TODAY'S TOP TV PICKS
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Sat, November 28
Frosty the Snowman
Jimmy Durante narrates this beloved Rankin/Bass classic about a jolly, happy soul of a snowman and the little girl who loves him, both of whom are on the run from the warmth of the sun and the evil magician who covets the old silk hat that brings Frosty to life.
The WBA Super, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles are on the line tonight in Dusseldorf, Germany, where Wladimir Klitschko will defend his crowns against Tyson Fury. For Klitschko (64-3, 54 KOs), a 39-year-old Ukrainian, this is his 19th title defense and his 23rd bout since his last loss in 2004. He'll be challenged by the 26-year-old Briton Fury (24-0, 18 KOs), who stands 6 feet 9 inches and has a penchant for nonstop chatter.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The spy game gets some twists from director and co-screenwriter Matthew Vaughn ("Kick-Ass") in this fun, comic-book-inspired adventure, in which Oscar winner Colin Firth sees some of the action. He plays a veteran Secret Service operative involved in recruiting a street-smart youth (Taron Egerton) for global espionage work. Samuel L. Jackson, who's been doing more heroic duty lately in various Marvel projects, is the villain; Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Jack Davenport ("Smash") and Mark Hamill also star.
A Christmas Detour
After a snowstorm grounds her New York-bound flight in Buffalo, Paige (Candace Cameron Bure) finds her usual optimism dimmed by the airport hotel where she is stranded. She desperately needs to find a way to the Big Apple, where she is scheduled to meet her fiance's parents, and for some reason, the only person who may be able to help her is a fellow passenger she can't stand: Dylan (Paul Greene), whose own recent heartbreak has soured him on romance. Sarah Strange, David Lewis and Marcus Rosner also star.
A Gift Wrapped Christmas
Gwen, a personal shopper hired by a driven, career-obsessed single father, is dismayed to see how little time her client, Charlie, spends with Owen, his 8-year-old son. While the clock ticks down to Christmas Day, Gwen has a personal epiphany of her own as she makes a determined attempt to give Charlie a much-needed infusion of the yuletide spirit. Meredith Hagner, Travis Milne and Beverley Mitchell ("7th Heaven") star.
All-Star Gingerbread Build
Egypt Sherrod is host of this new holiday special, which finds Ron Ben-Israel and Jonathan Scott going head-to-head against Duff Goldman and Drew Scott in a battle to see which team can create the most festive life-sized, edible gingerbread houses in just 72 hours.
He was made of snow, but the children know how Frosty saved Christmas in this 1992 animated holiday special. Features the voices of Jonathan Winters, John Goodman, Jan Hooks and a young Elisabeth Moss.
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
In the new episode "NoHo or NoGo," potential disaster strikes on opening day as the lights go out in the new restaurant, as Miss Robbie already is fed up with Tim's lack of follow-through. Elsewhere, Tim's A-team threatens to collapse altogether as tension continues to build among Charles, Chloe and Danielle.
Ash vs Evil Dead
In a new episode called "The Host," Kelly's (Dana DeLorenzo) current state puts others around her in serious jeopardy. Ash (Bruce Campbell), meanwhile, reveals an unexpected new side to his character, while Pablo (Ray Santiago) is forced into making a bold move. Jill Marie Jones and Lucy Lawless also star.
The Story of Santa Claus
After a toymaker and his wife are evicted from their shop, they head to an orphanage to deliver their only remaining bag of toys. When they get lost in a storm, they find themselves at the North Pole, where they meet a group of elves. After saving an elf's life, Santa is allowed to make one wish. The elves then must use all their magic to make his wish of giving every child a toy come true. Ed Asner and Betty White provide voices in this animated special.
Christmas Cookie Challenge
Jonathan Bennett, currently hosting the Christmas holiday edition of "Cake Wars," pulls similar duty on this new special, wherein five confident and daring bakers compete to prove their holiday cookie-making skills. Judges Duff Goldman, Damaris Phillips and Sherry Yard are on hand to crown the holiday cookie master, who goes home with a $10,000 prize.
The Spymasters -- CIA in the Crosshairs
The 12 living directors of the CIA discuss their failures and previously classified successes in this new documentary that probes inside the workings of the world's most powerful and clandestine spy agency. "Homeland" star Mandy Patinkin narrates the film, which also includes interviews with some of the agency's top operatives.
Kym reluctantly begins to realize she just may be part of the problem when she enlists the help of TV judge Mablean Ephriam to get The Village in order in a new episode called "The Whitley Intervention: Part 2." Later, while she is trying to focus on her preparations to host the NAACP Theatre Awards, Kym noticing Joshua starting to act out.
The Last Kingdom
Season 1 of this compelling historical drama draws to a close with the very future of England at stake, as King Alfred (David Dawson) embraces his destiny and emerges from his cover in the marshes. He and Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) know their only hope of success lies in somehow uniting the disparate Saxon armies, so they send out a rallying cry for these troops to assemble at Egbert's Stone to fight what will be a decisive battle against the Danes. Wessex may be saved, but at what cost to Uhtred?
Sun, November 29
The Walking Dead
No one can say that Season 6 of this red-hot cable series has skimped on surprises -- at least one of them decidedly unwelcome to fans -- so far, and the midseason finale, "Start to Finish," probably has a couple up its sleeve as well. Fans have learned by now never to be lulled into a false sense of security by relatively calm moments, such as the ones recent episodes have delivered, and sure enough, trouble finds its way into Alexandria yet again tonight. This time, however, the outcome may be dire. New episodes return in February 2016.
Holiday Celebrations on Ice
The popular group Train supplies some of the music in an on-site performance, but the emphasis is on many of the top names in figure skating in this new special. Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss are the hosts, introducing Meryl Davis and Charlie White -- like Yamaguchi, also veterans of "Dancing With the Stars" -- as well as Brian Boitano, Todd Eldredge, Kimmie Meissner, Surya Bonaly, Alissa Czisny, Ryan Bradley, and Caydee Denney and John Coughlin.
The usually comedic Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy," "Ted") surprised many people with his producing involvement in "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," and he may do so again by serving as host of this ceremony that honors scientists and mathematicians. Staged earlier in the month in California's Silicon Valley, the event logically features stars of the comedy series "Silicon Valley" as presenters, along with Oscar winners Hilary Swank and Russell Crowe.
The 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards
He may be a polarizing personality to a lot of people, but Justin Bieber nonetheless has been tapped as the first Hall of Fame honoree from Helping and Leading Others (HALO), an organization dedicated to recognizing ordinary teens for doing extraordinary things in their communities. In addition to The Bieb, performers are set to include Fifth Harmony, DNCE, Flo Rida, Tori Kelly and Walk the Moon.
Is it possible? Homer and Marge are splitting up? The couple (voices of Dan Castellaneta and Julie Kavner) takes the initial step to save their marriage by visiting a counselor in "Every Man's Dream." However, Homer starts dating a younger woman. Political commentator Laura Ingraham and the central stars of "Girls" -- Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke -- are the episode's guest voices.
The romance of Mary and Lord Gillingham (Michelle Dockery, Tom Cullen) undergoes a major test in "Downton Abbey, Season 5: Episode 3" after they're seen leaving a hotel together. They aren't the only people facing a big challenge, since Bates (Brendan Coyle) also has one, prompted by what happened to Green. As Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) begins a new friendship, an earlier one is renewed for Violet (Maggie Smith). Hugh Bonneville also stars.
Once Upon a Time
Camelot is the principal setting of the new episode "Broken Heart," which eventually merges that site's past with Storybrooke's present as Hook's (Colin O'Donoghue) actions may determine Emma's (Jennifer Morrison) romantic fate. Another mission awaits her and others -- but first, she tries to steer Hook away from the darkness that could consume him, thereby impacting her. Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas and Emilie de Ravin also star.
Flesh and Bone
In Episode 4 of the drama series, Claire (Sarah Hay) is challenged by the emotional vulnerability of the new choreography. Her brother Bryan (Josh Helman) finds out about her night job, and he forces his way into the strip club.
In the new episode "... And the Infernal Contract," Baird (Rebecca Romijn) is stunned to discover that a scandal-beset old friend who is running for mayor of a small town in New Hampshire has made a deal with the devil -- literally. As she tries to come to his aid, Baird soon finds herself in a battle for her own soul, as well of those of the Librarians (Christian Kane, Lindy Booth, John Harlan Kim). John Larroquette also stars; Jonathan Frakes ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") directed this episode.
Angel of Christmas
Newspaper writer Susan (Jennifer Finnigan) has been wary of the holidays ever since a boyfriend dumped her on Christmas Day, and now her editor has given her three weeks to write a story about her great-grandfather and the angel he carved as a young man. As her deadline looms, Susan uncovers a romantic triangle from her older relative's life even as she finds herself avidly courted by two very different men. Jonathan Scarfe, Tahmoh Penikett and Holly Robinson Peete also star.
2015 Soul Train Awards
From Las Vegas, Erykah Badu hosts the annual ceremonies honoring artists in 12 different categories. Nominated for album of the year are "X" by Chris Brown, "Black Messiah" by D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Jill Scott's "Woman," "Beauty Behind the Madness" by The Weeknd and Tyrese's "Black Rose." In the best new artist category, "Empire" star Jussie Smollett vies with Tinashe, Jidenna, Dej Loaf and Alessia Cara.
In what could a preview of the AFC Championship Game, Tom Brady and the East-leading New England Patriots invade Mile High Stadium to challenge Peyton Manning and the West-leading Denver Broncos. The Pats, undefeated through Week 10, can put up points on the board with the best in the league, but if any defense can stop them, it's the top-ranked unit belonging to the Broncos.
Elizabeth's (Tea Leoni) intention to blame Russia for targeting Air Force One during a speech at the United Nations is thwarted -- by Henry (Tim Daly) -- in the new episode "Russian Roulette." He gives her information that leads her to question what she believed to be true about the matter. Series creator Barbara Hall wrote the story. Bebe Neuwirth, Zeljko Ivanek, Geoffrey Arend and Patina Miller also star.
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
This holiday special, based on the "Ice Age" films, finds the arctic herd busily decorating for the holidays. In his rush to help, Sid destroys Manny's favorite decorations. Manny is so upset that he convinces Sid he is now on Santa's naughty list. Joined by Crash, Eddie and Peaches, Sid takes off for the North Pole to plead his case to Santa. Meanwhile, Manny, Ellie and Diego race to find Peaches. Ray Romano and John Leguizamo lead the voice cast.
Now a top action star, Liam Neeson voices his animated likeness in the show's 250th episode, "Fighting Irish." That's a literal title, since the actor takes up the challenge when Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) declares he could beat Neeson in a fight. Stewie (also MacFarlane's voice) isn't happy when Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) volunteers for duty with his class and seems to give the other children more attention.
Alaska: The Last Frontier
In the new episode "No Rain, Big Pain," unusually high summer temperatures take their toll on the Kilcher cattle. Jane has a close encounter with a bear, while Atz Lee teams up with a remote homesteading veteran for a master class in taming the frontier. Elsewhere, Kelli and Shane make progress on their cabin, and Findlay gets a safe place to play.
In the new episode "Ten Thirteen," a personal loss prompts a subsequent pilgrimage to Miracle, which ultimately sheds new light onto why Meg (Liv Tyler) embarked on her path with the Guilty Remnant. Elsewhere, Tom (Chris Zylka) has a falling out with Laurie (Amy Brenneman) that leaves him resolved to reconcile with Meg. Justin Theroux also stars.
Holiday Baking Championship
In the new episode "Ginger and Spice and Everything Nice," the six remaining bakers revel in the warm flavor of ginger. For their first challenge they create mini desserts highlighting candied ginger, then create three different types of holiday cookies inspired by their own family traditions.
John, Natalie and Malcolm (Jeff Hephner, Sharon Stone, Gerald McRaney) spring into action after a deadly biological weapon is used in a failed assassination attempt on a government official. Soon, the trio is on the trail of a domestic terrorist group that plans to deploy that same lethal virus on a far more catastrophic scale in the new episode "Truth, Lies and Consequences."
The Christmas Note
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ("The Sopranos") stars in this new holiday special as Gretchen, a young mom who moves with her little boy to a new town, only to discover that her new neighbor, Melissa (Leah Gibson), is a lone wolf with no interest in becoming friends. That situation slowly starts to change, however, as Melissa discovers she has a sibling she never knew about and recruits Gretchen's help in gathering more information. Greg Vaughan also stars.
The Christmas Gift
Fifteen years after she received an anonymous Christmas present at age 10 that changed her life, Megan (Michelle Trachtenberg, "Gossip Girl"), now an adult journalist, sets out to write a holiday piece about her ongoing search for that "Secret Santa" from her childhood. Rick Fox also stars in this 2015 yuletide drama, which was inspired by a true story.
A Salute to Downton Abbey
Whenever the internationally popular drama series is about to start a new season, a retrospective special is traditional -- but this one is the final one, since the upcoming sixth round will be the show's last. Cast member Hugh Bonneville plays host, presenting interviews with fellow "Downton Abbey" stars as well as creator-writer Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame. A preview of story developments to come also is included.
The Good Wife
Alicia and Louis Canning (Julianna Margulies, Michael J. Fox) become strange bedfellows in the courtroom, along with Lucca (Cush Jumbo), in the new episode "Discovery." Their client runs a Web site being sued for alleged racial profiling. Alicia's personal life, now involving Jason Crouse (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), becomes a concern for Ruth and Eli (Margo Martindale, Alan Cumming) as Peter's (Chris Noth) presidential campaign proceeds.
The Last Man on Earth
The search for life on Earth is not an unfamiliar theme on television, but it usually isn't deployed in the way it is in "Is There Anybody Out There?" Phil and Carol (Will Forte, Kristen Schaal) venture out of Tucson and head across America to see if anyone else survived the elimination of most of humanity -- and except for their having each other, it promises to be a long and challenging journey.
In the new "Am I Still Me?," Dr. James (Laurie Metcalf) is plagued by complications on the day of her symposium, while Patsy (Mel Rodriguez) finally embraces his true nature. DiDi (Niecy Nash) is caught between the demands of work and family. Dawn (Alex Borstein) and Dr. James see uncanny reflections of themselves in two visiting Brits (guest stars Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine, who actually created the counterparts to Borstein's and Metcalf's characters in the original BBC version of this series).
A storm gathers in this new episode as Alison (Ruth Wilson) is forced to endure an emotionally draining journey all on her own. Helen (Maura Tierney), meanwhile, is surprised by some attention she receives from a sexy yet very exasperating source, and Noah (Dominic West) faces a terrible reckoning. Elsewhere, Cole (Joshua Jackson) is pushed to the very edge of endurance by a series of challenges.
Anne Heche makes a guest appearance in the new episode "Guilty," playing a former FBI profiler who returns to instruct the recruits in pursuing serial killers. Her lessons may be too good, since attentive student Simon (Tate Ellington) puts himself in danger by becoming particularly skilled in such profiling. Flashing forward, the story puts Alex (Priyanka Chopra) under the scrutiny of expert interrogators. Josh Hopkins also stars.
Into the Badlands
In a new episode called "White Stork Spreads Wings," Sunny (Daniel Wu) begins the process of training M.K. (Aramis Knight), but it soon becomes obvious that the headstrong boy will have to learn discipline before he will be able to master any skills. A learning experience is in store for Quinn (Marton Csokas) as well, as he seeks retribution against The Widow (Emily Beecham), only to face harsh consequences as a result.
A "Holiday Special" finds bickering couple Freddie and Stuart (Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi) throwing a Christmas Day celebration for their friends in their crowded little flat. Thankfully, they're getting help from neighbor Ash (Iwan Rheon, "Game of Thrones"), who has volunteered to prepare the food, but you can bet Violet (Frances de la Tour) will try to stir things up with the handsome chef. Elsewhere, a wicked game of Truth or Dare brings up some shocking truths.
Hackers often are the perpetrators of crimes on this series, but one becomes a victim in the new episode "iWitness." The person was being paid to remove an assault target's remarks from a website for confessionals, and Avery (Patricia Arquette), Russell (Ted Danson) and the team try to determine why someone wanted those comments left up. Guest stars include Mary Mouser ("Body of Proof") and Rob Estes ("Melrose Place"). James Van Der Beek also stars.
Mon, November 30
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A television milestone is reached as this animated classic marks its 50th anniversary. When Charlie Brown complains about the materialism he sees during the holidays, Lucy suggests he direct the Christmas pageant. He accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When his attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir tree fails, he needs Linus' help to learn the real meaning of Christmas. The memorable music score is by Vince Guaraldi.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU combine to televise all 14 games of the 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge college basketball event beginning tonight with Wake Forest at Rutgers (ESPNU) and Clemson at Minnesota (ESPN2). Big Ten/ACC Challenge marquee games include Virginia at Ohio State and Maryland at North Carolina, both Dec. 1 on ESPN, and Indiana at Duke Dec. 2 on ESPN.
The final episode of a three-part visit to Eugene, Ore., takes host Mark L. Walberg to the King Estate Winery, where he and appraiser Kathleen Bailey discuss collectible wine glasses and decanters. Items presented by their owners for valuation include two toy vehicles from the 1930s, an identifying cavalry flag from the Civil War, and the gold-embossed and bejeweled "Guardian of Venice" -- which is estimated to be worth tens of thousands of dollars now.
The number 10 has great significance when it comes to this sort of competition, since it represents the best of the best -- and so it is with the "Live Top 10 Performances" in this new episode. Mentors Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams certainly know that every comment and decision they make at this point of the show's season is critical. And if they know it, the remaining contestants surely know it, too. Carson Daly is the host.
A cliffhanger is all but certain as Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is kidnapped in "Rise of the Villains: Worse Than a Crime," the new episode that serves as the show's fall finale. Gordon (Ben McKenzie) has to reach out to some surprising sources for help in finding the youngster, with villains ultimately pitted against other villains ... and no one's survival is guaranteed. Nathan Darrow guest stars as Victor Fries, alias Mr. Freeze. Donal Logue also stars.
Part of having superpowers is knowing when to hold back with them, but Kara (Melissa Benoist) lets emotions get the better of her when she faces a military cyborg named Red Tornado (guest star Iddo Goldberg) in the new episode "Red Faced." General Sam Lane (guest star Glenn Morshower, "24"), father of Lucy (Jenna Dewan-Tatum), oversees the related exercise. Cat (Calista Flockhart) is rattled when her formidable mother (guest star Joan Juliet Buck) visits.
Veteran actress Tovah Feldshuh ("Law & Order") guest stars as Rebecca's (Rachel Bloom) mother, who pays a holiday visit to the West Coast, in the new episode "My Mom, Greg's Mom and Josh's Sweet Dance Moves!" Problems arise when Rebecca fibs about how her life has been going since her cross-country move. Mel Harris ("thirtysomething") also guest stars as the mother of Greg (Santino Fontana) in another family-problem situation.
It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown
On the same night "A Charlie Brown Christmas" reaches a milestone with its 50th annual broadcast, this new special commemorates the event. Kristen Bell hosts the program, which includes comments from some who were involved in the making of the animated classic, along with musical performances. Among those artists: Kristin Chenoweth, who won a Tony Award for the stage musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and Matthew Morrison ("Glee").
In a new episode called "The Jumping Off Point," Sharon (Mary McDonnell) and her team investigate the murder of a wealthy young man with no visible means of support who was pushed off the top of a parking structure. Meanwhile, Flynn (Tony Denison) suffers through the ministrations of a relentlessly cheerful physical therapist. G.W. Bailey also stars.
Kidnappings are standard subjects for crime dramas, but most don't have high-tech experts solving them. The victim's father knows what he's doing by enlisting the team for a rescue mission in Mexico in "Going South," since he's a magnate in the technology business himself. The assignment unfolds while some of Walter's (Elyes Gabel) comrades resent him, since he didn't make any reference to them in an interview. Katharine McPhee also stars.
A new episode called "Christmas: Holiday Song" finds the four remaining teams are challenged to take Christmas intergalactic and create displays of what it would look like if Santa were in space. In the Santa's Mega-Challenge, the teams must bring world-famous Christmas songs such as "Deck the Halls" and "Jingle Bells" to life in a huge edible creation. Actor Devin Ratray ("Home Alone") helps to judge the results; Jonathan Bennett is host.
Daddy Dave's hopes of driving the Sonoma Raceway may have crashed along with his new car in an accident, but Chief hopes he can reunite Dave with Jackie Knox in the new episode "It's a Hard Knox Life." Tempers flare as another racer, The Reaper, takes a shot at the list. Framtruck sets off on a quest to surprize AZN by locating his very first car.
PBS Previews: The Best of PBS Indies
Some of the documentaries to be shown by public television in 2016 are given a sampling in this new compilation special. Included: the "Independent Lens" offerings "The Black Panthers," "In Football We Trust" (involving college sports recruiting) and "The Armor of Light" (on the issue of gun violence), and the "POV" program "All the Difference." In addition to clips from the shows, interviews with the respective filmmakers are presented.
The Making of Trump
Wondering how Donald Trump went from loudmouthed businessman to loudmouthed businessman running for president? This two-hour documentary has (some) answers.
The show reaches its season finale -- and quite likely its finale, period, since its episode order was cut back -- with "Everybody Runs," as an intended chemical attack by Memento Mori unites Vega (Meagan Good) and the precogs in a desperate bid to foil the plot. Blomfeld (guest star Reed Diamond) has his own plans that could thwart their efforts. Darius McCrary also continues his guest role. Stark Sands, Nick Zano, Laura Regan and Wilmer Valderrama also star.
David France's Oscar-nominated documentary "How to Survive a Plague" profiles two activist groups that had a major impact on AIDS as a condition that could be managed, rather than its outcome being certain. Members of ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) covertly entered the pharmaceutical business and helped get drugs that were experimental to patients who needed them. Expectedly, many hurdles were met along the way -- not all of them bypassed successfully.
NCIS: Los Angeles
Callen (Chris O'Donnell) finds himself with a conflict of interest during the holiday season in "Humbug." As the team probes a robbery at a cyber-security firm, Callen is forced out of the action by Hetty (Linda Hunt) because his girlfriend Joelle (guest star Elizabeth Bogush) is a witness in the case. Still, he and the others have seasonal plans that they share with one another.
NCIS: Los Angeles
While they're following an anonymous tip about a missing NSA agent, Callen and Sam (Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J) are abducted, and their colleagues begin to worry that the pair have fallen into a trap set by terrorists in "Forest for the Trees." Linda Hunt, Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah also star.
Like an avenging Midwestern Fury, Hanzee (Zahn McClarnon) embarks on a ruthless, relentless search to find the missing Peggy and Ed (Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons), whom the Gerhardts are convinced murdered the hapless Rye. Meanwhile, Dodd (Jeffrey Donovan) -- who has stirred up many of the Gerhardts' current problems -- finds himself in unfamiliar territory. Patrick Wilson and Ted Danson also star in the new episode "Loplop."
Nina (Kelly Overton) and MI-6 agent Simon Hardy (guest star Gershwyn Eustace Jr.) offer Kate (Aisling Franciosi) a deal that Martin (Sean Bean) does not like, although he may not have an alternative. Ballard (Steve Kazee) convinces the FBI to let him take down Martin. Back in 2001 Prague, Dmitry enlists Ilyana (Klara Issova) as an MI-6 operative and gives her an assignment. Rod Hallett also stars in the new episode "The Legends of Terrence Graves."
In a new episode called "Guilty Obsessions," Graham Elliot ("MasterChef") confesses to a serious cheeseburger addiction, while flamboyant TV personality Ross Mathews can't live without a certain chili-covered pasta dish. Kendra Wilkinson ("Kendra on Top") shares her obsession with a deep-fried dessert, while Duff Goldman ("Ace of Cakes") reveals why he wants you to call him Big Poppa.
Though it doesn't premiere officially until January, this sitcom gets a preview with two episodes. Seen occasionally on "The Good Wife" since her run on "Ugly Betty," America Ferrera returns to weekly work as an employee of a "big box" store who encourages the dreams of her fellow workers while trying to help keep the business at hand running smoothly. Ben Feldman ("Mad Men"), Colton Dunn and "The Kids in the Hall" veteran Mark McKinney also star.
The Great Holiday Baking Show
A British program that's been televised in America as "The Great British Baking Show" inspired this new, obviously limited-run series. Johnny Iuzzini and the original version's Mary Berry are the judges gauging the efforts of American cooks trying to win challenges and avoid elimination in the quest to win the four-week competition. Married actors Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") and Ian Gomez ("Cougar Town") serve as hosts.
Vegas Rat Rods
A flashy client who is eager to cruise the famous Strip in Sin City commissions the Welderup Boys to build a tribute to Las Vegas in the former of a customized Speedster. As a special feature to the build, Steve tracks down rare casino memorabilia, including slot machine parts and poker chips, to incorporate into the vehicle in a new episode called "Viva Las Vegas."
Tue, December 1
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The most famous reindeer of all returns as CBS airs the 1964 animated holiday musical favorite. Rudolph and Hermey the elf are a couple of misfits who team up with prospector Yukon Cornelius to defeat an abominable snow monster and save Christmas. Burl Ives narrates as the voice of Sam the Snowman.
A new crossover story that concludes Wednesday on "Arrow" begins in "Legends of Today," as enemy Vandal Savage (guest star Casper Crump) launches an assault on Cisco and Kendra Saunders (Carlos Valdes, guest star Ciara Renee). Barry (Grant Gustin) tries to help and seeks added assistance from Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), but the sudden appearance of Hawkman (guest star Falk Hentschel) complicates things. Tom Cavanagh also stars.
Relatives don't necessarily make great co-workers, but Jimmy (John Stamos) takes a gamble on Gerald (Josh Peck) as an employee at the restaurant in the new episode "Jimmy and Son." Vanessa (Christina Milian) advises Sara (Paget Brewster) on a means of keeping Bruce (guest star Andy Daly) happy. Ravi's (Ravi Patel) heavy dose of humor in the kitchen concerns Annalise (Kelly Jenrette). AJ Rivera also guest stars.
Seen recently in the movie "The Walk," Joseph Gordon-Levitt antes up as he follows an appearance on "Up Late With Miss Piggy" with a poker game with several of the Muppet fellows in the new episode "Going, Going, Gonzo." Foo Fighters veteran Dave Grohl also guest stars, as he and Animal have a competition on the drums. As for "The Great" Gonzo, he gets ready to perform a stunt he's always wanted to do.
Just as the movie "Million Dollar Arm" showed an American on foreign soil on a quest for sports success, so does this documentary about the American coach of the Egyptian National Football Team. Since 2011, Bob Bradley has been on a mission to rebuild the squad. His efforts to do so -- and to lead the team to the 2014 World Cup -- mirror the reconfiguration of Egypt itself in the wake of the country's revolution.
Fresh Off the Boat
Rap-music star and sometimes-actor DMX appears as himself in the new episode "We Done Son," as Eddie (Hudson Yang) thinks he's hit the jackpot by landing a part-time job with him. A quarrel over the investment property puts the friendship of Jessica and Honey (Constance Wu, Chelsey Crisp) at risk. A friend (guest star J.B. Smoove) of Louis (Randall Park) prolongs his visit to a dangerous point. Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen also star.
Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld") and Timothy Olyphant ("Justified") continue their guest roles in the new episode "Grinder Rests in Peace," as Dean (Rob Lowe) is brought back to television for a scene that kills off his former character. He's not happy about the prospect of doing that to set up a spinoff series, but Stewart (Fred Savage) is thrilled by the prospect of Dean returning to acting. Mary Elizabeth Ellis and William Devane also star.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Two new housewives -- Yolanda's friend Erika Girardi, who is married to a powerful attorney, and Lisa Rinna's old pal Kathryn Edwards, now married to former gridiron star Donnie Edwards -- join the cast as Season 6 of the hit unscripted series begins. Among the core cast members, Yolanda resorts to some extreme measures in her ongoing battle with Lyme disease, while the two Lisas, Vanderpump and Rinna, find their long friendship strained by gossip and secrets.
The 'shiners are determined to stay off the grid as the outside world continues its encroachment into the backwoods in the new episode "Gone A-Rye." Tim breaks the news about the fate of Climax Moonshine. Concerned that some rivals are trying to corner the market, Jeff, Mark and Lance search for a new work site.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Ward (Brett Dalton) may have his conclusive showdown with his former comrades in the new episode "Closure," as he appears to have the ultimate hand over them. Coulson (Clark Gregg) isn't about to let that endure, though -- whatever it takes for justice to be done. Constance Zimmer continues her guest role as Rosalind Price, and Tyler Ritter ("The McCarthys") also guest stars. Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain de Caestecker also star.
A wedding planner's murder has a big impact on Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin), who's shocked to discover the victim was someone he dated, in the new episode "The Hurt Stalker." Compounding his distress, he eventually becomes the chief suspect in the killing himself, making him very reliant on Liv (Rose McIver) to clear him as she uses her unique means of investigation. Her probe creates new problems with Major (Robert Buckley). Rahul Kohli also stars.
Married at First Sight
Season 3 keeps the show's basic format -- namely, four specialists who select six individuals to be matched with an ideal marriage partner, with the identities of both parties remaining a secret until their wedding day -- but a different venue: All the singles selected are from Atlanta. In the premiere, "Wedding Preparation," the participants have just 15 days to get ready to tie the knot with a total stranger.
"Black Friday" -- the title of this new episode, also referencing the shopping day after Thanksgiving -- ends up having a different meaning for the Chanels when the Red Devil chooses that day to target them anew. The sorority members come to believe Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) is the threat to their lives, and they scheme to counteract her ... only for someone else to claim to be the murderer. Emma Roberts, Lea Michele and Skyler Samuels also star.
Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) has a family reunion under unpleasant circumstances in the new episode "Fallback," as a friend's emergency brings the medic back into contact with his own sister (guest star Christina Brucato) -- and with bad memories. Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) deals with a musician whose surgery could rob her of her hearing. David Eigenberg crosses over in his "Chicago Fire" role. Oliver Platt and S. Epatha Merkerson also star.
Jerusalem: Center of the World
In this special, Ray Suarez -- who was a "NewsHour" correspondent at the time -- leads viewers on an exploration of Jerusalem by land, sea and even underground. This small city has captured the spirits of millions and been at the center of wars for millennia. Relying on religious texts, archaeology and anecdotes, Suarez tries to determine why the city, from which Judaism, Christianity and Islam hail, continues to be such a world focal point.
VICE Special Report: Countdown to Zero
VICE founders and correspondents Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi host this special, premiering on World AIDS Day, which goes inside the search for a cure and a preventive vaccine that could eliminate AIDS. After decades of frustration, that's actually a realistic goal, not a pipe dream, and many researchers believe humanity even now may be on the cusp of the first AIDS-free generation in decades.
Despite the title of this series, Brian (Jake McDorman) has limits placed upon him, as when the FBI doesn't want him to tread in certain places -- which he does anyway in "Badge! Gun!" His own probe of a reporter's murder ends up interfering with the efforts of agents Harris and Boyle (Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper). Sam Robards guest stars in the story co-written and directed by filmmaker Marc Webb ("The Amazing Spider-Man").
Two former ACC rivals collide tonight at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., where the North Carolina Tar Heels welcome in the Maryland Terrapins. Melo Trimble and the No. 3 Terps are loaded and eyeing their first national championship since 2002. As for the top-ranked Tar Heels, their hopes may rest with the health of senior guard Marcus Paige, who went down in early November with a broken hand.
GoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman returns to the program as a guest Shark. A rescue-pet concept that factors in a cafe is pitched by a woman from Boca Raton, Fla., while a toy that's really more than a toy is on the mind of another entrepreneur. That innovator -- from Lake Forest, Calif. -- presents an all-electric vehicle that goes an actual motorcycle one better in terms of being maneuverable. Updates on earlier ideas also are included.
Chief Boden's (Eamonn Walker) troubles continue to mount in the new episode "When Tortoises Fly," as his leadership is questioned by Capt. Patterson (guest star Brian White). Severide tries to help the chief with hoped-for assistance from Jamie (guest star Rachel Nichols). Brett and Chili (Kara Killmer, Dora Madison) are surprised by the apparent connection their latest call has to a previous one. Jon Seda and Marina Squerciati appear in their "Chicago PD" roles.
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
As Season 2 of this dramedy opens, writer Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein) is touted as "the face of divorce" on a trendy lifestyle website, a gig that forces her to continue hiding the truth of her complicated relationship with her estranged husband, Jake (Paul Adelstein). Among her friends, Jo (Alanna Ubach) deals with unwelcome encroachment by her ex-husband and his new wife (new series regular Megan Hilty, "Smash"). Also joining the cast this season are Retta ("Parks and Recreation") and Mark Valley.
In a new episode called "The Tunnel," Dr. John Cencich and Bob Baer send teams to Germany, Spain and Argentina. In the first, Sascha Keil and Lenny DePaul come across a previously undiscovered tunnel running from Hitler's bunker to Tempelhof Airport, where Der Fuhrer's personal plane awaited to facilitate his escape. Meanwhile, a team of elite marine archeologists investigates a secret U-boat docking station off the Argentina coast.
NCIS: New Orleans
The site of a sailor's murder -- a strip club -- prompts lots of questions as Pride (Scott Bakula) and his team investigate in "The List." Heightening the concern is the involvement of the same weapon in two other homicides, plus the inclusion of all the victims' names in a mural. Brody (Zoe McLellan) is surprised by a visit from her former fiance. Luke Mably ("The Prince and Me") and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell guest star.
Wed, December 2
This documentary from director Louie Psihoyos and the group behind the Oscar-winning film "The Cove" will be broadcast in the United States and in more than 220 countries and territories. As well it should be, as it details the race to prevent the mass extinction of endangered animals around the globe. Psihoyos and his team assemble a group of artists and activists for undercover operations to expose endangered species trafficking, infiltrate dangerous black markets using high-tech tactics, and document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction.
In "Jungle Eagle," an intrepid team of cameramen goes deep into the South American jungle to find the rarely seen -- let alone filmed -- harpy eagle, the most powerful raptor on Earth. For the personal risks they took, the videographers returned with stunning footage of their subject and the environs in which they were working.
When Frankie (Patricia Heaton) gets word she's being sent to Des Moines on an all-expenses-paid work trip, she wants to bring Mike (Neil Flynn) along to enjoy the perks in the new episode "The Convention." While they're gone, Big Mike (guest star John Cullum) stays with Brick (Atticus Shaffer). Sue (Eden Sher) isn't happy about getting Axl (Charlie McDermott) as a roommate while he seeks a new dwelling. Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock") and Cheryl Hines also guest star.
"Legends of Yesterday," the conclusion of a new crossover story that began on "The Flash," finds Malcolm (John Barrowman) injecting himself into the situation that pits the heroes against Vandal Savage (guest star Casper Crump) ... with an unfortunate outcome. Eventually, others including Felicity and Laurel (Emily Bett Rickards, Katie Cassidy) join in to try to develop a weapon to vanquish Savage. David Ramsey and Willa Holland also star.
Alaskan Bush People
On a new episode, the family sets up a series of surprises and celebrations in honor of Billy's birthday, and the honoree is inspired by a visit from old childhood friends to reflect -- along with Ami and the rest of the pack -- on a lifetime of stories and adventures in the wild.
The pursuit of a serial killer has personal impacts on some of the investigators in the new episode "Aortic Atresia and Art Installations," the show's fall finale. TMI (Anna Konkle) is alarmed when her former fiance (guest star Sam Witwer), an FBI agent, becomes involved in the case. Rosewood (Morris Chestnut) worries about a possible lawsuit plus Villa's (Jaina Lee Ortiz) potential involvement with Mike (guest star Taye Diggs). Lorraine Toussaint also stars.
Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music
Despite a very simple format, this classic 1965 music special still qualifies as both "classic" and "special," as it captures Ol' Blue Eyes at 50, singing some of his biggest hits backed by musicians conducted by Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins. Among the musical highlights of this program, which won an Emmy and a Peabody Award, are "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Come Fly With Me," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "My Kind of Town" and "I Get a Kick Out of You."
Christmas in Rockefeller Center
Another holiday tradition is maintained with the 83rd annual lighting of the tree -- this time, a 78-foot-tall Norway Spruce from Gardiner, N.Y. -- in the virtual center of New York. "Today" regulars Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales preside over the festivities. Before the switch is flipped to illuminate the colorful display, musical guests including Sting, James Taylor (with Chris Botti) and Mary J. Blige perform seasonal tunes.
Not only was "Top Gun" a major movie hit, it also inspired more than a few of its viewers to join the military -- and Barry (Troy Gentile) is one of them in the new episode "Wingmom." As an ROTC trainee, he runs into rigorous challenges ... and Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) decides to support him by also signing up. Adam (Sean Giambrone) assists Pops (George Segal) on a personal mission. Judd Hirsch guest stars. Jeff Garlin also stars.
Diving into blue holes sounds like something that could only be done in cartoons, but underwater cave explorer Kenny Broad does just that in this installment -- titled, appropriately, "Extreme Cave Diving." He dives into blue holes formed during the last ice age, when the sea level was nearly 400 feet below what it is today. Broad investigates this undersea frontier with a team of climatologists, paleontologists and anthropologists.
DEA agents become victims in the new episode "Internal Affairs" as two are killed and another vanishes, prompting Rossi's (Joe Mantegna) BAU team to work with the National Security Agency on the case. Hotch (Thomas Gibson) has an ulterior motive for supporting the partnership, hoping it will yield clues about the assassins' group known as the Dirty Dozen. Guest stars include Erin Cardillo, who's also a creator-writer of the series "Significant Mother."
Directed by Richard Speight Jr. -- who has appeared on this series a number of times as Gabriel, a.k.a. The Trickster -- the new episode "Just My Imagination" gives Sam (Jared Padalecki) a big surprise with the return of Sully (guest star Nate Torrence), his imaginary friend from childhood. Additionally surprising is the fact that Dean (Jensen Ackles) also can see Sully, who supposedly resides only in Sam's mind.
Given how long this show has run, it's a little amazing that the very diverse relatives haven't gone to group therapy before -- but they do in the new episode "Clean Out Your Junk Drawer." Catherine O'Hara guest stars as the leader of the session, a successful self-help author who finds a major challenge in dealing with the Dunphys and the Pritchetts. As an example, Phil and Claire (Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen) try to position themselves as the most secure participants.
The popularity of media streaming services puts Lucious (Terrence Howard) on his latest professional course in the new episode "Et Tu, Brute?," the drama's fall finale. After jumping at a promising opportunity, he learns it was aset-up to bring about his downfall. Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) decides to arrange a concert at the prison where she was long incarcerated. Continuing guest stars include Alicia Keys, Naomi Campbell, Marisa Tomei and William Fichtner.
Santas in the Barn
This ridiculously fun reality/competition series pits 10 Santas from across the country in an array of over-the-top Christmas-themed challenges meant to discover who most lives the “Santa Way.” While living out their Santa dreams, these would-be Kris Kringles will vote on who most exemplifies the Christmas spirit, with the last one standing winning $100,000 and the title of America’s Best Santa.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Since its first airing on CBS in 1966, this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss children's book -- appearing on NBC for the first time this year -- has evolved into an annual holiday viewing tradition. Legendary animator Chuck Jones directed this story about a green-skinned grouch who sets out to spoil Christmas for the citizens of Whoville. Boris Karloff provides narration, with additional voices by Thurl Ravenscroft and June Foray.
Saturday Night Live
The long-running late-night comedy show compiles its best yuletide-themed sketches in the special installment "SNL Christmas." After all these years, it certainly has plenty of material to choose from, dating back to Chevy Chase's portrayal of President Gerald Ford in "Christmas Eve at the White House" way back in Season 1. Just in terms of the series' history, it's fun to all see the different "SNL" cast members this collection spans.
Wanda Sykes guest stars in the new episode "Man at Work," playing the ex-wife of the founding partner of the company where Dre (Anthony Anderson) works. When she gains half-ownership of the business, she starts meddling in its operation. Faizon Love also guest stars as Dre's close friend from childhood, who comes for a visit -- and eventually, Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) comes to believe he's taking advantage of the history he shares with Dre.
In Season 13 of the Emmy-winning series, 17 chefs compete for a shot at culinary stardom, cooking for food writers, master chefs and celebrity guest judges while traveling to iconic destinations in California. In addition to Los Angeles and San Francisco, locales include San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs area. Returning to judges table are host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Richard Blais and Emeril Lagasse. This two-part season premiere concludes Thursday.
Markus Keen (guest star Riley Smith), the new artist on Rayna's (Connie Britton) label, creates headaches by deciding against a song the week before its album is released in the new episode "Three's a Crowd." Deacon (Charles Esten) may help to resolve the problem -- but then again, he may not. Scarlett (Clare Bowen) pays a surprise visit to Caleb (guest star Nick Jandl). Chris Carmack, Will Chase, Sam Palladio and Aubrey Peeples also star.
The staff members -- particularly Leanne (Marcia Gay Harden) -- fear for one of their own when Jesse (Luis Guzman) suffers a heart attack in the new episode "Cardiac Support." The residents have an added concern as they try to cloak Mario's (Benjamin Hollingsworth) whereabouts when he goes against Neal's (Raza Jaffrey) orders to stay in the hospital, and tries to locate the son of a patient. Cress Williams and Gabrielle Carteris continue their guest roles.
American Horror Story: Hotel
Series co-creator Ryan Murphy wrote the new episode "The Ten Commandments Killer," which finds an increasingly fragile and unstable John (Wes Bentley) convinced that he is closing in on the titular psychopath. Elsewhere, the exact nature of Sally's (Sarah Paulson) arrangement with Mr. March (Evan Peters), the original owner of the Hotel Cortez, is revealed. Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates and Denis O'Hare also star.
Christmas Through the Decades
A look at Christmas during "The 70s" revisits a decade notable for decorations that included both "Star Wars" action figures and Big Bird and his friends from "Sesame Street." While Americans put in some time also worrying about the fate of U.S. hostages in Iran, they also took time out for such silly diversions as Pet Rocks and the Christmas novelty song "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."
The Challenge: Battle of The Bloodlines
As a new season of this reality competition gets under way, 14 players from various other MTV competition shows head to Bodrum, Turkey, to compete both with and against members of their own families. That may not sound especially dramatic, given that previous seasons have pitted players against such volatile competitors as ex-lovers and rivals, but it becomes exponentially harder to outwit an opponent who, at least in theory, knows better than anyone else how to really push your buttons.
Rev Runs Around the World
In this new 16-part half-hour series, Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons and his wife Justine invite fans to join them, along with son Russy and daughter Miley, as they globe-hop to such far-flung destinations as Jamaica (in this premiere episode), Dubai, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, to take in the sights and relax. As usual, however, family squabbles are part of the travel package.
Kevin (Stephen Rannazzisi) has little alternative to running the league "old school" after the guys are kicked off their fantasy football website in the new episode "The 13 Stages of Grief." Elsewhere, Jenny (Katie Aselton) struggles to deal with loss, while Rafi (Jason Mantzoukas) as some advice for Ruxin (Nick Kroll), whose dinner reservation Andre (Paul Scheer) is trying to hijack. Mark Duplass also stars.
Events of January 2013 at an Algerian gas facility, which was overtaken by members of al-Qaeda in a four-day siege that resulted in the deaths of nearly 40 workers, are recalled in this special. All the relevant questions -- including the "who," the "why" and the "how" -- are addressed as the program goes into great detail about the circumstances. Also considered is the response of Algerian forces, which was debated extensively in the aftermath.
You're the Worst
In a new episode called "Other Things You Could Be Doing," Jimmy (Chris Geere) decides it's time to make a very difficult choice after he reaches the end of his rope over Gretchen's (Aya Cash) behavior. A decision of another sort -- this one concerning Paul (Allan McLeod) -- is weighing on Lindsay's (Kether Donohue) mind. On a happier note, Edgar (Desmin Borges) performs in his improv graduation show.
Thu, December 3
The Wiz Live!
Fresh-faced newcomer Shanice Williams joins an all-star cast (and Cirque du Soleil performers!) in NBC’s third theater-meets-small-screen production. Like its predecessors, 2013’s "The Sound of Music Live!" and 2014’s "Peter Pan Live!", "The Wiz Live!" boasts an impressive theater pedigree — it’s executive-produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon (Broadway’s 2014 "A Raisin in the Sun" revival) and features new written material by the inimitable Harvey Fierstein. Jaw-dropping costumes by award-magnet costumer Paul Tazewell amp up the wow factor.
Likely playoff teams clash in the opener of tonight's doubleheader, as Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat defend home court from Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Immediately following, two Southwest Division rivals go at it when LaMarcus Aldridge and the first place San Antonio Spurs drop in on Zach Randolph and the struggling Memphis Grizzlies.
A two-hour presentation starts with the probe of a maid's death in "The Lost Love in the Foreign Land." The woman's privileged ex-employer (guest star Phyllis Logan, "Downton Abbey") becomes a suspect as information suggests the victim was an illegal immigrant. Then, some big personal news is in store for Brennan and Booth (played by Emily Deschanel, who was pregnant in real life at the time -- hint, hint -- and David Boreanaz) in "The Eye in the Sky."
The Vampire Diaries
An anniversary party provides the backdrop for a new effort by Stefan and Damon (Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder) to try to defeat Julian (guest star Todd Lasance) in the new episode "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me." Caroline (Candice King) risks her relationship with Stefan after learning information from Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore). Lily (guest star Annie Wersching) reaches a major decision. Michael Malarkey and Zach Roerig also star.
Toy Story That Time Forgot
The characters from the animated, hugely popular Disney-Pixar movies return in another made-for-television special. The tale finds the toys venturing out of familiar territory -- their owner Bonnie's room -- and into danger when they encounter a threatening set of action figures. The triceratops named Trixie (voice of Kristen Schaal) is the only hope of setting things right. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Don Rickles also return to the voice cast.
Two NFC North rivals headed in opposite directions come to loggerheads tonight at Ford Field in Detroit, where Matthew Stafford and the Lions welcome in Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The last-place Lions and their league-worst defense will have the unenviable task of stopping Rodgers and one of the game's top attacks, a big reason why the Pack sits at the top of the division.
Shrek the Halls
What's not to love about a Christmas special starring a family of green ogres? Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) isn't a Christmas kind of guy, but Fiona (voice of Cameron Diaz) loves the holiday, so he goes along -- with a little help from Donkey (voice of Eddie Murphy) and the rest of the fairy-tale gang. While it may not be on quite the same level as the tales of Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch, this one is now on the list of perennial holiday classics.
The First 48
After a young woman is dispatched, execution-style, on a street corner, Tulsa, Okla., detective Nathan Schilling's investigation turns up evidence suggesting that the victim's close friends may have been involved in the crime. Unless Nathan is able to learn what secret this close-knit group is hiding, however, a killer could go free in the new episode "Secrets and Lies."
In the new episode "Ambush: Facing Fears," Robert Irvine is summoned to the Cape Horn Family Restaurant in Red Lion, Pa., after receiving an urgent plea for help from the husband of the owner, Joni. She feels like she's losing control of her staff and she's definitely struggling to pay the bills, but once Robert installs some hidden cameras, he realizes Joni herself badly needs help to restore her self-confidence and face her fears head-on.
Flip or Flop
Having recently welcomed a new family addition -- baby son Brayden -- veteran house flippers Tarek and Christina El Moussa set their sights on somewhat more expensive Southern California homes as they open their fourth season with "Of Wreck and Ruin." As usual, however, they face some familiar hurdles with an owner-listed property in La Puente, Calif. The structure is in rough shape, but as the property is tenant-occupied, Tarek and Christina cannot assess the interior.
Klaus (Joseph Morgan) has to play into Aurora's (guest star Rebecca Breeds) machinations to protect the threatened Cami (Leah Pipes) in the new episode "The Other Girl in New Orleans." Elijah, Freya and Hayley (Daniel Gillies, Riley Voelkel, Phoebe Tonkin) do what it takes to get needed information from Tristan (guest star Oliver Auckland). Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) is forced by Aya (guest star Tracy Ifeachor) to make a tough decision.
Anyone seeking evidence that food can be something thrilling to share, even vicariously, has only to check out how often social media users photograph and post dishes they love online. In this new 14-episode series, host Michael Chernow, a chef and restaurateur, hits the road to find the best of the best, the most buzzed about, the most liked and the most inventive food being made today -- in short, food that deserves its online adoration.
Santas in the Barn
If you missed this last night, check out the second episode of this four-week series that airs Wednesdays and Thursdays. In each episode, the Santas face challenges showcasing their holiday skills, from chimney-climbing and gift-wrapping to sleigh-riding and gingerbread-house-building, all while trying to prove that they are the Santa who most exemplifies the Christmas spirit.
CMA Country Christmas
For the sixth year, Jennifer Nettles hosts the Country Music Association's annual celebration of the season by artists who add their unique sounds and spins to familiar yuletide songs. Among those joining Nettles to perform at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House -- with the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program among the show's beneficiaries -- are Martina McBride, Leann Rimes, Jewel, Darius Rucker, Kelsea Ballerini, Brian Setzer, Pentatonix and Michael W. Smith.
In the new episode "Pawn in the USA," a spy pen radio is brought into the shop, and Rick evaluates a truly "boss" item when a customer brings in a Bruce Springsteen tour jacket. Also featured: a pair of paintings by motorcycle artist David Mann and a 19th-century horseracing sulky.
In a new episode called "Blind Spot," plans to build a new barn hit a snag when reports that an old problem has resurfaced come into the Haven Police Department. Nathan and Audrey (Lucas Bryant, Emily Rose) finally are able to restore control, only to have a mysterious killer leave a string of bodies right under their noses.
New Orleans is in mourning after a beloved police officer is shot and killed while on duty in the new episode "Fallen Brother." Driving home the dangers of their job even further, Vic and P are summoned to assist some colleagues who were shot at by a suspect while they were trying to serve a warrant. Holly and Nick treat a bicyclist whose leg has been mangled in an accident.
Fri, December 4
America's Next Top Model
In a runway showdown like no other, the final two models battle it out to earn the prestigious title. The finalists are joined by their mothers as they learn who is crowned America’s Next Top Model for Cycle 22.
A battle for the five boroughs goes down in the opener of tonight's doubleheader, as Kristaps Porzingis and the surprising New York Knicks play host to Joe Johnson and the underwhelming Brooklyn Nets. Then in the nightcap, two of the game's best forwards are on display as LeBron James and the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers pay a visit to Anthony Davis and the struggling New Orleans Pelicans.
Kids cook for kids as the chefs have to cater a birthday party for youngsters -- who include the children of judges Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot -- in the new episode "Junior Edition: Happy Birthday." The guests get to vote on who stays protected from elimination, and those who don't make that cut have to prepare an elaborate French dessert. Christina Tosi also remains on the adult judging panel.
Last Man Standing
Ryan's (Jordan Masterson) background as a hockey player during his high-school years puts him in good stead to be recommended by Mike (Tim Allen) to coach Boyd's (Flynn Morrison) team in the new episode "The Puck Stops Here." Vanessa (Nancy Travis) is confounded by perfect student Eve's (Kaitlyn Dever) suddenly poor performance in her chemisty class. Molly Ephraim, Amanda Fuller and Hector Elizondo also star.
In a new episode called "Dollars and Scents," the members of the Major Crimes team learn that a deli employee's murder evidently is somehow linked to a foreign criminal organization that has the ability to cripple the world's financial markets. Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh star.
Mary (Adelaide Kane) is confounded by Spain's visiting Prince Don Carlos (guest star Mark Ghanime) in the new episode "The Hound and the Hare," prompting her to consult Catherine (Megan Follows) on how to deal with him. The sudden presence of an English ambassador (guest star Ben Guerens) adds to the intrigue. Bash (Torrance Coombs) continues to track a killer, leading to a showdown. Celina Sinden, Toby Regbo and Rachel Skarsten also star.
Truth Be Told
An incorrectly sent text makes Mitch and Angie (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Bresha Webb) lunch mates in the new episode "The Ecosystem." The conversation that results makes them determined to break through boundaries they've maintained. Tracy (Vanessa Lachey) comes to regret offering Russell (Tone Bell) an unoccupied workspace at her office, since his knack for stand-up comedy becomes a huge distraction. Melanie Paxson and Jerry Lambert guest star.
Ken (Ken Jeong) is dismayed that his love of basketball doesn't carry over to Dave (Albert Tsai) in the new episode "Ken Cries Foul." Instead, the youngster displays more of an interest in local politics -- which doesn't satisfy Ken. Damona (Tisha Campbell-Martin) gets crafty about trying to get more vacation days. Allison (Suzy Nakamura) isn't happy about a certain outfit Molly (Krista Marie Yu) wants to wear. Dave Foley also stars.
To make her business idea happen, a Californian takes an innovative approach to labor that she presents to the Sharks -- who include Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjavec -- in this new episode. Another West Coaster, a college student, comes up with an adult version of a popular toy that the Sharks try. Several New York City residents put forth unique approaches to beauty. An update on mirth-making slippers also is included.
Terry O'Quinn reunites with fellow "Lost" alumni Daniel Dae Kim and Jorge Garcia as he returns as Joe White in "La Poi'no" (Hawaiian for "Doomsday"). He joins Five-0 in the search for a kidnapping victim who's carrying a deadly strain of bird flu -- which the abductors know about and want to use for their own purposes. Anna Belknap, who had a long run as Lindsay on "CSI: NY," also guest stars. Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan star.
The murders of two Wesen lead Nick and Hank (David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby) to a dump, where they run the risk of encountering a lethal "Rat King," in a new episode by that name. Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) goes to the hospital.with considerable injuries. Nick finds himself in Meisner's (guest star Damien Puckler) presence at last. Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner and Reggie Lee also star.
The Hoffman crew stumbles across a unique indicator of what could be a rich gold deposit in a new episode called "Mammoth Channel." Parker, meanwhile, stubbornly continues to hold out hope for Treasure Island, and a fight between Tony and his crew spells the end of the line for some of those workers.
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars
For the new recruits of Season 4, this boot camp is the last resort for relationships that are badly frayed. Benzino and fiancee Althea Heart ("Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta") enter the mansion mid-argument, but picture-perfect lovebirds Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici from "The Bachelor" also get swept up in turmoil. Cedric Carter and his ex-wife, Sunday ("Basketball Wives"), are at an impasse, while Mama June and Sugar Bear from "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" struggle to put the scandal that tore apart their family behind them.
The title of the new episode "Low Selfie Esteem" certainly infers that many people will be pulling out their phones and using the cameras in them, as host Terry Crews presents related videos for the hour's judges to gauge. Jim Jefferies, Dana Gould and Iliza Shlesinger are on that panel this time, and they'll help determine which of the segments is indeed the funniest.
American Diner Revival
Chef Amanda Freitag and renovation ace Ty Pennington travel to Kearny, N.J., on a quest to help a diner called The Greeks, which has kept locals happy for nearly half a century. More recently, though, it has run into hard times, as its (literally) greasy spoon fare has fallen out of favor with more health-conscious diners. Amanda and Ty have less than 48 hours to give the place a transformation, including an updated yet still tasty menu, in the new "Degreasing the Greeks."
It's not every day that you see Prince Charles as the host of a television program. His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, fills that role on this special -- displaying works of art created by past and present members of England's royal family. The prince himself is among the contributors, as are Lady Antonia Fraser and Countess Mountbatten of Burma. Artist Sarah Armstrong-Jones weighs in with her views on their creative prowess.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Show
The 2015 Sprint Cup season is in the books and now it's time to hand out the hardware. That happens tonight at Wynn Las Vegas, as the series' top drivers, teams and champion are honored. At this writing, the host and entertainment had yet to be announced but if it's anything like years' past, the lineup will surely be A-list.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Show
The 2015 Sprint Cup season is in the books and now it's time to hand out the hardware. That happens tonight at Wynn Las Vegas, as the series' top drivers, teams and champion are honored. At this writing, the host and entertainment had yet to be announced but if it's anything like years' past, the lineup will surely be A-list.
Craft in America
An episode titled "Holiday" expectedly covers artistic pursuits related to end-of-year occasions by considering various cultures. In addition to a lavish re-creation of a classic Christmas staged in Asheville, N.C., Hanukkah items are replicated by clay artist Susan Gerson. Navidad traditions -- including luminaries and tamales -- are shown in San Antonio, and a Mexican Tree of Life is created by Veronica Castillo. There are gingerbread houses, too.
The police drama marked a milestone with its 100th episode, "Baggage." A military veteran himself, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) has colliding thoughts as he tackles the case of a robbery apparently staged by other former soldiers. Garrett and Gormley (Gregory Jbara, Robert Clohessy) clash over the handling of a subway bomb scare caused by a celebrated street artist. Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Len Cariou, Will Estes and Amy Carlson also star.
Pandemonium breaks out with the discovery that Dr. Kurian's (Donald Corren) Z-Vaccine doesn't build an immunity to the virus, but rather leaves anyone innoculated susceptible to Murphy's (Keith Allan) mind control, in the new episode "Adios Muchachos." La Reina (Gina Gershon) sentences Vasquez (Matt Cedeno) to die after he is caught plotting against Escorpion (Emilio Rivera). A bizarre new mutation of the zombie virus breaks out. Kellita Smith also stars.