All Times Eastern.
Friday, Nov. 11
On Veterans Day, History honors vets with a marathon of its new original docuseries The Warfighters. Driven by first-person accounts, the unnarrated series chronicles recent missions by U.S. special operations forces in the global war on terror as it gives viewers an inside and candid look at the realities of war. Over 90 veterans have participated in the production of this series.
For assistant tennis pro David Meyers (Craig Roberts) it’s been a year of upheaval. In a freefall following his parents’ divorce, forced to drop out of NYU and forgo dreams of becoming a filmmaker, his one silver lining has been his budding romance with Skye (Alexandra Socha), the daughter of club president Doug Getty (Paul Reiser). But when Skye returns home from a year abroad in Paris with more worldly ways and a newfound independence, David finds himself caught in the middle between his strong-willed girlfriend and her equally stubborn father.
True Memoirs of an International Assassin
If you can’t get enough Kevin James in his new CBS series Kevin Can Wait, then this wacky original film might be for you. James plays a mild-mannered would-be author who gets mistaken for a hitman when his novel about an international assassin is published as a true story.
College Basketball: Armed Forces Classic
ESPN, beginning at 7pm Live
ESPN’s college hoops season tips off on Veterans Day with the Arizona Wildcats vs. the Michigan State Spartans and the Indiana Hoosiers vs. the Kansas Jayhawks in the Armed Forces Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii campus in Honolulu.
Dr. Ken: “Dave Goes on Shark Tank”
Guest Star Alert!
The Shark Tank sharks make a guest appearance as Dave (Albert Tsai) is invited to pitch his Hot Legs Duvet invention on the show, leaving Ken (Ken Jeong) worried about how tough the sharks can be. Meanwhile, Pat (Dave Foley) is so impressed with new Welltopia intern Molly (Krista Marie Yu) that he takes her under his wing.
Disney Channel, 8:30pm
Ryan Walker discovers that he has the ability to control technology with his mind, and his powers awaken a 150-foot robot known as MECH-X4. When a monster attacks, Ryan recruits his two best friends and older brother to help him operate the robot’s high-tech defense system while he pilots MECH-X4. This team of unlikely heroes must quickly learn to work together under dire circumstances in order to save their school — and the world — from destruction.
Married to Medicine Houston
The network expands the Married to Medicine franchise and heads to the largest medical complex in the world, the Texas Medical Center. In this new series, five women — all either doctors or doctors’ wives — face high stakes in their social circle and the medical world. In the premiere episode, an aspiring socialite who is married to a prominent doctor has high hopes when Houston’s premier philanthropist invites her to co-chair one of the biggest charity events of the year.
Hawaii Five-0: “Hana Komo Pae (Rite of Passage)”
Guest Star Alert!
While Danny (Scott Caan) chaperones Grace’s (guest star Teilor Grubbs) winter formal, terrorists seize the venue and hold everyone hostage in order to kidnap a diplomat’s son. Duane Chapman of Dog the Bounty Hunter fame also makes a guest appearance in the new episode “Hana Komo Pae (Rite of Passage).”
Great Performances presents Imelda Staunton as the indomitable Momma Rose in London’s hit revival of Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Gypsy, about stripper Gypsy Rose Lee’s rise to fame. Also stars Peter Davison and Lara Pulver.
Z Nation: “Heart of Darkness”
Warren (Kellita Smith) and the others do inspect Murphytown, and realize they are going to need a bigger army to extract Murphy (Keith Allan).
Blue Bloods: “Personal Business”
Emily (guest star Danielle Savre) is the prime suspect when her abusive ex-boyfriend is murdered in the new episode “Personal Business.”
Saturday, Nov. 12
Every Christmas Has a Story
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
A TV personality (Lori Loughlin) has an on-air snafu and admits she hates Christmas. Following the debacle, she is invited to the Most Christmas-y Town in America to try to repair her image. She’s forced to work with her ex-boyfriend (Colin Ferguson), her show’s producer, but soon the magic of Christmas and this special town changes the way she views the holiday and her life. Also stars Willie Aames and Loughlin’s daughter, Bella Giannulli.
The Killing Season
This eight-part docuseries follows documentarians Joshua Zeman (Cropsey) and Rachel Mills as they investigate one of the most bizarre unsolved serial killer cases of our time — the deaths of 10 people discovered on Gilgo Beach, Long Island, almost six years ago. To date, five of those people remain unidentified. The investigation leads Zeman and Mills to all parts of our country as they work with amateur cybersleuths, journalists, victims’ families and other serial killers. Two back-to-back episodes air tonight.
Reagan: From Movie Star to President
This two-hour documentary special looks at President Ronald Reagan’s lifelong love affair with Hollywood, from boyhood fandom to leading man to president of the Screen Actors Guild. The program draws from the recent book Reagan: The Life by H.W. Brands.
Chevalier is visited by the head of the plot to ensure that he does not name his fellow conspirators; Louis proves himself to be a master strategist.
Sunday, Nov. 13
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Can-Am 500
NBC, 2:30pm Live
The penultimate race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and the final race of the Chase’s Eliminator Round takes place today at Phoenix International Raceway. Today’s race determines which four drivers will compete for the Sprint Cup championship in next weekend’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NCIS: Los Angeles: “Parallel Resistors”
After a graduate student developing an electromagnetic weapon for the Navy is attacked, the NCIS team discovers a connection to international warfare in the new episode “Parallel Resistors.”
The Simpsons: “Havana Wild Weekend”
When the Retirement Castle and the VA hospital can’t solve Grampa’s health issues, the Simpsons take a family trip to Cuba to get him cheap medical care.
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Aunt Sally’s Christmas Cookie Company is sold to a large conglomerate, and executive Hannah (Jill Wagner) must seal the deal and shut down the factory. But Hannah’s simple business transaction becomes complicated when she meets the factory owner (Wes Brown), who’s determined to keep the factory in town. And Hannah finds herself swept up into the town’s joyful Christmas spirit, while also falling in love.
Secrets and Lies: “The Statement”
Eric (Michael Ealy) and his father try to make nice as Patrick’s (Charlie Barnett) transgressions put the whole Warner family — and SEG — in danger. Eric also uncovers frightening evidence about his father. Meanwhile, Cornell (Juliette Lewis) and Ethan (Jake Weber), wrestle with guilt over their daughter Jennifer (Cole Bernstein).
Madam Secretary: “The Statement”
In the new episode “The Statement,” Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) discovers that a terrorist bombing at an Illinois coffee shop was funded by someone with close ties to the Saudi government, and she makes a bold move after the Saudi ambassador refuses to bring the man to justice.
Family Guy: “Hot Shots”
Guest Star Alert!
Sean Penn lends his voice (and provides a voice of reason) when the Griffins become anti-vaxxers to “save” Stewie from autism, and convince the rest of Quahog to follow suit.
Finding Father Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Christmas for Miranda (Erin Krakow) is a painful reminder of the family she never had — her mother died when she was young, never revealing the identity of her father. But when Miranda unexpectedly receives a clue as to her father’s whereabouts, she heads to a beautiful New England town and meets a young man (Niall Matter) who helps with her search. As the clues lead to her father’s identity, Miranda must decide whether to share her father’s secret, or keep it forever to herself. Also stars Wendie Malick.
At the Farm, Owen (Blair Underwood) teaches the trainees about enhanced interrogation techniques, turning the tables on them by putting himself in the hot seat. Shelby (Johanna Braddy) goes undercover. In the future, a new president is sworn in and Miranda (Aunjanue Ellis) makes a tough choice.
Elementary: “Ill Tidings”
In the new episode “Ill Tidings,” Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) investigate a mass murder when a chef and his patrons are poisoned after dining on a tasting menu tainted with snake venom.
Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge
Season 4 continues to follow Spartan, CrossFit and professional athletes, power lifters, MMA fighters and everyday heroes as they face off in a series of intense challenges with only one advancing to the grueling skullbuster challenge, which was personally designed by wrestling great Steve Austin.
Clash of the Grandmas
Food Network, 10pm
Nobody cooks quite like Grandma — and no one competes like Grandma either. In each episode of this all-new holiday-themed culinary competition, four grandmothers throw down in the kitchen until one ends up with a $10,000 grand prize. Cameron Mathison hosts.
The Traffickers: “Dark Side of Adoption”
This new series is hosted by award-winning British journalist and television personality, Nelufar Hedayat, who reports on devastating issues across the globe including female refugees who are being trafficked in Bulgaria, Greece and Amsterdam; illegal adoptions that are destroying families in the U.S. and abroad; fake pharmaceuticals that are killing African children; gun trafficking in the gang wars of San Salvador that are traced back to North America; endangered species; and more. Tonight’s episode puts the spotlight on the darker side of adoption, where the West’s desire to adopt internationally is driving demand for a supply of the world’s poorest children. Hedayat sees firsthand how genuine acts of kindness are corrupted by fraud, theft and deceit — ultimately leading to child trafficking.
Monday, Nov. 14
Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro
This engrossing documentary chronicles the life of one man who played two risky roles in World War II — combat infantryman on the front lines and clear-eyed documentarian who took and developed some 8,000 photographs of the conflict. Director Max Lewkowicz travels to the European locations where Vaccaro shot his most powerful images, tracing Vaccaro’s evolution from a young G.I. eager to record war to an elderly man horrified at man’s ability to wage it. Via interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers — and with Vaccaro himself — this intimate film explores how photography defines the way wars are perceived by the public, and the sheer enormity of surviving a war zone with camera in hand.
The Voice: “Live Top 12 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live
The top 12 artists perform live in front of the coaches for America’s votes.
Man With a Plan: “Un-Dressed”
In the new episode “Un-Dressed,” Don (Kevin Nealon) encourages Adam (Matt LeBlanc) to clean out his cluttered garage and turn it into a man cave. Adam panics when he thinks he donated one of Andi’s (Liza Snyder) treasured keepsakes.
2 Broke Girls: “And the Sophie Doll”
Guest Star Alert!
In the new episode “And the Sophie Doll,” Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) take a bartending class taught by Mr. Bronski (guest star French Stewart). Caroline must think quickly when she has to take the class exam solo after Max gets chicken pox.
Jane the Virgin: “Chapter Forty-Nine”
The CW, 9pm
Jane (Gina Rodriguez) convinces Alba (Ivonne Coll) to let her read the letters from her estranged sister, but under the condition Jane doesn’t reach out to her family.
Cake Wars: Christmas
Food Network, 9pm
Cake Wars: Christmas returns! Hosted by Jonathan Bennett, seven teams of cake artists, sugar sculptors and master food carvers create spectacular Christmas fantasy creations that pay homage to time-honored Christmas traditions like the Nutcracker, the Grinch and Santa Claus. At stake? A $50,000 grand prize.
American Pickers: “Going Down”
If the guys can’t get a mammoth 1929 Roadster safely down a decaying 100-year-old elevator, they will be $20,000 in the hole.
The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
This series goes back in time to recount murder investigations from the 1980s to reveal why those years are considered the deadliest decade in recent history.
NGC’s unprecedented event series envisions the first manned mission to Mars using interviews with 21 of the world’s most innovative thinkers, blended with a feature-film-quality dramatic narrative culled from those chats. Boasting exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Elon Musk’s SpaceX — plus an in-depth conversation with Musk conducted by MARS executive producer Ron Howard — MARS also features an international cast who honed their performances at a five-day boot camp with former NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison.
The Odd Couple: “Miss England”
Guest Star Alert!
Dani’s (Yvette Nicole Brown) excitement at being promoted is cut short when Oscar (Matthew Perry) tasks her with the daunting job of hiring her own replacement. Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey) and NBA star Chris Bosh guest-star in the new episode “Miss England.”
When Hayes (Hayley Atwell) revisits a prominent civil rights activist’s murder conviction in the wake of a police shooting, the CIU team finds themselves at odds over the Black Lives Matter movement. Meanwhile, Maxine (Merrin Dungey) finds herself torn between her racial identity and her chosen profession as she follows the case to its shocking conclusion.
Scorpion: “Sly and the Family Stone”
Team Scorpion travels to Ireland in the new episode “Sly and the Family Stone.” Walter (Elyes Gabel) discovers that a nearby lake’s natural disaster has created a poisonous cloud that could kill everyone in the village.
Timeless: “The Watergate Tape”
The mystery behind the greatest political scandal of the 20th century is finally solved when Flynn (Goran Visnjic) beats the team to the punch in Richard Nixon’s Washington. While Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) and Lucy (Abigail Spencer) are set on an investigative course that leaves them both rattled to the core, Wyatt’s (Matt Lanter) tragic past erupts, and the secrecy behind Flynn’s hidden agenda begins to unravel.
National Geographic Channel’s flagship series, which began over 30 years ago, returns in a new format and with a new host, Richard Bacon. The weekly series will be taped in front of a live studio audience and will use a mix of hard-hitting investigative pieces filed from the field by an array of correspondents, round-table discussions and in-depth interviews to focus on stories that inform and entertain.
This new series offers an in-depth look at the art of music recording and how it has evolved. The last project of Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the program features more than 150 exclusive and original interviews. The first episode explores the role of the music producer tasked with turning an artist’s vision into a hit and views the contrasting styles of some of the most accomplished producers, including Martin, Sam Phillips, Tom Petty, Dr. Dre and more. Episodes air on consecutive nights Nov. 14-18 and 21-23.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
College Basketball: Champions Classic
ESPN, 7pm Live
The State Farm Champions Classic at New York City’s Madison Square Garden features the Kentucky Wildcats vs. the Michigan State Spartans, followed by the Duke Blue Devils vs. the Kansas Jayhawks.
The Middle: “Road Kill”
Mike (Neil Flynn) and Frankie (Patricia Heaton) forget Brick’s (Atticus Shaffer) birthday and are equally horrified when they realize it’s time to teach their youngest to drive. When Axl (Charlie McDermott) lets his brother drive the Winnebago, Mike and Frankie’s fears are confirmed. Frankie reveals a secret to Sue (Eden Sher).
NCIS: “Home of the Brave”
Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) boldly breaks protocol when he learns a witness in an NCIS case is wanted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Guest star Robert Wagner returns as Anthony DiNozzo Sr. in the new episode “Home of the Brave.”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Monster in the Closet”
The League’s Jason Mantzoukas continues his guest arc when the Nine-Nine throws a wedding.
The Voice: “Live Top 12 Eliminations”
NBC, 8pm Live
Following last night’s performances of the top 12, 10 of those artists will be revealed as safe by America’s votes. The bottom two artists will then compete for this season’s first Instant Save, and one will be eliminated.
Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise: “Out of the Shadows/Move on Up”
Henry Louis Gates Jr. looks at the last 50 years of African-American history — from Stokely Carmichael to Barack Obama, James Brown to Beyoncé — charting the remarkable progress made and raising hard questions about the obstacles that remain.
Fresh Off the Boat: “No Thanks-giving”
Louis (Randall Park) and Jessica (Constance Wu) decide to open Cattleman’s Ranch on Thanksgiving Day, leading their two youngest sons to ponder their feelings about someday inheriting the business. Meanwhile, Jessica gets creative when Eddie (Hudson Yang) decides to blow off the rest of eighth grade.
Bull: “Bedside Manner”
Bull (Michael Weatherly) must find a way to reverse the negative effect his client, an egomaniacal surgeon being sued for malpractice, has on the jury in the new episode “Bedside Manner.”
No Tomorrow: “No Debt Remains Unpaid”
The CW, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Ted McGinley and Gigi Rice guest star as Evie’s estranged parents when Xavier’s (Joshua Sasse) unpaid debts catch up to him, and Evie (Tori Anderson) works to make things right between her mom and dad.
While moonshiners have been around in the U.S. since the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s, it’s still hard to believe that these backwoods outlaws continue to fly under the radar after five seasons of Discovery cameras documenting many of their illegal activities. Camera crews and moonshining’s finest are at it again for Season 6 of the hit series. The docuseries continues to tell the stories of people who brew their shine, often under the cloak of darkness in woods near their homes, and the authorities who try to keep them honest.
The Curse of Oak Island
In Season 4, Rick and Marty Lagina’s search for hidden treasure endures as they make breakthrough discoveries. With state-of-the-art technology and heavy digging machinery, they and their partners are excavating the renowned Money Pit — a man-made hole first discovered by three boys in the late 1700s — which is believed to be hiding a chest full of valuable items.
The sixth and final season premieres amid the happy rumor that star Tyler Posey will get to direct an episode of the werewolf drama. But the season’s biggest question will be how the production will work around the busy schedule of costar Dylan O’Brien, who is concurrently filming Teen Wolf and the feature film American Assassin, and was seriously injured in March 2016 during the filming of The Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
This Is Us: “The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World”
The dynamic of Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) rocky relationship is explained. Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and William (Ron Cephas Jones) spend time together, which unexpectedly brings to light a secret William has been keeping. As Rebecca (Mandy Moore) gets back to work for the first time in years, both she and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) acknowledge that there is distance between them. Toby (Chris Sullivan) is caught straying from his diet regimen, throwing Kate (Chrissy Metz) into crisis.
Channel Zero: Candle Cove: “Welcome Home”
After Lily (Abigail Pniowsky) is taken by Candle Cove, Mike (Paul Schneider) puts himself in great danger to save his daughter and confront his tormentor. Meanwhile, Marla (Fiona Shaw) faces an impossible choice.
As Season 2 of TLC’s hit docuseries premieres, America’s only all-female quintuplets are now mobile and cuter than ever — walking, crawling, climbing and in general giving their parents Adam and Danielle Busby and big sister Blayke a run for their money. And the challenges don’t stop there. Baby Hazel is still not walking and has been newly diagnosed with an eye condition, and Danielle’s mom Michelle is facing setbacks and life changes of her own.
This bold new TNT thriller is based on Blake Crouch’s Letty Dobesh book series. Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery is a force as Letty Raines, a troubled but talented con who can’t get herself straight, despite an empathetic parole officer (Oz’s Terry Kinney) and a desperate longing to be a good mom to the son she’s left in the care of her own bitter mother (Lusia Strus). When Letty crosses paths — and matches wits — with charismatic hitman Javier (your next TV crush, Juan Diego Botto), does twisted salvation or total destruction await? A second episode follows immediately after.
NCIS: New Orleans: “One Good Man”
When a Navy SEAL candidate is found murdered weeks before his graduation, the NCIS team investigates the instructor and his unorthodox training methods in the new episode “One Good Man.”
Season 2 finds CIA veteran Bob Baer and Dr. John Cencich, formerly the United Nations’ premier war crimes investigator, continuing their investigation to uncover the true fate of Adolf Hitler and the wider Nazi dispatch at the end of World War II. Baer and Cencich take their hunt to a new level by gaining access to over 14,000 pages of declassified documents from every major intelligence agency around the world.
This offbeat superhero saga follows Ophelia (Taylor Dearden) and Jules (Eliza Bennett) as they become wannabe vigilantes and bring justice to their college campus. Their adventures are filled with clumsy attempts and missteps as the odd-couple antiheroes must balance their new secret life with best friends, parents, love interests and the metaphorical monsters under their beds.
Chicago Fire: “I Held Her Hand”
Lt. Casey (Jesse Spencer) is unable to rescue a woman who becomes trapped inside her burning greystone, prompting him and Lt. Severide (Taylor Kinney) to butt heads over the husband’s role in the tragedy. Meanwhile, Herrmann (David Eigenberg) is on a mission to catch a mystery tagger that keeps targeting the firehouse, and Boden (Eamonn Walker) gets a surprise visitor.
Soundbreaking: “Painting With Sound”
Learn how the recording studio itself became an instrument. From the advent of magnetic tape, chart the evolution of multitrack recording and the ingenuity of artists such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac.
Good Behavior: “Only the Best for Mrs. Diaz”
In Episode 2 of TNT’s new series, Javier (Juan Diego Botto) forces Letty (Michelle Dockery) to help carry out his next job by making her pose as his wife at an upscale resort in the Smoky Mountains. Letty befriends the target’s wife as instructed, but when she attempts to escape with the woman, Letty’s plan backfires, digging her into a much deeper hole with Javier.
USA Network, 10pm
Previously set to premiere this past summer, but delayed out of consideration for real-life events involving actual shooters, this series finally sees the light of day. It’s based on the 2007 film starring Mark Wahlberg (who serves as a co-executive producer of this series), with Ryan Phillippe taking on the role of Bob Lee Swagger, a highly decorated veteran who is coaxed back into action to prevent a plot to kill the president. Omar Epps costars.
Billy on the Street
Billy Eichner and Jon Hamm hit the pavement to find out how many New Yorkers will have a threesome with them. Well, how many New Yorkers are there? That’s your answer.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
BBC America, 8pm
In this six-part drama, Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) plays Maya, a lawyer who is about to break a social barrier as England’s first black director of public prosecutions. She has worked tirelessly to help her friend and wrongfully imprisoned client, Rudy (Dennis Haysbert). But as Maya’s life becomes public, she discovers that her husband, Nick (Adrian Lester, Red Band Society), is harboring secrets that threaten to destroy her life, family and career.
The CW, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Rocky IV bad guy Dolph Lundgren guest-stars as Konstantin Kovar, who finally gets a flashback sit-down with Oliver (Stephen Amell).
Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Eva Marie, Naomi (Trinity), Natalya (Nattie) and Paige will continue to give viewers an inside glimpse at the nonstop action of their professional careers and the drama of their everyday lives. In addition, Season 6 will introduce fans to WWE Superstars Lana and Maryse and WWE announcer Renee Young. This season, emotions are at an all-time high as all of the ladies come face-to-face with adversity and must grapple with separating their real-life dilemmas from their in-ring careers.
Blindspot: “Why Let Cooler Pasture Deform”
After Jane (Jaimie Alexander) discovers that Sandstorm is gearing up for an imminent attack, she risks everything to send a secret SOS to her FBI team.
Ali Wentworth stars in this satirical comedy as a talent booker for the late-night talk show Nightcap With Jimmy. Viewers get an eyeful of the show’s behind-the-scenes tomfoolery, and at the cavalcade of stars who appear as the show’s celebrity guests. In the premiere episode, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are on the hunt for a surrogate to carry a child for them, and Sarah Jessica Parker forms an unlikely bond with an old “friend” on the staff.
Polar Bear Town: “Welcome to Churchill”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
Churchill, Manitoba, is known as “the polar bear capital of the world,” and every fall, approximately 10,000 tourists arrive in the small Hudson Bay town hoping to see polar bears in action as they migrate through Churchill waiting for the Bay ice to return. This new six-episode series offers an up-close view of the enormous creatures and the local guides who try to keep the peace between man and bear. In tonight’s episode, the town prepares for the bears’ annual visit. Tensions are higher than usual after an event last year when a late-night encounter between a bear and a local woman left the bear dead and the woman seriously injured.
The DiMeos make a plan to avoid another horrible Thanksgiving with Jimmy’s (John Ross Bowie) brother Billy’s (guest star Rob Corddry) family, but it backfires when the clan shows up anyway. While Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) and Ray (Mason Cook) destroy the turkey, the rest of the family creates a game that involves checking off particular annoyances their relatives are known for. But when Jimmy and Billy’s rivalry spills out into the street, the family discovers that Billy’s family is not as perfect as it seems.
Criminal Minds: “Elliott’s Pond”
In the new episode “Elliott’s Pond,” the BAU investigates when three children disappear while riding their bikes on the same path as a similar unsolved disappearance 30 years ago.
Empire: “Chimes at Midnight”
Empire’s servers are hacked and the leak creates feuds between artists and among the Lyon family.
Duck Dynasty’s Si Robertson is ready to take on the internet to see what all the fuss is about. In this new series, which combines original segments, games and their own versions of viral videos, Si and his “Si-Kick” Willie Robertson offer their unique perspective on the best the web has to offer.
Pops’ (Laurence Fishburne) older sister Almaviligerais (guest star Lorraine Toussaint) pays a surprise Thanksgiving visit, much to everyone’s delight — everyone except Ruby (Jenifer Lewis), who can’t stand her former sister-in-law. With Bow and Dre (Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson) away on one last vacation before the baby arrives, the kids try to figure out why Ruby hates Almaviligerais so much.
Designated Survivor: “The Traitor”
An American track coach’s visit to Russia lands President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) in a hostage exchange involving the CIA and the Russian government. Meanwhile, Agent Wells (Maggie Q) and Deputy Director Atwood’s (Malik Yoba) investigation into the Capitol bombing uncovers information that puts Atwood and his family at risk.
The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands
AXS TV, 10pm Live
The season comes to a close with Kiss the Sky out of New York performing a tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
Code Black: “What Lies Beneath”
In the new episode “What Lies Beneath,” Willis (Rob Lowe) and Campbell (Boris Kodjoe) are sent to a Russian submarine in U.S. waters to treat a sailor badly wounded during an explosion.
Jay Leno’s Garage
Five new episodes are planned for the remainder of the season, which will feature celebrity appearances by Jerry Seinfeld, Caitlyn and Kendall Jenner, Kelly Rowland, Patrick Dempsey, Brad Paisley, NASCAR driver Joey Logano and others as Leno continues his quest to uncover the most outrageous, spectacular and unique vehicles, and meet people who share his automobile obsession.
Soundbreaking: “The Human Instrument”
Celebrate the most essential part of a song and the most challenging to capture — the vocal track. Consider the ineffable emotional quality that makes a vocal track truly great, and examine the work of Adele, Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera.
Cutthroat Kitchen: “Fowl Play”
Food Network, 11pm
Alton Brown hosts this special Thanksgiving episode that pits family against family. First, the teams find the kitchen a little too crowded for comfort. Then, one team has to master leftovers using ingredients from a giant cranberry mold. Finally, unwieldy balloons rain on one team’s parade as they try to make a pumpkin pie.
Thursday, Nov. 17
Formerly known by the more awesome title Scrotal Recall, this series embarks on its second season of eight episodes, following a man who must get in touch with every girl he’s ever had sex with to let them know that he has an STD.
TLC, 7pm/Discovery Family Channel, 9pm
Celebrity chef Sandra Lee recently had a life-changing experience while on a UNICEF mission to Haiti when she helped care for premature twin infants. The visit reconfirmed Lee’s commitment to UNICEF and the importance of creating nutritional well-being around the world. Lee’s trip is featured in this one-hour special that spotlights the different ways three successful chefs give back — and how their early lives have influenced their philanthropy. Along with Lee, who is one of the founding board members of the Los Angeles chapter of UNICEF, restaurateur and Iron Chef America judge Donatella Arpaia and cooking show host Ming Tsai are also profiled. Featured charities are Family Reach, City Harvest and God’s Love We Deliver.
Grey’s Anatomy: “You Haven’t Done Nothin’”
Believing he is going to jail, Alex (Justin Chambers) makes a major decision about his future. While the hospital is overrun with victims of a building collapse, Richard (James Pickens Jr.) demands answers from Bailey (Chandra Wilson) about Eliza’s (Marika Dominczyk) presence at Grey Sloan.
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
T.J. McConnell and the Philadelphia 76ers head to Minneapolis for a game against Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves, followed by Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls in Salt Lake City to take on George Hill and the Utah Jazz.
NFL Football: New Orleans at Carolina
NBC & NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
Thursday Night Football makes its NBC debut tonight with an NFC South matchup featuring Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints heading to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., to take on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
Mom: “Curious George and the Big Red Nightmare”
In the new episode “Curious George and the Big Red Nightmare,” Bonnie (Allison Janney) and Christy (Anna Faris) worry that Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal) has a drug problem when he’s caught smoking pot.
Life in Pieces: “Cheap Promotion Flying Birthday”
In the new episode “Cheap Promotion Flying Birthday,” Colleen (Angelique Cabral) teaches Matt (Thomas Sadoski) her frugal ways, and he gets hooked when he realizes how much saving money turns her on.
How to Get Away With Murder: “Who’s Dead”
Annalise (Viola Davis) gets a tip about A.D.A. Atwood (Milauna Jackson) that leads to a heated confrontation with Nate (Billy Brown). Meanwhile, the deadly events leading up to Annalise’s house fire reveal who’s under the sheet.
Pure Genius: “Not Your Grandmother’s Robotic Surgery”
When James’ (Augustus Prew) beloved elementary school teacher is diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, he tries to employ a risky robotic surgery to save her in the new episode “Not Your Grandmother’s Robotic Surgery.”
Soundbreaking: “Going Electric”
From the electric guitar to synthesized music, learn how innovators used electricity to unleash new sounds. Evaluate the power of technology to continuously redefine music, from Delta blues style to the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and Devo.
Falling Water: “The Swirl”
USA Network, 10pm
Certain that Charlotte (Trudie Styler) is complicit in the taking of her son, Tess (Lizzie Brocheré) trespasses in her mother’s dreams. Meanwhile, Ann-Marie Bowen (Melanie Nicholls-King) tries to recruit Taka (Will Yun Lee), and Burton (David Ajala) learns new secrets.
Friday, Nov. 18
The animated series returns for Season 2, again inspired by the songs of the Beatles as its characters discover life’s most important lessons.
One of the most critically acclaimed and talked-about films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (it was awarded the Caméra d’Or prize) comes to Netflix exclusively. Set in a ghetto near Paris, where drugs and religion reign supreme, the funny, suspenseful and often emotional drama tells the story of Dounia, a tough but naive teenager who sees getting rich or dying trying as her most viable option in life. Dounia is hungry for her share of power and success. Enlisting the help of her best friend, she decides to follow in the footsteps of a respected and successful neighborhood dealer. But when Dounia meets a strong-willed and sensual dancer, her life takes a surprising turn.
Colin Quinn: The New York Story
Colin Quinn delivers a taping of his sold-out off-Broadway show for his latest standup special. In front of a crowd of fellow locals, Quinn presents the history of New York and the different groups who shape the personality of the city. Quinn’s show was filmed at the Schimmel Center in New York City and directed by Jerry Seinfeld.
“Gilmore Girls” Binge-a-Thon
UP TV, 6pm
Before you check out Netflix’s new Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Nov. 25, you can get up to speed by watching all seven seasons of the original Gilmore Girls series during this 153-hour marathon during which the episodes will air 24 hours a day.
MacGyver (Lucas Till) and the team must defend themselves and the U.S. embassy workers in Latvia from extremists in the new episode “Chisel.”
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live
ESPN’s Friday night NBA doubleheader has Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors heading to TD Garden to take on Amir Johnson and the Boston Celtics, followed by Chris Paul and the L.A. Clippers heading north to face Darren Collison and the Sacramento Kings.
Hawaii Five-0: “’Elua lā ma Nowemapa (Two Days in November)”
The new episode “’Elua lā ma Nowemapa (Two Days in November)” revisits one of history’s pivotal moments, as Five-0 investigates a conspiracy theorist with compelling evidence that President John F. Kennedy’s cabinet ordered his assassination.
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs
Get out your tissues and experience what The New York Times called an “emotional firestorm” as the award-winning television and Broadway star brings down the house with his acclaimed cabaret show.
Z Nation: “They Grow Up So Quickly”
Doc (Russell Hodgkinson) and Addy (Anastasia Baranova) try to convince Lucy’s family to follow them; Murphy (Keith Allan) tests 10K’s (Nat Zang) allegiance.
Blue Bloods: “Confessions”
Frank (Tom Selleck) is left with minimal information to find a missing boy when a conflicted priest won’t break the seal of confession in the new episode “Confessions.”
Soundbreaking: “Four on the Floor”
Chart the progression of the beat from drum and bass to beatbox and beyond — from Little Richard and James Brown to the Bee Gees and Beyoncé, covering musical styles from disco to EDM. Witness the endless experimentation that transformed the bedrock of all music.
Saturday, Nov. 19
College Football: Virginia Tech at Notre Dame
NBC, 3:30pm Live
The Virginia Tech Hokies head to Notre Dame Stadium for a Saturday afternoon clash with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on NBC.
Futurama: “The Beast With a Billion Backs”
Comedy Central, beginning at 3:35pm
Comedy Central airs all four parts of the Futurama epic “The Beast With a Billion Backs,” in which Fry (voice of Billy West) and the Planet Express crew discover a giant hole in the universe and an unusually seductive, one-eyed alien on the other side.
21 Jump Street
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star in this irreverent revival of the 1980s cop show as two mismatched partners who are sent on an undercover assignment to a local high school to root out a synthetic drug ring. FXX airs the 2012 movie, followed by its 2014 sequel 22 Jump Street.
My Christmas Dream
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Christina Masters (Danica McKellar), the manager of McDougal’s flagship department store, is determined to land the manager position for their new Paris location. She sets out to impress the store’s owner (Deidre Hall) by creating an eye-popping holiday display. But Christina is out of inspiration, and turns to a recently fired store employee (David Haydn-Jones) for help. As the twosome work side-by-side, they find themselves falling in love.
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of…
New hourlong episodes show the final days and events of Steve Jobs, Chris Farley, Casey Kasem, Cory Monteith, Richard Pryor, Corey Haim, Janis Joplin, Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen, Judy Garland and Bob Marley.
Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks
BBC America, 8:25pm
BBC Worldwide and BBC America teamed up to restore one of the great lost classics of the Doctor Who series, The Power of the Daleks, which will air as a six-part series 50 years after its only U.K. broadcast on BBC One. The program’s only known film negative was destroyed in 1974, and this brand-new animation is based on original audio recordings, surviving photographs and film clips. Producer and director Charles Norton says, “The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted, and we’re all very honored to be a part of such an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, The Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.” The series features the “renewal” of the first Doctor, William Hartnell, into the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.
Versailles: “Etiquette”/“Bring the Garden Here”
In the first episode of the two-hour Season 1 finale, Henriette takes the lead in negotiations with her brother King Charles II, while Montespan gains power in the court as she wins over Louis’ heart and Fabien plans his revenge. Then, in the second episode, as Henriette’s health rapidly declines, Claudine works feverishly to save her patient. When the palace is put on lockdown, Louis is determined to save his son from the oppressive atmosphere of the court.