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Monday, Nov. 18: Chiefs vs. Chargers on ‘MNF’ in Mexico City

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All Times Eastern.

Monday, Nov. 18

NFL Football: Kansas City at L.A. Chargers (at Mexico City)
ESPN, 8pm Live

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs duel with Philip Rivers and L.A. Chargers in this Monday Night Football matchup at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

College Basketball: Utah Valley at Kentucky
ESPN2, 7pm Live

The Utah Valley Wolverines visit Rupp Arena in Lexington for a matchup against the Kentucky Wildcats.

The Voice: “Live Top 13 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live

The top 13 artists perform live in front of coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani for America’s vote. This week’s theme is Dedications Week, so the artists will perform songs dedicated to someone special.

All Rise: “Maricela and the Desert”
CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “Maricela and the Desert,” Lola (Simone Missick) and Emily (Jessica Camacho) find themselves on opposing sides when the key witness in a murder trial is the victim’s 11-year-old daughter.

Love It or List It
HGTV, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Design pro Hilary Farr and real estate expert David Visentin try to sway more homeowners who are on the fence about moving. Tonight, Hilary aims to please by making over a cracked ceiling and closed-off rooms. David searches for an upgraded abode.

American Masters: “N. Scott Momaday: Words From a Bear”
PBS, 9pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet N. Scott Momaday is best known for House Made of Dawn. He is a formative voice of the Native American Renaissance in art and literature.

The Good Doctor: “Moonshot”
ABC, 10pm

Carly’s (Jasika Nicole) attempts at increasing her intimacy with Shaun (Freddie Highmore) are becoming more of a frustration than either of them expected. Meanwhile, Lim (Christina Chang) and Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) struggle in their relationship as they work to separate their work from their personal life.

Bluff City Law: “Ave Maria”
NBC, 10pm

Elijah (Jimmy Smits) and Sydney (Caitlin McGee) help a Catholic teacher who is fired from her school after undergoing IVF treatment. Anthony (Michael Luwoye) gets involved with Briana’s (MaameYaa Boafo) nephew when he is prohibited from competing on the high school wrestling team.

Blind Date
Bravo, 11:30pm
New Series!

In the age of social media, where preconceived notions dominate and dating apps thrive on a swipe left or right, hopeful singles looking to form a true connection — or perhaps just any connection — take the ultimate plunge when they embark on a blind date. A nod to the original format with a modernized twist to match social media trends, each half-hour episode focuses on two couples of varying ethnicity, sexual orientation and age.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Star of the Month: Bette Davis
TCM, beginning at 6am

Bette Davis classics from the 1940s are spotlighted today, with titles including The Little Foxes (1941), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), Now, Voyager (1942), Mr. Skeffington (1945) and more.

The Conners: “Slappy Holidays”
ABC
, 8pm
Conner family tensions run higher than a thermometer in a Thanksgiving turkey on tonight’s episode, and Katey Sagal has a front-row seat as Louise, the La Casita Bonita manager who fancies widower Dan (John Goodman). She scores an invite to their holiday dinner — where Darlene (Sara Gilbert) continues to vote against the financial gamble of her sister, Becky (Lecy Goranson), and Aunt Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) reviving the Lanford Lunch Box restaurant.

NCIS: “Musical Chairs”
CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “Musical Chairs,” the NCIS team investigates the murder of a musician in the Navy’s most elite band that performs at diplomatic events around the world.

The Resident: “Woman Down”
FOX, 8pm

In the new episode “Woman Down,” one of Chastain Memorial Hospital’s own is brought into the emergency room with life-threatening injuries, and the staff rallies around each other to try to save her life.

The Voice: “Live Top 13 Eliminations”
NBC, 8pm Live

In the live results show, 10 artists will be revealed as safe by America’s votes. The bottom three artists will then compete for the Instant Save and one artist will move on.

NHL Hockey
NBCSN, beginning at 8pm Live

Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning are in St. Louis to face off against Ryan O’Reilly and the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues, followed by Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers in San Jose to clash with Logan Couture and the Sharks.

The Real Housewives of Orange County: “Viral Videos and Vendettas”
Bravo, 9pm

A video of Tamra listing rumors about Kelly goes viral, which causes Kelly to retaliate. While Shannon prepares for divorce court, Kelly makes contact with her mother and her brother for the first time in two years. Things get wild when Braunwyn throws a weaning party to celebrate the end of 19 years of breastfeeding.

FBI: “Codename: Ferdinand”
CBS
, 9pm
Who says you don’t get to know characters’ personal lives on procedurals? Agent Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) finds herself revisiting the death of her reporter husband when investigating a similar scenario: A photographer is killed in a car crash that may or may not have been an accident.

Moonshiners
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Season 9 of the reality series returns to the most remote corners of Appalachia to follow America’s most daring outlaw distillers as they make authentic spirits and fight for their historic way of life.

Relatively Evil: “Blood Money”
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
Season Finale!

After years in foster care, 19-year-old Matthew Graville reunites with his long-lost biological brother, Jeffrey Voglesberg. Soon after Matthew becomes immersed in the family dynamics, cracks in the newly formed facade begin to appear. The ongoing rivalry and resentment lead to an unbelievable crime and coverup.

This Is Us: “So Long, Marianne”
NBC, 9pm

The Pearson family gathers for their first Thanksgiving at Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) Philadelphia townhouse.

black-ish: “O Mother Where Art Thou?”
ABC, 9:30pm

When Dre (Anthony Anderson) discovers that Lynette (guest star Loretta Devine) is an art aficionado like himself, the two quickly bond and become close, but he begins to feel guilty since he is spending more time with her than with Ruby (Jenifer Lewis). Meanwhile, Junior (Marcus Scribner) introduces Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) to virtual reality.

NCIS: New Orleans: “The Order of the Mongoose”
CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “The Order of the Mongoose,” Sebastian (Rob Kerkovich) calls the NCIS team to assist with a possible kidnapping case when a dignitary’s son he was assigned to protect disappears from a local concert venue.

Tosh.0
Comedy Central, 10pm
Season Finale!

Daniel Tosh wraps up Season 11 of his irreverent series delving into all aspects of the internet.

New Amsterdam: “The Island”
NBC, 10pm

When an inmate comes in with an entirely preventable illness, Max (Ryan Eggold), Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) and Iggy (Tyler Labine) head directly to the source — Rikers Island. Meanwhile, Bloom (Janet Montgomery) struggles with her recovery, and Reynolds (Jocko Sims) gets news that could change his life.

Frontline: “For Sama”
PBS, 10pm

This is the astonishing personal story of a young Syrian mother’s perseverance through the siege of Aleppo. Told as a love letter from a mother to her daughter, the film explores the agonizing dilemma of whether to abandon Aleppo and the fight for freedom.

The Jim Jefferies Show
Comedy Central, 10:30pm
Season Finale!

Australian comedian and late-night host Jim Jefferies finishes Season 3 of his series that takes an unapologetic, honest and international approach to culture and politics.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live

The Golden State Warriors are on the road against the Dallas Mavericks in the first game of ESPN’s NBA doubleheader. In the second game, the Boston Celtics are in L.A. to face the Clippers.

Riverdale: “Chapter Sixty-Four: The Ice Storm”
The CW, 8pm

Archie’s (KJ Apa) plan to host a peaceful Thanksgiving dinner at the community center quickly gets derailed when some unexpected guests arrive. Stranded at Stonewall Prep by an ice storm, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) search for clues about a recent death on campus.

Chicago Med: “I Can’t Imagine the Future”
NBC, 8pm

April (Yaya DaCosta) receives unfortunate news that makes her question her future with Ethan (Brian Tee). Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) and Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) see tough times on the horizon. Natalie’s (Torrey DeVitto) memory from before the accident starts to return.

NHL Hockey: Washington at N.Y. Rangers
NBCSN, 8pm Live

NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Hockey features the Washington Capitals in New York City’s Madison Square Garden to skate against the Rangers.

Nature: “Bears”
PBS, 8pm

Follow the adventures of bears across the globe, from the mighty grizzly to the bamboo-eating panda.

The Real Housewives of Dallas: “Babes in Thailand”
Bravo, 9pm

The Dallas ladies’ first day of the trip is jam-packed as they explore all Thailand has to offer. But it’s not all fun and leisure: LeeAnne and Kary remain at odds, and when D’Andra shows up to dinner wearing LeeAnne’s L’Infinity dress as a joke, LeeAnne thinks it’s no laughing matter.

SEAL Team: “The Ones You Can’t See”
CBS, 9pm
Bravo Team is on a mission to help the Secret Service prevent a sniper attack on U.S. dignitaries. But the brutal physical nature of the job may be catching up with team leader Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz), who contemplates surgery for an injury.

Holmes and Holmes
DIY Network, 9pm
Renovation pro Mike Holmes has some bad news for the homeowners of his latest project (otherwise known
as the Half Done House). During demolition, he found faulty electrical wiring, careless construction work and shoddy plumbing. More money down the drain?

Chicago Fire: “Best Friend Magic”
NBC, 9pm

An unexpected visit throws Casey (Jesse Spencer) for a loop. Severide (Taylor Kinney) sets out to exonerate a wrongly convicted arsonist. Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) pays the price for burning the candle at both ends. Cruz (Joe Minoso) goes on a mission to fix one of Otis’ (Yuri Sardarov) old toys.

Stumptown: “November Surprise”
ABC, 10pm
Antisocial private eye Dex (Cobie Smulders) has two goals in this episode of the action-packed freshman drama: dig up dirt on a politician by going undercover on his staff, and survive Friendsgiving at the bar Bad Alibi.

Back in the Game
CNBC, 10pm
Baseball great Alex Rodriguez rehabs the reputations and finances of the once-famous in this series. Tonight’s mentee: original American Idol cohost Brian Dunkleman.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
FXX, 10pm
Season Finale!

The Paddy’s Pub gang ends Season 14 of the comedy with back-to-back episodes that go from a debate over women’s haircuts to a debate over why they play laser tag.

Chicago P.D.: “Absolution”
NBC, 10pm

In the fall finale, Halstead’s (Jesse Lee Soffer) secret, ongoing relationship with a woman connected to another case puts him in jeopardy.

Thursday, Nov. 21

Murder, She Wrote: “Something Borrowed, Someone Blue”
Cozi TV, 1pm
Maude’s Bill Macy, who passed away last month, guest-stars as the playboy uncle of the bride when Grady (Michael Horton), beloved nephew of mystery writer Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), weds in this 1989 episode of the drama. Worth it just to hear him coo, “Kinky.”

Chasing the Sun
Ovation, 7pm
Season Finale!

Former pro surfer and model Stephen Friedman’s travel series — which focuses the camera on the locals, not him — wraps up with a two-parter set in the northeast of Brazil. It’s for anyone who values conversation above scenery, though the sight of passionate young men and women practicing the acrobatic sport capoeira would certainly qualify as an amazing view.

Grey’s Anatomy: “Let’s All Go to the Bar”
ABC, 8pm

Jo (Camilla Luddington) becomes a safe haven volunteer and gets a call that a baby has been dropped off at Station 19. Meanwhile, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) moves forward with her life after facing the medical board, and Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) swap pregnancy updates.

Young Sheldon: “The Sin of Greed and a Chimichanga From Chi-Chi’s”
CBS, 8pm

The university makes George Sr. (Lance Barber) a lucrative job offer in the hopes of recruiting Sheldon (Iain Armitage) in the new episode “The Sin of Greed and a Chimichanga From Chi-Chi’s.”

College Football: NC State at Georgia Tech
ESPN, 8pm Live

The NC State Wolfpack are at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta for an ACC clash against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

NFL Football: Indianapolis at Houston
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live

Week 12 of the NFL season kicks off with the Thursday Night Football matchup in the AFC South between the Indianapolis Colts and the Texans at Houston’s NRG Stadium.

Superstore: “Curbside Pickup”
NBC, 8pm

As part of a new corporate initiative Dina (Lauren Ash) is spearheading, Jonah (Ben Feldman), Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and other overworked employees have to rush items directly to shoppers’ cars. Amy’s (America Ferrera) brother Eric (George Salazar) visits the store, and Amy thinks she sees a spark with Mateo (Nico Santos). Garrett (Colton Dunn) is impressed by a customer’s high-tech purchase.

Directed by John Ford
TCM, beginning at 8pm

Enjoy an evening of films helmed by legendary director John Ford, beginning with The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) and also featuring The Searchers (1956), The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and more. The evening will also include a 2018 documentary called John Ford: The Man Who Invented America.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live

The Portland Trail Blazers visit Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. In TNT’s second game, the New Orleans Pelicans are in Arizona to take on the Phoenix Suns.

The Unicorn: “Turkeys and Traditions”
CBS
, 8:30pm
Tonight, the show about widower Wade Felton navigating parenthood and dating after the loss of his wife continues to find the humor amid the pain when Wade and his girls host Thanksgiving for their friends and extended family, including his opinionated sister-in-law (guest star Annie Mumolo).

Perfect Harmony: “Thanks-Taking”
NBC, 8:30pm

Jax (Rizwan Manji) convinces Arthur (Bradley Whitford) to join the choir’s progressive Thanksgiving dinner and snoop in various choir members’ homes to find a missing item. Meanwhile, Adams (Tymberlee Hill) invites her handsome contractor to dinner as a setup for Ginny (Anna Camp), but he has something else in mind.

A Million Little Things: “time stands still”
ABC, 9pm

Rome (Romany Malco) helps PJ (Chandler Riggs) through a personal crisis, while Gary (James Roday) and Maggie’s (Allison Miller) relationship takes a turn. Delilah (Stephanie Szostak), Eddie (David Giuntoli) and Katherine (Grace Park) make tough decisions that will affect their families.

The Good Place: “The Answer”
NBC, 9pm

In an attempt to plan a better future, Chidi (William Jackson Harper) considers his past.

Carol’s Second Act: “Sick and Retired”
CBS, 9:30pm
Guest Star Alert!

Carol (Patricia Heaton) jealously witnesses what retirement would have looked like for her when her dear friend Phyllis (guest star Jane Kaczmarek) is admitted to the hospital in the new episode “Sick and Retired.”

Will & Grace: “The Grief Panda”
NBC, 9:30pm

In the aftermath of Will (Eric McCormack) and McCoy (Matt Bomer) breaking up, Grace (Debra Messing) and Jack (Sean Hayes) hire the Grief Panda to help Will process his pain. With Karen (Megan Mullally) completely occupied with her new baseball team, Grace believes that she has to fire Karen in order to set her free.

Law & Order: SVU: “Can’t Be Held Accountable”
NBC, 10pm

A fellow detective asks the SVU for help when he suspects his two daughters are being groomed by a serial predator. Kat (Jamie Gray Hyder) disobeys the captain’s orders.

Friday, Nov. 22

Wizarding World Week
Syfy, various times

Starting tonight and through Wednesday, Nov. 27, celebrate the Wizarding World with all of the Harry Potter films as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Hawaii Five-0: “Ka la’au kumu ‘ole o Kahilikolo (The Trunkless Tree of Kahilikolo)”
CBS, 8pm

Crime doesn’t take a Thanksgiving break! Tonight, the Task Force seeks a stolen koa tree (valued at more than a million dollars) that could help solve a 15-year-old case. Also, Danny (Scott Caan) temporarily moves in with partner McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin).

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live

LaMarcus Aldridge leads the San Antonio Spurs into Philadelphia to face Joel Embiid and the 76ers, followed by James Harden and the Houston Rockets visiting L.A.’s Staples Center to clash with Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers.

The Magical Christmas Shoes
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

A pair of magical shoes steps into Kayla Hummel’s (Erin Karpluk) holiday season, allowing her to rediscover her Christmas spirit and find love, too. Damon Runyan also stars.

The Blacklist: “The Hawaladar”
NBC, 8pm

Desperate for information about the whereabouts of a longtime friend, Red (James Spader) directs the task force to find a blacklister who specializes in untraceable money transfers. Meanwhile, Liz (Megan Boone) receives some disturbing news from her daughter Agnes.

Fresh Off the Boat: “TMI: Too Much Integrity”
ABC, 8:30pm

Newbie business consultant Louis (Randall Park) helps his neighbor Honey (Chelsey Crisp) land a slot on Good Morning Orlando to promote her advice blog for moms. Unfortunately for him — but good for the sake of comedy — he forgets Rule No. 1: Keep the client happy!

Carole’s Christmas
OWN, 9pm
Original Film!

An overworked businesswoman (Kimberly Elise) learns the meaning of “be careful what you wish for” after she offhandedly wishes she had taken another path in life. Her world is turned upside down when that wish comes true.

Great Performances: “Much Ado About Nothing”
PBS, 9pm

Recorded live at the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park performance, this modern interpretation of the romantic classic has an all-black cast that features Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black) and Grantham Coleman.

College Football: Colorado State at Wyoming
ESPN2, 9:30pm Live

Mountain West Conference foes collide at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie as the Colorado State Rams visit the Wyoming Cowboys.

Long Lost Family: “An Adult Orphan”
TLC, 10pm

Cohost Lisa Joyner hopes that locating a man’s biological mother will finally allow him to overcome his lifelong struggle with abandonment, while cohost Chris Jacobs is tasked with finding a woman’s only child and delivering the difficult details of her daughter’s birth story.

Comedy Central Standup Presents
Comedy Central, 11pm
Season Finale!

Comedy Central’s showcase of up-and-coming standup comedians closes the curtain on Season 8 with back-to-back episodes featuring Charles Gould and Sara Schaefer.

Saturday, Nov. 23

The Kitchen: Thanksgiving Live
Food Network, 11am

Hosts Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro and Geoffrey Zakarian are joined by Alton Brown for this interactive two-hour event that offers recipes, tips and snack hacks perfect for those cooking on Turkey Day.

College Football: Boston College at Notre Dame
NBC, 2:30pm Live

In a college football rivalry nicknamed the “Holy War,” the Boston College Eagles land in Notre Dame Stadium for a Saturday afternoon showdown with the Fighting Irish.

Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Adrian Grenier, Kaitlin Doubleday, Priscilla Presley and Chase Bryant star in this rom-com that takes place at the legendary home of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Elvis Presley.

Twinkle All the Way
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

To pull off a spectacular Christmas-themed wedding at the exclusive Snowview Lodge, wedding planner Cadence Clark (Sarah Drew) joins forces with Henry Harrison (Ryan McPartlin), the co-owner of a family-run Christmas decoration and house-lighting company. As the pair help each other on their big holiday projects, a romance starts to bloom until a snowstorm threatens everything. Leslie Ann Warren also stars.

My Husband’s Secret Twin
LMN, 8pm
Original Film!

Melanie (Charlotte Graham) suspects that her husband Derrick (Rick Cosnett), the man she has known for years, is not who she married. As his actions grow stranger, she embarks on a quest to find out what’s wrong by studying her husband’s odd behavior, following his every move and probing into his past. Sofia Mattsson also stars.

Turkey Drop
Freeform, 9pm
Original Film!

When Lucy Jacobs (Olivia Holt) returns to her small town for Thanksgiving after the start of her freshman year at a big-city university, she suspects she’s about to get turkey dropped — dumped by her high school sweetheart. To avoid a Turkey Day travesty, Lucy gets out of her comfort zone, takes control of her happiness and proves that she’s not the same play-it-safe girl she was in high school. Also stars Cheryl Hines, Ben Levin and Tyler Perez.

Holiday Hearts
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!

While planning an annual Christmas party, Peyton (Ashley Williams) and Ben (Paul Campbell) are forced to work together to care for a friend’s daughter. While finding their Christmas spirit, the pair also discovers a spark of romance.