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Wednesday, Dec. 14
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.
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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.
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.