME, 8:00 pm ET

The members of En Vogue reunite for a Christmas concert to save a nightclub, but that means putting aside some old issues, including their relationship with former manager Marty (David Alan Grier), whom the ladies blame for splitting them up. This new TV movie features some of the group's biggest hits, as well as two new original songs. Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and Rhona Bennett star as themselves. Genelle Williams ("Warehouse 13") also stars.

That Awkward Moment

HBO, 8:15 pm ET

Three pals -- played by Zac Efron, Miles Teller ("The Spectacular Now") and Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station") -- grapple with moving romantic relationships from the casual to the more committed in this 2014 comedy. They make a pact not to involve themselves deeply with women anymore, but of course, their prospects improve as soon as they've struck that accord. Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis and Jessica Lucas play the objects of their confusion.

Buying Alaska

DEST AMERICA, 9:00 pm ET
Buying Alaska

In a new episode, it was the "Lakes of the Last Frontier" that attracted Eric and Cynthia to Glenallen, Alaska, but after living in a crowded bed and breakfast, the couple hopes to find a remote home all their own in the area.

Atlantis

BBCA, 9:00 pm ET

In this new episode, Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) lays siege to a vulnerable Atlantis, which looks ready to fall without the Palladium to protect it. The city's only hope lies with Jason, Hercules and Pythagoras (Jack Donnelly, Mark Addy, Robert Emms), but that trio is far away and fighting a desperate battle of their own at the moment. Aiysha Hart also stars.

EAT: The Story of Food

NGC, 9:00 pm ET
EAT: The Story of Food

Sugar gets a (mostly justified) bad rap these days, mainly in terms of the massive quantities in which many modern people consume it. The new episode "Sugar Rushes" points out that as climate changes in the distant past killed off rain forest fruit trees, an important source of energy, humans who had the ability to process sugar survived while other species died out. A second episode follows immediately.

The To Do List

SHO, 9:00 pm ET

Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation") has a good, if not family-friendly, role in this 2013 comedy about a book-smart early-1990s teen who decides she needs to become more worldly before heading off to college. She makes a list of life experiences she wants to catch up on, and she quickly realizes she's outdone herself with her wishes. Connie Britton ("Nashville") and Clark Gregg play her parents in a cast that also includes Bill Hader and Andy Samberg.

Transporter: The Series

TNT, 10:00 pm ET
Transporter: The Series

In "Cherchez la Femme," Frank's (Chris Vance) latest "package" is Jet (guest star Chelsea Hobbs), a rebellious and prodigiously gifted young hacker that Frank's client, an investments trader, desperately needs to help him recover some Mafia funds he ill-advisedly used for speculating. What Frank doesn't anticipate is that Jet's skills are in demand from a lot of other people, too, some of whom have kidnapped Carla (Andrea Osvart) and are holding her hostage.

Dead Files Revisited

TRAVEL, 10:00 pm ET

In the episode "Never Alone & Spellbound," Amy Allan and Steve DiSchiavi revisit investigations in Buchanan, Va., and Forester, Mich., to reveal how their terrified clients in both locations ultimately were able to protect their families from the threatening paranormal activity that was wrecking their lives.

Railroad Alaska

DEST AMERICA, 10:00 pm ET
Railroad Alaska

In the new episode "The Big Freeze," off-the-grid newbies Cassie and Steve, along with their 4-month-old infant, face down a threat to their food supply. Elsewhere, Dan, a 71-year-old homesteader, must make a five-hour hike in the wilderness to mend a broken window.

Amish Renogades

DIY, 10:00 pm ET
Amish Renogades

You may remember them from their accomplished work in the DIY reality series "Vanilla Ice Goes Amish," but craftsmen Robert, Leon and Albert are fish out of water as they venture outside their own Amish community to accept home improvement jobs from Boston to Southern California and points in between in this new unscripted show. In the series premiere, Robert and Albert travel to Los Angeles for a renovation project to raise money for their hometown.

Hello Ladies: The Movie

HBO, 10:00 pm ET

HBO opted not to order a second season of this bittersweet sitcom about a gawky Brit (the brilliant Stephen Merchant) now living in Los Angeles and haplessly trying to date beauties way above his genetic pay grade, so this TV-movie wrap-up is especially welcome. The story finds Stuart Pritchard (Merchant) hiring a Russian model to pose as his girlfriend to impress his visiting British ex and her husband. What could possibly go wrong? Christine Woods, Nate Torrence and Kevin Weisman return in their series roles.

Sun, November 23

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.

Mulaney

FOX, 7:30 pm ET
Mulaney

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.

The Simpsons

FOX, 8:00 pm ET
The Simpsons

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
The Real Housewives of Atlanta

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
Guy

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.

NFL Football

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.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

FOX, 8:30 pm ET
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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.

Madam Secretary

CBS, 8:31 pm ET
Madam Secretary

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.

Family Guy

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
Family Guy

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
The Walking Dead

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?

The Newsroom

HBO, 9:00 pm ET
The Newsroom

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
EAT: The Story of Food

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
The Good Wife

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.

Bob's Burgers

FOX, 9:30 pm ET
Bob

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.

The Comeback

HBO, 10:00 pm ET
The Comeback

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.

Extreme RVs

TRAVEL, 10:00 pm ET
Extreme RVs

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.

Cutthroat Kitchen

FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
Cutthroat Kitchen

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
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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").

Getting On

HBO, 10:30 pm ET
Getting On

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.

Mon, November 24

State of Affairs

NBC, 10:00 pm ET

A CIA operative who's aboard a stranded Russian submarine is Charlie's (Katherine Heigl) best hope of recovering a wealth of stolen U.S. information in the new episode "Secrets & Lies." Messages that Charlie receives give her cause to worry on a personal level. A new CIA director (guest star Nestor Carbonell) is appointed by President Payton (Alfre Woodard). Courtney B. Vance ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent") and James Remar ("Dexter") also guest star.

Antiques Roadshow

PBS, 8:00 pm ET
Antiques Roadshow

One of the most fun aspects of antiquing is finding valuable items where you don't expect to, as those who present their items in "Finders Keepers" can confirm. The owner of a Weller Coppertone vase is relieved not to have had an accident with it, since its value is placed at several thousand dollars. Letters between legendary composer Cole Porter and actor Monty Woolley also are assessed -- at a price that makes their holder grateful to have saved them.

The Voice

NBC, 8:00 pm ET

A "Top 10" of anything represents the cream of the given crop, and that's the case for this season's contestants in this competition in the new episode "Live Top 10 Performances." You can bet that the remaining contenders will give it all they've got, since two of them will be eliminated on Tuesday's show. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are the coaches/judges. Carson Daly is the host.

2 Broke Girls

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
2 Broke Girls

Determined to give their cupcake business better branding, Caroline (Beth Behrs) insists that Max (Kat Dennings) join her at a related seminar in the new episode "And the Brand Job." The situation proves potentially more detrimental than helpful, since it ends up putting the women's personal and professional relationships in jeopardy. Jennifer Coolidge, Matthew Moy and Garrett Morris also star.

The Originals

CW, 8:00 pm ET
The Originals

Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt) resurfaces in the new episode "The Brothers That Care Forgot," but she doesn't stay in one place too long since Esther (guest star Sonja Sohn) is on her trail. Esther herself becomes a target as Klaus (Joseph Morgan) tries to sway Vincent and Kaleb (guest stars Yusuf Gatewood and Daniel Sharman) against her. Hayley and Jackson (Phoebe Tonkin, guest star Nathan Parsons) consider making their own move to counter Esther.

Gotham

FOX, 8:00 pm ET
Gotham

Arkham Asylum holds peril for Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who's sent there on assignment as a sort of punishment for making an unfortunate professional move, in the new episode "LoveCraft." Catwoman-to-be Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) brings someone along as she tries to outrace killers who are on her tail. Kyle Massey guest stars. Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith and Erin Richards also star.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

AMC, 8:00 pm ET

The title has a big link to the Disney studio's history, given the same-named segment of "Fantasia" that starred Mickey Mouse, but Disney's live-action take on the theme has plentiful differences. Nicolas Cage stars as one of this effects-crammed adventure's sorcerers, a wizard who needs help in battling an equally powerful enemy (Alfred Molina) who wants to take over New York. A bookish teen (Jay Baruchel) becomes the unlikely apprentice.

NFL Football

ESPN, 8:15 pm ET

An interconference clash of playoff hopefuls is on tap tonight at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, where Drew Brees and the Saints hope to tighten their grip on the NFC South lead with a win over Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens. Both teams have quarterbacks who like to throw the long ball and defenses that tend to give it up, so look for a lot of aerial pyrotechnics here.

Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern

TRAVEL, 9:00 pm ET
Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern

Yum, could I get seconds on the kombucha bacteria pancakes, please? That's actually among the fare on offer in a former pharmaceutical warehouse as Andrew tours Brooklyn, N.Y., and its environs in this new episode. As if that's not "bizarre" enough for this series, he also samples (gag) spleen sandwich in an Italian focacceria.

Major Crimes

TNT, 9:00 pm ET
Major Crimes

Season 3 resumes new episodes with "Down the Drain," which focuses on a surrogate adoption that takes an unforeseen twist that leaves one person dead. As her team gets its hands dirty exploring the underground water system of Los Angeles, Sharon (Mary McDonnell) takes steps to formally adopt Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin), who struggles to find a way to break the news to his birth mother (guest star Ever Carradine).

Vanderpump Rules

BRAVO, 9:00 pm ET
Vanderpump Rules

In the new episode "Jax 'Nose' Best," Scheana and Kristen make sure Stassi doesn't have a happy homecoming when she tries to reconnect with the SUR gang at a Hollywood party. Elsewhere, Jax undergoes some painful plastic surgery, while Tom Schwartz has a panic attack and runs out on his job at PUMP.

Sleepy Hollow

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
Sleepy Hollow

The Headless Horseman is close on the trail of Ichabod and Abbie (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) in the new episode "Magnum Opus." He wants to stop them before they can locate the powerful Sword of Methusaleh, which is capable of destroying Moloch. John Noble, Orlando Jones and Katia Winter also star.

Scorpion

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Scorpion

The downing of a military plane in Bosnia means a far-away mission for Team Scorpion in the new episode "Talismans." Walter (Elyes Gabel), Cabe (Robert Patrick) and their colleagues head overseas to reclaim the technology that was aboard the flight before others can retrieve it for their own purposes. Walter's sister Megan (Camille Guaty) gets better-acquainted with Sylvester (Ari Stidham). Katharine McPhee also stars.

Jane the Virgin

CW, 9:00 pm ET
Jane the Virgin

Jane's (Gina Rodriguez) decision to steer clear of Rafael (Justin Baldoni) is put to an immediate test as her friends take her to his new club in the new "Chapter Seven." Petra (Yael Grobglas) plots against Rafael once again. Rogelio and Xo (Jaime Camil, Andrea Navedo) merge their dinner plans, and the idea has unexpected results. Brett Dier and Ivonne Coll also star.

Top Gear: Ambitious but Rubbish

BBCA, 9:00 pm ET
Top Gear: Ambitious but Rubbish

This week's new episode looking back at some of the most inept moments in "Top Gear" annals include an attempt to create a V8-powered food blender and building a Caterham car to compete in a race against the Stig. Richard Hammond is the host.

Crowd Control

NGC, 9:00 pm ET

Hosted by best-selling author Daniel Pink, this “undercover science intervention show” finds Americans being tricked into getting richer, living longer, behaving better and laughing a lot. Using big builds, technological innovations and more, the program invisibly influences the actions of a crowd, resulting in huge and measurable changes in behavior.

Mystery Diners

FOOD, 9:30 pm ET
Mystery Diners

Rashad and Kiauna fear that their staff at Amalfi's in Portland, Ore., are getting carried away with the digital shorts they produce to promote a restaurant, so mystery diners Amber and Josh are dispatched to investigate in the new episode "Local Celebrities."

NCIS: Los Angeles

CBS, 9:59 pm ET
NCIS: Los Angeles

Who poisoned Granger (Miguel Ferrer)? The guilty party is still inside headquarters, since Hetty (Linda Hunt) immediately orders a lockdown, in the aptly titled new episode "Traitor." Eric (Barrett Foa) is among those who come under open suspicion as Callen (Chris O'Donnell), Sam (LL Cool J) and others suddenly must ponder which of their colleagues they can -- and can't -- trust. Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen also star.

Independent Lens

PBS, 10:00 pm ET
Independent Lens

What do the songs "Brown Sugar," "When a Man Loves a Woman," "Kodachrome" and "Freebird" have in common? They all came out of Muscle Shoals, Ala., where record producer Rick Hall brought black and white artists together to make music and magic. Hall helps tell the tale in "Muscle Shoals," along with Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger and many others. The program also includes "Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story."

Booze Traveler

TRAVEL, 10:00 pm ET
Booze Traveler

As a bar worker in South Boston, Jack Maxwell learned the world would open up if you just sat down with a stranger over a couple of drinks. In this beguiling new series, Maxwell traverses the globe in search of the world's most interesting drinks and -- here's the best part -- the people who drink them. "Turkey Is Stirring," the series premiere, finds him in a Muslim country sharply divided on the subject of alcohol, but he still finds a tailgating party happy to share their Raki, the Turkish national drink.

Euros of Hollywood

BRAVO, 10:00 pm ET
Euros of Hollywood

In the new episode "The Diplomat," Sascha tries to broker a peace between Fawni and Bleona, hoping to avoid tensions at his upcoming birthday party. Meanwhile, Massimo gets good news about his acting career and Jannik's girlfriend quarrels with him over a photo shoot.

Castle

ABC, 10:01 pm ET
Castle

A subway becomes a dangerous place for the passengers who include Esposito (Jon Huertas) in the new episode "Kill Switch." They become the hostages of an armed man, prompting Castle and Beckett (Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic) to determine exactly what the captor wants before the tense situation turns lethal. Seamus Dever and Tamala Jones also star.

Chug

NGC, 10:30 pm ET

This new series dispatches host Zane Lamprey on a worldwide quest to discover the best, or at least most unusual, local libations. The series opener, "Kuala Lampur," takes him to the capital city of Malaysia, where he samples a unique cocktail concocted by an urban mixologist, then ventures out to a jungle plantation to enjoy Toddy, a sweet and naturally fermented nectar collected from a particular kind of palm tree.

Tue, November 25

Dancing With the Stars

ABC, 9:00 pm ET

As it does each time, it all comes down to this: The couple to win the mirrorball trophy is announced by host Tom Bergeron in the two-hour conclusion of Season 19. Before the big moment arrives, co-host Erin Andrews will interview the finalists. Judges Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli will get their chances for final assessments, with clips from throughout the season offering visual testaments to how the dancers have fared.

NCIS

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
NCIS

Holiday travel can be complicated enough, but try being an NCIS agent working a case while stuck in the middle of it. DiNozzo and Bishop (Michael Weatherly. Emily Wickersham) find themselves in that situation -- along with Bishop's NSA-lawyer husband (guest star Jamie Bamber) -- in the new episode "Grounded." A terrorist threat impacts many airports just as Thanksgiving transit reaches its peak. Veteran character actress Edie McClurg also guest stars.

MasterChef

FOX, 8:00 pm ET

Talk about having to keep your sunny side up -- but in a limited amount of time. The young chefs have 10 minutes to prepare as many eggs as they can in that particular style in the new episode "Junior Edition: An Egg-Cellent Adventure." Later, the kids are asked to imagine themselves running their own restaurants, and making their most specialized dishes to be included on their respective menus.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

PBS, 8:00 pm ET
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Deval Patrick is the first African-American governor of Massachusetts, and Jessica Alba is an actress who proudly embraces her Mexican-American heritage. But cutting-edge DNA analysis reveals that their family trees contain a far more diverse range of cultures and races. Alba descends from Jewish and Mayan ancestors and the official cartographer of France’s King Louis XIV. Patrick’s roots lead to a black homesteader in Colorado and a white master who gave his former slave land after the Civil War. DNA is used to delve deeper into the families of other guests in the series, including Valerie Jarrett and Anderson Cooper, and to overcome dead ends on host Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s own family tree. The secrets encoded in their genomes challenge these guests’ ideas about their families’ histories and their identities today.

Selfie

ABC, 8:00 pm ET

Eliza (Karen Gillan) is determined to see a work notion through to its end -- which seems professionally commendable, but it has an effect on her relationship with Freddy (Giacomo Gianniotti) in the new episode "Follow Through." Henry (John Cho) rebuffs someone who's interested in him, but it doesn't end there. Da'Vine Joy Randolph and David Harewood also star.

The Flash

CW, 8:00 pm ET
The Flash

More villains from the pages of DC Comics, namely Blackout and the Clock King (guest stars Michael Reventar and Robert Knepper), make things tough for Barry (Grant Gustin) in the new episode "Power Outage." His speed is sapped by Blackout, who then heads for the lab and targets Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh). The Clock King overtakes police headquarters and holds Joe and Iris (Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton) among his hostages. Danielle Panabaker also stars.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

AMC, 8:00 pm ET

A winner of several Oscars for its technical wonders, director David Fincher's lengthy, engrossing drama (inspired by an F. Scott Fitzgerald story) casts Brad Pitt as a man who ages in reverse -- getting younger as everyone else gets older. That complicates his relationship with his true love (Cate Blanchett) in the course of his remarkable exploits. Pitt and co-star Taraji P. Henson were Academy Award nominees.

Modern Family

ABC, 8:30 pm ET

Jay's (Ed O'Neill) efforts to get all of the family's adults together at a well-reputed restaurant may end up failing in "The Late Show." Mitch and Phil (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell) also manage to arrive on time, but as for the others, it's up in the air -- for a variety of reasons. Worried about Luke (Nolan Gould), Claire (Julie Bowen) heads back home. Cam (Eric Stonestreet) also is at home, changing, to avoid wearing a suit very similar to Mitch's.

Supernatural

CW, 9:00 pm ET
Supernatural

Women complicate the lives of men in the new episode "Girls, Girls, Girls." As Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) pursue a demon that's trying to evade Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard), Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) injects herself into the chase. The past catches up to Hannah (guest star Erica Carroll), generating a hurdle for her and Castiel (Misha Collins) to get past.

New Girl

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
New Girl

Schmidt (Max Greenfield) comes up with an idea for a unique holiday celebration in the new episode "Thanksgiving IV." Since those in attendance don't have current romantic partners, he asks everyone to bring a "dish" of a different kind -- someone who will be compatible with another guest at the dinner. The concept leads to some interesting pairings. Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris and Hannah Simone also star.

Hotel Impossible

TRAVEL, 9:00 pm ET
Hotel Impossible

The new episode "Resort to Spanking" finds Anthony Melchiorri in Manson, Wash., to rescue the Mountain View Lodge and Resort, which has problems ranging from dull rooms to surly and rebellious staff members. It's hard to understand the staff's attitude, given that the control-freak owner expects her guests to clean the hotel themselves.

NCIS: New Orleans

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
NCIS: New Orleans

"Quantum Leap" fans are sure to be delighted by the new episode "Chasing Ghosts," which reunites this show's -- and that show's -- star, Scott Bakula, with earlier series colleague Dean Stockwell. The recovery of a stolen gun prompts the reopening of a Navy-related cold case that has stayed on Wade's (CCH Pounder) mind for years. It comes to involve a local councilman (returning guest star Steven Weber), and Stockwell appears as the politician's father.

Marry Me

NBC, 9:01 pm ET
Marry Me

The new episode "Bruges Me" is in the spirit of the long-ago series "My Two Dads," since Jake (Ken Marino) decides to get better-acquainted with Annie's (Casey Wilson) ... two dads (Tim Meadows, Dan Bucatinsky). Unfortunately, his attempts to bond with both men generate problems. Gil (John Gemberling) seeks Annie's help in prepping a big production number for the Flemish Pride Parade. Mo Gaffney guest stars.

The Mindy Project

FOX, 9:30 pm ET
The Mindy Project

Good intentions can be too successful in certain cases, as Mindy (Mindy Kaling) learns firsthand in the new episode "How to Lose a Mom in Ten Days." She tries to revive the social life of Danny's (Chris Messina) mother, Annette (recurring guest star Rhea Perlman), by arranging a blind date. The occasion is such a hit, it leads to more dates and little time for much else for Annette -- much to Danny's concern. Fred Grandy ("The Love Boat") also guest stars.

About a Boy

NBC, 9:30 pm ET
About a Boy

Can Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) be a Romeo? He can in a school production saluting the works of Shakespeare, at least in the view of a new teacher (guest star Chris Diamantopoulos), in the new episode "About a Balcony." Marcus seeks Will's (David Walton) help, but Will wants to watch "The Three Stooges" -- which is rather amusing in this case, since Diamantopoulos played Moe in a 2012 movie about the comedic trio. Minnie Driver also stars.

Chopped

FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
Chopped

In the new episode "Pesto Chango," the chefs must use pesto sauce and chicken during the appetizer round, then get creative for the entree round by incorporating spirulina chips into their dishes. The final basket includes a treat from Kazakhstan. Amanda Freitag, Aaron Sanchez and Geoffrey Zakarian are the judges; Ted Allen is host.

Chicago Fire

NBC, 10:00 pm ET
Chicago Fire

A hydrochloric-acid leak that occurs at one of the worst possible places -- a very active intersection -- brings out the worst in some members of Firehouse 51 in the new episode "Arrest in Transit." The romance of Casey and Dawson (Jesse Spencer, Monica Raymund) may not survive it. Severide (Taylor Kinney) discovers more about Brittany (guest star Serinda Swan). Mouch (Christan Stolte) runs into social problems. Eamonn Walker and David Eigenberg also star.

The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns

LIFETIME, 10:00 pm ET
The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns

Five young women consider the life-changing decision of becoming Catholic nuns. But before the women take their final vows and become brides of Christ, they leave behind their families, boyfriends and possessions and enter into lives of chastity, poverty and obedience.

Person of Interest

CBS, 10:01 pm ET

A gang-related situation puts Reese and Finch (Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson) at odds in the new episode "The Devil You Know." Their discord results from how each wants to handle the matter when Elias (Enrico Colantoni) lands in the crosshairs of a gang leader (Winston Duke). Root and Shaw (Amy Acker, Sarah Shahi) also don't see eye-to-eye in determining how to deal with fresh trouble generated by Samaritan. James Le Gros guest stars.

Nelly

BET, 10:30 pm ET

He sends up the reality genre on the mock docuseries "Real Husbands of Hollywood," but hip hop icon Nelly plays it relatively straight in this new unscripted show that promises to provide an all-access pass into his professional and personal life. The former includes running his own clothing line, Apple Bottoms, and managing the Charlotte Bobcats basketball team; the latter focuses on his parenting both his own and his late sister's children.

Benched

USA, 10:31 pm ET
Benched

At first Nina (Eliza Coupe) is dazzled by the charismatic private defense attorney (Mehcad Brooks, "Necessary Roughness") who has been assigned to one of her cases, but soon she begins to worry that he is playing her in the new episode "Shark, Actually." Back at the office, Phil (Jay Harrington) adopts a more serious manner to sway a stenographer who rebuffed his flirtations because she finds him too immature.

Wed, November 26

The Whale: Revenge From the Deep

ANIMAL, 9:00 pm ET

Martin Sheen stars in this feature based on the true accounts of a haunting story of survival: the sinking of the whaling ship "Essex" in 1820 after being struck by a sperm whale, an event said to have inspired Herman Melville’s classic novel "Moby-Dick." Jonas Armstrong, Adam Rayner and Paul Kaye costar.

Odd Squad

PBS, 9:00 am ET

Olive and Otto are two young agents who use their math skills to solve weird and unusual phenomena. With the help of gadget-guru Agent Oscar and the team’s director, Ms. O, they solve cases ranging from disappearing zeroes to runaway dinosaurs with fun stories and funny skits that appeal to kids ages 5-8. New episodes of the series will air weekdays following this special two-episode premiere.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

ABCFAM, 6:00 pm ET

The remake's got nothing on this delightfully subversive 1971 flick, with its yummy visuals, morality plays and marvelous music. And who could forget those Ooompa-Loompas? Gene Wilder plays the confectioner who offers five kids a tour of his plant and a shot at being chosen his successor. But the winner has to be pure of heart, and four brats are quickly ruled out. That leaves poor but honest Charlie (Peter Ostrum), but Willy has a special test for him.

NBA Basketball

ESPN, 7:30 pm ET

Two teams with postseason aspirations clash tonight at American Airlines Center in Dallas, where Tyson Chandler and the Mavericks welcome in his old mates in Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. Chandler was one of the players jettisoned in team president Phil Jackson's "culture change" in New York, but at this writing all that's produced is a losing record. The Mavs, meanwhile, are winning thanks to Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki.

Nature

PBS, 8:00 pm ET
Nature

Based on the true story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto (portrayed here by Jeff Palmer), "My Life as a Turkey" chronicles Hutto's remarkable experience of imprinting wild turkey eggs and raising the hatchlings to adulthood deep in the wilds of Florida. Coming as it does on Thanksgiving Eve, the timing of this telecast -- of a program originally shown in 2011 -- clearly isn't coincidental.

Hell's Kitchen

FOX, 8:00 pm ET

The blind taste test always is one of the biggest challenges that contestants on this show can face, and those remaining get their shot at it in the new episode "8 Chefs Compete." The outcome of the latest dinner isn't good, since Gordon Ramsay finds reason to be irritated with both teams -- and to have each offer up one of its members to be eliminated.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

CW, 8:00 pm ET

Writer-director John Hughes teamed John Candy and Steve Martin in this 1987 comedy about a stuffy businessman (Martin) trying to get home for Thanksgiving. A stroke of bad luck forces him to suffer through a series of mishaps with a good-natured but overly friendly stranger (Candy). Certain lines and scenes from the movie endure as classics. Dylan Baker ("The Good Wife"), Michael McKean and an uncredited Kevin Bacon and William Windom also appear.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

ABC, 8:00 pm ET

In this classic animated special, originally shown in 1973, the pressure is on for Charlie Brown after pushy Peppermint Patty decides she and the gang will have Thanksgiving dinner at "Chuck's" house. First, though, he has to submit to a mortifying ritual: Lucy yanking the football away just as he tries to kick it. Still, everything ends happily as the gang gathers around a ping-pong table for an unusual feast prepared by Snoopy and Woodstock.

The Making of Peter Pan Live!

NBC, 8:00 pm ET

As with the live television staging of "The Sound of Music" a year ago, cast and crew members are getting ready for a major venture prior to the actual Dec. 4 broadcast. This special traces the rehearsal process for Allison Williams (who will play Peter), Christopher Walken (Captain Hook) and others as they tell the classic story of the boy who never grew up. The effort to create an effective Neverland for the viewing audience also is detailed.

Saturday Night Live

NBC, 9:00 pm ET
Saturday Night Live

The special two-hour episode "Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving" is a compilation of the late-night staple's memorable bits on the themes of Turkey Day in particular and family gatherings in general. Among the segments included: 'Ed Grimley's Thanksgiving" (starring Martin Short, of course), "Swerski's Super Fans Thanksgiving," "The Loud Family" and Adam Sandler's "Turkey Song."

Criminal Minds

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Criminal Minds

A killer is sorry for a series of murders committed in Virginia, but that doesn't stop the perpetrator from continuing in the new episode "Fate." While working the case, Rossi (Joe Mantegna) also must deal with a personal matter brought on by someone familiar with his past. Amber Stevens ("22 Jump Street") and Tina Holmes ("Six Feet Under") guest star. Shemar Moore, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Thomas Gibson also star.

Modern Family

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Modern Family

What to do about an anniversary gift for your spouse ... that's the dilemma plaguing both Gloria and Jay (Sofia Vergara, Ed O'Neill) in "Do Not Push." Whether to go for cost over sentiment, or vice versa, is the issue. Alex (Ariel Winter) investigates a possible college for herself, with Claire (Julie Bowen) urging her to choose the school to stay near home. Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) thwarts an attempt at a new family portrait.

American Pickers

HISTORY, 9:00 pm ET
American Pickers

The new episode "Grudge Match" finds the guys in Iowa, where they meet Marty, a former race-car driver with a collection that is a picker's dream come true. What starts as a simple test drive ignites the competitive spirit between Frank and Mike, however. Later, the boys explore the treasure-packed property of Doug, a senior citizen who is a stubborn master when it comes to haggling.

Red Band Society

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
Red Band Society

A lot of love is in the air in the new episode "How Did We Get Here?" Dr. McAndrew (Dave Annable) tries to renew his former romance with Dr. Grace (guest star Mandy Moore), while Kara and Hunter (Zoe Levin, guest star Daren Kagasoff) get increasingly amorous. Leo and Emma (Charlie Rowe, Ciara Bravo) also see each other in a new light, though news received by Emma could short-circuit their status. Bella Thorne ("Shake It Up!") also guest stars.

Property Brothers at Home

HGTV, 9:00 pm ET

You've seen them transforming the residences of other people. Now you can see how siblings Jonathan and Drew Scott -- along with their older bro, JD -- perform as they attempt a massive makeover on the residence they share in Las Vegas, a project that must be completed in time for a huge Scott family reunion.

A Christmas Tree Miracle

UP, 9:00 pm ET

The George family lives a life of luxury and for them, Christmas is a season of taking rather than giving. When dad loses his job, the once-pampered family loses everything. They are taken in by a kind and eccentric Christmas tree farmer and learn that miracles can come true ... if you believe.

blackish

ABC, 9:31 pm ET
blackish

Concerned that Andre Jr. (Marcus Scribner) has no idea of the meaning of "The Nod" -- also the title of this episode -- Dre (Anthony Anderson) tries to finesse the demographics of the crowd his son is hanging out with. Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) wants to have a similar influence on Diane (Marsai Martin), so she takes her daughter along to her job at the hospital ... but things don't turn out as hoped. Laurence Fishburne also stars.

Nashville

ABC, 10:00 pm ET
Nashville

Rayna (Connie Britton) goes all-out to lure Sadie Stone (guest star Laura Benanti) to her label in "I Feel Sorry for Me." Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) decides she has to come clean about her pregnancy when the symptoms become too much for her to keep concealing. Deacon (Charles Esten) rejects a backup singer's approach. Avery's (Jonathan Jackson) drinking gets worse. Jeff (Oliver Hudson) has Teddy (Eric Close) in his sights.

The Game

BBCA, 10:00 pm ET
The Game

After discovering that the KGB is a step ahead of them, Joe (Tom Hughes) tries to convince his reluctant team to run a risky double-agent scheme. The team is skeptical that Arkady (Marcel Lures) would risk his life for them, with the deadly assassin Odin (Jevgenij Sitochin) still at large. Elsewhere, Alan (Jonathan Aris) struggles with a shocking discovery that could jeopardize his marriage to Sarah (Victoria Hamilton) in this new episode.

When Turkeys Attack

DEST AMERICA, 10:00 pm ET

Any viewer of a certain age probably remembers the classic "WKRP in Cincinnati" episode involving a massively ill-conceived Thanksgiving promotional stunt by the station that climaxed with infuriated turkeys attacking human bystanders. This new holiday special has a similiar theme, exploring what happens when these surprisingly cranky and aggressive birds decide they have no intention of going gentle into that good Thanksgiving night.

Thu, November 27

NFL Football

CBS, 12:30 pm ET

It’s a full Thanksgiving Day feast of NFL football with three big divisional rivalry games: the Chicago Bears at the Detroit Lions (CBS), the Philadelphia Eagles at the Dallas Cowboys (FOX) and the primetime matchup of the Seattle Seahawks at the San Francisco 49ers (NBC).

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

NBC, 9:00 am ET

America’s turkey day gets off to a gobbling-good start as giant balloons, floats, marching bands, cheerleaders, celebrities and the jolly guy himself usher in the holiday season. This holiday tradition has aired on NBC since 1948.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS

CBS, 9:00 am ET

Formerly anchor partners on "The Insider," Kevin Frazier -- who has moved on to co-host "Entertainment Tonight" -- and Thea Andrews reunite to cover holiday festivities in various parts of the country. Expectedly, highlights of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York are included. Taylor Swift and the Broadway casts of "Matilda" and the revival of "Pippin" are among the featured performers.

The National Dog Show

NBC, 12:00 pm ET

An annual television tradition of the Thanksgiving holiday is maintained as the Philadelphia Kennel Club's event -- showcasing more than 2000 canines of 170-plus breeds -- is broadcast again. John O'Hurley ("Seinfeld") is back as host, with David Frei returning to offer commentary while Mary Carillo adds reports from the sidelines. The ultimate aim for the four-legged contestants and their owners, of course, is to be declared "Best in Show."

College Football

ESPN, 7:30 pm ET

A big matchup in the SEC has the LSU Tigers visiting Kyle Field to take on Kenny Hill and the Texas A&M Aggies. LSU has won all three matchups since the series was renewed, including a win in the 2011 Cotton Bowl.

The Big Bang Theory

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
The Big Bang Theory

There's bittersweet timing to this airing of "The Thamksgiving Decoupling," given the recent passing of actress Carol Ann Susi, who supplied the voice of Howard's (Simon Helberg) mom. The gang gathers at that character's house for the holiday, to Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) dismay. Penny and Leonard (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Johnny Galecki) confront a mistake from her past. Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch also star.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

CW, 8:00 pm ET
Whose Line Is It Anyway?

A Thanksgiving-night marathon of the show is in store, as "Supernatural" regular Misha Collins and comic Brad Sherwood are the guests in the first of four encore episodes. Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles appear in all of them. taking suggestions from the studio audience to improvise sketches and songs on the spot. Aisha Tyler is the host.

Food Truck Face Off

FOOD, 8:00 pm ET
Food Truck Face Off

In Toronto, an overwhelming first day of competition in the city's historic Roundhouse Park includes humiliation and missteps for both teams. Day two has the competitors hustling customers in downtown Toronto. Zane Caplansky, Alpana Singh and Steak Shapiro are the judges; Jesse Palmer is host.

The Trouble With Angels

TCM, 8:00 pm ET

Film legend Ida Lupino directed this delightful 1966 comedy about two teenagers (Hayley Mills, June Harding) who turn a convent school on its wimpled ear with their "scathingly brilliant" pranks, despite their forbidding mother superior (Rosalind Russell). It adds up to ideal family fun that is surprisingly uncloying and unexpectedly touching in its final scenes.

Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular

FOX, 8:00 pm ET

Coproduced and cohosted by actress and animal advocate Hilary Swank, this family-friendly special celebrates rescue dogs and the joy they bring to our lives. Celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Josh Duhamel, Miranda Lambert and Kristen Bell will introduce rescue dogs, giving the pups a chance at a new forever home. The special will include awards in a variety of canine categories, including Cutest Puppy, Best Celebrity/Dog Lookalike and Best Viral Dog Video.

Thank You, America! With Robin Roberts

ABC, 8:00 pm ET

The "Good Morning America" co-host spotlights the positive efforts of people throughout the country in this new special. Among those featured: a sanitation worker and his wife, founders of a food pantry for the homeless; and a couple who have been foster parents to nearly 100 children. Also, Taylor Swift talks with Roberts about the meaning of Thanksgiving for her, and Jimmy Kimmel helps stage a surprise for someone in his talk show's studio audience.

Mom

CBS, 8:31 pm ET
Mom

One of entertainment's most enduring actors, multiple Emmy winner Edward Asner, guest stars as Christy and Bonnie's (Anna Faris, Allison Janney) neighbor in the new episode "Kimchi and a Monkey Playing Harmonica." Christy's main concerns are the new romances being enjoyed by Baxter (Matt Jones) and Bonnie ... particularly in the latter case, since the beau in question is Alvin (Kevin Pollak). Sara Rue ("Less Than Perfect") also guest stars.

How to Get Away With Murder

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
How to Get Away With Murder

In a real rarity, one producer -- Shonda Rhimes -- is getting to "own" all of one network's primetime lineup on one night weekly, with this drama joining her ongoing "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal." The "Pilot" introduces Viola Davis ("The Help") as an attorney and law professor who encourages students to expand beyond classroom lessons, sometimes questionably, in mounting defenses for clients. Cast regulars also include Alfred Enoch and Katie Findlay.

Two and a Half Men

CBS, 9:01 pm ET
Two and a Half Men

The sitcom hasn't had a young cast regular in a while, but the title men get a new "Half" as Edan Alexander joins the show in the new episode "Oontz. Oonts. Oontz." He plays Louis, the foster child Walden (Ashton Kutcher) decides to play surrogate parent to -- but the two of them don't mesh in the way Walden had hoped for. Maggie Lawson ("Psych") continues her guest role as social worker McMartin. Jon Cryer and Conchata Ferrell also star.

The McCarthys

CBS, 9:30 pm ET
The McCarthys

Episodes aren't better-timed than the new episode "Thanks a Lot, Ronny," since it's Thanksgiving at the McCarthy house. As typical as a family gathering is on the holiday, it's anything but traditional for this clan, since the other members spend dinner trying to get Gerard (Joey McIntyre) to break up with his much-disliked girlfriend (guest star Jessica St. Clair). Tyler Ritter, Laurie Metcalf, Jack McGee, Kelen Coleman and Jimmy Dunn also star.

Elementary

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Elementary

Diamonds may be forever, but there's no guarantee that those who connect with them also will be. That's the case, literally, when a postal-store owner appears to have been killed over an illegal transport of gems in the new episode "Rip Off." Sherlock and Kitty (Jonny Lee Miller, Ophelia Lovibond) investigate the death. Captain Gregson's (Aidan Quinn) physical clash with another officer has repercussions for him. Lucy Liu also stars.

Surgeon Oz

OWN, 10:00 pm ET
Surgeon Oz

In the new episode "The Miracle Man," Dr. Oz faces an ethical issue when a patient in cardiac failure asks him to remove the temporary heart pump that is keeping him alive. Although he fears the patient effectively is committing suicide, Dr. Oz feels bound by his oath to follow the patient's wishes.

Fri, November 28

Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home

PBS, 9:00 pm ET

Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth brings it home — to Broken Arrow, Okla. — to perform music from her career. Chenoweth appears at a state-of-the-art theater that now bears her name, performing Broadway, television and film songs like “Popular” and “For Good” from Wicked, songs from her acclaimed performances on Glee and music from Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera and many more. Backed by a 13-piece orchestra, Chenoweth welcomes song and dance friends from Broadway.

NHL Hockey

NBC, 1:00 pm ET

The classic Broad Street vs. Broadway rivalry gets renewed today as the N.Y. Rangers visit the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown.

Santa Hunters

NICK, 7:00 pm ET

Alex (The Haunted Hathaways’ Benjamin Flores Jr.) and his cousins rig up an elaborate setup of traps and video equipment to catch Santa on tape. However, their plan has unexpected consequences because once seen, Santa begins to lose his Christmas magic. The kids have to protect the tape to save Christmas, and they learn that believing is more important than seeing.

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

CW, 8:00 pm ET

A familiar holiday tune -- and one that's more off-color than most -- is translated into an animated show as this special sets visuals to the Elmo and Patsy song. A youngster has his suspicions about why his grandmother is missing on Christmas Eve. His quest to find her involves his not-as-pure-minded cousin (voice of Michele Lee, "Knots Landing").

Frosty the Snowman

CBS, 8:59 pm ET

Jackie Vernon provides the voice of Frosty, the legendary snowman with a corncob pipe and a button nose. Frosty comes to life when a magician's hat lands on his head. With the help of some children, he heads for the North Pole before he melts. But he is pursued by the magician, who wants his hat back. Billy De Wolfe supplies the voice of the magician, and Jimmy Durante narrates the tale.

Shark Tank

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Shark Tank

In the hour that originally launched the Emmy-winning show's sixth season, a Texas couple explains the transformation of a tragedy into a plan to create and market a unique baby swaddler, in the hope of gaining the Sharks' interest and financial backing. Then, a Los Angeles man pushes the idea of a nail salon for males. This episode's Sharks include Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner.

Mysteries at the Museum

TRAVEL, 9:00 pm ET
Mysteries at the Museum

In the new episode "Robber's Bride, The Night Disco Exploded, Escape by Sea," history explorer Don Wildman checks out an old Concord, Mass., stagecoach that played a role in the heartbreak of a legendary lonely heart. Later, he examines a collection of melted vinyl records that sparked the decline of a cultural dance phenomenon and points out a ship model that represents a saga of a courageous bid for freedom.

Grimm

NBC, 9:00 pm ET
Grimm

The assault of Monroe and Rosalee (Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner) makes Nick (David Giuntoli) that much more eager to have his Grimm abilities back in the new episode "Highway of Tears." A literal highway is the professional destination for Nick and Hank (Russell Hornsby) as they probe a strange ritual conducted there. Viktor (guest star Alexis Denisof) has a rendezvous with a devastated Adalind (Claire Coffee) in Vienna. Bitsie Tulloch also stars.

Deal With It

TBS, 9:00 pm ET
Deal With It

Series executive producer Howie Mandel is also the co-host for a new holiday-themed segment called "Turkey Dance," in which a contestant is compelled to steal two raw birds from a nearby grocery counter, which leaves his wife demanding some answers. Then, Jack Osbourne is co-host for "Thanksgiving," in which a contestant's sister is horrified when her sibling drinks straight from a gravy boat at the holiday table.

Anna

STARZ, 9:00 pm ET

Originally released as "Mindscape," this 2013 fantasy-drama casts Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story") as a troubled teen who becomes the object of a specially gifted man's (Mark Strong) quest. He is able to penetrate people's minds, making him a recruit to determine the root of the young woman's problems. Brian Cox and Saskia Reeves also appear.

La Bare

SHO, 9:00 pm ET

We saw him playing a stripper in the box-office hit "Magic Mike," and his werewolf character Alcide Hervaux spent much of his time on "True Blood" in his birthday suit. In this new documentary, actor-director Joe Manganiello steps behind the camera as he delves into the history and men behind one of the world's most famous male strip clubs, La Bare Dallas. The film goes behind the scenes with some of the club's most popular dancers to explore their personal lives offstage.

Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special

CW, 9:00 pm ET

If you've ever had to work on a holiday and hated it, Po the panda feels your pain. In this special, he's looking forward to celebrating Winter Feast with his family, but he finds out that as Dragon Warrior, he's required to host a formal celebration at the Jade Palace. Original "Kung Fu Panda" movie cast members Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie lend their voices to this animated offering.

Merry Madagascar

CW, 9:30 pm ET

In this holiday sequel to "Madagascar" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria (voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith) must deliver Santa's presents to save Christmas when St. Nick gets amnesia following a crash landing on their island. And yes, those resourceful penguins also are on board. What a shame they have a long-standing North vs. South Pole rivalry with Santa's reindeer.

Yes, Virginia

CBS, 9:30 pm ET

After a playground bully tells her that Santa Claus does not exist, 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon (voice of Beatrice Miller) writes to the New York Sun, asking whether St. Nick is real. Her letter attracts the attention of curmudgeonly editor Francis Church (voice of Alfred Molina), who responds in print with one of the most famous holiday columns of all time. This animated special also includes the voices of Neil Patrick Harris and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Sullivan's Travels

TCM, 9:45 pm ET

One of writer-director Preston Sturges' most ambitious films juggles screwball comedy, social commentary and Hollywood satire in its story about an idealistic Ivy League director (Joel McCrea) who yearns to leave behind the escapist fare that made him a success in favor of serious art. To prepare, he disguises himself as a hobo and sets out for a crash course in life's seamier side. Veronica Lake also stars.

Hawaii Five-0

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Hawaii Five-0

Entertainment icon Carol Burnett guest stars as McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin) aunt, who comes to Hawaii for a Thanksgiving visit, in "Hau'oli La Ho'omaika'i" (Hawaiian for -- appropriately enough -- "Happy Thanksgiving"). Unfortunately, her arrival coincides with a Secret Service agent's murder, just before the president also is slated to travel to the islands. Taryn Manning reprises her recurring role as McGarrett's younger sister.

Constantine

NBC, 10:00 pm ET
Constantine

Constantine (Matt Ryan) may not want to act as an exorcist, but he feels he has no choice in the new episode "Rage of Caliban." A sinister spirit takes over a youngster, prompting Constantine to convince the boy's parents that a very particular form of intervention is needed. Laura Regan ("They") and Max Charles ("The Neighbors") guest star. Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford also star.

Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine

PBS, 10:30 pm ET

Can art truly heal? Nebraska talent Blagdon used wire, beads, ribbon and other materials to create works he believed could channel such powers, and this documentary recalls the efforts by others to preserve his work -- and continue its potential impact -- after his death. Blagdon also intended to use his creations as conduits for natural energy, and the results now can be seen in an exhibit at Wisconsin's John Michael Kohler Art Center.

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