Monday, Nov. 21: The USA Opens Its FIFA World Cup Campaign vs. Wales – Channel Guide Magazine

Monday, Nov. 21: The USA Opens Its FIFA World Cup Campaign vs. Wales – Channel Guide Magazine

All Times Eastern. PBS programming varies regionally.
2022 FIFA World Cup: USA vs. Wales
FOX, 2pm

The 2022 FIFA World Cup continues its group stage games today at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan, Qatar, where the United States faces Wales in a clash of Group B rivals. The Americans, who are making their first World Cup appearance in eight years, have a bevy of youth, talent and depth coming in after failing to qualify in 2018. As for Wales, they also have some top shelf talent but fitness and injuries are concerns.

TCM Remembers Angela Lansbury
TCM, beginning at 6:15am
Catch a Classic!

Dame Angela Lansbury, who passed away Oct. 11 at age 96, will be celebrated by TCM today with a 24-hour marathon of some of the legendary actress’ most memorable films. The lineup begins with her second movie, National Velvet (1944), featuring Lansbury in a supporting performance alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney. That’s followed by The Three Musketeers (1948), with Lansbury as France’s Queen Anne in an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic; the 1948 drama Tenth Avenue Angel; If Winter Comes (1947), costarring Walter Pidgeon, Deborah Kerr and Janet Leigh in an early role; All Fall Down (1962), a John Frankenheimer-directed drama headlined by Eva Marie Saint and Warren Beatty; Dear Heart (1964), a comedy/drama starring Glenn Ford and Geraldine Page; the 1946 Judy Garland-led musical The Harvey Girls; The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Frankenheimer’s thriller with Lansbury delivering a chillingly villainous, Best Supporting Actress Oscar-nominated performance; Gaslight (1944), Lansbury’s first film, which also earned her a Best Supporting Actress nod; The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), which netted Lansbury her second consecutive Supporting Actress nomination; the 1951 film noir Kind Lady; and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982), a filmed performance of the famed musical that aired as part of PBS’ Great Performances and earned Lansbury an Emmy nomination.
GilMORE the Merrier
UPtv, beginning at 10am

If you love the 2000-07 drama Gilmore Girls, then settle in as UPtv brings back its nearly weeklong marathon of the series, which starts this morning and runs until the early morning hours of next Monday, Nov. 28. This year’s event features all 153 episodes, plus the four revival episodes in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, and is hosted by fan-favorite Michael Winters as town know-it-all Taylor Doose. There will be watch-and-win trivia questions, special series recaps of all seven seasons and pop-up trivia sprinkled throughout.
All American: “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”
The CW, 8pm

After what happens at the press conference, Spencer (Daniel Ezra) and Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) try to secure as many commitments as possible before the end of National Signing Day to help their team. Asher (Cody Christian) tries to capitalize on the unfortunate opportunity by swaying some new recruits with an assist from an unlikely source. Olivia (Samantha Logan) is torn on how to publish her article while also protecting those she loves. Patience (Chelsea Tavares) is pushed outside her comfort zone while shooting a music video.
Dancing With the Stars
Disney+, 8pm Live
Season Finale!

Season 31 of the celebrity dance competition crowns its winner tonight.
NFL Football: San Francisco at Arizona
ESPN, 8pm Live

Deebo Samuel and the San Francisco 49ers go up against their NFC West rivals the Arizona Cardinals in this Week 11 Monday Night Football matchup.
The Voice: “Live Top 13 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live

The Top 13 artists perform songs that include special dedications in front of coaches Camila Cabello, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani for their chance at a spot in the Top 10.
NCIS: “Turkey Trot”
CBS, 9pm

NCIS swings into action after an unknown shooter causes chaos at an annual Thanksgiving run in the new episode “Turkey Trot.”
All American: Homecoming: “Free Your Mind”
The CW, 9pm

Still not getting the sisterhood bond she craves from the tennis team, Simone’s (Geffri Maya) interest in joining a sorority grows, but she runs into some roadblocks. Marcus (Cory Hardrict) tasks Damon (Peyton Alex Smith) and JR (Sylvester Powell) with hosting a potential top baseball recruit, but unexpected tension between the two messes up everything. Thea’s (Camille Hyde) desire to return to the court forces her to decide on the best course for her career.
NCIS: Hawai‘i: “Curtain Call”
CBS, 10pm

The NCIS team recruits a familiar face, Charlie-1 (returning guest star Linc Hand), to help lead them to a ruthless international killer in the new episode “Curtain Call.”
POV: “Midwives”
PBS, 10pm

This documentary chronicles two women who run a makeshift medical clinic in a region torn apart by violent ethnic divisions. Hla, the owner, is a Buddhist in western Myanmar, where the Rohingya, a Muslim minority, are persecuted and denied basic rights. Nyo Nyo, a Muslim, is an apprentice. Encouraged and challenged by Hla, Nyo Nyo is determined to become a steady healthcare provider for her people. The film won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Excellence In Verité Filmmaking at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.
Welcome to Chippendales
New Series!

This eight-episode true-crime saga tells the outrageous story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee (Kumail Nanjiani), an Indian immigrant who became the unlikely founder of Chippendales, the world’s greatest male-stripping empire, in the late 1970s/early ’80s — and let nothing stand in his way, even resorting to murder-for-hire. The cast also features Murray Bartlett, Juliette Lewis, Annaleigh Ashford and Quentin Plair. According to Nanjiani, who is also an executive producer, beyond the titillating criminal and sexual aspects of this story, and its period setting, “it really becomes about what it means to be successful in America and the kind of things that you have to do to be successful [here], particularly as someone who’s not American. How does America treat someone who doesn’t look like how a lot of the country thinks Americans should look, and what does it take to succeed in that kind of world? So … it’s really applicable today, too.” The first two episodes are available today; new episodes drop Tuesdays.
Our Universe
New Series!

Morgan Freeman narrates this six-part (all available today) natural history series from BBC Studios. Designed for viewers of all ages, it explores the connections that drive our natural world, and how life came to be on our fragile and resilient planet. From the birth of the sun to the birth of a sea turtle, the series uses groundbreaking animation to dramatize the spectacular forces that generated our solar system, while innovative camerawork and CGI technology offer up-close interactions with some of the most iconic and charismatic animals on Earth.
TCM Morning & Afternoon Movies: ’60s Romantic Comedies
TCM, beginning at 6:15am
Catch a Classic!

A nice mix of famous and maybe lesser-known romantic comedies from the 1960s are on tap to put a smile on your face this morning and afternoon on Turner Classic Movies, in this lineup that features: Honeymoon Hotel (1964), starring Robert Goulet and Nancy Kwan; Looking for Love (1964), led by Connie Francis; Sweet November (1968), with Sandy Dennis and Anthony Newley; I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968), starring Peter Sellers; Sunday in New York (1963), starring Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor and Cliff Robertson; and two classics directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine: the Best Picture Oscar-winning The Apartment (1960), which also won Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (with I.A.L. Diamond) for Wilder, and earned Lemmon and MacLaine lead acting nominations; and Irma la Douce (1963), which netted MacLaine another Best Actress nod.
The Waltons: “The Waiting”
MeTV, 12pm

This Thanksgiving-themed 1979 episode of The Waltons features the first appearance of Robert Wightman taking on the role of John-Boy Walton, and also marked the final appearance of Michael Learned as Olivia Walton in the original series. It concludes a two-part story and finds the Waltons finally learning that John-Boy has been found in a hospital in war-torn Europe. He is transferred to a Washington, D.C., hospital, and they go to visit him, with Olivia ultimately moving to the city and becoming a Red Cross caseworker.
FBI: “Into the Fire”
CBS, 8pm

The team fears that a terrorist group may be behind the theft of a truck containing enough ammonium nitrate to construct a massive bomb in the new episode “Into the Fire.”
The Winchesters: “Art of Dying”
The CW, 8pm

Mary (Meg Donnelly) gets a call from an old family friend who’s looking for some help, but when the team arrives, they learn that some crucial details were left out. While Latika (Nida Khurshid) struggles with being a Hunter and questions her future with it, John’s (Drake Rodger) eagerness and commitment to the Hunt worries Mary. Carlos (JoJo Fleites) finds himself in a situation he’s never experienced before and doesn’t know what to do with himself.
The Voice: “Live Top 13 Eliminations”
NBC, 8pm Live

The Top 9 artists from last night’s performances are revealed as safe by America’s votes, while the bottom four compete in the Instant Save. Coaches Camila Cabello and Blake Shelton each perform with their teams for the first time.
FBI: International: “A Proven Liar”
CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “A Proven Liar,” an American businessman is the prime suspect in the kidnapping of his bodyguard and girlfriend in Barcelona.
Professionals: “Hot Zone”
The CW, 9pm

Vincent (Tom Welling) and Peter (Brendan Fraser) make it to the Congo and arrive to find that Grace’s (Elena Anaya) good nature has put her in serious trouble. Vincent sets out to save her, leaving Peter behind to organize their home base. Kurt Neumann’s (Ken Duken) arrival further stirs the pot.
New Amsterdam: “Don’t Do This for Me”/”The Empty Spaces”
NBC, beginning at 9pm

Two new episodes premiere tonight, beginning at a special time. First, in “Don’t Do This for Me,” Reynolds finds himself caught between a chance for love and an opportunity to spend precious time with his father. Meanwhile, realizing the consequences of her actions, Bloom makes an unexpected move forward with her sister; Max helps an ICU intern struggling with the loss of a patient; and Wilder receives an offer that forces her to choose between her community and her career. Then, in “The Empty Spaces,” Reynolds (Jocko Sims) gets creative to help a prospective mother in need; Max (Ryan Eggold) takes a chance with Wilder (Sandra Mae Frank) and learns a hard truth; Bloom (Janet Montgomery) treats a young brother and sister in dire straits; and Iggy (Tyler Labine) reaches a decision about Martin (Mike Doyle). This latter episode is the fall finale for the series, which will return from hiatus on Jan. 3, then end its five-season run with a two-hour series finale on Jan. 17.
American Masters: “Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On”
PBS, 9pm

This new episode airing in honor of Native American Heritage Month profiles Cree musician, artist and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie, who, in a career spanning six decades, has used her platform to campaign for Indigenous and women’s rights, and inspired multiple generations. The film chronicles Sainte-Marie’s rise in New York’s Greenwich Village through her groundbreaking career, featuring never-before-seen archival material, new performance footage and interviews with Sainte-Marie, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and others.
Classic TV Thanksgiving Episodes
Antenna TV, beginning at 9:30pm

Tonight and continuing throughout most of the day tomorrow, Antenna TV will be airing Thanksgiving-themed episodes of classic TV series, beginning with Barney Miller and also featuring Becker, Alice, Archie Bunker’s Place, Bewitched, Father Knows Best, Hazel, That Girl, Too Close for Comfort and Family Ties.
The Rookie: Feds: “Standoff”
ABC, 10pm

After a father and daughter are kidnapped on Thanksgiving, the team discovers a hostage situation involving police deputies. When the gunmen offer an exchange for the hostages, Simone is sent undercover by Garza, and Lopez arrives to help rescue Wesley. Meanwhile, Laura and Brendon search for a nanny cam that could reveal the identity of the kidnapper.
FBI: Most Wanted: “Karma”
CBS, 10pm

The team’s Thanksgiving plans are put on hold when they are brought in to investigate a shooting at a Buddhist temple in the new episode “Karma.”
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Apple TV+ (streams free for everyone today through Nov. 27)

Although the beloved Peanuts holiday specials are now exclusively available on the Apple TV+ streaming service, they had been given one-time broadcasts on PBS the last few years. PBS has confirmed, however, that this year they do not have the rights to air these programs. Apple TV+ subscribers can view the specials all year long, but even if you don’t subscribe, you can watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving for free on the streamer beginning today through Sunday. A Charlie Brown Christmas will similarly be available next month.
Echo 3
Apple TV+
New Series!

This action thriller created by Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) is set in South America and follows Amber Chesborough (Jessica Ann Collins), a brilliant young scientist who is the emotional heart of a small American family. When Amber goes missing along the Colombia-Venezuela border, her brother, Bambi (Luke Evans), and her husband, Prince (Michiel Huisman) — two men with deep military experience and complicated pasts — struggle to find her. Filmed in Colombia with English and Spanish dialogue, the series presents a layered personal drama set against the explosive backdrop of a secret war. The first three episodes premiere today on a special day; subsequent new episodes will air Fridays beginning Dec. 2.
New Series!

Director/executive producer Tim Burton puts his own dark and quirky spin on the Addams Family, who are already well known for their dark quirkiness. Specifically, this series’ primary focus is on daughter Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) and her efforts to solve a supernatural mystery at her school. The cast also features Catherine Zeta-Jones as Wednesday’s mother, Morticia; Luis Guzmán as dad Gomez; and Isaac Ordonez as brother Pugsley.
The Swimmers
Feature Film Exclusive!

Based on a true story, this drama follows the journey from war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Two young sisters, Yusra and Sara Mardini (Nathalie Issa and Manal Issa), embark on a harrowing journey as refugees, putting both their hearts and their champion swimming skills to heroic use.
Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin
New Series!

Bumper Allen, Adam Devine’s character from the Pitch Perfect musical comedy feature films, takes center stage in this half-hour comedy. It picks up several years after Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and finds Bumper moving to Germany to revive his music career when one of his songs becomes big in Berlin. Flula Borg, Sarah Hyland, Lera Abova and Jameela Jamil also star. All six episodes are available today.
Good Night Oppy
Prime Video
Feature Film Exclusive!

This documentary that debuted at September’s Telluride Film Festival tells the inspirational story of Opportunity, the rover that was sent to Mars for a 90-day mission but ended up surviving for 15 years. The film follows Oppy’s groundbreaking journey and the remarkable bond forged between a robot and its humans millions of miles away.
The Waltons: “The Thanksgiving Story (Part 1)”
MeTV, 12pm

This is the first part of a special 1973 episode of The Waltons that originally aired as a two-hour installment (Part 2 airs tomorrow at this time on MeTV). Thanksgiving time on Walton’s Mountain means a turkey shoot, a school play about early settlers and the big meal. But there is also a rekindled love affair and a life-threatening incident.
NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live

ESPN’s NBA doubleheader has Luka Dončić’s Dallas Mavericks at Jayson Tatum’s Boston Celtics and the L.A. Clippers at Steph Curry’s Golden State Warriors.
NHL Hockey
TNT, beginning at 7:30pm Live

An NHL twin bill on TNT has the Philadelphia Flyers at the Washington Capitals and the Ottawa Senators at the Vegas Golden Knights.
The Every Episode Thanksgiving Marathon Soaptacular
Antenna TV, beginning at 8pm

Beginning tonight and continuing mostly until this Friday evening, Nov. 25 (with a break tonight and tomorrow night when episodes of Johnny Carson air in their usual slots), Antenna TV is airing all 93 episodes of the 1977-81 sitcom Soap in order. A parody of soap operas, and featuring the dysfunctional Tate and Campbell families, the series is led by Emmy winners Richard Mulligan, Robert Guillaume and Cathryn Damon, and Emmy nominee Katherine Helmond.
Countdown to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
NBC, 8pm

On the eve of the iconic Thanksgiving Day parade (airing tomorrow morning on NBC), viewers get a behind-the-scenes peek at the incredible stories behind the floats, balloons and bands on their journey to the streets of New York.
Tutankhamun: Allies and Enemies
PBS, 8pm

This two-hour documentary airing to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb will explore the life of the famed boy king, taking a closer look at his burial and sharing his story from his point of view. Produced and shot on location by an all-Egyptian crew, the film follows lead archaeologist Dr. Yasmin El Shazly and photographer Mahmoud Rashad as they seek answers to some of the historical inconsistencies surrounding King Tut, his family and his legacy.
Rooted: “The Last Stand”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm

Spend a year in central Chile and meet the host of creatures helping to keep the endangered monkey puzzle trees thriving. Witness the long-distance relationship between a male and female monkey puzzle tree up in the coastal mountains of Chile.
TCM Spotlight: Royal Treatments: Royalty Around the World
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Whether you’re a history buff, a film fan or both, prepare to travel the globe, immersing yourself in the lives, loves and legends of some of antiquity’s most iconic rulers. First up is the beloved, award-winning 1956 film adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Tony-winning Broadway musical The King and I. Yul Brynner — who also starred in the stage production — plays the dour but dashing King Mongkut of Siam, who brings spirited British widow Anna (Deborah Kerr) and her young son to his country to educate his wives and children, and realizes he may be the recipient of the most important lessons of all. Next up, Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor (1987) won all nine Oscars for which it was nominated. The sweeping epic follows the journey of child emperor Pu Yi from ruler to political prisoner to ordinary citizen, and is culled from Pu Yi’s own 1964 memoir. Then, Claudette Colbert wows as the glamorous title character in Cecil B. DeMille’s Cleopatra (1934). Though the film debuted just as the wildly restrictive Hays Code was ramping up, DeMille delighted in portraying his Egyptian queen in full sexual, political and intellectual power. Finally, Richard Burton plays the legendary Macedonian ruler in Robert Rossen’s historical epic Alexander the Great (1956), which won Rossen an Outstanding Directorial Achievement nomination from the Director’s Guild of America.
A “Saturday Night Live” Thanksgiving
NBC, 9pm

Enjoy two hours of the most memorable Thanksgiving-themed sketches from over Saturday Night Live’s long history.
First Love
New Series!

This Japanese series tells a cross-generational love story spanning more than 20 years inspired by two songs written and composed by J-pop sensation Hikaru Utada: “First Love” (1999) and “Hatsukoi” (2018). The tale starts in the late 1990s, when two teenagers fall in love for the first time. Two decades later, one is about to get engaged, while the other is divorced and with a teenage son who himself is falling in love for the first time.
The Noel Diary
Original Film!

Justin Hartley stars in this holiday romantic comedy/drama as Jacob Turner, a bestselling author who returns home at Christmas to settle his estranged mother’s estate. There, he discovers a diary that may hold secrets to his own past and that of Rachel (Barrett Doss) — a beautiful young woman on a mysterious journey of her own. Together, they embark on an adventure to confront their pasts and discover a future that’s totally unexpected.
Criminal Minds: Evolution
Paramount+; first episode also airs on CBS at 10pm
New Series!

The long-running drama Criminal Minds (2005-20) returns in this continuation and expansion of the franchise. In the 10-episode first season, the members of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit come up against their greatest threat yet: an unsub (unknown subject) who has used the pandemic to build a network of other serial killers. As this network goes operational, the team must hunt them down, one murder at a time. Original cast members reprising their roles include Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez and Paget Brewster. Zach Gilford joins as a recurring guest star in a season-long story arc. The first two episodes are available today, and new installments drop Thursdays through Dec. 15. After a hiatus, the series will return with new weekly episodes beginning Jan. 12.
Good Rivals
Prime Video
New Series!

This three-part docuseries explores one of the most unique and intense competitions in international sports: the rivalry between the Mexican and American men’s national soccer teams. All episodes are available today.
Thanksgiving Day Classics
MOVIES!, beginning at 6am
TCM, beginning at 6am
Catch a Classic!

If you’re looking for something to tune in to on today’s Thanksgiving holiday, but you’re not much into watching football or parades, MOVIES! and TCM are offering nice servings of classic movies that you can dip in and out of, in between your second or third helpings of turkey and pumpkin pie. Beginning early in the morning, MOVIES! presents several titles that are mostly comedies and/or musicals, with one notable classic holiday drama. The featured films are: Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), You Can’t Take It With You (1938), Auntie Mame (1958), Move Over, Darling (1963), My Favorite Wife (1940), A Christmas Carol (1951), How to Steal a Million (1966), The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947), It’s a Wonderful World (1939), Nothing Sacred (1937) and March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934). TCM’s day also starts bright and early, and is divided into two parts. The first 14 hours feature seven family classics: The Jungle Book (1942), The Secret Garden (1949), Little Women (1949), The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964), National Velvet (1944), Lassie Come Home (1943) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984). Starting in primetime, the network shifts to the concluding night of its monthlong Thursday salute to actor James Mason, with five of his memorable movies: Hitchcock’s fun spy thriller North by Northwest (1959), featuring the actor at his charmingly villainous best as he pursues Cary Grant across the country; A Star Is Born (1954), which earned Mason a Best Actor Oscar nomination alongside Best Actress nominee Judy Garland; Odd Man Out (1947), a film noir that was one of his last British films before he began working in Hollywood; The Prisoner of Zenda (1952); and Julius Caesar (1953), the Best Picture Oscar-nominated adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy/history play that also features Best Actor nominee Marlon Brando and John Gielgud.
The 96th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
NBC, 9am Live

The beloved event that kicks off the holiday season returns to the streets of New York City with more floats, giant character balloons, marching bands, musical stars, a visit from Santa Claus and more. Tied with Detroit’s as the country’s second-oldest Thanksgiving Day parade, the event has been held nearly continuously since 1924 (it was suspended between 1942-44 because of World War II), and this year marks NBC’s 70th airing of the parade as its official national broadcaster. Specifics of the event were not available at presstime.
The Waltons: “The Thanksgiving Story (Part 2)”
MeTV, 12pm

In the conclusion of a special 1973 episode of The Waltons, the gravity of John-Boy’s situation hits home when he must undergo a life-threatening operation.
The National Dog Show
NBC, 12pm

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s popular and long-running dog show returned Nov. 19, and it once again was taped for this two-hour Thanksgiving Day telecast on NBC, which has been broadcasting the event since 2002. John O’Hurley is back as host, with cohost Mary Carillo and expert commentary by David Frei, the “dean of dog show commentators.” Further specifics, including any new breeds added to this year’s competition, were not available at presstime.
NFL Football
CBS, FOX & NBC, beginning at 12:30pm Live

The NFL’s Thanksgiving tradition continues with the Buffalo Bills at the Detroit Lions (CBS), the N.Y. Giants at the Dallas Cowboys (FOX) and the primetime matchup of the New England Patriots at the Minnesota Vikings (NBC).
College Football: Mississippi State at Ole Miss
ESPN, 7pm Live

The Mississippi State Bulldogs and Ole Miss Rebels battle for the Golden Egg trophy in their college football rivalry game tonight at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford.
My Southern Family Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Hallmark Channel’s “Merry Thanksgiving Weekend” kicks off with this heartwarming tale of family and forgiveness. Grey’s Anatomy’s Jaicy Elliot stars as Campbell, who poses as a journalist to get to know her biological dad (Bruce Campbell, Ash vs Evil Dead) without him discovering who she really is. Will she reveal her true identity in time for Christmas, or keep her secret to herself? Also stars Ryan Rottman (90210), Moira Kelly (One Tree Hill) and Brian McNamara (Army Wives).
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

James Gunn, who wrote (or cowrote) and directed Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies, also wrote and directed this special based on the franchise. It finds the Guardians on a mission to make Christmas unforgettable for Quill (Chris Pratt), and heading to Earth in search of the perfect present. Also reprising their film roles are Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, and Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper as the respective voices of Groot and Rocket. Kevin Bacon and the Old 97’s guest-star.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Run-DMC’s Rev Run narrates this hip-hop reimagining of the Nutcracker ballet set in New York City, staged by world-class choreographers including Nappytabs, Jennifer Weber and more. Some of the most talented B-boys, poppers, lockers, bone-breakers and voguers will be featured alongside legendary dancers from the world of classical ballet, including Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Fantasy Football
Original Film!

Marsai Martin (who is also a producer), Omari Hardwick, Kelly Rowland and Rome Flynn star in this family sports comedy/fantasy. In the film, Callie (Martin) discovers she can magically control her father Bobby’s (Hardwick) performance on the football field as a running back for the Atlanta Falcons. When Callie plays as her dad in the Madden NFL 23 video game, Bobby is transformed from a fumble-plagued journeyman into a gridiron star.
College Football
ABC, BTN, CBS, FOX & FS1, beginning at 12pm Live

Black Friday college football action features Utah State at Boise State (CBS), Arizona State at Arizona (FS1), Arkansas at Missouri (CBS), Nebraska at Iowa (BTN), UCLA at California (FOX), Florida at Florida State (ABC) and Wyoming at Fresno State (FS1).
2022 FIFA World Cup: England vs. USA
FOX, 2pm Live

The USA takes on old rival England in this highly anticipated FIFA World Cup Group B match in Qatar.
NHL Thanksgiving Showdown
TNT, beginning at 5:30pm Live

The NHL’s Black Friday tradition continues with two games on TNT featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Philadelphia Flyers and the St. Louis Blues at the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Hallmark Channel, 6pm
Original Film!

Hallmark Channel’s “Merry Thanksgiving Weekend” continues with this story of Jen, a young woman who enlists her best pal, Max, and her baby nephew to pose as the perfect family on social media in order to win a contest. When her video is selected as a finalist, Jen must decide whether to continue the ruse or reveal the truth. Clare Bowen (Nashville) and Brant Daugherty (Pretty Little Liars) star.
Frosty the Snowman
CBS, 8pm

The classic animated musical special returns, narrated by Jimmy Durante. Jackie Vernon provides the voice of the “jolly, happy soul” whose old silk hat full of magic brings him to life. The special is followed by the 1992 sequel, Frosty Returns.
Christmas at the Drive-In
Great American Family, 8pm
Original Film!

A property lawyer (Danica McKellar) works to ensure that her town’s drive-in theater, a local institution, is not closed down at the holidays, and finds romance with the very person who is trying to sell the property (Neal Bledsoe).
A Royal Corgi Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

The late Queen Elizabeth’s famously favorite critter takes center stage in this tale of wayward Crown Prince Edmond, who hopes to cement his spot as future king with a special, slobbery Christmas gift for his mother, the queen. But when adorable but rambunctious corgi Mistletoe displays less than royal behavior, Edmond enlists pretty American canine behavior expert Cecily for help — and it may be not just the pup who is tamed. Jordan Renzo (Class) and Hunter King (The Young and the Restless) star.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
NBC, 8pm

In this original 1966 animated TV special based on Dr. Seuss’ classic story, Boris Karloff narrates and voices the title Grinch, who schemes to steal every material vestige of Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. But the Grinch ultimately discovers he can’t remove the spirit of Christmas from the Whos’ hearts.
Cinerama 70th Anniversary
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Tonight, Turner Classic Movies marks the 70th anniversary of Cinerama, the widescreen process that used three projectors to cast motion pictures onto a giant, deeply curved screen. Cinerama was among the novel techniques developed by the movie industry at the time to keep audiences coming to theaters in the face of increasing competition from television. Starting with its initial title, This Is Cinerama, which debuted Sept. 30, 1952, Cinerama’s first decade of usage produced travelogues and documentaries. Only two films with stories were produced using the original, three-strip Cinerama process, and both of those will be airing on TCM this evening. While even the best of modern TVs cannot replicate the full Cinerama experience, it is easy to see why these epic productions were chosen to be presented in that immersive manner. Up first is The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962), producer/codirector George Pal’s film that combines biography and fantasy to tell the story of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm (Laurence Harvey and Karlheinz Böhm) interspersed with fanciful presentations of some of the classic fairy tales the siblings collected. Following this is the TCM premiere of the 2021 documentary short Rescuing a Fantasy Classic, which details the daunting technical effort that went into restoring Brothers Grimm in its original Cinerama format. After that is the second and last story-based feature to have been produced in the three-strip Cinerama format, also from 1962 — How the West Was Won. Boasting three directors — Henry Hathaway, John Ford and George Marshall — and a large cast including John Wayne, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, Karl Malden, Spencer Tracy and more, this Best Picture Oscar-nominated film tells the story of America’s westward expansion through five stories set between 1839 and 1889.
Trolls Holiday in Harmony
NBC, 8:30pm

This half-hour animated special from 2021 is based on the hit Trolls feature-film franchise and includes four original songs. As the holidays near, Queen Poppy (voice of Anna Kendrick) plans the first annual Trolls Kingdom Secret Holiday Gift Swap. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when she and Branch (Justin Timberlake) draw each other’s name. Meanwhile, Tiny Diamond (Kenan Thompson) comes down with a bad case of writers block trying to think of a special holiday rap for his dad. The voice cast also includes Rachel Bloom, Ron Funches and Kunal Nayyar.
My Lottery Dream Home: “New Money, New York City!”
HGTV, 9pm

After winning a whopping $1,000 dollars a day for life, Texas-born Stephen generously bought his family a dream home in Houston with David Bromstad’s help, but that was just the beginning. Stephen promised he’d be back and this time he wants David to help buy his own home: a luxurious apartment in New York City. It’s house shopping like no other in some of the most exclusive real estate in the world. David finds the perfect gem fit for a lottery winner in the middle of bustling Manhattan — but not without a hefty price tag!
Great Performances: “Josh Groban’s Great Big Radio City Show”
PBS, 9pm

World-renowned baritone Josh Groban returns to New York City’s legendary Radio City Music Hall to perform songs from many musical genres alongside special guest stars including Cyndi Lauper, Denée Benton and New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck.
How Do They Do It?
Science Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!

The series returns for Season 16, again offering an insider’s look and interviews to show the engineering and scientific miracles behind the things that form the modern world.
Destination Fear
Travel Channel, 9pm; also streams on discovery+
Season Premiere!

The paranormal investigation series begins its fourth season with the first installment of a two-part investigation (concluding next Friday) into the massive and decaying Cresson Sanatorium in rural Pennsylvania. Here, the team of Dakota Laden, Chelsea Laden, Tanner Wiseman and Alex Schroeder face a trifecta of terror: If a ghostly mimic and child spirits aren’t enough to shake them up, Dakota has a dark and twisted experiment up his sleeve to amp up the fear at this foreboding facility.
We’re Here
HBO, 10pm
Season Premiere!

In Season 3 of the reality series, Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela continue their journey across small-town America, spreading love and connection through the art of drag.
A Very Merry Bugs Bunny Christmas
MeTV, 8am

MeTV celebrates the season with Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Daffy and more with the three original shorts featured in the 1979 television special Bugs Bunny’s Looney Christmas Tales, along with three extra holiday cartoons.
College Football: Michigan at Ohio State
FOX, 12pm Live

The Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes renew their old rivalry today at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Last year, the No. 5 Wolverines upset the No. 2 Buckeyes and snapped an eight-game losing streak in the series.
King Solomon’s Mines
TCM, 4:15pm
Catch a Classic!

Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger headline this 1950 old-school adventure classic based on H. Rider Haggard’s novel. The plot finds Elizabeth Curtis (Kerr) hiring thrill-seeking explorer Allan Quatermain (Granger) when her husband goes missing in Africa during a diamond expedition. Enticed by the hefty payday, Quatermain accepts the ill-fated assignment, and the pair embark on a grueling journey, despite the fact that no other expeditions have ever returned from the uncharted territory. Fighting off wild beasts and tribal natives, the two begin falling in love. Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, the film won two, for its cinematography and its editing.
A Tale of Two Christmases
Hallmark Channel, 6pm
Original Film!

Ever wish you could be two places at once for the holidays? Thanks to some Christmas magic, city dweller Emma gets that wish. In one, she stays in the city and celebrates with her new crush and his pals. In the other, she heads home for the warmth of a traditional Christmas with family and a longtime friend. Which option will gift her true happiness in life and in love? Kat Barrell (Wynonna Earp), Chandler Massey (Days of Our Lives) and Evan Roderick (Arrow) star.
Soul Train Music Awards 2022
BET/BET Her/Logo/MTV2/VH1, 8pm; preshow 7pm

Deon Cole hosts this installment of the annual celebration that recognizes the best in soul, R&B and hip-hop from both established industry legends and the next generation of promising artists. Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige lead the field with seven nominations each, followed by Ari Lennox with six, and Lizzo and Chris Brown with five nods each. Iconic 1980s funk band Morris Day & the Time will receive the Legend award, while R&B supergroup Xscape will receive the Lady of Soul honor. Announced performers include Lennox, J. Valentine, Chanté Moore, Muni Long, SiR, Tank, Coco Jones and Q.
Faith Heist: A Christmas Caper
Bounce, 8pm
Original Film!

In this sequel to the 2021 comedy Faith Heist, it’s Christmas Eve, and Pastor Benjamin (Jonathan Langdon) and his motley crew of congregants find themselves locked in the local mall just as a team of armed thieves break in to rob the place and steal all the money raised by the church for a Christmas charity. Unable to flee or signal for help, the pastor and his friends realize it’s up to them to battle the crooks and save the mall, all before Christmas morning.
I’m Glad It’s Christmas
Great American Family, 8pm
Original Film!

An aspiring Broadway singer (Jessica Lowndes) is convinced to participate in a small-scale production for her local Christmas celebration. Along the way, she finds hope and unexpected mentorship toward her dream career. But will her professional success come at the cost of her chance at love? Paul Greene and Gladys Knight also star.
Haul Out the Holly
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Hoping for a cozy family Christmas, Emily (Lacey Chabert, The Crossword Mysteries) heads home only to discover that her parents have also packed their bags for the holiday. Can her mom and dad’s Christmas-happy neighbors convince Emily to participate in the neighborhood’s festivities?
The 12 Days of Christmas Eve
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Brian Conway (Kelsey Grammer), a driven businessman, has long prioritized hard work and material success over his relationships, especially his relationship with his surgeon daughter, Michelle (Spencer Grammer), and his 8-year-old granddaughter. When Brian gets into a car accident on Christmas Eve and faces certain death, Santa gives him 12 chances to redo the day and find the true meaning of Christmas (and life).
Renovation Face-Off: “Best Creative Open Concepts”
HGTV, 9pm

Page Turner (Fix My Flip) and Jasmine Roth (Help! I Wrecked My House) go head-to-head in the ultimate competition for the best creative open concept. Page helps to reimagine the layout of a desert mountain farmhouse, while Jasmine rescues a couple from their numerous incomplete DIY projects.
Sunday, Nov. 20: Who Will Survive? ‘The Walking Dead’ Series Finale on AMC
Mindy thinks she’s met the man of her dreams after he writes a description of their encounter in a New York newspaper, leading to a surprising reveal in the all-new “Danny and Mindy” Season Finale episode of The Mindy Project airing Tonight, May 6 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  Check out the hilar scene below. Eye-banging; Love it! Mindy has long yearned for her happily ever after, and the season 2 finale of The Mindy Project is a send-off worthy of a Hollywood ending. Mindy pays homage to some of my favorite Meg Ryan rom-coms and answers all of your […]
By Ryan Berenz ESPN details its studio programming schedule for the World Cup, including a few technological elements in its production. From ESPN: 85 Hours of 2010 FIFA World Cup Studio Programming on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to present more than 85 hours of studio programming during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa beginning Thursday, June 10.  World Cup Live, the daily news, highlights and analysis program, and World Cup PrimeTime, the new nightly program featuring condensed versions of the day’s matches, will anchor the schedule.  ESPN is covering its seventh FIFA […]
Mulaney FOX Premieres: Oct. 5 Airs: Sundays at 9:30pm ET/PT Who’s In It? John Mulaney, Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith, Zack Pearlman, Elliott Gould ALSO SEE: Fall TV shows 2014: New comedy series premiere dates, times and previews What’s It All About? John (Mulaney) is an upstart comedian who for now must work his way up in the business by being a lackey for wealthy, impulsive game-show host Lou Cannon (Short). There’s also female friend Jane (Pedrad), black friend Motif (Smith), wisecracking bearded best friend Andre (Pearlman) and wacky neighbor Oscar (Gould). Short is wasted here, as Lou says […]

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