All Times Eastern.
Thursday, Dec. 8
Taraji’s White Hot Holidays
Empire star Taraji P. Henson hosts her second annual holiday special featuring musical performances and holiday cheer. Celebs including Jussie Smollett, Taye Diggs, Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C., Snoop Dogg and TLC will perform renditions of classic holiday songs. Tyler Perry (as his character Madea) and Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine star and host of the CW’s Terry Crews Saves Christmas) will also make cameos.
SuperMansion: War on Christmas
Crackle’s stop-motion animated series presents a half-hour holiday special. The series’ dysfunctional group of superheroes must band together to save Christmas when an interstellar imp unleashes a real-life Santa Claus who experiences an existential crisis. Returning to the seasonal special are voice-over stars Bryan Cranston, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Green, Jillian Bell and Anton Yelchin. Joining the cast for the special are Jim Parsons and Gary Anthony Williams.
Joy Hockstatter (Bailee Madison) tries to help her widower dad hold the family together, and at age 15, she’s become a surrogate mom to her brothers. But after a freak accident, Joy wakes up as a member of the Wellmans — her neighborhood’s “picture-perfect” family. Her new life seems to have changed for the better, but life for her dad and brothers has taken a turn for the worse and the only one who recognizes Joy from her previous life is her old dog, Levi.
Toy Story That Time Forgot
The Toy Story gang finds out that a set of super-cool action figures are as scary as they look. Now it’s up to Trixie the triceratops to get everyone safely back to Bonnie’s room.
NFL Football: Oakland at Kansas City
NBC & NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
This Week 14 Thursday Night Football game could have big implications for the AFC playoffs as Derek Carr leads the Oakland Raiders into Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium for a meeting with the division rival Chiefs.
Shrek the Halls
Everyone’s favorite ogre just wants a cozy Christmas at home, but he’s having trouble getting into the holiday spirit. Can Shrek’s beloved family and friends help him feel the magic of the holiday?
The Great Indoors: “@Emma”
In the new episode “@Emma,” Emma (Christine Ko) quits after being turned down for a raise. Things don’t go so well when Jack (Joel McHale) and Roland (Stephen Fry) step in as the magazine’s new social media managers.
In the fall (and possibly series) finale, as Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) nears her season’s end, Ross (guest star Josh Peck) warns the Padres that she is close to her pitching limit, but management is reluctant to bench their first female star. Let’s hope FOX feels the same way about their ratings-deprived drama.
Mom: “Cornbread and a Cashmere Onesie”
In the new episode “Cornbread and a Cashmere Onesie,” Christy (Anna Faris) and Bonnie (Allison Janney) worry about Jill (Jaime Pressly) after her cry for help on the anniversary of her mother’s suicide.
The hit survival series returns for Season 3, putting its 10 contestants — male and female hardcore survivalists — in a new location: Patagonia, South America. Equipped with limited gear and cameras to self-document their journeys, each person must find a way to survive. And that’s no easy task; the network says this is the most dangerous season yet, with the harsh Patagonian conditions forcing the urgent medical evacuation of many individuals over the course of the season.
Life in Pieces: “Swim Survivor Zen Talk”
Guest Star Alert!
When John (James Brolin) decides to try out for Survivor, Tim (Dan Bakkedahl) gets jealous and attempts to undermine his audition tape. Jeff Probst guest-stars in the new episode “Swim Survivor Zen Talk.”
Pure Genius: “A Bunker Hill Christmas”
When a young leukemia patient comes to Bunker Hill in need of a miracle, James (Augustus Prew) hopes a new cancer treatment will save her life in the new episode “A Bunker Hill Christmas.”
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
From executive producer Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) comes this series that puts 30 men and women with no military background through an immersive, authentic experience led by veterans of the Navy SEALs, Green Berets and Army Rangers, while offering insight into the origins of these physical and mental challenges.
Friday, Dec. 9
Mozart in the Jungle
In Season 3, Rodrigo (Gael García Bernal) takes on a brand-new artistic challenge: conducting the great opera diva Alessandra (Monica Bellucci) in her long-awaited return concert in Venice. He’s swept up in the city, communing with its rich musical history, as Alessandra pulls him into a passionate collaboration that quickly becomes operatic in its own right.
Doug Liman (the Bourne films) is an executive producer on this docuseries that looks at the most challenging hostage negotiations of our time, revealing how hostage-taking, and the efforts to resolve it, has evolved to address an escalating international trend.
D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin), Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) and the rest of the gang are back for Season 2 of this follow-up to the hit ’80s sitcom.
White Rabbit Project
Former MythBusters Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara head down the rabbit hole to investigate weird and wonderful events from pop culture, science and history. Under their microscope are topics as diverse as jailbreaks, superpower technology, heists and crazy World War II weapons. In each episode, the hosts immerse themselves in experiments, builds and tests as they sleuth the truth behind these and other well-Googled themes.
This all-new animated adventure tells the tale of a tiny Douglas fir who goes on a journey to become Empire City’s most famous Christmas tree ever. This 60-minute family flick stars the voices of Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) in the title role, plus Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) and Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street).
On a visit to his hometown, Mac (Lucas Till) has no time to reminisce as his skills are needed in the search for a kidnapped prodigy who attends his old middle school in the new episode “Pliers.”
Hawaii Five-0: “Ka Luhi (The Burden)”
Guest Star Alert!
Five-0 investigates the 10-year-old cold case of a missing teen when a boy suffering from PTSD undergoes hypnosis and realizes he may have witnessed her murder. Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue) guest-stars in the new episode “Ka Luhi (The Burden).”
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Who’s the Cool Girl Josh Is Dating?”
The CW, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Brittany Snow guest stars as Josh’s (Vincent Rodriguez III) new love interest. And when Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) and Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz) decide to investigate her, they discover way more than they bargained for.
Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour
Madonna remains a pop diva best seen live in an amphitheater, but if you weren’t able to score a ticket to her most recent world tour, don’t worry. You’ll get a second chance with the Queen of Pop’s latest concert documentary. “This film has everything,” says director Nathan Rissman. “It’s full of humor, drama and a unique take on how she puts on such an amazing show.” The tour, in support of Madonna’s 2015 album, Rebel Heart, features classics like “Who’s That Girl?” and “Music” alongside new songs. Longtime collaborators Rissman and codirector Danny B. Tull captured footage from gigs performed all over the globe. “There’s a mixture that really gives the audience a multilayered perspective,” Rissman says. “We have cameras from every angle you could imagine.”
Z Nation: “Duel”
Addy (Anastasia Baranova) is being pummeled by whatever The Man (Joseph Gatt) can throw at her, while Lucy (Madelyn Grace) does the same to The Man.
Blue Bloods: “Unbearable Loss”
After his son is killed, Rev. Darnell Potter (Ato Essandoh) must put aside his differences with Frank (Tom Selleck) and the Reagan family in order to get justice in the new episode “Unbearable Loss.”
Van Helsing: “It Begins”
Now in the clutches of Dmitri (Paul Johansson) and Rebecca (Laura Mennell), Vanessa (Kelly Overton) learns secrets from her past and finds herself at a crossroads — is she a vampire or a human? Flesh (Vincent Gale) and the Resistance accelerate their timeline to rescue Vanessa, while Mohamad (Trezzo Mahoro) and Sheema (Naika Toussaint) finally come to blows over their allegiances.
Saturday, Dec. 10
College Basketball: Never Forget Tribute Classic
CBS & CBS Sports Network, beginning at 12pm Live
The Never Forget Tribute Classic at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., is a college basketball doubleheader to benefit the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which helps support education for children of Sept. 11 terrorist attack victims. The 2016 NCAA champion Villanova Wildcats play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on CBS, followed by the Pittsburgh Panthers vs. the Penn State Nittany Lions on CBS Sports Network.
The 1964 Oscar winner, set in Edwardian London, tells the tale of transportationally gifted nanny Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews), who, with the help of a chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), teaches the wealthy but miserable Banks family lessons about life, love and how to pronounce “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
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.
2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation
ESPN, 8pm Live
The Heisman Trophy is awarded to the year’s most outstanding college football player in this ceremony on ESPN, with Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, Washington QB Jake Browning, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey and Michigan LB Jabrill Peppers hoping for invites to New York City.
A Nutcracker Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Lilly James (Amy Acker) lives and breathes ballet, and her devotion pays off when she lands the lead role of Clara in the New York City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. But when her beloved sister dies, she is removed from the production and vows to never dance again. Years later, Lilly’s niece earns the same prestigious role in the Philadelphia Nutcracker Ballet and Lilly discovers that the ballet director is her long-ago love (Sascha Radetsky). Lilly must learn to let go of the past and give love and dance a second chance.
TV One, 8pm
A scorned single parent seeks revenge on her child’s father when he decides to marry another woman. Stars London Brown, Angell Conwell, Sean Patrick Thomas, Faune Watkins and Clifton Powell.
Frosty the Snowman
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.
30 for 30: “Catholics vs. Convicts”
This new episode of the 30 for 30 documentary series looks at the 1988 football game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Miami Hurricanes, and how their contrasting reputations led to the clash being dubbed “Catholics vs. Convicts.”
Christmas With the Andersons
Drowning in tinsel and lights every Christmas, Michael and Caroline Anderson throw the year’s biggest party at their house. But this year, with Michael jobless and Caroline’s store struggling, that tradition may end. The Andersons decide to host a very different kind of party, and rediscover what’s most important about the holiday.
Sunday, Dec. 11
UP TV, 7pm
Darcy (Laura Bell Bundy) loves writing sentimental and heartfelt cards for a successful greeting card company. But she butts heads with the company’s new owner, a handsome hotshot with a different view of the business and the holidays.
Frozen! Frozen, you guys!! On regular TV! Finally! ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney presents the astronomically popular animated tale of fearless Anna, who teams up with mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer, Sven, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister, Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped a helpless kingdom in eternal winter. Features the voices of Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel.
The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards
A&E, 8pm Live
Awards season gets an early kickoff as actor/comedian T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley) hosts the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, which honors the very best in TV and film as chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.
The Dick Van Dyke Show — Now in Living Color!
This one-hour special features two newly colorized back-to-back classic episodes of the beloved 1960s series. In the Season 3 premiere “That’s My Boy??” (1963), Rob (Dick Van Dyke) reflects on the hectic days following the birth of his and Laura’s (Mary Tyler Moore) son. In the Season 5 premiere “Coast to Coast Big Mouth” (1965), Laura blurts out a top secret on a national TV quiz show.
The Simpsons: “The Nightmare After Krustmas”
Krusty (Dan Castellaneta) tries to impress his daughter (guest voice Natasha Lyonne) as they spend Christmas with the Simpsons. Meanwhile, Reverend Lovejoy (Harry Shearer) seeks converts after church attendance plummets, and Maggie is haunted by a spooky Christmas toy. Comedian Jackie Mason also makes a guest-voice appearance.
Love You Like Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Maddie (Bonnie Somerville), a high-powered marketing executive, is on her way to a client’s wedding, but her plans are derailed by car trouble. When a fork in the road leads her to Christmas Valley, a town in love with Christmas, an unexpected encounter and a group of strangers has her realizing what her life has been missing. Also stars Brennan Elliott.
Son of Zorn: “The War on Grafelnik”
Torn between Edie’s Christmas and Zorn’s Grafelnik — the Zephyrian holiday of revenge — Alan realizes he can play his parents off each other to get better presents.
Figure Skating: ISU Grand Prix Final
The top six skaters in each discipline compete in the 2016 ISU Grand Prix Final in Marseille, France, airing tonight on NBCSN and re-airing Dec. 18 on NBC.
The Walking Dead: “Hearts Still Beating”
While Papa Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is out scavenging, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is in Alexandria, rocking up a storm on Rick’s front porch with little Judith (Tinsley Price) in his lap, some refreshing lemonade and pouting testosterone-case Carl (Chandler Riggs) beside him. What could possibly go wrong? We’re about to find out in tonight’s midseason ender. New episodes return in February.
Madam Secretary: “Snap Back”
In the new episode “Snap Back,” Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) tries to stop Israel from taking matters into its own hands when it threatens military action against Iran for its suspected nuclear activities.
Family Guy: “How the Griffin Stole Christmas”
Peter is asked to fill in for the mall Santa and gets drunk on the power. Meanwhile, Stewie and Brian crash holiday office parties for the free food, drama and women.
The Sound of Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Sparks fly when music teacher Lizzie (Lindy Booth) meets single dad Brad (Robin Dunne) at a Christmas tree lot. In fact, she’s his daughter’s new piano teacher! But mere weeks before Lizzie’s music school’s annual Christmas concert and fundraiser, Brad’s company buys the school’s building. The duo must balance falling in love with saving the music school.
A Husband for Christmas
Brooke and Roger, two graphic designers in a soon-to-be-merged company, help one another by agreeing to a loveless marriage of convenience, suggested by their new boss. In the process, Brooke gets to upstage the sister who just announced her engagement to Brooke’s ex-boyfriend during the holidays. But, with their “marriage” in question, will Brooke and Roger find a spark they didn’t know existed?
The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses
The hit 2013 miniseries — a BBC import — gets three lavish new installations focused on Henry VI (Tom Sturridge) and Richard III (Benedict Cumberbatch) that will air as part of its Great Performances franchise. Tonight’s premiere, “Henry VI, Part I” picks up after the death of Henry V, as the realm is under the protection of the Duke of Gloucester (Hugh Bonneville) until Henry VI comes of age. Hard-won territories in France are lost again and quarrels erupt after Queen Margaret (Sophie Okonedo) is introduced at court. Gloucester is murdered, laying the foundation for the Wars of the Roses.
Elementary: “It Serves You Right to Suffer”
Series star Aidan Quinn directs the new episode “It Serves You Right to Suffer,” in which Shinwell (Nelsan Ellis) comes to Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) for help after he’s framed for a gang killing.
Monday, Dec. 12
Kevin Can Wait: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas … Maybe”
Kevin (Kevin James) gets into the Christmas spirit — and in trouble with Donna (Erinn Hayes) — when he volunteers to help Mott (Chris Roach) and his seven kids prepare for the holidays in the new episode “I’ll Be Home for Christmas … Maybe.”
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
The CW, 8pm
Based on the zany song that became a holiday hit, this goofy Christmas Eve adventure features young Jake Spankenheimer trying to track down his missing grandma to prove that Santa Claus is real.
The Voice: “Live Finale, Part 1”
NBC, 8pm Live
The final four artists perform live in front of the coaches — one of them will be a step closer to being named “The Voice.” Part 2 of the season finale airs tomorrow night.
NFL Football: Baltimore at New England
ESPN, 8:15pm Live
The march toward the playoffs continues for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in this Week 14 Monday Night Football matchup against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
Man With a Plan: “Winter Has Come”
When a blizzard prevents the Burns family from visiting the grandparents’ house for Christmas, Adam (Matt LeBlanc) and Andi (Liza Snyder) scramble to avoid an epic holiday disaster in the new episode “Winter Has Come.”
2 Broke Girls: “And the Himmicane”
When a hurricane approaches the area, Caroline (Beth Behrs) fears that a big divorce party she’s planning for a wealthy couple will get broken up when the unhappy pair get stranded in close quarters at the dessert bar in the new episode “And the Himmicane.”
Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2016
The CW, 9pm
Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and The Insider’s Keltie Knight host a countdown of the 12 best holiday commercials ever — one for each of the 12 days of Christmas.
Billboard Women in Music 2016
This year’s event honors seven-time Grammy-winning singer, actress, philanthropist and fashion icon Madonna, who is named 2016 Woman of the Year. Held in conjunction with the much-anticipated publication of the Billboard Women in Music power players list, the Women in Music celebration acknowledges Madonna’s industry leadership, artistry and innovative contribution to music.
The Odd Couple: “Felix Navidad”
Guest Star Alert!
When Felix (Thomas Lennon) learns that his perfectionist mother Meredith (guest star Jessica Walter, Arrested Development) cannot host Christmas this year, he goes into a frenzy as he prepares to take over the Unger family Christmas traditions in the new episode “Felix Navidad.”
Scorpion: “This Is the Pits”
Guest Star Alert!
Walter (Elyes Gabel) must swim through the La Brea Tar Pits when Team Scorpion tries to help a woman trapped in the tar before she runs out of oxygen. Also, Lea Thompson guest-stars as Paige’s (Katharine McPhee) mother Veronica in the new episode “This Is the Pits.”
Pawn Stars: “Gotham Pawn”
Limited-edition Batman and Joker Bolin guitars come into the shop. Will Corey be the superhero and make a deal or will he become the villain?
America’s Next Top Model
ANTM has a new home and a new look. In this fresh reincarnation of the reality competition, the series returns to the show’s roots in New York City, and features an all-female cast of aspiring supermodels. Singer and actress Rita Ora hosts the series, with supermodel Ashley Graham, Paper magazine’s chief creative officer Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist Law Roach serving as judges. Series executive producer and former host Tyra Banks is also scheduled to make surprise appearances throughout the season.
Tuesday, Dec. 13
The Middle: “A Very Marry Christmas”
As Christmas approaches, Sue is forced to keep a huge secret from the family. Brick discovers he’s a far more popular babysitter than he hoped. Mike doesn’t know how to react when Bill Norwood (recurring guest star Pat Finn) gives him a Christmas gift.
NCIS: “The Tie That Binds”
In the new episode “The Tie That Binds,” a murder investigation reveals evidence connected to Ducky’s (David McCallum) deceased mother, forcing him to question a pivotal life choice he made 37 years ago.
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live
ESPN’s Tuesday NBA doubleheader opens with the Minnesota Timberwolves in Chicago to face Dwyane Wade and the Bulls. The second game has Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Damian Lillard’s Portland Trail Blazers.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Captain Latvia”
Charles enlists Jake’s help in tracking down his son’s favorite toy for Christmas, and the pair finds themselves accidentally facing off against a Latvian criminal ring as a result. Back at the precinct, the team gears up for their annual Christmas carol competition against their sworn enemy: the MTA.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) stumbles upon a truck in an abandoned theater. While refurbishing this vehicle, Cade has a revelation: This is a Transformer, and not just any Transformer. It’s Optimus Prime. The battle for Earth is about to reignite.
FXX, beginning at 8pm
Tonight’s eight-episode stunt of The Simpsons on FXX features episodes with punny titles, such as “All’s Fair in Oven War,” “Bonfire of the Manatees,” “Super Franchise Me,” “Lost Verizon” and “Homer the Whopper.”
The Voice: “Recap: Live Final Performances”
Ahead of the conclusion of the season finale, relive the artists’ final performances as they sing one last time for the title of “The Voice.” During the one-hour special, check in live with Carson Daly, A-list guests and the final four artists as they prepare for the live finale.
American Housewife: “Krampus Katie”
Guest Star Alert!
Katie’s (Katy Mixon) underwhelming holiday spirit tanks even further when Viv (Leslie Bibb) cons her into helping out with the school Christmas pageant. Determined to teach Taylor (Meg Donnelly) and Oliver (Daniel DiMaggio) the true meaning of Christmas, Greg (Diedrich Bader) takes them to a local nursing home to cheer up the residents — but things don’t quite turn out the way he planned. Hal Linden (Barney Miller) guest-stars as Mr. Montez.
New Girl: “Christmas Eve Eve”
Jess (Zooey Deschanel) struggles to keep the loft’s Secret Santa afloat, while helping Reagan (recurring guest star Megan Fox) plan a Christmas surprise for Nick (Jake Johnson). When Winston (Lamorne Morris) believes his gift for Cece (Hannah Simone) won’t be delivered in time, Winston and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) go on a mission to track it down.
Fresh Off the Boat: “Where Are the Giggles?”
The Huangs head off to the movies, but Jessica is mortified when Evan is accidentally left home alone (double facepalm!). Meanwhile, Marvin (Ray Wise) takes a spill and is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
Bull: “Light My Fire”
In the new episode “Light My Fire,” Bull (Michael Weatherly) confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home to assist in the arson defense of a young man whose contentious ties to the town mirror Bull’s own.
The Voice: “Live Finale, Part 2”
NBC, 9pm Live
Host Carson Daly will reveal who America has chosen to be the latest winner of The Voice.
The Real O’Neals: “The Real Christmas”
Stopping at nothing to win the Christmas Choir competition, Eileen (Martha Plimpton) passes Kenny by and gives the coveted solo to the choir’s newest member, Brett (Sean Grandillo). But, when Kenny attempts to sabotage Brett’s role, he finds a potential love interest. Meanwhile, Jimmy is tasked with spying on their toughest competitor, Sheila Demars (Angela Kinsey), and Shannon accidentally gives Pat the wrong impression about Ethan’s Christmas gift.
NCIS: New Orleans: “Overdrive”
The NCIS team suspects foul play when a Marine who is an amateur racecar driver has a fatal crash on the track in the new episode “Overdrive.”
Aftermath: “Now That We Talk of Dying”
Pursued by new enemies and racing against the clock, the Copelands need to find the man who holds all the answers.
Shooter: “Recon by Fire”
USA Network, 10pm
Bob Lee (Ryan Phillippe) finds the bullet from the assassination, leading him to a radical militia group and a reckoning with Isaac (Omar Epps), while Nadine (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) is locked in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with Payne (Eddie McClintock).
Wednesday, Dec. 14
ESPN, beginning at 7pm Live
Tonight’s NBA doubleheader on ESPN has Paul George and the Indiana Pacers in South Florida to take on the Miami Heat, followed by Al Horford and the Boston Celtics at the San Antonio Spurs.
The Goldbergs: “Han Ukkah Solo”
Discovering that there will be just one Hanukkah song in the holiday pageant, Beverly convinces Erica to create a song to hype the holiday. While Erica sees her shot at breaking into the music business, Barry does his best to prove he, too, is a hit-maker. Meanwhile, Adam begins to doubt the magic of his childhood holiday favorites.
The lone survivor who wins $1 million in the Season 33 finale of Survivor is determined in tonight’s finale, immediately followed by the Survivor Reunion Special.
Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time
The CW, 8pm
Dean Cain and friends present a fresh look inside the 12 greatest Christmas movies of all time, counting down to No. 1! Take a peek at the magical movie moments that make us laugh, cry and want to watch them again and again.
Empire: “A Furnace For Your Foe”
It’s the Season 3 fall finale, and we know creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong have gasp-worthy shockers in store for us. Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) attempts to help Angelo (guest star Taye Diggs) win the mayoral bid by hosting a free park concert. Meanwhile, the FBI continues to investigate Lucious (Terrence Howard) and freezes all of Empire’s assets.
Guest Star Alert!
Ray (Mason Cook) joins the school choir to bolster his odds of getting into college and lands a coveted solo — until an attractive new teacher (guest star Julianne Hough) arrives and leads to some unexpected competition. Meanwhile, Maya (Minnie Driver) surprises everyone with her newfound holiday spirit, until thieves strike the Dimeo family. Just when Christmas appears ruined, the family gets their own holiday miracle.
This new series from Empire co-creator Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy (The Whole Truth) follows three talented young singers as they navigate the cutthroat music business. The series stars Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and newcomers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady and Amiyah Scott. The series will also feature an original soundtrack and stunning musical performances and boasts guest stars Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell and Tyrese Gibson. After tonight’s sneak peek, the hot and hip new series will return on Jan 4.
Vikings: “Two Journeys”
Ragnar and Ivar face a difficult decision in regard to their crew, while Bjorn has an unexpected reunion.
black-ish: “Just Christmas, Baby”
Guest Star Alert!
With Zoey (Yara Shahidi) college-bound, Dre (Anthony Anderson) plans the best family Christmas ever — even inviting Johan (Daveed Diggs) and his best friend Gigi (guest star Tyra Banks) to take part in the celebration. Meanwhile, Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) remembers just how difficult the baby years are when she cares for Gigi’s newborn.
Designated Survivor: “The Oath”
Suspecting a traitor in the White House after he discovers shocking information connected to the Capitol bombing, President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) puts Emily (Italia Ricci) in charge of investigating the situation. Meanwhile, new information also surfaces about Congressman MacLeish (Ashley Zukerman), raising concerns about his vice presidential nomination.
Incorporated: “Human Resources”
An exec from a rival company covertly offers valuable secrets, so Ben (Sean Teale), Elizabeth (Julia Ormond) and Julian (Dennis Haysbert) plan a defection. Meanwhile, Laura (Allison Miller) responds to a domestic betrayal, and Aaron and Elena (Denyse Tontz) meet again.
TV Land, 10pm
Back-to-back new episodes close out Season 3 of Younger. In “A Book Fair to Remember,” Liza (Sutton Foster) draws closer to Charles (Peter Hermann) at the Hamptons Book Fair. Then in “Get Real,” Liza must deal with the aftermath of the book fair while a life coach forces her to face some hard truths.
Thursday, Dec. 15
Disney Prep & Landing
Lanny and Wayne, a pair of elves who are rivals for the role of director of Naughty List Intelligence, discover that working together is the key to success — and a very merry Christmas for everyone.
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016
The CW, 8pm
This 90-minute star-studded concert, recorded at New York’s Madison Square Garden, features scheduled performances from Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, the Chainsmokers, Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, Ellie Goulding, Diplo, Charlie Puth, Lukas Graham and Daya, with a special guest appearance by Niall Horan.
FXX, beginning at 8pm
FXX airs eight episodes of The Simpsons tonight, featuring the theme of time travel. Included are select “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, 2005’s “Future-Drama” and the 2014 Futurama crossover episode “Simpsorama.”
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
Eastern Conference foes battle in Milwaukee as the Chicago Bulls visit the Bucks in the first game of TNT’s NBA doubleheader. The second game has the N.Y. Knicks on the West Coast to face Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
NFL Football: Los Angeles at Seattle
NBC & NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
Thursday Night Football heads to Seattle’s CenturyLink Field as the L.A. Rams take on Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in a game that could affect the NFC West title race.
Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice
Lanny and Wayne’s adventures continue, as they race to recover classified North Pole technology from a computer-hacking bad kid. To get the job done, Wayne seeks out the help of the premier Naughty Kid expert — his estranged brother Noel.
The Great Indoors: “Office Romance”
Jack (Joel McHale) regrets convincing human resources to toss out a “no inter-office dating” rule when he needs an excuse to break up with his coworker Amy (guest star Jessica Makinson) in the new episode “Office Romance.”
Mom: “Freckled Bananas and a Little Schwinn”
In the new episode “Freckled Bananas and a Little Schwinn,” Christy (Anna Faris) and Bonnie (Allison Janney) start dipping back into illegal activities, causing Adam (William Fichtner) to question their morality.
Life in Pieces: “Window Vanity Dress Grace”
When Colleen (Angelique Cabral) goes wedding-dress shopping with her future in-laws, she must deal with Joan’s (Dianne Wiest) unfiltered opinions in the new episode “Window Vanity Dress Grace.”
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment: “Hell & High Water”
After only two hours of sleep, the instructors lead a grueling day of Navy SEAL training in the Pacific Ocean, where exercises in surf immersion, land portage and extreme exposure to cold push the participants to the edge.
Falling Water: “No Task for the Timid”
USA Network, 10pm
Taka (Will Yun Lee), Tess (Lizzie Brocheré) and Burton (David Ajala) all converge on the Boy, but each of them pays their own heavy price to get there.
Friday, Dec. 16
Vikram Gandhi’s film is about one pivotal year in the life of the young, pre-president Barack Obama (played by newcomer Devon Terrell), known to his friends as Barry, as he arrives in New York City in the fall of 1981 to begin his junior year at Columbia University. In a crime-ridden and racially charged environment, Barry finds himself pulled between various social spheres and he struggles to maintain a series of increasingly strained relationships with his Kansas-born mother, his estranged Kenyan father and his classmates. The film follows Obama grappling with the same issues that the country he would lead 30 years later is still coming to terms with. Ashley Judd and Jenna Elfman also star.
In the new episode “Scissors,” MacGyver (Lucas Till) and Jack (George Eads) search for Riley (Tristin Mays) after she mysteriously disappears and hacks into the NSA, possibly unleashing World War III.
The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade
The CW, 8pm
Olivia Newton-John will serve as the grand marshal of the largest Christmas celebration in America. This Hollywood tradition features larger-than-life inflatable character balloons and celebrity-filled cars coasting down the parade route, while musical performances shine from two stages along the route. Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams host the parade down Hollywood Boulevard with help from special cohosts Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton.
Dr. Ken: “A Park Family Christmas”
Allison wants to show off her fun side to her Welltopia coworkers and throws an office Christmas party — but Ken’s a reluctant participant. Meanwhile, D.K. and Dave dress as Santa and his elf at the library’s annual Christmas party for kids.
Hawaii Five-0: “Ka’ili Aku (Snatchback)”
Guest Star Alert!
Five-0 races to Mexico where Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) puts his life on the line after his niece (guest star Londyn Silzer) is kidnapped. George Takei guest-stars as Chin’s uncle and Duane “Dog” Chapman guest-stars as himself in the new episode “Ka’ili Aku (Snatchback).”
The Exorcist: “Chapter Ten: Three Rooms”
Forty years ago, a demon was denied its prize, and now it will stop at nothing to destroy Angela Rance (Geena Davis) and her family. Their only hope lies in two determined priests: Marcus (Ben Daniels) and Tomas (Alfonso Herrera). While FOX is calling this the season finale, iffy ratings may spell the death of this horror series.
Joshua Bell’s Seasons of Cuba
Award-winning, world-famous violinist Joshua Bell leads a Live From Lincoln Center event with musicians from America and Cuba, building a bridge between cultures and artistry.
Z Nation: “Everybody Dies in the End”
Addy and Doc have no idea where Lucy is when they’re approached by a very unusual zombie bitten by Lucy. It seems the zombie virus is receding, and he’s able to help. Doc and Addy catch up with Warren and the others, but the reunion is short-lived. The Man holds Lucy captive at the highest point for miles, awaiting an aircraft from Zona, and the heroes must battle Zona Blends, Enders, Zombies and The Man to get to her. When the heroes finally reach the top, the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.
Lidia Celebrates America: “Holiday for Heroes”
Join host Lidia Bastianich for an unforgettable holiday special celebrating veterans, who discuss the importance of family during holidays, the challenges and sacrifices of their work, and the pride they take in having defended our country.
Saturday, Dec. 17
ABC & ESPN, beginning at 12pm Live
College football’s bowl season begins today, and ESPN and ABC combine to air five games. ABC airs the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl from Atlanta and the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. ESPN airs the Gildan New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque; the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.; and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
CBS, beginning at 12:30pm Live
Saturday college hoops on CBS begin with the Memphis Tigers at the Oklahoma Sooners, followed by the CBS Sports Classic doubleheader at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with the Ohio State Buckeyes vs. the UCLA Bruins and the Kentucky Wildcats vs. the North Carolina Tar Heels.
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!
Everyone’s doing their own thing for Christmas vacation, so Lucy and Linus’ little brother Rerun asks Snoopy to invite his wayward brother Spike for the holidays.
Air Force One has been shot down, leaving the president of the United States to trust a young boy in the wilderness to help him survive. Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila and Ray Stevenson star in this 2014 action thriller.
My Christmas Love
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
A hopeless romantic (Meredith Hagner) starts receiving gifts from the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” compliments of an anonymous benefactor. As she tries to figure out the gifter’s identity with the hope that the person on the other end of the parade of presents will be her one true love, she discovers that what she was looking for was right in front of her the entire time. Also stars Bobby Campo and Gregory Harrison.
NFL Football: Miami at N.Y. Jets
NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
The AFC East’s Miami Dolphins and N.Y. Jets meet at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., in this Week 15 Saturday primetime game on NFL Network.