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Friday, Dec. 7
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.
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.
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. Three quarterbacks were announced as finalists for the honor: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins.
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.
Sunday, Dec. 9
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Finals
NBC, 4pm Live
The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating circuit concludes today on NBC as the top six in each of the four disciplines (men’s, ladies’, pairs and ice dancing) compete in the finals in Vancouver.
A Very Merry MeTV: Classic Christmas Episodes
MeTV, beginning at 5pm
Enjoy some ALF and M*A*S*H, with a little of The Love Boat thrown in. Spend time with “ALF’s Special Christmas,” which aired in 1987, followed by The Love Boat’s “The Christmas Presence” (1982) and finally two classic M*A*S*H episodes, 1978’s “Dear Sis” and 1981’s “’Twas the Day After Christmas.”
Dancing With the Stars: Juniors
All four dancing pairs from the semifinal compete in the holiday-themed finale.
Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones
In this special taped in September at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, various luminaries honor music legend Quincy Jones, who is celebrating his 85th birthday this year. Performers such as Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Brian McKnight, Meghan Trainor, Patti Austin, Gloria Estefan, Gladys Knight and Charlie Wilson pay tribute to the life and legacy of the influential Grammy winner for the event, which is hosted by Oprah Winfrey.
God Friended Me: “Coney Island Cyclone”
In the new episode “Coney Island Cyclone,” the God Account sends Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) the name of one of Arthur’s (Joe Morton) parishioners, a single father who recently lost his wife.
The Flash: “Elseworlds, Part 1”
The CW, 8pm
The Flash airs on a special night to kick off a three-night DC Comics series crossover event that continues Monday on Arrow (airing in its usual time slot) and concludes Tuesday with Supergirl (airing on a special night). Featuring The Flash (Grant Gustin), Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), this crossover — billed as Elseworlds — expands The CW’s “Arrowverse” by introducing Batwoman (Ruby Rose), Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) and the city of Gotham, while also featuring Tyler Hoechlin in his recurring Supergirl role as Superman.
The Simpsons: “’Tis the 30th Season”
Guest Star Alert!
Jane Lynch lends her voice to this episode in which Homer and the kids surprise Marge with a vacation to a Florida resort.
Welcome to Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
A resort developer (Jennifer Finnigan) falls in love with the charming town of Christmas, Colo., and must decide whether to protect its special spirit and develop the new ski resort in a rival town, or introduce the much-needed economic prosperity of a new resort to the quaint hamlet. Eric Mabius also stars.
A Christmas in Tennessee
Allison Bennet (Rachel Boston), her daughter and her mother (Patricia Richardson) run a bakery in the small mountain town of White Pines, Tenn. When a charming real estate developer (Andrew Walker) tries to buy the town for a corporate ski resort, Allison and the townspeople must work together to prevent that from happening. And just when the Bennet ladies seem out of luck, an unexpected visitor — with a well-known sweet tooth — arrives at the bakery. Caroline Rhea also stars.
Homicide for the Holidays: “Christmas Rager”
The limited series delves into three horrific cases of holidays turned upside down. As joyous as the season may be, it’s not exempt from the chilling crimes committed by the ones closest to you. In tonight’s episode, a young mother’s body is found strangled inside a burning car in a quiet suburb.
Casey Anthony: Her Friends Speak
REELZ Channel, 8pm
This documentary special offers unprecedented access to the inner circle of Casey Anthony, the woman accused of murdering her young daughter but found not guilty in a widely followed 2011 trial (though she was found guilty on other lesser charges). Through intimate interviews and an exclusive reunion, Anthony’s friends come together to reminisce about the good times, chronicle the downfall of one of their closest confidantes and face their worst fears as a group, giving viewers a front-row seat to what really happened behind the scenes.
Scandalous: Chappaquiddick: “A Tiger by the Tail”
FOX News Channel, 8pm
FOX News Channel’s docuseries Scandalous: Chappaquiddick continues with Episode 2, “A Tiger by the Tail.” This week’s episode will dive deep into the aftermath of the summer night that led to the discovery of Senator Ted Kennedy’s car and campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne’s body submerged in the water off a small one-lane bridge. With the Kopechne family grieving the loss of Mary Jo, Kennedy’s team of advisors work to devise a plan to save the Senator’s career and his presidential aspirations all while keeping the media in the dark. With pressure mounting, Kennedy breaks his silence by addressing the American public in a live speech on national television, however, the controversial speech led to an official investigation into Mary Jo’s death. An extended director’s cut version containing additional footage and longer guest interviews will be available on FOX Nation.
The Real Housewives of Orange County: “Reunion Part 3”
The reunion concludes as the ladies discuss Kelly’s season of dating and zingy one-liners. Emily, Shannon, Kelly and Gina have trouble seeing eye-to-eye on the events at Eddie’s birthday party. The ladies relive their Jamaica trip, and close out the season by revealing their list of regrets and taking tequila shots.
NCIS: Los Angeles: “Heist”
In the new episode “Heist,” the elaborate bank theft of a single safe deposit box held by a Navy contractor (guest star Dina Meyer) leads NCIS to investigate her corrupt consulting firm.
Charmed: “Jingle Hell”
The CW, 9pm
Mel (Melonie Diaz) turns to Harry (Rupert Evans) for guidance after learning information about the magical world that leaves her questioning everything she knows. Galvin (Ser’Darius Blain) shows up to see Macy (Madeleine Mantock) and she is determined to not let fate get in the way of their potential relationship.
Keeping Up With the Kardashians
It’s been a tumultuous season that exposed some pretty significant secrets and lies (Tristan Thompson cheating on a pregnant Khloé!), but the Kardashian clan sticks together and wraps up Season 15 tonight.
Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
It’s the last Friday before Christmas in New York City and a massive storm is brewing. Small-town businesswoman Cara Hill (Megan Park) is meeting with her banker while country-western crooner Heath Sawyer (Josh Henderson) is playing Madison Square Garden. When the flight they’re both booked on to Tulsa is canceled, this unlikely pair of strangers wind up traveling together. This holiday film is based on both the song by Blake Shelton and the book by Dorothy Shackleford and Travis Thrasher.
Season 2 finds Howard and his counterpart (J.K. Simmons in dual roles) each stranded in the other’s world, having to adapt to survive. As a cold war escalates between worlds and deepens a fickle divide, both men find themselves growing increasingly like the other.
Rel: “Hate & Hip Hop”
When one of his patients is prejudiced, Rel (Lil Rel Howery) is conflicted on how to behave as his attending nurse.
Madam Secretary: “Winter Garden”
Following the discovery of a mass grave in Serbia, Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) and Jay (Sebastian Arcelus) work to keep an agreement between Serbia and Kosovo from falling apart in the new episode “Winter Garden.”
Nightflyers: “The Sacred Gift”
D’Branin (Eoin Macken) and his team explore a more permanent solution to their problem.
Fear the Woods
Travel Channel, 10pm
This series looks at spooky real-life accounts of things that have occurred when people ventured into the forest. In the premiere episode, “Games Gone Wrong,” a group of friends are joined by something inhuman during a game of tag; a round of hide-and-seek is interrupted by the arrival of a whistling entity; and a boy’s excursion to his fort ends up in a confrontation with a deadly foe.
The Shivering Truth
Adult Swim, 12am (late night)
This new stop-motion-animated 15-minute series featuring loosely linked emotional parables is described as a “darkly surreal anthology comedy.” The voice cast includes Trey Parker, Jordan Peele and Martha Plimpton.
Monday, Dec. 10
Battle of the Nutcrackers
Tchaikovsky-fest: A different staging of the ballet airs every weekday morning.
National Geographic Explorer: “Space Race”
National Geographic, 6pm
Since NASA’s robotic lander InSight successfully touched down on Mars Nov. 26, we’ve been wondering: When will we have the technology for humans to stay healthy on the nine-month journey to the Red Planet? This space-themed episode spotlights one area of investigation — lemurs (!) — and whether we can learn to hibernate like the furry cuties.
CMA Country Christmas
The ninth annual CMA Country Christmas returns with iconic entertainer Reba McEntire hosting for a second year and also performing during the holiday music special. Joining McEntire are legendary acts and country favorites including Tony Bennett, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Lindsey Stirling and Brett Young, taking the stage for a night filled with Christmas classics and festive, one-of-a-kind collaborations.
The Voice: “Live Semifinal, Top 8 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live
The top 8 artists perform live in front of coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for America’s vote. Plus, the artists team up for competitive mashup duets.
NFL Football: Minnesota at Seattle
ESPN, 8:15pm Live
The Minnesota Vikings head to CenturyLink Field to face the Seattle Seahawks in this Week 14 Monday Night Football matchup.
Happy Together: “Home Insecurity”
When one of Cooper’s (Felix Mallard) stalkers sneaks into Jake (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Claire’s (Amber Stevens West) house, they reluctantly decide to install a home security system in the new episode “Home Insecurity.”
Magnum P.I.: “Bad Day to Be a Hero”
Guest Star Alert!
Corbin Bernsen guest-stars as a character known only as “Icepick” in the new episode “Bad Day to Be a Hero,” in which Magnum (Jay Hernandez) must help Toni (guest star Jamie-Lynn Sigler) when her illegal poker game is robbed by masked gunmen.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Legends of To-Meow-Meow”
The CW, 9pm
After Constantine (Matt Ryan) breaks the cardinal Legend rule — you can’t change the past —he, Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) and Zari (Tala Ashe) try to deal with the ramifications without telling the rest of the Legends. Even though Zari encourages them to just fix the problem, Constantine and Charlie are determined to find another way.
No Sleep ’Til Christmas
This whimsical holiday rom-com revolves around two insomniac strangers: Lizzie (Odette Annable), who lies awake planning her wedding, and Billy (Dave Annable), a low-key and sleep-deprived bartender. When they discover that they can only fall asleep while next to each other, what seems like an odd coincidence — and frankly a disruption to their lives — might be more meaningful than they’d like to admit.
MARS: “Power Play”
National Geographic, 9pm
Lukrum strikes a deal with Russia for exclusive mining rights. Uneasiness spreads over Olympus Town as Lt. Commander Mike Glenn (Gunnar Cauthery) undermines Hana (Jihae) and endangers the members of Lukrum Colony as a result. And, a new baby — the first born on Mars — arrives two months early! In the Arctic Circle in the present day, nations attempt to work together to rein in corporate interests, protect fragile ecosystems and preserve indigenous lifestyles while fossil-fuel companies prioritize their own profit over the public good.
The Great Christmas Light Fight: “All Stars”
As part of “25 Days of Christmas,” this special all-stars episode features the most magnificent and over-the-top displays in America.
Bull: “A Higher Law”
The Seal of the Confessional complicates a fatal hit-and-run case for Bull (Michael Weatherly) in the new episode “A Higher Law.” Bull represents a priest who cannot disclose the identity of the vehicle’s actual driver without breaking a sacred oath.
Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night
Grammy-winning supergroup Pentatonix is back with their third NBC holiday special, this time taking an unforgettable journey throughout Las Vegas. Joining them are top entertainment names like Kelly Clarkson, the Backstreet Boys, Maren Morris and Penn & Teller.
Become immersed in the daily use of faith and spiritual practice in more than 25 countries. At a time when religious hatreds dominate headlines, explore faith as a primary human experience, and how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate life.
D’Branin (Eoin Macken) has a breakthrough, Rowan (Angus Sampson) prepares for big changes and Lommie (Maya Eshet) seeks comfort in her past.
Who Do You Think You Are?: “Josh Duhamel”
Actor Josh Duhamel travels to England to investigate the extraordinary life of his 12-times-great-grandfather and uncovers an astonishing, dark twist of interrogation and torture that rocks his belief system to the core.
Real Country: “Heartbreak and Revenge”
USA Network, 11pm
Special guest Sara Evans joins the show tonight.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
The Conners: “O Sister, Where Art Thou?”
When Becky (Lecy Goranson) helps Harris (Emma Kenney) keep a secret from Darlene (Sara Gilbert), it opens up a can of worms that causes a rift between the two sisters. Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) supports Peter (Matthew Broderick) with his Nordic history project, and Dan (John Goodman) reunites with an old friend.
NCIS: “What Child Is This?”
In the new Christmas-themed episode “What Child Is This?,” the NCIS team’s holiday plans are put on hold when a murder investigation includes the discovery of a newborn baby who has no identification and no apparent ties to a family.
The CW, 8pm
Reminder: Supergirl airs on a special day as the final part of the “Elseworlds” crossover.
The Voice: “Live Semifinal, Top 8 Eliminations”
NBC, 8pm Live
Three artists will be revealed as safe by America’s votes. After these finalists are revealed, the bottom two artists will be sent home immediately, while the middle three artists will compete in the Instant Save for the last spot in the finale.
The Kids Are Alright: “Christmas 1972”
When Peggy’s (Mary McCormack) successful brother, Tom (guest star Nat Faxon), drops in for Christmas, Mike (Michael Cudlitz) immediately oozes with jealousy. After Tom gives the Clearys an extravagant Christmas gift, pride prevents Mike from taking it — putting him at odds with the rest of the family.
black-ish: “Christmas in Theater Eight”
The Johnsons have a tradition of going to the movies on Christmas but can never agree on what to see. Dre (Anthony Anderson) wants to see an important film about Rosa Parks, but the rest want to see the latest action-packed superhero blockbuster. Meanwhile, Junior (Marcus Scribner) becomes embarrassed about taking a gap year after he runs into his ex-girlfriend at the theater.
FBI: “A New Dawn”
In the new episode “A New Dawn,” Maggie (Missy Peregrym) and OA (Zeeko Zaki) investigate the murder of an alt-right provocateur who was killed just after giving a speech on a college campus.
30 for 30: “42 to 1”
ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series looks back on one of the most famous upsets in sports history with “42 to 1,” a retrospective on Buster Douglas’ shocking KO win over Mike Tyson in their 1990 boxing match in Tokyo.
Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas
America’s Got Talent Season 12 winner Darci Lynne Farmer celebrates the holidays Oklahoma-style in her first original TV special. The one-hour broadcast is for viewers of all ages and features musical performances and sketches from the young singer-ventriloquist, along with her lively puppets. Joining Darci will be celebrity guests like Kristin Chenoweth, Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes, Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling.
Letters From Baghdad
Hear the story of a true original, Gertrude Bell, sometimes called the female Lawrence of Arabia. Bell was an explorer, spy, archaeologist and diplomat who helped shape the Middle East after World War I, then served as an adviser to Winston Churchill.
Splitting Up Together: “Messy”
After Lena (Jenna Fischer) and Vlad’s (Costa Ronin) unexpected kiss, things get more complicated as they begin their new work partnership while working with a new client. Elsewhere, Martin (Oliver Hudson) is uneasy when he goes to Paige’s (Ali Larter) house for more privacy and gets a glimpse into what a more typical divorced home life is like.
The Rookie: “Time of Death”
A seemingly routine arrest turns deadly in tonight’s midseason finale for the LAPD’s oldest recruit, decent, determined 40-year-old John Nolan (Nathan Fillion), who’s so far relied on his lifetime of experience to avoid using lethal force. “This was an emotional episode to film,” executive producer Alexi Hawley says of the freshman drama’s midseason finale. “Nolan’s biggest challenge is facing the reality of taking a life in the line of duty, both the emotional impact it has on him and the fallout that happens on the job.”
Hustle in Brooklyn
The first season of the reality series following a group of Brooklyn millennials pursuing personal and professional success comes to a close tonight.
NCIS: New Orleans: “Tick Tock”
Stacy Keach returns in his guest role as Pride’s (Scott Bakula) father, Cassius, in the new episode “Tick Tock.” Pride is given a series of tasks to complete by unknown assailants who are holding Wade (CCH Pounder) and Cassius hostage.
This sports documentary explores how a group of 1990s teenagers — including Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Taylor Knox, Benji Weatherley, Kalani Robb, Ross Williams, Taylor Steele and Pat O’Connell — evolved the sport of surfing and its culture.
Hollywood Game Night: “Ho Ho Holiday Game Night”
Host Jane Lynch invites viewers home for the holidays in this special edition of the game show. Lynch’s home is completely transformed as celebrity guests tackle an array of holiday-themed games, including “Hold My Balls,” “Song Sung Wrong” and “Where Ya Goin’.” Two contestants lead teams of three as they all compete for a $25,000 grand prize. Guests include Yvette Nicole Brown, Ron Funches, Ana Gasteyer, Lauren Ash, Tony Hale and Jameela Jamil.
A new threat challenges ship protocol, Mel (Jodie Turner-Smith) notices changes in the crew and Lommie (Maya Eshet) returns to Greywing.
Real Country: “Finale”
USA Network, 11pm
The seven winning artists go head-to-head for a shot at the grand prize in a special 90-minute episode. An encore airing of this episode immediately follows.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
TNT & TBS, 10am Live
Nominations for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards take place today. The actual ceremony will air Sunday, Jan. 27, on both networks.
The Goldbergs: “Yippie Ki Yay Melon Farmer”
Much to Beverly’s (Wendi McLendon-Covey) chagrin, Barry (Troy Gentile) is thrilled that he gets to celebrate Christmas now that he is engaged to Lainey (A.J. Michalka). Meanwhile, Murray’s (Jeff Garlin) brother Marvin (Dan Fogler) makes a promise to Adam (Sean Giambrone) with a surprising outcome.
Riverdale: “Chapter Forty-Three: Outbreak”
The CW, 8pm
On the road and running out of places to stay, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Archie (KJ Apa) head to Toledo to visit Jughead’s family. Back in Riverdale, Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) take on Hiram (Mark Consuelos), Hermione (Marisol Nichols) and Penelope (Nathalie Boltt) after more students fall victim to seizures.
Empire: “Pay for Their Presumptions”
Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious (Terrence Howard) learn the difficulties of launching an artist without Empire Entertainment’s resources.
Ellen’s Game of Games
Ellen DeGeneres is ready for the holidays with a special edition of Ellen’s Game of Games featuring festive holiday segments of “It’s a Wonderful Wife,” “Danger Word,” “Blindfolded Musical Packages,” “Dizzy Dasher” and “Hot Hands.”
America’s Mississippi: “The Heartland”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
The second episode of the series, “The Heartland,” follows the Mississippi River through its central stretch as it pulses through America’s heartland and cuts into the hilly plateau of the Driftless Area.
American Housewife: “Saving Christmas”
Guest Star Alert!
Katie (Katy Mixon) strives to keep her long-separated parents apart when her father, Marty (guest star Patrick Duffy), arrives in time to surprise the Otto family for Christmas. Meanwhile, Oliver (Daniel DiMaggio) thinks no one will remember him as the mask-wearing villain in the school’s production of The Nutcracker, but quickly takes center stage when a series of mishaps damages his costume.
Modern Family: “Stuck in a Moment”
Haley (Sarah Hyland) wants to give the family a Christmas gift they will never forget — if she can just figure out the perfect time. Meanwhile, Claire (Julie Bowen) is mad that Phil (Ty Burrell) has once again borrowed the family Christmas tree for a house-showing. Jay (Ed O’Neill), Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and Joe (Jeremy Maguire) have to deal with some unwelcome visitors over the holidays.
SEAL Team: “Prisoner’s Dilemma”
The mission in Mexico comes to a head in the new episode “Prisoner’s Dilemma,” as the SEALs make one last effort to find and capture the leader of one of the most powerful and lethal drug cartels.
All American: “Homecoming”
The CW, 9pm
Beverly has their big homecoming game and the pressure is on. Post-dance, Spencer (Daniel Ezra) is feeling the weight of the effects of his arrival at Beverly, as well as his departure from Crenshaw, and tries to set things right. Meanwhile, Billy (Taye Diggs) tries to bring together his team for a win that will send them to the district playoffs for the first time since he became head coach.
Susan Powell: An ID Murder Mystery
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
This two-hour special looks into the disappearance of 28-year-old Susan Powell. Her sister-in-law Jennifer begins a personal mission to uncover what happened, but when suspicion falls close to home, the truth destroys a family.
Paris to Pittsburgh
National Geographic, 9pm
This documentary examines climate change, natural disasters and what innovative people around the country are doing to help. Rachel Brosnahan, star of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, narrates.
Little Big Shots: “Little Big Holiday Special”
The Steve Harvey-hosted series returns to ring in the holiday season with fan-favorite acts including Angelica Hale, Miles Caton and more.
Single Parents: “The Magic Box”
When Owen (guest star Andy Favreau) shows up unexpectedly on Christmas Eve with a gift for Angie (Leighton Meester), she desperately seeks out help from Will (Taran Killam) to find a last-minute present for Owen. While Graham (Tyler Wladis) begins to doubt the existence of Santa Claus altogether, the group worries Miggy (Jake Choi) may still believe in him.
A Million Little Things: “christmas wishlist”
With the holidays quickly approaching, Delilah (Stephanie Szostak) struggles with telling Sophie (Lizzy Greene) and Danny (Chance Hurstfield) about her pregnancy; and although Jon’s (Ron Livingston) absence makes this time of year especially difficult, the gang comes together to help the Dixons embrace the Christmas spirit.
The Real Housewives of Dallas: “Reunion Part 2”
The two-part reunion concludes as Mama Dee Simmons joins the ladies in an attempt to help D’Andra and LeeAnne mend their friendship. Brandi accuses Kameron of being a liar, Kameron accuses D’Andra of being her mother’s puppet and D’Andra reveals a previous stint in rehab.
Criminal Minds: “Flesh and Blood”
The BAU investigates the murders of literally heartless businessmen in the new episode “Flesh and Blood.”
D’Branin (Eoin Macken) pushes ahead with his plan. Rowan (Angus Sampson) processes his grief. Agatha (Gretchen Mol) finds a way to help.
Thursday, Dec. 13
Late Night Eats: “Philadelphia”
Cooking Channel, 6pm
The City of Brotherly Love welcomes host Jordan Andino for a tour of Philadelphia’s top fare, including killer wings at Taproom on 19th and a meatloaf in the up-and-coming Fishtown district that has visitors forgetting all about cheesesteaks.
Supernatural: “The Spear”
The CW, 8pm
Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) enlist the help of their pal Garth (guest star DJ Qualls) to gain inside information on what Michael may be planning. The brothers split up to each go after weapons that can aid in their fight against the Archangel, but this may be a fight our heroes cannot win.
Superstore: “Shadowing Glenn”
Glenn (Mark McKinney) drives Amy (America Ferrera) crazy with a new, over-the-top training system. Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and Mateo (Nico Santos) brainstorm a new business, while Dina (Lauren Ash) recruits Jonah (Ben Feldman) to help her when she starts second-guessing her own future.
NFL Football: L.A. Chargers at Kansas City
FOX & NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
This Week 15 Thursday Night Football contest between the L.A. Chargers and the Chiefs at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium could have an impact on the AFC playoff picture.
I Feel Bad: “We’re Not Fun Anymore”
When Emet (Sarayu Blue) grows tired of her and David’s (Paul Adelstein) life being overrun by kid-centric events, she contrives a weekend without the kids to rekindle the fun in their relationship — only to find out his idea of fun isn’t the same as hers anymore. Chewey (James Buckley) and Norman (Zach Cherry) are stuck caring for Griff (Johnny Pemberton) after he injures himself.
The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition
On your marks, get set, bake! This week, the bakers return to the tent to test their skills at making decadent and delicious cookies and breads.
Mom: “Foot Powder and Five Feet of Vodka”
As Christy (Anna Faris) seeks the ultimate Secret Santa gift for AA buddy Wendy (Beth Hall) in the comedy’s
fall finale “Foot Powder and Five Feet of Vodka,” she uncovers another covert operation: Her mom, Bonnie (Allison Janney), is being kept in the dark about something by fiancé Adam (William Fichtner).
Legacies: “Death Keeps Knocking on My Door”
The CW, 9pm
As Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) hits the books to learn more about the latest creature to arrive to the school, things take a dark and twisted turn leaving her to confront one of her darkest fears. Meanwhile, Alaric (Matthew Davis) attempts to help Rafael (Peyton Alex Smith) cope after his past comes back to haunt him.
Saturday Night Live: Best of Christmas
We’d be fine if 1998’s “Schweddy Balls” sketch — with confectioner Pete Schweddy (Alec Baldwin) touting his bite-size treats — just aired on a loop, but the comedy institution has loads more holiday high jinks from four-plus decades on the air.
Dr. Pimple Popper: The 12 Pops of Christmas
Deck the halls and spread the holiday cheer, as TLC is gifting fans with this one-hour pop-a-ganza featuring Dr. Sandra Lee, a.k.a. Dr. Pimple Popper, as she readies her patients for the holidays.
Murphy Brown: “AWOL”
A disillusioned Avery (Jake McDorman) seeks career inspiration from his extended family at Murphy in the Morning in the new episode “AWOL.”
Nightflyers: “All That We Have Found”
Syfy’s event series based on George R.R. Martin’s 1980 novella comes to a close tonight.
Friday, Dec. 14
LOL: Last One Laughing
Amazon Prime Video
This 6-part reality game show from Mexico is hosted by Eugenio Derbez and puts 10 comedians in a room for a no-holds-barred battle of wits, jokes, improv and physical comedy. The person who can keep a straight face the longest wins the grand prize.
Season 4 of the classic ’80s sitcom’s reboot is available today.
In the most personal project to date from Oscar-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity), described as a love letter to the women who raised him, the filmmaker draws from his own childhood for this drama set in a middle-class Mexico City neighborhood. It follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker, and offers a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amid the political turmoil of the 1970s. The film will also be available in select theaters.
Sunderland ’Til I Die
With its main industries of shipbuilding and mining having fallen by the wayside, the northern English city of Sunderland has relied even more upon its soccer team — Sunderland Association Football Club, or SAFC — as its lifeblood. But what happens when the passionate fans begin to lose their team, too? This docuseries takes viewers through the highs and lows of SAFC’s 2017-18 season, as they cope with relegation from the esteemed Premier League.
Netflix’s first Australian original series follows Cal McTeer (Charlotte Best), a young woman who returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay after 10 years in juvenile detention and jail. But Orphelin Bay is shrouded in mysteries, and Cal must uncover the town’s well-hidden secrets while investigating a commune of outcasts who live in a hidden pocket of the bay — a group of beautiful and dangerous half-Siren/half-human beings known as Tidelanders.
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Everything the team has been through and fought for comes to a head in the animated series’ eighth and final season.
Fresh Off the Boat: “Cousin Eddie”
The battle begins between mother and son when Eddie (Hudson Yang) informs Jessica (Constance Wu) that he wants to spend Christmas with a friend in New York. But Jessica insists that tradition prevails, so Eddie does everything within his power to try and get her to crack. Meanwhile, Louis (Randall Park) and Evan (Ian Chen) do their best to help an overwhelmed Emery (Forrest Wheeler) decide on which friend to invite to the family’s Christmas Eve dinner.
“I Love Lucy” Christmas Special
Two colorized episodes of I Love Lucy are featured in this holiday special. In the 1956 Christmas episode, Lucy (Lucille Ball) and Ricky (Desi Arnaz) decorate the Christmas tree and reminisce about how their lives have changed since the birth of their son, Little Ricky. Then in “Pioneer Women” (1952), Lucy and Ethel (Vivian Vance) hope to join the posh Society Matrons’ League.
The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade
The CW, 8pm
Musical performances include Ashanti, Donny and Marie Osmond, the Beach Boys singing Mike Love’s new single “(You’ll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day,” and an assortment of American Idol stars including David Archuleta, Ruben Studdard and Elliott Yamin.
Christmas Around the Corner
Claire (Alexandra Breckenridge) escapes from New York to a quaint Vermont town for the holidays. When she discovers the town’s Christmas celebrations have been canceled after a disastrous flood and finds the town’s treasured bookstore in a state of disrepair, she takes on the challenge of revitalizing the store. Jamie Spilchuk and Jane Alexander also star.
Midnight, Texas: “Resting Witch Face”
In the wake of tragedy, Manfred (François Arnaud) vows revenge. Joe (Jason Lewis) squares off against a former ally to save his husband. Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) spends a night on the town. Kai (Nestor Carbonell) gives Patience (Jaime Ray Newman) an ultimatum.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars
The groundbreaking competition returns with more stunning fashions, killer lip-syncs and jaw-dropping twists than ever before. “The fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars is going to blow. your. mother. tucking. mind,” promises host and executive producer RuPaul. “Satisfaction guaranteed or your henny back.”
Speechless: “J-I– JINGLE T-H– THON”
Guest Star Alert!
It’s a white-lie Christmas when a teeny fib about a tree fire results in major blowback for supermom Maya (Minnie Driver). Plus, can gentle aide Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) stand up to his sisters (guest stars Niecy Nash and Lisa Leslie)?
Tammy of Anaheim, Calif., and Trisha of Edgewood, N.M., will each try to answer 10 questions correctly in order to win the ultimate prize of $200,000. If they answer incorrectly, the contestants will have a chance to be saved by a group of kids being asked the same question by comedic mastermind Ricky Gervais.
The Dick Van Dyke Show — Now in Living Color!
Series creator Carl Reiner selected two of his favorite episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show to be colorized for this one-hour special. In “Where Did I Come From?” (1962), Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) and Rob (Dick Van Dyke) Petrie recall the days before the birth of son Ritchie (Larry Mathews). Then in “Never Bathe on Saturday” (1965), the Petries’ romantic second honeymoon becomes a disaster when Laura’s toe gets caught in a bath spout.
Into the Okavango
Nat Geo Wild, 9pm
Into the Okavango is a gorgeous and gripping documentary about National Geographic fellow Dr. Steve Boyes’ scientific expedition through Africa’s wildlife-rich Okavango Delta. “Our journey started out as an exploration, but we realized we had to protect this area,” says Boyes, whose team made 32,000 wildlife sightings on their four-month, 1,500-mile trek through Angola, Namibia and Botswana. Along the way, cameras capture the joyous discovery in Angola of elephants — thought to have disappeared after the country’s brutal civil war — as well as a near-fatal animal encounter for Boyes.
k.d. lang — Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ingénue, the critically acclaimed album by singer-songwriter k.d. lang, with a one-night-only performance from the magnificent Majestic Theater in downtown San Antonio, Texas.
Z Nation: “Hackerville”
With some help from an outpost of renegade hackers, Warren (Kellita Smith) and George (Katy M. O’Brian) hack Altura’s defenses and discover Estes’ (Jack Plotnick) secret plan.
Van Helsing: “Been Away”
In his hometown, Axel (Jonathan Scarfe) fights both his tragic past and a vicious pack of Daywalkers. Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl) can’t find Mohamad (Trezzo Mahoro) and takes his anger out on Chad (Donny Lucas) and Mike (Phil Burke).
Room 104: “Josie & Me”
HBO, 12am (late night)
In the Season 2 finale of the motel room-set anthology series from Jay and Mark Duplass, a woman (Mary Wiseman) asks her slightly younger self to re-create the events of one night at a college frat party.
Saturday, Dec. 15
Best Places to Pig Out
Travel Channel, 9am
Food fantasies become reality as the country’s most over-the-top restaurants are revealed. These legendary joints offer up a smorgasbord of mouthwatering indulgences, and one epic dish will be inducted into the Pig Out Hall of Fame.
NFL Network, beginning at 4:30pm Live
The Houston Texans are at the N.Y. Jets and the Cleveland Browns visit the Denver Broncos in a pair of Week 15 Saturday games on NFL Network.
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Claire Livingston’s name is synonymous with perfection in all areas of cuisine, décor and entertaining, and her daughter Kara (Jodie Sweetin) is the heir apparent to take over the family empire. Unfortunately, Kara lacks any of her mother’s talent, and her secret threatens to reveal itself when a journalist (Brendan Fehr) smells his next story cooking.
Christmas Pen Pals
After an unexpected pre-Christmas breakup, Hannah (Sarah Drew) heads home for the holidays, where she awkwardly encounters her high school boyfriend (Niall Matter) and reluctantly makes a deal with her dad (Michael Gross) to sign up for the town’s anonymous holiday pen pal service. Hannah is smitten by each letter she receives and thinks that her Christmas Cupid could be her soulmate. But when her pen pal’s identity is revealed on Christmas Eve, it might be the last person Hannah ever expected.
Northern Lights of Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
When pilot Zoey Hathaway (Ashley Williams) inherits her uncle’s ranch in Alaska, her plans to sell the place and buy her own plane go out the window after she meets the ranch’s attractive ranch hand, Alec Wynn (Corey Sevier), and the place’s resident reindeer, Holly and Palmer.
The Alec Baldwin Show
Kerry Washington sits down to talk about her life-changing seven-year run as Olivia Pope on ABC’s Scandal, growing up in New York, her mother’s determination for her to have a great education, and who she wants to work with next. Afterwards, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. joins Baldwin for a conversation about the subject of his new book: his iconic family. They talk about Kennedy visiting the man accused of shooting his father, running for public office, and his wife, actress Cheryl Hines.
Pete Holmes: Dirty Clean
Pete Holmes presents his second HBO standup special, which was taped at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Ore. The hourlong set finds Holmes confronting personal truths around the mechanisms of consciousness, Michael Jackson, the afterlife and Elon Musk, as well as sharing a few thoughts on being a new dad.
Saturday Night Live: “Matt Damon/Miley Cyrus & Mark Ronson”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
SNL heads into its winter hiatus with this new episode featuring Oscar winner Matt Damon making his second appearance as host (Damon guest-starred earlier in the season with a well-received portrayal of then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh). Also tonight, musical guests Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus will premiere their latest song from Ronson’s upcoming album.