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Tuesday, Nov. 29
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
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.
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.
The Flash: “Invasion!”
The CW, 8pm
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”
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”
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”
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
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
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”
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”
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
The CW, 8pm
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
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
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”
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”
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”
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).
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
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”
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”
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”
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
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
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
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.
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”
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.”
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”
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”
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.”
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”
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
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
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.
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”
Warren (Kellita Smith) leads an attack on Murphytown and finally faces off with Murphy (Keith Allan).
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”
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
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
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
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
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”
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
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.