ALSO SEE: NFL 2019 TV Schedule
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Monday, Dec. 2
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.
To help Amber get through her first Christmas since her mom passed away, Kaylie tries to buy Amber the dollhouse she always wanted. To earn money for it, Kaylie takes a job with Chewy and Jackie working as an elf for the local mall Santa.
The Great Christmas Light Fight
Season 7 of the holiday hit will once again showcase the most extravagant and utterly spectacular Christmas displays America has to offer! In each one-hour episode, four families with dazzling household displays will compete to win $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy.
NFL Football: Minnesota at Seattle
ESPN, 8pm Live
Playoff spots could be on the line in this Monday Night Football matchup at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field as Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings battle with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
9-1-1: “Christmas Spirit”
A number of holiday-related incidents spur the first responders into action in the new episode “Christmas Spirit,” as they deal with a woman literally having a “Blue Christmas” and a baggage handler who has an accident on the airport tarmac.
The Voice: “Live Top 10 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live
The top 10 artists perform live in front of coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani for America’s vote.
Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On
This four-hour documentary, airing over two nights, offers an intimate look into Garth Brooks’ life as a musician, father and man as well as the moments that have defined his decade-spanning career and seminal hit songs, featuring interviews with those who know Garth best including Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban and James Taylor.
Prodigal Son: “Silent Night”
Knowing that the Junkyard Killer was in cahoots with his father, Malcolm (Tom Payne) goes against the FBI’s wishes and continues to investigate in the new episode “Silent Night.”
The battle continues as talented gift wrappers compete to become the Wrap Battle champion and win a grand prize worth $50,000! Sheryl Underwood hosts and the judges panel includes design guru Carson Kressley and gift-wrapping expert Wanda Wen. Two episodes air back-to-back.
The Good Doctor: “Friends and Family”
Shaun (Freddie Highmore) visits his father on his deathbed and the family reunion reveals unexpected results. Meanwhile, Neil (Nicholas Gonzalez), Alex (Will Yun Lee), Morgan (Fiona Gubelmann) and Claire (Antonia Thomas) treat an injured star NFL player with severe spinal damage, and Claire addresses her mental health.
The eight-episode second season of Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman’s crafting competition series will air as a “binge-worthy” holiday treat. After premiering tonight, episodes will continue Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 9-10, before concluding with a two-hour finale on Dec. 11. Makers from Miami to Portland take fans through everything from office makeovers to 3D holiday creations.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
TNT, beginning at 7:30pm Live
A pair of Western Conference contests are on TNT tonight as the Dallas Mavericks are at the New Orleans Pelicans and the Portland Trail Blazers are at the L.A. Clippers.
Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special
This variety special will showcase the energy of Music City from Nashville’s iconic War Memorial Auditorium through a combination of Brad Paisley’s signature humor, unexpected surprises, heartfelt field pieces and rousing musical performances. Appearances include Kelsea Ballerini, Hootie & the Blowfish, the Jonas Brothers, Peyton Manning, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and more.
The Flash: “The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Pt. 2”
The CW, 8pm
With the Flash (Grant Gustin) battling Bloodwork (guest star Sendhil Ramamurthy), Iris (Candice Patton) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) fight to help Barry take control before he’s lost to Ramsey’s influence. Meanwhile, the rest of Team Flash fight to reclaim Central City from Bloodwork’s growing army.
The Resident: “Out for Blood”
Conrad (Matt Czuchry) comes under fire when a former patient files a malpractice lawsuit against him in the new episode “Out for Blood.”
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
In this original 1966 TV special based on Dr. Seuss’ classic story, Boris Karloff narrates and voices the title Grinch, who schemes to steal every material vestige of Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. But the Grinch ultimately discovers he can’t remove the spirit of Christmas from the Whos’ hearts. An encore presentation will air Dec. 25.
How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming
This animated holiday special based on the popular film franchise is set just before the emotional epilogue from the last installment of that trilogy. Worried that the new generation of Vikings doesn’t remember the bond between dragon and human, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel, reprising his film role) makes a plan to celebrate dragons with a grand holiday pageant. America Ferrera, Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson also reprise their film voice-over roles.
CMA Country Christmas
Trisha Yearwood will host and perform on this two-hour music celebration, a night filled with Christmas classics and festive one-of-a-kind performances by Yearwood, Kristin Chenoweth, For King & Country, Chris Janson, Tori Kelly, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and more.
The Real Housewives of Orange County: “Wild, Wild Key West”
The ladies drive to Key West in two divided groups. As they prepare to go to a drag show, Gina and Emily worry about something Vicki has done in regard to Kelly. Gina and Emily try to convince Vicki to come clean with Kelly about what she’s done, but instead Shannon spills the beans to Kelly. Vicki and Kelly have another argument, leading Vicki to explode. Once again on vacation, an accident occurs, which leads to another ambulance ride.
The CW, 9pm
Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) mission takes him to Lian Yu, where he tries to ignore the repercussions of the looming Crisis until he receives help from an old friend. Meanwhile, a united Team Arrow faces a recognizable villain.
24/7: Kelly Slater
This all-access, behind-the-scenes special chronicles the most famous and prolific surfer of all time, 11-time world champion Kelly Slater, during the weeks leading up to the Billabong Pipe Masters in December in Oahu, which is the last leg in the World Surf League’s Championship Tour.
The Voice: “Live Top 10 Eliminations”
NBC, 9pm Live
In the live results show, seven artists will be revealed as safe by America’s votes. The bottom three artists will then compete for the Instant Save and one will be eliminated.
College Basketball: Duke at Michigan State
ESPN, 9:30pm Live
One of the highlights of the three-day Big Ten/ACC Challenge is this rematch of the 2019 NCAA Tournament East Regional Final. Michigan State upset Duke 68-67 in that game, so Tre Jones and the Blue Devils will be looking for payback against the Spartans in East Lansing.
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
The reality series returns for another raw and intense look at life and death on the front lines of law enforcement. Each story shows the world as officers see it from the moment they get the call from dispatch. Between body camera and dashcam footage, dispatch and radio transmissions, viewers get an authentic play-by-play as the pursuit intensifies.
Making It: “Ordinary Home to Extraordinary Home”
The makers will craft projects for both inside and outside the home. First, in the Faster Craft, they will transform a plain, blank wall into an inspirational and artistic installation for the home. Then, in the Master Craft, they’ll turn a standard mailbox into something with eye-catching curb appeal.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
The Real Housewives of New Jersey: “Cut From a Different Cloth”
The feud between Jackie and Dolores reaches a fever pitch, and Teresa confronts Margaret for making jokes about the cheating rumors. As the decision on Joe’s appeal approaches, the ladies begin to speculate on his chances of winning.
Riverdale: “Chapter Sixty-Five: In Treatment”
The CW, 8pm
As residents across Riverdale begin receiving more mysterious videotapes on their doorsteps, the seniors of Riverdale High eagerly await their college decision letters. Mrs. Burble (guest star Gina Torres), the school’s guidance counselor, meets with Betty (Lili Reinhart), Archie (KJ Apa), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) to discuss what’s plaguing them.
Alaskan Bush People
Discovery Channel, 8pm
The Brown family’s quest to achieve their dream of a fully self-contained village is on the line in a brand-new season of Discovery’s reality hit.
The Masked Singer: “Clash of the Masks”
Fox, Tree, Butterfly and Thingamajig take their turns on the stage in the new episode “Clash of the Masks.”
Vikings: The Saga of Floki
This one-hour special airs just ahead of Vikings’ Season 6 premiere. Ivar the Boneless has left Kattegat on a journey to parts unknown. He encounters a stranger and is flooded with memories of his past, prompting Ivar to recount the saga of the enigmatic genius Floki.
87th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center
NBC, 8pm Live
NBC will again cover the long-running annual kickoff to the holiday season in New York City with the iconic tree-lighting at Rockefeller Center.
Pets on Sets: “Hounds for the Holidays, Part 1”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Each Wednesday night in December, Turner Classic Movies will spotlight classic films featuring various animals. Tonight’s lineup focuses on cinematic canines, beginning with 1943’s Lassie Come Home, and also including The Adventures of Rusty (1945), A Dog’s Best Friend (1960) and more.
Modern Family: “Tree’s a Crowd”
The Dunphy house is bursting at the seams when Dylan’s (Reid Ewing) hippie mom moves in and Claire’s (Julie Bowen) lonely stepdad, Jerry (guest star Ed Begley Jr.), wants to pay them a visit. Meanwhile, Jay (Ed O’Neill) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) attempt to help Manny (Rico Rodriguez) get over his big breakup with Sherry (guest star Hillary Anne Matthews).
Man vs. Bear
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Each episode of this competition series pits three grizzly bears — Bart, Honey Bump and Tank — against three new human competitors at their Utah sanctuary to test the limits of strength, speed and stamina. All challenges will be based on the bears’ natural instincts as well as predatory skills and actions, from “tug-of-war” to using brute force to roll giant logs.
This three-night, six-episode comedy follows a tight-knit but slightly dysfunctional family of five, all of whom gather in their hometown of Chicago for the “perfect” holiday. From breakups to arrests to sharing one bathroom, each family member is packing their own eccentricities and hiding secrets from the others — as if the holidays were all about carols and eggnog! Denis Leary, Elizabeth Perkins, Jay Baruchel, Chelsea Frei and François Arnaud star. Episodes 1-2 premiere tonight, with Episodes 3-4 airing Dec. 9 and Episodes 5-6 airing Dec. 10.
Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas
Jess (Aisha Dee) goes on the greatest first date of her life but inadvertently “ghosts” Ben when she tragically dies in a car accident on the way home. Stuck on Earth, Jess will need the help of her best friend Kara (Kimiko Glenn), the only person who can still see and hear her. Kendrick Sampson (Insecure) and Jazz Raycole (The Quad) also star.
The hit historical drama returns for its sixth and final season with a two-hour premiere. The 20-episode season will air in two parts; after tonight’s premiere, eight episodes will air over the following Wednesdays, with the remaining 10 episodes then airing in 2020. Series regular Katheryn Winnick will make her directorial debut with an episode this season.
Five Day Biz Fix
In each episode, spouses Chrissy and Erik Kopplin use their years of high-end retail design experience and construction know-how to overhaul a wide range of businesses in just five days for clients who cannot afford to shut down for weeks on end.
Making It: “Best Friends”
For the first time, the makers will pair up in the Faster Craft to create a coordinated couple’s costume. In the Master Craft, they’ll each show off their love for a furry friend as they make a house for a special animal in their lives.
WrestleMania’s Legendary Moments
USA Network, 10pm
John Cena narrates WrestleMania’s Legendary Moments, offering viewers a chance to relive the most spectacular WWE WrestleMania moments from the past 35 years.
Toast of London
IFC, 12am (late-night)
This BAFTA Award-winning British sitcom stars co-creator Matt Berry as Steven Toast, an eccentric, middle-aged actor with a sketchy past who spends more time dealing with his problems offstage than performing on it. The half-hour show consists of three seasons that feature guest stars like Jon Hamm.
Thursday, Dec. 5
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
As Queen Amber (Rose McIver) and King Richard (Ben Lamb) prepare for the arrival of their first baby, a priceless treaty goes missing, jeopardizing peace between Aldovia and Penglia. Can Amber figure out who the thief is before midnight strikes on Christmas Eve?
The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder returns to the bloodsucking monster genre in this sci-fi drama. He plays a doctor whose best friend (Adrian Holmes) is transformed into a murderous predator by a mysterious disease that soon begins to spread.
Supernatural: “Last Call”
The CW, 8pm
Dean (Jensen Ackles) goes off on his own to take on a case. Meanwhile, Castiel (Misha Collins) has an idea of how he can help Sam (Jared Padalecki) track down God.
NFL Football: Dallas at Chicago
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live
It’s been a rough season for Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears, but they could save some face with the Soldier Field faithful by stealing a win against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football.
A “Saturday Night Live” Christmas Special
Santa brings a bagful of some of the best Christmas-themed sketches in SNL history with this two-hour special. An encore presentation will air Dec. 23.
The Unicorn: “No Pressure”
In the new episode “No Pressure,” Wade (Walton Goggins) pretends to be dating Caroline (returning guest star Betsy Brandt) to avoid being set up on blind dates by Delia (Michaela Watkins).
Same Time, Next Christmas
Olivia Anderson (Lea Michele) is a successful young woman who met her childhood sweetheart during her family’s annual Christmas visit to Hawaii. After being separated by distance and years, the two reunite at the same Hawaiian resort, and the old chemistry between them flares up anew — but circumstances conspire to keep them apart.
This eight-episode, 30-minute series gives viewers a front-row seat to some of the most wild, unruly and outrageous courtroom moments recently caught on tape. Hosted by Dan Abrams, each episode will include interviews with judges, witnesses and victims who give a firsthand account of what really happened during these intense courtroom moments.
Sixteen new hopefuls are ready to take the runway by storm and make fashion history. Host Karlie Kloss is back, along with Christian Siriano as the mentor and returning judges Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell and Elaine Welteroth, to decide who has what it takes to make it in the industry.
Carol’s Second Act: “Therapy Dogs”
In the new episode “Therapy Dogs,” the hospital hosts therapy dogs to help care for their patients, and Carol (Patricia Heaton) helps Lexie (Sabrina Jalees) work through some emotional stress.
Evil: “Exorcism Part 2”
David (Mike Colter) is shocked to learn he is being sued for inflicting severe psychological harm on a woman (guest star Karen Pittman) after he assisted in her exorcism. Peter Scolari guest-stars as Bishop Thomas Marx in the new episode “Exorcism Part 2.”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Legendary Houston homicide detective Fil Waters recounts his six most famous cases in this new series. In each episode, viewers go into the interrogation room where they witness firsthand how Waters uses his questions to craft a pathway to answers, with a strategy and expertise that only a top-notch homicide detective can develop.
Making It: “Wreathy Street”
The makers celebrate the holidays with Nick and Amy. First, in the Faster Craft, they will make a wreath out of unconventional materials. In the Master Craft, they will build an interactive lawn display, showcasing their favorite holiday.
Friday, Dec. 6
Magic for Humans
In this holiday episode, Justin embraces the holiday spirit by visiting Santa school and teaching kids about the magic of giving.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) directed this incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda and Ray Liotta star.
Spirit Riding Free: Spirit of Christmas
In this holiday special, Lucky and her friends embark on a Christmas Eve adventure into the city to find the perfect gift, but their return to Miradero for the holiday festivities is thwarted when an avalanche derails their plans.
College Football: Pac-12 Championship Game
ABC, 8pm Live
The Pac-12 Conference football championship game takes place tonight at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Hawaii Five-0: “O ’Oe, a ’Owau, Nalo Ia Mea (You and Me, It Is Hidden)”
When Adam’s (Ian Anthony Dale) girlfriend, Tamiko (guest star Brittany Ishibashi), is kidnapped right in front of him, he shuts out Five-0 and breaks all the rules in order to get her back in the new episode “O ’Oe, a ’Owau, Nalo Ia Mea (You and Me, It Is Hidden).”
Frosty the Snowman/Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The animated Rankin/Bass classics, two of the most popular Christmas specials in television history, air back-to-back tonight.
A Storybook Christmas
If event planner Celeste Everett (Ali Liebert) is going to save her business and give her niece a happy Christmas season, she is going to need help. When the nanny she hires turns out to be a man (Jake Epstein), Celeste surprisingly realizes she may have also found Christmas love for herself.
The Blacklist: “Orion Relocation Services”
Red (James Spader) and Liz (Megan Boone) investigate Orion Relocation Services, an organization that surreptitiously facilitates the disappearance and relocation of criminals. Meanwhile, Katarina (Laila Robins) delves into the memories of an old friend in order to get additional information about the Townsend Directive.
Figure Skating: ISU Grand Prix Final
NBCSN has coverage of figure skating’s ISU Grand Prix Final from Torino, Italy, tonight and continuing tomorrow.
Young Wonders: A CNN Heroes Special
Anderson Cooper hosts this special that shares four inspiring stories of incredible young people making a difference. Plus, catch up with several past Young Wonders to see how they and their work have grown.
UFOs: The White House Files
From Truman to Trump, there has been a legacy of presidential secrecy and controversy surrounding UFOs and extraterrestrials. Could these powerful leaders have been hiding the truth from the public? Or is it possible some presidents are kept in the dark about UFOs because they can’t be trusted with such explosive information?
In the Long Run
Idris Elba leads this semiautobiographical comedy about an immigrant family in 1980s London. In Season 2, Walter is elected union representative at the factory, but a strike makes things complicated for everyone. Bagpipes is threatened by Leon’s arrival and Agnes finds a job with the local council.
Joe Pera Talks With You
Adult Swim, 12am (late-night)
The short-form, live-action comedy series returns for Season 2. The show stars comedian Joe Pera as a fictionalized version of himself, living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and teaching choir at a middle school. Pera attempts to talk directly to the audience about mundane subject matter, like lighthouses, grocery stores, how to pack a lunch and Milwaukee men’s fashion.
Saturday, Dec. 7
Big Hero 6 The Series: “The Present”
Disney XD, 7am
When Hiro finds a wrapped present in the closet, he assumes it’s from Aunt Cass and takes it in order to figure out what it is. However, after a mix-up, the present becomes lost and Hiro enlists the Big Hero 6 team to track it down.
College Football: Conference Championships
ABC, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2 & FOX, beginning at 12pm Live
It’s college football conference championship Saturday, featuring title games for the Big 12 (ABC), Sun Belt (ESPN), MAC (ESPN2), American (ABC), Mountain West (ESPN), SEC (CBS), ACC (ABC) and Big Ten (FOX).
Pearl Harbor Day Marathon
Smithsonian Channel, beginning at 2pm
Smithsonian Channel honors Pearl Harbor Day with programs devoted to World War II’s Pacific theater, including episodes of Air Warriors, America’s Hidden Stories, The Lost Tapes and The Pacific War in Color.
The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical comes to life on television! The production — filmed in front of a live studio audience — reunites original cast members from the Tony-nominated Broadway show to celebrate the cartoon’s 20th anniversary.
Give a Dog a Home Live!
Animal Planet, 8pm Live
Animal Planet’s live weekly daytime series that helps shelter animals find homes gets a primetime presentation tonight.
Office Christmas Party
What better way to land the big client who is so desperately needed than to throw an epic Christmas party with him as the guest of honor? Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller and Jennifer Aniston star in this 2016 holiday comedy.
A Christmas Love Story
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
A youth choir director (Kristin Chenoweth) who needs to write a big song for a Christmas Eve show is distracted when a boy with a golden voice joins her choir, which comes as a surprise to his widowed father (Scott Wolf).
When Marla’s (Vanessa Lachey) dog runs away on Christmas Eve, she must team up with her ex-boyfriend Max (Christopher Russell) to find him. As the pup leads the exes on an all-day-and-night search through their North Carolina hometown, they revisit people, places and things that remind them of the Christmases they spent together.
He’s Out to Get You
Megan (Samaire Armstrong) suffers a major tragedy when her son and husband are killed in a car crash. After four years in a mental health institution, she goes to stay with her brother in her hometown to attempt to get her life back together. But once Megan arrives, her brother disappears. And now none of the townspeople remember him ever existing. Is Megan losing her mind, or is there something more nefarious at work here?
A Homecoming for the Holidays
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Country singer Charlotte (Laura Osnes) is home for the holidays and her brother’s fellow ex-soldier Matt (Stephen Huszar) is in town. While writing her new album, Charlotte works with Matt to build a house for a friend in town.
Saturday Night Live: “Jennifer Lopez/DaBaby”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Jennifer Lopez makes her third appearance as SNL host, while recording artist DaBaby will make his first appearance as musical guest.