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Wednesday, Nov. 14
The 52nd Annual CMA Awards
ABC, 8pm Live
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host Country Music’s Biggest Night, live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Chris Stapleton tops the list of nominations with five. Producer and musician Dann Huff received four, while nine artists garnered three each — Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Midland, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban.
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— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) November 14, 2018
Riverdale: “Chapter Forty: The Great Escape”
The CW, 8pm
After weeks pass with no contact from Archie (KJ Apa), Veronica (Camila Mendes) devises a dangerous plan to break him out of juvie. Meanwhile, when Betty (Lili Reinhart) learns that Jughead (Cole Sprouse) has taken their investigation into Griffins & Gargoyles a step too far, she finds herself in a race against the clock to save him.
Chicago Med: “Play by My Rules”
Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) struggles to convince Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) that surgery isn’t always the answer. Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) finds himself in hot water with Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) when he disobeys her direct order. April (Yaya DaCosta) becomes frustrated with Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) when she continues to question her leadership role as the stand-in charge nurse. Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) suspects Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) is keeping something from her.
Nature: “A Squirrel’s Guide to Success”
Join some of the world’s top squirrel scientists who are making groundbreaking discoveries. Learn about the fox squirrel, who can remember the location of 9,000 nuts, and the gray squirrel, whose treetop leaps are the basis of new designs in robotics.
SEAL Team: “Outside the Wire”
In the new episode “Outside the Wire,” Bravo Team continues to follow tips that will lead to Andres Doza, the head of one of the most powerful and lethal drug cartels in Mexico.
All American: “All We Got”
The CW, 9pm
Spencer’s (Daniel Ezra) worlds come together to celebrate his birthday in Beverly Hills. But mixing the dysfunctional families — with the complication of an unexpected guest — ends in disaster. Olivia (Samantha Logan) and Jordan (Michael Evans Behling), on a mission to uncover a family secret, discover a missing link to their father’s past.
Chicago Fire: “The Solution to Everything”
Firehouse 51 is called in to battle a dangerous structure fire that places everyone in peril. Severide (Taylor Kinney) makes a big personal realization. Casey (Jesse Spencer) lends another helping hand to Naomi (Kate Villanova), the investigative reporter.
NOVA: “Thai Cave Rescue”
Follow the remarkable story of how a Thai boys soccer team became trapped in a cave system, how they were located, and how rescuers worked against the clock to make a miraculous rescue of all 12 boys and their coach.
Criminal Minds: “Twenty Seven”
Vigilantes are behind a series of attacks occurring every 27 minutes in Washington, D.C., and it’s up to the BAU to thwart them in the new episode “Twenty Seven.”
American Horror Story: Apocalypse
Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse season comes to a conclusion that will no doubt be as head-scratching as it is hair-raising. FX has picked up AHS for at least two more seasons.
Chicago P.D.: “Black and Blue”
While CPD tries to take down a drug kingpin, Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) faces a tough choice between doing what’s required to solve the murder of a young dealer and what’s best for the community.
Thursday, Nov. 15
Tell Me a Story
CBS All Access
Tonight on the modern-day fairy-tale thriller: Jordan (James Wolk) is ready to huff and puff and blow up somebody’s life! Fed up with the police, the obsessive restaurateur looks for the three jewelry store robbers responsible for his fiancée’s death.
The Emperor’s Newest Clothes
Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale gets a colorful, music-filled makeover in this half-hour special written and produced by Sheila Nevins. The animated adventure, which features the voices of Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Alison Pill, John Early and Tim Heidecker, offers an enchanting twist on a beloved tale.
Grey’s Anatomy: “Blowin’ in the Wind”
Seattle is hit by a huge wind storm, and Grey Sloan gets inundated with patients. Alex (Justin Chambers) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) are stuck at home and decide to make the best of it by having a second honeymoon, while Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) confronts Richard (James Pickens Jr.) about getting his life back on track.
The CW, 8pm
The Winchester brothers are off on separate adventures! Sam (Jared Padalecki) joins Alternate World hunter Charlie (fan fave Felicia Day) to solve a string of random disappearances, while Dean (Jensen Ackles) goes on his first mission alone with young Jack (Alexander Calvert).
NFL Football: Green Bay at Seattle
FOX, 8pm Live
The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rogers head to CenturyLink Field to take on Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.
Superstore: “New Initiative”
When a new Cloud 9 initiative forces employees to be friendlier to their customers, Amy (America Ferrera) ends up getting to know Jonah’s (Ben Feldman) parents — and learns he hasn’t been completely truthful with them. The new policy also inspires Garrett (Colton Dunn) and Dina (Lauren Ash) to find out who can hold a smile longer.
The Good Place: “Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By”
Michael (Ted Danson) and Janet (D’Arcy Carden) take an important journey, while Eleanor (Kristen Bell) ponders whether she should share a secret.
Station 19: “Weather the Storm”
The crew’s hoped-for “Friendsgiving” dinner gains new meaning after the storm that hit Seattle on Grey’s Anatomy swirls up frightening fire conditions in the spinoff, putting the responders in harm’s way.
Mom: “Jell-O Shots and the Truth About Santa”
In the new episode “Jell-O Shots and the Truth About Santa,” Bonnie (Allison Janney) pushes Christy (Anna Faris) to mend her relationship with her daughter, Violet (returning guest star Sadie Calvano).
Legacies: “Hope Is Not the Goal”
The CW, 9pm
When two local students go missing, Alaric (Matthew Davis) sends Hope (Danielle Rose Russell), Lizzie (Jenny Boyd), MG (Quincy Fouse) and Landon (Aria Shahghasemi) to Mystic Falls High to investigate. Meanwhile, Josie (Kaylee Bryant) helps Rafael (Peyton Alex Smith) adjust to his new life at the school, but his reluctance to follow the wolf pack’s rules puts a target on his back.
Murphy Brown: “The Coma and the Oxford Comma”
Guest Star Alert!
Brooke Shields guest-stars as Holly, a former beauty pageant contestant who just woke up from a 10-year coma, in the new episode “The Coma and the Oxford Comma.”
I Feel Bad: “I Miss Important Moments”
After missing her baby’s first steps, Emet (Sarayu Blue) vows not to miss any other important moments. But when a huge, career-making presentation at work comes up at the same time as Lily’s (Lily Rose Silver) dance competition, Emet scrambles to pull off both.
How to Get Away With Murder: “I Want to Love You Until the Day I Die”
In the explosive winter finale, Connor (Jack Falahee) and Oliver’s (Conrad Ricamora) big wedding day has arrived, but there’s murder in the air, and the mystery of who the unlucky victim is will be revealed.
Food: Fact or Fiction?: “Dishes in Disguise”
Cooking Channel, 10pm
Host Michael McKean (Better Call Saul) pulls back the curtain on “Dishes in Disguise,” including the steps it takes to make that multibird oddity known as the Turducken and how soup dumplings get their brothy center. Also: pie-filled cake, or what we call “perfection.”
The Wine Show
The Crown’s Matthew Goode keeps taste-testing top vintages, but in Season 2, James Purefoy of Hap and Leonard replaces Matthew Rhys as partner-in-wine, and they’ve moved from Italy to France. (Rhys fans, don’t freak: He’ll still appear, but on his own from the U.K.)
Friday, Nov. 16
The Gymkhana Files
This eight-episode docuseries follows famed motorsports star and entrepreneur Ken Block and the making of Gymkhana 10, the tenth installment of his award-winning Gymkhana film series about the titular, highly specific style of motorsport racing.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Joel and Ethan Coen wrote, produced and directed this six-part Western anthology film, with each chapter telling a distinct story about the American West through the Coens’ unique voice. Among the cast are Clancy Brown, Tyne Daly, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson, Tim Blake Nelson, Tom Waits and many more. The film received the Best Screenplay Award at this year’s Venice Film Festival.
This six-episode documentary series celebrates the deep emotional bonds between people and dogs. Each episode is helmed by a different critically acclaimed director as they chronicle incredible stories of this interspecies relationship from around the globe, including Syria, Japan, Costa Rica, Italy and the United States.
The Kominsky Method
Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin star as once-famous actor Sandy Kominsky and his longtime agent Norman Newlander in this half-hour comedy series executive produced and cowritten by The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre (who also directs the first episode). The series follows the men as they navigate their later years in Los Angeles. Sarah Baker costars as Sandy’s daughter Mindy, with Nancy Travis as recent divorcée Lisa, whose decision to take acting classes from Sandy seems like it could develop into something more.
Michael Peña and Diego Luna star in this spinoff of Netflix’s popular Narcos drama, which leaves behind the Colombian backdrop of Narcos’ first three seasons and heads to Mexico. There, it explores the origins of the modern drug war, beginning at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers, as it follows the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s.
Fresh Off the Boat: “Sub Standard”
Eddie (Hudson Yang) has a radically progressive new substitute who leaves mom Jessica (Constance Wu) feeling not so hot for teacher. Equally frustrated, dad Louis (Randall Park) and neighbor Honey (Chelsey Crisp) search for the workout group that will turn up the heat and help them sweat off the pounds.
MacGyver: “Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome”
MacGyver (Lucas Till) and the team try to capture the dangerous bomb maker known as “The Ghost” in the new episode “Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome.”
Blindspot: “Ca-Ca-Candidate for Cri-Cri-Crime”
The team is drawn into dangerous political intrigue when a tattoo points to someone from Weitz’s (guest star Aaron Abrams) past.
Speechless: “C-E– CELEBRITY S-U– SUITE”
When the DiMeos land in the hospital on Thanksgiving, Maya’s (Minnie Driver) determination to save the holiday leads to an uneasy truce with her rival, Melanie Hertzal (Sarah Chalke); and Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) gets jealous when Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) bonds with his brother, Billy (Rob Corddry).
The Cool Kids: “Thanksgiving at Murray’s”
When Margaret (Vicki Lawrence) scores an invite to Shady Meadows’ exclusive Thanksgiving potluck for foodies, she takes Sid (Leslie Jordan) as her plus one, leaving Hank (David Alan Grier) and Charlie (Martin Mull) to find a backup plan.
Hawaii Five-0: “Lele Pū Nā Manu Like (Birds of a Feather)”
Guest Star Alert!
Louis Gossett Jr. and Gladys Knight guest-star as Grover’s (Chi McBride) parents in the new Thanksgiving-themed episode “Lele Pū Nā Manu Like (Birds of a Feather).”
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “I See You”
The CW, 9pm
Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) gets more than she bargained for during a day out with Darryl (Pete Gardner). Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III) lends a helping hand to Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin), while Heather (Vella Lovell) encourages Nathaniel (Scott Michael Foster) to be a nice person.
Midnight, Texas: “I Put a Spell on a You”
The Midnighters join forces to protect a newcomer in town. With Bobo (Dylan Bruce) still in danger, Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) is forced to take desperate action to save him. Patience (Jaime Ray Newman) and Manfred (François Arnaud) bond over their relationship troubles.
Great Performances: “John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway”
Follow John Leguizamo’s path to the Great White Way with his latest theatrical showcase, Latin History for Morons, a comedic and pointed look at the systematic repression of Hispanic culture throughout American history.
Z Nation: “Doc’s Stoned History”
As Doc (Russell Hodgkinson) explains his version of American history to George (Katy M. O’Brian), Sketchy (Mark Carr) and Skeezy (Doug Dawson) re-enact Doc’s stories about the Founding Fathers, while Warren (Kellita Smith) and the others go the bakery that invented bizkits in search of the secret ingredient.
Blue Bloods: “Stirring the Pot”
Erin (Bridget Moynahan) and Frank (Tom Selleck) clash over new legislation from the district attorney’s office that undermines Frank’s policies in the new episode “Stirring the Pot.”
Real Time With Bill Maher
Bill Maher concludes the 16th season of his frank and comedic take on contemporary issues.
Fish My City With Mike Iaconelli
Nat Geo Wild, 10pm
Anchors up, as the series closes its first season.
Van Helsing: “Hunted Down”
Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl) moves closer to his destiny while Mohamad (Trezzo Mahoro) tries to free himself from imprisonment. Axel (Jonathan Scarfe) escorts San Francisco survivors to Denver. Ivory (Jennifer Cheon) and Scab (Rowland Pidlubny) take control of the Daywalker horde.
Saturday, Nov. 17
Season 49 of the landmark preschool series begins today.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
It’s early for this 1966 holiday classic to already show up on the lineup, but we’re excited to welcome back the fabulous Grinch, his dog Max and all the darlings of Whoville.
Christmas at Graceland
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
The music of Elvis Presley forms the soundtrack and Graceland serves as the backdrop of this holiday story. Kellie Pickler stars as a Chicago-based executive who travels to Memphis for work but rediscovers her love of the blues.
A Murder in Mansfield
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple’s (Harlan County U.S.A.) new documentary explores the legacy of the notorious 1989 murder of Noreen Boyle in Mansfield, Ohio. The film chronicles Noreen’s son, Collier, on his journey for answers and peace in the aftermath of his mother’s death at the hands of his father nearly three decades ago.
Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle
This two-night documentary, which airs tonight and tomorrow night, explores the Jonestown massacre, which occurred 40 years ago this month when more than 900 members of the Rev. Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple died from drinking poison in their Guyana jungle settlement. With stunning archival footage and new interviews with survivors, former Temple members, and Jones’ own family, the documentary reveals how Jones transformed his Peoples Temple from an inclusive church in Indianapolis to a socialist commune ruled by fear and violence, and how he was able to convince people to commit the ultimate act of loyalty to him.
It’s a Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special
What if Lifetime never made Christmas movies? This preview special, hosted by Melissa Joan Hart, takes viewers on a journey that explores how life would be without the holiday cheer brought by Lifetime Christmas movies. Melissa will be visited by the “hosts” of Lifetime Christmas Past, Present and Future as she previews the 14 new movies coming to Lifetime this holiday season.
Sunday, Nov. 18
Food Network, 12pm
On top of a holiday album and tour, Martina McBride adds a cooking show where she whips up homey meals for family and friends. Makes your to-do list feel a little light, huh?
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Ford EcoBoost 400
NBC, 3pm Live
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season comes down to the Ford EcoBoost 400 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The highest-placing finisher among the Championship 4 finalists in today’s race wins the season championship.
Rebel Without a Crew
El Rey Network, 7pm
In 1993, El Rey Network creator Robert Rodriguez’s first feature-length film — the award-winning El Mariachi, which Rodriguez made with a budget of only $7,000 — was released to wide audiences after wowing the festival circuit earlier. Now, to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, this 12-part unscripted series finds the director inviting five amateur filmmakers to take on the same challenge he faced with that production. Each competitor is given a $7,000 budget and then tasked with writing, shooting and editing a brand-new feature-length film.
Christmas on the Coast
UP TV, 7pm
Julie Ann Emery stars as hardhearted New York novelist Dru Cassadine, who is known for her holiday romance stories. After a string of flops, she’s desperate to rediscover her writing mojo and heads to her hometown on the South Carolina coast for Christmas. Burgess Jenkins and Bonnie Bedelia also star.
God Friended Me: “Matthew 621”
In the new episode “Matthew 621,” Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) and his friends must unravel a mystery when the God Account sends Miles the profile of a lawyer who died six months ago.
The Simpsons: “Werking Mom”
Guest Star Alert!
RuPaul Charles sashays onto the primetime series as a guest voice when Marge wants a job and stumbles into a career as a plastic food storage container-selling drag queen.
Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
In the follow-up to last year’s Christmas in Evergreen, Jill Wagner stars as Lisa Palmer, whose holiday trip home to Evergreen finds her shepherding an effort to save the town’s beloved general store and fulfilling the wishes of a forgotten letter to Santa. Ashley Williams, Holly Robinson Peete, Barbara Niven and Mark Deklin also star.
Enemies: The President, Justice & the FBI
This four-part documentary series from Oscar- and Emmy-winning director Alex Gibney provides an in-depth look into the long history of conflict between American presidents and the FBI. From Nixon and Hoover to Trump and Comey, each battle illuminates a different facet of our democracy and the rule of law. The series features interviews with current and former officials and journalists, along with rare archival footage juxtaposed with short, stylized reconstructed scenes that place viewers in the room during momentous historical events.
America in Color
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
See moments that defined the 20th century for the first time in color as Season 2 of this series dives even deeper into historical archives, private collections and home movies.
Outlander: “The False Bride”
Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) search for a place to call home with young Ian (John Bell) and John Quincy Myers (Kyle Rees), a local mountain man. Meanwhile, in the 20th century, Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Roger’s (Richard Rankin) romance heats up and then fizzles during a road trip that winds up highlighting their differences.
Bob’s Burgers: “I Bob Your Pardon”
Pass the cranberry sauce! The animated comedy’s annual Thanksgiving episode is a search-and-rescue mission when the Belchers aim to save a turkey from becoming somebody’s main course.
The Clinton Affair
Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the impeachment proceedings of former President Bill Clinton, this six-hour, three-night documentary event examines that political scandal and its lasting reverberations on our country. Weaving together never-before-seen archival footage with exclusive new interviews from those closest to the events — including Monica Lewinsky, Ken Starr and James Carville — Blair Foster’s documentary explores broader topics stemming from the scandal, including media, feminism, politics and power.
In celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (which is tomorrow), the series recognizes a first with women outnumbering men on the Shark panel. Sara Blakely, the self-made billionaire and creator of Spanx, joins Barbara Corcoran and Lori Greiner for a special episode.
The Walking Dead
Michael Cudlitz (Abraham!) returns to the set of The Walking Dead to direct for the first time. “It was definitely one of the largest shows to shoot, so far, as in the elements that it required — the walkers and the action element and the huge cast and the conditions in Atlanta,” Cudlitz tells us. “It was a big deal, and especially to be doing it on your first outing.”
NCIS: Los Angeles: “The Patton Project”
Esai Morales guest-stars in the new episode “The Patton Project,” in which NCIS Deputy Director Ochoa (Morales) volunteers the NCIS team to assist with a covert operation tied to a terrorist group advocating for extreme military force.
Charmed: “Kappa Spirit”
The CW, 9pm
Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) realizes that there is a new Kappa member she isn’t familiar with and enlists Mel’s (Melonie Diaz) help to find out what is going on. Macy (Madeleine Mantock) is told a cryptic message about her past that she decides to share with her sisters, but her sisters have a secret from her.
Family Guy: “The Griffin Winter Games”
Guest Star Alert!
Olympians Jonny Weir and Tara Lipinski voice themselves when Meg makes the U.S. Olympic team as a biathlete and competes in the Winter Olympics.
A Godwink Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
A woman (Kimberly Sustad) — torn between the love of two men (Giles Panton and Paul Campbell) — discovers that an unexpected happenstance is God’s way of “winking” and showing her which path to take. Kathie Lee Gifford also stars in this tale inspired by Squire Rushnell’s God Winks books.
My Brilliant Friend
The first book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels comes to the screen in HBO’s first foray into foreign-language programming. The sweeping saga follows two best friends over 60 years, with Season 1 encompassing their lives from childhood through their teenage years in a run-down neighborhood of postwar Naples. Executive producer Jennifer Schuur says that fans of the books will find their favorite moments beautifully translated from Ferrante’s sumptuous prose by director Saverio Costanzo, and viewers new to the series will be swept up by the universal theme of friendship. “They’ll find really rich, complex, soulful characters that are dealing with issues that we can all relate to.”
The Lost Tapes: “Tet Offensive”
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm
Through media reports, rare 8mm home footage, audio recordings and never-before-digitized tapes and battlefield images, the season premiere of The Lost Tapes brings to life one of the most startling and pivotal moments of the Vietnam War. In January 1968, America thought it was winning the war, but Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces mounted a devastating nationwide surprise attack on Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. The city of Hue, the cultural and intellectual epicenter of Vietnam, was fully taken by the North Vietnamese in just a few hours. U.S. and ARVN forces slowly recaptured the city but left much of it destroyed in what would be one of the bloodiest battles of the entire war. The Tet Offensive and its aftermath marked the beginning of U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam and the end to a controversial and divisive chapter of American history.
You must have noticed: Poldark’s fourth and penultimate season featured more major deaths than peeks at star Aidan Turner’s pecs. The tragedy only multiplies in tonight’s finale, when one person’s rash choice causes his or her demise.
Madam Secretary: “Baby Steps”
In the new episode “Baby Steps,” Vice President Teresa Hurst (recurring guest star Jayne Atkinson) asks Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) for help when a surrogate carrying her future grandchild is arrested in Laos for human trafficking.
Escape at Dannemora
In June 2015, two convicted murderers escaped from an upstate New York prison and set off a three-week statewide manhunt. Helping them break out was a married female prison employee who had carried on months-long affairs with both men. This eight-hour series, based on the true story, stars Benicio Del Toro, Paul Dano and Patricia Arquette, and is directed by Ben Stiller.
Monday, Nov. 19
Friends: “The One With Joey’s Porsche”
This is the episode where Joey (Matt LeBlanc) finds the keys to a Porsche and, when no owner can be found, claims the car as his own to attract the ladies.
“Gilmore Girls” Marathon
UP TV, beginning at 3pm
It’s Gilmore the merrier as you feast on all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls in this continuous, 153-hour marathon. Scott Patterson hosts the event as his character Luke Danes, who famously wears a backward baseball cap and flannel shirt. The event runs through Sunday, Nov. 25, and also features a watch-and-win sweepstakes.
Dancing With the Stars
ABC, 8pm Live
Tonight, we’ll find out the winner of the 27th season.
The Neighborhood: “Welcome to Thanksgiving”
Guest Star Alert!
Marilu Henner guest-stars in the new episode “Welcome to Thanksgiving,” in which Dave’s (Max Greenfield) politically incorrect mother (Henner) visits from out of town and stirs things up at Thanksgiving dinner.
Arrow: “Due Process”
The CW, 8pm
Slabside becomes even more dangerous after a guard is murdered, and everyone is a suspect. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) enlists help from a surprising source in her pursuit of Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) flexes her muscles as the District Attorney.
The Voice: “Live Top 13 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live
The top 13 artists perform in front of the coaches — and America — as the season begins drawing to a close.
NFL Football: Kansas City at Los Angeles Rams
Monday Night Football has a matchup of two 9-1 teams with high-scoring Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes facing the Rams’ tough defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The Rams have plenty of offensive firepower of their own — namely, impressive 24-year-old quarterback Jared Goff, as well as running back Todd Gurley II. This game was originally scheduled to be played in Mexico City, but poor field conditions and a concern for player safety forced the NFL to relocate the game to the L.A. Coliseum.
The Little Drummer Girl
John le Carré’s 1983 spy novel The Little Drummer Girl explodes onto AMC in a thrilling, three-night event. The miniseries is set in the 1970s and follows Charlie (Florence Pugh), a radical British actress who, while vacationing in Greece, meets a mysterious stranger (Alexander Skarsgård) who recruits her to act as bait to help stop a global terror plot. Simon Cornwell, one of le Carré’s sons and also one of the producers of the project, reveals, “I think it’s one of le Carré’s great books. And it’s also the only one of his books that has a very powerful, very proactive female protagonist.”
Magnum P.I.: “The Ties That Bind”
Magnum (Jay Hernandez) takes on a kidnapping case in the new episode “The Ties That Bind,” and he’s reminded of how he survived his torturous years as prisoner of war.
Last Vermont Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
The Marvin sisters gather for what may be their last Christmas at their childhood home. As they say goodbye to the traditions that have shaped them, they consider adding a few new ones. Erin Cahill, Rachel Rhodes-Devey and Justin Bruening star.
My Brilliant Friend
Episode 2 of the HBO series, filmed in Italy’s Neapolitan dialect, continues tonight. The first season of the series, directed by Saverio Costanzo, stars a quartet of unknown actresses in two lead roles: Elisa del Genio and Ludovica Nasti play series heroines Elena and Lila as children, while Margherita Mazzucco and Gaia Girace portray them as teenagers.
MARS: “Worlds Apart”
National Geographic, 9pm
IMSF scientists and Lukrum miners now share a common water and power source and have established a tenuous coexistence that threatens to dissolve when Kurt (Jeff Hephner) and his crew make unexpected headway in their mission to mine the planet — and tragedy strikes. “A lot of great drama comes from when two different ideologies are put into this very confined space,” says Hephner. And in the real world and present day, Greenpeace activists take to the seas to protest Arctic oil drilling in the Barents Sea.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: The Mark Twain Prize
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents the 21st annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to 11-time Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has starred in the acclaimed comedies Seinfeld and Veep.
The Good Doctor: “Stories”
Dr. Murphy (Freddie Highmore), Dr. Lim (Christina Chang) and Dr. Browne’s (Antonia Thomas) E.R. patient is forced to reveal a secret to her husband after their treatment caused a complication. Meanwhile, Dr. Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez), Dr. Reznick (Fiona Gubelmann) and Dr. Park (Will Yun Lee) struggle with a patient whose parents don’t believe in vaccinations.
Manifest: “Point of No Return”
The secret’s out! Siblings Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) and Ben (Josh Dallas) have finally confided in those closest to them about the troubling supernatural events they’ve experienced ever since their Montego Air Flight 828 returned five and a half years after takeoff. Michaela told ex Jared (J.R. Ramirez), and Ben shared with his wife, Grace (Athena Karkanis). When fellow passenger Harvey (Richard Topol) threatens to take his own life, Michaela goes to reason with him. The encounter shakes Michaela, and she panics and decides to remove Jared from harm by forcing him out of her life.
Independent Lens: “The Judge”
Meet Kholoud Al-Faqih, the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Sharia (Islamic law) courts.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
Pete the Cat: A Very Groovy Christmas
This Christmas episode of the hit series Pete the Cat features all-new Christmas music from singers Dave Matthews and Jason Mraz, and features the voices of Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Jessica Biel, and Jacob Tremblay. After performing a play about the Legend of the Christmas Cat, Pete and the gang try to find the real Christmas Cat so that they can get some cool gifts.
The Final Table
This global culinary competition features the world’s most talented chefs fighting for a spot at the elite Final Table, made up of the greatest chefs from around the globe. Twelve international teams of two chefs will cook the national dishes of Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the United States, India and Italy. Each episode focuses on a different country and its cuisine, with celebrity ambassadors, food critics and the country’s greatest chef eliminating teams until the finale.
Friends: “The One With the Unagi”
Ranked as a favorite episode, this one was when we were introduced to the word “unagi” — which for Ross (David Schwimmer) was a state of total awareness. But the hilarity on this episode is really when Chandler (Matthew Perry) gives Monica (Courteney Cox) a mixtape he found in his closet for Valentine’s Day, and a very annoying and familiar voice turns up on it.
NCIS: “Friendly Fire”
A murder case is linked to a string of soldiers killed by friendly fire overseas, sending McGee (Sean Murray) and Bishop (Emily Wickersham) to Afghanistan to investigate in the new episode “Friendly Fire.”
The Flash: “The Icicle Cometh”
The CW, 8pm
Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), Barry (Grant Gustin) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) learn something new about Caitlin’s father (guest star Kyle Secor). Iris (Candice Patton) and Sherloque (Tom Cavanagh) follow a clue about Cicada (Chris Klein).
The Voice: “Live Top 13 Eliminations”
NBC, 8pm Live
Ten of the artists who performed last night 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.
The Kids Are Alright: “Boxing”
Frank (Sawyer Barth) announces that he has decided to compete in the church boxing tournament, making it obvious that he’s playing for Mike’s (Michael Cudlitz) affections. When Frank can’t cut it, Timmy (Jack Gore) steps in and takes up boxing in order to bond with his dad and get his approval. Ultimately, he has to choose between his dad’s dreams for him and his own dreams of showbiz glory.
black-ish: “Good Grief”
Bow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) mom, Alicia (guest star Anna Deavere Smith), visits the family for the first time since the loss of Bow’s dad, and she is still heavily grieving. Bow decides to throw a big luau-themed party for what would have been her dad’s next birthday.
The Little Drummer Girl
Tonight, Parts 3 and 4 of the six-part spy thriller based on the novel by John le Carré air, featuring a cameo by the author himself. Don’t miss the 87-year-old author, whose real name is David Cornwell, playing a waiter in Episode 3. The thriller stars Alexander Skarsgård, Florence Pugh and Michael Shannon.
Hope at Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Scottie Thompson stars as a single mother who finds herself on the nice list of the charming teacher (Ryan Paevey) who fills in for the town Santa.
This Is Us: “18,615”
Season 1 gave us the gut-wrenching fight between Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and mom Rebecca (Mandy Moore). Season 2 saw Kevin (Justin Hartley) get arrested for drunken driving while his niece (Eris Baker) looked on. So what sob-inducing storyline will the Pearson family bring viewers this year on its Thanksgiving episode? For starters, expect flashbacks to patriarch Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and his time in Vietnam. War isn’t exactly light subject matter, so we’ll be keeping the Kleenex close.
The Rookie: “The Roundup”
Nolan (Nathan Fillion), the rookies and their training officers get involved in a competition that pits them against each other, while Officer Lucy Chen (Melissa O’Neil) notices Officer Tim Bradford (Eric Winter) is obsessed with winning at all costs.
Flipping Out: “The Final Flip”
Flipping out? Try falling out. Real estate mogul Jeff Lewis and his assistant Jenni Pulos-Nassos have a major rift.
NCIS: New Orleans: “Close to Home”
In the new episode “Close to Home,” the NCIS team places Mateo Diaz (guest star Octavio Rodriguez), a high school gang member turned informant, in protective custody while they investigate the murder of his Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps instructor.
Brothers in Arms
With many years of military and law enforcement experience between them, Rocco Vargas and Eli Cuevas now own Banditos Armory in Utah. Their goal is to take their expertise and passion and become the best one-stop shop for all things military. From fixing and testing a Cold War Russian tank to solving the mystery of an unidentified Japanese World War II contraption that Allied troops had never seen before, there’s little that the Banditos team won’t do to investigate, restore, build and test the most innovative and iconic machines in military history.
Monster Encounters: “Mauling Marsupial”
Travel Channel, 10pm
Spurred by reports that a presumed-extinct predator may still be alive, host Casey Anderson heads to Australia to investigate mysterious sightings and purported attacks by a marsupial lion. But as Anderson heads deep into the wilderness, he finds the evidence points to another possible mystery.
Real Country: “Hitting the Road”
USA Network, 10pm
Wynonna Judd makes a special guest appearance on tonight’s episode.
Wednesday, Nov. 21
Designing Women: “Their Finest Hour”
With ABC eyeing a sequel to this 1986-93 sitcom, it’s a fine time to make a very early morning appointment with the original steel magnolias of Atlanta’s Sugarbaker & Associates. (Or just DVR it if you can’t stay up that late!) This hourlong Season 4 clip show collects gems from the late, great, blistering Dixie Carter and more.
Let’s Make a Deal
Feast your eyes on fabulous prizes — and plenty of poultry costumes, too. Wayne Brady hosts a special Thanksgiving-themed episode of the wacky game show that sees dressed-up contestants hoping to nab everything from a fryer to a trip to Belgium to $20,000. The energy here is more electric than at a 5am Black Friday doorbuster sale!
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Break out the ping-pong table and fix yourself some popcorn and toast, because the annual holiday special that spotlights the importance of Thanksgiving (well, and Charlie Brown and Snoopy’s shortcomings in the kitchen) returns tonight. The Peanuts gang also stars in Charles M. Schulz’s This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers, which airs immediately after.
Hollywood Game Night: “Pop Goes the Game Night”
Adam Rodriguez (Criminal Minds), Colton Dunn (Superstore) and chef Carla Hall are a few of the stars sitting on host Jane Lynch’s couch to play “Block This Way,” “Popped Quiz” and the always intense (and hilarious) “7 Seconds of Frame.”
ESPN, beginning at 8pm
LeBron James and the L.A. Lakers take on his former Cavs teammates in Cleveland in the first game of this ESPN doubleheader. Then, Paul George and the OKC Thunder tangle with the Golden State Warriors in the Bay Area.
Nature: “Dogs in the Land of Lions”
When lions kill her mate, a wild dog mother must raise two generations of pups all on her own. Witness her loyalty and selflessness in this intimate portrayal of motherhood that was filmed over two years.
My Christmas Inn
Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) is about to score a big promotion at the San Francisco ad agency where she works, but her life gets turned upside down when her aunt’s will bequeaths her a cozy inn in Alaska. When she goes to inspect the property, she discovers that the small town is full of fun Christmas traditions, and soon, Jen starts wondering if the inn might just be the place she belongs. Rob Mayes, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid and Erin Gray also star.
“Harry Potter” Thanksgiving Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 8:30pm
Enjoy 26.5 hours of uninterrupted and extended Harry Potter movies.
The Little Drummer Girl
Tonight concludes the six-part adaptation of John le Carré’s spy thriller. South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook — director of films including The Handmaiden and the Vengeance trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance) — makes his TV directing debut as the helmer of all six episodes. Producer Stephen Cornwell (who is also one of le Carré’s sons) explains why Park is perfect for the project, saying, “When you look at his work, you can see a lot of the themes, in terms of revenge, betrayal and love, and division of identity, really kind of clearly resonated for him.”
SEAL Team: “Parallax”
The SEALs mission in Mexico continues in the new episode “Parallax,” as Jason (David Boreanaz) and Mandy (Jessica Paré) go undercover as a couple in Mexico City to track one of Andres Doza’s (guest star Yul Vazquez) cartel members.
A “Saturday Night Live” Thanksgiving
Enjoy a star-studded holiday collection of SNL’s most hilarious Thanksgiving-themed sketches from over the decades, including “A Thanksgiving Miracle,” “The Bird Family,” Adam Sandler’s “Thanksgiving Song” and more.
NOVA: “World’s Fastest Animal”
The peregrine falcon is the world’s fastest animal, capable of diving at more than 200 miles per hour. Though the species nearly went extinct in the 1970s, it is now one of the most widespread predators on Earth, finding home on every continent except Antarctica. NOVA takes viewers to a nesting box high up in the skyline of urban Chicago, where three chicks have just broken out of their shells.
Stan Against Evil
Season 3 of the horror comedy concludes with two back-to-back episodes tonight.
A Happy & Friends Yule Log
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, beginning at 11pm
This visual wallpaper, airing continuously until Thanksgiving afternoon, looks to be soothing: As holiday music plays, Happy the Cat and Happy the Dog cozy up to a fireplace, with visits from ducks, chicks, bunnies and Pip Squeak the pig. Ahhh. But don’t blame us if you and your family end up arguing over why the dog and the cat are both named Happy. And then why isn’t the pig named Happy, too?
Thursday, Nov. 22
The Christmas Chronicles
Kurt Russell plays what is described as a “rugged, charismatic and hilarious Santa Claus” in this holiday adventure about a sister and brother whose Christmas plan to capture Jolly Old St. Nick on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
In the second season of the cult favorite’s revival (appropriately launching on Turkey Day), a new vault of terrible B-movies is waiting to be opened and riffed on by Jonah and the bots.
“Pee-wee’s Playhouse” Marathon
IFC, beginning at 6am
Enjoy a day of Pee-wee Herman’s cult-classic Saturday morning kids show from the late 1980s.
“Chrisley Knows Best” Thanksgiving Marathon
USA Network, beginning at 6am
Enjoy 14 hours of episodes from the hit reality series.
Thanksgiving With “The Godfather”
AMC, beginning at 9am
Leave the gun, take the cannoli and enjoy this Turkey Day feast of The Godfather Parts I-III.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
NBC, 9am Live
While the turkey’s roasting, get your float on with coverage of the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The National Dog Show Presented by Purina
It’s a parade of pooches! Seinfeld’s John O’Hurley hosts the annual purebred canine competition, while Olympic skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir go backstage to ooh and ahh over the adorable dogs.
CBS, FOX & NBC, beginning at 12:30pm Live
Give thanks for the bountiful gift of football with the Chicago Bears at the Detroit Lions on CBS, followed by the Washington Redskins at the Dallas Cowboys on FOX and, in primetime, the Atlanta Falcons at the New Orleans Saints on NBC.
20/20: “Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic”
This special edition of 20/20 takes viewers behind the scenes of Mary Poppins Returns as the iconic character returns to the big screen. The special features exclusive interviews with cast and crew.
MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown
In this charity cookoff, Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet and Empire’s Terrence Howard pair with past Junior foodies for a mystery challenge, while How I Met Your Mother’s Alyson Hannigan and Rel’s Lil Rel Howery put their own kids to work in the kitchen. So … just like your house!
Christmas at the Palace
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Merritt Patterson stars as a former professional ice skater who travels to a foreign kingdom to help a princess prepare for a skating performance and falls into a forbidden romance with the handsome king.
The Christmas Contract
It’s a mini One Tree Hill reunion featuring Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Danneel Ackles and Antwon Tanner! When Jolie (Burton) learns that her hometown flame (Hunter Burke) is bringing his new girlfriend to the town’s holiday festivities, her best friend Naomi (Ackles) recruits her flaky brother, Jack (Buckley), to make Jolie’s trip home less painful. Jolie and Jack sign a Christmas contract: He will join her on the trip, and in return, she will help him with his new website. Jordan Ladd, Cheryl Ladd, Bruce Boxleitner, Jason London, Teri Wyble and Ritchie Montgomery also star, with a special musical appearance by Tyler Hilton.
Meghan’s New Life: The Real Princess Diaries
Take a look at Meghan Markle’s royal beginnings as the Duchess of Sussex, including how she is adjusting to her new life, new role and new family, in this ABC News special.
Murphy Brown: “Thanksgiving and Taking”
Murphy’s (Candice Bergen) reluctant Thanksgiving dinner guests all brace for the worst in the new episode “Thanksgiving and Taking.”
’Tis the Season: A “One Tree Hill” Cast Reunion
The Tree Hill Ravens are back together to celebrate the Christmas season on Lifetime! In this one-hour reunion, Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner and Stephen Colletti reunite for a special evening that includes visits from a few surprise guests.
Friday, Nov. 23
The Romanoffs: “The One That Holds Everything”
Matthew Weiner’s 8-part anthology draws to a close tonight. In a story that circles the globe, a man tries to escape a family curse.
FOX, FS1, CBS & ESPN, beginning at 12pm Live
A full Friday of college football features Nebraska at Iowa (FOX), Texas at Kansas (FS1), Arkansas at Missouri (CBS), Oregon at Oregon State (FS1), Oklahoma at West Virginia (ESPN) and Washington at Washington State (FOX).
NHL Hockey: N.Y Rangers at Philadelphia
NBC, 1pm Live
The NHL’s annual Thanksgiving Showdown Black Friday matchup has the Philadelphia Flyers and N.Y. Rangers duking it out at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.
Frosty the Snowman
The classic animated musical special, narrated by Jimmy Durante, returns. 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.
Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
The path to success for Darcy (Lacey Chabert) intersects with her old hometown rival (Brendan Penny) when they are forced to plan a charity event together. Based on the book of the same title by Melissa de la Cruz.
Poinsettias for Christmas
Days before their town’s annual holiday parade where tens of thousands of poinsettia plants will be the star attraction, Ellie (Bethany Joy Lenz) gets a worried call from her father (John Schneider), the owner of the local poinsettia farm. The plants haven’t turned red, so Ellie enlists the help of a cute, local botanist (Marcus Rosner) to uncover a solution.
Great Performances: “Harold Prince: The Director’s Life”
Celebrate the extraordinary career of producer and director Harold Prince, winner of a record 21 Tony Awards. His six decades in the theater form a bridge from the golden age of Broadway’s mid-century to the contemporary theater of today.
Z Nation: “Heartland”
The group arrives in the farming outpost that produces flour for bizkits and finds it overrun by zombies.
Every Other Holiday
Recently separated parents Tracie (Schuyler Fisk) and Rick (David Clayton Rogers) alternate celebrating holidays with their young daughters. But this Christmas, the girls have only one thing on their wish lists — to spend Christmas with both Mom and Dad at Tracie’s family farmhouse. The temporary reunion will be no easy feat, but a spark of their lost romance could help their daughters’ greatest wish come true.
Van Helsing: “Crooked Steps”
On a distant island, Vanessa (Kelly Overton) and Scarlett (Missy Peregrym) battle the Third Elder, which leads Vanessa to make a choice about her path forward — one that Scarlett does not agree with.
Saturday, Nov. 24
“NCIS” Season 15 Marathon
USA Network, beginning at 11am
Binge-watch nine hours of the long-running drama, one of the top shows on television.
All in the Family Movie Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 3pm
No, it’s not a marathon of the classic sitcom. This themed programming event allows you to take a break from your own family on Thanksgiving weekend to spend time with favorite movie families in films like The Addams Family and the Syfy premiere of Marvel’s Ant-Man. The marathon kicks off with a showing of The Incredible Hulk in the late Stan Lee’s memory. Films air tonight, then pick up again beginning Sunday afternoon.
“The Walking Dead” Midseason Finale Marathon
AMC, beginning at 6:45pm
Before The Walking Dead’s midseason finale, catch up on all of the episodes from Season 8 and the first half of Season 9 when they air back-to-back.
Robbie the Reindeer
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.
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Tatyana Ali stars in this Hallmark Hall of Fame movie as successful New York attorney Lucy Toomey. When she learns that her older sister with special needs has unexpectedly passed away, Lucy returns to Wisconsin to grieve and settle her sister’s affairs, and discovers an unusual stipulation in her sister’s will. Dondre Whitfield, Patti LaBelle and Dennis Haysbert also star.
Every Day Is Christmas
Toni Braxton stars in this tale inspired by Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as Alexis, a workaholic money manager who bids a shrewd “humbug” to affairs of the heart. But when Alexis’ past, present and future collide, forcing her to risk her heart, she comes to embrace the spirit of Christmas. Gloria Reuben, Towanda Braxton and Michael Jai White also star.
A Christmas Story
It’s never too early for this 1983 holiday classic starring Melinda Dillon, Peter Billingsley and Darren McGavin.
The Story of Santa Claus
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.
Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Sifting through her late mother’s belongings sends Emma (Alicia Witt) on a moving journey. Costars Colin Ferguson.
Soft-spoken Harmony (Kelley Jakle) is used to living in the shadow of her pop star boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her right before the holiday season, she returns to her hometown to discover the music that her big-city life has been missing. Also stars Chandra Wilson, Adam Mayfield and Sally Struthers.