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Thursday, Nov. 30: The Coopers Go on a Road Trip on ‘Young Sheldon’

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Thursday, Nov. 30

Young Sheldon: “A Patch, a Modem, and a Zantac”
CBS, 8:30pm
Road trip! Tonight’s Young Sheldon finds the entire Cooper clan (even Mee Maw!) trapped in their cramped car for the Sheldon-iest of reasons: to prove that Sheldon is right and someone else is wrong. “A NASA scientist visits Sheldon’s science class and humiliates Sheldon by rejecting his space reentry theory,” explains Lance Barber, who plays beleaguered Cooper dad George Sr. “So Sheldon has a vendetta to humiliate him back.”

The Big Bang Theory: “The Bitcoin Entanglement”
CBS, 8pm

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) tries to teach the guys a lesson after they cut him out of a potentially valuable Bitcoin investment in the new episode “The Bitcoin Entanglement.”

NFL Football: Washington at Dallas
NBC & NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
A playoff spot could be at stake in this Thursday Night Football matchup at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as the Washington Redskins battle their NFC East rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
ABC, 9pm
Join hosts Julianne Hough, Nick Lachey and Jesse Palmer at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can. This magical, two-hour event showcases incredible music performances, special appearances and unforgettable Disney magic moments, including an extraordinary castle lighting spectacular from Disney parks around the world — from Lake Buena Vista, Fla. and Anaheim, Calif. to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Mom: “Poodle Fuzz and a Twinge of Jealousy”
CBS, 9pm
When an injury temporarily lands Bonnie (Allison Janney) in a wheelchair, Christy (Anna Faris) is forced to take over as building manager and makes a surprising discovery in the new episode “Poodle Fuzz and a Twinge of Jealousy.”

The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All
A&E, 10pm
New Series!
As abuse allegations continue to grab the spotlight, this multi-part documentary re-examines what drove wealthy, privileged brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez to murder their parents in a shocking case that captures the world’s attention. Featuring exclusive interviews and never-before-heard details, the series chronicles the horrible torment of the brothers’ childhood, the brutal murder, and the dizzying series of events that led them to conceal the crime and later confess to gunning down their parents.

CBS, 10pm
In in tonight’s episode, Dominique Luca (Kenny Johnson) is assigned to protect a wayward hockey player (portrayed by real-life former NHL left wing John Scott) who likes to stir up trouble and chaos.

Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ’N Out
MTV, 11pm
Season Premiere!
The 10th season of the comedy series moves to a new home in Brooklyn. Each week, two teams, comprised of comedians and entertainers, compete in hilarious games in the hopes of winning the coveted WNO belt. This season’s star-studded roster includes 21 Savage, Fabolous, Desiigner, Wyclef, Keyshia Cole, Gary Owen, Sara Sampaio, Kyle, A Boogie, Michael Blackson, PnB Rock, MGK, Tee Grizzley, Ayo & Teo, Sky, Quincy, Christian, Justin Combs, Pete Davidson and many more.

Friday, Dec. 1

East Los High: Finale Event
Series Finale!
This event bids farewell to the highly acclaimed original series. Season 4 left fans on the edge with shocking cliffhangers. Now, eight months later, the crew prepares to leave high school — and maybe even East L.A. — behind as they begin a journey of self-discovery.

New Series!
This drama with a supernatural twist is set in a present-day German town where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families, with a mystery that ties back to the same town in 1986.

Original Documentary!
This documentary follows Gay Talese, the 85-year-old giant of modern journalism, as he reports one of the most controversial stories of his career: a portrait of a Colorado motel owner, Gerald Foos. For decades, Foos secretly watched his guests and kept detailed journals of their most intimate and private moments. Talese’s insatiable curiosity leads him to turn his gaze to a man accustomed to being the watcher, exploring a tangle of ethical questions. Voyeur also debuts in select theaters today.

The Loud House: “Snow Way Out/Snow Way Down”
Nickelodeon, 7pm
In the night’s first holiday-themed episode, despite the heavy snowfall, Lana convinces the kids to go to the Burpin’ Burger to meet her racecar-driving hero. Then, Lincoln goes on vacation with Clyde and realizes just how overprotective Clyde’s dads are.

We Bare Bears: “The Perfect Tree”
Cartoon Network, 7:30pm
In this holiday episode, Chloe and Ice Bear drive up north to find the perfect Christmas tree while Grizz and Panda are in charge of decorating Chloe’s house.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “Orientation”
ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for Season 5 with a special two-hour premiere. At the end of last season, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) was onboard a ship in deep space, and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were being held by a mysterious group. Now they must discover where they are and how to get home as the clock ticks down for humanity.

MacGyver: “CD-ROM + Hoagie Foil”
CBS, 8pm
Mac (Lucas Till) and the team follow a group of Indonesian mercenaries who are transporting a lethal amount of stolen nerve gas. Guest star William Baldwin returns as Riley’s (Tristin Mays) father in the new episode “CD-ROM + Hoagie Foil.”

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.

College Football: Pac-12 Championship
ESPN, 8pm 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.

Hell’s Kitchen: “Welcome to the Jungle”
FOX, 8pm
This week’s challenge takes place in the Hell’s Kitchen “jungle,” where contestants cook using an exotic meat — like elk, boar and venison — and must “hunt” for side-dish ingredients using a spear.

Blindspot: “This Profound Legacy”
NBC, 8pm
An international crisis looms … again … and the team shifts into high gear as they race to prevent the worst. Meanwhile, tattooed heroine Jane (Jaimie Alexander) struggles to cope with a secret from her past.

Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic
The CW, 9pm
This holiday special features some of today’s hottest magicians performing festive feats of magic. Some of the big names scheduled to perform include Jarret and Raja, Jonathan Pendragon, Ed Alonzo, Jibrizy, Les Arnold, Murray SawChuck, Farrell Dillon, Tommy Wind, Titou, Naathan Phan and Greg Gleason.

Deadly Dentists: “Dental Plan”
Investigation Discovery, 9pm

This is the second episode in ID’s three-episode series (let’s hope this one doesn’t get a renewal) that profiles true stories of dentists involved in murders. When Dr. Roman Rezanowicz met and married Kelli Davis, her family was willing to look past his cultural idiosyncrasies because the couple was so clearly in love. He had a successful dental clinic, they had several wonderful kids and everything was happy until their lives started to unravel, and Kelli ended up dead.

Savage Kingdom: Uprising: “First Blood”
Nat Geo Wild, 9pm
The docuseries about African animal clans delivers on its title when leopard Neo and his father, Dark Eyes, compete for control.

Z Nation: “Frenemies”
Syfy, 9pm
Some evil foes infiltrate the barbershop where Doc (Russell Hodgkinson) and the rest of the gang have been hiding out. We sure hope that they don’t all get clipped!

Blue Bloods: “Pain Killers”
CBS, 10pm
Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) join a narcotics task force to track down a drug supplier in the new episode “Pain Killers.” Baez comes into contact with drugs and is soon fighting for her life from an accidental overdose.

All Def Comedy
HBO, 10pm
New Series!
Created by Russell Simmons and hosted by Tony Rock, this comedy series, taped before a live audience at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, spotlights up-and-coming comics as well as Def Comedy veterans.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Zak Storm: “Spirited Away”
Discovery Family Channel, 9am
While searching for a kidnapped Clovis, Zak and CeCe get trapped in spirit form while two powerful beings from the Sea of Stars inhabit their bodies.

Bunsen Is a Beast: “Bunsen Saves Christmas”
Nickelodeon, 11:30am
Bunsen is excited to celebrate his first Christmas, but when Amanda finds out she’s on the naughty list, she stuffs Santa in a gift box and hijacks all the toys.

Power Rangers Ninja Steel: “Past, Presents and Future”
Nickelodeon, 12pm
Sarah teams up with Santa Claus to save Christmas and the Power Rangers from a time-manipulating monster.

College Football
FOX, CBS and ABC, beginning at 12:30pm Live

It’s college football conference championship Saturday, with some teams’ hopes for a berth in the College Football Playoff on the line. Among the biggest games are the Big 12 championship game (back after a six-year absence) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (FOX); the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (CBS); the Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (FOX); and the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (ABC).

Baked in Vermont
Food Network, 12:30pm
New Series!
Just in time for the holidays, Gesine Bullock-Prado (yes, she’s Sandra Bullock’s sister) welcomes you to her Vermont farmhouse, where she shares tips and tricks to make baking easy, accessible and fun. Whether it is hosting a house party for friends, creating a menu of deliciously simple finger foods, or teaching students in her baking class, Gesine believes all good things begin with butter and flour!

Christmas in Evergreen
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
After a chance encounter with a local veterinarian (Ashley Williams), a young girl (Jaeda Lily Miller) wishes upon a magical snow globe, hoping to keep her and her father (Teddy Sears) in the charming town of Evergreen, Vt., for Christmas. When the wish comes true, they experience their most magical Christmas ever. Barbara Niven, Holly Robinson Peete and Keith Martin Gordey also star.

Four Christmases and a Wedding
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
When event planner Chloe (Arielle Kebbel) is hired to plan the local Christmas festival, she embraces the challenge, much to the chagrin of her mother (Markie Post), who wishes for her busy daughter to find love. On the opening night of the festival, Chloe meets a man, and they begin a short-lived romance before fate pulls them apart. Over three more Christmases, the pair meet at the festival, but something always gets in the way of love. The movie also stars Corey Sevier, Judge Reinhold and Robyn Lawley.

Tiny Christmas
Nickelodeon, 8pm
Original Film!
On Christmas Eve, a clumsy elf accidentally shrinks two kids. When the kids are scooped up into Santa’s sack and dropped off across the street at their neighbor’s house, they have to work together to navigate holiday hazards and make it home in time for the holiday.

The Essentials: Colin Clive
TCM, 8pm
Sick of holiday schmaltz? Then a block of the British horror star’s classics may be your cup of tea. It starts with Bride of Frankenstein, where Clive plays the titular doctor, who builds a mate for his monster. Later, in Mad Love, the actor is a pianist whose hands get amputated and replaced with a murderer’s.

Christmas in Angel Falls
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!
Rachel Boston stars as an angel named Gabby who gets a special assignment and is dispatched to Angel Falls, a town that has lost its Christmas spirit. Along the way, she befriends Jack Avery (Paul Greene), the volunteer fire chief, who’s initially skeptical about her plan. In the process of bringing back beloved Angel Falls Christmas traditions, Gabby has a surprising revelation about herself and her own dreams that sets her down an unexpected path. Beau Bridges also stars.

Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady
HBO, 9pm
Don’t let the title of this show fool you: Michelle Wolf is many things — including saucy and alarmingly honest — but she’s not a nice lady. And in her first standup special for HBO, the comedian, a contributor to The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, will explain why, taking on weighty subjects like gender inequities with an effervescence that’s as disarming as it is funny.

Murder Made Me Famous: “Susan Smith”
REELZ Channel, 9pm

Blinded by her obsession for a man who wasn’t interested in women with children, Susan Smith did the unthinkable: She pushed her car into a lake, killing her two young sons who were passengers. Smith’s case first garnered national attention when — for nine days — she made public emotional pleas for the safe return of her children, claiming her vehicle had been carjacked by a black man who drove away with her sons still in the car. Smith eventually pleaded guilty to killing her sons and was sentenced to life in prison.

Undercover Angel
PixL, 9pm
Original Film!
When a little girl prays for a miracle to help her recently widowed mother, an angel posing as a handyman is sent down from heaven to help her find a new dad. While trying to accomplish his mission, the angel falls for the mother, ultimately forcing him into the unlikeliest of choices. Stars Katharine Isabelle, Shawn Roberts, Britt Irvin, Julian D. Christopher and Lilah Fitzgerald.

The Graham Norton Show
BBC America, 10pm
The talk show host welcomes guests Will Ferrell, John Lithgow, Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson to his sofa to chat about their joint effort sure to win an Academy Award, Daddy’s Home 2.

The Ugly Christmas Sweater
Lifetime, 10pm
Original Film!
In this 10-minute mini-movie, on the first day of her new job, Megan’s apartment floods, forcing her to wear her only non-damaged article of clothing: an ugly Christmas sweater from her grandma. Little does Megan know, her unfortunate turn of events is the key to impressing her new boss.