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Tuesday, Dec. 11
27 Years: The Exoneration of Valentino Dixon
Golf Channel, 8pm
Valentino Dixon had never set foot on a golf course. He could’ve hardly imagined that golf would eventually lead him to a new lease on life. For 27 years, Dixon had been serving a prison sentence for a murder he claims he did not commit. In September, Dixon was released from prison following a series of events that began with a sketch depicting one of golf’s most iconic holes. Golf Channel’s latest Golf Films documentary project, 27 Years: The Exoneration of Valentino Dixon, reveals how Dixon’s drawing ultimately led to a re-examination of his case, and follows Dixon as he visits picturesque Pebble Beach, the first golf course he’d ever seen in person. Wendell Pierce narrates.
Valentino Dixon never planned on drawing golf courses until the Superintendent asked him to draw the 12th hole at Augusta and a week later something clicked.
Watch the premiere tonight at 8pm ET. pic.twitter.com/3WWBlN3NEB
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) December 11, 2018
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.