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Monday, Nov. 19
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.”
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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.
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.