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Friday, Nov. 30
A Very Nutty Christmas
Harried bakery owner Kate Holiday (Melissa Joan Hart) has lost her holiday spirit. But after Kate hangs the last ornament on her tree and goes to bed, she wakes to finds a handsome soldier named Chip (Barry Watson) — who may or may not be the Nutcracker Prince from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker — in her living room. Also stars Marissa Jaret Winokur, Conchata Ferrell and Rizwan Manji.
Loosely inspired by a true story, this Italian series is a coming-of-age story that explores the unseen lives of Roman high schoolers. In the drama, a group of teens defy society in their search for identity and independence against the backdrop of forbidden love, family pressures and shared secrets.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
Must-see sequel! Journalist Amber (Rose McIver) and Aldovia’s Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) plan their holiday nuptials.
Netflix’s first Polish original series is a conspiracy thriller helmed by four prominent directors from that country. It tells the story of a dystopian world where the Iron Curtain never fell, and Poland is the center of the universe shaping the future of the entire world.
College Football: MAC Conference Championship
ESPN2, 7pm Live
ESPN2 airs the MAC football conference championship game between the Northern Illinois Huskies and the Buffalo Bulls at Ford Field in Detroit.
College Football: Pac-12 Conference Championship
FOX, 8pm Live
The Washington Huskies and Utah Utes clash tonight for the Pac-12 conference championship at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
MacGyver: “Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak”
MacGyver (Lucas Till) and team race to recover a deadly virus before the thief unleashes a global pandemic in the new episode “Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak.”
Blindspot: “Case: Sun, Moon and the Truth”
Remi’s (Jaimie Alexander) schemes put her and Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) in danger, while Patterson (Ashley Johnson) and Rich (Ennis Esmer) solve a mysterious puzzle at the FBI.
Hawaii Five-0: “Mai Ka Po Mai Ka ‘Oia’i’o (Truth Comes From the Night)”
A renowned urban vigilante is killed after making another citizen’s arrest, and Five-0 delves into the world of superheroes and comic books to find the killer in the new episode “Mai Ka Po Mai Ka ‘Oia’i’o (Truth Comes From the Night).”
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “I Will Help You”
The CW, 9pm
Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) takes a trip to visit her mother (guest star Tovah Feldshuh). Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III) housesits for Rebecca and discovers being alone is harder than it seems, while Nathaniel (Scott Michael Foster) helps one of Paula’s (Donna Lynne Champlin) clients in an effort to do something good.
Midnight, Texas: “Drown the Sadness in Chardonnay”
Lem (Peter Mensah) makes a shocking decision; Olivia’s (Arielle Kebbel) past comes back to haunt her; Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) seeks outside help from her fellow Light Witches; a suicide pits Manfred (François Arnaud) and Kai (Nestor Carbonell) against one another.
Z Nation: “Water Keepers”
Doc (Russell Hodgkinson) must “spirit walk” again to help save the chief of the Water Keepers and get the water flowing to Newmerica.
Blue Bloods: “Handcuffs”
Frank (Tom Selleck) orders a raid on an apartment complex after cops are harassed by residents in the new episode “Handcuffs.”
WSJ at Large With Gerry Baker
FOX Business Network, 9:30pm
Each Friday, host Gerry Baker welcomes influencers from across the business, finance, politics and tech space to lead discussions on the top news headlines of the week. Additionally, Baker will also expand upon the larger trends impacting business in America. Kicking off the weekly primetime series, Baker sits down with former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers for an in-depth interview to discuss international trade, overseas manufacturing, the state of the United States economy and more.
Van Helsing: “Loud Love”
Doc (Rukiya Bernard) and Jolene (Caroline Cave) clash with Denver authorities over the repellent; Flesh (Vincent Gale) chooses to face his past; Axel (Jonathan Scarfe) struggles with leaving Scarlett (Missy Peregrym) behind; Ivory (Jennifer Cheon) and the Sisterhood infiltrate Denver.
Saturday, Dec. 1
ABC, CBS, ESPN & FOX, beginning at 12pm Live
It’s college football conference championship Saturday, featuring title games for the Big 12: Texas vs. Oklahoma (ABC); Sun Belt: Louisiana vs. Appalachian State (ESPN), American: Memphis vs. UCF (ABC); Mountain West: Fresno State vs. Boise State (ESPN), Big Ten: Northwestern vs. Ohio State (FOX); and ACC: Clemson vs. Pittsburgh (ABC). But the best of the bunch is a rematch of last season’s national championship game as Alabama and Georgia clash for the SEC title in Atlanta (CBS).
ESPN, ESPN2 & FOX, beginning at 12pm Live
Saturday college basketball on FOX features Louisville at Seton Hall, Gonzaga at Creighton and Nevada at USC. ESPN2 has UNC-Greensboro at Kentucky, Villanova at La Salle, Vanderbilt vs. NC State, Stetson at Duke and Oregon at Houston. Purdue at Michigan and Stanford at Kansas round out the schedule on ESPN.
Disney Parks Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party
Disney Channel, 8pm
This half-hour special, hosted by Jordan Fisher and Disney stars Ruby Rose Turner and Dakota Lotus, features musical performances by Gwen Stefani, Brett Eldredge, Asher Angel and Meg Donnelly and special appearances by Disney Channel stars. Plus, the special takes viewers behind the scenes of Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, a new experience based on the world of Cars, which rolls into Disney’s Hollywood Studios in spring 2019.
Mingle All the Way
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
The designer of a successful networking/dating app that pairs busy singles with “strictly platonic” partners for all of the holiday season’s social engagements is matched with a man with whom she’s already had several disastrous encounters. Stars Jen Lilley, Brant Daugherty and Lindsay Wagner.
A Twist of Christmas
In the frenzy before Christmas, two single parents — busy working mom Abby (Vanessa Lachey) and overwhelmed lawyer Ryan (Brendon Zub) — accidentally mix up their toys at a crowded department store. Although the two parents can’t stand each other, they are forced to work together to salvage the holidays for their children.
Saturday Night Live: “Claire Foy/Anderson .Paak”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
British actress Claire Foy, who won an Emmy for Netflix’s drama The Crown and has starred in two acclaimed recent feature films, First Man and The Girl in the Spider’s Web, makes her SNL hosting debut tonight. She is joined by musical guest Anderson .Paak.
Sunday, Dec. 2
College Football Playoff Selection Show
ESPN, 12pm Live
The final College Football Playoff rankings of the season are revealed today on ESPN, and we’ll know which four teams will be competing in the CFP semifinal games taking place Dec. 29. Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are likely in the mix, with Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Washington State, Kentucky, and LSU still hoping for a spot in the top four.
A Very Merry MeTV: Classic Christmas Episodes
MeTV, beginning at 5pm
Tonight, MeTV features a handful of fun holiday episodes, including The Jeffersons’ “984 W. 124th Street, Apt. 5C,” which aired in 1977. Immediately following is the series’ 1978 episode “George Finds a Father.” Then it’s on to the 1988 Brady Bunch reunion film A Very Brady Christmas.
UP TV, 7pm
Detective Mackenzie Bennett (Emily Alatolo) is on the trail of a diamond thief, but when she discovers that her cute new crush is the prime suspect, she goes undercover to catch him in the act. As she conducts her investigation, she finds herself getting close to a man who might be a criminal — but might be the man of her dreams. Also stars Franco Lo Presti, Andrew Bushnell, Yanic Truesdale and Lauren Holly.
FOX News Channel, 8pm
FOX News Channel’s Scandalous returns for a new four-episode season called Scandalous: Chappaquiddick, which will spotlight the personal tragedy and political drama that enveloped the United States in the summer of 1969, turning the island of Chappaquiddick into a household name. The program will chronicle the perspective of many of those involved, along with the journalists who covered the puzzling accident that left the political career of the late Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy tarnished and led to the death of campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne. Through archival footage, records and never-before seen photos, the series will revisit the daily twists and turns of the drama that first captivated the world nearly 50 years ago. In addition to airing on FNC, special director’s cuts of the series will be available on FOX Nation.
Dancing With the Stars: Juniors: “The Semi-Finals”
The last four teams remaining in the running for the Mirrorball Trophy perform tonight for the chance to make into the holiday-themed finale.
Garth: Live at Notre Dame!
Country legend Garth Brooks takes the stage for the first concert ever at the University of Notre Dame’s 88-year-old football stadium. Filmed in October, the special includes Brooks’ greatest hits as well as some unexpected covers, all in front of an enthusiastic sold-out crowd of over 84,000.
The Simpsons: “Daddicus Finch”
When Lisa and Homer start spending quality time together, their bond gets stronger, and Bart feels neglected.
A Majestic Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Architect Nell Harper (Jerrika Hinton) returns to her hometown for an unpopular project that will turn the town’s historic Majestic Playhouse into a multiplex. When she meets Connor (Christian Vincent), the theater’s new owner, she tries to change his mind about modernizing the theater by showing him the joys of the town’s Twelve Day Festival.
The Christmas Pact
When next-door neighbors Sadie (Kyla Pratt) and Ben (Jarod Joseph) were 8 years old, they planted a scrawny 3-foot-tall Christmas tree behind their church and made a Christmas pact. But now, life has gotten in the way, and the pact is threatened. Ben and Sadie need some Christmas magic to recommit to each other and their long-ago promise. Also stars former A Different World stars Kadeem Hardison and Jasmine Guy.
TV Land’s 2018 Merrython
TV Land, beginning at 8pm
Get in the spirit of the season with a marathon of holiday episodes from Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, The King of Queens, The Goldbergs, The Golden Girls and Roseanne.
The Real Housewives of Orange County: “Reunion, Part 2”
In part two of the reunion, Kelly and Vicki continue to hash out their issues. Shannon’s emotional year is discussed as the women chime in about her divorce. Emily opens up about the body shaming she received online. Emotions run high when Tamra and Shannon tackle their fractured friendship.
Charmed: “Bug a Boo”
The CW, 9pm
While on the hunt for Jada (guest star Aleyse Shannon), Mel (Melonie Diaz) scours the Book of Shadows as Harry (Rupert Evans) and Charity (guest star Virginia Williams) try to find any clues that might lead them to this new demon. As if that isn’t enough, they discover that there is a changeling demon on the loose that puts one of the sisters in danger.
Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell joins the spy drama for its third season in a recurring guest role as Gilbert Dorn, a former CIA legend put out to pasture who appears on a podcast revealing information about past missions. Season 3 takes place over the course of 11 days in Eastern and Central Europe as Chief of Station Valerie Edwards (Michelle Forbes) guides her team through the high-stakes relationship between Russia, the United States and its vulnerable NATO allies. Richard Armitage, Richard Jenkins, Rhys Ifans and Ashley Judd also return.
Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve
Eighteen years after the original film introduced the world to Eve, Tyra Banks reprises her role as the doll who comes to life to help a young woman find her confidence. When Grace Manning (grown-ish star Francia Raisa) realizes that she’s in over her head as the 20-something CEO of Marathon Toys — the huge toy company started by her mother — Grace’s childhood Eve doll magically comes to life and helps her get her life back on track.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special
The legendary Victoria’s Secret Angels take to the runway, showcasing an all-star lineup of musical guests including Bebe Rexha, the Chainsmokers, Halsey, Kelsea Ballerini, Rita Ora, Shawn Mendes and the Struts.
2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting
Ovation & REELZ Channel, 10pm
Sister networks REELZ Channel and Ovation simulcast a taped broadcast of the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park near the White House. This American tradition will again feature live musical performances along with, of course, the official lighting of the park’s Colorado blue spruce for the holiday season.
George R.R. Martin’s (Game of Thrones) Hugo Award-nominated 1980 novella is adapted into this 10-episode event series starring Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Gretchen Mol and Jodie Turner-Smith. Set in the year 2093, the story follows a team of scientists aboard an advanced spaceship seeking out other life forms. Their mission takes them to the edge of sanity as they realize true horror is already on their ship. Nightflyers airs all of its episodes over the course of Sunday through Thursday, and next Sunday through Thursday as well.
Monday, Dec. 3
Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 6pm
Join Amy Grant, Vince Gill, and Kellie Pickler as they shine a light on the true spirit of Christmas with heartfelt stories, favorite family holiday memories, and unforgettable musical performances.
Meet the Peetes Christmas Special
Hallmark Channel, 7pm
It’s Christmas and the Peetes are planning their annual holiday party! Holly gets overwhelmed with the preparations, Rodney decides to go all out with his holiday decorations, and Ryan writes her very first Christmas song.
The Great Christmas Light Fight
Tonight kicks off with the first-ever “Heavyweights” episode, featuring displays that have grown too large for any home, with fire-breathing dragons and a mill covered in a record-breaking 4 million lights. In the second episode of the evening, four festive families showcase their displays, including a massive Christmas block party, an electrical parade and a decorated 60-foot live Douglas Fir.
The Neighborhood: “Welcome to the Dinner Guest”
Marty (Marcel Spears) introduces his new girlfriend (guest star Alexandra Chando) to Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) and Tina (Tichina Arnold) in the new episode “Welcome to the Dinner Guest.”
The CW, 8pm
Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) stands by her recent decisions regarding her family. Meanwhile, Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) continue to look into the Dante painting that Curtis (Echo Kellum) found.
The Voice: “Live Top 10 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live
Tonight, the top 10 artists perform live in front of the coaches for America’s vote, and Blake Shelton performs.
NFL Football: Washington at Philadelphia
ESPN, 8:15pm Live
NFC East rivals clash at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field as the Washington Redskins face the Eagles on Monday Night Football.
Happy Together: “The Power of Yes … Men”
Guest Star Alert!
Eve, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood make a special guest appearance when Cooper (Felix Mallard) goes on The Talk in the new episode “The Power of Yes … Men.”
The new season kicks off with the anticipated opening of TomTom. Lisa channels her energy into making sure her newest venture is the epitome of perfection, but when last-minute problems arise, she must assign more responsibility to her junior partners Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval — whether they’re ready or not.
National Geographic, 9pm
Marta (Anamaria Marinca) convalesces as a mysterious illness sweeps through Olympus Town and Lukrum Colony. When IMSF realizes one of its own has died as a result, it races to determine the cause, origin and mode of transmission before time runs out — and more lives are claimed. Back in the present day, Vladimir Chuprov, a Greenpeace activist, sheds light on an indigenous health crisis being kept quiet by the Russian state to benefit their Arctic oil endeavors.
Always at the Carlyle
While the walls at the Carlyle don’t talk, they definitely whisper. This documentary from Matthew Miele brings to life the untold stories of this legendary hotel as heard from the mouths of its own employees, as well as its top clientele, including George Clooney, Anjelica Huston, Tommy Lee Jones, Vera Wang, Anthony Bourdain, Roger Federer, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Jon Hamm, Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell and Elaine Stritch.
Pop Up Santa Holiday Special
Hosts Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker are joined by celebrity “elves” including ballerina Misty Copeland, former NFL athlete DeMarco Murray, The Fosters’ Sherri Saum and, of course, Freeform Santa to spread holiday cheer to deserving people. The 90-minute special is filled with heartwarming moments including a home giveaway, a surprise baby shower at a military base, an epic family reunion and a celebration for two very special children at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The Good Doctor: “Quarantine”
Dr. Murphy (Freddie Highmore) and Dr. Park (Will Yun Lee) treat two patients who collapse at the local airport and whose symptoms point to an infection that may become airborne. The staff races to contain the infection before it spreads to the rest of the patients in the ER, resulting in a hospital quarantine during the holidays.
A crew of best friends attends one of the most coveted and exclusive “floating festivals,” called “The BucketLust,” where 350 people and 35 catamarans set sail to breathtaking locales throughout the Bahamas. Every day brings a new stunning view and a thrilling excursion as they take dips with stingrays and swimming pigs, ride rocket-power jet boards and spend their nights partying until dawn.
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
In 2015, Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman from Chicago, was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. Three days later, she was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Her death was ruled a suicide, but it sparked allegations of a racially motivated police murder and made Bland’s case a rallying point for activists nationwide. This documentary features Bland’s passionate video blogs, takes a look at her compelling life and death, and follows her family and their legal team as they try to make sense of what happened.
Who Do You Think You Are?: “Mandy Moore”
Actress Mandy Moore is shocked to discover ancestors who lived in Australia, and is determined to unlock the mystery of how they got there. Moore is touched by the courage of those who made the journey and the sacrifice of those who were left behind.
Big Questions, Huge Answers With Jon Dore
Comedy Central, 11:30pm
Comedian Jon Dore noticed that the world is full of big problems. In this special, Dore researches the issues of cyberbullying and inappropriate teacher-student relationships and then presents his ideas for fixing them.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
NHL Hockey: Toronto at Buffalo
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
John Tavares and the Toronto Maple Leafs head to Buffalo to face off against Jeff Skinner and the Sabres on NBCSN.
NCIS: “Tailing Angie”
When the lead suspect of an unsolved and high-profile robbery case is released from prison, the NCIS team resumes their investigation with an undercover stakeout in the new episode “Tailing Angie.”
The Flash: “What’s Past Is Prologue”
The CW, 8pm
In this special 100th episode of the show, Barry (Grant Gustin) and Team Flash come up with a plan to stop Cicada (Chris Klein), which calls for Barry and Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) to travel back in time to gather some key necessities. However, Barry hesitates, concerned about his daughter seeing certain parts of his life.
The Voice: “Live Top 10 Eliminations”
NBC, 8pm Live
Seven 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.
Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox
Travel Channel, 8pm
Actress Megan Fox hosts this series in which she investigates myths and stories left behind by our ancient ancestors. Meeting with experts and archaeologists while perusing priceless texts and fascinating artifacts, Fox attempts to uncover answers about the age-old mysteries that still perplex scientists and archaeologists to this day. In the series premiere, Fox journeys to Scandinavia and England to investigate a bold new hypothesis that powerful female warriors played a role in helping the Viking hordes become the most feared army of the time.
black-ish: “Friends Without Benefits”
Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) makes a new friend at work and Dre (Anthony Anderson) thinks she has broken bird syndrome. Meanwhile, Junior (Marcus Scribner) transforms his shared room with Jack (Miles Brown) into a frat house and Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) and Diane (Marsai Martin) gang up against them.
In the new episode “Compromised,” a key witness and a U.S. marshal are ambushed and killed, and Maggie (Missy Peregrym) and OA (Zeeko Zaki) must track down a man who leaked the information that led to their murders.
Saturday Night Live Best of Christmas
Nobody makes us laugh at Christmastime quite like SNL — catch some of your favorite holiday skits tonight.
The Rookie: “The Ride Along”
Sgt. Grey (Richard T. Jones) informs Officers Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and Bishop (Afton Williamson) that they are going to have a movie director as a ride-along during their patrol after a fun afternoon granting the wish of a Make-A-Wish kid as honorary police officer. Meanwhile, Officer Bradford (Eric Winter) is tested once again after he learns that his wife has been arrested for drug possession.
NCIS: New Orleans: “Risk Assessment”
In the new episode “Risk Assessment,” the NCIS team investigates the murder of a Navy contractor who secretly lived two separate lives for decades.
Entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis is back for Season 6 of the series that finds him putting his own money on the line to help small-business owners save and grow their companies. Among the 12 new episodes this season will be a “sequel” of sorts to one of the show’s most explosive episodes — “The Casery,” from Season 5.
Real Country: “Country Loving”
USA Network, 10pm
Shania Twain, Jake Owen and Travis Tritt welcome special guest Hunter Hayes.
The Guest Book: “Let Me Put You on a Brief Hold”
Logan is on vacation at the Bare Feet Retreat, but his phone is broken. In India, customer service representative Vali helps Logan although he’s in the midst of a crisis of his own. Guest stars include Adhir Kalyan, Jon Bass, and Meera Rohit Kumbhani.
Wednesday, Dec. 5
The Goldbergs: “Bachelor Party”
Barry (Troy Gentile) thinks he wants a wild, adult bachelor party, but he ultimately realizes Adam’s (Sean Giambrone) idea of a party to celebrate his brother is more his speed. Meanwhile, Murray (Jeff Garlin) never spends money on himself, so Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) surprises him with an expensive sports car. Dan Fogler (the Fantastic Beasts movies) returns as Uncle Marvin.
Deal or No Deal
The hit game show that ran on NBC from 2005-09 is back as Howie Mandel returns to host 30 new episodes on CNBC. The new Deal or No Deal will continue to offer up a high-pressure, high-stakes game of risk and reward, in which contestants face a series of potentially life-altering decisions. With 26 sealed briefcases full of varying amounts of cash — ranging from a penny to $1 million — contestants have to decide whether to accept an offer of cash from the mysterious entity known only as the Banker, in exchange for what might be contained in the contestant’s chosen briefcase.
Riverdale: “Chapter Forty-Two: The Man in Black”
The CW, 8pm
Fearful that he will be caught, Archie (KJ Apa) hits the road and ends up at a farm outside Riverdale, where he meets Laurie Lake (guest star Riley Keough). Meanwhile, after Alice (Mädchen Amick) takes extreme measures to ensure Betty’s (Lili Reinhart) safety from the Gargoyle King, Betty finds herself up against a formidable foe from her past.
Empire: “Had It From My Father”
The financial security of the Lyon family is on the line as their LFM showcase approaches.
Chicago Med: “Death Do Us Part”
Natalie (Torrey DeVitto) and Will (Nick Gehlfuss) prepare for their big day, but an unsuspecting Will soon finds himself sidetracked. Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) and Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) disagree on how to best handle a patient’s treatment, and Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) and April (Yaya DaCosta) are on their own when a pregnant woman delivers.
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
This new three-part series explores the Mississippi River as it twists and turns through America’s midsection, and how wildlife and humans take advantage of the great waterway. The premiere episode, “The Headwaters,” looks at the source of the river in Minnesota’s Lake Itasca.
Modern Family: “The Tree of Strife”
Dede’s husband, Jerry (guest star Ed Begley Jr.), comes to town to bequeath her possessions to the family. Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Claire (Julie Bowen) receive a little more of Dede than they really know what to do with, and Jay (Ed O’Neill) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) invite Jerry to stay with them while he is in town.
SEAL Team: “Santa Muerte”
Following an ambush, the SEAL team suspects someone on the inside is leaking information to the cartel in the new episode “Santa Muerte.”
All American: “California Love”
The CW, 9pm
At an explosive homecoming dance, friendships in both Crenshaw and Beverly Hills will be put to the test when decisions made by Spencer (Daniel Ezra) trigger an avalanche that drastically changes the course of several lives. Meanwhile, Billy (Taye Diggs) finds himself forced to spend some quality time with Grace (Karimah Westbrook).
Discovery Channel, 9pm Live
This six-part multiplatform series documents the work of law enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as the real lives and stories of those who live and work along its remote stretches. Each week, Discovery will broadcast live from its New York-based studio as host Bill Weir touches base with journalist Lilia Luciano, who will be in the field tracking action unfolding along the border. Experts will also weigh in on a range of border issues, offering insight and perspective on events as they occur.
Carlotta (Queen Latifah) tries to make the Rhythm and Bells Festival a success, but challenges arise. Star (Jude Demorest) ends up in a legal bind, Alex (Ryan Destiny) makes a major career move, Simone (Brittany O’Grady) hides a secret and Cassie (Brandy Norwood) gets out of jail and seeks revenge. Then, tempers flare as Carlotta and Cassie’s father (guest star Ben Vereen), shows up unexpectedly.
Chicago Fire: “Always a Catch”
The stakes are high when a huge freeway pileup impacts someone dear to the firehouse family. Brett (Kara Killmer) and Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) encounter a harrowing call. Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) and Severide’s (Taylor Kinney) relationship is tested.
Single Parents: “Ronald Reagan’s White House Collectable Pen”
Will (Taran Killam) is thrilled to throw the first-grade parent social so that he can use this event to springboard his anti-smartphone platform to get parents to wait to buy their kids cellphones until eighth grade. He ropes his new love interest, Dr. Dewan (Hannah Simone), into helping him, but his plan doesn’t work out quite like he had hoped.
A Million Little Things: “perspective”
Gary (James Roday) has trouble dealing with Maggie’s (Allison Miller) life-changing decision, which takes him back to when Jon (Ron Livingston) was there for him during his chemo treatments. Rome (Romany Malco) finally opens up to his dad about his internal struggles, and Katherine (Grace Park) battles balancing being a working mother without Eddie (David Giuntoli).
Criminal Minds: “Broken Wing”
Series star Aisha Tyler directed the new episode “Broken Wing,” in which the BAU investigates the mysterious overdose deaths of patients who just completed rehab.
Chicago P.D.: “Descent”
When Antonio (Jon Seda) tries to save someone close to him, he crosses a line and puts the entire team at risk.
Real Country: “Inspiration and Faith”
USA Network, 10pm
Singer-songwriter Kane Brown is tonight’s special guest.
Thursday, Dec. 6
Superstore: “Managers’ Conference”
When Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Amy (America Ferrera) take Glenn’s (Mark McKinney) tickets to a managers’ conference in Chicago so they can enjoy a free night on the town, their plan hits a few bumps.
The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition
Bakers from around the country compete in holiday-themed challenges and eliminations each week, with hopes of being named America’s Best Amateur Baker. Spice Girl and television personality Emma Bunton joins returning host Anthony “Spice” Adams, while the judges are three-time James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard and bestselling cookbook author Paul Hollywood from sister show The Great British Bake Off.
The 16th season of the popular culinary competition launches in Kentucky, home to fried chicken and barbecue. Host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and judges Gail Simmons and Graham Elliot return to critique 15 new contestants vying for the title.
Mom: “Flamingos and a Dance-Based Exercise Class”
The ladies help Tammy (Kristen Johnston) prepare for her first date since getting out of prison in the new episode “Flamingos and a Dance-Based Exercise Class.”
Legacies: “Mombie Dearest”
The CW, 9pm
As Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) and Josie (Kaylee Bryant) prepare for their long awaited sweet-sixteen party, Alaric (Matthew Davis) finds himself preoccupied with the latest supernatural arrival — one that hits a little too close to home. Elsewhere, Penelope’s (guest star Lulu Antariksa) latest plan gives MG (Quincy Fouse) one last shot at impressing Lizzie on her big day.
Cold Valley, Part 2
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
The conclusion of ID’s world-premiere true-crime documentary special continues to follow Detective Jackie Nichols and Gloria Bobertz as they try to unravel the mysterious disappearances that tormented the Lewis Clark Valley between 1979 and 1982. Can they prove their “person of interest” in the case is guilty and hunt down the man who has evaded justice for nearly four decades?
Will & Grace: “Anchor Away”
Guest Star Alert!
Matt Bomer guest-stars as a handsome, gay TV news anchor with a penchant for dim, frothy men — leading Jack (Sean Hayes) to convince Will (Eric McCormack) to dumb himself down. Minnie Driver also returns as a guest star, and Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon makes a cameo appearance.
I Feel Bad: “My Kids Barely Know Their Culture”
When David’s (Paul Adelstein) parents visit for Hanukkah, he and Emet (Sarayu Blue) pretend to be more observant than they actually are. Meanwhile at GamePunch, Chewey (James Buckley) fakes an American persona to win over a girl.
Famed plastic surgeons Dr. Paul Nassif and Dr. Terry Dubrow return for even bigger challenges, including an oversized butt, different-sized breasts and facial deformities, and some pretty moving life-changing moments.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Zero Tolerance”
Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stone (Philip Winchester) must take drastic measures to reunite a mother with her young daughter who was rescued from a sex trafficker.
Friday, Dec. 7
Dogs of Berlin
Netflix’s second German-produced original series tells the story of two contrasting Berlin police detectives who become a team against their will to solve the murder of a popular soccer star. The list of potential suspects is long, and their investigation leads the two men deep into the Berlin underworld.
In this comedic drama, Danielle Macdonald stars as Willowdean, the teenage daughter of a former Texas beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston). As a form of protest, plus-size Will enters a local pageant, and as others follow her example, she winds up discovering the meaning of true beauty and friendship along the way. Based on the bestselling novel by Julie Murphy, the film will also debut in select theaters the same day as its Netflix launch.
The Hookup Plan
In this French romantic comedy series (known in its native tongue as Plan Coeur) set in Paris, a perpetually single woman’s friends — in a misguided attempt to build up her confidence — secretly hire a male escort for her.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
Andy Serkis directs this reinvention of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. The story follows the boy Mowgli (Rohan Chand), who must navigate the inherent dangers of the wilds of the jungle and the world of man on a journey to discover where he truly belongs. Among the voice/motion-capture cast are Serkis as Baloo the Bear, Christian Bale as Bagheera the Panther, Cate Blanchett as Kaa the Python, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan the Tiger and Naomie Harris as Nisha the Wolf.
Fresh Off the Boat: “Where Have All the Cattlemen Gone?”
When Eddie (Hudson Yang) passes on an offer to work with Louis (Randall Park) again at the steakhouse, he’s less than pleased when Louis hires his friend Trent (Trevor Larcom). Meanwhile, when Jessica (Constance Wu) finds out that the PTA president position is open — a job she desperately wants so she can be the teacher boss — she does everything she can to secure it.
Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You
AMC presents the world television premiere of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You, an animated tale that follows a young girl who dreams of getting a dog for Christmas. The family-friendly flick not only gets its name from Carey’s hit holiday song and features her voice as its narrator, but it also features three of her classic Christmas songs in addition to an original song.
MacGyver: “Matty + Ethan + Fidelity”
In the new episode “Matty + Ethan + Fidelity,” Matty (Meredith Eaton) reveals that she has a husband who’s a CIA agent working undercover in a criminal organization.
Writer-director Daniel Sawka’s feature debut tells the story of Óscar (Anthony Gonzalez, Coco), a 12-year-old Honduran boy who is forced to flee his home and seek asylum in the United States, only to find himself trapped in the U.S. immigration system. Omar Leyva, Johnny Ortiz, Matthew Moreno, Jessica Juarez and Genesis Rodriguez also star in the film.
Christmas Lost and Found
New York City event planner Whitney Kennison (Tiya Sircar) heads to Chicago to spend Christmas with Grandma Frances (Diane Ladd), who has decided to bestow Whitney with precious family Christmas ornaments. But when Whitney mistakenly throws them out, Grandma Frances stealthily devises a scavenger hunt to remind Whitney what Christmas is all about.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Holi-Slay Spectacular
This holiday event reunites eight fan-favorite queens: Eureka O’Hara, Jasmine Masters, Kim Chi, Latrice Royale, Mayhem Miller, Shangela, Sonique and Trixie Mattel, who are ready to battle it out for the honor of being America’s first Drag Race Christmas Queen. The special also promises a first look at RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4, premiering on Friday, Dec. 14.
Hawaii Five-0: “Pio Ke Kukui, Pō‘ele Ka Hale (When the Light Goes Out, the House Is Dark)”
Guest Star Alert!
Recurring guest star Terry O’Quinn is back as Joe White in the new episode “Pio Ke Kukui, Pō‘ele Ka Hale (When the Light Goes Out, the House Is Dark),” which finds Joe and McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) in Montana to prepare for a battle against those seeking revenge for a past SEAL mission.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “I’m Not the Person I Used to Be”
The CW, 9pm
Greg (Skylar Astin) returns to West Covina, which forces Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) to question things she thought she knew about people she has loved in her life. Meanwhile, Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz) and Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III) make some shocking discoveries while at their high school reunion.
Midnight, Texas: “No More Mr. Nice Kai”
Manfred’s (François Arnaud) suspicion towards Kai (Nestor Carbonell) intensifies, and Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) embraces Dark Magic to save Bobo (Dylan Bruce) once and for all. An unknown force threatens to reveal all of the Midnighters’ secrets.
Z Nation: “State of Mine”
Talkers are forced to mine for the secret ingredient to bizkits — in a hazardous-waste landfill.
Love After Lockup
WE tv, 9pm
Season 2 follows six couples who fell in love while one partner was incarcerated. Viewers meet each couple just prior to the jailed partner’s release and will follow them on their journey — potentially — to the altar. The series continues to explore the motivations behind each couple’s decision to be together.
Blue Bloods: “Authority Figures”
Frank (Tom Selleck) tries to identify the cop who leaked a video of officers engaging in entrapment in the new episode “Authority Figures.”
Van Helsing: “Outside World”
Trapped in an abandoned slaughterhouse, Vanessa (Kelly Overton) wrestles between the light and dark sides of herself before she can move forward on her path to find the Final Elder.
Saturday, Dec. 8
College Football: Navy vs. Army
CBS, 3pm Live
The great football tradition continues today at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia as the Army Black Knights look to win a third straight game in their series against the Navy Midshipmen.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The longest-running holiday special in television history returns as Rudolph and his friends — Hermey the elf, Yukon Cornelius and others — save Christmas in this classic Rankin/Bass special featuring the voice of legendary performer Burl Ives.
2018 Heisman Trophy Presentation
ESPN, 8pm Live
College football’s most outstanding player of the year is awarded the Heisman Trophy in this ceremony in New York City.
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker host another installment of stunning and romantic weddings at Walt Disney World Resort including one with a Mary Poppins Returns theme and a special performance by country music superstar Martina McBride.
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
After stepping down from her dream job as a CEO, Maddie (Lori Loughlin) heads home for the holidays to gain perspective. When she runs into her high school sweetheart Carter (Victor Webster), old tensions arise. But when the pair is forced to put together a Christmas dance for the local high school, they set aside their differences and rediscover what made them fall in love all those years ago.
When Holly (Megan Hilty) returns home for Christmas, she learns her family’s department store is on the brink of foreclosure. She fills in as Santa’s helper and discovers undeniable chemistry with Nick (Noah Mills), the store’s young and handsome Santa. Their charisma draws in big crowds until Nick suddenly disappears, and Holly must scramble to find her Cinderfella with only one clue — his misplaced black boot. June Squibb also stars.
Frosty the Snowman
The classic animated musical special returns, narrated by Jimmy Durante. Jackie Vernon provides the voice of the “jolly, happy soul” whose old silk hat full of magic brings him to life. The special is followed by the 1992 sequel, Frosty Returns.
Memories of Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Singer/actress Christina Milian stars as Noelle, who was raised by the queen of Christmas. After her mother’s death, Noelle returns to her hometown to sell her mother’s home and begins to understand what a deep and unending impact her mother has had on the community. Milian muses, “I think the fact that so many people had so many great memories of her mom is a great peace for her, and her heart kind of warms up again.”
The Alec Baldwin Show: “Sarah Jessica Parker”
In this new time slot, Alec Baldwin sits down with actress Sarah Jessica Parker to discuss her roles from the cult favorite Sex and the City to her current series, Divorce. She chats about how she transitioned her passion to publishing, and the exciting choices she is able to make at this point in her career. She also delves into her marriage to actor Matthew Broderick, their support of each other and her excitement over their future together.