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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.

Sat, November 29

Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever

LIFETIME, 8:00 pm ET

America’s favorite Internet sourpuss stars in her first holiday film. Voiced by Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Grumpy Cat is a lonely feline living in a mall pet shop. When a very special 12-year-old girl realizes that she can hear this unique cat talk, they form a close bond, work together to thwart a dognapping, and Grumpy learns the true meaning of Christmas.

In Your Life

CBS, 1:30 pm ET

This one-hour documentary special celebrates Verne Lundquist’s 50 years in broadcasting. Since joining CBS Sports in 1982, Lundquist has called some of the most memorable moments in sports, including Jack Nicklaus’ famous birdie putt at the 1986 Masters, Christian Laettner’s buzzer-beater in the 1992 NCAA Tournament and Auburn’s stunning defeat of Alabama in last year’s college football Iron Bowl.

Nativity!

UP, 7:00 pm ET

Primary-school teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman) is charged with producing the school’s Nativity play. The stakes are raised when Paul boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer (Ashley Jensen), a Hollywood producer, is coming to see his show and turn it into a film. With an intense rivalry with a posh private school, excited children and parents lured by dreams of stardom for their kids, Paul’s life turns chaotic and his only hope is to lure Jennifer to town so that everybody’s Christmas wishes come true.

College Football

ESPN, 7:45 pm ET

Quarterback Blake Sims and his top-rated Crimson Tide teammates host Auburn in an SEC matchup of ranked teams.

Bones

FOX, 8:00 pm ET
Bones

Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney is an appropriate guest star -- even if her character here isn't cast in the best light -- in "The Spark in the Park." She plays a suspect in the murder of another gymnast, whose double life gives Brennan and Booth (Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz) much to probe. The victim's father (guest star Richard Schiff, "The West Wing") is comforted by Brennan. Cam (Tamara Taylor) catches up to her identity thief.

Beauty and the Beast

TCM, 8:00 pm ET

To save her father, a Frenchwoman (Josette Day) offers her life to a nobleman (Jean Marais) under a beastly curse in Jean Cocteau's breathtaking 1946 adaptation of the famous fairy tale. Without benefit of computerized special effects, Cocteau evokes a magical world through sheer artistry. No wonder this is considered one of the best fantasy films of all time and heavily inspired Disney's hit 1991 animated version of the tale.

The Flight Before Christmas

CBS, 8:00 pm ET

A flying squirrel shows a young reindeer -- who believes his long-lost father was part of Santa's airborne sleigh team -- how to soar into the sky in this surprisingly dark, emotionally complex animated special from Finland. The voice cast includes Emma Roberts ("American Horror Story: Freak Show") and Norm MacDonald ("Saturday Night Live").

Escape Plan

HBO, 8:00 pm ET

They've shared the screen briefly in the "Expendables" series, but action icons Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are full-fledged co-stars in this reasonably effective 2013 prison-break tale. Stallone plays a security expert whose latest challenge proves to be a setup, leaving him trapped behind bars ... and reliant on an inmate (Schwarzenegger) to help him get out alive. Jim Caviezel ("Person of Interest") plays the warden.

Christmas Under Wraps

HALLMARK, 8:00 pm ET

This 2014 holiday romantic comedy is "Northern Exposure" redux in many respects, since its central character is a tightly wound doctor (this time a woman, played by Candace Cameron-Bure) who reluctantly accepts a job in a rural Alaskan town after the prestigious hospital she had sought passes her over. Her new locale teaches her valuable life lessons about living in the moment. Brian Doyle-Murray, David O'Donnell and Robert Pine also star.

Sleepy Hollow

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
Sleepy Hollow

Benjamin Franklin (guest star Timothy Busfield) is drawn into Ichabod and Abbie's (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) plan to save Katrina (Katia Winter) from the Headless Horseman in "The Kindred." The scheme involves a being not unlike the Dr. Frankenstein-created synthetic man, this one created by Franklin. Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) and the new local sheriff get off on the wrong foot with each other. Orlando Jones and John Noble also star.

Atlantis

BBCA, 9:00 pm ET

Her city-state still shaken in the aftermath of battle and with her mortal enemy Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) still at large, Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) faces a difficult choice when a charismatic stranger arrives offering salvation. If his promises sound too good to be true, they very well may be. Mark Addy, Jack Donnelly and Robert Emms also star.

Deion's Family Playbook

OWN, 9:00 pm ET
Deion

In a new episode called "Prime Prep, We have a Problem," Deion tries to guide a troubled student into counseling even as it looks as though Prime Prep Academy could be closed permanently. Meanwhile, Florida pursues a singing career, but the results are mixed.

Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!

UP, 9:00 pm ET

This Christmas, the unforgettable pupils of St. Bernadette’s have set their hearts on competing in the national choir contest, “A Song for Christmas.” But with the headmistress not in favor of the plan, new class teacher Mr. Peterson (David Tennant) has his hands full trying to curb the enthusiasm of the kids and his well-meaning assistant Mr. Poppy (Marc Wootton).

The Story of Santa Claus

CBS, 9:00 pm ET

After a toymaker and his wife are evicted from their shop by landlords, 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 are heard in this animated special.

Dead Files Revisited

TRAVEL, 10:00 pm ET

Former homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and medium Amy Allan continue updating viewers on past cases, including a minister's home in Manchester, Conn., where client Tom eventually fought off evil spirits tormenting his family. Another client, Emily in St. Claire Shores, Mich., reports on how she fared against a serpent-like entity that was attacking the health of her family members.

Museum Men

H2, 10:00 pm ET

To help increase attendance at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, Creative Arts is tasked with creating an all-new exhibit showcasing the Egyptian mummy, The Lady of the Nile; hoping the fame of King Tut will help, the add him to the exhibit.

Sun, November 30

Sleepless in America

NGC, 8:00 pm ET

This powerful documentary — a partnership between National Geographic Channel, the National Institutes of Health and "The Alzheimer’s Project" producer John Hoffman’s The Public Good Projects — examines the devastating physical and mental health consequences of America’s sleep-loss epidemic.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

SPIKE, 12:30 pm ET

Why did it have to be snakes? Settle in for a marathon of all four Indiana Jones films, as Spike presents "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas

FOX, 7:00 pm ET

This holiday special, based on the "Ice Age" films, finds the arctic herd busily decorating for the season. 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.

The 2014 Nickelodeon HALO Awards

NICK, 7:00 pm ET

Ordinary teens receive recognition for doing extraordinary things in their communities (the HALO acronym stands for Helping and Leading Others). HALO chairman Nick Cannon hosts the ceremonies; performers include The Roots, Fifth Harmony, Jessie J, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Echosmith and The Vamps.

Mulaney

FOX, 7:30 pm ET
Mulaney

"Sex and the City" gets spoofed in the new episode "Motif & the City," as John and Jane's (John Mulaney, Nasim Pedrad) resistance to put Motif (Seaton Smith) on the apartment lease causes him to cry on the shoulders of three girlfriends (guest stars Jamie Denbo, Joy Osmanski and Brooke Lyons). Lou (Martin Short) has a problem when someone he's planted in the audience to cheer him on wants to be under contract. Elliott Gould also stars.

The Simpsons

FOX, 8:00 pm ET
The Simpsons

A cloud of doom hangs over "Clown in the Dumps," since a character is destined to die. The episode's title, though, also refers in large part to Krusty's (voice of Dan Castellaneta) decision to retire when he thinks a celebrity roast of him has gone too far. Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) does her best to keep Homer (also voiced by Castellaneta) from being hurt. Comics Sarah Silverman and Jeff Ross voice their cartoon likenesses.

Guy's Grocery Games

FOOD, 8:00 pm ET
Guy

In the new episode "The Weighting Game," the chefs try not to tip the scale when shopping for their best meat dish in the first game. An all-American dish in round two is determined by the Food Wheel. Finally, Guy throws the two finalists a curve that pushes their talents to the extreme.

One Christmas Eve

HALLMARK, 8:00 pm ET

Poor Nell Blakemore (Anne Heche). The newly single mom is determined to give her two kids (Ali Skovbye, Griffin Kane) a Christmas they'll never forget. She just may get her wish, courtesy not of Santa Claus, but of Murphy -- he of the infamous law stating that anything that could go wrong, will. Carlos Gomez ("The Glades"), Kevin Daniels ("Sirens") and Brian Tee ("The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift") also star.

NFL Football

NBC, 8:20 pm ET

A possible battle for first place in the AFC West is on tap tonight at Arrowhead Stadium, where Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs defend home turf from Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. The Broncos drew first blood against the Chiefs back in Week 2, when their goal-line stand in the closing seconds proved to be the difference in a 24-17 Denver home victory.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

FOX, 8:30 pm ET
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Jake and Amy (Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero) try to add pleasure to their work by bringing their respective significant others (guest stars Eva Longoria and Kyle Bornheimer) along in the new episode "The Road Trip." An ill Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) won't own up to the fact that she's under the weather. Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) is a bit too anxious to help Holt (Andre Braugher) mark a significant anniversary. Terry Crews and Chelsea Peretti also star.

Madam Secretary

CBS, 8:31 pm ET
Madam Secretary

Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) continues her covert probe into the death of her predecessor as Secretary of State, Vincent Marsh, in the new episode "Game On." Still partnered with Henry and Isabella (Tim Day, Marin Hinkle) on the investigation, she learns someone on her team is able to access Marsh's secret bank account. Bebe Neuwirth, Zeljko Ivanek and Geoffrey Arend also star.

Family Guy

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
Family Guy

Initially happy to have Peter's (voice of Seth MacFarlane) help in getting a book published, Joe (voice of Patrick Warburton) comes to regret it when a power struggle results between the two of them in "The Book of Joe." Brian's (voice also by MacFarlane) initial joy over running gets out of hand when he starts indulging in exercise too much. The voice cast also includes Seth Green and Mila Kunis.

The Walking Dead

AMC, 9:00 pm ET
The Walking Dead

The first part of Season 5 comes to a close tonight, and as history has proven it’s sure to come with some jaw-dropping dramatics. In “Coda,” rules and morals have been tossed aside by new enemies. Rick will try to find a peaceful agreement, but they might prefer violence. The remaining eight episodes of the season will return Feb. 8.

Resurrection

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Resurrection

Though the Returned have found a haven with Pastor Tom (Mark Hildreth), the opposition to them grows in the new episode "Forsaken." Bellamy and Sheriff Fred (Omar Epps, Matt Craven) try to prevent further trouble by finding and warning members of the True Living. Just as Maggie (Devin Kelley) is on the cusp of finding an antidote to the virus, an abduction and a hate crime refocus attention elsewhere. Frances Fisher and Kurtwood Smith also star.

Holiday Baking Championship

FOOD, 9:00 pm ET

Love it or hate it? In the new episode "The Great Holiday Cake-Over," the five bakers left to compete try to do something revolutionary with fruitcake, then reinvent the yule log. Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale are the judges.

Killing Kennedy

FNC, 9:00 pm ET

FOX News Channel presents the Emmy-nominated film “Killing Kennedy” during Thanksgiving weekend. Prior to the two-hour feature, Bill O’Reilly will host a special edition of "The O’Reilly Factor" to preview the film, including special guests actor Rob Lowe, coauthor of the book Martin Dugard, FOX Business Network’s Don Imus and FNC’s Bill Hemmer for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creative process that turned a dramatic moment in American history into a chart-topping book and feature film.

Downton Abbey Rediscovered

PBS, 9:00 pm ET

The American debut of the fifth season of the hugely popular drama series isn't far off, and this new special recaps all that has happened for the Crawley family and their associates thus far. Bernadette Peters serves as host of the program, which also uses cast interviews and episode clips to whet appetites for what's to come -- without giving away too much, lest that keep the show from continuing to enjoy the giant viewership it has drawn internationally.

The Mentalist

CBS, 9:30 pm ET
The Mentalist

Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) is back with his cerebral skills -- and his charm -- for one last round, as the series' seventh and final season begins with "Nothing but Blue Skies." He and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) probe an undercover agent's murder while trying to keep their new personal relationship shielded from their colleagues. Josie Loren joins the regular cast as Agent Michelle Vega. Tim Kang and Rockmond Dunbar are among the other returning stars.

Bob's Burgers

FOX, 9:30 pm ET
Bob

Having all the necessary ingredients for a food contest is extremely important, as Bob (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) learns anew in the new episode "Best Burger." Entered in such a competition, he suddenly finds himself lacking the black garlic that gives his burgers their edge. His children then go on a hunt to find and bring him some before it's too late. Dan Mintz and Kristen Schaal also are in the voice cast.

Finding Bigfoot

ANIMAL, 9:30 pm ET

The team holds a town hall meeting packed full of believers when they return to New Jersey to investigate the legend of Big Red Eye in the new episode "Bobo, Bobcat and the Big Red Eye." Actor and comic Bobcat Goldthwait joins the team on an Appalachian Trail night investigation near High Point State Park.

The Comeback

HBO, 10:00 pm ET
The Comeback

In the new episode "Valerie Saves the Show," Valerie (Lisa Kudrow) reacts impetuously when she discovers that some of her scenes in "Seeing Red" may be cut. Later, she brushes up on her improvisation skills at The Groundlings Theatre. Seth Rogen guest stars as himself.

Cutthroat Kitchen

FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
Cutthroat Kitchen

For a new episode called "S'Mortal Combat," two of the chefs have to "harvest" ingredients for a chili dish from a block of ice. The other rounds focus on making dim sum and s'mores (not at the same time). Jet Tila is the judge.

Revenge

ABC, 10:01 pm ET
Revenge

Much of this series' intrigue revolves around what people do or don't know, and that's the essence of the episode "Intel." Emily and Victoria (Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe) both find themselves in positions of being concerned about others' level of awareness of certain things. Nolan (Gabriel Mann) deals with the same problem in a different way, as he tries to restore his reputation by making sure others have information about him. Josh Bowman also stars.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CBS, 10:30 pm ET
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Dolls aren't just kids' stuff in certain cases, as the CSI team discovers in their latest literal case in the new episode "Rubbery Homicide." A stabbing death in an alley eventually leads Russell (Ted Danson) and his colleagues to a probe of the rubber-doll industry, in which adult customers partake. Guest stars include Jane Adams ("Hung") and Richard Gilliland. Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox and Elisabeth Harnois also star.

Mon, December 1

CMA Country Christmas

ABC, 8:00 pm ET

This festive two-hour special features performances by Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Jennifer Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith and Carrie Underwood.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

ABCFAM, 6:00 pm ET

Written by "Home Alone" filmmaker John Hughes, the third installment in the movie-comedy series was a major hit of the 1989 holiday season, and has endured ever since. Chevy Chase returns as Griswold family patriarch Clark, who tries to ensure a traditional yuletide for his clan -- despite the considerable odds against it. Co-stars Beverly D'Angelo and Randy Quaid also are back. Juliette Lewis plays one of the younger Griswolds.

College Basketball

ESPN2, 7:00 pm ET

Some of the nation’s top teams, including Duke, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Louisville, Virginia and Michigan State, play in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Dec. 1-3, with ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU combining to air all 14 games. The event begins Monday on ESPN2 with Nebraska at Florida State. Top games on ESPN are Syracuse at Michigan and Ohio State at Louisville (Dec. 2), and Iowa at North Carolina and Duke at Wisconsin (Dec. 3).

Antiques Roadshow

PBS, 8:00 pm ET
Antiques Roadshow

The new fourth edition of the series' "Junk in the Trunk" episodes begins by surveying a number of items assessed in the cities that have formed the show's 18th season. One is a plush toy of a character featured in "Doctor Dolittle," the Pushmi-Pullyu. Appropriately, the figure has ties to PBS, since it was won at a network auction in the late 1960s. A work by legendary artist Pablo Picasso, found in a basement, also is put up for price evaluation.

Mike & Molly

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
Mike & Molly

Heralding the sitcom's return for its fifth season next Monday, four repeat episodes are presented on this night, starting with "Three Girls and an Urn." Kathy Bates -- also a television presence in the "American Horror Story" franchise these days -- guest stars as Peggy's (Rondi Reed) visiting childhood friend Kay, who hits it off immediately with Molly (Melissa McCarthy). The problem is that Peggy isn't happy about sharing Kay's time with anyone else.

The Voice

NBC, 8:00 pm ET

The field of contenders to be named this season's "Voice" continues to be winnowed down, and the new episode "Live Top 8 Performances" will result in it being reduced even further. The remaining contestants sing for mentor/coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams -- and the stakes keep rising for the entrants who remain, with the next eliminations coming in Tuesday's installment. Carson Daly is the host.

Gotham

FOX, 8:00 pm ET
Gotham

Young detective James Gordon, who eventually will become Gotham City's police commissioner, is at the heart of the series "Pilot" as played by Ben McKenzie ("Southland"). Donal Logue also stars as his ethically murky partner. The villains in this Batman-origin show include precursors of the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor). An easily identifiable standout is Jada Pinkett Smith as spicy crime vixen Fish Mooney.

Elf

ABCFAM, 8:00 pm ET

Surprisingly sweeter than you might expect from the premise and the casting, this 2003 comedy stars Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human who was adopted by elves as an infant and grows up thinking he's just a large version of his adoptive father (Bob Newhart). When Buddy finds out the truth about his parentage, he is crushed and goes out into the real world to find his birth father (James Caan), who has his own family and isn't interested in rehashing the past.

NFL Football

ESPN, 8:15 pm ET

If the Miami Dolphins are to make a serious run at a postseason berth, they'll have to make easy work of tomato cans like the one they face tonight in New Jersey, the New York Jets. The Dolphins' tough pass defense will certainly make life difficult for New York's Michael Vick, who has yet to prove he's back to being a starting-caliber quarterback. Miami's Ryan Tannehill figures to have a much easier time against a Jets' pass "D" that ranks dead last in the NFL.

American Dad

TBS, 9:00 pm ET
American Dad

In a new episode called "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas," Stan (voice of Seth MacFarlane) thinks it could be a wonderful life if he was single with no family burdens, like Principal Lewis (voice of Kevin Michael Richardson). As Stan enjoys that Capra-esque fantasy, Principal Lewis gets his own insight into what having Stan's family would be like. The voice cast also includes Wendy Schaal and Scott Grimes.

Major Crimes

TNT, 9:00 pm ET
Major Crimes

The Major Crimes team has its collective work cut out for it as it tries to find out who was behind a savage scissors attack on two people during a crowded and raucous teen gathering in the new episode "Party Foul." On a more personal note, Provenza (G.W. Bailey) meets someone (guest star Dawnn Lewis) who may well change his life. Kathe Mazur also guest stars.

Vanderpump Rules

BRAVO, 9:00 pm ET
Vanderpump Rules

Kristen and Tom Sandoval return to SUR after their suspensions in the new episode "In the Doghouse." Tom Schwartz adopts a puppy as a stalling tactic in marriage talks with Katie, but Jax stirs the pot by spreading rumors that Katie cheated. Lisa offers Stassi an opportunity to prep her for a photo shoot, but each of the women just ends of feeling unappreciated.

Sleepy Hollow

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
Sleepy Hollow

Is the end of the world at hand? It seems so if you ask Ichabod (Tom Mison), who prepares for an all-out battle between the forces of good and evil in the new episode "The Akeda." Big choices, some of them of the life-or-death kind, have to be made as the fight proceeds. Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, John Noble and Lyndie Greenwood also star.

Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown

CW, 9:00 pm ET

The title makes it pretty easy to know what to expect from this new special. Comedians Heather McDonald and Matt Weinhold spotlight 12 seasonal ads -- each meant to represent one of the purported 12 days of Christmas -- that have remained memorable for a variety of reasons. They aren't all humorous, with some of them clearly designed to pull on heartstrings. Besides the showcased dozen, other holiday advertisements from around the world are shown.

50 Years With Peter, Paul and Mary

PBS, 9:30 pm ET

Classic footage of the legendary folk-singing trio, culled from a program they did for England's BBC in the early 1960s, is included in this new documentary. "Puff, the Magic Dragon" and "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" are among the included tunes popularized by Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers. Producer-director Jim Brown also focuses on their well-known involvement in social causes such as the civil-rights and anti-war movements.

State of Affairs

NBC, 10:00 pm ET
State of Affairs

Flashbacks are a part of the new episode "Half the Sky," as Charlie (Katherine Heigl) recalls the first time she met Nick (guest star Chris L. McKenna) -- under reasonably grueling circumstances. In the present, Charlie oversees the attempted rescue of young Nigerian women abducted by Islamist militants, with America's involvement meant to remain secret. President Payton (Alfre Woodard) meets with her Chinese counterpart (guest star Tzi Ma) at Camp David.

Scorpion

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Scorpion

Is it the end for Team Scorpion already? That threat is an element of "True Colors," as the geniuses must get a psychiatric evaluation after allegedly taking drastic measures regarding an art exhibit. Paige (Katharine McPhee) needs her colleagues' help to deal with son Ralph's (Riley B. Smith) negativity about a Halloween party at school. Linda Hunt guest stars in her "NCIS: Los Angeles" role as Hetty. Robert Patrick also stars.

Euros of Hollywood

BRAVO, 10:00 pm ET
Euros of Hollywood

In the new episode "Happy Birthday, German Tank," Sascha takes advantage of his birthday party to prove to his German business partners that his brand is becoming successful in this country as well. Massimo travels to Romania for an acting gig. Bleona is frustrated by her parents' ongoing failure to learn English.

Castle

ABC, 10:01 pm ET
Castle

Castle and Beckett's (Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic) latest case has a personal impact in the new episode "Last Action Hero," since the victim is one of Castle's favorite actors, an icon of 1980s action movies. Other former stars of such films come to the sleuths' assistance as they conduct the investigation. Krista Allen ("Mistresses," "Days of Our Lives") and Ted McGinley ("Married ... With Children," "The Love Boat") guest star.

Tue, December 2

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce

BRAVO, 10:00 pm ET

In Bravo’s first scripted drama, loosely based on Vicki Iovine’s "Girlfriends’ Guide" book series, Lisa Edelstein ("House") stars as successful self-help author Abby McCarthy, whose pals rally round when her book empire and sense of self are threatened by the public implosion of her long-term marriage. “I feel like everything I’ve ever gotten to do professionally was training ground for this job, because all of it applied,” says Edelstein. “It’s intense drama. It’s comedy. It’s ensemble. And really, it’s just so much fun!”

Top Gear: Ambitious but Rubbish

BBCA, 12:00 am ET
Top Gear: Ambitious but Rubbish

Host Richard Hammond closes out Season 1 of this affable series that looks back at some of the most disastrous outcomes in the history of the series. Tonight's new episode includes building an old, people-friendly car, creating motorhomes that are more suited to demanding British roads and producing a public information film about motorcycle safety.

Top Gear: Ambitious but Rubbish

BBCA, 12:00 am ET
Top Gear: Ambitious but Rubbish

Host Richard Hammond closes out Season 1 of this affable series that looks back at some of the most disastrous outcomes in the history of the series. Tonight's new episode includes building an old, people-friendly car, creating motorhomes that are more suited to demanding British roads and producing a public information film about motorcycle safety.

McConkey

SHO, 7:00 pm ET

This affectionate 2013 documentary profiles the late Shane McConkey, who was known for his sense of humor as well as his status as a pioneer of freeskiing and BASE jumping before his untimely death in a 2009 skiing accident in Italy when he was 39. The film includes both archival footage of the flamboyant athlete in peak form, as well as recollections from several friends, colleagues and family members.

NCIS

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
NCIS

The NCIS team works with the Department of Defense to locate a stolen drone implicated in a sailor's death after a connection to the elusive terrorist Parsa is found. As a result, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) finds himself partnered with Hollis Mann (guest star Susanna Thompson) -- his old flame -- in "Kill Chain." McGee (Sean Murray) is wary of asking for time off to attend a special event. Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum also star.

MasterChef

FOX, 8:00 pm ET

Can youngsters run an eatery? The new episode "Junior Edition: Pop-Up Restaurant" gives a good indication -- and if any kids can do it, the six contestants left in this competition probably are the ones. They're divided into teams, and the results will be happy for only four of the youthful cooks, since the other two will be sent home. Host Gordon Ramsay also is a judge, along with Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot.

The Flash

CW, 8:00 pm ET
The Flash

Since this show got its start on "Arrow," it was inevitable that the title heroes would cross paths again -- as proven by the new episode "Flash vs. Arrow." Oliver Queen, Felicity and Diggle (guest stars Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards and David Ramsey) are helped by Barry (Grant Gustin) in seeking the user of a lethal boomerang. Another villain (guest star Patrick Sabongui) manipulates people to rob banks. The story concludes Wednesday on "Arrow."

Toy Story That Time Forgot

ABC, 8:00 pm ET

A post-Christmas playdate takes an unexpected turn when the season’s must-have toys turn out to be delusional. Trixie the triceratops (Kristen Schaal) leads the charge to get her pals away from the Battlesaurs and back to Bonnie’s room.

Bing Crosby Rediscovered: American Masters

PBS, 8:00 pm ET

The Season 28 finale of "American Masters" is a new documentary about legendary crooner Bing Crosby. Crosby’s estate gave producers unprecedented access to his personal and professional archives, including never-before-seen home movies, Dictabelt recordings, photos and more. The film also includes new interviews with all surviving members of Crosby’s immediate family: wife Kathryn, daughter Mary, and sons Harry and Nathaniel. A holiday encore presentation of this episode airs Dec. 26.

CMT Artists of the Year 2014

CMT, 8:00 pm ET

CMT celebrates the five biggest country artists of 2014 when this year’s honorees gather in Nashville alongside their peers and notable luminaries for an evening filled with rocking performances and surprise guests.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

ABC, 8:30 pm ET

When Charlie Brown complains about the materialism he sees around him 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 in this charming animated classic -- which is now one year short of its 50th anniversary. The memorable music score is by Vince Guaraldi.

Supernatural

CW, 9:00 pm ET
Supernatural

Guest star Kim Rhodes reprises the role of Sheriff Jody Mills in the new episode "Hibbing 911," which takes her to a retreat where she's paired with another female sheriff (guest star Briana Buckmaster) who's a bit too ambitious for Jody's taste. Another concern arises when a badly mutilated corpse is found, with local authorities suspecting an animal was the cause. Not buying that, Jody summons Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) to investigate.

The Little Couple

TLC, 9:00 pm ET
The Little Couple

With Jen’s cancer in remission, she and Bill are looking forward to the normality of getting back to work, celebrating Will and Zoey’s baptisms, and enrolling the kids in preschool, while enjoying some family fun and adventure along the way. But with Bill’s back pain escalating, a scary new medical drama may be just around the corner.

New Girl

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
New Girl

The friendship of Jess and Cece (Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone) cools considerably in the new episode "Girl Fight." Puzzled over exactly what the problem is between them, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) tries to navigate that territory -- and soon wishes he hadn't even tried. Nick (Jake Johnson) has a date, but Winston (Lamorne Morris) is convinced the woman in question isn't being entirely honest. Damon Wayans Jr. also stars.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Marvel

The race between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra to reach the ancient city first has a winner in the new episode " ... Ye Who Enter Here." It's S.H.I.E.L.D., but the victory potentially has a very big price when one of the team's members may be lost forever. Raina (guest star Ruth Negga) may fall into Whitehall's (guest star Reed Diamond) clutches unless May and Skye (Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet) can reach her first. Clark Gregg and Elizabeth Henstridge also star.

NCIS: New Orleans

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
NCIS: New Orleans

Mark Harmon, also an executive producer of this spinoff, makes a crossover appearance in his "NCIS" role as Gibbs in "Breaking Brig." The character helps Pride (Scott Bakula) seek four prisoners who went on the lam after a transport-bus accident -- with one of the fugitives a particular threat to national security. A heavily redacted file pertinent to the case poses a big hurdle. Rocky Carroll also appears as his "NCIS" character Vance.

Marry Me

NBC, 9:01 pm ET
Marry Me

Nat Faxon -- a co-star of such movies as "The Way, Way Back,"and also a co-writer of other films including "The Descendants" -- guest stars as a cousin of Annie's (Casey Wilson) fathers (Tim Meadows, Dan Bucatinsky) in the new episode "Win Me." He only can go to the men's upcoming wedding or Annie's, sending them into a competition for his attendance. Gil (John Gemberling) finds camaraderie with a group of youngsters over their shared sports interests.

The Mindy Project

FOX, 9:30 pm ET
The Mindy Project

Danny (Chris Messina) thinks Mindy (Mindy Kaling) is going overboard in trying to assist Peter (Adam Pally) with his home life in the new episode "What About Peter?" -- to the degree that her relationship with Danny may not survive. Jeremy and Morgan (Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz) have a less-than-easy time minding Lauren's (guest star Tracey Wigfield) baby. Xosha Roquemore and Beth Grant also star.

About a Boy

NBC, 9:30 pm ET
About a Boy

Fiona's (Minnie Driver) first date with Mr. Chris (guest star Chris Diamantopoulos) turns complicated in the new episode "About a Duck." She wants Dakota (guest star Leslie Bibb) to go along -- and given his interest in Dakota, Will (David Walton) then becomes a fourth wheel on the date. While that foursome is out on the town, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) is in the company of Andy and Laurie (Al Madrigal, Annie Mumolo).

Sons of Anarchy

FX, 10:00 pm ET
Sons of Anarchy

In this penultimate episode of the series, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) must make the ultimate decision while tensions mount and truths are finally revealed.

Chopped

FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
Chopped

The chefs discover that they must make variations on meatballs in every round in a new episode called, appropriately enough, "Meatball Madness." If that sounds simple enough, how about when creme brulee is the mystery ingredient curveball in the first round? The entree round features ground boar shoulder and a meat grinder, while the final contest involves making a "dessert meatball." Michael Chernow, Aaron Sanchez and Geoffrey Zakarian are the judges; Ted Allen is host.

Chicago Fire

NBC, 10:00 pm ET
Chicago Fire

Time is of the essence as the firefighters try to save a couple from a house that's ablaze in the new episode "Santa Bites,"and they're stunned afterward when one of the victims claims to have performed the rescue. Casey and Dawson (Jesse Spencer, Monica Raymund) have a tough time trying to balance their shared lives at work and at home. Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) also faces a sizable personal challenge. Taylor Kinney and Kara Killmer also star.

Forever

ABC, 10:00 pm ET
Forever

A love affair turns lethal in the new episode "The Man in the Killer Suit." Henry and Jo (Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza) probe the murder of an apparent member of England's aristocracy, but he may not be the person he first appears to be. The case prompts Henry to recall an earlier time in his life -- something Abe (Judd Hirsch) also does when he's reunited with the person who shared his first kiss. Blair Brown ("The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd") guest stars.

Living in Secret

LMN, 10:00 pm ET
Living in Secret

This new four-part series follows real people who have reached a critical crossroads in their existence after living a secret double life. The series premiere features Sophie, who is considering giving up her lucrative career in the sex industry in hopes of healing her relationship with her estranged father, and Claudia, whose shopping addiction has driven her and her husband into staggering debt he doesn't even know about.

The Candy Bomber

PBS, 10:00 pm ET

U.S. Air Force pilot Gail "Hal" Halvorsen gained a particular sort of fame while participating in a mission to deliver supplies to residents of post-World War II Berlin. He decided to drop candy for the children -- starting a movement that grew to much bigger proportions, as this new documentary explains. The connection between Halvorsen and those he serviced became much more direct as time went on, with some of those he helped meeting him much later.

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