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Thursday, Dec. 13: Chiefs vs. Chargers in AFC West ‘Thursday Night Football’ Showdown

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Thursday, Dec. 13

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.

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”
NBC, 8pm

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.

I Feel Bad: “We’re Not Fun Anymore”
NBC, 8:30pm

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
ABC, 9pm

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”
CBS, 9pm
Midseason Finale!

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
NBC, 9pm

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
TLC, 9pm

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”
CBS, 9:30pm

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, 10pm
Season Finale!

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.

Fuller House
Netflix
Season Premiere!

Season 4 of the classic ’80s sitcom’s reboot is available today.

Roma
Netflix
Original Film!

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
Netflix
New Series!

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.

Tidelands
Netflix
New Series!

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
Netflix
Season Premiere!

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”
ABC, 8pm

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
CBS, 8pm

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
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

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”
NBC, 8pm

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
VH1, 8pm
Season Premiere!

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”
ABC, 8:30pm
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)?

Child Support
ABC, 9pm
Season Finale!

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!
CBS, 9pm

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
PBS, 9pm

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”
Syfy, 9pm

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”
Syfy, 10pm

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)
Season Finale!

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
New Series!

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 Football
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.

Entertaining Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

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
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

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
Original Film!

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
ABC, 10pm

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
HBO, 10pm

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.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Springsteen on Broadway
Netflix

The day after Bruce Springsteen ends the 236-performance run of his acoustic show, Springsteen on Broadway, he gifts his performance to a global audience by making it available on Netflix.

“The Simpsons” 30th Anniversary Marathon
FXX, beginning at 9am

Writers and producers of The Simpsons pick 30 of their favorite episodes for this marathon celebrating the show’s 30th anniversary.

The Johnny Cash Christmas Show
getTV, 1pm

This vintage holiday special (1970!) gives the gift of Roy Orbison singing Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper,” the Everly Brothers revisiting “Kentucky” and Johnny lending his warm baritone to “The Little Drummer Boy.” Good stuff.

Happy Days: “Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas”
MeTV, 5pm and CBS All Access

On December 17, 1974, the classic sitcom about life in 1950s Milwaukee aired its first holiday episode, “Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas.” The answer to that question: cooler-than-cool Arthur Fonzarelli. Tonight, Fonzie claims he has plans in nearby Waukesha to cover up the fact that he’s spending the holiday solo. Once Richie discovers the truth, he and cantankerous dad Howard (Tom Bosley) invite Fonzie over on the pretext of needing his expertise to fix their mechanical Santa Claus. There, the greaser slowly reveals a softer side, even reading aloud from “A Visit From St. Nicholas.”

2018 Miss Universe
FOX, 7pm Live

Steve Harvey hosts the broadcast of the 67th Miss Universe pageant from Bangkok, where women representing nearly 100 countries will compete to follow in the footsteps of the reigning Miss Universe, South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Nel-Peters shares that she’s loved traveling the globe as Miss Universe and can’t wait to meet her successor. “I can’t wait to see who she’s going to be,” she says. “I’m very excited for another girl to be a part of this sisterhood and to be a part of this group of women and to experience the things that I did and to make her own memories and her own experiences.”

Coins for Christmas
TV One, 7pm

A single mom (Essence Atkins) struggles to make ends meet — until a chance encounter with an ex-NFL pro (Stephen Bishop).

Christmas on Holly Lane
UP TV, 7pm
Original Film!

The house on Holly Lane has always held a special place in the hearts of lifelong best friends Sarah, Cat and Riley. But now, the magical home where they spent many happy Christmases is in danger of being sold, and they will have to come together to call upon the Christmas magic that can only happen on Holly Lane. Stars Sarah Lancaster, Karen Holness and Gina Holden.

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018
The CW, 8pm

The biggest stars celebrate the holiday season with all of their fans, with appearances by Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Calvin Harris, the Chainsmokers, G-Eazy, Dua Lipa, Khalid and many more.

A Gingerbread Romance
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Successful architect Taylor Scott (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) is poised for a promotion and a move to Paris, but her boss has an unusual request before making a decision about her career: Taylor must create a life-sized gingerbread house for a high-stakes holiday competition against corporate rivals. Taylor partners with pastry chef Adam Dale (Duane Henry), and, through working together, they bake up a sweet romance.

Hometown Christmas
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Noelle Collins (Beverley Mitchell) returns to Louisiana for Christmas with plans to resurrect the town’s live Nativity, a favorite tradition of her late mother’s. When Noelle runs into her high school sweetheart, Nick (Stephen Colletti), they reluctantly team up to pull off the live Nativity and discover their hometown love never really faded away. Melissa Gilbert and Danny Boaz also star.

NFL Football: Philadelphia at L.A. Rams
NBC, 8:20pm Live

The L.A. Rams are playoff-bound while the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles might need a win just to stay alive in the NFC postseason picture as the teams meet in L.A. for Week 15’s Sunday Night Football game.

God Friended Me: “17 Years”
CBS, 8:30pm

In the new episode “17 Years,” Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) is shocked and angered when the God Account sends him the name of the drunk driver who killed his mother 17 years earlier.

A Christmas in Royal Fashion
ion, 9pm

A PR assistant (Cindy Busby of Hallmark’s Mr. Darcy movies) lands a prince (Vikings’ Diarmaid Murtagh).

NCIS: Los Angeles: “Joyride”
CBS, 9:30pm

In the new episode “Joyride,” the NCIS team is joined by NCIS Special Agent Nicole DeChamps (guest star Marsha Thomason) after a Marine reservist with a history of PTSD disappears following a drunk and disorderly altercation.

Discontinued
The CW, 9:30pm

In this 30-minute special, take a look inside the world’s most famous — and sometimes infamous — discontinued foods, toys, customs and businesses. Set in a mystical warehouse, YouTube star Andre Meadows takes viewers down memory lane recounting the rise and fall of these fallen pop culture titans, with the help of surprise special guests, “insider” experts and a bevy of hilarious comics.

Monday, Dec. 17

Candace Cameron Bure’s Christmas Across America
Hallmark Channel,
7pm
Candace Cameron Bure hosts this look at the many different ways Christmas is celebrated around the United States. Bure shares a taste of the country’s unique and festive fun. “There’s no wrong way to celebrate Christmas,” she says. “When it comes down to it, I think it’s all about being with family and friends.”

Very Merry Christmas Comedy Night
WGN America, beginning at 7pm

Enjoy a night of Christmas episodes from the sitcoms M*A*S*H, Last Man Standing, Married With Children and How I Met Your Mother.

The Great Christmas Light Fight
ABC, 8pm
Season Finale!

In the first hour, four festive families from across the country showcase their spectacular displays, including 3D-printed light fixtures in Colorado; a mechanical display gone wild, including a moving elephant, alligator and more in Alabama; a house where every piece of furniture is removed to display wall-to-wall Christmas in Arizona; and an incredible hybrid North Pole light display in California. The second hour of the finale concludes with the presentation of $50,000 and the Light Fight trophy.

The Neighborhood: “Welcome to the Fundraiser”
CBS, 8pm

Tina (Tichina Arnold) gets carried away when she tries to help Gemma (Beth Behrs) ace her first fundraiser as school principal in the new episode “Welcome to the Fundraiser.”

Bleed Out
HBO, 8pm

After a routine partial hip replacement operation leaves his mother in a coma with permanent brain damage, Steve Burrows starts a citizen’s investigation into the future of American healthcare. The film was initially a video diary but morphed into a deeply personal story that is part medical mystery and legal thriller, part investigative journey and meditation on family, which uses undercover footage, court testimony, verité scenes shot over several years and interviews with people on all sides of the story to go deep inside a flawed healthcare system.

The Voice: “Live Finale, Part 1”
NBC, 8pm Live

It all comes down to this! Find out who wins Season 15 of the singing competition series in a two-part finale that concludes tomorrow.

Happy Together: “A Claire-Free Lifestyle”
CBS, 8:30pm

Jake (Damon Wayans Jr.) worries about their finances when Claire (Amber Stevens West) quits her job to pursue her passion in the new episode “A Claire-Free Lifestyle.”

MARS: “The Shake Up”
National Geographic, 9pm
Season Finale!

Season 2 of Nat Geo’s exploration of what life will be like for Mars’ first permanent residents concludes tonight when a Mars-quake strikes, and not everyone will survive. “Season 1 was humans versus Mars,” explains series co-creator Justin Wilkes. “Season 2 is much more humans versus humans.” And when pressed about the possibility of Season 3, Wilkes teases, “Season 3 is going to focus on Mars versus Earth, as the people living on Mars strive for independence.”

Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville
PBS, 9pm
(BYUtv will be airing the full 90-minute version of the concert on Dec. 20 at 8pmET)
Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster and Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville — backed by the amazingly talented Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra — are beyond delightful in this charming 60-minute special.

Fail State
Starz, 9pm

Executive produced by news legend Dan Rather, this documentary investigates the dark side of American higher education, chronicling decades of policy decisions in Washington, D.C., that have given rise to a powerful and highly predatory for-profit college industry. With echoes of the subprime mortgage crisis, the film lays bare how for-profit colleges exploited millions of low-income and minority students, leaving them drowning in student loan debt with worthless degrees.

Who Do You Think You Are?: “Regina King”
TLC, 9pm

Actress Regina King investigates her maternal family tree and uncovers an ancestor who was a passionate civil rights activist in Alabama — a man who came out of slavery and endured horrific violence, but never stopped fighting for his people.

2018: In Memoriam
ABC, 10pm

Hosted by Robin Roberts, this special celebrates the lives of icons we lost in 2018, through stories shared by those closest to them. The show includes tributes to Aretha Franklin, Burt Reynolds, John McCain and Stephen Hawking.

America’s Got Talent: A Holiday of Champions
NBC, 10pm

Terry Crews, emcee of the upcoming America’s Got Talent: The Champions, gives viewers a glimpse at some fan favorites from the talent show who’ll appear on next year’s spinoff.

Independent Lens: “Man on Fire”
PBS, 10pm

Learn the story of an elderly white Texas minister who set himself on fire to protest the virulent racism of his community and the country at large. Friends, family members, neighbors and colleagues search for an explanation of his action.

Who Do You Think You Are?: “Matthew Morrison”
TLC, 10pm

Actor Matthew Morrison explores his American roots for the first time and is surprised to discover his family’s ties to the Revolutionary War. He learns of the bold lengths his ancestor went through to protect his allegiances and the brutality he faced on the battlefield.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable
Netflix

Ellen DeGeneres takes a little break from her hit daytime talk show to go back to her roots with her first standup comedy special in 15 years, taped at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. “I just all of a sudden was like, ‘I miss standup, I want to do it,’” DeGeneres told her audience when she announced the special on the season premiere of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in September. “So, I made a deal with Netflix. I was working on standup all summer.”

“Cops” Ho Ho Ho Marathon
WGN America, 7pm

Bad girls, bad girls, whatcha gonna do? To celebrate the holidays, WGN America gifts us 10 episodes of the law enforcement reality series, all of which focus on police interaction with ladies of the not-so-silent night. Arresting TV!

Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2018
The CW, 8pm

Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight (Entertainment Tonight) host a countdown of the 12 best holiday commercials ever — one for each of the 12 days of Christmas. The special also features other great commercials from both the U.S. and abroad that capture the true spirit of the holiday season — from the heartfelt to the hilarious, the outstanding to the ridiculous.

We’ll Meet Again
PBS, 8pm

The emotional reunion docuseries hosted by Ann Curry brings together survivors of the 1964 Alaskan earthquake.

Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox: “America’s Lost Civilization”
Travel Channel, 8pm

Digging into some of Earth’s forgotten societies, Megan Fox has so far explored Viking warrior grave sites in Sweden, England’s Stonehenge and — for tonight’s episode — South Carolina’s Savannah River. That’s where scientists’ findings suggest giant humans roamed the area way back during the Ice Age.

Greatest Holiday Video Countdown
The CW, 9pm

This special is hosted by the Holderness family, the viral-video family who rose to internet fame with their hit “Christmas Jammies.” They will guide the audience through this showcase of video greeting cards from around the world, from agencies and companies to families and friends and everything in between.

The Voice: “Live Finale, Part 2”
NBC, 9pm Live
Season Finale!

Season 15 crowns its winner. This episode is preceded by an hourlong recap of the live finale performances.

Lidia Celebrates America: “A Heartland Holiday Feast”
PBS, 9pm

Join Emmy- and James Beard Award-winning chef Lidia Bastianich as she travels to the heartland of America, immersing herself in diverse cultures that provide inspiration for the holidays.

The Guest Book: “Someplace Other Than Here”
TBS, 10:30pm
Season Finale!

Dave is in an unhappy marriage and uses his family vacation as an excuse to finally stand up to his nagging wife, but the stress of the event sends him on an adventure he never could have dreamed of. This episode guest-stars Matt Walsh, Michael Kenneth Williams and Oliver Hudson.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Survivor: David vs. Goliath
CBS, 8pm
Season Finale!
The winner of Survivor: David vs. Goliath is revealed in the two-hour Season 37 finale, immediately followed by the tell-all Survivor Reunion Special.

College Football: DXL Frisco Bowl
ESPN, 8pm Live

The San Diego State Aztecs clash with the Ohio Bobcats in the DXL Frisco Bowl at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

NHL Hockey: Pittsburgh at Washington
NBCSN, 8pm Live

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins visit Alex Ovechkin and the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Hockey.

America’s Mississippi: “The Bayou”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
Miniseries Finale!

The final episode heads to the mouth of the Mississippi River as it winds through a maze of bayous to the Gulf of Mexico, where the water creates a constantly shifting landscape.

Schitt’s Creek Holiday Special
Pop TV, 10pm

Christmas comes to Schitt’s Creek for the first time ever! Well, as far as the Roses are concerned. Four years after losing their fortune and relocating to the tiny town, Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy), wife Moira (Catherine O’Hara) and their selfish kids David (Daniel Levy) and Alexis (Annie Murphy) attempt to have a jolly holiday, spurred on by Johnny’s nostalgia for their lavish parties of the past.

WWE SmackDown: “New Day’s WWE 2018 Pancake Powered Year End Super Spectacular”
USA Network, 10pm Live

New Day hosts a fun look back at all the historic, outrageous and unforgettable WWE moments of 2018. This WWE SmackDown special features Ronda Rousey, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, AJ Styles, John Cena and Becky Lynch, along with some surprise superstar sightings.

Thursday, Dec. 20

The 4th Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Extravaganza
The CW, 8pm

Hosted by Howie Mandel, this special was recorded at the biggest comedy event in the world, the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. The event features stand-up performances from some of the hottest comedians today including Amanda Seales, Maz Jobrani, Lil Rel Howery, Laurie Kilmartin, Garfunkel and Oates, and many others.

College Football: Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
ESPN, 8pm Live

Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., is the site of the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl between the Marshall Thundering Herd and the South Florida Bulls.

Timeless: “The Miracle of Christmas”
NBC, 8pm
Series Finale!

The two-hour series finale of NBC’s cult-favorite drama that was canceled, then revived, then canceled again, airs tonight. A release for the episode promises the usual thrill ride through history along with, fittingly, a “healthy dose of Christmas spirit.” The finale’s story is spread across three centuries and two continents, and will test Lucy (Abigail Spencer), Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and the whole Time Team as they try to save Rufus (Malcolm Barrett), preserve history and put a stop to Rittenhouse once and for all.

Ex on the Beach
MTV, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Rapper and actor Romeo Miller returns to Malibu Beach to host a new season of celebrities searching for love while being confronted by their past romances. This season, romantically embattled stars from SurvivorThe Bachelorette, Big Brother, Bad Girls Club, Teen Mom, The Challenge, Are You The One? and Fire Island arrive in paradise in search of love only to be blindsided by the arrival of their exes.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live

TNT’s Thursday NBA doubleheader has the Houston Rockets at the Miami Heat, followed by the Dallas Mavericks at the L.A. Clippers.

The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition
ABC, 9pm
Season Finale!

Five finalists remain in the tent as they face their final three bakes, all hoping to make it to the final round. With their toughest challenges ahead, like French custards and cakes, the heat is on where only one baker will be named America’s Best Amateur Baker.

American Pickers: “Picks in Toyland”
History, 9pm

Professional dumpster-divers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz hit the road to hunt down classic toys that may be worth more than just fond memories.

Baroness von Sketch Show
IFC, 9pm
Season Finale!

The all-female sketch comedy series from Canada ends its third season with back-to-back episodes tonight. The series will return for Season 4 next year.

WWE Monday Night RAW: “WWE Tribute to the Troops”
USA Network, 9pm

In this annual patriotic holiday special, keeping with the long-standing tradition of the USO supporting and entertaining troops at home and abroad, WWE brings together sports, entertainment and pop culture.

Murphy Brown: “Happy New Year”
CBS, 9:30pm
Season Finale!

Murphy Brown is a workplace comedy, yet some of the best moments on the revival take place between curmudgeon TV news veteran Murphy (Candice Bergen), and her grown son, Avery (Jake McDorman, Limitless). Their mother-son bond takes center stage tonight for the conclusion of an emotional two-episode arc that began last week. Avery had traveled to the Middle East to help Murphy and her CNC news network team, and while searching the country for CNC’s valuable source who’s gone quiet, Avery suddenly stops communicating with his mom. The normally steely Murphy becomes unnerved at the thought of a tragedy befalling her only boy.

Watch What Happens Live
Bravo, 11pm
Season Finale!

Rejoice, Real Housewives fans! For a special holiday outing of his talk show, Andy Cohen hosts a handful of “OG Housewives” (original franchise stars). Stopping by: Teresa Giudice (New Jersey), NeNe Leakes (Atlanta), Vicki Gunvalson (Orange County) Bethenny Frankel (New York City) and more.

Friday, Dec. 21

Vanity Fair
Amazon
New Series!

Amazon Studios and Brit TV network ITV present a star-studded, seven-part adaption of William Makepeace Thackeray’s 1848 novel, which follows upstart heroine Becky Sharp (Olivia Cooke, Ready Player One and Bates Motel) as she claws her way from poverty into the heights of English society. The series’ ensemble cast includes Tom Bateman, Suranne Jones, Martin Clunes, Johnny Flynn, Simon Russell Beale, Frances de la Tour and Michael Palin.

Bird Box
Netflix
Original Film!

Sandra Bullock leads the cast in this thriller from Emmy- and Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier (The Night Manager). When a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, Malorie (Bullock) must flee with her two children down a treacherous river to the one place left that may offer sanctuary. But to survive, they’ll have to undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded. Sarah Paulson and John Malkovich also star in this film based on Josh Malerman’s novel.

Diablero
Netflix
New Series!

In this supernatural thriller from Mexico, Father Ramiro Ventura finds himself seeking the aid of legendary “diablero,” or demon hunter, Elvis Infante. Joined by Nancy, a modern-day superhero, this improbable trio lives in a constant battle between two worlds and sets in motion a series of events that could determine the fate of humanity.

3Below: Tales of Arcadia
Netflix
Season Premiere!

The second series in producer Guillermo del Toro’s animated Tales of Arcadia trilogy that began with Trollhunters, 3Below follows two royal teenage aliens and their bodyguard, who crash-land in Arcadia after their home world is taken over by a dictator. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they struggle to blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school while trying to repair their ship so they can return to and reclaim their planet.

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
ABC, 8pm

Touched by the bond that Charlie Brown and Snoopy share, Linus and Lucy’s little brother ReRun puts a puppy at the top of his wish list on this 2003 animated favorite. Special guest star: Snoopy’s sibling from California, Spike!

A Home for the Holidays: The 20th Anniversary
CBS, 8pm

This star-studded holiday special features musical performances and uplifting stories of adoption from foster care to raise awareness of this important social issue.

Dynasty: “Crazy Lady”
The CW, 8pm

As the Carringtons track down a dangerous enemy on Christmas Eve, Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) and Blake (Grant Show) clash on how to best handle the situation. Meanwhile, Cristal (Ana Brenda Contreras) suspects Alexis (Nicollette Sheridan) may not be telling the whole truth to the authorities, and Kirby (Maddison Brown) is cast out by Anders (Alan Dale) for having an immature reaction to the grave situation at hand.

A Christmas Kiss
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

It’s a battle over a boy when high-end interior designer Priscilla (Elizabeth Röhm) and her assistant Wendy (Laura Breckenridge) vie for the attention of Priscilla’s socialite boyfriend (Brendan Fehr) while decorating his home for the holidays.

Midnight, Texas: “Patience Is a Virtue”
NBC, 8pm

Manfred (François Arnaud) and Kai (Nestor Carbonell) team up against a common foe. Olivia (Arielle Kebbel) and Bobo (Dylan Bruce) search for a way to bring Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) back to their side. Joe (Jason Lewis) gets a surprising visitor.

Christmas at Grand Valley
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!

Danica McKellar stars as Kelly, an artist who returns home to the picturesque Grand Valley for Christmas. While spending time in her favorite small town, she meets Leo (Brennan Elliott), a businessman and single dad who has brought his kids to Grand Valley to extend a work trip into a family vacation. When Kelly re-experiences her favorite Grand Valley traditions with Leo and his children, she begins to find her way back to her passion for art.

Craft in America: “California”
PBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Tonight, the Peabody Award-winning series about artisans and their handmade items features California creators, including a basket weaver reviving techniques used by the Pomo Native American tribe.

Z Nation: “At All Cost”
Syfy, 9pm

Warren (Kellita Smith) and the others must free the Talkers being held in Quarantine and prepare to attack Altura.

Van Helsing: “Christ Pose”
Syfy, 10pm

Scarlett (Missy Peregrym) is reunited with Axel (Jonathan Scarfe), but he is badly injured before they can find Vanessa (Kelly Overton). Later, a mysterious man helps them find their way.

Tales From the Tour Bus
Cinemax, 10pm
Season Finale!

The animated curiosity — an insidery oral history of music- (and headline-) makers ranging from George Jones to James Brown — ends its sophomore season of funk with the genre’s queen, Betty Davis. Her brief reign in the ’70s should provide Tales of raw performances and her symbiotic relationship with jazz legend (and, for a time, husband) Miles Davis.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Syfy Original Christmas Movie Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 10:15am

Kick off your holidays with this cheese platter of Yuletide-themed Syfy original movies, starting with Snowmageddon, and continuing with Santa Jaws, Christmas Icetastrophe, 12 Disasters of Christmas, and Santa’s Slay.

College Basketball
ESPN2 & CBS, beginning at 12pm Live

A big Saturday of college hoops tips off with Wake Forest at Tennessee on ESPN2. Connecticut takes on Villanova in the MSG Classic at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on CBS. Chicago’s United Center hosts the CBS Sports Classic doubleheader on CBS with UCLA vs. Ohio State and North Carolina vs. Kentucky.

College Football
ESPN, beginning at 12pm Live

Enjoy wall-to-wall college football postseason games on ESPN with Memphis vs. Wake Forest in the Birmingham Bowl, Army vs. Houston in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, Buffalo vs. Troy in the Dollar General Bowl and Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech in the Hawaii Bowl.

NFL Football
NFL Network, beginning at 4:30pm Live

NFL Network’s Week 16 Saturday games have the Washington Redskins at the Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens at the L.A. Chargers.

Jingle Around the Clock
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Elle Bennet’s (Brooke Nevin) plans for a Christmas reunion with her college friends are thwarted by a promotion-promising work opportunity. And when she’s forced to team up with advertising campaign “fixer” Max (Michael Cassidy), who has a completely different take on the holidays, they unexpectedly find themselves falling for each other.

The Alec Baldwin Show
ABC, 10pm

First, multitalented performer RuPaul, who revels in using all of the colors in the crayon box to push back against the establishment, sits down with Alec. Celebrating 10 years of his uber-popular RuPaul’s Drag Race, he talks about how being gay was never really a driving force in his decision-making and why he is not defined by representing change. Then, Erna Solberg, the second female prime minister in the history of Norway, joins Alec to talk about the global environmental movement in her country, its strict immigration policy and generous social system, the differences between Norway and the United States, and her passion for education and mental health among the youth.