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Friday, Nov. 25: Wait No More for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

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Friday, Nov. 25

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
They’re back! This series of four 90-minute chapters (each spanning one of the four seasons, hence the show’s subtitle) catches us up with Lorelai and Rory Gilmore (Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel), along with other favorite faces from the beloved 2000-07 series, including Scott Patterson as Luke Danes, Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore, Keiko Agena as Lane Kim, Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason and Matt Czuchry as Logan Huntzberger. Original creator Amy Sherman-Palladino wrote and directed all the episodes along with her husband, Daniel Palladino.

Michael Che Matters
SNL Weekend Update co-anchor and former Daily Show correspondent Michael Che stars in this standup comedy special filmed at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn.

NHL Thanksgiving Showdown: N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia
NBC, 1pm Live
The NHL Thanksgiving Showdown Black Friday tradition continues on NBC with an Eastern Conference rivalry game between the N.Y. Rangers and Flyers at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.

College Football
CBS & ESPN, beginning at 2:30pm Live
Black Friday college football action features Arkansas at Missouri (CBS); Baylor vs. Texas Tech (ESPN) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas; and Arizona State at Arizona (ESPN).

Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
ABC, 8pm
Fred Astaire narrates this timeless Rankin/Bass tale of how good-hearted orphan Kris Kringle (voice of Mickey Rooney) outwitted the Winter Warlock and Burgermeister Meisterburger to bring holiday joy to the children of Sombertown.

Frosty the Snowman
CBS, 8pm
The classic animated musical special returns, narrated by Jimmy Durante. Jackie Vernon provides the voice of the “jolly, happy soul” whose old silk hat full of magic brings him to life. The special is followed by the 1992 sequel, Frosty Returns.

Christmas List
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
Alicia Witt stars as Isobel, a young woman who travels with her boyfriend (Gabriel Hogan) to “the perfect Christmas town” to accomplish the Christmas bucket list she’s had since childhood.

Savage Kingdom
Nat Geo Wild, 9pm
New Series!
Charles Dance of Game of Thrones fame narrates this natural history documentary series that follows warring animal clans battling for survival in a remote, drought-stricken region of Africa. Lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs are the royal families fighting for dominance amid rivalries, betrayals, battles and triumphs. Nat Geo Wild promises that the series, which was shot in 4K by a team that spent a year in the field, is “not your father’s wildlife special.” The first hour of the premiere episode, “Clash of Queens,” follows the lioness Matsumi, while the second hour catches up with Saba the leopard.

Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody: Live From Lincoln Center
PBS, 9pm
Watch as internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang performs a love letter to New York in this Live From Lincoln Center special, featuring music from Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Danny Elfman, Lou Reed, Alicia Keys, Don Henley and more.

Z Nation: “Doc’s Angels”
Syfy, 9pm
Doc (Russell Hodgkinson) tries to find a way to communicate with Warren (Kellita Smith), but instead encounters something much more menacing.

Van Helsing: “Last Time”
Syfy, 10pm
Vanessa (Kelly Overton) and the group take shelter in Susan’s (Hilary Jardine) family farm, finding both glimmers of hope and reasons for grief. With Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl) finally outed as the serial killer, Vanessa and Mohamad (Trezzo Mahoro) take drastic action against him. Meanwhile, Rebecca’s latest experiment to create Daywalkers has failed, and Dmitri’s (Paul Johansson) patience grows thin.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Robbie the Reindeer
CBS, 8pm
CBS airs two Robbie the Reindeer animated holiday specials tonight, beginning with “Hooves of Fire,” in which Robbie (voice of Ben Stiller) competes against Blitzen (voice of Hugh Grant) in the Reindeer Races for a position on Santa’s sleigh team. Then in “Legend of the Lost Tribe,” Robbie must stop Blitzen from creating a Reindeer World theme park.

A Heavenly Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
In this star-studded Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Kristin Davis stars as Eve, a workaholic who, upon her untimely death, finds herself tethered to her guardian angel (Shirley MacLaine) and learning to become a Christmas angel. Eve is a terrible recruit but is assigned to help a struggling singer (Eric McCormack) use his musical gift to heal family wounds.

Legends of the Hidden Temple
Nickelodeon, 8pm
Original Film!
This new action-adventure film is inspired by the classic ’90s game show of the same name. Isabela Moner, Colin Critchley and Jet Jurgensmeyer star as three siblings who break away from a boring jungle tour and find themselves in a high-stakes obstacle course that they must complete in order to survive. Dee Bradley Baker reprises his role as the voice of Olmec, the game show’s talking head, and the show’s original host, Kirk Fogg, will also appear.

The Story of Santa Claus
CBS, 9pm
This animated musical holiday special features the voices of Ed Asner, Betty White and Tim Curry, and revolves around a gentle toymaker whose only wish is to deliver a toy to every child on Christmas.

Sunday, Nov. 27

College Basketball
ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 1:30pm Live
College basketball Feast Week continues on ESPN and ESPN2 today with the championship game of the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Fla., on ESPN and the third-place game on ESPN2. ESPN airs the championship game of the Wooden Legacy from Anaheim, Calif., in primetime.

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
FOX, 7pm
In the annual broadcast of this modern-day favorite, Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) finds himself on Santa’s naughty list after accidentally destroying Manny’s (Ray Romano) favorite decorations. So Sid, Crash (Seann William Scott), Eddie (Josh Peck) and Peaches (Ciara Bravo) take off for the North Pole to plead their case to Santa (Billy Gardell), but end up bringing chaos to Santa’s workshop.

Bob’s Burgers: “The Last Gingerbread House on the Left”
FOX, 7:30pm
No way! Christmas caroling is for people who floss — or so say the Belcher kids. The FOX cartoon’s holiday episode finds parents Bob and Linda strapped for money and unable to give their offspring a proper Christmas, so Linda decides to lift everyone’s spirits by insisting they all go caroling. Bob, alas, is a last-minute no-show because he’s paged to the home of his filthy-rich landlord, Mr. Fischoeder, voiced by Oscar winner Kevin Kline. “There’s a sinister Eyes Wide Shut vibe happening at Fischoeder’s house, with all these old-money gentlemen in tuxedos involved in something suspicious,” says creator and exec producer Loren Bouchard. “It turns out they’re competing in a secret underground gingerbread house-building contest.”

2016 Soul Train Awards
BET & Centric, 8pm
Erykah Badu returns to host the annual ceremony that honors the best in soul and R&B music. The show was filmed Nov. 6 in Las Vegas, with Drake leading the way among all-star nominees with 12 total nominations. Beyoncé is close behind, with eight nominations.

Journey Back to Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
Candace Cameron Bure stars as a World War II-era nurse who is transported to 2016, where she discovers the bonds of family and that the true meaning of Christmas is timeless. Also stars Oliver Hudson, Brooke Nevin and Tom Skerritt.

The Librarians: “And the Fangs of Death”
TNT, 8pm

Flynn (Noah Wyle) leads his fellow Librarians on a mission to rescue kidnapped Charlene (Jane Curtin), unwittingly ensnaring them in a subterranean trap filled with ancient Egyptian werewolves, led by nemesis Apep, who are determined to kill the Librarians once and for all.

NCIS: Los Angeles: “Sirens”
CBS, 8:30pm
In the new episode “Sirens,” the NCIS team gets a new lead in the ongoing mole investigation after an unknown female assailant kills two men disguised as sheriff’s deputies in front of Callen’s (Chris O’Donnell) home.

Secrets and Lies: “The Racket”
ABC, 9pm
As the secrets of the mysterious house at 8686 Mint Hill Drive are revealed, Eric (Michael Ealy) is forced to take drastic action in an attempt to salvage his family and SEG. Meanwhile, as Detective Cornell (Juliette Lewis) inches closer to finding Kate’s killer, Eric enlists Danny’s (Kenny Johnson) help in unlocking Kate’s second iPad, and the information it provides leads him to the last person he’d ever expect.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!
James Brolin stars in and directs this heartfelt holiday film about the special relationship between a gruff former cop and his charming granddaughter. Brolin says of his young Life in Pieces costar Giselle Eisenberg, “She steals the movie.” The film is a family affair, too, as Brolin’s wife, Barbra Streisand, contributes to the charm by allowing the use of her holiday standards in a TV movie — a first for the legendary performer.

PBS, 9pm
Season Finale!
Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) sure has a lot of swashbuckling to do if he’s going to calm all the romantic and economic tumult that he has caused throughout the entire season in one episode.

Madam Secretary: “Breakout Capacity”
CBS, 9:30pm
In the new episode “Breakout Capacity,” President Dalton (Keith Carradine) eagerly awaits voting results on Election Day, while Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) uncovers information that could put the peace deal with Iran in jeopardy.

Quantico: “ODENVY”
ABC, 10pm
At the Farm, Lydia (Tracy Ifeachor) and Owen (Blair Underwood) teach the group about the necessity of lying and cutting ties — perfect timing for Alex (Priyanka Chopra), who feels disengaged from Ryan (Jake McLaughlin) both personally and professionally. In the future, Alex and her colleagues try to destroy the biological weapon.

The Traffickers: “Guns and Gangs”
Fusion, 10pm

Trafficked U.S. weapons are fueling violent crime in El Salvador and Guatemala. In an adrenaline-fueled ride through Central America’s notorious ganglands, Nelufar Hedayat investigates how the guns get there, and who pays the ultimate price.

Elementary: “How the Sausage Is Made”
CBS, 10:30pm
In the new episode “How the Sausage Is Made,” Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) discover a man’s death caused by ingesting poisoned sausage is connected to a lab working on a breakthrough in the artificial meat industry.

Monday, Nov. 28

College Basketball: Kentucky vs. Arizona State
ESPN2, 7pm Live
The Kentucky Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils meet in this college basketball game held at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas.

Supergirl: “Medusa”
The CW, 8pm
Crossover Event!
The CW’s epic four-night crossover event kicks off when The Flash’s Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) seek Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) help with an alien invasion.

Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death
HBO, 8pm
Basquiat writer/director Julian Schnabel executive produces this examination of Cuba and its people, providing contemporary context for a country that has changed little since its revolution in the 1950s. Revealing interviews — including a prizewinning author who only recently could be published in Cuba, an artist and political activist who was imprisoned for his passion for freedom, and an architect who escaped oppression but remains scarred — illustrate the plight of Cuban citizens as the country struggles to embrace cultural, social and economic change.

The Voice: “Live Top 10 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live
The top 10 artists perform live in front of coaches Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for America’s votes.

NFL Football: Green Bay at Philadelphia
ESPN, 8:15pm Live
Monday Night Football comes to Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field for a matchup of NFC playoff contenders as Aaron Rodgers leads the Green Bay Packers against Carson Wentz and the Eagles.

Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution
HBO, 9pm
Follow the crusade of Mariela Castro — Cuban president Raúl Castro’s daughter and Fidel Castro’s niece — as she fights to establish equal rights for the country’s LGBT community, laying bare the cultural and institutional homophobia that led gay men to be put into work camps during the Cuban Revolution.

Conviction: “Bad Deals”
ABC, 10pm
When the CIU revisits a case involving a kidnapped teen, Hayes (Hayley Atwell) wonders if Sam (Shawn Ashmore) — one of the original prosecutors — is too invested in the conviction to be part of the review. Meanwhile, Hayes makes stunning discoveries about quid pro quos Wallace (Eddie Cahill) brokered in her cocaine bust and an earlier case they worked together, forcing the two to re-examine their personal and professional relationship.

Timeless: “Space Race”
NBC, 10pm
As the nation waits to hear the fate of the astronauts of Apollo 11, Flynn (Goran Visnjic) arrives near mission control, intending to rewrite the events of that momentous day. Hot on his trail, Lucy (Abigail Spencer), Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett ) need to be bolder than ever and call upon one of history’s unsung heroes if they’re going to have a shot at setting things right.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

College Basketball: ACC/Big Ten Challenge
ESPN, ESPN2 & ESPNU beginning at 7pm Live
The ACC and Big Ten square off for the Commissioner’s Cup as the ACC/Big Ten Challenge continues Tuesday night on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Top matchups tonight are Pittsburgh at Maryland (ESPN2), Syracuse at Wisconsin (ESPN) and Michigan State at Duke (ESPN).

NHL Hockey: Boston at Philadelphia
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
Two Eastern Conference rivals battle on the ice tonight as the Boston Bruins take on the Flyers at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
CBS, 8pm
The longest-running holiday special in television history returns as Rudolph and his friends — Hermey the elf, Yukon Cornelius and others — save Christmas in this classic Rankin/Bass special featuring the voice of legendary performer Burl Ives.

The Flash: “Invasion!”
The CW, 8pm
Crossover Event!
When aliens attack Central City, Barry (Grant Gustin) speeds over to Star City to ask the Green Arrow (Arrow’s Stephen Amell) for help in stopping them. Realizing the battle is bigger than they thought, they track down the Legends of Tomorrow, and Barry and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) create a breach to bring back a secret weapon — Supergirl (Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist). Once all of the Super Friends are assembled, they come up with a plan of attack.

The Voice: “Live Top 10 Eliminations”
NBC, 8pm Live
Seven artists from last night’s performances will be revealed as safe by America’s votes. The bottom three artists will then compete for the Instant Save, and two will be eliminated.

American Housewife: “Power Couple”
ABC, 8:30pm
Katie (Katy Mixon) and Greg (Diedrich Bader) throw themselves into school politics when they learn that Anna-Kat’s special needs teacher, Dr. Ellie, has been cut from the school budget. Greg gets elected to the PTA, and things are looking good, but can Katie keep her mouth in check long enough to win the votes they need?

This Is Us: “The Trip”
NBC, 9pm
Kate, Kevin and Randall head to their family’s cabin to get away after their chaotic family Thanksgiving. A very angry Randall finds comfort and explanation from his father, Jack. Olivia (Janet Montgomery) speaks a harsh truth to Kate, which drives a wedge between Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Kevin (Justin Hartley). Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) struggle with what to do when 9-year-old Randall tells them that he’s been looking for his birth parents.

Good Behavior: “Your Mama Had a Hard Night”
TNT, 9pm

Letty (Michelle Dockery) attempts legitimate “good behavior” when she goes back to her hometown to be close to her son, Jacob (Nyles Julian Steele), and finds a clever workaround for the restraining order that has kept her 1,000 feet away from him. Meanwhile, while trying to protect her friend Tiffany (Collette Wolfe) from the truth about her husband, Letty’s attempt at being good explodes in her face.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
A&E, 10pm
New Series!
In this new docuseries, former Scientologist Leah Remini, along with former Scientology executives and church members, delves deep into shocking stories of abuse, heartbreak and harassment experienced by those who have left the church and spoken publicly about their experiences. The series, says Remini, is “truth born out of very personal experiences. … It is my hope that we shed light on information that makes the world aware of what is really going on and encourages others to speak up so the abuses can be ended forever.”

Ladies of London
Bravo, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Season 3 finds Marissa’s troublesome third pregnancy and Caroline’s sick father outweighing Julie’s struggles to run her husband’s 400-year-old massive family manse. Just don’t tell her that.

Chicago Fire: “Lift Each Other”
NBC, 10pm
It’s a family reunion when Dawson (Monica Raymund) and Antonio’s (guest star Jon Seda) mother and father come to Chicago for their big anniversary party, but things quickly turn south. When a deep secret comes to the surface involving his stepson James (guest star Juan Lozada), Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) decides to take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Casey (Jesse Spencer) tries to save a young boy during a harrowing call to a warehouse.

Aftermath: “Hieronymo’s Mad Again”
Syfy, 10pm
With a family member showing plague symptoms, the Copelands go on a desperate hunt to find tetracycline, but strangers can be just as desperate.

Shooter: “Musa Qala”
USA Network, 10pm
Bob Lee (Ryan Phillippe) reaches out to Nadine (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) as he evades his pursuers, putting her on to the cop who took credit for his capture. Meanwhile, Isaac (Omar Epps) juggles his double life as he tries to find Bob Lee.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Arrow: “Invasion!”
The CW, 8pm
Crossover Event!
In the series’ 100th episode, Oliver (Stephen Amell) wakes up in an alternate reality, where everything seems perfect, but a closer look reveals questionable imperfections. Meanwhile, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and the recruits take on a new threat with help from the Flash (The Flash’s Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist).

Christmas in Rockefeller Center
NBC, 8pm
The annual special ushers in the holiday season as musical talent accompanies the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree at the famed Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Polar Bear Town: “Rumble on the Tundra”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
Polar bear season has reached its peak and polar bear guide Dennis Compayre and a regular client, California photographer Andrew Bazeley, are looking for the perfect shot to complete Bazeley’s book. They encounter a pair of bears that locals call the Scrappy Brothers, because they wrestle each other to hone their skills for mating battles to come. A cub called Curious ventures away from its mother and finds itself on a dangerous collision course with a hungry but elderly male known as St. Pete.

Speechless: “R-A-Y-C RAY-CATION
ABC, 8:30pm
Maya (Minnie Driver) enlists the family to help JJ (Micah Fowler) romance his classmate Claire, but it backfires. Meanwhile, Ray (Cedric Yarbrough) has the perpetually late DiMeo family practice getting to school on time for an upcoming field trip.

Modern Family: “The Alliance”
ABC, 9pm
Hayley’s (Sarah Hyland) plan for a girlie day with new boyfriend Rainer Shine’s (Nathan Fillion) teen daughter goes haywire. Meanwhile, Luke (Nolan Gould) finds himself in a compromising position with a widow at the club (guest star Joely Fisher) and unwittingly helps Jay (Ed O’Neill) with his petition. Meanwhile, Gloria (Sofía Vergara), Phil (Ty Burrell) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) form an alliance to keep their respective goof-ups from their spouses.

Criminal Minds: “Mirror Image”
CBS, 9pm
Series star Joe Mantegna directed the new episode “Mirror Image,” in which the BAU team opens an investigation when a man who fully believes he’s Dr. Tara Lewis’ (Aisha Tyler) brother arrives in town, knowing everything about her and her family, and she is unable to make contact with her real sibling.

Empire: “What We May Be”
FOX, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) looks to Candace (Vivica A. Fox) for tips on how to plan an elaborate family dinner that will impress Angelo’s (Taye Diggs) mother, Diane (guest star Phylicia Rashad).

History, 9pm
Midseason Premiere!
As Part 2 of Season 4 begins, the series moves to a new night and time. You may recall that in the midseason finale, the show took an enormous leap forward and time-jumped into a new era in its characters’ lives, following Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) disappearance after being defeated in the Paris battle by his brother Rollo (Clive Standen). Now, in the midseason premiere, Ragnar’s reappearance in Kattegat triggers a chain of events no one — except the Seer (John Kavanagh) — could have ever imagined. He unexpectedly arrives home to see what has become of his sons and to handle unfinished business in Wessex with King Ecbert (Linus Roache). Meanwhile, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) plans a power play in Kattegat, and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) prepares to fulfill his long-held dream to explore the Mediterranean in a sleek new boat built for him by Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård).

Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
NBC, 9pm
Original Film!
The second film based on the life and works of Dolly Parton finds Dolly’s beloved daddy (Rick Schroder) scheming to surprise Mama (Jennifer Nettles) with a Christmas gift that he could never afford. Young Dolly (Alyvia Alyn Lind) and her siblings excitedly join in the scrimping and saving in a selfless act of love.

black-ish: “Being Bow-racial”
ABC, 9:30pm

Bow (Tracee Ellis-Ross) must address her unresolved feelings about being biracial when Junior (Marcus Scribner) brings home his first girlfriend, who happens to be white. Dre (Anthony Anderson) seeks Charlie’s (Deon Cole) help in relating to his new project’s white, female point person. Zoey (Yara Shahidi) wants to remodel Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane’s (Marsai Martin) room for extra credit in design class.

Designated Survivor: “The Results”
ABC, 10pm
On the eve of the vote for a new House of Representatives, an unexpected development forces Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) to consider cancelling the elections. Meanwhile, Kirkman must handle the fallout when news of Majid Nassar’s (Nicholas Massouh) death is leaked.

Code Black: “Sleight of Hand”
CBS, 10pm
Guest Star Alert!
Willis (Rob Lowe), Leanne (Marcia Gay Harden) and Jesse (Luis Guzmán) risk their lives to operate on an officer with an explosive bullet lodged in her leg. Also, Penn Jillette guest-stars as a magician who comes to Angels Memorial with difficulty breathing in the new episode “Sleight of Hand.”

Syfy & USA Network, 10pm
New Series!
Syfy’s new dystopian drama Incorporated is set in 2074, when a few corporations rule everything, governments rule nothing, climate change is off the charts, and the wealthy elite live in the lavish Green Zones while the masses live in the ruinous Red Zones. The story centers on Ben (Sean Teale), a young man from the Red Zone who’s infiltrated the Green Zone and the executive levels of Spiga Biotechnics in order to locate a woman from his past. The series also stars Julia Ormond and Dennis Haysbert. USA Network simulcasts the premiere episode tonight.

Thursday, Dec. 1

A Charlie Brown Christmas
ABC, 8pm
This, Charlie Brown, is what Christmas TV is all about. Get out your shiny aluminum Christmas tree and practice your pageant dancing, because Charles M. Schulz’s 1965 charmer is back on ABC.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
The CW, 8pm
Crossover Event!
In the finale of the epic 4-night event, the Legends learn the aliens’ plan for the world and must work together with The Flash (The Flash’s Grant Gustin), Supergirl (Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist) and Green Arrow (Arrow’s Stephen Amell) to kill them once and for all.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
TNT’s Thursday night NBA doubleheader has Chris Paul and the L.A. Clippers visiting LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, followed by James Harden and the Houston Rockets at Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors.

NFL Football: Dallas at Minnesota
NBC & NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
Two teams with NFC playoff hopes are in action on Thursday Night Football as the Minnesota Vikings host the Dallas Cowboys at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The Great Indoors: “Going Deep”
CBS, 8:30pm
When Jack (Joel McHale) is clueless about how to help Eddie (Chris Williams) through the pain of his divorce, Brooke (Susannah Fielding) steps up to be Eddie’s interim best friend in the new episode “Going Deep.”

A&E, 9pm
Season Premiere!
As the third season premieres, the New Orleans EMS is opening a brand-new facility after losing its home base during the devastation of Hurricane Katrina more than a decade prior. As their beloved city sees a crippling spike in heroin overdoses, everyone — from the police to the EMS — is on high alert. And when a fellow police officer is struck down while on duty, the entire Nightwatch family must rally one another and the community for support.

Mom: “Xanax and a Baby Duck”
CBS, 9pm
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) directed the new episode “Xanax and a Baby Duck,” in which an overprotective Christy (Anna Faris) keeps a constant eye on her 12-year-old son, Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal), after discovering he has been using drugs and alcohol.

Life in Pieces: “Boxing Opinion Spider Beard”
CBS, 9:30pm
Guest Star Alert!
John’s (James Brolin) plan to encourage Samantha (Holly J. Barrett) to skip her ballet class and take up boxing has unexpected consequences. Professional boxer Victor Ortiz guest-stars as a boxing trainer in the new episode “Boxing Opinion Spider Beard.”

Top Chef
Bravo, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Eight former chef-testants return for redemption as they head to Charleston, S.C., to battle alongside eight Top Chef newbies. Returning favorites include Season 3 finalist and Season 8 all-star Casey Thompson, fan favorite Sheldon Simeon from Seattle’s Season 10, and multicultural culinary standout Katsuji Tanabe from Season 12 in Boston.

Pure Genius: “Bunker Hill, We Have a Problem”
CBS, 10pm
Walter (Dermot Mulroney) and the Bunker Hill surgeons must perfect a revolutionary remote surgery when someone on the International Space Station needs an emergency procedure in the new episode “Bunker Hill, We Have a Problem.”

Falling Water: “Three Half Blind Mice”
USA Network, 10pm
A blackout brings Taka (Will Yun Lee) and Tess (Lizzie Brocheré) together, while Burton (David Ajala) finds evidence that the Woman in Red exists outside his dreams.

Friday, Dec. 2

Pacific Heat
New Series!
This animated comedy series follows the exploits of a dynamic unit of undercover police investigators working on the glitzy Gold Coast of Australia. This glamorous, sophisticated and sun-drenched paradise masks a hotbed of criminals — everyone from drug smugglers and biker gangs to eco-terrorists and the person who invented frozen yogurt.

“I Love Lucy” Christmas Special
CBS, 8pm
Two back-to-back classic episodes of the 1950s series I Love Lucy are featured in tonight’s “I Love Lucy” Christmas Special. “The Christmas Episode” (first presented in December 1956), now colorized in its entirety, is paired with the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures” (first broadcast in February 1955), in which Lucy gets a part as a showgirl in a motion picture musical. The two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set with no interruption between the episodes.

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live
LeBron James leads the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers into Chicago’s United Center to face Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls, and James Harden’s Houston Rockets head to Denver for a date with the Nuggets, in ESPN’s NBA doubleheader.

College Football: Pac-12 Championship Game
FOX, 9pm Live
The winners of the Pac-12 North and South Divisions play in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Z Nation: “The Siege of Murphytown”
Syfy, 9pm
Warren (Kellita Smith) leads an attack on Murphytown and finally faces off with Murphy (Keith Allan).

CMT Crossroads
CMT, 10pm
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Alicia Keys makes her CMT debut when she is paired with newcomer Maren Morris, a Nashville singer/songwriter who has taken the country world by storm.

Van Helsing: “He’s Coming”
Syfy, 10pm
While on the road to a vampire-controlled camp, Vanessa (Kelly Overton) and Mohamad (Trezzo Mahoro) find themselves in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse against Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl). Sheema (Naika Toussaint) discovers a secret that can bring down the ghetto-cell of the Resistance, while Julius (Aleks Paunovic) takes a clandestine meeting with Dmitri (Paul Johansson). Ultimately, Vanessa and Mohamad walk into a trap that places one of them in great peril.

Saturday, Dec. 3

College Basketball: UCLA at Kentucky
CBS, 12:30pm Live
CBS tips off its 2016-17 college basketball schedule with this matchup between two storied programs as the UCLA Bruins visit the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

College Football: Big Ten Championship Game
FOX, 8pm Live
The winners of the Big Ten’s East and West Divisions meet tonight in the Big Ten Football Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

A Dream of Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
An ambitious but discontented young married woman (Nikki DeLoach) gets more than she bargained for when she is granted a wish to be single again. She awakens one morning to discover she has the home, car and job of her dreams, but soon realizes she’s missing an important part of her life — her husband (Andrew Walker). Also stars Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley).

Homicide for the Holidays
Oxygen, 8pm
New Series!
Deck the halls with true crime cases in the first two hours of a two-part, four hour series that reveals how tumultuous the holiday season can really be. In the first horrifying holiday case, “A Deadly Thanksgiving,” a deranged shooter attacks a family at Thanksgiving dinner, leaving four dead and setting off a massive manhunt to catch the killer. In the second freaky episode, “Christmas Carnage in Carnation,” when six members of the Anderson family are gunned down in their home, detectives work closely with family friends to track down the murderer. Next week, two more true stories will be highlighted.

Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later
History, 9pm
This two-hour special looks back at Dec. 7, 1941 — the date that has indeed lived in infamy, as President Franklin Roosevelt promised — when imperial Japan attacked the U.S. naval forces in Hawaii, ushering America into World War II.

A Firehouse Christmas
ION, 9pm
Original Film!
Life is good for Tom, an ex-Olympic hockey star, and his firefighter girlfriend, Jenny. But when Tom’s soon-to-be ex-wife, herself a former Olympic figure skater, authors a book of relationship tips, she’s convinced that she’ll sell more books if she and Tom appear to be a happy couple. The ruse puts Tom’s love to the test. Stars Anna Hutchison, Marcus Rosner, Anita Brown and Bruce Dawson.

The Killing Season: “American Nightmare”
A&E, 10pm
Season Finale!
With the help of local advocates and former FBI agents, Rachel and Josh search for eight missing women on Albuquerque’s West Mesa and discover that they may be dealing with something even more sinister than a lone serial killer. In an attempt to uncover clues, the pair score a lead from an admitted serial killer that proves too tempting to ignore and leads them back to Long Island to meet with someone unusual. Meanwhile, a break in the Gilgo case exposes corruption, bringing the team back to the beginning and giving them new hope.

Pete Holmes: Faces and Sounds
HBO, 10pm
The star of HBO’s upcoming comedy series Crashing — for which Holmes collaborates with super-producer Judd Apatow — performs his standup act in this special taped at Chicago’s Vic Theatre in April.