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Friday, Dec. 4
Follow Frank (Tom Selleck), Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), Erin (Bridget Moynahan) and the rest of the Reagan family as they work to protect and serve the people of New York City in Season 11 of the police drama. Frank is challenged by City Council Speaker Regina Thomas (returning guest star Whoopi Goldberg) over protests against police brutality in the premiere episode “Triumph Over Trauma.”
— Blue Bloods (@BlueBloods_CBS) December 2, 2020
Season 4 of the animated adult comedy about kids focuses on the anxiety of growing up, figuring out who you are, discovering yourself and accepting yourself. The season starts at summer camp before the characters head to eighth grade. Ayo Edebiri joins the main voice cast this season, replacing Jenny Slate as Missy. Guest voices in Season 4 include Zach Galifianakis, Maria Bamford, Seth Rogen, Lena Waithe, John Oliver, Sterling K. Brown and Paul Giamatti.
Captain Underpants Mega Blissmas
George and Harold love Christmas, but they feel like it could use some upgrades. So they make a comic about a new version of the holiday: Blissmas. For example, instead of red bows — laser shows; instead of decorating trees — creating tree-bots. The boys take Melvin’s time toad back to convince Santa to incorporate some of their ideas into the holiday, but they come back to the present to find that their plan didn’t work quite how they’d hoped, and they realize they need to help Santa remember the true meaning of Christmas before it’s gone forever.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Starting today, the classic 1965 Peanuts holiday special streams exclusively on Apple TV+. The special will be available for free from Dec. 11-13, and it will air on television on PBS and PBS Kids on Dec. 13.
Earth at Night in Color
This landmark natural history series narrated by Tom Hiddleston uses next-generation cameras to reveal the nocturnal lives of animals — in color — for the first time ever. Filmed across six continents, from the Arctic Circle to the African grasslands, the pioneering series follows the moonlit dramas of animals at night, revealing new insights and never-before-seen behaviors.
Set at Christmastime, this is a comedy about Eleanor (Jillian Bell), a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training who, upon hearing that her chosen profession is facing extinction, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. Finding a mislaid letter from a 12-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks her down and discovers that the girl, Mackenzie, is now a 40-year-old single mom (Isla Fisher) working at a news station in Boston. Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie has all but given up on the idea of “happily ever after,” but Eleanor is bound and determined to give Mackenzie a happiness makeover — whether she likes it or not.
The Great British Baking Show: Holidays
’Tis the season — Season 3, to be specific — for eight returning bakers to vie for the holiday crown as they race to make wondrous winter treats.
The Hardy Boys
After a family tragedy strikes, Frank Hardy (Rohan Campbell), 16, and his brother Joe (Alexander Elliot), 12, are forced to move from the big city to Bridgeport for the summer. Staying with their Aunt Trudy (Bea Santos), Frank and Joe’s quiet summer quickly comes to a halt when they discover their dad, Detective Fenton Hardy (James Tupper), has taken on a secret investigation. Realizing that their dad may be onto something, the boys take it upon themselves to start an investigation of their own, and suddenly everyone in town is a suspect.
In this dark comedy from Turkey, Adem (Haluk Bilginer) decides to end his 20-year marriage to Leyla (Demet Akbag) for his gorgeous mistress Nergis (Elcin Sangu). But it seems that it is nearly impossible to get rid of Leyla naturally, and if Adem doesn’t find a solution, his forbidden lover will slip through his fingers very soon. Besides his love life, Adem also has to deal with Mr. Mahdum (Firat Tanis) — who is after Adem’s antique handwritten manuscript — and his jealous lawyer Greed (Alican Yucesoy).
David Fincher (Seven, The Social Network) directed this biographical drama from a script written by his father, Jack Fincher, in the 1990s, before his passing in 2003. The plot centers around legendary screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) and his battles with filmmaker Orson Welles (Tom Burke) over screen credit for the classic 1941 film Citizen Kane. Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins and Arliss Howard also star.
Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special
Music icon Mariah Carey rings in the holiday season with this star-studded production. Faced with a holiday cheer crisis, the North Pole knows there’s only one person who can save the day: Santa’s friend, Mariah Carey. Combining musical performances, dynamic dancing and groundbreaking animation, the undisputed Queen of Christmas jumps into action to create a holiday spectacular to make the whole world merry. A special lineup of guest superstars includes Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris. Extra special appearances are also made by Carey’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe.
Selena: The Series
This scripted series dramatizes the life of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the beloved Mexican-American Tejano singer who was a massive worldwide star before she was fatally shot in 1995 at age 23. The nine-episode series, made with the participation and authorization of the Quintanilla family, stars Christian Serratos (The Walking Dead) as the late singer, with Madison Taylor Baez portraying her as a child. The first part of the series drops today, with the second part coming at a later date.
Sound of Metal
Amazon Prime Video
During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career — and with it, his life — is over. His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben has to choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew.
Based on the Scholastic book series Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth, this animated series centers on siblings Karl, Addy and Michael, typical kids with typical kid challenges who happen to have a not-so-typical next-door neighbor: Stillwater, a wise panda. Through his example, stories and gentle humor, Stillwater gives the children a deeper understanding of their feelings as well as tools that help them face their own day-to-day challenges. Stillwater also brings newfound fun and adventure for the three, opening their eyes to the quiet wonders of the world around them and guiding them to their place within it.
Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) and Michael (Chad Duell) discuss their relationship. Nina (Cynthia Watros) is compassionate. Carly (Laura Wright) is furious with Julian (William deVry). Ava (Maura West) and Nik (Marcus Coloma) come to a mutual understanding. Trina (Sydney Mikayla) has something important to tell Joss (Eden McCoy).
Kid of the Year
Trevor Noah hosts this special featuring the top five finalists for the first ever Kid of the Year honor, a multiplatform initiative recognizing extraordinary young leaders who are making a positive impact in their communities. Kristen Bell, Simone Biles, Brie Larson, Zachary Levi and Russell Westbrook are among the celebrity guests.
Cousins from Houston, Texas, prove it’s go big or go home with their line of giant, inflatable holiday ornaments. A husband and wife from Normal, Illinois, have come up with a solution for his lingering in the bathroom. An entrepreneur from Salt Lake City, Utah, shares his unique way to shred on the slopes, while an entrepreneur from Windham, New Hampshire, alerts the Sharks to a safety hazard for kids in the winter.
Lucas Till is back as MacGyver in Season 5 of the action crime drama. In the premiere episode “Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness,” Mac and his team infiltrate a glamorous hotel used as an international hideout for criminals.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade Greatest Moments
The CW, 8pm
This special will highlight all the greatest and most special moments of the past parades.
My Lottery Dream Home: “Mountain High Dreams”
It’s not always a lottery ticket that leads to an unexpected windfall. When Florida couple Rick and Alicia received an inheritance from a long-lost great uncle, they suddenly found themselves $900,000 richer. Now they’re headed to the mountains of Blue Ridge, Georgia, to buy the perfect vacation home for their family. But while Alicia has set a budget of $400,000 to $600,000, Rick has other ideas. He’s keen to find something with a spectacular view, and in Blue Ridge, that won’t come cheap. Can David Bromstad help Rick convince Alicia to blow the budget on an incredible vacation home?
Too Close for Christmas
When Hayley (Jessica Lowndes) accepts an invitation to spend Christmas with her sister’s new in-laws, her seemingly perfect holiday takes a turn when Luke (Chad Michael Murray), Hayley’s brother-in-law’s brother, unexpectedly shows up. Still harboring a grudge against Luke for ending her last relationship, Hayley reluctantly spends time with Luke and slowly realizes she may have been too quick to judge him.
The Osbournes Want to Believe: “Journey into the Unknown”
Travel Channel, 8pm
Jack shares video evidence of UFOs, aggressive poltergeists, haunted dolls and strange beasts with a skeptical Ozzy and Sharon in an attempt to turn his parents into believers.
Magnum (Jay Hernandez) and Higgins (Perdita Weeks) are back on the case in Hawaii as Season 3 begins. In the premiere episode “Double Jeopardy,” the team is caught in a plot for revenge when they’re hired to find a missing person.
Biggest Little Christmas Showdown: “A Tiny Dickens Christmas”
Three new teams of the nation’s top designers and renovators, with Tony Award-winning actor James Monroe Iglehart as host, will compete to create unbelievable Charles Dickens Christmas-themed masterpieces from scratch in the ultimate building battle. They are competing for a chance to win a prize worth $50,000 and a supersized design surprise!
Ancient Aliens: “The Galactic Keyhole”
The mysterious symbol of the keyhole exists in mystic texts, sacred architecture and ancient artwork found all over the planet. Could this cryptic shape represent a profound connection to the cosmos? And is it a clue that was left behind by extraterrestrials who visited Earth thousands of years ago?
American Masters: “Keith Haring: Street Art Boy”
Explore the definitive story of international art sensation Keith Haring, who blazed a trail through the art scene of ’80s New York and revolutionized the worlds of pop culture and fine art. The film features previously unheard interviews with Haring.
Macho: The Hector Camacho Story
This documentary offers an unflinching look at the remarkable life, storied career and unsolved murder of one of boxing’s greatest showmen and debuts on Showtime two weeks after the eighth anniversary of Camacho’s fatal shooting in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The film celebrates Camacho’s boxing skills and delves into the legendary fighter’s troubled mind and spirit, his battle with addiction, and the inner turmoil that ultimately led to his demise — a mysterious double homicide on a roadside in November 2012.
Martha Knows Best
In “Winter Is Coming,” Martha prepares the farm for the frigid season ahead, all the while eager to leave the crazy year of 2020 behind. Then, Martha teaches Drew Barrymore and Leslie Odom Jr. how to ring in the new year. In the next episode, “New Year, New Garden,” everyone stocks up on champagne to usher in the new year, and Martha plants and prepares nothing but healthy foods in order to start 2021 off right. Then, Martha, Lauren Conrad, Post Malone and DJ Khaled all reflect on the dour 2020, but whistle a different tune as they look ahead to the future.
King Solomon’s Mines
Catch a Classic!
Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger headline this 1950 old-school adventure classic based on H. Rider Haggard’s novel. The plot finds Elizabeth Curtis (Kerr) hiring thrill-seeking explorer Allan Quatermain (Granger) when her husband goes missing in Africa during a diamond expedition. Enticed by the hefty payday, Quatermain accepts the ill-fated assignment, and the pair embark on a grueling journey, despite the fact that no other expeditions have ever returned from the uncharted territory. Fighting off wild beasts and tribal natives, the two begin falling in love. Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, the film won two, for its cinematography and its editing.
Saturday, Dec. 5
Detention: The Series
This Chinese-language thriller is based on a popular Taiwanese adventure game. At a high school in the 1990s, transfer student Yunxiang Liu (Lingwei Lee) accidentally steps into the forbidden area on the campus and encounters the ghost of Ruixin Fang (Ning Han). Fang later unveils the hidden history and trauma of how a group of young students and teachers were persecuted as they fought for freedom during Taiwan’s White Terror era of authoritarianism from 1949-87. Their stories keep coming back to the school like haunting nightmares.
Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas
Mandy Mail must deliver a load of late Christmas letters to the North Pole, then all the trains join in to help Santa deliver the presents during a big storm.
Rankin/Bass Animagic Weekend
AMC, beginning at 6am
Catch a Classic!
Today and tomorrow, enjoy several hours each day of classic and beloved stop-motion-animated TV holiday specials from famed producers Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass. Throughout the weekend, you can enjoy The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974), Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976), Jack Frost (1979), Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979), Pinocchio’s Christmas (1980), The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1985) and more.
College Basketball: Gonzaga vs. Baylor
CBS, 1pm Live
Two of college basketball’s elite teams meet at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis as the Baylor Bears take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a nonconference contest on CBS.
Hannibal Lecter Triple Feature
HDNet Movies, beginning at 4:45pm
Enjoy back-to-back-to-back thrillers featuring Anthony Hopkins in each of his performances as infamous serial killer Hannibal Lecter. The marathon begins with 2002’s Red Dragon; continues with Hopkins’ iconic and chilling first turn as Lecter, his Best Actor Oscar-winning performance in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs; and concludes with Hannibal (2001).
Baby Chimp Rescue
BBC America, 8pm
In Liberia, West Africa, Jim and Jenny Desmond operate a sanctuary for young orphaned chimpanzees rescued from the illegal pet trade. This three-part series follows the Desmonds as they prepare the chimps for life in the wild by teaching them essential physical and social skills. In the premiere episode, “Miracles Can Happen,” the Desmonds rescue a chimp named Miracle and introduce her to life at their facility.
Kid of the Year
Encoring on CBS after its premiere yesterday on Nickelodeon, this special features the top five finalists for the first ever Kid of the Year honor, a multiplatform initiative recognizing extraordinary young leaders who are making a positive impact in their communities. Kristen Bell, Simone Biles, Brie Larson, Zachary Levi and Russell Westbrook are among the celebrity guests, and Trevor Noah hosts.
Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
As Michelle’s (Holly Robinson Peete) wedding approaches, Hannah (Rukiya Bernard) steps up to help finish the launch of the new Evergreen museum while questioning her relationship and future with Elliot (Antonio Cayonne). Also stars Colin Lawrence and Barbara Niven.
Let’s Meet Again on Christmas Eve
When college sweethearts Corinne (Kyla Pratt) and Rob (Brooks Darnell) get opportunities on opposite sides of the world, they decide to part ways and meet again in two years on Christmas Eve to see if they are really meant to be. However, when one shows up and the other doesn’t, the fate of their romance seems to have reached the end. Many years later, the two end up bumping into one another when they are both hired to help bring together a Christmas Eve wedding. With many questions left unanswered, they are about to embark on a journey filled with romance and magic, just in time for Christmas Eve.
Secrets in the Snow
Christina (Aubrey Reynolds) is looking forward to going to the wintry countryside with her new boyfriend, Ted (Travis Caldwell), and meeting his family for the first time. But when an unexpected guest arrives, Christina is quickly brought into Ted’s family drama surrounding the mysterious death of his older brother, Paul. After learning Paul’s death may not have been accidental, Christina begins to wonder if his killer is someone close to home.
Play On: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change
This one-hour charity benefit concert special originating from venues in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville features performers from a wide variety of musical genres. Actor/musician Kevin Bacon and hip-hop star Eve host.
History’s Greatest Mysteries: “The Escape of John Wilkes Booth”
It has long been believed that 12 days after the assassination of President Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth suffered a fatal gunshot wound while resisting arrest for the crime. Today, members of the Booth family believe he faked his death, reunited with his wife, remarried under an assumed name and eventually revealed his true identity in a series of clues. Investigators now have access to 60 boxes of materials at Harvard University that could speak to the mystery, and for the first time, use DNA to address the question.
Most Terrifying With Jason Hawes
Travel Channel, 9pm
World-renowned paranormal investigator Jason Hawes uncovers the world’s most horrifying haunts in this series. In tonight’s premiere, Hawes uncovers haunted ruins including an abandoned amusement park, a sinister grain silo and a long-shuttered subterranean factory forever stalked by restless spirits and malevolent creatures.
Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 10pm
In this movie from executive producer Blake Shelton, five guests are mysteriously invited to an inn to celebrate Christmas. With the help of the owner Ben (Stephen Huszar), Sarah (Lacey Chabert) discovers that an event from the past may connect them and change their lives forever.
Destination Fear: “Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum”
Travel Channel, 10pm
The team heads to West Virginia to explore the most haunted asylum in America. Dakota has doubts about their ability to combat the bloodthirsty souls lurking in the shadows of the cursed property, but Tanner believes they are up for the challenge.
The Missing: “Missing Mother and Child/Out the Door”
Investigation Discovery, beginning at 11pm
Using the points of view of loved ones left behind, this series tells the heart-wrenching stories of those who have gone missing. Tonight features two back-to-back half-hour episodes. In “Missing Mother and Child,” Joanna Clark and her oldest daughter Shariece both vanish on the same day, just hours apart. Then, alarms are raised when Akia Eggleston misses her own baby shower. In the next episode, “Out the Door,” Jesse Ross goes on a school trip to Chicago, and when a meeting takes a break, hotel surveillance catches Jesse walking toward the main doors. This is the last known sighting of Jesse Ross. Then, Alexis Scott goes to a house party, and when she leaves in a blue car, she is never seen again.
Sunday, Dec. 6
It’s a special holiday episode of AFV featuring a little girl’s hilarious reaction to getting a new puppy for Christmas; a dog with wrapping paper stuck to its mouth, proving he was the culprit who unwrapped a gift under the tree; and with funny prank videos.
Christmas on the Range
All Kendall Riley (Erin Cahill) wants for the holidays is to save her family’s ranch, but her longtime rival, small-town scrooge Brick McCree (A Martinez), has other plans in mind. When Brick’s son, Clint (Nicholas Gonzalez), comes back to town, he is immediately drawn to Kendall and offers a helping hand. As a romance starts to blossom, Kendall’s farm is sabotaged, leaving her to wonder about Clint’s true intentions. The film also stars Lindsay Wagner.
Supermarket Sweep: “Collision on Aisle Seven!”
Clean up on all aisles! Shoppers are sweeping away the competition on this all-new episode, hosted by Leslie Jones. Back-to-back games follow three teams of two competing at the chance for $100,000.
The Top Ten Revealed: “Movie Soundtracks of the ‘90s”
AXS TV, 8pm
Find out which movie soundtracks of the 1990s are the best according to rock experts like Robert Mason, Sebastian Bach and others.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore return this season. Joining the ladies for Season 13 is new housewife Drew Sidora, who steps onto the scene as a triple threat — actor, singer and housewife. Marlo Hampton and Tanya Sam return as friends of the cast, along with new friend LaToya Ali.
Empires of New York: “1985-86: Image Is Everything”
By the mid 1980s, five larger-than-life New Yorkers — Donald Trump, Ivan Boesky, Leona Helmsley, John Gotti and Rudy Giuliani — are starting to change the way we think about power and success. They’re bragging about their victories, showing off their wealth and openly targeting their enemies. With tabloid journalism on the rise, the media can’t get enough of the show. Who cares that many of them are spinning lies? TV and print outlets put them on a pedestal, and America buys into their story hook, line and sinker. But as all five titans will soon learn, too much exposure can burn.
Pandora: “All Along the Watchtower”
The CW, 8pm
As the Galaxy sits on the brink of war, Jax (Priscilla Quintana) and the team must unite all the races of the Galaxy in the hopes of preventing their destruction. Meanwhile, Osborn (Noah Huntley) grapples with the ghosts of his past.
The Simpsons: “Sorry Not Sorry”
Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) learns a lesson after she calls her teacher, Ms. Hoover (voice of Maggie Roswell), a hack and refuses to apologize in the new episode “Sorry Not Sorry.”
Christmas She Wrote
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
When Kayleigh (Danica McKellar), a romance writer, has her column canceled right before Christmas, she heads home to reconnect with her family. Kayleigh gets an unexpected visit from the man (Dylan Neal) who canceled her column and who now fights not only to bring her back to the publisher but also for her heart.
Christmas Ever After
Popular romance novelist Izzi Simmons (Tony winner Ali Stroker) spends every Christmas at her favorite snowy bed-and-breakfast, but this year, she’s faced with an impending deadline and a severe case of writer’s block. Luckily, inspiration strikes in the unlikely form of the B&B’s new owner Matt (Daniel di Tomasso), who bears an uncanny resemblance to the handsome hero from Izzi’s novels. As both partake in the lodge’s annual itinerary of Christmas activities, Izzi’s writer’s block is cured and the first pages of her and Matt’s own love story may just be beginning.
Starring Marilyn Monroe
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!
Norma Jeane Mortenson — better known as Marilyn Monroe — is celebrated this evening with two films that show she was more than just one of the greatest big-screen bombshells in Hollywood history, but was also a very talented actress. First up, Monroe stars with Tom Ewell in Billy Wilder’s classic romantic comedy The Seven Year Itch (1955), featuring the actress in one of the most legendary scenes in movie history when a passing train blows her white dress upward while she’s standing on a subway grate. This is followed by Howard Hawks’ 1953 musical comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which Monroe headlines with fellow bombshell Jane Russell. Here, Monroe features in another iconic movie scene when she sings “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in her pink dress.
90 Day Fiancé
Four new and three returning couples from the 90 Day franchise are ready to put it all on the line for what they believe to be true love. These couples have overcome many obstacles to get approved for the K-1 Visa and bring their spouses-to-be stateside, but the hard part is far from over. They will each have 90 days from the moment their significant other lands on U.S. soil to say “I do,” or else the foreigners will have to head back to their home countries.
Rock Legends: “Doo-Wop”
AXS TV, 8:30pm
Doo-wop — a genre of R&B music originated in the 1940s by African American youth in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit and Washington, D.C. — features vocal group harmony, with an engaging melodic line to a simple beat with little or no instrumentation. Lyrics are simple, usually about love, sung by a lead vocal over background vocals of repeated nonsense syllables. Gaining popularity in the 1950s, doo-wop enjoyed its peak successes in the early ‘60s, but continued to influence performers in other genres. This episode features a few of the most legendary doo-wop groups: the Drifters, the Cleftones and the Ink Spots.
A Holly Dolly Christmas
Christmas is Dolly Parton’s favorite time of year, and the beloved entertainer is excited to share some much-needed joy and holiday cheer. Performing from an intimate, candlelit set, Dolly brings both powerful, faith-ﬁlled hymns and lighthearted holiday classics to viewers, sharing personal Christmas stories and faith-based recollections of the season, interspersed with songs from her new holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas.
Bless the Harts: “Pumped”
Jenny and Betty (voices of Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph) get carried away with a string of questionable purchases after winning the lottery in the new episode “Pumped.”
Music’s Greatest Mysteries: “Vicious, Kissed and Undercover”
AXS TV, 9pm
Did Sid Vicious’ mother play a part in his death? Is Kiss a band or a brand? Is Jamie Hewlett of the Gorillaz really street artist Banksy?
The Real Housewives of Potomac: “Deck the Halls With Drama”
Robyn and Juan seek couples therapy to move forward in their relationship. Gizelle works hard to make sure Robyn’s engagement goes off without a hitch, but Michael’s skepticism causes her to panic. Candiace confronts Karen about setting her up, while Michael Darby and Chris Bassett square off, leaving Michael unhinged.
This Is Life With Lisa Ling: “When Heroin Hits Home/The Secret World of Massage Parlors”
Back-to-back hourlong episodes of journalist Lisa Ling’s docuseries that follows her across America to explore unknown or misunderstood communities air tonight. First, in “When Heroin Hits Home,” Ling examines heroin addiction. In “The Secret World of Massage Parlors,” she looks into the illicit massage parlor industry.
The epic historical drama ends its second season. Amena has to face Aulus again, but the previous events have changed her and she nurses in her heart a desire for vengeance. Veran and Harka meet in a challenge only one will survive, while Cait is forced to face her destiny.
Bob’s Burgers: “Mommy Boy”
When Linda (voice of John Roberts) joins a women’s business group, Gene (voice of Eugene Merman) gets possessive of her time in the new episode “Mommy Boy.”
Euphoria: “Trouble Don’t Last Always”
The is the first of two special episodes that serve as a bridge between Season 1 and Season 2. In the aftermath of being left by Jules (Hunter Schafer) at the train station and relapsing, Rue (Zendaya) celebrates Christmas. The episode also stars Colman Domingo, who appeared in Season 1. The title and date of the second episode are forthcoming.
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
In Season 6, this true-crime series again brings viewers closer than ever to some of America’s most shocking and surprising crimes and killers. In the season premiere episode, “Everyone’s Favorite Uncle,” when wealthy bachelor Steve Clayton meets nurse Lana Walsh, it’s love at first sight. But when a sudden and unexpected tragedy occurs, doubts about their relationship begin to surface, revealing a terrible truth no one could ever have seen coming.
As Frank (William H. Macy) confronts his own mortality and family ties in his alcoholic and drug-induced twilight years, Lip (Jeremy Allen White) struggles with the prospect of becoming the family’s new patriarch. Newlyweds Ian (Cameron Monaghan) and Mickey (Noel Fisher) are figuring out the rules and responsibilities of being in a committed relationship while Deb (Emma Kenney) embraces her individuality and single motherhood. Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) finds an unlikely new career in law enforcement, and Kevin (Steve Howey) and V (Shanola Hampton) struggle to decide whether a hard life on the South Side is worth fighting for.
A Year in Music: “2008”
AXS TV, 9:30pm
In this look back at 2008, a year of new musical debuts and legacies is remembered. “Hope” and “Change” became the nation’s chant in the year that Queen B gave us “Single Ladies.” Meanwhile, a financial downturn impacted the world.
NCIS: Los Angeles
Two new episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles air at a special time tonight. In “Cash Flow,” the body of a murdered Navy reservist is found by thieves in the midst of a robbery and NCIS must work with the burglars to find the killer. Then in “Raising the Dead,” Kensi (Daniela Ruah) encounters a sociopath who has been obsessed with her since she put him in jail years ago.
Family Guy: “Pawtucket Pat”
In the new episode “Pawtucket Pat,” after Quahog’s legendary hero, Pawtucket Pat, is discovered to have taken part in racist actions, the town becomes divided on whether or not to remove the statue that commemorates him.
All American Christmas at FOX Square
FOX News Channel, 10pm
FOX & Friends’ Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade cohost this one-hour special also featuring FOX & Friends Weekend’s Pete Hegseth and FOX Nation’s Kacie McDonnell, Abby Hornacek and many more as they count down to the second annual All-American tree lighting at FOX Square. They will also provide an exclusive look at new and original Christmas specials dropping this month on FOX Nation.
Host Joel McHale is joined by four contestants: college student Harrison Ruskin, wedding planner Shanee Wilson, property manager Paris Allen and cosmetologist Madison Boggess. A fortune may be won with the turn of a card.
On the Case With Paula Zahn
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
The true-crime series returns for Season 6, again taking viewers on an exciting journey inside the most fascinating crime and mystery investigations. First-person accounts, along with insight from experts, are featured as each case reaches its dramatic conclusion.
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) stars as Michael Desiato, a respected New Orleans judge whose teenage son, Adam (Hunter Doohan), is involved in a hit-and-run accident that leads to impossible decisions and unimaginable choices for the judge. Michael Stuhlbarg stars as Jimmy Baxter, the much-feared head of a crime family also involved in the accident. Hope Davis (For the People) plays Baxter’s wife — a woman who might be even more dangerous than her husband.
I Love a Mama’s Boy: “Tell What?”
Kim finds herself losing patience with Matt and Kelly. Justina finally confronts Annette. Laila learns Shekeb wants to move out of her house.
Moonbase 8: “Move the Base”
Morale at Moonbase 8 is low after Skip (Fred Armisen) subjects his colleagues to a loyalty test in the new episode “Move the Base.”
Monday, Dec. 7
A Suitable Boy
This six-part British period drama is the first television series directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding). Emmy-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies (Les Misérables) adapted Vikram Seth’s global bestseller — one of the longest novels in the English language. This intimate yet epic tale of life and love set in 1950s India tells the story of spirited university student Lata Mehra (Tanya Maniktala), who comes of age in North India as her country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation. Lata seems to have her life already mapped out thanks to old traditions and an overbearing mother (Mahira Kakkar) who wants to find her a suitable husband. Torn between romance and responsibility, and inspired by rebellious writers and daring new ideas, Lata is determined to decide her own future. The first two episodes launch today; subsequent episodes will be available Mondays.
Star of the Month: Laurel and Hardy
TCM, beginning at 12:30pm
Catch a Classic!
Most Mondays this month (except for the week leading up to Christmas), you can check out plenty of the fine messes that legendary comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy got themselves into in their hilarious movies. Today’s roughly 16-hour lineup includes two dozen classic Laurel and Hardy films from the late 1920s and early ‘30s, ranging from their silent shorts like Do Detectives Think? (1927) to their early “talkies” like Night Owls (1930) to their appearances in feature-length films like Sons of the Desert (1933) and Babes in Toyland (1934), and many more.
Finn (Michael Easton) spends the afternoon with Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Michael (Chad Duell) is relieved. Maxie (Kirsten Storms) is anxious to start her life with Peter (Wes Ramsey). Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) looks to Anna (Finola Hughes) for help. Franco (Roger Howarth) seeks Kevin’s (Jon Lindstrom) advice.
The Neighborhood: “Welcome to the Rooster”
In the new episode “Welcome to the Rooster,” a new neighbor (guest star Milan Carter) and his pet rooster disrupt the community, leading Dave (Max Greenfield) and Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) on a covert mission to restore order.
NFL Football: Buffalo at San Francisco
ESPN, 8pm Live
Monday Night Football’s Week 13 matchup has been relocated to State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, as Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills face the San Francisco 49ers.
L.A.’s Finest: “Thief”
A stunning discovery leads Syd (Gabrielle Union) and McKenna (Jessica Alba) to consider whom they can trust in the new episode “Thief.”
The Santa Squad
Allie (Rebecca Dalton), an out-of-work art teacher, has to accept a job with the Santa Squad to help wealthy widower Gordon (Aaron Ashmore) and his two precious daughters rediscover the magic of Christmas. As Allie is lifting the holiday spirits of the family with Christmas decorations, cookies and shopping, her kindness is rewarded with the most unexpected of gifts: love!
The Voice: “Live Top 9 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live
Fan Week kicks off with the top nine artists performing in front of coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani for their chance at a spot in the finale. The show will include special dedications from the artists and feature fans throughout. Tonight’s results will be revealed tomorrow night.
Bob (Hearts) Abishola: “Camp Bananas”
Bob (Billy Gardell) and Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku) try reducing stress by taking a day off together in the new episode “Camp Bananas.”
Holiday Baking Championship
Food Network, 9pm
Desserts inspired by jelly doughnuts will make your belly go nuts!
I Can See Your Voice
Nicole Byer and Jeff Dye are guest panelists, and Robin Thicke is the superstar musical guest.
His Dark Materials
Did someone call for a Hot Priest? Fleabag sensation Andrew Scott resumes his role on this fantasy series as secretive John Parry, Will’s (Amir Wilson) long-lost dad. Bonus: Fleabag costar Phoebe Waller-Bridge voices John’s daemon, an osprey!
An American Aristocrat’s Guide to Great Estates
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm
Hosting pheasant hunts and restoring tapestries are most likely not on your to-do list. But they’re fascinating parts of owning a historic English manor — specifically, Mapperton House, where Illinois’ own Julie Montagu is a viscountess. This special episode reveals her strategies for keeping the lights on at the “money pit.”
Tonight on the drama: A former Pierpoint staffer goes public with the truth about the banking house’s toxic culture just as rookie Harper (Myha’la Herrold) schemes to screw over her own mentor (Ken Leung). Way to be part of the problem, kid!
Following the success of the Canadian medical drama Transplant, NBC has acquired Nurses, another hospital-set series from the Great White North. As its title indicates, the drama, which is filmed and set in Toronto, follows five young nurses working on the front lines of a busy downtown hospital, dedicating their lives to helping others while struggling to help themselves. The series launch of Nurses in Canada earlier this year became the most-watched premiere episode of a scripted Canadian series in over two years for total viewers. Preview episodes will air tonight and Dec. 14 before the series takes its regular spot in NBC’s Tuesday night lineup starting Jan. 5.
Dark Tales With Don Wildman: “Vengeful Spirits”
Travel Channel, 10pm
Host Don Wildman explores the tragic tales of tortured souls who were wronged by love and war, including a rejected court jester who still taunts castle residents and a ghostly priest trying to make things right in the world from beyond the grave.
Tuesday, Dec. 8
Emicido: AmarElo — It’s All for Yesterday
This documentary explores Brazilian rapper Emicida’s Estúdio AmarElo project and, at the same time, the history of Brazilian Black culture in the last 100 years, using Emicida’s 2019 concert as a spine to connect the stories. The film sets an important link between three relevant moments in Brazilian Black history: the 1922 Modern Art Week; the founding of the Unified Black Movement (MNU) for the valorization of the culture and rights of the Black people in 1978; and AmarElo’s debut show, which happened at Black Consciousness Month in November 2019.
Super Monsters: Santa’s Super Monster Helpers
When GrrBus takes Sami, Zane, Olive and Rocky on a field trip to the North Pole, they accidentally cause a catastrophe at Santa’s workshop, and it’s up to the eight older Super Monsters to come to the rescue and save Christmas.
Lennon’s Last Weekend
This is the North American premiere of an original documentary from BritBox, the streaming service offering British programming. In recognition of the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s murder, this documentary reveals the last in-person interview with the music icon. The film features footage from the BBC Radio interview with broadcaster Andy Peebles where Lennon spoke about everything from producing his solo albums to the Beatles’ breakup. Peebles also travels to New York to relive the story and revisit some of the iconic locations that illuminate the details of the last two days of Lennon’s life.
Jason (Steve Burton) enjoys a board game with Danny (Porter Fasullo). Brando (Johnny Wactor) attempts to change Sasha’s (Sofia Mattsson) mind. Trina (Sydney Mikayla) looks to Joss (Eden McCoy) to help her find out the truth about her father. Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Briana Henry) have much to celebrate. Sam (Kelly Monaco) makes a tough decision.
ACC/Big Ten Challenge: Illinois at Duke
ESPN, 9:30pm Live
The annual ACC/Big Ten battle for the Commissioner’s Cup pits the Illinois Fighting Illini against Wendell Moore Jr. and the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Both teams were in the top 10 of the AP preseason rankings.
NCIS: “Blood and Treasure”
In the new episode “Blood and Treasure,” the discovery of two dead bodies in a forest leads the NCIS team into the wild world of modern-day treasure hunting.
Cosmos: Possible Worlds: “A Tale of Two Atoms”
In “A Tale of Two Atoms,” follow the story of two atoms from different parts of the universe who meet on a small planet.
The Voice: “Live Top 9 Results”
NBC, 8pm Live
On the live semifinals results show, find out which four artists from last night’s performances will be revealed as safe and advance to the finale.
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!
Enjoy an evening of several classic film adaptations of some of Charles Dickens’ most beloved and enduring novels. Since the holidays are right around the corner, the evening naturally begins with one of the best-loved of the countless versions of Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol — MGM’s 1938 adaptation starring Reginald Owen as Scrooge. After that, watch Freddie Bartholomew and Frank Lawton as the child and young adult versions of the title character in David Copperfield (1935), based on Dickens’ 1850 novel; David Lean’s Oscar-winning 1946 adaptation of Dickens’ 1861 novel Great Expectations; another Lean-directed adaptation, 1948’s Oliver Twist, based on Dickens’ 1838 novel; and A Tale of Two Cities (1935), the Best Picture Oscar-nominated adaptation of Dickens’ 1859 novel.
neXt: “File #7”
LeBlanc (John Slattery) and Shea (Fernanda Andrade) discover Ted’s (Jason Butler Harner) plan for the neXt server and race to intervene in the new episode “File #7.”
Transplant ends its first season with back-to-back episodes tonight. In “Relapse,” a young mother addicted to opioids nearly dies, and Bash (Hamza Haq) must figure out whether she’s using again, or if something else is causing her deadly symptoms. Mags (Laurence Leboeuf) tries to help a patient who isn’t healing properly, while June (Ayisha Issa) is blindsided by her father. Then, in “The Only Way Out Is Through,” Bash and Mags race to save a woman with mysterious symptoms who was nearly killed by their team’s medical error, while Theo (Jim Watson) tries to help a gravely ill teen and his family deal with the possibility that medical hope has run out.
A Christmas for Mary
Vivica A. Fox stars in this holiday tale of rediscovery and renewal. The film follows up-and-coming journalist Lena Jones (Morgan Dixon), who is tasked with delivering a story by Christmas that will wow her boss, magazine editor Vivian Vaye (Fox).
Don’t Be Tardy…: “Nirvana, Nevada”
Cha-ching! After weeks of setbacks and struggles, Kim finally reaches her happy place — Las Vegas. It’s a whirlwind night of gambling and more gambling. The only thing that could possibly pull her away is the majestic view of the Grand Canyon.
Murder in the Heartland
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Tonight’s Season 3 premiere focuses on the case of 22-year-old North Dakota college student Mindy Morgenstern, who was strangled in her apartment in 2006.
Wednesday, Dec. 9
Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love: Christmas
A holly, jolly gathering takes a strange turn when Ashley (Paulina Chávez) bumps her head and gets a glimpse of her near-distant future with Tío (Jencarlos Canela), Tad (Conor Husting), Stick (Reed Horstmann) and Brooke (Bella Podaras).
The Big Show Show: Christmas
When Big Show (Paul Wight) gets injured, Cassy (Allison Munn) has to fill his big shoes in the hopes of winning the neighborhood Christmas competition. Meanwhile, J.J. (Juliet Donenfeld), Mandy (Lily Brooks O’Briant) and Lola (Reylynn Caster) are sent on a scavenger hunt for presents, only to discover spending time together might be the best gift of all.
This Italian film described as a “hilarious drama with a rebellious heart” is based on an incredible true story. Sick of the stuffy rules of Italian society of the late ‘60s, gifted-yet-misunderstood engineer Giorgio hatches an impossible plan: He will build his own island in the middle of the sea. Joined by a team of revolutionaries and outcasts, Giorgio founds the Republic of Rose Island, declares its independence and is appointed its president. However, Giorgio is tested when the Italian prime minister decides his idealistic island is Italy’s No. 1 enemy.
Laura (Genie Francis) gets an unexpected visitor. Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) uncovers an interesting bit of information about Cyrus (Jeff Kober). Curtis (Donnell Turner) gets a new lead. Jason’s (Steve Burton) time with Sam (Kelly Monaco) is interrupted by a call from Sonny (Maurice Benard). Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) and Michael (Chad Duell) come to a mutual understanding.
ACC/Big Ten Challenge: Michigan State at Virginia
ESPN, 9:15pm Live
In the second night of ACC/Big Ten Challenge action, the Michigan State Spartans look to tally a road win for the Big Ten against the formidable Virginia Cavaliers.
The Great Christmas Light Fight
ABC’s tree-mendously popular decorating competition series returns for its eighth season with back-to-back episodes. America’s brightest houses bring joy to the world with the help of celebrity judges — lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and famed interior designer Taniya Nayak. All isn’t always calm, but all is definitely bright as the Christmas classic takes viewers across the country to the most elaborate and awe-inspiring holiday displays in the nation. This holiday season, we will once again see four fantastic families face off in each one-hour episode and compete to win $50,000 should they “sleigh” the competition.
Devils: “Episode 9”
The CW, 8pm
Massimo (Alessandro Borghi), determined to stop Dominic (Patrick Dempsey), hacks NYL servers with Subterranea’s help to give the media proof of the scandal. But when Massimo and Sofia (Laia Costa) realize that Duval (Lars Mikkelsen) will use the scandal to his own anarchic interests, they betray him and get him arrested. They get the dossier back, but Dominic unexpectedly sacks Massimo for allying himself with Subterranea.
The Masked Singer: “The Holiday Sing-a-Long”
In special episode “The Holiday Sing-a-Long,” the final three singers perform never-before-heard holiday songs, and new animated clues give hints to their identities. Plus, already unmasked celebrities join together to perform their favorite holiday jingles.
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical!
Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic children’s book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has become a Christmas staple for generations. This musical version, with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin, and featuring the hit songs “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” (by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss), breathes new life into this timeless story. This fun-filled two-hour production will air from the Troubadour Theatre in London, and stars Matthew Morrison (Glee) as the Grinch.
TCM Spotlight: Bernard Herrmann: “Adventures in Sound”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!
Tonight’s films that were scored by legendary composer Bernard Herrmann show how he could not only effectively score adventure films, but also be adventurous himself in his compositions. The evening begins with the 1951 sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, which saw the beginning of Herrmann’s use of electronic music; in the film’s score, he incorporated the otherworldly sounding Theremin, which has since become an almost-cliched staple in spooky or spacy movies. Also tonight, hear Herrmann’s scores in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960), Mysterious Island (1961), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953) and The Naked and the Dead (1958).
Monsters in Alaska
Travel Channel, 8pm
Bigfoot hunters track down a terrifying beast in the Alaskan wilderness; a cryptozoologist investigates reports of a sea monster lurking in the icy waters of a lake; and a monstrous bird from Native American lore may be behind mysterious disappearances.
Sistas: “The Encounter”
Olonzo (Tyree Edwards) approaches Maurice (Brian Jordan Jr.) again; Gary (Chido Nwokocha) becomes obsessed with reconciling with Andi (KJ Smith); tensions grow as Hayden (Chris Warren) threatens Zac (Devale Ellis).
SEAL Team: “The New Normal”
Bravo Team struggles to adjust to a new team dynamic after several members make life-altering career decisions in the new episode “The New Normal.”
Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2020
The CW, 9pm
Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight from Entertainment Tonight return to host this holiday special that counts down the 12 best holiday commercials ever — one for each of the 12 days of Christmas. In addition to the top 12, the special 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, from the outstanding to the ridiculous.
I Can See Your Voice
Ken Jeong hosts the Season 1 finale of FOX’s musical game show series.
While everyone else is still theorizing on whether big-cat activist Carole Baskin of Tiger King fame murdered her husband, this HBO doc dives into the similar story of minister Glenn Summerford, a serpent handler who tried to kill his wife with a rattlesnake. How cold-blooded.
Property Brothers: Forever Home: “Forever Home for the Holidays”
A boisterous family of six needs to accommodate their son’s accessibility needs and have enough space to host their large family holiday parties. Drew and Jonathan Scott take the reins and transform the main living area, giving them the best Christmas yet.
Trafficked With Mariana Van Zeller: “Counterfeiting”
Nat Geo, 9pm
Journalist Mariana van Zeller ventures deep inside the Peruvian underworld to meet the gangster craftsmen who make and sell the world’s finest counterfeit U.S. dollars. Along the way, she learns that many of these counterfeiting operations are run by criminal families in Lima who are making a fortune despite the anti-counterfeiting efforts of the U.S. Secret Service and the Peruvian National Police.
For Life: “Time to Move Forward”
As a favor to Jamal, Aaron defends a man in a witness-tampering case, while tensions rise at home in the run-up to the Wallace family Thanksgiving.
Thursday, Dec. 10
Alice in Borderland
In this Japanese series based on a survival/thriller manga comic, this series follows Arisu — a listless, jobless and video game-obsessed young man — who suddenly finds himself in a strange, emptied-out version of Tokyo in which he and his friends must compete in dangerous games in order to survive. In this strange world, Arisu meets Usagi, a young woman who’s navigating the games alone. Together, they set out to unravel one mystery after another as they risk their lives and confront what it means to live.
TCM Morning & Afternoon Movie: Rosalind Russell
TCM, beginning at 9am
Catch a Classic!
Acclaimed actress Rosalind Russell headlines this morning and afternoon’s 11-hour lineup of memorable films. Watch the star in her Best Actress Oscar-nominated title role in Sister Kenny (1946); in another Best Actress Oscar-nominated performance in Mourning Becomes Electra (1947); with Don Ameche in the 1941 comedy The Feminine Touch; with Natalie Wood in a Golden Globe-winning performance in the musical comedy/drama Gypsy (1962); and in one of her best-known roles, as fast-talking newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson alongside Cary Grant in Howard Hawks’ classic screwball comedy His Girl Friday (1940).
Sam (Kelly Monaco) is fed up with Alexis’ (Nancy Lee Grahn) tactics. Monica (Leslie Charleson) shares the news of Ned’s (Wally Kurth) infidelity. Finn (Michael Easton) gets caught up in the moment. Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) and Anna (Finola Hughes) catch up over coffee. Scott (Kin Shriner) is surprised to see a familiar face so far from home.
Station 19: “Don’t Look Back in Anger”
The team responds to a difficult domestic dispute involving a pregnant woman. Meanwhile, Travis struggles to deal with a family crisis and Maya and Carina’s relationship continues to grow.
Live From Daryl’s House: “The O’Jays”
AXS TV, 8pm
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame R&B group the O’Jays teams up with host Daryl Hall to perform hit songs like “Love Train” and “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do).”
Silent Night — A Song for the World
The CW, 8pm
This special is a musical film documentary about the creation and cultural impact of the world’s most famous Christmas carol, composed in 1818 in Salzburg, Austria. Translated into 140 languages, “Silent Night” caused a Christmas ceasefire in World War I, while Bing Crosby’s version is one of the bestselling singles ever. The film, narrated by Hugh Bonneville, tells the story of “Silent Night,” with new recordings by global stars in different languages and a cast including Kelly Clarkson, Joss Stone, John Rhys-Davies, David Foster, Katharine McPhee, Randy Jackson, Gavin Rossdale, Sheléa, Ailee, Josh Groban, the Vienna Boys Choir, Anggun, Lina Makhoul, the Tenors, Rolando Villazón and many more.
NFL Football: New England at L.A. Rams
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live
Week 14 of the NFL season kicks off at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, as the New England Patriots visit the L.A. Rams on Thursday Night Football.
Flipping Across America: “What You Get for Your Money”
In the blue corner, we have Jon Pierre and Mary Tjon-Joe-Pin (Going for Sold) in Houston. They’re flipping a spacious but rundown three-bedroom home. And in the red corner, we have Bristol and Aubrey Marunde (Flip or Flop Vegas) from Las Vegas tackling a modest condo that’s just 723 square feet. Both places were purchased for nearly the same amount, but the drastic size difference could lead to a major disparity in profits. Will the market affect which team gets the most bang for their buck?
One Night Only: The Best of Broadway
Tina Fey hosts this two-hour night of music celebrating the incredible and resilient Broadway community, featuring songs from top productions as well as special sneak peeks at Broadway shows coming in 2021. Featured performers include Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge and Patti LaBelle, with appearances from Lance Bass, Kristen Bell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Groban, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Hayes, Nathan Lane, Camryn Manheim, Alanis Morissette, Vanessa Williams and more. Donations during this special will help provide groceries and medication, healthcare and emergency financial assistance to those in the Broadway community during the pandemic shutdown.
Grey’s Anatomy: “Fight the Power”
Bailey panics as she hears there has been a surge of COVID-19 cases, knowing she has loved ones in an assisted living facility. Meanwhile, Jackson and Richard team up against Catherine to teach her a lesson, and Teddy continues to try to mend her frayed relationships. After an intense surgery, Jo is uncertain about her future.
Southern Charm: “Love Sick”
John cozies up to Madison as she reaches a decision about Austen. After Craig debuts his HSN line, Patricia has an announcement of her own. Meanwhile, Shep and his girlfriend struggle with the pressures of quarantine, and Leva confronts Kathryn over issues of race and privilege.
Flip or Flop: “Covered Costs”
Tarek and Christina take a risk to buy a house sight unseen in Orange, California. When they finally get inside, they discover it’s been vandalized and the owners covered a gross pool in the backyard. When other issues pop up with an old addition and sloping cement outside, Tarek and Christina worry they won’t be able to recoup their costs.
A Million Little Things: “Letting Go”
Katherine discovers a possible connection between Eddie’s accident and Alex’s mysterious death. Meanwhile, Rome seeks help to address some pent-up anger issues, and Maggie continues on her journey of self-discovery in England. As Delilah prepares for her trip, Gary helps Danny confront a bully at his school.
Star Trek: Discovery: “Into the Forest I Go”
Season 1 episodes of Star Trek: Discovery continue on CBS with “Into the Forest I Go,” in which Lorca (Jason Isaacs) uses the Discovery in an effort to end the war with the Klingons once and for all.
“Time” Person of the Year Special
In this first ever special, NBC joins forces with Time magazine for exclusive coverage in highlighting the individual or group that has had the greatest influence on the events of the year. The telecast reviews the extraordinary year of 2020 through exclusive interviews, and includes surprise appearances and musical performances, in-depth profiles highlighting the year’s most prominent global stories, and more. In addition to the 2020 Person of the Year, the special will spotlight Time editors’ selections for the categories that recognize the influence of individuals in specific sectors: Businessperson of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Athlete of the Year and Guardians of the Year.
The Holzer Files: “Devil in the Rock”
Travel Channel, 10pm
The team ventures to the Massachusetts coast to follow up on legendary ghost hunter Hans Holzer’s 1964 investigation of the Bates Ship Chandlery. As they delve deep into the property’s past, they uncover a chilling undercurrent of darkness anchored in the rocky shores.
WE tv, 10pm
Houston nurse (and self-proclaimed “catch”) Tosin plans to marry anesthesiologist Wemo in a traditional Nigerian ceremony — but first, she’s gonna need a bigger diamond from the newly minted doctor. “This was the residency ring,” she says. “Now I need the attending ring.”
Friday, Dec. 11
In this musical comedy directed by Ryan Murphy (Ratched), Meryl Streep and James Corden play suddenly struggling New York City stage stars who are spurred into an initially self-absorbed, but ultimately genuine, activism when they rally to help a small-town Indiana high school girl (Jo Ellen Pellman) who has been banned from attending the prom with her girlfriend (Ariana DeBose). Keegan-Michael Key, Kerry Washington, Nicole Kidman and Andrew Rannells also star.
A Trash Truck Christmas
When Hank finds out that Trash Truck doesn’t know what Christmas is, he sets out to show him and their friends what the magical holiday is all about. And luckily for Santa, the friends are up to speed just in time to help save Christmas.
I’m Your Woman
Amazon Prime Video
Set in America in the 1970s, this drama revolves around Jean (Rachel Brosnahan), who must go on the run with her child due to her husband’s crimes. Their lives become intertwined with a man (Arinzé Kene) and a woman (Marsha Stephanie Blake), forming an unlikely partnership that teaches them more than just how to survive.
Reginald Hudlin (Marshall) directed this drama inspired by the empowering story of former Clemson University football safety Ray Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves), a young man facing a series of challenging circumstances, whose dedication and persistence help him to triumph over repeated adversities. Aided by his teammates and the Clemson community, he succeeds on the field while simultaneously raising and caring for his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson).
High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special
In this 45-minute special, the cast of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series — Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Dara Reneé, Frankie A. Rodriguez, Joe Serafini, Mark St. Cyr and Kate Reinders — get viewers in the holiday spirit with their renditions of holiday classics, popular hits and a medley of Hanukkah favorites. They will also share anecdotes of memorable holidays from their childhoods, best — and most embarrassing — presents, favorite traditions, family photos and poignant New Year’s resolutions. Bassett will also debut an acoustic version of an original song he wrote for the upcoming second season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
Madagascar: A Little Wild (Part 2)
Hulu & Peacock
Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria continue their big adventures in New York City as the animated series based on the feature film continues. The foursome become babysitters for a new litter of tiny hedgehogs, Melman gets stuck in a firetruck and Alex is accidentally mistaken for a large house cat. While their shenanigans may lead to sticky situations, the little pals always work together and make the best of whatever life throws their way.
Amazon Prime Video
Rachel Griffiths stars in this series that is described as part survival drama, part dystopic slumber party. It follows a group of teen girls from different backgrounds who must fight for survival after a plane crash strands them on a deserted island. The castaways both clash and bond as they learn more about each other, the secrets they keep and the traumas they’ve all endured. There’s just one twist to the drama — these girls did not end up on this island by accident.
This latest animated film from two-time Academy Award-nominated director Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) is set during a time of superstition and magic, when young apprentice hunter Robyn Goodfellowe journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolfpack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends Mebh, a free-spirited girl who is a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh’s missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the Wolfwalkers and risks turning her into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.
Baby Shark’s Big Show!
Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo… This new animated series based on the kids’ viral video — with more than 7 billion views, it’s just YouTube’s most watched of all time — is fintastic family fun. Baby (voiced by Kimiko Glenn) lives in Carnivore Cove with his parents, grandparents and best friend, William (Luke Youngblood). “Baby is sweet, bubbly and enthusiastic — he has no clue how to play it cool,” says co–exec producer Whitney Ralls. In this special (regular episodes start in the spring), Santa Jaws disappears two days before Fishmas, and the boys set out to find him. Along the way, they learn that “giving gifts to you and you and you” (you know the tune) is even better than receiving.
Scott (Kin Shriner) demands an explanation. Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) seeks Olivia’s (Lisa LoCicero) advice. Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) places her trust in the wrong hands. Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) surprises Ava (Maura West). Sam (Kelly Monaco) confides in Carly (Laura Wright).
Christmas Cookie Challenge
Cooking Channel, beginning at 4pm
‘Tis the season for Christmas cookies, and Cooking Channel is here with new back-to-back episodes to spark your imagination. Beginning with “Picture-Perfect Christmas,” “Colors of Christmas,” “Bright Lights, Big Cookies” and “Christmas Traditions,” and moving on to “Christmas Mischief,” “Center of the Season,” “Homemade Holidays” and “Merry Christmas Makeover.”
Pride and Prejudice
Catch a Classic!
Jane Austen’s timeless 1813 novel of unlikely romance is richly adapted in this lavish Academy Award-winning 1940 classic, which also draws from Helen Jerome’s 1935 stage adaptation of the book. Greer Garson portrays spirited Elizabeth, one of five Bennet sisters hoping for matrimony. Laurence Olivier plays Darcy, whose arrival at a nearby estate sets maiden hearts aflutter. But first impressions can mean so very much. Elizabeth and Darcy find reasons to view each other with disdain, setting in motion a velvet struggle of pride and prejudice, perception and reality, forgiveness and love.
An entrepreneur from Surfside, Florida, tries to sweeten up the Sharks with her approach to getting a classic dessert with a healthy twist to children. Two safety-oriented engineers from Littleton, Colorado, take the Sharks for a ride as they share their product designed to boost visibility while navigating the streets. Three entrepreneurs from Miami bring the Sharks into the future with their educational robot.
MacGyver: “Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice”
In the new episode “Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice,” Mac (Lucas Till) and the team must find and steal a biological weapon before it’s sold to a terrorist cell.
The Christmas Caroler Challenge
The CW, 8pm
Hosted by Dean Cain and Laura McKenzie, the three-episode Christmas caroling competition event series features 10 extraordinary Christmas carol groups, each with their own stylized brand of performance, celebrating the great Christmas music we have all come to love. We’ll meet groups from the most elaborate ultra-traditional virtuoso performances to those with the most unexpected twists on the classic Christmas carol. Each group which will be judged by three celebrity judges.
My Lottery Dream Home: Holiday Extravaganza
David Bromstad will show fans how to deck the halls like a lottery winner — but on a realistic budget — in My Lottery Dream Home: Holiday Extravaganza. The popular HGTV designer will transform a living room into a lush Christmas tree forest, set a spectacular tablescape for a festive dinner party and adorn a home’s exterior with so much holiday razzle dazzle that the whole neighborhood will cheer.
Inn Love by Christmas
Mandy Leeds (Jonna Walsh), a successful young woman living in Miami, is climbing her way up the corporate ladder in the hotel industry. Though she doesn’t get back to her small Northern hometown much, this year her Gram (Jayne Eastwood) is able to finally convince her to come home for Christmas. Mandy has another reason, too — the quaint local inn is for sale, and she wants to acquire it for her company. With her eyes on the prize, Mandy travels back home, but on her way there, she runs into Lucas Menzino (Jesse Hutch) — her high school rival — who has his eye on the inn as well.
It’s a Wonderful Life
USA Network, 8pm
Catch a Classic!
Frank Capra’s beloved, Oscar-nominated 1946 holiday classic stars Best Actor Oscar nominee Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a discouraged and despairing building-and-loan manager who contemplates suicide before a guardian angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) intervenes and allows George to see what his small town of Bedford Falls would be without him — and all that is right in his world. Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore also star in the iconic film whose Oscar nominations also included Best Picture and Best Director for Capra. The film re-airs tomorrow morning on USA Network, and will also air Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) on NBC.
Magnum P.I.: “Easy Money”
Higgins’ (Perdita Weeks) attempt to repossess an airplane goes south when she and Magnum (Jay Hernandez) discover that it was being used by a drug cartel in the new episode “Easy Money.”
Biggest Little Christmas Showdown: “A Small Retro Christmas”
Three new teams of the nation’s top designers and renovators from the Biggest Little Christmas Showdown, hosted by Tony Award-winning actor James Monroe Iglehart, will make miniature old-fashioned retro houses from the ground up as they fight in the battle of their lives. They are competing for a chance to win a prize worth $50,000 and an unexpected design shocker!
Ancient Aliens: “Giants of the Mediterranean”
Ancient cultures throughout the Mediterranean recorded stories of enormous beings that descended from the sky. Could massive megalithic structures and reported discoveries of towering human-like skeletons reveal that this part of the world was once inhabited by giants?
Paranormal Caught on Camera: “Supermarket Ghost and More”
Travel Channel, 10pm
A ghostly prankster torments the staff at a Scottish grocery store; a UFO flies across an airport runway in Puerto Rico; and a legendary child-snatching cryptid is spotted in Bolivia.
The Graham Norton Show
BBC America, 11pm
Michael J. Fox and Brit wit Stephen Fry are among tonight’s guests. Dolly Parton sings!
Saturday, Dec. 12
The A List: Denzel Washington
HDNet Movies, beginning at 6:30am
Enjoy a day of films featuring memorable performances from famed actor Denzel Washington. Over the course of 16-plus hours, watch repeated showings of Cry Freedom (1987), Virtuosity (1995), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) and The Bone Collector (1999).
CBS & FOX, beginning at 12pm
The Michigan Wolverines hit the “Horseshoe” in Columbus for an old-school Big Ten rivalry game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. And COVID-19 attendance limits shift the 121st Army-Navy game from Philadelphia to Michie Stadium in West Point, New York.
Divorce, alcoholism, adoption, homosexuality, cancer and other issue-oriented plots fueled this 1976-80 drama about Pasadena, California’s Lawrence clan. Binge away!
Tanya’s Kitchen Table
With a menu that includes shrimp Creole and cornmeal crepes with Nutella, you know soul-food maven Tanya Holland isn’t messing around this week!
Meet John Doe
Catch a Classic!
In Frank Capra’s Oscar-nominated 1941 comedy/drama, reporter Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck) has a white lie spiral out of control after she writes and prints a fake suicide letter from a fictitious John Doe in protest of all that is wrong with society. When the letter garners major attention and begins to incite a grassroots political movement, Ann is forced to hire John Willoughby (Gary Cooper), a homeless ex-baseball player, to pose as the anonymous writer. As the letter’s philosophy begins to spread across the country and their lie becomes more and more complicated, an unlikely romance between Ann and John blossoms.
Eastwood Goes West
IFC, beginning at 5pm
Saddle up for nearly 12 hours of classic Clint Eastwood Westerns tonight. The night is bookended by repeat showings of Eastwood’s Oscar-winning 1992 masterpiece Unforgiven, with Pale Rider (1985) and The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) airing in between.
Baby Chimp Rescue: “Breaking Point”
BBC America, 8pm
Jim and Jenny Desmond’s Liberian chimpanzee orphanage faces a difficult challenge when a potentially deadly sickness breaks out among the young chimps in the new episode “Breaking Point.”
MLS Cup 2020
FOX, 8pm Live
The MLS Eastern and Western Conference finalists meet for the 2020 MLS Cup championship match.
Love, Lights, Hanukkah!
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
As Christina (Mia Kirshner) prepares her restaurant for its busiest time of year, she gets back a DNA test revealing that she’s Jewish. The discovery leads her to a new family and an unlikely romance over eight nights. Also stars Ben Savage and Marilu Henner.
The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb — otherwise known as the Bee Gees — found early fame in the 1960s, and went on to write over 1,000 songs, including 20 No. 1 hits throughout their storied career. This film follows their meteoric rise as they negotiated the ever-shifting music business and navigated the complexities of working so intimately alongside family. A wealth of never-before-seen archival footage of recording sessions, concert performances, television appearances and home videos, as well as interviews with musicians Eric Clapton, Chris Martin, Justin Timberlake and others, make for an intimate exploration of the band.
The Christmas Setup
The Christmas Setup follows the story of New York lawyer Hugo (Ben Lewis), who heads to Milwaukee with his best friend Madelyn (Ellen Wong) to spend the holidays with his brother Aiden (Chad Connell) and his mom Kate (Fran Drescher), who is also in charge of the local Christmas celebrations. Ever the matchmaker, Kate arranges for Hugo to run into Patrick (Blake Lee), Hugo’s high school friend and secret crush, who has recently returned after a successful stint in Silicon Valley. As they enjoy the local holiday festivities together, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to each other is undeniable and it looks as though Kate’s Santa-style matchmaking is a success. But as Hugo receives word of a big promotion requiring a move to London, he must decide what is most important to him.
Pretty Little Dead Girl
Emma (Makenzie Vega), the lucky recipient of a recent heart transplant, sets out to find the identity of her donor only to learn that it was her estranged cousin who may have been the victim of murder. Also stars Johannah Newmarch and Ben Cotton.
History’s Greatest Mysteries: “Roswell: First Witness — The Journal”
In 1947, a New Mexico farmer discovered strange debris in one of his fields. Though the government claimed it was a crashed weather balloon, it wasn’t long before speculation that the object was actually a UFO caught the public’s imagination — a theory that some still believe today. Now, new evidence, including the diary of the man first on the scene of the crash, may shed light on what really was found in Roswell.
Most Terrifying With Jason Hawes: “Ride to Hell”
Travel Channel, 9pm
Host Jason Hawes visits dire domains of the undead including a menacing medieval castle, a gilded opera house turned makeshift morgue and a terrifying train car straight out of a nightmare.
A Glenbrooke Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 10pm
As Christmas nears, heiress Jessica Morgan (Autumn Reeser) seizes what seems like her last chance to experience a relaxed Christmas and heads off to the small town of Glenbrooke, where she meets a handsome fireman (Antonio Cupo).
Toys of Terror
Dana Gould (Stan Against Evil) wrote and executive produced this holiday horror tale about a couple who take their family to an old orphanage in Washington state for Christmas. They plan it more as a working vacation rather than a family getaway, but the three kids don’t mind when they discover a bunch of old toys in an abandoned playroom and quickly form attachments to them. But, as the kids’ nanny soon suspects, something else may be afoot — something evil that is affecting the children’s behavior, almost as if the toys are manipulating them.
Destination Fear: “Old Idaho Prison”
Travel Channel, 10pm
After many nights of torment by the paranormal, Alex Schroeder finally gets his chance to pick a haunted location for the team to investigate, and he is ready to get even. He has planned the most terrifying experiment yet for Dakota, at an infamous Idaho prison.
Saturday Night Live: “Timothée Chalamet/Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Timothée Chalamet makes his SNL hosting debut. The Oscar-nominated actor next stars in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform as musical guest for the third time.