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Thursday, Nov. 11
MeTV Remembers the “M*A*S*H” Finale
Classic television network MeTV’s annual airing of “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen,” the legendary series finale of the Korean War-set dramedy M*A*S*H, returns tonight with the rarely seen, uncut version of the episode. First airing on Feb. 28, 1983, to cap off the show’s 11-season run, “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” still holds the record of being the most-watched scripted television event in U.S. history; more than 105 million viewers — 45% of the country’s population at that time — tuned in to say tearful farewells to the beloved members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. Along with the episode, MeTV’s three-hour block of this special event will also feature cast and creators of M*A*S*H sharing their memories of the landmark finale in exclusive interviews. And there’s more good news ahead for M*A*S*H fans: Starting Nov. 28, the series joins MeTV’s new Sunday night lineup, with two episodes airing each week.
From the producers of Killing Eve comes this six-part modern-day Faustian serial killer thriller based on the novel by Daniel Cole. Six people have been murdered, dismembered and sewn into the shape of one grotesque body — nicknamed the “Ragdoll.” Assigned to the shocking case are DS Nathan Rose (Henry Lloyd-Hughes), recently reinstated to the London Met; his best friend and boss, DI Emily Baxter (Thalissa Teixeira); and the unit’s new recruit, DC Lake Edmunds (Lucy Hale). The Ragdoll Killer taunts the police by sending them a list of his next victims, with Rose’s name among them.
The DC Comics-inspired series concludes its third season.
Season 2 of the romantic comedy anthology series comes to an end.
In this original documentary film from ABC News, unraveling the truth behind the deaths of four U.S. Special Forces soldiers in Africa leads to evidence of a coverup at the highest levels of the Army.
Madagascar: A Little Wild
Hulu & Peacock
Alex (voice of Tucker Chandler), Marty (Amir O’Neil), Melman (Luke Lowe) and Gloria (Shaylin Becton) are back with more adventures in and out of their “A Little Wild” rescue habitat in Season 5 of the series inspired by the hit animated films. In the season, Alex deals with some major jealousy issues when Ant’ney (Eric Petersen) goes viral, Marty gets himself locked inside the public library, the gang helps Melman make it through his first ever night away from the habitat, and Gloria struggles to cope with saying goodbye when Lala (Grace Lu) decides she’s ready for a bigger pond. All episodes are available today.
Love Never Lies
Six couples are subjected to an eye-scanning lie detector in this reality show where lies cost money, and truth and trust come with a juicy cash prize.
The hugely popular sitcom that aired its original nine seasons on The CW (2006-09) and then BET (2011-15) is back in a revival on yet another outlet, streamer Paramount+ (the first nine seasons are also available to stream). Returning with a mix of new players and original cast members — and relocating its setting from San Diego to Las Vegas — The Game will again offer a modern-day examination of Black culture through the prism of pro football. Original series creator Mara Brock Akil is on hand as an executive producer; some familiar onscreen faces reprising their roles from the original include Wendy Raquel Robinson as sports agent Tasha Mack and Hosea Chanchez as footballer Malik Wright. Original stars reprising their roles in what are promoted as “special appearances” include Brittany Daniel as Kelly Pitts, Pooch Hall as Derwin Davis and Coby Bell as Jason Pitts. Notable newcomers to The Game include Tim Daly as self-made billionaire Col. Ulysses S. Thatcher; Toby Sandeman as Garret Evans, a top football player in the league; Adriyan Rae as Brittany Pitts, daughter of Jason and Kelly; and Vaughn Hebron as Jamison Fields, an undrafted free agent. New episodes are available Thursdays.
In this thriller, a blissful tourist trip turns into a nightmare for five passengers when their seaplane goes down near a shipwreck. Stranded miles from shore in an inflatable life raft, they find themselves in a desperate fight for survival as they try to make it to land before they either run out of supplies or are taken by a menacing pack of sharks lurking just beneath the surface.
The neo-noir crime drama from Iceland returns for Season 2. Set two years after the events in the Ministry that changed the political landscape of Iceland, the new season finds ruthless and cunning lawyer Stella (Heida Reed) back to her old tricks defending criminals and hustling her way through the court system. Meanwhile, Stella’s ex-lover/current Prime Minister Dagbjört (Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir) is causing massive social upheaval with her war chest full of money from the Chinese government. This is a changed world, and not to everyone’s liking. But when a series of new cases demand Stella’s attention, she will have her wits, her sense of justice and even her belief in herself truly tested. And, of course, there will be diabolical murders to solve. All six episodes are available today.
Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of “Wildflowers”
This feature-length documentary premieres for free globally in full 4K resolution on Tom Petty’s official YouTube channel. The film offers a unique look into the creative mastery and turbulent personal life of the legendary musician, capturing the period from 1993-95, when Petty worked with famed producer Rick Rubin for the first time to create the 1994 album Wildflowers. This unvarnished look at Petty features never-before-seen footage drawn from a newly discovered archive of 16 mm film, as well as new interviews with album coproducer and Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and many more. The documentary is directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Wharton (The Beatles Revolution) and debuted earlier this year as an Official SXSW 2021 Selection, winning the festival’s Audience Award.
Paths of Glory
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Cowritten and directed by visionary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, this searing 1957 drama is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made — with its anti-military stance so profound and radical for its time that the movie was banned in France for nearly 20 years and banned on U.S. military bases in Europe. Based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb, Paths of Glory tells the story of shell-shocked French World War I soldiers ordered on a suicide mission reluctantly led by Col. Dax (a fiery Kirk Douglas). When Dax refuses the corrupt Gen. Mireau’s (George Macready) orders for soldiers to fire on their own ranks to keep them driving forward during this impossible mission, the general scapegoats a group of the soldiers to protect his promotion, accusing them of cowardice in a kangaroo court. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is mesmerizing from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene.
College Football: North Carolina at Pittsburgh
ESPN, 7:30pm Live
The North Carolina Tar Heels take a trip to Heinz Field for a primetime ACC clash with the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Station 19: “Things We Lost in the Fire”
When Theo and Vic hit a relationship milestone, Vic is forced to reckon with her feelings about commitment. Andy takes refuge at Dean’s home and helps care for Pruitt, while Dean considers a new potential career opportunity. Meanwhile, an explosion rips apart a neighborhood and changes the lives of our firefighters forever.
Young Sheldon: “Money Laundering and a Cascade of Hormones”
Missy’s (Raegan Revord) questions about sex make for an uncomfortable situation at church in the new episode “Money Laundering and a Cascade of Hormones.”
Walker: “Barn Burner”
The CW, 8pm
Walker (Jared Padalecki) invites Gale Davidson (guest star Paula Marshall) to participate in the chili cookoff at the Side Step to try and make amends after years of their families feuding; however, Abby (Molly Hagan) isn’t too pleased with the gesture. Micki (Lindsey Morgan) and Trey (Jeff Pierre) work on reconciling their relationship when she comes home after her deep undercover operation.
NFL Football: Baltimore at Miami
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live
Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens visit Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida to duel with the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football.
Hidden Heroes: The Nisei Soldiers of WWII
This special reveals the unsung story of America’s Nisei warriors, the sons of Japanese immigrants who volunteered by the thousands after Pearl Harbor and served in a segregated regiment to fight in some of the bloodiest battles of World War II. Featuring sit-down interviews, archival imagery, illustration and narration, the documentary centers around the Nisei soldiers of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of the U.S. military, and the Military Intelligence Service, a group of Nisei linguists and translators who are credited with shortening the war and saving millions of lives.
The Blacklist: “The Avenging Angel”
The task force races to locate a blacklister who uses any means necessary to return what has been unjustly stolen; Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) asks Park (Laura Sohn) for a favor; and Cooper (Harry Lennix) tries to piece together an event for which he has no memory.
Grey’s Anatomy: “Bottle Up and Explode!”
The Grey Sloan doctors spring into action after an explosion rocks Seattle, with the incoming trauma hitting close to home. Owen experiences PTSD after he hears the explosion, while his sister Megan enlists help from Winston and Hayes in confidence. In Minnesota, Meredith and Amelia meet up with a familiar face who assists in their study.
Ghosts: “Flower’s Article”
Flower (Sheila Carrasco) begs Sam (Rose McIver) not to write an article about the time she and her friends from the commune held up a bank in the new episode “Flower’s Article.”
Variety’s Salute to Service 2021
This latest hourlong installment of the annual special honors acts of service and heroism by our nation’s veterans. Various celebrities (the names had not been announced at presstime) will be on hand to pay tribute to service members.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Nightmares in Drill City”
Carisi (Peter Scanavino) asks the SVU for help with a murder investigation when one of the witnesses shows signs of abuse.
B Positive: “Novocaine, Bond and Bocce”
After Jerry (David Anthony Higgins) faints at work, Gina (Annaleigh Ashford) tries to convince him to move into the senior center in the new episode “Novocaine, Bond and Bocce.”
Law & Order: Organized Crime: “Ashes to Ashes”
A deadly bombing rocks the NYPD and leaves several suspects in the wind. Meanwhile, Nova (Nona Parker Johnson) makes a major discovery.
Friday, Nov. 12
Feature Film Exclusive!
Bruce Willis stars in this action film streaming exclusively on AMC+ beginning the same day it hits theaters. Serving a life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, ex-cop Thomas Malone (Willis) is offered a chance at freedom if he can survive a deadly game of Apex. Six hunters pay for the pleasure of hunting another human on a remote island, but once Malone arrives, all hell breaks loose. Laying traps and playing mind games, Malone tries to turn the tables and fight for his life and his future. Neal McDonough, Corey Large and Lochlyn Munro also star.
The Shrink Next Door
Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd share the screen together for the first time since 2013’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in this eight-episode limited series inspired by true events. Based on the No. 1 new podcast of 2019, The Shrink Next Door is a dark comedy about the unusual relationship between psychiatrist Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Rudd) and his longtime patient, Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Ferrell). Also stars Kathryn Hahn and Casey Wilson. The first three episodes drop today; subsequent new episodes are available Fridays.
Snoopy in Space
After exploring the moon and visiting the International Space Station in Season 1, the second season of this animated Peanuts series finds Snoopy and the gang ready for an epic journey across the universe to discover if there really is life beyond Earth. The season brings NASA’s most current research to life, from searching for traces of ice and ancient fossils on Mars to drilling into oceans hidden inside of distant moons and even seeking out exoplanets far outside our own solar system. All 12 episodes are available today.
90 Day: The Single Life
In Season 2 of the reality spinoff, 90 Day franchise hopefuls are on a mission to prove it’s never too late to find love. Moving past their failed romances, some of the biggest names in the 90 Day universe are looking to start fresh with better and stronger relationships. To do so, they must navigate the modern dating world and overcome cringeworthy encounters, ghosting and even traveling to other continents for a first date. For the first time in 90 Day history, two singles from different 90 Day relationships connect and spark an interest in each other after ending things with their American exes. The season kicks off with a special two-hour premiere today, and new episodes are available Fridays.
This documentary chronicles how, once a year, a group of feverishly determined table setters vie for the Best of Show ribbon at the Orange County Fair table-setting competition, often referred to as the “Olympics of Table Setting.” Old rivalries, controversy and eccentric personalities come to a head and show the extent to which a hobby can become a passion.
Disney+ celebrates its second anniversary today all across the Disney empire, including at its parks. The streaming service itself will, of course, be a primary hub for celebration, offering new content releases and sneak peeks of things to come. Disney+ Day content premiere highlights on Disney+ include the streaming premiere of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings; the original film Home Sweet Home Alone, the latest entry in the Home Alone franchise, starring Archie Yates, Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney; the Jungle Cruise movie now available for all subscribers; Olaf Presents, a new series of animated shorts featuring the beloved snowman from Frozen; the first five episodes from Season 2 of The World According to Jeff Goldblum; Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett, a new special about the famous Star Wars bounty hunter; a special celebrating the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+ with a look at what’s ahead; and more.
Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds headline this action comedy. Johnson plays an Interpol agent regarded as the world’s greatest tracker who may meet his match after his organization issues a “red notice” — a global alert to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted — and he finds himself in pursuit of the world’s greatest art thief (Gadot) and the world’s greatest con man (Reynolds).
This four-part docuseries is a true coming-of-age story that offers an intimate look into the life of transgender teen Jane Noury and her family as she nears graduation and prepares to leave the nest. Navigating deeply personal and challenging issues, the Noury family’s uplifting humor and kindness are always present, revealing the transformative power of acceptance. All four episodes are available today.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
The first season of this series offering a modern take on the 1997 horror film and the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan that inspired it concludes.
Recently appointed to U.S. Secretary of Transportation, former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg serves as the first openly LGBTQ Cabinet member in U.S. history, following his 2020 campaign to become one of the youngest U.S. presidents. This documentary brings viewers inside Buttigieg’s run for the Oval Office, providing an unprecedented intimacy with the candidate, his husband, Chasten, and their ambitious team. From the earliest days of the campaign to his unlikely, triumphant victory in Iowa and beyond, this film reveals what really goes on inside a campaign for the highest office in the land — and the myriad ways it changes the lives of those at its center.
TCM Birthday Tribute: Jacques Tourneur
TCM, beginning at 6:15am
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Jacques Tourneur, the French director well remembered for his work in Hollywood creating wonderfully atmospheric and shadowy black-and-white films noir and horror movies, in the 1940s especially, would have turned 117 today (he was born Nov. 12, 1904, in Paris, and passed away Dec. 19, 1977, at age 73). Turner Classic Movies celebrates the birthday boy’s body of work with a 12-hour-plus marathon of his films. In order, they are: the 1939 crime film They All Come Out, Tourneur’s American feature directorial debut; Cat People (1942), the first of Tourneur’s memorable collaborations with producer Val Lewton on classic — and classy — low-budget horror productions; I Walked With a Zombie (1943), another Lewton-produced creepfest; the 1944 Gregory Peck-led war film Days of Glory; the Oscar-nominated melodrama Experiment Perilous (1944), starring Hedy Lamarr and George Brent; Out of the Past, the legendary 1947 noir starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas; Berlin Express (1948), an early Cold War thriller starring Robert Ryan and Merle Oberon; Easy Living, a 1949 drama with Victor Mature and Lucille Ball; and Wichita (1955), the only color film from Tourneur on today’s lineup, a grand CinemaScope Western starring Joel McCrea as Wyatt Earp. — Jeff Pfeiffer
ESPN2 & FS1, beginning at 6pm Live
Cincinnati is at South Florida for an American Athletic Conference game on ESPN2. Then on FS1, Wyoming visits Boise State in a Mountain West matchup on the blue turf of Albertsons Stadium.
The Last Cowboy
The cowboy and -girl chronicle inspired by the hit series Yellowstone moves from Paramount Network to its sister station CMT starting tonight. The series follows the lives of eight men and women who compete on the regular reining circuit, a Western-based competition where riders guide horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins and stops. These horsemen are determined to elevate and preserve the cowboy tradition as they train and engage in the exclusive, ultra-competitive sport.
Open by Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
When Nicky finds an unopened Christmas card from a high school secret admirer, she and her best friend Simone search to find and thank the anonymous author. Stars Alison Sweeney, Erica Durance and Brennan Elliott.
An Ice Wine Christmas
One of Philadelphia’s top wine sommeliers, Camila (Roselyn Sánchez), goes home to the magical vineyards of Evergreen, New York, to take part in the town’s annual Ice Wine Christmas Festival and Harvest. While there, Camila spends time with her mother Sunny (Maria del Mar) and sister Beth (AnnaMaria Demara), who manages the local winery for Camila’s former ice wine mentor, Henry (Richard Fitzpatrick). But Camila discovers changes are coming as Henry plans to retire, scaling down the Christmas Festival. Beth also recently hired wine specialist Declan (Lyriq Bent), who plans to take the operation to full-year production. Believing in the importance of preserving the magic of “Christmas in a bottle,” Camila shares with Declan her passion for Christmas and what an authentic ice wine harvest can bring.
Strike Her Dead
All-star soccer player Jenna Sims and her mom Sally are ready for a fresh start when they move to a sunny beach town. Jenna joins her new school’s soccer team in the hopes of making friends and keeping her college scholarship, but things soon turn dangerous when she is framed for murder after discovering the coverup of a player’s death. Can she find who the real culprit is before the murderer gets to her? Stars Cece Kelly, René Ashton, Marc Herrmann and Grace Lawell.
Home Sweet Home: “The Alley Provides”
When the Lakhias, a structured and regimented Indian Hindu family, trade homes with the carefree, new age James family, both are forced to evaluate their cultural, religious and environmental differences.
Murdered and Missing in Montana
Imagine a place where your daughter goes missing and your cries for help may not be heard — a place where Indigenous women are murdered at 10 times the rate of any other ethnic group and killers are rarely brought to justice. In this 90-minute documentary special, attorney and investigative journalist Loni Coombs focuses on the cases of three young, Indigenous women whose deaths on and around the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations remain a mystery.
Kevin Garnett: Anything Is Possible
This documentary is a deep dive into the mind and heart of former NBA star Kevin Garnett, who tells his story with the help of former teammates, coaches, media personalities and others who knew him from way back.
Magnum P.I.: “Devil on the Doorstep”
A journalist hires Magnum (Jay Hernandez) to track down an anonymous source that has mysteriously gone dark in the new episode “Devil on the Doorstep.”
My Lottery Dream Home
The new season of My Lottery Dream Home will follow uber-popular HGTV star David Bromstad as he crisscrosses the country to help his instantly rich clients find fantasy homes with their newfound wealth. From a waterfront getaway in Cape Coral, Florida, to a sprawling family estate in Atlanta, Georgia, David will search for amenity-filled properties that check off every box on a lottery winner’s wish list. In the premiere episode, David will help a family of five finally move out of the two-bedroom apartment they share with three dogs after a life-changing $5-million-dollar scratch-off win. Together they will navigate the expensive and exclusive California market for a home that has a room for everyone.
Great Performances: “A John Williams Premiere at Tanglewood”
This concert recorded in July at Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home, is conducted by both BSO music director Andris Nelsons and legendary composer John Williams. Among the evening’s performances, virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mütter will be spotlighted in the debut of Williams’ new violin concerto. “The violin is an instrument that I love very dearly,” Williams says. “These instruments are now 300 years old that are being used, and the craftsmanship of [their] makers is something unequaled. It seemingly cannot be improved upon.”
These Woods Are Haunted
Travel Channel, 9pm
In the tales featured in “I Don’t Want to Be Forced Out and None of Us Dared to Move,” the Season 3 finale of this paranormal docuseries, a Georgia man fights to save his home from a pack of destructive Bigfoots, and a family is terrified when a werewolf crashes their camping trip in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Blue Bloods: “Be Smart or Be Dead”
There’s no one you trust more than family. When a former gang member puts out a hit on Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg), the cop’s dad, police commissioner Frank (Tom Selleck), assigns his younger son, Sgt. Jamie (Will Estes), to protection duty. “As you can imagine, it goes over like a lead balloon with Danny that Jamie’s going to be his ‘handler,’” Estes says. “Danny doesn’t take orders so well, and Jamie is just trying to make the best of it.” Then little bro rolls out his sleeping bag next to the star detective’s bed! Sibling bickering aside, though, “there is real danger.” Jamie has his hands full in this episode: Wife Eddie (Vanessa Ray) meets her new NYPD partner, Luis Badillo (Ian Quinlan), whom he recommended. “He thought they would complement each other,” Estes adds, “but they’re like oil and water. Later, that will come to a head.” (The scene you won’t see? After Jamie breaks up a fight between Eddie and the handsome Badillo, Estes says, “I ad-libbed, ‘This tension better not be sexual!’”) The actor is “really enjoying [playing a] leadership role” in both scenarios, he adds. Good practice for an — inevitable? — promotion to lieutenant. We also see Frank’s long-secret grandson, Joe Hill (Will Hochman), for the first time since last season’s finale. Some trivia: When Hochman guest-stars, Estes becomes “Jamie” off-camera too to avoid having two Wills on set.
The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek: “Saturday Morning Pinks”
This episode looks back at the fondly remembered, Emmy-winning 1973-74 Saturday morning show Star Trek: The Animated Series. While technically the second series in the Trek franchise, with most of the original cast members returning to voice their characters, and original creator Gene Roddenberry and writer D.C. Fontana onboard creatively, it effectively was the fourth and fifth seasons of the original Star Trek.
The Alaska Triangle
Travel Channel, 10pm
Season 2 of the paranormal docuseries concludes with “Haunted Fairground and The Vanished.” First, dark forces disrupt a paranormal investigation at an old fairground near Fairbanks, Alaska. Then, hundreds of Alaskans go missing every year. Is something otherworldly abducting them?
College Basketball: Villanova at UCLA
ESPN2, 11:30pm Live
Two storied college basketball programs are in action at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles as the Villanova Wildcats visit the UCLA Bruins on ESPN2.
Saturday, Nov. 13
Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight
Tiger King personality Carole Baskin is the subject of this two-part docuseries that shows a different side of her as she and her husband, Howard, along with their team, investigate the treatment of big cats, often coming into direct confrontations with dangerous operators.
NBA TV, beginning at 5pm Live
Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat are in Salt Lake City to take on Mike Conley and the Utah Jazz. In NBA TV’s second game, Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics face Jarrett Allen and the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
Frankie Drake Mysteries: “Life Is a Cabaret”
After witnessing a man’s murder, Frankie’s (Lauren Lee Smith) search for his lady-friend suspect leads her to an underground cabaret and surprising results.
A Snowy Christmas
UPtv’s “Snowed in Weekend” begins with this movie, in which unlucky-in-love city lawyer Kelly Mitchum (Elysia Rotaru) returns home to spend Christmas with her family. As she dreams of finding her perfect man, she meets handsome contractor Forrest Newell (Damon Runyan), and he ticks all the boxes. Now, with her family’s home at risk of demolition, will Forrest be able to help? And will the magic of Christmas be enough to save it?
Christmas Time Is Here
GAC Family, 8pm
Nia Moore (Rukiya Bernard), a successful small-town Realtor, has her heart set on closing a big sale on a new resort for her client, Julian Parsons (Dewshane Williams), just in time for Christmas. There is only one hitch: No matter how many properties in Pine Valley Nia shows Julian, he keeps coming back to the one resort that isn’t for sale — the one belonging to Nia’s widower dad, Patrick (Tom Pickett). Patrick would like to sell the property and retire, but it’s Nia who cannot let go. Julian comes up with a magical plan for saving Nia’s family’s resort.
A Picture Perfect Holiday
Fashion photographer Gaby Jones (Tatyana Ali) is eager to make a name for herself and finally gets her chance when she lands a coveted job at a magazine. Encouraged by an editor (Dina Meyer) to attend the annual Christmas Photography Retreat in the small town of Pine Falls to ramp up her skills, Gaby reluctantly signs up despite not being a huge fan of the holidays. When she arrives, she learns her rental has been double-booked with wildlife photographer Sean (Henderson Wade), but soon discovers there’s more to a photo than what you see through the lens. As the two fall for each other, their life choices start to get in the way, and they must decide if they’re willing to take a risk in order to share a picture-perfect holiday together.
The French Connection 50th Anniversary (Directed by William Friedkin)
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Five Oscars, including Best Picture, went to Best Director Oscar winner William Friedkin’s highly acclaimed and realistic 1971 crime drama The French Connection, which is based on the true story of New York City narcotics detective Eddie Egan, dramatized here as Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (portrayed by Best Actor Oscar winner Gene Hackman). The adapted screenplay by Ernest Tidyman, which also won an Oscar, sparkles under Friedkin’s direction as it follows Doyle and fellow detective Buddy “Cloudy” Russo (Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Roy Scheider) as they use sharp instincts and unconventional methods to thwart the international suppliers of New York’s heroin trade. The film’s cinematography and sound were also nominated for Oscars, and their excellence is particularly on display during the movie’s legendary car chase, often cited as one of the greatest ever filmed, with Doyle commandeering a civilian’s car for a frantic pursuit of an elevated train on which a hitman is trying to escape and creative camerawork enhancing the thrills and sensation of speeding through the streets of a densely crowded big-city borough. The French Connection celebrated the 50th anniversary of its release on Oct. 7, so it’s a perfect time to revisit or discover the influential classic. It’s also perfect time to check out another Friedkin crime-drama classic, 1985’s To Live and Die in L.A., which he cowrote as well as directed, and which airs as the second half of tonight’s double feature. The neo-noir thriller is led by William Petersen in his second feature-film role, as a secret service agent who, with his partner (John Pankow), goes to increasingly desperate lengths to arrest a counterfeiter (Willem Dafoe in one of his earlier credited roles, and playing one of his creepier characters — which is saying something). To Live and Die in L.A. features another harrowing and highly regarded Friedkin-directed car chase, this time with the participants careening the wrong way down a busy Los Angeles freeway. — Jeff Pfeiffer
Blade Runner: Black Lotus
Adult Swim, 12am (late-night)
This Japanese American anime series is based on the classic Blade Runner sci-fi film franchise. Set in the year 2032, it centers around Elle (voice of Jessica Henwick), a female replicant, and will reportedly also include “familiar” characters from the Blade Runner universe. Executive producer Joseph Chou says it “was difficult to strike a balance” between both honoring the look of the original 1982 film and its 2019 follow-up, Blade Runner 2049, and adding the unique elements of the anime world, but he thinks BR fans will be pleased with the result.
Sunday, Nov. 14
Mayor of Kingstown
Paramount+; series premiere simulcast on Paramount Network at 9pm
“There’s a lot of things that define Mike McLusky,” says Mayor of Kingstown star/executive producer Jeremy Renner of his character in the series. “And it all starts with the family. It will always start with the family.” The McLusky family is the focus of this 10-episode drama from Yellowstone cocreator Taylor Sheridan. The clan are power brokers in Kingstown, Michigan, where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at the McLuskys’ attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither. The series costars Kyle Chandler, Dianne Wiest and series cocreator Hugh Dillon, who also stars in Sheridan’s Yellowstone. And Yellowstone will serve as a launching pad for this series; Paramount Network will simulcast the Kingstown series premiere on Nov. 14 following a new episode of the former series. New episodes are available Sundays on Paramount+.
Snowed in for Christmas
Young au pair Kaley (Kayla Wallace) finds herself unable to return home for the holidays when a snowstorm derails her plans. In spite of her own disappointment, she is determined to teach the girls she watches — alongside their charming uncle (Jeremy Guilbaut) — the magic of Christmas. Will this series of events lead to a perfect holiday?
The Top Ten Revealed: “Sax-y Songs”
AXS TV, 8pm
A soulful night of “Sax-y Songs” on the countdown series has us rooting for George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” and Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street.” If only Jon Hamm’s shirtless, oiled-up Sergio from Saturday Night Live could be gyrating at No. 1!
The Simpsons: “A Serious Flanders (Part 2)”
Things for Ned and Homer (voices of Harry Shearer and Dan Castellaneta) get worse in the conclusion of the two-part prestige crime thriller “A Serious Flanders.”
Call the Midwife
In the Season 10 finale, Nonnatus House struggles to come to terms with Nancy’s (Megan Cusack) revelation.
Lost Cities of the Trojans
Science Channel, 8pm
For centuries, the Trojan War was dismissed as myth. Now, new evidence reveals more about this notorious tale. In Turkey, investigators have unlocked new secrets about the past as they excavate ruins of a city that some believe could be Troy itself. Did the war really take place at this spot? And could the Trojan horse myth be based on a real event? This special will also travel to Amsterdam, where archaeologists reexamine the pioneering work of early explorers, and to Greece, where a team of archaeologists have discovered the remains of a wealthy town that could be linked to the famous story.
Sunday Night Sex Comedies
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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It’s time for another double feature of famous 1950s/’60s romantic/sex comedies on Turner Classic Movies, and this evening’s lineup begins with one of the most famous: 1955’s The Seven Year Itch. Directed by Billy Wilder and led by Marilyn Monroe (and featuring the iconic image of her white dress billowing up from the rush of a passing train while she’s standing on a subway grate), the film finds a married man (Tom Ewell) falling for the blond bombshell living upstairs (Monroe, as a character billed just as “The Girl”) while his wife and son are away on vacation. Married men also cause complications in tonight’s second film, Boys’ Night Out (1962), from director Michael Gordon, who had also helmed Pillow Talk a few years earlier. Four friends — three of them (played by Tony Randall, Howard Duff and Howard Morris) married, and one (James Garner) divorced — become envious of their philandering boss’ fling with his mistress and decide to try renting an apartment to set up as a secret love pad. The guys can’t believe their luck when a knockout (Kim Novak) also expresses interest in the apartment they have their eye on. They hire her on as a “housekeeper” for the pad, expecting something more, but the woman — who is actually a doctoral sociology student researching the “adolescent fantasies of the adult suburban male” — deftly avoids the men’s individual attempts at seduction even if they like to boast otherwise. — Jeff Pfeiffer
The Weather Channel, 8pm
There’s gold under that thar glacier! Six Americans fly to Greenland to make their prospecting dreams come true in this new reality show. Good omen: A random hike turns up rubies! Not good: the threat of polar bears and mansplaining.
NFL Football: Kansas City at Las Vegas
NBC, 8:20pm Live
AFC West foes collide at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs duel with Derek Carr and the Raiders on Sunday Night Football.
Adele One Night Only
We’re already feeling shortchanged. Two hours is not enough time with Adele, the 15-time Grammy winner who had us long before “Hello.” And even if this stunning talent couldn’t sing a note, she’d be good company — a cutup of a mum from North London who laughs at the fact that many babies have been conceived listening to her work: “I do make lovemaking music!” In this special, she sits down with Oprah Winfrey in her rose garden (topics: her divorce, losing 100 pounds) and performs hits as well as tracks from her upcoming album, 30, out Nov. 19. If Adele follows her usual concert MO, expect her to candidly announce, “I’m gonna take me shoes off.”
The Great North: “Tasteful Noods Adventure”
Ham (voice of Paul Rust) is assigned an after-school job at a restaurant and gets a surprise in the new episode “Tasteful Noods Adventure.”
The docuseries about Princess Diana concludes with “Her Legacy Continues.” Diana became the “People’s Princess” as the world grieved after her passing and now, 24 years later, this episode looks at the incredible legacy of the woman who forever changed the British monarchy.
Condor: “A Former KGB Man”
Believing that Bob’s killer and the mole could be one and the same, Joe (Max Irons), once again, is compelled to put himself in harm’s way. Meanwhile, Vasili (Alexei Bondar) makes a dangerous leap of faith.
Bob’s Burgers: “Loft in Bedslation”
Linda (voice of John Roberts) and the girls try to build a loft bed for Louise (voice of Kristen Schaal) in the new episode “Loft in Bedslation.”
Grantchester: “Episode Seven”
Leonard (Al Weaver) asks Will (Tom Brittney) and Geordie (Robson Green) for their help when someone he knows is accused of murder.
Dexter: New Blood: “Storm of @#$%”
Dexter Morgan is proof that there is life after death. Well, fake death, that is. Eight years after the Miami serial killer of bad guys (Michael C. Hall) disappeared in a hurricane on the 2006-13 drama’s much-derided ending, the antihero is back for a 10-episode thrill ride. Says Hall, “We wanted to do something decidedly new but also maintain fundamental parts of the original.” New Blood shows Dexter with a new identity (mild-mannered cashier Jim Lindsay), a new home (charming Iron Lake, New York) and a new vow not to kill. For the past decade, he “has been committed to abstinence,” explains Hall, until unfortunate events in the Nov. 7 debut change that. “This show is Dexter,” says exec producer Clyde Phillips with a laugh, “and people die.” While Dexter has blood on his hands in the present, he’s also got to deal with the past, which comes back to haunt him both literally and figuratively. His late sister Deb (original series star Jennifer Carpenter) appears in visions as his conscience (Carpenter calls this version of her character Dexter’s “shame and his pain”). And now-teen son Harrison (Jack Alcott), whom Dexter left behind when he faked his death, has tracked him down at the worst possible time. (There’s still blood on his property from a fresh kill!)
Hightown: “Dot Dot Dot”
On the P-town crime drama, cop Jackie (Monica Raymund) hunts a great white shark smuggler with former boss Ed (Mike Pniewski), while a text she sends to Leslie (Tonya Glanz) — her partner on the job and in bed — could prove costly.
Family Guy: “Peterschmidt Manor”
While Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) is away at a funeral, the rest of the Griffin family converts the Pewterschmidts’ mansion into a hotel. Sam Elliott returns as the guest voice of Mayor Wild West in the new episode “Peterschmidt Manor.”
During each episode of Table Wars, the competitors must design and install the ultimate themed dining environment that features stunning tablescapes, centerpieces, lighting and displays to wow the judges and avoid elimination. The seven-episode series will feature innovative tabletop exhibitions that must pass muster with lead judge Martha Stewart, the Emmy-winning television personality and New York Times bestselling author, as well as host, actress, design enthusiast and Emmy winner Tamera Mowry-Housley. Chris Hessney, an acclaimed luxury event planner and designer, will complete the judging panel. The finalist who delivers the most over-the-top event space will win the Table Wars title and a $50,000 cash prize.
Lies, Crimes & Video
Tonight’s true story is hard to hear: A 7-year-old in New York witnesses her mom’s 2015 death by bludgeoning.
Baptiste: “Episode Five”
Julien (Tchéky Karyo) and Emma (Fiona Shaw) hope to discover the identity of Gomorrah.
Equal parts survival epic, psychological horror story and coming-of-age drama, the 10-episode saga follows a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to savage clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later.
Curb Your Enthusiasm: “The Watermelon”
Kaley Cuoco guest-stars as Heidi, the optometrist girlfriend of Freddy Funkhouser (Vince Vaughn). Curmudgeon Larry (Larry David) becomes her patient, but they don’t see eye-to-eye.
Monday, Nov. 15
In the two-part Season 1 finale “A Taste for Death” (both episodes are available today), two bodies with their throats slashed are found in a London church: a homeless man and an aristocratic Tory MP, who had recently resigned after a guest drowned at his wife’s birthday party. Dalgliesh (Bertie Carvel) is called in to investigate, and later, another violent attack at the church seems to rule out his main suspect. After discovering more home truths about Sir Paul’s family, Dalgliesh is forced to draw on his own personal tragedies to disarm the killer.
The Madame Blanc Mysteries
This lighthearted six-episode series from Britain stars series creator Sally Lindsay as renowned antiques dealer Jean White, who, when left nearly bankrupt after her husband’s sudden death, heads to their one last asset: a cottage in antiques hub Sainte Victoire, France. There, Jean begins investigating what happened to him, aided by sympathetic taxi driver Dom (Steve Edge). She soon finds the colorful locals have a treasure trove of other mysteries for her to assess, and Jean’s knowledge of priceless objects even proves helpful to the local police, as she ends up playing detective on several cases. The first two episodes are available today; subsequent new episodes are available Mondays.
Dancing With the Stars: “Semi-Finals”
The remaining celebs and their pro partners samba into the semifinals, hoping to keep their dreams of winning Season 30’s Mirrorball trophy alive.
All American: “Bird in the Hand”
The CW, 8pm
With the all-American game approaching, Spencer (Daniel Ezra) is feeling uneasy until an old friend says something to him that makes everything suddenly click. Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) questions why no one sees him as great, and the answer he gets takes him by surprise. Coop (Bre-Z) feels betrayed by Layla (Greta Onieogou) when she learns Layla is looking for a new artist, and makes some hurtful accusations.
NFL Football: L.A. Rams at San Francisco
ESPN, 8pm Live
Matthew Stafford leads the L.A. Rams into Levi’s Stadium to face the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC West matchup on Monday Night Football.
9-1-1: “Defend in Place”
Holey moly, Los Angeles really is the pits this season! Not only has NBC’s La Brea opened up a massive sinkhole in the middle of the City of Angels, but now FOX’s first-responder drama has an epic fissure to deal with. “It was just a funny coincidence,” says co-showrunner Kristen Reidel with a laugh. Instead of a portal back to prehistoric times, the 9-1-1 disaster is caused by an underground oil-well explosion that craters a downtown L.A. street — swallowing a woman taking her driving test. “Our inspiration here was really, have you ever wished the earth would open up and swallow you whole? OK, now, what if it did?” And although we won’t see any birds from the Pleistocene epoch flying out of the sinkhole, Reidel jokes that the episode may still scare some viewers. “We don’t have any creatures, but it does start at the DMV, which I think for a lot of people inspires a different kind of terror.”
NBA TV, beginning at 8pm Live
NBA TV’s doubleheader has Nikola Jokić and the Denver Nuggets visiting Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks, followed by Lonzo Ball and the Chicago Bulls at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a meeting with LeBron James and the Lakers.
The Voice: “Live Top 13 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live
The Top 13 performers try to impress the judges (and viewers). Results will be revealed tomorrow night.
TCM Spotlight: Dance Numbers
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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It’s time again for any Monday blues you might be having to be lifted by Turner Classic Movies’ evening of classic movie musicals with memorable choreography. The lineup begins with Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ann Miller in Kiss Me Kate (1953), the adaptation of the 1948 Broadway production that was inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Famous choreographer Hermes Pan staged the dance numbers, set to Cole Porter tunes like “So in Love,” “Too Darn Hot” and “Always True to You in My Fashion.” The film also features Bob Fosse as a supporting character in his second movie appearance; he, of course, would soon go on to become a brilliant stage and screen choreographer in his own right. Up next is The Gay Divorcee (1934), the Oscar-winning musical featuring the legendarily smooth moves of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in their second big-screen pairing. The duo flawlessly flow together in numbers also staged by Pan in what was his second film, and his first as primary choreographer (even if he wasn’t billed as such). Astaire and Jane Powell lead the next film, Royal Wedding (1951), which features a number of fun dance routines choreographed by Nick Castle, including two of Astaire’s most famous solo numbers (on whose choreography the actor likely also had considerable input): his dance with a hat rack to the song “Sunday Jumps” and the incredibly designed sequence in which he dances on the walls and ceilings of his room to the tune “You’re All the World to Me.” Astaire also stars in the next film, the Oscar-winning, Pan-choreographed Swing Time (1936), again with Rogers, and with Cyd Charisse in the evening’s final title, Silk Stockings (1957), choreographed by Pan and Eugene Loring. — Jeff Pfeiffer
Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown
Food Network, 9pm
Move over, pumpkin spice. The other autumnal flavor takes center stage in this competition that asks teams to impress with brown sugar, molasses, cloves and creativity! Jesse Palmer hosts.
The Big Leap: “What Prevents Us?”
In the midst of Paula’s (Piper Perabo) health concerns, she and Mike (Jon Rudnitsky) decide to take their relationship to the next level in the new episode “What Prevents Us?”
Ordinary Joe: “Reset”
Music Joe (James Wolk) struggles to support Amy (Natalie Martinez) through a devastating loss; after Cop Joe (Wolk) and Amy’s decision to turn Bobby (Adam Rodriguez) in, they both face unexpected blowback; Nurse Joe (Wolk) helps someone from his past; and Jenny (Elizabeth Lail) tries to impress her law professor.
Independent Lens: “Storm Lake”
This documentary follows old-school journalist Art Cullen as he works to keep his family’s biweekly newspaper, The Storm Lake Times, alive in an era when local journalism is dying. Cullen and his family struggle to keep the paper afloat and deliver the news amid a global pandemic, and as the rise of social media and a declining advertising model conspire to end the paper. The film shines a light on the importance of local news as civic watchdogs serving communities, and, ultimately, on the role of journalism itself in a democracy.
With her weight spiraling, Tammy makes the game-changing decision to check herself into rehab for food addiction, but her stay there may be short-lived as she considers the best way to reach her goals. She also appears to be talking to a new love interest, which is cause for concern for her family, as relationships have hindered Tammy’s progress in the past. Amy is dealing with her own stress, and while her dreams came true when she became a mom to son Gage, balancing the demands of motherhood with her own weight-loss goals may prove to be impossible.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
Well Done With Sebastian Maniscalco
Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco is back for a second season and more comedic deep dives into the culinary world by talking and cooking with the world’s top chefs, restaurant owners, other comedians and his own family.
Man in the Arena: Tom Brady
After 21 seasons in the NFL, quarterback Tom Brady will finally share a personal firsthand account of his Super Bowl appearances. Over the episodes of this series (available Tuesdays), Brady deconstructs the milestones of his legendary career.
The Flash: “Armageddon, Part 1”
The CW, 8pm
When a powerful alien threat arrives on Earth under mysterious circumstances, Barry (Grant Gustin), Iris (Candice Patton) and the rest of Team Flash are pushed to their limits in a desperate battle to save the world. But with time running out and the fate of humanity at stake, Flash and his companions will also need to enlist the help of some old friends if the forces of good are to prevail.
The Resident: “Who Will You Be?”
A new group of interns start their first day at the hospital in the new episode “Who Will You Be?”
The Voice: “Live Top 13 Eliminations”
NBC, 8pm Live
Find out which of last night’s top 13 performers made it through.
Gordon Parks — Part 1
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Beginning tonight, and concluding next Tuesday evening, Turner Classic Movies will honor renowned filmmaker and photographer Gordon Parks. “I chose my camera as a weapon against all the things I dislike about America — poverty, racism, discrimination,” Parks said. Whether it was with his still camera as a photojournalist, or with a motion-picture camera as a moviemaker and documentarian, he was true to his word: From the 1940s through the ’70s, his various works offered searing insights into the Black experience in America. On the popular movie front, Parks became the first Black filmmaker to produce and direct a major motion picture in Hollywood, and he created what was to be known as the popular “blaxploitation” genre of the ’70s with films like 1971’s Shaft. Tonight’s celebration of Parks on TCM begins with the network premiere of the 1973 documentary Listen to a Stranger: An Interview With Gordon Parks, an in-depth interview with Parks where he discusses his life and career. This is followed by Parks’ 1964 documentary short Flavio, which follows Flavio da Silva, a 12-year-old boy in a family of 10 living in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. After that is the 1969 drama The Learning Tree, written and directed by Parks and based on his semiautobiographical 1963 novel of the same name. It was the first film directed by an African American for a major film studio, and was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1989 for its significance. After that is the iconic, Oscar-winning Shaft, the influential crime drama with which Parks is most associated as a director. With a dynamic performance by Richard Roundtree as the title character, private detective John Shaft, the film is fun and action-filled while still speaking to the themes that were important to Parks. In 2000, Shaft was also added to the National Film Registry. Its 1972 follow-up, Shaft’s Big Score!, directed by and with music from Parks, concludes this first evening devoted to him. — Evan McLean
Riverdale: “Chapter Ninety-Six: Welcome to Rivervale”
The CW, 9pm
Following the explosion that ended Season 5, a new day dawns in the town of RiverVALE, where everything is as it should be. Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Reggie (Charles Melton) are now the town’s power couple, while Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Tabitha (Erinn Westbrook) move in together. But with Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) demanding a return to the “old ways,” this serenity will surely not last. And how could Archie (KJ Apa) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) possibly have survived?
Beat Bobby Flay: “Adios, Roberto Flay”
Food Network, 9pm
It’s been said pasta is one of chef Bobby Flay’s few weaknesses in the kitchen. Will one of the two Italian-cuisine pros enlisted for tonight’s battle actually defeat him?
Our Kind of People: “Fathers, Daughters, Sisters”
In this juicy hour directed by costar Joe Morton (aka Teddy Franklin), foes Leah (Nadine Ellis) and Angela (Yaya DaCosta) join forces after realizing they may hate someone — Melissa De Sousa’s Alex — more than they hate each other.
Fixer to Fabulous
This breakout series spotlights husband and wife renovation and design experts Dave and Jenny Marrs, who overhaul historic homes in Northwest Arkansas while raising five young children and managing their family farm. Jenny, the creative influence behind their personalized renovations, specializes in designing spaces that are warm and welcoming for families, while Dave, who has a passion for reviving old homes, tackles construction with unmatched skill and confidence.
La Brea: “Origins”
With cold weather fast approaching, Eve (Natalie Zea), Levi (Nicholas Gonzalez) and Ty (Chiké Okonkwo) return to the fort in search of information.
The Big Holiday Food Fight
Home cooks whip up family recipes, like “Dad’s special potatoes,” to win a stocking stuffed with $5,000.
“Those who went into the service, and those who did not — we are two different realities,” observes one veteran in “The Reckoning,” the series finale episode hosted by Army veteran, actor and motivational speaker J.R. Martinez. And as the episode shows, there are also differences from veteran to veteran. Some appreciate hearing the words, “Thank you for your service,” while others wonder if the thanks are just a bumper-sticker slogan. Veterans reflecting on their service ask how we — veterans and civilians together — can move America forward.
7 Little Johnstons
Trent and Amber continue to work on pushing their older children out of the nest. With Liz successfully moved out, Anna is eager to follow suit, but everyone wonders when Jonah will finally fly the coop. As the kids are getting older, life seems to be getting less chaotic for Trent and Amber, which is their cue to liven things up. Both parents switch things up in their professional lives, and they also consider adding a new member to the Johnston home — although it’s not what viewers might expect!
Queens: “Do Anything for Clout”
Brianna deals with a painful reminder of Jeff’s infidelity, and the group hopes a performance at the American Music Awards will solidify their comeback. Meanwhile, after completing treatment at a rehab facility for her addiction issues, Lauren struggles to identify with her alter ego, Lil Muffin. Musical performances include “I’m That Chick” by Lil Miffin as performed by Pepi Sonuga. Jadakiss and Fivio Foreign guest-star.
FBI: Most Wanted: “Gladiator”
If you’re a criminal on the run and FBI Special Agent Kristin Gaines (Alexa Davalos) is on your tail, it’s game over. The recent addition to the Fugitive Task Force — a Navy veteran and former Miami field agent with an arsenal of skills from combat readiness to interviewing and flipping witnesses — never gives up the chase. This week, compassionate Kristin steels herself to work the case of a young lifestyle guru (Christen Sharice) murdered in the Connecticut home she shared with her NBA star husband (Romeo Brown). Off the clock, however, she lets down her guard a little with her journalist ex-husband, Nick Vargas (Migs Govea): Kristin and their teenage daughter, Ingrid (Oriana Bustamante), are now living in the same New York City apartment building as Nick and their teen son, Jack (Jay Cobian). Complicated? Yes! “She’s torn in a lot of ways,” says Davalos. Look for Kristin to chat with fellow parent Jess about it. More of what drives the special agent will be revealed in an upcoming episode when we learn of a difficult incident from her military days. “It informs not only her work, but her divorce and personal life as well,” teases Hudgins, adding, “The deepest wounds sometimes heal the best.”
College Basketball: BYU vs. Oregon
ESPN, 10pm Live
The BYU Cougars and Oregon Ducks square off in the 2021 Phil Knight Invitational at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
New Amsterdam: “In a Strange Land”
Max (Ryan Eggold) takes drastic measures to help several undocumented immigrants after a fire destroys the church where they had sought refuge; Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) and Malvo (Frances Turner) assist a patient with a life-threatening condition; Dr. Reynolds (Jocko Sims) is conflicted about his new position; and Brantley (Debra Monk) considers how to rectify the situation with Dr. Fuentes (Michelle Forbes).
The season finale, “American Exile,” follows Valente Valenzuela and his brother Manuel who, as teenagers, volunteered and were sent to fight in Vietnam. They came home decorated, but were also physically and psychologically scarred. Now, some 50 years later, they’ve received notices of deportation. Shocked and confused, the brothers soon learn they are not alone and that thousands of veterans are being deported because of misdemeanor offenses after completing their service in the armed forces. Together, they decide to don their uniforms for one last fight — as veterans’ rights activists.
Addicted to Marriage
Follow the lives of four intriguing women who love to get married. Meet Monette, Shae, Amy and Kecia, who collectively have been down the aisle a total of 20 times! Each marriage enthusiast is ready to say “I do” again, but are the men in their lives ready?
Wednesday, Nov. 17
Kendra Sells Hollywood
This six-part docuseries follows single mother and former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson as she joins a Los Angeles real estate firm with a determination to learn the ropes of the business and land her first sale. “I got my real estate license almost a year ago,” Wilkinson explains, “and I just decided to actually pursue real estate without anyone knowing about it. I went and studied and took a test and passed the test. And then, one thing led to another, and I’m back on TV, documenting this part of my journey.”
The Mighty Underdogs
This coming-of-age docuseries features a never-before-seen look inside the Junior Showmanship part of the fiercely competitive world of dog shows. It follows a group of teen dog-handlers who are competing among thousands for one of the limited, and highly coveted, spots at the Westminster Dog Show, while also navigating the everyday journey of being a typical teenager.
In this animated adaptation of the Marvel comic book, after a Japanese snow monkey’s tribe is slaughtered, he joins forces with the ghost of an American assassin and together, they begin killing their way through the yakuza underworld. The voice cast includes George Takei, Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Munn, Ally Maki, Nobi Nakanishi and Fred Tatasciore.
An unlikely Christmas romance blossoms between a famous rapper (Tayc) and a tenacious journalist (Shirine Boutella). Can they make it work despite their differences?
When Season 2 of this true-crime series that became a worldwide sensation debuts, flamboyant zookeeper Joe Maldonado-Passage — aka Joe Exotic — will be behind bars. Imprisoned for a litany of charges tied to his nefarious zookeeping and repeated plots to kill rival rescuer Carole Baskin, Exotic still loves the spotlight. Baskin won’t feature in Season 2 and has refused producers permission to show footage of her, but we’ll see how that turns out. Many other players are still in legal trouble of their own, though, so there are plenty of possible storylines this season.
Hart to Hart
The classic 1979-84 mystery series joins Ovation’s Wednesday evening lineup beginning tonight, with episodes from Season 1 airing back-to-back in four-hour blocks. Additional seasons, and the eight made-for-TV Hart to Hart movies made in the years after the series ended, will begin airing in 2022. The series was created by novelist and television writer Sidney Sheldon, and stars Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple who lead a glamorous jet-set lifestyle and regularly find themselves working as unpaid detectives in order to solve crimes in which they become embroiled.
The Goldbergs: “A Light Thanksgiving Nosh”
When Beverly learns that Linda Schwartz will host Thanksgiving this year, she becomes concerned that her role as family hostess — and more importantly as Erica’s mom — is threatened. Meanwhile, Pop-Pop surprises the family by showing up with a new “lady friend.”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Deus Ex Latrina”
The CW, 8pm
When the Legends and Gwyn (Matt Ryan) finally time travel, the time machine goes haywire, leaving them stranded in a lush forest with no idea when or where they are. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the Legends, someone keeps trying to destroy the anomalies that keep popping up, which could create bigger ripples throughout history.
The Masked Singer: “Group B Semi-Final”
Cheryl Hines is a guest panelist as Group B singers compete and two of them are unmasked in the new episode “Group B Semi-Final.”
Nature: “Born in the Rockies: Growing Up”
The second of this two-episode special installment of Nature (the first episode aired last Wednesday) continues following newborn animals as they find their way in North America’s Rocky Mountains.
Wild Tales From the Farm: “Change in the Air”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
See how the changing colors of fall signal change for all the animals on the Southern England farm. Tragedy in Pig Wood, drama in the coop and battles in the field make for an adventurous autumn. Downton Abbey costar Hugh Bonneville narrates.
Star of the Month: Sydney Greenstreet
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Tonight’s lineup of memorable Sydney Greenstreet films on Turner Classic Movies starts out with The Verdict (1946), a film noir that was one of the rare occasions where he was a movie’s lead character and the top-billed actor in the cast. Set in 1890, the mystery finds him playing a somewhat different type of character, at least at first, as a respected Scotland Yard superintendent who is fired after a mistake in an investigation leads to an innocent man’s execution. But Greenstreet eventually brings out the shadiness in this character as he seeks to ruin the reputation of the gloating superintendent who replaced him, enlisting the help of his friend (frequent Greenstreet costar Peter Lorre, who plays right-to-type as a creepy artist). Also tonight: Three Strangers, another 1946 film noir with Greenstreet as the lead character and costarring Lorre, as well as Geraldine Fitzgerald; The Conspirators (1944), a wartime spy thriller led by Hedy Lamarr and Paul Henreid, with Greenstreet and Lorre in supporting roles; the 1945 romantic comedy Pillow to Post, starring Ida Lupino and William Prince; another comedy, 1947’s That Way With Women, with Dane Clark, Martha Vickers and Alan Hale Sr.; and Devotion, a fictionalized 1946 biopic about the lives of famous literary sisters Charlotte and Emily Brontë (Olivia de Havilland and Ida Lupino), with Greenstreet portraying novelist William Makepeace Thackeray. — Jeff Pfeiffer
The Conners: “Let’s All Push Our Hands Together for the Stew Train and the Conners Furniture”
With the Lunch Box hoppin’, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) tests out a questionable new plan for serving diners. Meanwhile, newlywed Dan (John Goodman) gets nostalgic when selling some old furniture. Not the couch!
This new series stars fan-favorite real estate experts Ken and Anita Corsini, who first attracted the attention of renovation fans in their series Flip or Flop Atlanta. The Corsinis will put their own money on the line to purchase three investment properties for each of the three competing duos. They also will provide the funding for each team to design and renovate the homes in only six months. Ken and Anita will judge each team on three criteria: budget management, design talent and ability to successfully oversee the renovations. When the time is up, the flipping team that gets the highest score will win $100,000 and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the Corsinis in their real estate firm.
NOVA Universe Revealed: “Black Holes”
Black holes have long challenged the best minds in science and gripped the popular imagination. The most powerful and enigmatic objects known, they can reshape entire galaxies, warp the fabric of space and time, and may even be the key to unlocking the ultimate nature of reality. Yet if we can’t see them, how can we investigate them? “Black Holes” tells the story of how a new generation of high-energy telescopes is bringing these invisible voids to light.
Home Economics: “Two Thousand Pounds of Sand, $240”
Tom, Sarah and Connor are determined to prove that they can host a successful Thanksgiving dinner when they switch up their annual holiday tradition to gather at Connor’s place. Denise has some sibling drama of her own when her sister joins the Hayworth family celebration.
Hard Knocks in Season: The Indianapolis Colts
HBO’s Hard Knocks delivers its signature all-access coverage in the first show of any kind to document an NFL franchise in-season and in real time, following the Indianapolis Colts as they navigate the challenges of an NFL season.
Secrets of the Dead: “A Samurai in the Vatican”
In 1613, feudal lord Date Masamune sent a Japanese diplomatic mission to Europe to negotiate with the pope and the King of Spain in the hopes of opening a new trade route. Led by samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga and Franciscan monk Luis Sotelo, the expedition spent seven years traveling one-third of the globe. Discover the fate and legacy of these men caught up in the first stages of globalization amid religious and political tensions.
NHL Hockey: Chicago at Seattle
TNT, 10pm Live
Mark Giordano and the Kraken host Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena.
The Sinner: “Part VI”
USA Network, 10pm
Another crime shakes Clark Harbor, Maine, and retired detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) partners with a local (Frances Fisher) to investigate.
Thursday, Nov. 18
Partners in Rhyme
It’s old-school versus new-school in this lighthearted, half-hour sitcom that follows rap pioneer Lana Crawford (MC Lyte). When Lana discovers she is being dropped as an artist from her label and is in massive debt, the OG rap star is propositioned into managing her niece Lucious T (Precious Way, Queens), an up-and-coming Instagram rapper. Generations collide as Lana and Luscious T try to find their footing, working and living under the same roof. New episodes are available Thursdays.
This six-episode Italian series is a dystopian story of a ravaged world destroyed by a virus that kills adults but spares children. On the island of Sicily, among parched fields and mysterious forests, and the crumbling husks of shopping malls and abandoned cities, exist savage communities of survivors, most of whom are children. One of them, teenager Anna (Giulia Dragotto), only has one guide: a book left by her mother with instructions on how to survive. But with each passing day she discovers that the old rules no longer apply and she instead must make up new ones as she goes along. New episodes are available Thursdays.
The Sex Lives of College Girls
The 10-episode comedy is created by Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble, and follows four college roommates as they arrive at New England’s prestigious Essex College. A bundle of contradictions and hormones, these girls are equal parts lovable and infuriating as they live out their new, free lives on campus. Stars Pauline Chalamet, Amrit Kaur, Reneé Rapp and Alyah Chanelle Scott. New episodes are available Thursdays.
The Curse of Von Dutch
This three-episode docuseries tells the true story of how the 2000s iconic fashion brand rose from nothing to become one of the most recognizable on Earth — and how it disappeared. The series tells the dramatic tale of surfers, gangsters and Hollywood stars who tried to control the brand in its heyday. Now, a decade later, the truth about what happened will come out.
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star
When a priceless relic is stolen, Queen Margaret (Vanessa Hudgens) and Princess Stacy (Hudgens) enlist the help of Margaret’s audacious lookalike cousin Fiona (Hudgens), who teams with a dashing, mysterious man from her past to retrieve it — rekindling the sparks of a tantalizing Christmas romance and resulting in a very unexpected switch.
Star Trek: Discovery
The fourth season of this Star Trek entry finds Capt. Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew of the USS Discovery facing a threat unlike any they’ve ever encountered. With Federation and non-Federation worlds alike feeling the impact, they must confront the unknown and work together to ensure a hopeful future for all. New episodes are available Thursdays.
The docuseries returns for Season 2. It follows the Greyhounds, a six-man high school football team under the direction of Coach Dewaine Lee. After a devastating defeat in the semifinals the previous year, the second season finds the Greyhounds chasing redemption. However, as external pressures mount and adversity abounds, Coach Lee and his team turn to the family they’ve cultivated on the field. All eight episodes are available today.
Chrisley Knows Best: Chrisley Knows Thanksgiving
In this hourlong special based on the reality series Chrisley Knows Best, Julie Chrisley passes on her Thanksgiving recipes by teaching her children to cook timeless dishes in a little family competition.
Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol
The new series chronicling the early adventures of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Ashley Zukerman), the protagonist of Dan Brown’s bestselling novels like The Da Vinci Code, finishes up its first season.
The game show based on the classic video game crowns its Season 1 winner.
Psych 3: This Is Gus
This is the third film spinoff of the quirky, cult-favorite former Psych series. In preparation for a shotgun wedding before the birth of Baby Guster, Shawn (James Roday Rodriguez) and Groomzilla Gus (Dulé Hill) go rogue in an attempt to track down Selene’s (Jazmyn Simon) estranged husband, as Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) grapples with the future of his career.
This four-episode British psychological thriller begins on a summer evening in the seemingly idyllic suburb of Hollington Drive, when 10-year-old Alex is declared missing. As grief tears through the community, sisters Theresa (Anna Maxwell Martin) and Helen (Rachael Stirling) fight to hold their lives and their families together, and secrets and lies begin to surface as long-held facades falter. New episodes are available Thursdays.
College Football: Louisville at Duke
ESPN, 7:30pm Live
A primetime ACC football matchup has the Louisville Cardinals in Durham, North Carolina, to face the Duke Blue Devils.
Station 19: “Little Girl Blue”
Station 19 and Station 23 each attempt to celebrate Thanksgiving following the fallout from the neighborhood explosion. The firefighters come together to cook, toast to loved ones they have lost and celebrate the families they have become.
Young Sheldon: “An Introduction to Engineering and a Glob of Hair Gel”
Uh-oh! Sheldon (Iain Armitage) takes his first engineering class. Meanwhile, Meemaw (Annie Potts) and Dale (Craig T. Nelson) get stuck caring for Dale’s ex-wife June (Reba McEntire) when she’s injured.
Walker: “It’s Not What You Think”
The CW, 8pm
Walker (Jared Padalecki) tells his family about the surveillance cameras in their home and partners with Denise (guest star Tamara Feldman) to lure out whoever is watching them. Liam (Keegan Allen) doesn’t trust Denise, or her husband Dan (guest star Dave Annable), which frustrates Walker, who is trying to mend the rift between the families. Micki (Lindsey Morgan) continues to deal with the ramifications of her time undercover.
NFL Football: New England at Atlanta
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live
Week 11’s Thursday Night Football contest has Mac Jones leading the New England Patriots against Matt Ryan and the Falcons at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Blacklist: “Benjamin T. Okara”
Dembe’s (Hisham Tawfiq) position as an FBI agent causes complications for Red (James Spader) as the task force handles a case involving military technology. Meanwhile, Cooper (Harry Lennix) and Park (Laura Sohn) each find their personal lives increasingly complicated.
Mel Brooks Triple Feature
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!
Three of the high points of Mel Brooks’ filmmaking career — and three of the funniest comedies in Hollywood history — are on display with tonight’s hilarious triple feature on Turner Classic Movies. First up is 1974’s Young Frankenstein, directed by Brooks from an Oscar-nominated screenplay by Brooks and star Gene Wilder that is a pitch-perfect send-up of 1930s horror classics, particularly Universal’s various Frankenstein adaptations. Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars and Madeline Kahn round out the exceptional ensemble cast. Leachman and Kahn are back in tonight’s next film, High Anxiety (1977), which marked Brooks’ first lead speaking role. Not quite as successful a parody as Young Frankenstein, it still manages to take sharp and uproarious aim at its subject: the characters, tropes and techniques of Hollywood suspense thrillers, particularly the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Harvey Korman also costars. Tonight’s final Brooks classic is another one released in 1974, and one often regarded as his most brilliantly funny work ever: Blazing Saddles. Directed by Brooks, who cowrote the screenplay with, among others, comedian Richard Pryor, Blazing Saddles is led by Cleavon Little as a Black man who shocks a frontier town when he is appointed the new sheriff. The film holds nothing back as it skewers the conventions of old-time Hollywood Westerns, particularly their racist elements. Wilder, Korman and Kahn are also among the ensemble cast, with Kahn nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. — Jeff Pfeiffer
United States of Al: “College/Pohantoon”
In the new episode “College/Pohantoon,” Al (Adhir Kalyan) struggles with the college class he is taking, so Riley (Parker Young) takes it upon himself to speak to his professor (guest star John Ross Bowie).
Grey’s Anatomy: “Every Day Is a Holiday (With You)”
It’s Thanksgiving and while Meredith faces travel complications due to the weather, Nick steps in to help in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Richard and Bailey seek out emergency surgeries, and Amelia and Link reconnect.
After Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) is kicked out of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign with his city friends, Sam (Rose McIver) agrees to facilitate a new one between him and the ghosts. Also, Isaac (Brandon Scott Jones) confronts his feelings for Nigel (John Hartman), a British soldier ghost from whom he’s been keeping a gigantic secret.
B Positive: “A Dishwasher, a Fire and a Remote Control”
Gina (Annaleigh Ashford) is pressured by the seniors at Valley Hills to fire the chef, Bert (D.B. Sweeney). Also, a frustrated Drew (Thomas Middleditch) blows up at one of his therapy patients.
Big Sky: “Heart-Shaped Charm”
We all do questionable things when we’re drunk. Most of us don’t bust open our old gunshot wound in the process! At the end of last week’s episode, tipsy but determined undersheriff Jenny (Katheryn Winnick) got frustrated by the slow-going search for answers about the car crash at the center of Season 2’s mystery. With PI pal Cassie (Kylie Bunbury) in tow, she decided to follow a person of interest as he left the bar. The ladies found themselves in what Winnick dubs “the ultimate standoff” with the local crime syndicate after Jenny was revealed to be a cop. Tonight, we pick up mid-standoff, and while the women will get to walk away, there may be consequences. Someone in the crew grows suspicious of undercover cop Travis (Logan Marshall-Green), Jenny’s latest fling. When he goes missing, she fears the worst. “This is the episode where she realizes her feelings are more involved,” Winnick says. “She needs to do whatever it takes to make sure he’s OK, and even use her badge to cross the lines of the law to hopefully find him again. She is on the hunt.”
Friday, Nov. 19
Prisoners of the Ghostland
AMC+ & Shudder
Feature Film Exclusive!
This horror Western takes place in the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, where a ruthless bank robber (Nicolas Cage) is sprung from jail by a wealthy warlord, the Governor (Bill Moseley), whose adopted granddaughter Bernice (Sofia Boutella) has run away. Strapped into a leather suit that will self-destruct within five days if he doesn’t find the missing girl, the bandit sets off on a journey to find the young woman — and his own path to redemption. The film was an official selection at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
The first season of this sci-fi drama based on Isaac Asimov’s classic novels comes to a close.
Harriet the Spy
This series marks the first animated adaptation of Louise Fitzhugh’s iconic children’s novel chronicling the coming-of-age adventures of the irrepressible Harriet M. Welsch. Beanie Feldstein voices Harriet, a fiercely independent and adventurous 11-year-old girl, alongside Jane Lynch as Ole Golly, Harriet’s larger-than-life, no-nonsense nanny. Set in 1960s New York, when the original book was published, the series follows Harriet, who, more than anything, wants to be a writer. And in order to be a good writer, she’ll need to know everything. And to know everything means she’ll need to spy … on everyone. The voice cast also includes Lacey Chabert, Kimberly Brooks, Crispin Freeman, Grey Griffin, Bumper Robinson and Charlie Schlatter.
The Morning Show
Season 2 of this Jennifer Aniston- and Reese Witherspoon-led drama set in the cutthroat world of a morning TV news program concludes.
Candy Coated Christmas
Food Network’s first scripted original movie stars Molly McCook (Last Man Standing) as Molly Gallant, a Beverly Hills marketing executive whose carefully planned life takes an unexpected, and possibly romantic, turn when she takes a business trip to the picturesque town of Peppermint Hollow during the holidays. The film also stars Aaron O’Connell as local mint entrepreneur Noah Winters; McCook’s real-life father, John McCook, as Molly’s father, Fred; and Ree Drummond, host of Food Network’s The Pioneer Woman, as bakery owner Bee.
Feature Film Exclusive!
Will Smith stars in this biopic as Richard Williams, the father and coach of tennis stars Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton) Williams. The film will stream on HBO Max’s Ad-Free plan 31 days from its theatrical release today.
In Season 2, Catherine (Elle Fanning) decides now is the time to seize the day and take the throne of Russia for her own, no matter the consequences — and dealing with her husband Peter (Nicholas Hoult) is at the top of the list. Also complicating matters is the arrival of her mother (Gillian Anderson). Catherine soon discovers how difficult it is to liberate a country that just doesn’t want to be liberated. All 10 episodes are available today.
Blown Away: Christmas
The glassblowing competition series cranks up the heat for a spectacular holiday showdown. ’Tis the season for redemption as five fan-favorite artisans return to the hot shop to compete in a series of Christmas-themed challenges in the quest to become the Best in Holiday Blow. In the spirit of giving, the winner will not only receive a $10,000 cash prize, but an additional $10,000 will also be donated to their charity of choice. Bobby Berk hosts, accompanied by resident evaluator Katherine Gray.
This eagerly awaited live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime favorite is an action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, aka “cowboys,” all trying to outrun the past. As different as they are deadly, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) form a scrappy, snarky crew ready to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals — for the right price. But they can only kick and quip their way out of so many scuffles before their pasts finally catch up with them.
The first Korean drama to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival when its pilot premiered there in September, this supernatural tale is about otherworldly beings suddenly appearing out of nowhere to condemn individuals to hell. This causes mayhem and enables a religious group called The New Truth to grow in influence. A few people, however, become suspicious and begin investigating the sect’s involvement in the mysterious events.
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) makes his feature directorial debut with this adaptation of the autobiographical musical by Rent creator Jonathan Larson. The film follows Jon (Andrew Garfield), a young theater composer who is waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990 while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Days before he’s due to showcase his work in a make-or-break performance, Jon is feeling pressure from everywhere, and with the clock ticking, he finds himself at a crossroads.
The Wheel of Time
Based on Robert Jordan’s bestselling fantasy novels, this highly anticipated series is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists and only certain women are allowed to access it. Rosamund Pike stars as Moiraine, a member of the incredibly powerful, all-female Aes Sedai organization. She embarks upon a journey with five young women and men, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn, who will either save or destroy humanity. Daniel Henney, Josha Stradowski, Madeleine Madden, Marcus Rutherford, Zoë Robins and Barney Harris also star. The first three episodes are available today; subsequent new episodes are available Fridays.
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live
A classic NBA rivalry is renewed at Boston’s TD Garden as LeBron James and the L.A. Lakers face
Jayson Tatum and the Celtics. The second game in ESPN’s doubleheader has Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks visiting Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns.
A House on the Bayou
The television arm of Blumhouse, the production company behind big-screen horror films and thrillers like the Paranormal Activity and Purge franchises, will be developing and producing eight movies exclusively for EPIX, beginning with A House on the Bayou. In the film, a troubled couple and their preteen daughter vacation at an isolated house in the Louisiana bay, hoping to reconnect as a family. When unexpected visitors arrive, their facade of family unity starts to unravel as terrifying secrets come to light.
Dancing Through the Snow
Michael Foster (Colin Lawrence) is a firefighter and devoted single father to 8-year-old Lily (Bianca Lawrence), an aspiring ballerina. After a video of Michael and Lily doing an adorable ballet routine goes viral, Michael becomes the most eligible bachelor, as women everywhere want to date this adorable dad. However, the only woman Michael has eyes for is Lily’s ballet teacher, Olivia (AnnaLynne McCord). Will Michael be able to dance his way into Olivia’s heart?
Dying for a Good Grade
Wanting to ensure she gets into a great college, a female student becomes involved in an admission scandal at the urging of her best friend. When the police start snooping around and begin to close in on the ringleader, the student tells her mom, wanting help to get out. But when they both attempt to end their involvement, things turn deadly. Stars Karis Cameron, Stefanie von Pfetten and Rachelle Gillis.
Home Sweet Home: “We Use a Lot of Shampoo”
The Singh-Kaurs, a Sikh Punjabi family of five, and the Jewish Segal family embark on a journey to learn about each other’s lives, and the switch turns into an unexpected once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Dean Martin — Part 1
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!
Crooner Dino Paul Crocetti (better known as Dean Martin and nicknamed “The King of Cool”) also had, like his Rat Pack pal Frank Sinatra, a big-screen acting career, and tonight and next Friday, Turner Classic Movies will be airing some of Martin’s notable film appearances, as well as films about the man. Up first is the network premiere of the 2021 documentary King of Cool. Using interviews with Jerry Lewis, Bob Newhart, Angie Dickinson, daughter Deana Martin and others, the King of Cool filmmakers worked to create “a nuanced portrait of a man that everyone loved but no one ever really knew.” Next, get ready to laugh at The Caddy (1953), one of several comedies Martin made with Lewis when the duo brought their popular nightclub and radio act to the big screen from the late 1940s through mid ’50s. Martin also famously introduces the Oscar-nominated hit song “That’s Amore” here. Finally tonight, Dino shows his dramatic range in Howard Hawks’ classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo, led by John Wayne and also starring Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan and Ward Bond. — Jeff Pfeiffer
Magnum, P.I.: “A New Lease on Death”
When Rick (Zachary Knighton) is asked to assist with a federal investigation of his childhood friend Robbie (Devon Sawa), Magnum (Jay Hernandez) launches his own investigation to see what the Feds really have on him. Kumu (Amy Hill) goes undercover in a retirement community when Higgins (Perdita Weeks) is hired to investigate the disappearance of a resident’s life savings.
ESPN2 & FS1, 9pm Live
College football Friday primetime action features Air Force at Nevada on FS1 and Memphis at Houston on ESPN2.
My Lottery Dream Home: David’s Holiday Extravaganza
Designer David Bromstad and his sisters, Dyonne and Dynelle, deck the halls of his new Orlando home with 70 indoor trees and enough gnomes to fill a Scandinavian village.
Great Performances: “San Francisco Symphony Reopening Night”
Celebrate opening night of the San Francisco Symphony’s 110th season as it welcomes its new music director, Grammy winner Esa-Pekka Salonen, and features music by John Adams, Esperanza Spalding and Wayne Shorter, along with performances by Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.
The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek: “Trekking Through the ’70s — Phase II and the Motion Picture”
In the 1970s, Paramount wanted to launch a fourth network with the new Star Trek series Phase II as its flagship. When the network proved unworkable, Phase II appeared doomed — until Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind proved box office hits. Phase II then became the 1979 blockbuster Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
The New York Times Presents: “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson”
FX & FX on Hulu, 10pm
In 2004, a culture war was brewing when the Super Bowl halftime show audience saw a white man expose a Black woman’s breast for 9/16ths of a second. A national furor ensued. The woman was Janet Jackson, and her career was never the same. This documentary, directed by Jodi Gomes, features rare footage and interviews with several people who were at the controls that night in Houston — including NFL and MTV executives — to reconstruct an incident that shook the country and explain how it shaped culture in the decades to follow. With new reporting by The Times, as well as insights from music industry insiders, cultural critics and members of the Jackson family, the film illuminates the extraordinary fallout, CBS executive Les Moonves’ role and Justin Timberlake’s parallel career rise.
Music Box: Jagged
This documentary, the latest in HBO’s Music Box series, is the story of how young singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette — known as the “Debbie Gibson of Canada” in the early 1990s — achieved rock stardom with the release of her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill and its hit singles “You Oughta Know” and “Ironic.”
Saturday, Nov. 20
The Great Soul Food Cook-Off
Discovery+ and OWN team for this first-of-its-kind soul food cooking competition series celebrating Black chefs and the Black culinary traditions that are the cornerstone of American cuisine. The six-episode, hourlong series spotlights the culinary contributions of Black chefs with challenges designed to highlight the past and present of soul food. Eight chefs will go head-to-head throughout the show in this high-stakes, spiritual and emotional competition, but only one competitor can take home the grand prize of $50,000. New episodes are available Saturdays.
The Haunted Museum
In “Curse of the Dybbuk Box,” the Season 1 finale, a skeptical college professor must reexamine his beliefs and face his greatest fears as he struggles to unravel the mystery surrounding one of the world’s most dangerous paranormal artifacts, a cursed antique that contains a terrifying entity.
This unscripted Korean reality series/variety show tells the story of unexpected events that take place in a utopia full of survival missions, competitions and twists through a new type of simulation. Six entertainers are invited to a mysterious place that feels like a movie or fairytale, where they experience events beyond imagination.
Catch a Classic!
Saddle up for Western adventure at its best in this thrilling and violent (it actually has a TV-MA rating for its TCM airing) 1966 tale of four gunslingers hired to save a kidnapped woman during the Mexican Revolution. Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin lead a band of highly skilled hired guns (Robert Ryan and Woody Strode play the other two professionals) employed to rescue the wife of a wealthy and corrupt rancher (Ralph Bellamy) from a charismatic Mexican rebel played by Jack Palance. As the tough guys traverse the desert in search of the lovely lady, played by Claudia Cardinale, they’re beset by danger on all sides. Writer/director Richard Brooks received Oscar nominations for his screenplay and directing, and famed cinematographer Conrad L. Hall was also nominated.
College Football: Georgia Tech at Notre Dame
NBC, 2:30pm Live
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for a Saturday afternoon matchup on NBC.
Frankie Drake Mysteries: “Sweet Justice”
When Trudy (Chantel Riley) discovers that her new dream home has contaminated water, the ladies investigate the source with help from nighttime vigilante Lady Justice.
Mistletoe & Molly
This weekend’s theme for UPtv’s holiday celebration is “Christmas in the City,” leading off with this film. Waitress and animal lover Molly Bishop (Eden Broda) is desperate for a holiday miracle. Broke and needing major car repairs, she’s counting on a big career opportunity to come through before the holidays. But when handsome cafe regular and do-gooder Aiden Ford (Zach Smadu) starts to meddle in her life, Molly will have to figure out if it’s too much or just the holiday miracle she needed.
A Kindhearted Christmas
GAC Family, 8pm
After a widow (Jennie Garth) plays Secret Santa to a fundraising high school, her TV crush, a handsome Upstate New York morning show anchor (Cameron Mathison), tries to uncover her identity.
2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Inductees include Tina Turner, Carole King, the Go-Go’s, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z and Todd Rundgren. Among the performers: Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera.
Outgrown: “Change the House, Not the Table”
A couple loves living across the street from the parents, but their home’s mid-century modern layout needs updating to fit their prized table in the dining room where it belongs. Clint Robertson and Luke Caldwell arrive to rearrange their living space with a modern makeover.
You Make It Feel Like Christmas
Emma (Mary Antonini) is a talented designer who finds herself too busy to return home for the holidays after her work catches the eye of design guru Kate Marguiles (Stephanie Sy), much to her father Tom’s (Alex Poch-Goldin) dismay. When her ex-boyfriend and childhood best friend Aaron (Michael Xavier) returns home after active military duty, he makes it his mission to get her home to celebrate their Christmas traditions.
Abduction Runs in the Family
Single mother Alyssa is a successful author who was kidnapped as a child before making a safe return seven years later. Given her past, Alyssa is overprotective of her young daughter, Emma. When Alyssa has a panic attack and believes Emma has gone missing — despite Emma being by her side — she visits her therapist and admits her senses are heightened due to her captor Miles’ recent release from prison. Days later, Emma is abducted from a local park, sending Alyssa into a tailspin. Believing Miles is the culprit, Alyssa is frustrated when she learns he has an alibi. Miles suggests there is someone else copying his past abduction of Alyssa and urges her to let him help find Emma. Desperate to save her daughter, Alyssa must decide if trusting her former captor is worth the risk. Stars Jessica Morris, Sarah Navratil, Jason-Shane Scott, James Hyde, Jason Cook, Tryphena Wade and Charlotte Hare.
The Hunt for Planet B
This film follows scientists as they build and plan for the December launch of NASA’s Webb Space Telescope, a massive machine that will be able to peer more than 13 billion light-years into deep space, toward the very first stars and galaxies in the universe. It will also yield new data into the search for possible signs of life on “exoplanets,” planets outside of our solar system.
Saturday Night Live: “Simu Liu/Saweetie”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Simu Liu, star of the recent Marvel feature Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, makes his SNL hosting debut tonight. Also making her first appearance on the show, as musical guest, is global singing star Saweetie.