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Taken Hostage: An “American Experience” Special, Part One
This four-hour special installment of American Experience, airing tonight and tomorrow evening, revisits the Iran hostage crisis that began on Nov. 4, 1979, when 52 American diplomats, Marines and civilians were taken hostage at the American embassy in Tehran. Acclaimed filmmaker Robert Stone’s film unfolds like a political thriller as it examines the roots of the crisis and how it transformed both the United States and Iran, and forever upended the focus and direction of American foreign policy.
This second reboot of the beloved British preschool series that originally aired in the late 1990s/early 2000s gives the franchise a 21st century refresh. Kids can join colorful friends Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po on wonder-filled adventures as they learn and grow. Narrated by Tituss Burgess, the series features new original “Tummy Tales” songs.
Tug of Words
Game Show Network, 3:30pm
The game show returns for Season 2, with new episodes airing weekdays beginning today. Samantha Harris hosts the show, in which two teams compete to answer word-clue questions correctly and pull the flag on the “tug-of-war rope” to their side. The team with the flag on their side after three rounds of word game competition wins and is qualified for a bonus round and an attempt at winning $10,000.
All American: “I Need Love”
The CW, 8pm
Olivia (Samantha Logan) gets Billy’s (Taye Diggs) help to find the missing piece to her article before the deadline. JJ (Hunter Clowdus) ropes Spencer (Daniel Ezra) and Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) into a Valentine’s Day fraternity speed dating event, which leaves Jordan questioning what’s really happening between him and Layla (Greta Onieogou). Coop (Bre-Z) has an opportunity to audit a law class.
NFL Football: Washington at Philadelphia
ESPN, 8pm Live
The Washington Commanders visit Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles for this NFC East rivalry game on ESPN.
9-1-1: “What’s Your Fantasy?”
The 118 feels the need for mead when a crisis erupts at a Renaissance fair. After that, Athena (Angela Bassett) and the LAPD are called in to handle what appears to be a very dangerous student at her daughter’s college.
The Voice: “Live Top 16 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live
The Top 16 artists perform live for the first time in front of coaches Camila Cabello, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani for their chance at a spot in the Top 13.
Opening Title Sequences — Part 2
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Turner Classic Movies’ second of two nights featuring films with memorable and often innovative title sequences features eight more movies: Touch of Evil (1958), Orson Welles’ film noir that opens with an amazing, three-minute-plus crane/tracking shot; The Player (1992), Robert Altman’s Hollywood satire/dark comedy that features a nearly eight-minute-long, single-shot opening scene; Pillow Talk (1959), the Doris Day/Rock Hudson-led rom-com whose title sequence, designed by Wayne Fitzgerald, exemplifies the fun ahead in the movie with its playful split-screen action between the costars, accompanied by Day’s performance of the title tune; Who’s That Girl? (1987), the Madonna-led screwball comedy that opens with an animated version of the backstory for the star’s character, set to Madonna’s performance of “Causing a Commotion”; the 1962 romantic comedy Boys’ Night Out, with an animated title sequence accompanied by costar Patti Page’s performance of the title song; The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), the French romantic musical/drama that fittingly and beautifully runs its title credits over overhead shots of umbrella-carrying people walking along a brick road in the rain; A Hard Day’s Night (1964), the Beatles’ first film, whose title sequence sets up the manic tone of the film as we watch the Fab Four trying to evade crazed fans in London as their title tune plays; and Beauty and the Beast (1946), another French classic, which has most of its title credits seen being written out on a chalkboard, after which director Jean Cocteau briefly steps in to break the fourth wall and address the audience.
NCIS: “Love Lost”
In the new episode “Love Lost,” NCIS investigates a case of attempted murder involving the secretary of the Navy (guest star Carolyn Hennesy).
All American: Homecoming: “No More Drama”
The CW, 9pm
Amara (Kelly Jenrette) gives everyone a mental health day, while Keisha (Netta Walker) worries about how Cam (Mitchell Edwards) is holding up.
The late Leslie Jordan — actor, New York Times bestselling author and recording artist — wants to give back to his best friends of 40 years who helped jump-start his career. When he moved to L.A. from Tennessee in the 1980s to pursue acting, Leslie met fellow actors Newell and Rosemary, who helped him get into theater and eventually became more like family. Leslie says the couple has always been there for him especially through some hard personal struggles. Although he admits to having no construction experience, Leslie is ready to swing sledgehammers alongside Drew and Jonathan Scott to thank Newell and Rosemary with a striking renovation of their charming but dated ranch-style home. Together they’ll create an open flow in the living area with a modernized fireplace, add a wood feature accent wall in the dining room and build a kitchen that reflects their southwestern style with earth-toned cabinets and an adobe-style vent hood.
The Good Doctor: “Hot and Bothered”
In the midst of a heatwave, Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Danica Powell are at odds when it comes to their patient’s surgery. Their heated stalemate tests Shaun’s patience and his willingness to compromise. Meanwhile, when the hospital loses power, Lea and Dr. Aaron Glassman are forced to come up with a quick solution or risk a total shutdown that could risk patients’ lives on the 100th episode of the series.
NCIS: Hawai‘i: “Vanishing Act”
When the mother of a young boy goes missing, the NCIS team learns they aren’t the only ones searching for her in the new episode “Vanishing Act.”
Avenue 5: “Intoxicating Clarity”
Hugh Laurie’s interstellar comedy continues with the miserable passengers on the catastrophically off-course luxury spaceship becoming accustomed to life under their new(ish) supreme leader. But a surprise discovery might get them home faster!
Run for the Money
In this reality competition, celebrity participants can win a cash prize based on the time spent running away from “hunters,” with the biggest payout coming if someone can escape to the end.
Bonnie and Clyde
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Best Director Oscar nominee Arthur Penn’s Best Picture-nominated 1967 biographical crime film depicts the violent career and end of infamous outlaw couple Clyde Barrow (Best Actor nominee Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Best Actress nominee Faye Dunaway), who embarked on a robbery and murder spree across the Southwest in the early 1930s. The landmark film, considered one of the first of the “New Hollywood” era, costars Best Supporting Actress winner Estelle Parsons, and Best Supporting Actor nominees Gene Hackman and Michael J. Pollard.
College Basketball: State Farm Champions Classic
ESPN, beginning at 7pm Live
Four of the nation’s elite college basketball programs return for the State Farm Champions Classic, held this year at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Michigan State Spartans battle the Kentucky Wildcats, followed by the Kansas Jayhawks vs. the Duke Blue Devils.
FBI: “Ready or Not”
Maggie (Missy Peregrym) returns from medical leave in time to help the team investigate two homicides in the new episode “Ready or Not.”
The Winchesters: “Legend of a Mind”
The CW, 8pm
Millie (Bianca Kajlich) asks Mary (Meg Donnelly) to keep an eye on John (Drake Rodger) as they split off from the others to get intel on the case, and hidden secrets from Ada’s (Demetria McKinney) past come to light.
The Resident: “The Better Part of Valor”
Dr. Bell (Bruce Greenwood) deals with being served court papers from a former patient in the new episode “The Better Part of Valor.”
The Voice: “Live Top 16 Eliminations”
NBC, 8pm Live
Two artists from each team are revealed as safe by America’s votes. Each coach selects one more artist to move forward. The remaining four artists, one from each team, compete in the Wildcard Instant Save. One artist from the save moves on to the Top 13.
Happy Birthday! Martin Scorsese
As the director turns 80 on Thursday, TCM screens four films he picked, starting with one of his faves, 1958 World War II drama Ashes and Diamonds, and including 1962’s Jules and Jim.
This series returns to reveal more of the most emotionally charged and shockingly raw events ever recorded on camera. From doorbell cams to cellphones, security cameras to drones, the show captures both heartwarming kindness and jaw-dropping conflict between real-life neighbors across the United States. Back-to-back half-hour episodes debut tonight.
FBI: International: “Call It Anarchy”
Special Agent Vo’s (Vinessa Vidotto) friend from the U.S. Navy calls in a favor to help find her missing nephew in Crete in the new episode “Call It Anarchy.”
Professionals: “Process of Elimination”
The CW, 9pm
Peter (Brendan Fraser) realizes how far Zora (Lisa Loven Kongsli) is willing to go, and Vincent (Tom Welling) tries to convince Peter that it’s a bad idea for them to both go to Africa.
Catt (Martha Higareda) reveals a shocking secret to Ana (Emma Milani) in the new episode “Confessions.”
Good Bones: Better Yard
In this one-episode special, Karen E Laine comes to the rescue of a young, expecting couple with a yard in such derelict shape that they’ve considered selling their home. Karen and her expert team create a design plan to give the family an enchanting, multipurpose outdoor oasis.
The Curse of Oak Island
The series following brothers Rick and Marty Lagina, who attempt to solve the 227-year-old Oak Island mystery, debuts its 10th season.
La Brea: “1988”
A reunited Harris family leads the effort to rescue Caroline and stop the sinkholes from happening, only to face forces that threaten to tear their family apart. With Lucas’ (Josh McKenzie) life on the line, Ty (Chiké Okonkwo) accepts a challenge to win his friend a cure.
Taken Hostage: An “American Experience” Special, Part Two
Tonight’s concluding two-hour installment of Robert Stone’s documentary about the Iran hostage crisis uses riveting eyewitness accounts from hostages, journalists and government officials to show how Iranian students held 52 hostages at the American embassy in Tehran from November 1979 to January 1981 and became a defining crisis of Jimmy Carter’s presidency.
With supply chain shortages, skyrocketing prices and more shoplifting than ever before, positive customer relations are nearly impossible. Customer Wars spotlights the conflicts that arise when disgruntled and irrational customers come face-to-face with the employees doing their best to take care of their needs. From fiery exchanges at the fast-food drive-thru to loss-prevention brawls, this series proves once and for all that “The customer is always right” is the exception rather than the rule. Back-to-back half-hour episodes premiere tonight.
The Rookie: Feds: “Countdown”
While searching for a missing scientist in the Angeles National Forest, Simone and Carter uncover an ecoterrorist’s plans to detonate dirty bombs across the city. Meanwhile, Brendon taps into his own profiling tactics to find the perfect birthday gift for Laura.
FBI: Most Wanted: “Patent Pending”
In the new episode “Patent Pending,” the FBI team must dive into the world of psychedelics when a tech entrepreneur is found dead after being abducted from a rave.
New Amsterdam: “All the World’s a Stage …”
Max (Ryan Eggold) discovers a revenue-generating department at the hospital that has serious legal implications; Iggy (Tyler Labine) discovers a janitor with otherworldly talents; Reynolds (Jocko Sims) treats a truly inspirational patient and makes plans for his father; and Wilder’s (Sandra Mae Frank) young patient teaches her not to jump to conclusions in diagnosing.
Limitless With Chris Hemsworth
In this six-episode (all available today) Nat Geo production, host Chris Hemsworth tests new scientific research that may unlock the human body’s superpowers to fight illness, perform better and even reverse the aging process.
The Santa Clauses
Tim Allen is back as Scott Calvin/Santa Claus in this six-episode series spinoff of his hit The Santa Clause feature film franchise. On the brink of his 65th birthday, Scott is realizing that he can’t be Santa forever. He is suddenly starting to lose his magic and, more importantly, he has a family who could benefit from a normal life, especially his kids, who have grown up at the North Pole. So he sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his clan for a new life south of the pole. Also reprising their film roles are Elizabeth Mitchell as Carol Calvin/Mrs. Claus and David Krumholtz as Bernard the elf. Newcomers include Kal Penn, Elizabeth Allen-Dick (Allen’s real-life daughter, making her acting debut as Scott’s daughter) and Laura San Giacomo as Befana the Christmas Witch. The first two episodes are available today; new episodes drop Wednesdays.
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This period drama that also has a limited theatrical release is set in 1862, when Lib Wright (Florence Pugh), an English Nightingale Nurse, is sent to the Irish Midlands by a devout community to conduct a 15-day examination over one of their own. Anna O’Donnell (Kíla Lord Cassidy) is an 11-year-old girl who claims not to have eaten for four months, surviving miraculously on “manna from heaven.” As Anna’s health rapidly deteriorates, Lib is determined to unearth the truth, challenging the faith of a community that would prefer to stay believing.
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live
A star-studded twin bill of NBA action on ESPN has Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics in Atlanta to take on the Hawks, followed by Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors facing the Suns in Phoenix.
TNT, beginning at 7:30pm Live
The St. Louis Blues are at the Chicago Blackhawks and the L.A. Kings are at the Edmonton Oilers for TNT’s Wednesday night NHL doubleheader.
The Conners: “Of Missing Minds and Missing Fries”
Finding reasons to be thankful is a challenge for the Conner family this Thanksgiving. Daughter Darlene (Sara Gilbert) struggles with her job search, and, even more sad, the family must face feisty Grandma Bev’s (Estelle Parsons) declining health.
DC’s Stargirl: “Frenemies — Chapter Eleven: The Haunting”
The CW, 8pm
As Courtney (Brec Bassinger), Sylvester (Joel McHale) and the JSA plot to take down a major threat, the arrival of someone from their past sends shock waves through the town.
The Masked Singer: “Comedy Roast Night”
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The Masked Singer panelists roast each other as two new characters enter the competition. Legendary comedians Drew Carey and Jon Lovitz make special guest appearances in the new episode “Comedy Roast Night.”
Chicago Med: “Everyone’s Fighting a Battle You Know Nothing About”
Will (Nick Gehlfuss), Crockett (Dominic Rains) and first-year resident Justin Lieu try to facilitate a trans-organ exchange; Hannah (Jessy Schram) and Nellie (Lilah Richcreek Estrada) help a sexual assault survivor; Ethan (Brian Tee) and Archer (Steven Weber) treat a patient whose case could expose a fraudulent doctor; and Grant (Wayne T. Carr) and Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) take a trip down memory lane.
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
In “Tangled in the Tides,” follow the life of one of the world’s tallest red mangrove trees, as well as the creatures that live in, on and under it. See how this big red has adapted to its home of tidal extremes, using a tangled root system to stand above the waterline.
TCM Spotlight: Royal Treatments: “European Royalty (Sweden, Russia, France)”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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After two weeks in the British Isles, Turner Classic Movies heads to the European continent for this evening’s lineup of films about real and fictional royalty. Leading things off is Queen Christina (1933), a biopic about the life of the titular 17th century Swedish ruler, portrayed by Greta Garbo. Imperial Russia in the late 18th century is the setting for the next film, The Scarlet Empress (1934), which stars Marlene Dietrich as Catherine II (aka Catherine the Great), the last Empress of Russia, who came to power after overthrowing her husband, Peter III (Sam Jaffe). Staying in Russia but moving to the early 20th century, the next historical drama, 1971’s Best Picture Oscar-nominated Nicholas and Alexandra, offers an account of the last ruling monarch of that country, Tsar Nicholas II (Michael Jayston), and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra (Best Actress Oscar nominee Janet Suzman). After that is The Three Musketeers, a 1948 adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic adventure novel, with its fictional story set amid a historical backdrop that includes notable 17th century French figures like Queen Anne (Angela Lansbury) and King Louis XIII (Frank Morgan). Tonight’s final film stays in France, with a drama set in the years leading up to the revolution that began in 1789: Marie Antoinette (1938), with Best Actress Oscar nominee Norma Shearer as the titular queen consort, and Best Supporting Actor nominee Robert Morley as her husband, King Louis XVI.
The Goldbergs: “Another Turkey in the Trot”
It’s Thanksgiving, and no one crushes Turkey Day like Beverly Goldberg; though, with the loss of Murray, this holiday feels a bit different. Geoff and Erica are stressed over the new baby; even more worrisome, an unexpected Goldberg relative arrives. With everyone highly suspicious of this unforeseen visitor, things are likely to go off the rails at any moment.
Abbott Elementary: “Egg Drop”
When the eighth-grade science class participates in an egg drop activity, Janine insists her second-grade class joins in. Even when the science teacher and Gregory tell her that her students aren’t ready for physics lessons, Janine is determined to prove them wrong. Then, when Barbara is shocked at the clothing one of her student’s parents wears, she learns to not judge someone solely based on their appearance.
Kung Fu: “Villains”
The CW, 9pm
Althea (Shannon Dang) gives Evan (Gavin Stenhouse) some advice on his relationship with Nadia (Marissa Cuevas).
LEGO Masters: “Mini Golf Masters”
In the new episode “Mini Golf Masters,” teams must transform a putting green into a playable mini golf hole, complete with obstacles that propel the ball and the story within the build.
Property Brothers: Forever Home: “Rockin’ Reno”
After inheriting his grandparent’s house, a couple looks to transform it into a home for their two beloved dogs and vast guitar collection. Jonathan and Drew Scott reimagine the entire space so they can make new memories for the next generation.
To Catch a Smuggler
Nat Geo, 9pm
In “It’s Raining Meth,” Homeland Security Investigations executes a controlled delivery of ketamine in Queens, New York, while U.S. Customs and Border Protection recovers stolen artifacts in Miami and finds a mega shipment of meth at LAX.
Chicago Fire: “A Beautiful Life”
Detective Pryma (Troy Winbush) asks for Severide’s (Taylor Kinney) help on a case involving explosives; Gallo (Alberto Rosende) and Carver (Jake Lockett) clash after Gallo improvises on a call; and Violet (Hanako Greensmith) encourages Brett (Kara Killmer) to start dating again.
NOVA: “Zero to Infinity”
Zero and infinity. These seemingly opposite, obvious and indispensable concepts are relatively recent human inventions. Discover the surprising story of how these key concepts that revolutionized mathematics came to be — not just once, but over and over again as different cultures invented and reinvented them across thousands of years.
Home Economics: “Wheel of Vegan Brie, $24”
It’s Thanksgiving at the Hayworths, though this year feels a bit different with one extra chair at the table. While Tom, Sarah and Connor wrestle with their conflicting emotions, Marina and Denise see this new addition to the family, guest star Casey Wilson, as a potential chance to gain a new “normal.”
American Horror Story: NYC
The 11th season of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck’s American Horror Story concludes with a two-hour finale tonight.
This series that pays loving satirical homage to classic documentaries concludes its latest season with “Trouver Frisson.” Inspired by Agnès Varda’s The Gleaners and I and The Beaches of Agnès, celebrated French filmmaker Ida Leos (Liliane Rovère) searches for why she no longer experiences “frisson” — the goose bumps that have always been her guide.
Murder Under the Friday Night Lights
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
The true-crime series returns for a second season of examining dark and deadly cases of crimes tied to high school football.
Chicago P.D.: “Under the Skin”
In an attempt to distract Intelligence from the investigation into his son, Chief O’Neal (Michael Gaston) forces Voight (Jason Beghe) and the team to handle a “dead fish case.” However, when that dead fish turns into a complicated heater case, Burgess (Marina Squerciati) is thrown back into difficult memories from her past.
Gangs of London
As the gritty crime drama returns for Season 2, a new, darker era of chaos and turbulent power struggles comes to London. One year after the death of Sean Wallace and the violent reckonings of Season 1, the map and soul of the city have been redrawn — the surviving Wallaces are scattered, the Dumanis are broken and estranged, and ex-undercover cop Elliot Finch (Sopé Dìrísù) is now being forced to work for the Investors. As the Investors look down on a city sliding into chaos, they decide enough is enough and bring in reinforcements to restore control. Old favorites and new players fight back against the new order, forcing sworn enemies to work together and family members to betray each other. The first two episodes are available today; new episodes drop Thursdays.
A Christmas Story Christmas
This sequel to the 1983 film A Christmas Story finds an adult Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) returning to his childhood home.
This new documentary film is from director and producer Nick Sweeney (FX’s AKA Jane Roe) and Emmy-winning and BAFTA-nominated producer Stacey Reiss (The Andy Warhol Diaries). This is a story of Santas and personal triumphs that begins at the annual summer camp organized by the New England Santa Society, which is composed of over 100 professional Christmas performers. To try to tackle Santa’s diversity problem, the camp enlists a Black Santa named Chris from Arkansas, a disabled Santa named Fin from Vermont and a transgender Santa named Levi from Illinois. Each has a powerful Santa origin story.
Fleishman Is in Trouble
Recently divorced 41-year-old Toby Fleishman (Jesse Eisenberg) dives into app-based dating with the kind of success he never had in his youth. But his newfound freedom is jeopardized when his ex-wife (Claire Danes) disappears, leaving him with their two young kids and no hint of where she is or whether she plans to return. The eight-episode drama also stars Lizzy Caplan and Adam Brody.
Following the audience acclaim it received when it debuted in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, this eight-part German mystery from the creators of Dark makes its Netflix premiere. Set in the year of its title, the series follows the mysterious circumstances surrounding the voyage of an immigrant ship from Europe to New York. When the passengers discover a second ship adrift on the open sea that had gone missing for months, their journey takes an unexpected turn into a nightmarish riddle.
Christmas With You
This holiday rom-com stars Aimee Garcia as pop star Angelina, who, feeling career burnout, escapes to grant a young fan’s wish in a small New York town, where she not only finds the inspiration to revitalize her career but also a shot at true love. Freddie Prinze Jr. also stars.
Dead to Me
Jen (Christina Applegate) and Judy (Linda Cardellini) are back for the third and final season of this acclaimed dark comedy. In the aftermath of yet another hit-and-run, both women receive shocking news and are ready to risk their lives for a friendship that’s above the law.
Carla Gugino stars in this half-hour original thriller from Tplus, Peacock’s content brand from Telemundo. Ana de la Reguera, Amelia Eve, Gentry White, Philip Winchester and Margot Bingham also star. The series is produced in English, with Spanish-language subtitles. All eight episodes are available today.
In this Irish comedy/drama, when 35-year-old Shiv Sheridan (Roisin Gallagher) arrives back in Dublin for her grandmother’s funeral, the whole Sheridan family are begrudgingly forced to confront their collective and individual demons. No one expected Shiv to come home permanently; she is six months sober, her parents’ marriage is shaky, her overachieving sister Caroline (Siobhán Cullen) is wound tighter than a spring and her younger brother Ant (Adam Richardson) never wants the party to end. While recovery may have equipped Shiv with great ideas and tools, her family and her ex-boyfriend Jack (Moe Dunford) will put these and her newfound sobriety to the test. All eight episodes are available today.
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James Cagney, who became a star nearly 20 years earlier with a legendary breakthrough performance in another memorable crime flick, The Public Enemy, gives an equally iconic turn in this Oscar-nominated 1949 gangster classic as coldblooded Cody Jarrett, a psychotic thug devoted to his hardboiled Ma (Margaret Wycherly). Bracingly directed by Raoul Walsh, this fast-paced film noir tracing Jarrett’s violent life in and out of jail is also a harrowing character study. Jarrett is a psychological time bomb ruled by impulse — he murders a wounded accomplice and revels in the act; neglects his sultry wife (Virginia Mayo); and adores his doting mother. It is among the most vivid screen performances of Cagney’s career, and shows that when it came to portraying such characters, the actor was “top of the world!”
Christmas comes early for soap fans with this Latin-flavored tale starring Days of Our Lives alums Camila Banus and Mark Hapka as pastry chefs thrown into the kitchen together for a holiday gala at a hotel owned by One Life to Live veteran David Fumero.
Walker: “Just Desserts”
The CW, 8pm
Tensions bubble over when the family’s annual “Circle of Thanks” becomes a circle of grievance, and one Walker is rushed to the hospital.
Hell’s Kitchen: “Wok This Way”
In the new episode “Wok This Way,” Chef Gordon Ramsay and special guest Stephanie Izard challenge the contestants to make the perfect dish with obscure ingredients, cooked only in a wok.
Law & Order: “Chain of Command”
When a decorated military veteran is found murdered in his own home, Cosgrove (Jeffrey Donovan) and Shaw (Mehcad Brooks) work with his daughter to uncover an important clue, while Price (Hugh Dancy) and Maroun (Odelya Halevi) must untangle the stories of other service members connected to the victim to make their case.
NFL Football: Tennessee at Green Bay
Prime Video, 8:15pm Live
Green Bay’s Lambeau Field is the site of this Week 11 Thursday Night Football matchup between Derrick Henry’s Tennessee Titans and the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers.
Stephen Colbert hosts this two-hour celebrity pickleball tournament, featuring teams competing against each other to benefit Comic Relief US. The 16 players vying for the Colbert Cup are Jimmie Allen, Murray Bartlett, Dierks Bentley, Jaime Camil, Will Ferrell, Max Greenfield, Luis Guzmán, Phil Keoghan, Daniel Dae Kim, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tig Notaro, June Diane Raphael, Kelly Rowland, Paul Scheer, Aisha Tyler and Emma Watson.
Walker: Independence: “The Owl and the Arrow”
The CW, 9pm
After a tragedy, Abby (Katherine McNamara) finds her legal skills tested along with her loyalty to a new friend facing the dark side of frontier justice.
Welcome to Flatch: “The Tri-state Real Estate Conference”
Emotions run high when Barb (Jaime Pressly) runs into her ex at a conference in the new episode “The Tri-state Real Estate Conference.”
Rehab Addict Lake House Rescue: “New Construction Blues”
Nicole Curtis lifted her tiny lake cottage into the air and built a brand-new first floor and basement underneath. Now, the final challenge is to fill these new spaces with the historic details she loves, a task that could either make or break the project.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “A Better Person”
The SVU hunts for a violent suspect who killed a detective’s child; Rollins (Kelli Giddish) ponders a potential opportunity.
Call Me Kat: “Call Me Dame Booty Clench”
In the new episode “Call Me Dame Booty Clench,” Kat (Mayim Bialik) is tired from helping Sheila (Swoosie Kurtz) with her errands, and Phil (Leslie Jordan) is exhausted from partying every night with his new boyfriend, Jalen (guest star John Griffin).
Law & Order: Organized Crime: “Whipping Post”
When Pearl (Camilla Belle) falls mysteriously ill, the task force is dragged back into the corruption of New York’s first casino development. Meanwhile, Bell (Danielle Moné Truitt) tries to keep rumors from swirling when an important decision must be made.
BBC America, 11pm
Chris Harris, Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness learn all about Thailand’s passion for pickup trucks — and help build a remote racetrack and a temple in the process!
“Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock” Night of the Lights Holiday Special
This holiday-themed installment of Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock finds the Rock filled with songs and cheer as the Night of the Lights, the most Fraggily holiday of the year, arrives. When Jamdolin (voice of Daveed Diggs) encourages Wembley (Jordan Lockhart) to make a special wish, the Fraggles head out on an adventure to find the brightest light and, maybe, the true meaning of the celebration.
Feature Film Exclusive!
Also hitting theaters in a limited release beginning Nov. 11, this modern comedic and musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol is led by Ryan Reynolds as Ebenezer Scrooge and Will Ferrell as the Ghost of Christmas Present. The cast also includes Octavia Spencer and Sunita Mani.
This musical romantic comedy/fantasy sequel to 2007’s Enchanted reunites original stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel and James Marsden. It’s been 15 years since Giselle (Adams) and Robert’s (Dempsey) happily ever after, and she is now growing disillusioned with living in the city. They move their family to the suburbs in search of a more fairy tale life, but, unfortunately, it isn’t the quick fix Giselle had hoped for. When she tries using magic to make things the way she wants, it places her family’s future in jeopardy. Maya Rudolph, Gabriella Baldacchino, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jayma Mays also star in the film, which features new songs from Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.
Mickey: The Story of a Mouse
Dropping on the date that Mickey Mouse made his debut in the 1928 animated short Steamboat Willie, this documentary film examines the cultural significance of the iconic, nearly century-old cartoon rodent. It also features Mickey in a Minute, an all-new, hand-drawn short from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
The Spanish teen series set at an elite high school is back for Season 6, with a lot of storylines to be resolved, along with fresh drama and the arrival of two new students: Isadora (Valentina Zenere), the young heiress of a huge nightlife business empire, and Iván (André Lamoglia), son of the world’s biggest soccer star.
The Great British Baking Show: Holidays
Talented amateur bakers whip up tasty holiday treats in Season 5 of this competition.
Based on the comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, this fantasy adventure film follows a young girl (Marlow Barkley) who discovers a secret map to the titular dreamworld. With the help of an eccentric outlaw (Jason Momoa), she traverses dreams and flees nightmares, with the hope that she will be able to see her late father (Kyle Chandler) again.
Blue’s Big City Adventure
This feature-length film based on the kids series Blue’s Clues & You! combines live action with animation for a sing- and dance-along musical spectacular for the whole family, featuring new songs and choreography and for the first time bringing together all three of the show’s hosts — Josh (Josh Dela Cruz), Steve (Steve Burns) and Joe (Donovan Patton) — with fan-favorite animated friends Blue (voice of Traci Paige Johnson), Rainbow Puppy (Brianna Bryan) and more.
The People We Hate at the Wedding
This comedy based on Grant Ginder’s novel follows struggling American siblings Alice (Kristen Bell) and Paul (Ben Platt), who reluctantly agree to attend the wedding of their estranged, wealthy half sister (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) in the English countryside. Allison Janney and Tony Goldwyn also star.
Josh Turner: King Size Manger
Multiplatinum-selling recording artist and Grand Ole Opry member Josh Turner heralds the holiday season with his unique interpretation of nostalgic classics and originals from his Christmas album, King Size Manger. The special also features an intimate sit-down interview with Turner hosted by Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase.
When one of her patients grins madly before she kills herself, a psychiatrist (Sosie Bacon) comes to believe that a supernatural entity moves from victim to witness, causing a string of deaths. And she’s next, in this 2022 frightfest.
Inventing the Christmas Prince
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Rocket scientist Shelby (Tamera Mowry-Housley, Strong Medicine) is ready to blast off from her job thanks to her curmudgeonly boss, Evan (Ronnie Rowe Jr., Star Trek: Discovery). Can her daughter convince her that this apparent Scrooge is really the Christmas prince Shelby created in a story years before?
A Country Christmas Harmony
Before Chrissy Kessler’s (Brooke Elliott) meteoric rise to fame, the country music superstar was just a small-town girl with dreams of the big time. Now, with her record sales on a rapid decline, Chrissy is strong-armed by an unrelenting record executive to return to the hometown she left behind to perform a live Christmas concert. Meanwhile, Luke Covington’s (Brandon Quinn) quiet life is suddenly disrupted when he runs into Chrissy, his ex-girlfriend and former country music duo partner, who disappeared on him to pursue her solo career all those years ago.
Lopez vs. Lopez: “Lopez vs. Español”
Mayan (Mayan Lopez) lies about speaking Spanish to be seen as a “real” Lopez in George’s (George Lopez) eyes, but the results are “no bueno.” Meanwhile, Rosie (Selenis Leyva) attempts to teach Spanish to a stubborn Chance (Brice Gonzalez).
’Tis the Season
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!
Thanksgiving isn’t for a few days yet, but if you’re nonetheless already getting antsy for Christmas, Turner Classic Movies has an early present for you this evening with a triple feature of holiday classics: Christmas in Connecticut (1945), the classic farce starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet; The Bishop’s Wife (1947), the Best Picture Oscar-nominated comedy/fantasy led by Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young; and Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), the beloved musical led by Judy Garland, who memorably introduces the iconic tune “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” among the film’s other notable songs.
Young Rock: “On the Ropes”
Hawaii, 1985: Ata (Stacey Leilua) finds herself at odds with her rival at Lia’s (Ana Tuisila) wrestling promotion; Rocky (Joseph Lee Anderson) receives some news that turns the family’s world upside down; and Dewey (Bradley Constant) gets a job so he can buy a Nintendo. In 2033, Dwayne (Dwayne Johnson) weighs an important diplomatic mission.
Fire Country: “Like Old Times”
Consider this week’s episode your reminder that taking selfies on a cliff is not recommended! When a female hiker falls and suffers broken bones, the Cal Fire crew attempts a difficult mountainside rescue. Complicating it further: Mother Nature and the fact that the guys making the climb are Battalion 1608 engineer Jake (Jordan Calloway) and inmate firefighter Bode (Max Thieriot), who have serious history. The men still haven’t forgiven each other for the night Bode’s sister died years ago.
Next at the Kennedy Center: “A Joni Mitchell Songbook”
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is celebrated with an all-star lineup at the Kennedy Center. This heartfelt tribute to the folk and jazz music legend reflects upon Mitchell’s orchestral recordings of “Both Sides Now” and Travelogue, and also features unique renditions of some of her most beloved songs, such as “A Case of You,” “Woodstock” and “River,” by performers including Renée Fleming. Beyond the stage, a diverse array of musicians and collaborators, such as Graham Nash and Larry Klein, share personal anecdotes about Mitchell’s influence.
Blue Bloods: “On Dangerous Ground”
Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) investigate a shooting in a gang-plagued neighborhood, Badillo (Ian Quinlan) objects when Eddie (Vanessa Ray) won’t arrest a female suspect, and Frank (Tom Selleck) sighs heavily when he’s not invited to speak at a policing forum!
Real Time With Bill Maher
Bill Maher wraps up the milestone 20th season of his talk series featuring panelists, interviews and Maher’s unique perspective on contemporary issues. HBO has renewed the series through 2024.
College Football: Boston College at Notre Dame
NBC, 2:30pm Live
The Boston College Eagles visit the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a football rivalry nicknamed the “Holy War.” The Irish have won the last eight games in the series.
The Wizard of Oz
Catch a Classic!
It’s hard to pick a favorite from among the many terrific movies released in the magical Hollywood year of 1939 — considered one of Tinseltown’s greatest years ever in terms of popular releases and box office returns — but The Wizard of Oz has to be near the top of the list for most people. One of the best-loved movies of all time, this adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s novel stars Judy Garland in her iconic role as Dorothy, a young Kansas farm girl who is whisked away by a twister to the land of Oz. Accompanied by a brainless Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), a heartless Tin Man (Jack Haley) and a cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) — and pursued by a wicked witch (Margaret Hamilton) — Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, follow the yellow brick road in search of the titular Wizard (Frank Morgan), so that he may grant her wish to return home. Over 80 years later, The Wizard of Oz is as fun as ever and still looks stunningly beautiful in both its black-and-white and its color world, and its color cinematography received an Oscar nomination. The film netted five other Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and won for its musical score and for Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg’s classic song “Over the Rainbow.” There will be an immediate re-airing of the film after this showing, and TBS is also airing the classic Thanksgiving night (Nov. 24) and later in the day on Nov. 25.
The Holiday Switch
When two strangers (Alex Paxton-Beesley and Morgan David Jones) mistakenly pick up the wrong luggage at the airport, each must use the intriguing contents within to track down the other’s whereabouts in time for Christmas.
Life in Color With David Attenborough
BBC America, 8pm
David Attenborough travels the globe to show humans nature in a way it has never been seen before. Thanks to new camera technology, the series premiere episode “Seeing in Color” reveals colors that are invisible to the human eye. It also explores how color is a part of communication, how it is used by animals to attract attention, win a mate or even fight enemies, by creating messages we are incapable of perceiving by the naked eye. A mandrill flaunts its hues, birds and butterflies offer dazzling displays, a rainbow mantis shrimp packs a punch and red frogs battle it out.
Christmas in Pine Valley
Great American Family, 8pm
Natalie (Kristina Cole) is the owner of a successful farm and home goods store that garners the attention of a major magazine. The magazine sends reporter Josh (Andrew Biernat) to profile Natalie’s company thinking it’s a family-run business. Little does he know that Natalie’s business is run by her with the help of longtime family friends. Knowing how much the article will help the struggling farm, Natalie must convince Josh that her “family” and Christmas traditions are all real.
Three Wise Men and a Baby
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
If you were expecting Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson in robes and crowns, think again. In this all-new original film, three brothers get more than they bargained for when they must band together to care for a baby over the holidays. As they get the hang of substitute parenting, each man learns valuable lessons about life, love and the true meaning of the holidays. Stars Paul Campbell (Turner & Hooch), Tyler Hynes (UnREAL), Andrew Walker (Merry & Bright) and Margaret Colin (Chicago Med, Veep).
County Line: All In
This sequel to INSP’s hit 2018 original movie County Line brings back Tom Wopat as Sheriff Alden Rockwell, with Patricia Richardson and other familiar faces from the first movie also returning. This next chapter in the story begins when a corrupt lawyer known for representing the worst criminals in the area turns up dead right on the county line. Although the seasoned Rockwell loses the fight over jurisdiction to newly appointed neighboring York Country Sheriff Joanne “Jo” Porter (Kelsey Crane), he is unable to shake suspicions that a local mob boss is involved, so he follows his instincts and starts working the case as well.
When event planner Emily Strauss (Emily Kinney, The Walking Dead) is hired by mall magnate Ed Mancini (Patrick Cassidy, Castle) to stage the ultimate Christmas gala for his most important investors, Emily finds herself being sent to Santa bootcamp to find the perfect Santa and the inspiration she will need to make the evening a success. While there, Emily meets Belle (Rita Moreno, West Side Story), the bootcamp’s drill sergeant with a heart of gold, who helps Emily rediscover the magic of Christmas.
Pit Bulls & Parolees: “Watching From Above”
Animal Planet, 9pm
As the long-running dog rescue show continues its final season, Tia Torres and daughter-in-law Lizzy are inspired to train their hounds as scent trackers to find lost pets. And another abandoned pup is saved.
Renovation Face-Off: “Best Artistic Reno”
It’s Good Bones vs. Bargain Block as Mina Starsiak Hawk goes head-to-head against Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas in the ultimate renovation face-off. They’re competing for the best artistic reno as Keith and Evan revive a dilapidated home, and Mina deals with major foundation issues.
Sunday, Nov. 13: ‘Yellowstone’ Season 5 Takes Office on Paramount Network
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