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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014

The Biggest Loser
8 p.m. on NBC

Teamwork is the key word in the new episode "No 'I' in Team," as the eight contestants who are left band together to lose a total of 50 lbs. among all of them. If that doesn't happen, one of them will be eliminated from the competition. During a hike with their trainers, they savor the triumphs they've experienced thus far over the course of their challenges. Alison Sweeney is the host.

Grey's Anatomy
8 p.m. on ABC

The seeds of personal discontent are set professionally for Meredith and Derek (Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey) in the new episode that marks the drama's fall finale, "Risk." Meredith sides with Maggie (Kelly McCreary) over challenging Derek on how to treat a patient, and the resulting ill will doesn't stay at the hospital. Callie (Sara Ramirez) feels guilt over the response by one of the veterans who's been counseled to being pressured. Jessica Capshaw also stars.

Bones
8 p.m. on FOX

A puzzle of a different kind is generated by the murder of a crossword-puzzle expert in the new episode "The Puzzler in the Pit." As Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and her comrades investigate suspects, the discovery of the victim's mental-health problems complicates the case. On a happier note, the Jeffersonian "family" increases by one member. Mindy Cohn ("The Facts of Life") and Carla Gallo guest star. David Boreanaz and Michaela Conlin also star.

The Vampire Diaries
8 p.m. on CW

Whitmore College celebrates Friendsgiving, with Elena and Caroline (Nina Dobrev, Candice Accola) leading the festivities, in the new episode "Fade Into You." Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) finds a potential savior in Tyler (Michael Trevino), who learns about the heritage she shares with Luke (guest star Chris Brochu). Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) is thrust into a matter of life and death, as Alaric (Matt Davis) tries to help her.

Food Truck Face Off
8 p.m. on FOOD

Two teams will learn that running a food truck is not as easy as it looks as they fight it out in Austin, Texas, in the new episode "Battle of Republic Square." After a challenging first day for both teams, things shift into overdrive on Day Two as they compete for business from a dinnertime crowd at South Austin's Food Trailer Park and Eatery.

The Birds
8 p.m. on TCM

A socialite smitten with a handsome lawyer comes to his seaside hometown bearing birds - a pair of pets for his kid sister's birthday. She needn't have bothered; this town has more birds than it can handle, and they don't know the meaning of the term "feathered friends." Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor and Jessica Tandy star in this 1963 horror classic from Alfred Hitchcock.

NBA Basketball
8 p.m. on TNT

Two teams with designs on long playoff runs get together tonight in the opener of this TNT doubleheader, in which Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers visit Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat. Though the Eastern Conference champion Heat's "Big Three" is no more after LeBron James went back to Cleveland, his replacement, Luol Deng, should help keep Miami among the top teams in the East. In the late game, the Sacramento Kings host the Chicago Bulls.

Mom
8:31 p.m. on CBS

Violet (Sadie Calvano) is acting strangely, to the point where Christy (Anna Faris) decides to get to the bottom of it, in the new episode "Forged Resumes and the Recommended Dosage." The "Resumes" part refers to Bonnie (Allison Janney), who goes about landing a job ... and, as that title suggests, in a way that's not completely on the up-and-up. Kevin Pollak reprises his recurring role as Alvin.

Bad Judge
9 p.m. on NBC

Rebecca (Kate Walsh) faces a part of her past - specifically, the rock musician (guest star Jim Jefferies) she used to be married to - in the new episode "The Cat's Out of the Bag." Though he arrives to inform her of a tragedy, the ill will she has toward him surfaces again. Tedward (Tone Bell) decides to use the courtroom as a place to meet newly single women, but his plan quickly backfires. Ryan Hansen also stars.

Scandal
9 p.m. on ABC

Series regular Tony Goldwyn has directed movies ("Conviction," "Someone Like You"), and he fills that role again on this series with the new episode "When the Sun Don't Shine," the show's fall finale. Everyone associated with Olivia (Kerry Washington) becomes a target of Command, while Huck and Quinn (Guillermo Diaz, Katie Lowes) try to prevent an additional catastrophe. Cyrus (Jeff Perry) also has trouble as his actions catch up to him.

Gracepoint
9 p.m. on FOX

A victim's survivors usually get back to some semblance of normalcy in their lives, and so it is for the Solanos in the new "Episode Eight." Even as they resume their usual routines, whether at work or at school, they still have the hunt for Danny's (guest star Nikolas Filipovic) killer on their minds. So do Detectives Carver and Miller (David Tennant, Anna Gunn), who interrogate Susan Wright (Jacki Weaver). Nick Nolte and Michael Pena also star.

Reign
9 p.m. on CW

Members of the Vatican prey upon suspected Protestants, sparking problems between Mary and Francis (Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo), in the new episode "Terror of the Faithful." Lord Conde (Sean Teale) falls into the hands of kidnappers. Catherine (Megan Follows) tries to find the perfect match for Claude (Rose Williams), who isn't wild about the idea. Lola (Anna Popplewell) gets transportation back to the castle from Narcisse (Craig Parker).

Project Runway All Stars
9 p.m. on LIFE

In the new episode "Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve," the designers are challenged to create colorful party dresses inspired by their personal relationships, but for many of them, it's probably hard to concentrate as flinty-eyed judge Nina (aka "Meana") Garcia returns to critique their efforts. That means at some point we're bound to hear the assessment "That's very editorial."

Two and a Half Men
9:01 p.m. on CBS

The bid by Walden and Alan (Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer) to become adoptive parents potentially takes a big step forward in the new episode "Thirty-Eight, Sixty-Two, Thirty-Eight." Social worker McMartin (guest star Maggie Lawson) brokers a meeting for them with a woman who may be willing to turn her child over to them. Conchata Ferrell also stars.

A to Z
9:30 p.m. on NBC

Upon recognizing how much he's influenced by his friends, Andrew (Ben Feldman) tries to develop more of a mind of his own in the new episode "H Is for Hostile Takeover." He decides to voice his business opinions to Big Bird (Christina Kirk), but she responds by promoting someone else into the position he's held. He also tries to find a hobby he can call his own. Cristin Milioti, Lenora Crichlow and Henry Zebrowski also star.

Parenthood
10 p.m. on NBC

The open house at Chambers Academy takes an unexpected turn when the discomfort between Max and Ally (Max Burkholder, Ally Ioannides) intensifies in the new episode "Lean In." Kristina and Adam (Monica Potter, Peter Krause) try to broker a peaceful resolution for all concerned, but that surely won't be easy. Ruby's (Courtney Grosbeck) enthusiasm about her school play is dampened by an exchange between Hank and Mark Cyr (Ray Romano, Jason Ritter).

How to Get Away With Murder
10 p.m. on ABC

Many lingering questions are destined to be answered - or at least it appears that way - in the show's fall finale, bearing the distinctive title "Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me." On the night of the bonfire, many of the details of the night Sam died become apparent, likely to the extreme discomfort of many in attendance. Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay, Aja Naomi King and Liza Weil star.

Beat Bobby Flay
10 p.m. on FOOD

In a new episode called "Shaken, Not Stirred," Michael Symon and Giada De Laurentiis are in charge of finding which talented chef - Giulio Adriani or Kristine Kittrell - is the more likely to take down Iron Chef Flay. Judging the ultimate challenge are Brian Duffy and Frank Prisinzano.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Last Man Standing
8 p.m. on ABC

Mike (Tim Allen) isn't one for modernization when the old ways - and items - are still at hand, so he isn't pleased when Vanessa (Nancy Travis) gets rid of the last incandescent light bulbs he had in the new episode "Changing Light Bulbs." He then takes Chuck (Jonathan Adams) on a hunt for replacements, a difficult mission at best. Mandy (Molly Ephraim) decides to get her own apartment, but doesn't specify one particular reason why.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8 p.m. on CW

Heather Anne Campbell - formerly a writer on "Saturday Night Live" - is the guest comedian who joins series regulars Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles in improv games in this new episode. As usual, they take their cues from the studio audience, generating skits and songs made up on the spot. Aisha Tyler is the host.

On the Menu
8 p.m. on TNT

In a new episode, this week's passionate home cooks are invited to come up with a tasty and creative new steak sandwich for the Outback Steakhouse restaurant chain. Ty Pennington is host for the series, which also features celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

Cristela
8:31 p.m. on ABC

How much can exposure to the arts affect someone's outlook? Series star Cristela Alonzo has mentioned how much impact it had on her, and it's the crux of the new episode "Enter Singing" as Felix (Carlos Ponce) and Cristela (Alonzo) have a debate over Henry (Jacob Guenther) seeing the classic musical "West Side Story." Cristela believes it will enrich the youngster, while Felix fears it will inspire him to go too far in a different direction.

Great Performances
9 p.m. on PBS

It's time to relive a "Memory": The series presents an encore of its 1998 telecast of "Cats," the hugely popular Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical inspired by the writings of T.S. Eliot. Veteran British talent Elaine Paige - currently marking the 50th anniversary of her career - appears in the part she originated (though it was intended for Judi Dench), Grizabella. Susan Jane Tanner also reprises her original role as Jellylorum. John Mills stars as well.

America's Next Top Model
9 p.m. on CW

The title of the new episode "The Guy With Moves Like Elvis" certainly builds up expectations for the "guy" who supposedly fills that bill. In this case, it's actually each of the remaining male models, while their female counterparts have to emulate another pop-culture icon: Marilyn Monroe. The contestants face another challenge, much of it involving language barriers, when they work with the stars of a Korean soap opera.

Mysteries at the Museum
9 p.m. on TRAV

In the new episode "Mail Missile, Dare to Dream, Child Warrior," history explorer Don Wildman examines a simple mailbox that wound up going on an unexpected and unprecedented gravity-defying journey. Elsewhere, he presents the stories behind a Viking vessel that took a bold voyage into the annals of modern history and a handmade talisman that played a part in an episode of terror and courage on the American frontier.

Deal With It
9 p.m. on WTBS

Alex Mandel, series creator Howie Mandel's son, and Internet personality King Bach are co-hosts for this new episode. In the first sketch, a contestant is instructed to introduce a friend to Kevin, who once was her high-school sweetheart. In the second, a contestant's irritating behavior grates on patients in a doctor's waiting room.

Constantine
10 p.m. on NBC

Some people may wish they could communicate again with departed loved ones, but that pursuit turns lethal in certain cases in the new episode "Danse Vaudou." Voodoo is involved, and Constantine (Matt Ryan) reluctantly teams with Papa Midnite (guest star Michael James Shaw) to stop the deadly practice. A New Orleans detective (guest star Emmett Scanlan) wonders how Constantine knows so much about a crime wave. Angelica Celaya also stars.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
10 p.m. on FOOD

Guy Fieri goes "All Baltimore All the Time" in this new episode, first visiting a local culinary legend in that Maryland city who dishes up a wide variety of crab plates. Next, a farm-to-table eatery in the Hamilton neighborhood offers comfort food ranging from bacon-wrapped meatloaf to Asian pork. In Upper Falls Point, a pizza joint complements its pies with savory risotto balls.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2014

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
10 p.m. on FOOD

Guy Fieri goes "All Baltimore All the Time" in this new episode, first visiting a local culinary legend in that Maryland city who dishes up a wide variety of crab plates. Next, a farm-to-table eatery in the Hamilton neighborhood offers comfort food ranging from bacon-wrapped meatloaf to Asian pork. In Upper Falls Point, a pizza joint complements its pies with savory risotto balls.

The Little Mermaid
7:30 p.m. on DISN

Critics cheered this 1989 adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story as the start of a new golden age of Disney animation. Independent-minded mermaid Ariel (voice of Jodi Benson) risks her beautiful singing voice and her father's undersea kingdom to become human after falling for a land-dwelling prince. The song "Under the Sea," performed by ultracool Sebastian the crab (voice of Samuel E. Wright), won an Oscar.

A Royal Christmas
8 p.m. on HALL

Emily (Lacey Chabert), a seamstress from her father's Philadelphia tailoring company, is shocked to discover that her European boyfriend, Leo (Stephen Hagan), is actually Prince Leopold, heir to the throne of the small sovereign country of Cordinia. Far worse, Leo's mother, Queen Isadora (Jane Seymour) is in a royal snit over her son's plans to wed a commoner. Katherine Flynn, Seymour's real-life daughter, co-stars as Natasha, Leo's ex-girlfriend.

An En Vogue Christmas
8 p.m. on LIFE

The members of En Vogue reunite for a Christmas concert to save a nightclub, but that means putting aside some old issues, including their relationship with former manager Marty (David Alan Grier), whom the ladies blame for splitting them up. This new TV movie features some of the group's biggest hits, as well as two new original songs. Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and Rhona Bennett star as themselves. Genelle Williams ("Warehouse 13") also stars.

That Awkward Moment
8:15 p.m. on HBO

Three pals - played by Zac Efron, Miles Teller ("The Spectacular Now") and Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station") - grapple with moving romantic relationships from the casual to the more committed in this 2014 comedy. They make a pact not to involve themselves deeply with women anymore, but of course, their prospects improve as soon as they've struck that accord. Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis and Jessica Lucas play the objects of their confusion.

The To Do List
9 p.m. on SHOW

Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation") has a good, if not family-friendly, role in this 2013 comedy about a book-smart early-1990s teen who decides she needs to become more worldly before heading off to college. She makes a list of life experiences she wants to catch up on, and she quickly realizes she's outdone herself with her wishes. Connie Britton ("Nashville") and Clark Gregg play her parents in a cast that also includes Bill Hader and Andy Samberg.

Hello Ladies: The Movie
10 p.m. on HBO

HBO opted not to order a second season of this bittersweet sitcom about a gawky Brit (the brilliant Stephen Merchant) now living in Los Angeles and haplessly trying to date beauties way above his genetic pay grade, so this TV-movie wrap-up is especially welcome. The story finds Stuart Pritchard (Merchant) hiring a Russian model to pose as his girlfriend to impress his visiting British ex and her husband. What could possibly go wrong? Christine Woods, Nate Torrence and Kevin Weisman return in their series roles.

Transporter: The Series
10 p.m. on TNT

In "Cherchez la Femme," Frank's (Chris Vance) latest "package" is Jet (guest star Chelsea Hobbs), a rebellious and prodigiously gifted young hacker that Frank's client, an investments trader, desperately needs to help him recover some Mafia funds he ill-advisedly used for speculating. What Frank doesn't anticipate is that Jet's skills are in demand from a lot of other people, too, some of whom have kidnapped Carla (Andrea Osvart) and are holding her hostage.

Dead Files Revisited
10 p.m. on TRAV

In the episode "Never Alone & Spellbound," Amy Allan and Steve DiSchiavi revisit investigations in Buchanan, Va., and Forester, Mich., to reveal how their terrified clients in both locations ultimately were able to protect their families from the threatening paranormal activity that was wrecking their lives.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2014

Bob's Burgers
7:30 p.m. on FOX

Kevin Kline and Zach Galifianakis are guest voices as Thanksgiving isn't quite the holiday it's intended to be in the new episode "Dawn of the Peck." Bob (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) wants nothing to do with the occasion, prompting Linda (voice of John Roberts) and the younger family members to spend it at the First Annual Fischoeder Turk-tacular Turkey Town Festival. (Say that five times fast.) Birds go on the rampage there, making the event less than joyous.

2014 American Music Awards
8 p.m. on ABC

Pitbull returns as host as the annual event airs from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. As usual, the three-hour special - whose winners are determined by fan voting - will be stuffed with stars and categories representing various music genres. Among those slated to appear: Taylor Swift (offering the world-premiere performance of her tune "Blank Space"), Fergie, Lorde, One Direction, Iggy Azalea, Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith, Charli XCX and 5 Seconds of Summer.

Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize
8 p.m. on PBS

The former "Tonight Show" host and veteran stand-up comic joins a roster of distinguished comedy talents as he becomes the 17th recipient of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' accolade for American humor. Among those appearing at the event, taped last month in Washington, D.C.: Leno's "Tonight" successor Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Kristin Chenoweth, Wanda Sykes, Chelsea Handler and Ross ("Ross the Intern") Mathews.

The Simpsons
8 p.m. on FOX

Homer Simpson, rock star? It happens in the new episode "CoverCraft," as Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) unites with other fathers of Springfield to form a band. They all enjoy their new musical fame, but their breakup may be imminent when Apu (voice of Hank Azaria) suddenly emerges as a solo star. Will Forte and - as himself - veteran rocker Sammy Hagar provide guest voices.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta
8 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. on BRAVO

In the new episode "All Tea All Shade," the distance between Phaedra and Apollo continues to grow after his fervent apology to Kenya. Kandi tells Phaedra that Kenya is not who they thought she was. Kenya helps her best friend, radio personality Claudia Jordan, adjust to her new life in Atlanta. NeNe returns home after headlining with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. Todd has second thoughts about having a baby with Kandi.

Guy's Grocery Games
8 p.m. on FOOD

Round one of the new episode "Pressed for Time" finds the chefs required to make a panini lunch with items found on Guy's grocery list. Later, they try to prepare a favorite rice dish, followed by a top-notch seafood dish. Guest judges are Brian Malarkey, Catherine McCord and Marcela Valladolid.

The Christmas Shepherd
8 p.m. on HALL Sally

Browning (Teri Polo), a widow and children's book author is devastated when her dog, a German Shepherd her late husband found while serving overseas, runs away during a thunderstorm. Ultimately, however, the dog is adopted by a Boston widower (Martin Cummins) and his teenage daughter (Jordyn Olson), who unwittingly hold the key to renewed happiness for Sally.

NFL Football
8:20 p.m. on NBC

Tonight's game at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys probably looked a whole lot more attractive when the NFL scheduled it for a prime-time telecast last spring. Now? Not so much. Eli Manning and the G-Men have fallen on hard times, as injuries have ravaged a secondary that was expected to be one of the team's strengths. Tony Romo and the 'Boys, meanwhile, are vying for the NFC East lead with their eyes on a playoff berth.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
8:30 p.m. on FOX

A U.S. Postal Service detective - with the absolutely great name Jack Danger, and played by guest star Ed Helms ("The Office") - partners with Jake and Charles (Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio) to find and apprehend a drug dealer in the new episode "USPIS." The other precinct members try to help Amy (Melissa Fumero) break her smoking habit. Andre Braugher and Terry Crews also star.

Family Guy
9 p.m. on FOX

A series titled "Grimm" already exists, but that doesn't stop the animated Griffins from venturing into that territory in the new episode "Grimm Job." They put their own distinctive, and macabre, spins on three classic stories - "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Cinderella." Guest voices include Adam West ("Batman"), Emily Osment and veteran-rocker sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, alias music's Heart.

Holiday Baking Championship
9 p.m. on FOOD

The six remaining bakers take on a reliable dessert favorite in the new episode "It's Not the Holidays Without Pie." In the first challenge, the bakers have just half an hour to make their best dessert using a store-bought crust. The second challenge involves three different pies and three different crusts. Judges for the episode are Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. Bobby Deen is the host.

The Newsroom
9 p.m. on HBO

Reece and Leona (Chris Messina, Jane Fonda) try to raise cash to foil Randy and Blair (Chris Smith, Kat Dennings) and save the network in the new episode "Main Justice." Will (Jeff Daniels) gets a surprise at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, and Maggie's (Alison Pill) scoop about the EPA makes it to "News Night." Sloan and Don (Olivia Munn, Thomas Sadoski) try to keep their relationship a secret from a new Human Resources executive.

Seasons of Love
9 p.m. on LIFE

The budding romance of Amir (Cleo Anthony) and Kyla (LeToya Luckett) is threatened when her old flame Miles (Rob Riley) re-enters her life right after Amir's father dies. These twin events leave the lovers questioning what truly matters most to them. Taraji P. Henson, Gladys Knight and Cliff "Method Man" Smith also star.

Alaska Starts Here
9 p.m. on TRAV

This new one-hour special explores the bustling port town of Seward, where warm ocean currents keep the harbor ice-free year round. That makes Seward the crucial link between the outside world and the wilder Alaska further inland. It's also a haven for tourists with its easy access and plethora of attractions, which include riding with Iditarod-trained sled dogs atop Godwin Glacier in 70-degree weather.

Richard Pryor - Icon
9:30 p.m. on PBS

One of the most unique and fearless - and, in some corners, feared - talents ever to add his voice to the history of American comedy is recalled in this new profile. Pryor rarely failed to go to the edge with his humor, whether in live performances, in such movies as "Stir Crazy" or in a memorable early edition of "Saturday Night Live." Bountiful clips offer reminders of his effect, as do interviews with other comics he influenced.

Mulaney
9:30 p.m. on FOX

"Sex and the City" gets spoofed in the new episode "Motif & the City," as John and Jane's (John Mulaney, Nasim Pedrad) resistance to put Motif (Seaton Smith) on the apartment lease causes him to cry on the shoulders of three girlfriends (guest stars Jamie Denbo, Joy Osmanski and Brooke Lyons). Lou (Martin Short) has a problem when someone he's planted in the audience to cheer him on wants to be under contract. Elliott Gould also stars.

Cutthroat Kitchen
10 p.m. on FOOD

Two sets of twins compete in the kitchen in the new episode "In It to Twin It," and three of the chefs deal with calzones. Pirates invade the kitchen in another segment, while a chef marks a sad birthday in another. Antonia Lofaso is the guest judge.

The Comeback
10 p.m. on HBO

In the new episode "Valerie Is Brought to Her Knees," Valerie (Lisa Kudrow) is excited to meet her A-List co-star - Seth Rogen, playing himself - who will be portraying a fictionalized version of her longtime nemesis Paulie G., during the first day on set for "Seeing Red." Later, Valerie struggles to put on a brave face while filming a fantasy sequence in the show. Mark L. Young co-stars.

Extreme RVs
10 p.m. on TRAV

Even run-of-the-mill RVs draw frowns of disapproval from many environmentalists because of the vehicles' reputation as a polluting gas-guzzler. This new one-hour special, however, looks at some true million-dollar mega-mansions on wheels that also have been designed to be scrupulously green in terms of their environmental impact.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
10:30 p.m. on CBS

Though rehab facilities are meant to encourage people's return to health, it definitely doesn't turn out that way for one guest in the new episode "Road to Recovery." Not only is the woman's body found in a pool, the consequent investigation shows she had consumed considerable amounts of alcohol and drugs - prompting the team to suspect they may be dealing with a murder. Guest stars include Greg Grunberg ("Heroes") and Marc Blucas ("Necessary Roughness").

Robin Williams Remembered - A Pioneers of Television Special
10:30 p.m. on PBS

The late comedy star gets a tribute, including an interview he gave for the "Pioneers of Television" franchise that celebrates the medium's history. Since home-screen programming is the series' thrust, clips of Williams in the show that made him immediately and enormously popular - "Mork & Mindy" - are plentiful, along with excerpts from his other TV appearances. Pam Dawber, Henry Winkler and comics Louie Anderson and Paul Rodriguez offer comments.

Getting On
10:30 p.m. on HBO

In the new episode "Turnips ... North Day ... Yes, yes," the staff tries to do things "old school" in the aftermath of a computer server crash, with disastrous results. DiDi (Niecy Nash) severely clashes with Dr. Stickley (Mark Harelik) over Arlene's (guest star Jean Smart) mother-in-law, while Dr. James (Laurie Metcalf) struggles to get through to a deaf patient.

MONDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2014

2 Broke Girls
8 p.m. on CBS

Determined to give their cupcake business better branding, Caroline (Beth Behrs) insists that Max (Kat Dennings) join her at a related seminar in the new episode "And the Brand Job." The situation proves potentially more detrimental than helpful, since it ends up putting the women's personal and professional relationships in jeopardy. Jennifer Coolidge, Matthew Moy and Garrett Morris also star.

The Voice
8 p.m. on NBC

A "Top 10" of anything represents the cream of the given crop, and that's the case for this season's contestants in this competition in the new episode "Live Top 10 Performances." You can bet that the remaining contenders will give it all they've got, since two of them will be eliminated on Tuesday's show. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are the coaches/judges. Carson Daly is the host.

Antiques Roadshow
8 p.m. on PBS

One of the most fun aspects of antiquing is finding valuable items where you don't expect to, as those who present their items in "Finders Keepers" can confirm. The owner of a Weller Coppertone vase is relieved not to have had an accident with it, since its value is placed at several thousand dollars. Letters between legendary composer Cole Porter and actor Monty Woolley also are assessed - at a price that makes their holder grateful to have saved them.

Gotham
8 p.m. on FOX

Arkham Asylum holds peril for Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who's sent there on assignment as a sort of punishment for making an unfortunate professional move, in the new episode "LoveCraft." Catwoman-to-be Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) brings someone along as she tries to outrace killers who are on her tail. Kyle Massey guest stars. Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith and Erin Richards also star.

The Originals
8 p.m. on CW

Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt) resurfaces in the new episode "The Brothers That Care Forgot," but she doesn't stay in one place too long since Esther (guest star Sonja Sohn) is on her trail. Esther herself becomes a target as Klaus (Joseph Morgan) tries to sway Vincent and Kaleb (guest stars Yusuf Gatewood and Daniel Sharman) against her. Hayley and Jackson (Phoebe Tonkin, guest star Nathan Parsons) consider making their own move to counter Esther.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice
8 p.m. on AMC

The title has a big link to the Disney studio's history, given the same-named segment of "Fantasia" that starred Mickey Mouse, but Disney's live-action take on the theme has plentiful differences. Nicolas Cage stars as one of this effects-crammed adventure's sorcerers, a wizard who needs help in battling an equally powerful enemy (Alfred Molina) who wants to take over New York. A bookish teen (Jay Baruchel) becomes the unlikely apprentice.

NFL Football
8:15 p.m. on ESPN

An interconference clash of playoff hopefuls is on tap tonight at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, where Drew Brees and the Saints hope to tighten their grip on the NFC South lead with a win over Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens. Both teams have quarterbacks who like to throw the long ball and defenses that tend to give it up, so look for a lot of aerial pyrotechnics here.

Scorpion
9 p.m. on CBS

The downing of a military plane in Bosnia means a far-away mission for Team Scorpion in the new episode "Talismans." Walter (Elyes Gabel), Cabe (Robert Patrick) and their colleagues head overseas to reclaim the technology that was aboard the flight before others can retrieve it for their own purposes. Walter's sister Megan (Camille Guaty) gets better-acquainted with Sylvester (Ari Stidham). Katharine McPhee also stars.

Sleepy Hollow
9 p.m. on FOX

The Headless Horseman is close on the trail of Ichabod and Abbie (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) in the new episode "Magnum Opus." He wants to stop them before they can locate the powerful Sword of Methusaleh, which is capable of destroying Moloch. John Noble, Orlando Jones and Katia Winter also star.

Jane the Virgin
9 p.m. on CW

Jane's (Gina Rodriguez) decision to steer clear of Rafael (Justin Baldoni) is put to an immediate test as her friends take her to his new club in the new "Chapter Seven." Petra (Yael Grobglas) plots against Rafael once again. Rogelio and Xo (Jaime Camil, Andrea Navedo) merge their dinner plans, and the idea has unexpected results. Brett Dier and Ivonne Coll also star.

Vanderpump Rules
9 p.m. on BRAVO

In the new episode "Jax ‘Nose' Best," Scheana and Kristen make sure Stassi doesn't have a happy homecoming when she tries to reconnect with the SUR gang at a Hollywood party. Elsewhere, Jax undergoes some painful plastic surgery, while Tom Schwartz has a panic attack and runs out on his job at PUMP.

Major Crimes
9 p.m., 10 p.m. on TNT

Season 3 resumes new episodes with "Down the Drain," which focuses on a surrogate adoption that takes an unforeseen twist that leaves one person dead. As her team gets its hands dirty exploring the underground water system of Los Angeles, Sharon (Mary McDonnell) takes steps to formally adopt Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin), who struggles to find a way to break the news to his birth mother (guest star Ever Carradine).

Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern
9 p.m. on TRAV

Yum, could I get seconds on the kombucha bacteria pancakes, please? That's actually among the fare on offer in a former pharmaceutical warehouse as Andrew tours Brooklyn, N.Y., and its environs in this new episode. As if that's not "bizarre" enough for this series, he also samples (gag) spleen sandwich in an Italian focacceria.

Mystery Diners
9:30 p.m. on FOOD

Rashad and Kiauna fear that their staff at Amalfi's in Portland, Ore., are getting carried away with the digital shorts they produce to promote a restaurant, so mystery diners Amber and Josh are dispatched to investigate in the new episode "Local Celebrities."

NCIS: Los Angeles
9:59 p.m. on CBS

Who poisoned Granger (Miguel Ferrer)? The guilty party is still inside headquarters, since Hetty (Linda Hunt) immediately orders a lockdown, in the aptly titled new episode "Traitor." Eric (Barrett Foa) is among those who come under open suspicion as Callen (Chris O'Donnell), Sam (LL Cool J) and others suddenly must ponder which of their colleagues they can - and can't - trust. Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen also star.

State of Affairs
10 p.m. on NBC

A CIA operative who's aboard a stranded Russian submarine is Charlie's (Katherine Heigl) best hope of recovering a wealth of stolen U.S. information in the new episode "Secrets & Lies." Messages that Charlie receives give her cause to worry on a personal level. A new CIA director (guest star Nestor Carbonell) is appointed by President Payton (Alfre Woodard). Courtney B. Vance ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent") and James Remar ("Dexter") also guest star.

Independent Lens
10 p.m. on PBS

What do the songs "Brown Sugar," "When a Man Loves a Woman," "Kodachrome" and "Freebird" have in common? They all came out of Muscle Shoals, Ala., where record producer Rick Hall brought black and white artists together to make music and magic. Hall helps tell the tale in "Muscle Shoals," along with Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger and many others. The program also includes "Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story."

Euros of Hollywood
10 p.m. on BRAVO

In the new episode "The Diplomat," Sascha tries to broker a peace between Fawni and Bleona, hoping to avoid tensions at his upcoming birthday party. Meanwhile, Massimo gets good news about his acting career and Jannik's girlfriend quarrels with him over a photo shoot.

Booze Traveler
10 p.m. on TRAV

As a bar worker in South Boston, Jack Maxwell learned the world would open up if you just sat down with a stranger over a couple of drinks. In this beguiling new series, Maxwell traverses the globe in search of the world's most interesting drinks and - here's the best part - the people who drink them. "Turkey Is Stirring," the series premiere, finds him in a Muslim country sharply divided on the subject of alcohol, but he still finds a tailgating party happy to share their Raki, the Turkish national drink.

Castle
10:01 p.m. on ABC

A subway becomes a dangerous place for the passengers who include Esposito (Jon Huertas) in the new episode "Kill Switch." They become the hostages of an armed man, prompting Castle and Beckett (Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic) to determine exactly what the captor wants before the tense situation turns lethal. Seamus Dever and Tamala Jones also star.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2014

NCIS
8 p.m. on CBS

Holiday travel can be complicated enough, but try being an NCIS agent working a case while stuck in the middle of it. DiNozzo and Bishop (Michael Weatherly. Emily Wickersham) find themselves in that situation - along with Bishop's NSA-lawyer husband (guest star Jamie Bamber) - in the new episode "Grounded." A terrorist threat impacts many airports just as Thanksgiving transit reaches its peak. Veteran character actress Edie McClurg also guest stars.

Selfie
8 p.m. on ABC

Eliza (Karen Gillan) is determined to see a work notion through to its end - which seems professionally commendable, but it has an effect on her relationship with Freddy (Giacomo Gianniotti) in the new episode "Follow Through." Henry (John Cho) rebuffs someone who's interested in him, but it doesn't end there. Da'Vine Joy Randolph and David Harewood also star.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
8 p.m. on PBS

The second season of Gates' genealogy series concludes with "Decoding Our Past Through DNA," as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and actress Jessica Alba receive some surprising information about their respective family backgrounds. Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett and Anderson Cooper, guests in previous episodes, return to get additional details unlocked by their own DNA codes and those of their ancestors - generating questions of identity.

MasterChef
8 p.m. on FOX

Talk about having to keep your sunny side up - but in a limited amount of time. The young chefs have 10 minutes to prepare as many eggs as they can in that particular style in the new episode "Junior Edition: An Egg-Cellent Adventure." Later, the kids are asked to imagine themselves running their own restaurants, and making their most specialized dishes to be included on their respective menus.

The Flash
8 p.m. on CW

More villains from the pages of DC Comics, namely Blackout and the Clock King (guest stars Michael Reventar and Robert Knepper), make things tough for Barry (Grant Gustin) in the new episode "Power Outage." His speed is sapped by Blackout, who then heads for the lab and targets Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh). The Clock King overtakes police headquarters and holds Joe and Iris (Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton) among his hostages.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
8 p.m. on AMC

A winner of several Oscars for its technical wonders, director David Fincher's lengthy, engrossing drama (inspired by an F. Scott Fitzgerald story) casts Brad Pitt as a man who ages in reverse - getting younger as everyone else gets older. That complicates his relationship with his true love (Cate Blanchett) in the course of his remarkable exploits. Pitt and co-star Taraji P. Henson were Academy Award nominees.

Modern Family
8:30 p.m. on ABC

Jay's (Ed O'Neill) efforts to get all of the family's adults together at a well-reputed restaurant may end up failing in "The Late Show." Mitch and Phil (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell) also manage to arrive on time, but as for the others, it's up in the air - for a variety of reasons. Worried about Luke (Nolan Gould), Claire (Julie Bowen) heads back home. Cam (Eric Stonestreet) also is at home, changing, to avoid wearing a suit very similar to Mitch's.

Dancing With the Stars
9 p.m. on ABC

As it does each time, it all comes down to this: The couple to win the mirrorball trophy is announced by host Tom Bergeron in the two-hour conclusion of Season 19. Before the big moment arrives, co-host Erin Andrews will interview the finalists. Judges Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli will get their chances for final assessments, with clips from throughout the season offering visual testaments to how the dancers have fared.

New Girl
9 p.m. on FOX

Schmidt (Max Greenfield) comes up with an idea for a unique holiday celebration in the new episode "Thanksgiving IV." Since those in attendance don't have current romantic partners, he asks everyone to bring a "dish" of a different kind - someone who will be compatible with another guest at the dinner. The concept leads to some interesting pairings. Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris and Hannah Simone also star.

Supernatural
9 p.m. on CW

Women complicate the lives of men in the new episode "Girls, Girls, Girls." As Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) pursue a demon that's trying to evade Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard), Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) injects herself into the chase. The past catches up to Hannah (guest star Erica Carroll), generating a hurdle for her and Castiel (Misha Collins) to get past.

Hotel Impossible
9 p.m. on TRAV

The new episode "Resort to Spanking" finds Anthony Melchiorri in Manson, Wash., to rescue the Mountain View Lodge and Resort, which has problems ranging from dull rooms to surly and rebellious staff members. It's hard to understand the staff's attitude, given that the control-freak owner expects her guests to clean the hotel themselves.

Marry Me
9:01 p.m. on NBC

The new episode "Bruges Me" is in the spirit of the long-ago series "My Two Dads," since Jake (Ken Marino) decides to get better-acquainted with Annie's (Casey Wilson) ... two dads (Tim Meadows, Dan Bucatinsky). Unfortunately, his attempts to bond with both men generate problems. Gil (John Gemberling) seeks Annie's help in prepping a big production number for the Flemish Pride Parade. Mo Gaffney guest stars.

About a Boy
9:30 p.m. on NBC

Can Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) be a Romeo? He can in a school production saluting the works of Shakespeare, at least in the view of a new teacher (guest star Chris Diamantopoulos), in the new episode "About a Balcony." Marcus seeks Will's (David Walton) help, but Will wants to watch "The Three Stooges" - which is rather amusing in this case, since Diamantopoulos played Moe in a 2012 movie about the comedic trio. Minnie Driver also stars.

The Mindy Project
9:30 p.m. on FOX

Good intentions can be too successful in certain cases, as Mindy (Mindy Kaling) learns firsthand in the new episode "How to Lose a Mom in Ten Days." She tries to revive the social life of Danny's (Chris Messina) mother, Annette (recurring guest star Rhea Perlman), by arranging a blind date. The occasion is such a hit, it leads to more dates and little time for much else for Annette - much to Danny's concern. Fred Grandy ("The Love Boat") also guest stars.

Chicago Fire
10 p.m. on NBC

A hydrochloric-acid leak that occurs at one of the worst possible places - a very active intersection - brings out the worst in some members of Firehouse 51 in the new episode "Arrest in Transit." The romance of Casey and Dawson (Jesse Spencer, Monica Raymund) may not survive it. Severide (Taylor Kinney) discovers more about Brittany (guest star Serinda Swan). Mouch (Christan Stolte) runs into social problems. Eamonn Walker and David Eigenberg also star.

Chopped
10 p.m. on FOOD

In the new episode "Pesto Chango," the chefs must use pesto sauce and chicken during the appetizer round, then get creative for the entree round by incorporating spirulina chips into their dishes. The final basket includes a treat from Kazakhstan. Amanda Freitag, Aaron Sanchez and Geoffrey Zakarian are the judges; Ted Allen is host.

Person of Interest
10:01 p.m. on CBS

A gang-related situation puts Reese and Finch (Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson) at odds in the new episode "The Devil You Know." Their discord results from how each wants to handle the matter when Elias (Enrico Colantoni) lands in the crosshairs of a gang leader (Winston Duke). Root and Shaw (Amy Acker, Sarah Shahi) also don't see eye-to-eye in determining how to deal with fresh trouble generated by Samaritan. James Le Gros guest stars.

The Sisterhood
10:01 p.m. on LIFE

This new unscripted series follows five young women who are seriously considering becoming Catholic nuns. Granted unprecedented access to three convents, this series reveals how this quintet lives and works with nuns during what is known as the discernment phase, as they try to decide whether they want to formally continue their vocation.

Benched
10:31 p.m. on USA

At first Nina (Eliza Coupe) is dazzled by the charismatic private defense attorney (Mehcad Brooks, "Necessary Roughness") who has been assigned to one of her cases, but soon she begins to worry that he is playing her in the new episode "Shark, Actually." Back at the office, Phil (Jay Harrington) adopts a more serious manner to sway a stenographer who rebuffed his flirtations because she finds him too immature.

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 26, 2014

NBA Basketball
7:30 p.m. on ESPN

Two teams with postseason aspirations clash tonight at American Airlines Center in Dallas, where Tyson Chandler and the Mavericks welcome in his old mates in Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. Chandler was one of the players jettisoned in team president Phil Jackson's "culture change" in New York, but at this writing all that's produced is a losing record. The Mavs, meanwhile, are winning thanks to Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki.

NBA Basketball
7:30 p.m. on MSG

Two teams with postseason aspirations clash tonight at American Airlines Center in Dallas, where Tyson Chandler and the Mavericks welcome in his old mates in Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. Chandler was one of the players jettisoned in team president Phil Jackson's "culture change" in New York, but at this writing all that's produced is a losing record. The Mavs, meanwhile, are winning thanks to Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki.

The Making of Peter Pan Live!
8 p.m. on NBC

As with the live television staging of "The Sound of Music" a year ago, cast and crew members are getting ready for a major venture prior to the actual Dec. 4 broadcast. This two-hour special traces the rehearsal process for Allison Williams (who will play Peter), Christopher Walken (Captain Hook) and others as they tell the classic story of the boy who never grew up. The effort to create an effective Neverland for the viewing audience also is detailed.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
8 p.m. on ABC

In this classic animated special, originally shown in 1973, the pressure is on for Charlie Brown after pushy Peppermint Patty decides she and the gang will have Thanksgiving dinner at "Chuck's" house, First, though, he has to submit to a mortifying ritual: Lucy yanking the football away just as he tries to kick it. Still, everything ends happily as the gang gathers around a ping-pong table for an unusual feast prepared by Snoopy and Woodstock.

Nature
8 p.m. on PBS

Based on the true story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto (portrayed here by Jeff Palmer), "My Life as a Turkey" chronicles Hutto's remarkable experience of imprinting wild turkey eggs and raising the hatchlings to adulthood deep in the wilds of Florida. Coming as it does on Thanksgiving Eve, the timing of this telecast - of a program originally shown in 2011 - clearly isn't coincidental.

Hell's Kitchen
8 p.m. on FOX

The blind taste test always is one of the biggest challenges that contestants on this show can face, and those remaining get their shot at it in the new episode "8 Chefs Compete." The outcome of the latest dinner isn't good, since Gordon Ramsay finds reason to be irritated with both teams - and to have each offer up one of its members to be eliminated.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
8 p.m. on CW

Writer-director John Hughes teamed John Candy and Steve Martin in this 1987 comedy about a stuffy businessman (Martin) trying to get home for Thanksgiving. A stroke of bad luck forces him to suffer through a series of mishaps with a good-natured but overly friendly stranger (Candy). Certain lines and scenes from the movie endure as classics. Dylan Baker ("The Good Wife"), Michael McKean and an uncredited Kevin Bacon and William Windom also appear.

Criminal Minds
9 p.m. on CBS

A killer is sorry for a series of murders committed in Virginia, but that doesn't stop the perpetrator from continuing in the new episode "Fate." While working the case, Rossi (Joe Mantegna) also must deal with a personal matter brought on by someone familiar with his past. Amber Stevens ("22 Jump Street") and Tina Holmes ("Six Feet Under") guest star. Shemar Moore, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Thomas Gibson also star.

Saturday Night Live
9 p.m. on NBC

The special two-hour episode "Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving" is a compilation of the late-night staple's memorable bits on the themes of Turkey Day in particular and family gatherings in general. Among the segments included: ‘Ed Grimley's Thanksgiving" (starring Martin Short, of course), "Swerski's Super Fans Thanksgiving," "The Loud Family" and Adam Sandler's "Turkey Song."

Modern Family
9 p.m. on ABC

What to do about an anniversary gift for your spouse ... that's the dilemma plaguing both Gloria and Jay (Sofia Vergara, Ed O'Neill) in "Do Not Push." Whether to go for cost over sentiment, or vice versa, is the issue. Alex (Ariel Winter) investigates a possible college for herself, with Claire (Julie Bowen) urging her to choose the school to stay near home. Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) thwarts an attempt at a new family portrait.

Red Band Society
9 p.m. on FOX

A lot of love is in the air in the new episode "How Did We Get Here?" Dr. McAndrew (Dave Annable) tries to renew his former romance with Dr. Grace (guest star Mandy Moore), while Kara and Hunter (Zoe Levin, guest star Daren Kagasoff) get increasingly amorous. Leo and Emma (Charlie Rowe, Ciara Bravo) also see each other in a new light, though news received by Emma could short-circuit their status. Bella Thorne ("Shake It Up!") also guest stars.

Property Brothers at Home
9 p.m. on H&G

You've seen them transforming the residences of other people. Now you can see how siblings Jonathan and Drew Scott - along with their older bro, JD - perform as they attempt a massive makeover on the residence they share in Las Vegas, a project that must be completed in time for a huge Scott family reunion.

American Pickers
9 p.m. on HIST

The new episode "Grudge Match" finds the guys in Iowa, where they meet Marty, a former race-car driver with a collection that is a picker's dream come true. What starts as a simple test drive ignites the competitive spirit between Frank and Mike, however. Later, the boys explore the treasure-packed property of Doug, a senior citizen who is a stubborn master when it comes to haggling.

Blackish
9:31 p.m. on ABC

Concerned that Andre Jr. (Marcus Scribner) has no idea of the meaning of "The Nod" - also the title of this episode - Dre (Anthony Anderson) tries to finesse the demographics of the crowd his son is hanging out with. Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) wants to have a similar influence on Diane (Marsai Martin), so she takes her daughter along to her job at the hospital ... but things don't turn out as hoped. Laurence Fishburne also stars.

Nashville
10 p.m. on ABC

Rayna (Connie Britton) goes all-out to lure Sadie Stone (guest star Laura Benanti) to her label in "I Feel Sorry for Me." Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) decides she has to come clean about her pregnancy when the symptoms become too much for her to keep concealing. Deacon (Charles Esten) rejects a backup singer's approach. Avery's (Jonathan Jackson) drinking gets worse. Jeff (Oliver Hudson) has Teddy (Eric Close) in his sights.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2014

College Football
7:30 p.m. on ESPN

Two teams with their eyes trained on bowl-game berths clash tonight at College Station, Texas, where Kenny Hill and the Texas A&M Aggies defend home turf from Anthony Jennings and the SEC West rival LSU Tigers. As of early November, conference play had not been kind to the Aggies - they were 0-3, including a 59-0 blowout loss to Alabama on Oct. 18. The No. 16 Tigers, meanwhile, have held their own against the SEC, including a 10-7 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 25.

Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular
8 p.m. on FOX

Two-time Oscar winner - and longtime animal advocate - Hilary Swank is a co-host and executive producer of this new two-hour special, which encourages the adoption of rescue dogs through relevant stories. The show also has a sense of fun, honoring canines with such titles as best howler and best celebrity lookalike. Other participating stars include Betty White, Scarlett Johansson, Kristen Bell, Miranda Lambert and spouses Fergie and Josh Duhamel.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8 p.m. on CW

A Thanksgiving-night marathon of the show is in store, as "Supernatural" regular Misha Collins and comic Brad Sherwood are the guests in the first of four encore episodes. Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles appear in all of them. taking suggestions from the studio audience to improvise sketches and songs on the spot. Aisha Tyler is the host.

Food Truck Face Off
8 p.m. on FOOD

In Toronto, an overwhelming first day of competition in the city's historic Roundhouse Park includes humiliation and missteps for both teams. Day two has the competitors hustling customers in downtown Toronto. Zane Caplansky, Alpana Singh and Steak Shapiro are the judges; Jesse Palmer is host.

The Trouble With Angels
8 p.m. on TCM

Film legend Ida Lupino directed this delightful 1966 comedy about two teenagers (Hayley Mills, June Harding) who turn a convent school on its wimpled ear with their "scathingly brilliant" pranks, despite their forbidding mother superior (Rosalind Russell). It adds up to ideal family fun that is surprisingly uncloying and unexpectedly touching in its final scenes.

Mom
8:31 p.m. on CBS

One of entertainment's most enduring actors, multiple Emmy winner Edward Asner, guest stars as Christy and Bonnie's (Anna Faris, Allison Janney) neighbor in the new episode "Kimchi and a Monkey Playing Harmonica." Christy's main concerns are the new romances being enjoyed by Baxter (Matt Jones) and Bonnie ... particularly in the latter case, since the beau in question is Alvin (Kevin Pollak). Sara Rue ("Less Than Perfect") also guest stars.

Elementary
10 p.m. on CBS

Diamonds may be forever, but there's no guarantee that those who connect with them also will be. That's the case, literally, when a postal-store owner appears to have been killed over an illegal transport of gems in the new episode "Rip Off." Sherlock and Kitty (Jonny Lee Miller, Ophelia Lovibond) investigate the death. Captain Gregson's (Aidan Quinn) physical clash with another officer has repercussions for him. Lucy Liu also stars
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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2014

Santa Hunters
7 p.m. on NICK

In this 2014 made-for-TV fantasy, a snarky teen (Benjamin Flores Jr.) and his cousins (Breanna Yde, Mace Coronel) set up an elaborate series of traps and recording equipment to capture St. Nick on video, only to have their stunt backfire on them, as the jolly old elf begins to lose his Christmas magic because of what they have done.

Disney Prep & Landing
8 p.m. on ABC

Santa's elves suffer job burnout, too. In this charming animated special, Dave Foley gives voice to Wayne, a member of the elite elf team that prepares for and oversees Santa's arrival at children's houses. He was hoping for a promotion; instead, he has to stay where he is and train an annoyingly overzealous new assistant (voice of Derek Richardson). Of course, no Christmas special would be complete without a crisis and a lesson to be learned.

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
8 p.m. on CW

A familiar holiday tune - and one that's more off-color than most - is translated into an animated show as this special sets visuals to the Elmo and Patsy song. A youngster has his suspicions about why his grandmother is missing on Christmas Eve. His quest to find her involves his not-as-pure-minded cousin (voice of Michele Lee, "Knots Landing").

Frosty the Snowman
9 p.m. on CBS

Jackie Vernon provides the voice of Frosty, the legendary snowman with a corncob pipe and a button nose. Frosty comes to life when a magician's hat lands on his head. With the help of some children, he heads for the North Pole before he melts. But he is pursued by the magician, who wants his hat back. Billy De Wolfe supplies the voice of the magician, and Jimmy Durante narrates the tale.

Grimm
9 p.m. on NBC

The assault of Monroe and Rosalee (Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner) makes Nick (David Giuntoli) that much more eager to have his Grimm abilities back in the new episode "Highway of Tears." A literal highway is the professional destination for Nick and Hank (Russell Hornsby) as they probe a strange ritual conducted there. Viktor (guest star Alexis Denisof) has a rendezvous with a devastated Adalind (Claire Coffee) in Vienna. Bitsie Tulloch also stars.

Shark Tank
9 p.m. on ABC

In the hour that originally launched the Emmy-winning show's sixth season, a Texas couple explains the transformation of a tragedy into a plan to create and market a unique baby swaddler, in the hope of gaining the Sharks' interest and financial backing. Then, a Los Angeles man pushes the idea of a nail salon for males. This episode's Sharks include Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner.

Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home
9 p.m. on PBS

The Tony and Emmy winner truly does go home - to her native Broken Arrow, Okla., where she performs in a theater which is now named for her - in this new concert special. Family and friends are in the audience as Chenoweth renders songs representing the various facets of her career, including "For Good" from the stage hit "Wicked." Among other composers represented, indicating the star's range: Lerner and Loewe, and Dolly Parton.

Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special
9 p.m. on CW

If you've ever had to work on a holiday and hated it, Po the panda feels your pain. In this special, he's looking forward to celebrating Winter Feast with his family, but he finds out that as Dragon Warrior, he's required to host a formal celebration at the Jade Palace. Original "Kung Fu Panda" movie cast members Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie lend their voices to this animated offering.

La Bare
9 p.m. on SHOW

We saw him playing a stripper in the box-office hit "Magic Mike," and his werewolf character Alcide Hervaux spent much of his time on "True Blood" in his birthday suit. In this new documentary, actor-director Joe Manganiello steps behind the camera as he delves into the history and men behind one of the world's most famous male strip clubs, La Bare Dallas. The film goes behind the scenes with some of the club's most popular dancers to explore their personal lives offstage.

Mysteries at the Museum
9 p.m. on TRAV

In the new episode "Robber's Bride, The Night Disco Exploded, Escape by Sea," history explorer Don Wildman checks out an old Concord, Mass., stagecoach that played a role in the heartbreak of a legendary lonely heart. Later, he examines a collection of melted vinyl records that sparked the decline of a cultural dance phenomenon and points out a ship model that represents a saga of a courageous bid for freedom.

Deal With It
9 p.m. on WTBS

Series executive producer Howie Mandel is also the co-host for a new holiday-themed segment called "Turkey Dance," in which a contestant is compelled to steal two raw birds from a nearby grocery counter, which leaves his wife demanding some answers. Then, Jack Osbourne is co-host for "Thanksgiving," in which a contestant's sister is horrified when her sibling drinks straight from a gravy boat at the holiday table.

Yes, Virginia
9:30 p.m. on CBS

After a playground bully tells her that Santa Claus does not exist, 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon (voice of Beatrice Miller) writes to the New York Sun, asking whether St. Nick is real. Her letter attracts the attention of curmudgeonly editor Francis Church (voice of Alfred Molina), who responds in print with one of the most famous holiday columns of all time. This animated special also includes the voices of Neil Patrick Harris and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Merry Madagascar
9:30 p.m. on CW

In this holiday sequel to "Madagascar" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria (voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith) must deliver Santa's presents to save Christmas when St. Nick gets amnesia following a crash landing on their island. And yes, those resourceful penguins also are on board. What a shame they have a long-standing North vs. South Pole rivalry with Santa's reindeer.

Sullivan's Travels
9:45 p.m. on TCM

One of writer-director Preston Sturges' most ambitious films juggles screwball comedy, social commentary and Hollywood satire in its story about an idealistic Ivy League director (Joel McCrea) who yearns to leave behind the escapist fare that made him a success in favor of serious art. To prepare, he disguises himself as a hobo and sets out for a crash course in life's seamier side. Veronica Lake also stars.

Constantine
10 p.m. on NBC

Constantine (Matt Ryan) may not want to act as an exorcist, but he feels he has no choice in the new episode "Rage of Caliban." A sinister spirit takes over a youngster, prompting Constantine to convince the boy's parents that a very particular form of intervention is needed. Laura Regan ("They") and Max Charles ("The Neighbors") guest star. Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford also star.

Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine
10:30 p.m. on PBS

Can art truly heal? Nebraska talent Blagdon used wire, beads, ribbon and other materials to create works he believed could channel such powers, and this documentary recalls the efforts by others to preserve his work - and continue its potential impact - after his death. Blagdon also intended to use his creations as conduits for natural energy, and the results now can be seen in an exhibit at Wisconsin's John Michael Kohler Art Center.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2014

The Flight Before Christmas
8 p.m. on CBS

A flying squirrel shows a young reindeer - who believes his long-lost father was part of Santa's airborne sleigh team - how to soar into the sky in this surprisingly dark, emotionally complex animated special from Finland. The voice cast includes Emma Roberts ("American Horror Story: Freak Show") and Norm MacDonald ("Saturday Night Live").

Bones
8 p.m. on FOX

Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney is an appropriate guest star - even if her character here isn't cast in the best light - in "The Spark in the Park." She plays a suspect in the murder of another gymnast, whose double life gives Brennan and Booth (Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz) much to probe. The victim's father (guest star Richard Schiff, "The West Wing") is comforted by Brennan. Cam (Tamara Taylor) catches up to her identity thief.

Christmas Under Wraps
8 p.m. on HALL

This 2014 holiday romantic comedy is "Northern Exposure" redux in many respects, since its central character is a tightly wound doctor (this time a woman, played by Candace Cameron-Bure) who reluctantly accepts a job in a rural Alaskan town after the prestigious hospital she had sought passes her over. Her new locale teaches her valuable life lessons about living in the moment. Brian Doyle-Murray, David O'Donnell and Robert Pine also star.

Escape Plan
8 p.m. on HBO

They've shared the screen briefly in the "Expendables" series, but action icons Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are full-fledged co-stars in this reasonably effective 2013 prison-break tale. Stallone plays a security expert whose latest challenge proves to be a setup, leaving him trapped behind bars ... and reliant on an inmate (Schwarzenegger) to help him get out alive. Jim Caviezel ("Person of Interest") plays the warden.

Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on LIF
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A runaway Internet meme comes to television in this new live-action movie, in which actress Aubrey Plaza - who plays the hilariously surly April Ludgate on "Parks and Recreation" - provides the inner voice of Grumpy Cat, whose long stay in a mall pet shop comes to an end thanks to an equally unpopular 12-year-old girl.

Beauty and the Beast
8 p.m. on TCM

To save her father, a Frenchwoman (Josette Day) offers her life to a nobleman (Jean Marais) under a beastly curse in Jean Cocteau's breathtaking 1946 adaptation of the famous fairy tale. Without benefit of computerized special effects, Cocteau evokes a magical world through sheer artistry. No wonder this is considered one of the best fantasy films of all time and heavily inspired Disney's hit 1991 animated version of the tale.

The Story of Santa Claus
9 p.m. on CBS

After a toymaker and his wife are evicted from their shop by landlords, they head to an orphanage to deliver their only remaining bag of toys. When they get lost in a storm, they find themselves at the North Pole, where they meet a group of elves. After saving an elf's life, Santa is allowed to make one wish. The elves then must use all their magic to make his wish of giving every child a toy come true. Ed Asner and Betty White are heard in this animated special.

Sleepy Hollow
9 p.m. on FOX

Benjamin Franklin (guest star Timothy Busfield) is drawn into Ichabod and Abbie's (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) plan to save Katrina (Katia Winter) from the Headless Horseman in "The Kindred." The scheme involves a being not unlike the Dr. Frankenstein-created synthetic man, this one created by Franklin. Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) and the new local sheriff get off on the wrong foot with each other. Orlando Jones and John Noble also star.

Dead Files Revisited
10 p.m. on TRAV

Former homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and medium Amy Allan continues updating viewers on past cases, including a minister's home in Manchester, Conn., where client Tom eventually fought off evil spirits tormenting his family. Another client, Emily in St. Claire Shores, Mich., reports on how she fared against a serpent-like entity that was attacking the health of her family members.

 

 
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