Thursday, Nov. 3: Netflix Presents a Comedy About the Last Blockbuster Video! – Channel Guide Magazine
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In this workplace comedy, Randall Park plays Timmy Yoon, an analog dreamer living in a 5G world. After learning that he is operating the last Blockbuster Video in America, Timmy and his staff, including his longtime crush, Eliza (Melissa Fumero), fight to stay relevant. The only way to succeed is to remind their community that they provide something big corporations can’t: human connection.
A Wesley Christmas
BET+ offers a slate of 10 new holiday films this season beginning today with this release, which finds adult siblings Chris, Todd and Cydney Wesley (Kevin Savage, Terayle Hill and Loren Lott) traveling to their childhood home in Washington, D.C., to celebrate Christmas with their entire family. With everyone — and their physical and emotional baggage — on hand, the gathering promises to be filled with drama and have life-changing impacts. Dorien Wilson and Jasmine Guy also star.
Marvel Studios Assembled: “The Making of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law”
Join cast members and creators of Marvel’s most recent live-action series as they explain how She-Hulk: Attorney at Law pulled off its tricky, fourth-wall-breaking tone.
The DC Comics series begins the first part of its fourth season with two episodes today. Having saved Gotham, the Titans hit the road to head back to San Francisco. But after a stop in Metropolis, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a supernatural cult with powers unlike anything they’ve faced before. New episodes are available Thursdays.
Season 2 of this British thriller again questions whether we can really believe what we see. Entrenched in the U.K.’s own “Correction” unit, DCI Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) finds herself in the middle of a new conspiracy — with a new target. But how can she solve this case when she can’t even trust her closest colleagues? Escalating from the CCTV thriller of the first season, this six-episode installment (all available today) features “invisible” assassins, the terrifying rise of deep-fake technology, the ever-growing tension between government and Big Tech, and corruption at the heart of the British media.
When a young woman is found in a shallow grave in a West London cemetery, veteran police officer DI Vincent Ruiz (Shaun Parkes) and his young partner, DS Riya Devi (Anjli Mohindra), are assigned to the investigation. As a successful author, clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin’s (Aidan Turner) opinion and expertise are much sought after, and when he meets Devi, he is only too willing to offer help with profiling the killer. But does Joe have a secret life? And has his work allowed him to develop a criminal mindset … or worse? All five episodes are available today.
The First 48
Season 23 of the docuseries, about the most crucial hours of any investigation, opens with Mobile, Alabama, homicide detectives searching for suspects after two murders occur hours apart in the same complex in 2020.
Station 19: “Pick Up the Pieces”
The Station 19 crew works against the clock to rescue a group of employees trapped inside of a malfunctioning battery recycling plant. Carina plans a special surprise in an attempt to reconnect with Maya; Travis gets caught in the crosshairs of dirty politics, and Jack turns up at clinic day only to be confronted with new details about his past.
The Bad Seed Returns
This Lifetime original movie debuted earlier this fall and sees Mckenna Grace (The Handmaid’s Tale) returning to her role as Emma Grossman, a psychopathic teenager who solves problems by any means necessary — including murder. This sequel to the 2018 film was written by Grace herself and her father during the quarantine and follows Emma as she now lives with her aunt (Michelle Morgan) and attempts to navigate the social norms of high school.
Law & Order: “Vicious Cycle”
When a fashion designer is killed on the night of his boutique opening, Cosgrove (Jeffrey Donovan) and Shaw (Mehcad Brooks) must track down a suspect with very little evidence and no witnesses. Meanwhile, Maroun (Odelya Halevi) is shocked to find her own name on the defense’s witness list.
Star of the Month: James Mason
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Each Thursday night in November, the distinctive classy appearance and smooth voice of English actor James Mason will be on display in multiple films as Turner Classic Movies honors him as its Star of the Month. The initial lineup, beginning tonight and continuing well into tomorrow morning, features titles drawn from Mason’s days as a top box office star in Britain during the 1940s, as well as some of his early work in Hollywood from the late ’40s and early ’50s. It starts with the British melodrama The Seventh Veil (1945), followed by The Desert Fox (1951), a biopic featuring Mason’s portrayal of World War II German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel; The Man in Grey (1943), the first in the series of period costume dramas from Britain’s Gainsborough Pictures that helped make Mason popular across the pond; East Side, West Side, one of four films the star made in 1949, his first year working in Hollywood, a crime drama costarring Barbara Stanwyck and Ava Gardner in an early role; Madame Bovary, another of Mason’s 1949 Hollywood films, this one an adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel, with the actor portraying the author; The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937), one of Mason’s earlier British movies; The Wicked Lady (1945), another Gainsborough melodrama; and Hotel Reserve (1944), a British spy film.
Rehab Addict Lake House Rescue
Nicole Curtis, the home renovation star best known for her hands-on restoration of crumbling old houses in Rehab Addict and Rehab Addict Rescue, returns to her Lake Orion, Michigan, hometown to finish the massive renovation of a historic waterfront cottage. Nicole revisits the charming 1904 property that she loved at first sight and saved from impending demolition. Now seven years later, she will complete the project — the most difficult, expensive and complicated of her career — to create a stunning lakeside retreat for her family.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Controlled Burn”
Rollins (Kelli Giddish) investigates an assault by a masked man at an underground party, and Benson (Mariska Hargitay) uncovers a suspect who may be valuable as a witness.
Hip Hop Homicides
WE tv, 9pm
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is an executive producer of this investigative true-crime docuseries hosted by Van Lathan that examines the staggering number of murders in the hip-hop community, with the hope of providing loved ones and fans with the closure they seek. The premiere episode looks at the case of Pop Smoke (Bashar Barakah Jackson), who was gunned down in the Hollywood Hills. His murder was first labeled a “robbery gone wrong,” but was it actually a targeted hit?
Mountain Men: Ultimate Marksman
Hosted by trained welder, outdoor enthusiast and three-time Survivor contestant Colby Donaldson and world champion shooter Mark Romano, this eight-part series tests some of the world’s top marksmen and markswomen by using centuries-old historical weapons like primitive knives, bows and firearms. Competitors will navigate several distance, precision and obstacle challenges, each designed and based off of the history of the American frontier. It’s a showdown that will put their weapons knowledge, accuracy skills and unique techniques to the ultimate test as they vie to earn the title of Ultimate Marksman and win $10,000.
Alaska Daily: “I Have No Idea What You’re Talking About, Eileen”
Reporter Eileen Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) ignores a directive to steer clear when someone she knows from her New York City days comes to Alaska. Meanwhile, Eileen and Roz gain a new lead on Gloria’s case.
CSI: Vegas: “There’s the Rub”
Max (Paula Newsome) leads her team to investigate the death of a prestigious chef found hanging in his restaurant’s walk-in freezer in the new episode “There’s the Rub.”
True Crime Story: Indefensible: “The Casey Anthony Episode”
Sharp-witted comedian Jena Friedman examines the acquittal of Casey Anthony in the 2008 death of her toddler, Caylee, and uncovers a fascinating case of “he said, he said.” A trial consultant says CBS funded his mock jury in exchange for being able to air the footage on 48 Hours. One of Anthony’s defense attorneys denies knowing him or that the focus group sparked her accidental drowning defense.
Race for the Championship
USA Network, 10pm
The high-speed fight is on to decide the final four drivers eligible to be crowned NASCAR Cup Series champ. As the reality series concludes, expect the off-track head games to only get more intense.
Starring and produced by Jennifer Lawrence, this drama offers an intimate portrait of a soldier (Lawrence) struggling to adjust to her life after returning home to New Orleans. Brian Tyree Henry costars.
The Mosquito Coast
In Season 2 of this drama based on Paul Theroux’s novel, after barely escaping Mexico with their lives, the Foxes venture deep into the Guatemalan jungle to meet up with an old friend and her community of refugees. This new refuge creates trouble for the family, though, when they become entangled in a conflict between a local drug lord and his family. At odds about whether to settle down or keep moving, Allie (Justin Theroux) and Margot (Melissa George) pursue different paths to secure their family’s future, the outcome of which will either unite the family or tear it apart forever. New episodes of the 10-episode season drop Fridays.
Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me
After years in the limelight, actress/singer Selena Gomez achieved unimaginable stardom, but just as she reached a new peak, an unexpected turn pulled her into darkness. This uniquely raw and intimate documentary spans Gomez’s six-year journey into a new light.
This mixed-media puppet/2D animation preschool series from The Jim Henson Company also features original music from Emmy-nominated singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, who is the executive music producer. Based on the leading children’s emotional learning brand Slumberkins, the series brings to life the characters from the books — Bigfoot, Unicorn, Sloth, Yak and Fox — while empowering children’s emotional wellness through supportive storytelling.
Director by Night
Acclaimed film composer Michael Giacchino made his directorial debut with October’s stand-alone Disney+ Marvel special Werewolf by Night. This program explores Giacchino’s vision, style and approach to bringing the chilling story to life, and offers an insider’s look at the making of Werewolf.
Marvel Studios Legends: “King T’Challa”/“Princess Shuri”/“The Dora Milaje”
Ahead of next Friday’s theatrical release of the Marvel film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, three new installments of Marvel Studios Legends releasing today on Disney+ will get you up to speed on notable characters from the Black Panther universe.
Enola Holmes 2
Millie Bobby Brown returns as Enola Holmes, younger sister of famed detective Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill, also reprising his role). Enola is now a detective-for-hire like her sibling, and when she takes on her first official case, finding a missing girl, the sparks of a dangerous conspiracy ignite a mystery that requires the help of friends — and Sherlock himself — to unravel. David Thewlis and Helena Bonham Carter (also reprising her role from the original) costar.
Following its cancellation by NBC after three seasons last year, this supernatural drama was picked up by Netflix for a 20-episode fourth and final season, which drops its first 10 episodes this month. Two years after Grace’s murder turned their lives upside down, the Stone family is in shambles as a devastated Ben (Josh Dallas) continues to mourn his wife and search for his kidnapped daughter, Eden. He has stepped down from his role as co-captain of the lifeboat, leaving Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) to captain it alone, as the Death Date draws closer.
Buying Beverly Hills
This new real estate “occu-soap” follows agents and clients at a high-end Beverly Hills agency.
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Bethan Roberts’ novel is adapted into this romantic drama set in 1950s Britain. It follows Tom (Harry Styles), a gay policeman, who marries schoolteacher Marion (Emma Corrin) while also being in a relationship with museum curator Patrick (David Dawson). The secret they share threatens to ruin them all. Gina McKee, Linus Roache and Rupert Everett also star.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
The Roku Channel
Daniel Radcliffe stars as singer-songwriter “Weird Al” Yankovic, famed for his song parodies, in this very loose biographical film that itself is a parody of traditional musical biopics and their tropes, as it intentionally exaggerates or outright fabricates key moments from Yankovic’s life for comedic effect. Coproduced by Funny or Die, the film began in 2010 as a fake trailer on their website, ultimately becoming this comedy feature that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and was cowritten and coproduced by Yankovic. Other notable cast members include Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna, Rainn Wilson as Dr. Demento, Quinta Brunson as Oprah Winfrey, Conan O’Brien as Andy Warhol and Jack Black as Wolfman Jack.
Unperfect Christmas Wish
UPtv’s seasonal celebration of holiday programming kicks off today, continuing through Christmas Day and featuring more than 600 hours of holiday cheer, including 17 premiere movies, beginning tonight with Unperfect Christmas Wish. In the film, Madison O’Hara (Alys Crocker) performs as a singing elf for Christmas parties with her best friend, Cooper (David Pinard), but her real dream is to be a singer-songwriter and to find the perfect man.
A Magical Christmas Village
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Days of Our Lives vet Alison Sweeney stars as Summer, a single mom whose life is upended when her own mother, Vivian (Marlo Thomas), moves in during the holidays. When Vivian sets up a vintage Christmas village made to look just like their town, Summer’s daughter Chloe is enchanted — especially when her grandmother tells the young girl that the decoration grants wishes. Is it the magic of the season or the magic of love and family when real life begins to imitate the scenes Chloe creates with the miniature town? Also stars Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters).
Secrets in the Family
Ana (Maia Alvina) is a nurse struggling to pay for school who takes a job caring for Joan (Ann MacDonald), a woman with dementia. When Joan tells Ana she thinks someone is trying to kill her, Ana dismisses her claim as paranoia. As strange things begin to happen and lead to Joan’s sudden death, all signs point to Ana as making one too many careless mistakes.
Lopez vs. Lopez
Comedian/actor George Lopez returns to star in his first sitcom in five years, in which he plays a fictional version of “George Lopez” alongside his real-life daughter, Mayan Lopez, as George’s adult daughter, “Mayan Lopez.” George has been estranged from Mayan until recently, and is now homeless after squandering all of his money on gambling, women and booze. But he is trying his best to reconnect with his daughter and her family — even if he isn’t honest at first about his situation, and ends up staying with them under the guise of remodeling their home.
The Lincoln Project
The docuseries following a veteran group of former Republican operatives and strategists as they take on the task of “saving democracy” and defeating their own party’s sitting president finishes its first season.
Adventures in Egypt
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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He’s arguably history’s most famous pharaoh, made a king at age 9, dead 10 years later and buried in a solid gold coffin in 1324 B.C., surrounded by priceless riches. And though most royal tombs were discovered and stripped of their treasures, the whereabouts of King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber remained a mystery until Egyptologist Howard Carter and his team stumbled upon it on Nov. 4, 1922. Since then, “King Tut” and decades of explorers’ Egyptian adventures have been the stuff of legend — and plenty of attention from Hollywood. TCM celebrates the centennial of Carter’s monumental discovery with five cinematic offerings set among the myths, mysteries and monuments of the African locale. Up first is the Robert Taylor-Eleanor Parker starrer Valley of the Kings (1954), which filmed in Egypt and follows the danger-filled adventures of archaeologist Mark Brandon (Taylor), who teams up with brave and beautiful Ann Mercedes (Parker) to fulfill her father’s mission to find Pharaoh Rahotep’s tomb. Next, the MGM short film Ancient Egypt (1938) — part of documentary filmmaker James FitzPatrick’s “Traveltalks” series — sweeps across the Valley of the Kings to Tut’s tomb, the ancient city of Thebes and other historical sites, revealing their significance to modern times. Then, no name is more synonymous with horror than Boris Karloff, and his turn as the lovelorn title character in The Mummy (1932) keeps the film a creepy classic nearly a century later. Next up, come to Howard Hawks’ Land of the Pharaohs (1955) for Joan Collins as nubile Princess Nellifer and stay for the William Faulkner-penned epic tale centered on how ancient King Khufu’s obsession with his death led to the creation of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Then wrap up your Egyptian adventures with another of FitzPatrick’s travelogues, Cairo: City of Contrast (1938).
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s semiautobiographical sitcom returns for its third season and moves to a new night as part of NBC’s Friday evening comedy block, with new comedy Lopez vs. Lopez as its lead-in.
Fire Country: “Get Some, Be Safe”
A vegetation fire gets complicated for the crew when a panicked horse refuses to evacuate a burning barn in the new episode “Get Some, Be Safe.”
Great Performances: “NY Phil Reopening of David Geffen Hall”
The New York Philharmonic celebrates the reopening of its fully renovated home at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall with a triumphant performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, conducted by the Phil’s music director, Jaap van Zweden. The opening of the state-of-the-art facility reaffirms the essential role of New York City’s cultural life, as well as marks a historic comeback following the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Turner Classic Movies launches its new Musical Matinee franchise today. Each Saturday at this time, TCM host Dave Karger will introduce a beloved movie musical. “I have a song in my head from the moment I wake up until I go to bed at night,” Karger says. “Movies and music are my two passions, and they have always been intertwined to me. If we can give everyone a dose of music to start off their weekend, that’s a good thing!” Kicking off Musical Matinee today is An American in Paris (1951), the Best Picture Oscar winner starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.
2022 MLS Cup: Los Angeles vs. Philadelphia
FOX, 4pm Live
A first-time MLS Cup champion will be crowned when Los Angeles FC host the Philadelphia Union in the final. The clubs each finished the regular season atop their respective conferences with 67 points, and played to a draw in their lone 2022 meeting.
Christmas in the Pines
UPtv’s Merry Movie Christmas Weekend continues with this premiere film in which an up-and-coming magazine writer and a successful architect battle over ownership of an idyllic Christmas cottage. But they soon discover that their cozy holiday getaway may not be the only thing they love. Stars Jillian Murray and Dean Geyer.
College Football: Clemson at Notre Dame
NBC, 7:30pm Live
Two legendary college football programs square off at Notre Dame Stadium as the Clemson Tigers visit the Fighting Irish in primetime on NBC.
A Royal Christmas on Ice
Great American Family, 8pm
Looking to escape his royal life, a dashing prince (Jonathan Stoddard) comes to the United States to start a business in a small town in upstate New York and winds up falling for a former Olympic ice skater (Anna Marie Dobbins).
Lights, Camera, Christmas!
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
When local boutique owner Kerry (Kimberley Sustad) subs in as costume designer for a holiday movie shooting in her town, she doesn’t just open her mind to a new a career — she opens her heart to the film’s A-list leading man (Fuller House’s John Brotherton).
Jodie Sweetin stars in this heartwarming holiday movie as Alex, a Chicago architect who travels to Switzerland to spend the holidays with family and friends at her mother’s new inn. While there, Alex gets introduced to Swiss Christmas customs, learns to let go of old grudges and meets a handsome single dad (Tim Rozon).
Help! I Wrecked My House: “Empty Nesters Woes”
Once Cori and Paul’s nest became empty, their feathers ruffled when they saw how the past 27 years weathered their house. Their four boys may have flown the coop, but the place is busier than ever when they bring their spouses and grandchildren home to visit. Jasmine Roth will take their sizable $110,000 budget and use it to fix years of wear and tear, updating their mid-century modern classic with a timeless, Spanish/Moroccan flare.
Toxic Love: The Gabby Petito Tragedy
The newest installment in HLN Investigates, a series of investigative specials on the most topical events in true crime, will examine a heartrending case that has captured the nation’s attention for the last year. 22-year-old Gabby Petito vanished after taking a cross country road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. When he returned home to Florida without her, red flags and accusations began to fly. Her disappearance quickly went viral on social media, capturing the attention of the internet and ultimately leading to the discovery of her body thousands of miles away in the Wyoming wilderness. Did their toxic relationship lead to her violent death? Police reveal details behind that now famous traffic stop, and HLN producers trek through miles of national forest uncovering answers about Gabby’s final days.
A Maple Valley Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 10pm
Andrew Walker alert! In his first of two holiday movies this year, he’s in a battle for farmland.
The French Connection
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Five Oscars, including Best Picture, went to Best Director Oscar winner William Friedkin’s highly acclaimed and realistic 1971 crime drama, which is based on the true story of New York City narcotics detective Eddie Egan, dramatized here as Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (portrayed by Best Actor Oscar winner Gene Hackman). The adapted screenplay by Ernest Tidyman, which also won an Oscar, sparkles under Friedkin’s direction as it follows Doyle and fellow detective Buddy “Cloudy” Russo (Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Roy Scheider) as they use sharp instincts and unconventional methods to thwart the international suppliers of New York’s heroin trade. The film’s cinematography and sound were also nominated for Oscars, and their excellence is particularly on display during the movie’s legendary car chase, often cited as one of the greatest ever filmed, with Doyle commandeering a civilian’s car for a frantic pursuit of an elevated train on which a hitman is trying to escape and creative camerawork enhancing the thrills and sensation of speeding through the streets of a densely crowded big-city borough.
Saturday Night Live: “Amy Schumer/Steve Lacy”
NBC, 11:30pm Live; also livestreams on Peacock
Comedian Amy Schumer hosts SNL tonight with musical guest Steve Lacy.
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Greer Garson gives a Best Actress Oscar-winning performance as Kay Miniver — an epitome of British resolve on England’s home front during the dark early days of World War II, whether she is comforting children in a bomb shelter or capturing an enemy parachutist — in this classic 1942 drama that confronts the terror of war while also striking a patriotic chord that surely lifted the spirits of audiences at the time of its premiere, and can still inspire today. The film won five other Oscars out of its 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Teresa Wright and Best Director for William Wyler.
NASCAR Cup Series Championship
NBC, 3pm Live
The four drivers eligible for the Cup Series season championship — Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Ross Chastain and Christopher Bell — duel at Phoenix Raceway, with the best finisher among them claiming the title.
A Christmas Masquerade
Rounding out UPtv’s initial weekend of holiday films is this romantic story. When Julieanne (Erin Agostino) is mistaken for her glamorous boss by a notoriously aloof businessman (David Lafontaine) at a masquerade ball, she continues the ruse over Christmas. Will she be able to find real love in the makeshift fairy tale world they’ve created?
All jokes are put aside when comedians Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) and Joel Kim Booster (Fire Island) are put to the ultimate test in the quarterfinal round six.
Family Law: “Baby Off Board”
The CW, 8pm
The lawyers are bewildered when a young couple begs them to reverse an adoption in the new episode “Baby Off Board.”
Love at the Christmas Contest
Great American Family, 8pm
For as long as she can remember, Angie’s (Samantha Cope) favorite part of Christmas has been the Christmas Eve tree lighting in the town square. But this Christmas, her first without her mom, Angie doesn’t feel much like celebrating … until she learns her mom had always dreamed of winning the annual tree-decorating contest and seeing her tree lit up in the town square. Angie realizes winning the contest and decorating the town’s tree is the perfect way to honor her mom.
All Saints Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Grammy-winning R&B powerhouse Ledisi stars as Lisette, a famous singer about to head home for the holidays. There’s just one problem: The media mistakes a picture of Lisette with her producer ex (Roger Cross, Coroner) for an engagement photo, giving everyone, including her family, the wrong — or could it be right? — idea.
Well Suited for Christmas
Fashion designer Rachel Rocca lands a spot in a design competition to create a tuxedo for one of the city’s most eligible bachelors, Brett Stone, for a Christmas charity gala. As Rachel begins to unthread his well-spun public image, she discovers the true reason behind his Christmas charity, and they find themselves falling in love. Stars Mercedes de la Zerda, Franco Lo Presti, Xavier Sotelo and Stephanie Herrera.
Lost Treasures of Egypt
Nat Geo, beginning at 8pm
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, and in commemoration, Nat Geo airs three back-to-back, hourlong specials that explore various aspects of ancient Egypt. The first hour investigates the suspicious death of King Tut; hour two reveals how the Nile River transformed ancient Egypt; and in the closing hour, archaeologists unearth new evidence about Ramses the Great.
Miss Scarlet and the Duke: “Angel of Inferno”
Eliza (Kate Phillips) is hired to solve a case of blackmail in the shady world of Victorian medicine and finds herself with a new rival: Patrick Nash (Felix Scott), the owner of a large private detective agency. Nash wants Eliza to join his company — or he will crush her business.
This series, a prequel to the famous 18th century novel, focuses on the origin story of the Marquise de Merteuil (Alice Englert) and the Vicomte de Valmont (Nicholas Denton), who meet as passionate young lovers in Paris on the eve of the revolution. Starz has already ordered a second season.
NFL Football: Tennessee at Kansas City
NBC, 8:15pm Live
AFC contenders clash in Kansas City as Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs take on Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans.
FBI: “Double Bind”
Airing on a special night, the new episode “Double Bind” sees the team working to rescue a 5-year-old kidnapping victim whose mother may be withholding information about why the boy was targeted.
Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
Pop-culture legends Pat Sajak and Vanna White welcome celebrities to spin the world’s most famous Wheel and solve puzzles for a chance to win more than $1 million. All of the money won by the celebrity contestants will go to a charity of their choice. Tonight’s celebrity contestants include Jaime Camil (playing for Girls Who Code), Michael Rapaport (playing for Toys for Tots) and June Diane Raphael (playing for Oceana).
Fingers crossed the reality soap about Miami’s upscale Indian Americans filmed the three-day January wedding of underwear mogul Vishal Parvani and Richa Sadana!
Coroner: “Young Legend”
The CW, 9pm
In the new episode “Young Legend,” Donovan and Malik find themselves at the mercy of a gifted teenager in the death of a rising basketball star.
Magpie Murders: “Episode 4”
The puzzle pieces of Alan’s (Conleth Hill) death get more and more jumbled. At the same time, the plot of his new book and the lives of his acquaintances start to converge.
This four-episode documentary series is about enigmatic, legendary music producer Phil Spector and what happened on the fateful night of Feb. 3, 2003, when actress Lana Clarkson was shot dead in his mansion.
Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premiere League
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm
In the premiere episode, discover the origin story of the Premier League and the mission to save England’s national sport … and get rich doing it. See how the world’s most watched soccer league came into existence as we revisit its inaugural season in 1992.
East New York: “Court on the Street”
Captain Yenko (Richard Kind) and Detective Killian (Kevin Rankin) work a case together, and a video of Chief Suarez (Jimmy Smits) goes viral.
The Rookie: “Crossfire”
Officer John Nolan and Celina witness a shooting, realize the victim was already dead and investigate further. Back at home, Bailey has been feeling off-center ever since the proposal, leaving Nolan to wonder what he can do to make her feel more comfortable. Elsewhere, Lopez and Harper enlist Lucy’s help to investigate the gang-related murder of a local shopkeeper.
BBC America, 10pm; also streams on AMC+
This gritty musical drama from actor, writer and singer-songwriter Nicôle Lecky follows Sasha Clayton (Lecky), who dreams of becoming a pop star but gets sidetracked by the exciting world of making money and becoming “famous” on social media. Sasha soon finds herself struggling to escape this new influencer world that is more complex and darker than she could have imagined. New episodes debut Sundays on BBC America, with new episodes available a week earlier on AMC+.
Annika: “Episode 4”
An author who has ruined lives has her own ruined — permanently. Meanwhile, Blair (Katie Leung) finds a friend for Morgan (Silvie Furneaux), and Annika (Nicola Walker) and Jake (Paul McGann) go to a museum exhibit.
NCIS: Los Angeles: “Flesh & Blood”
In the new episode “Flesh & Blood,” NCIS is called to investigate when a woman is seen fleeing the scene of her husband’s murder.
My Life Is Murder
Season 3 of this lighthearted whodunit concludes with two episodes dropping today. In “Staying Mum,” when Alexa (Lucy Lawless) looks into the death of a popular male nanny, she learns that pushy parents can be more terrifying than many killers. Then, in “Rising Angel,” the case of a young model’s death backstage at a fashion show sees Alexa facing off with a former supermodel as she investigates some absolutely killer clothes.
Judge Judy Sheindlin is back behind the bench to preside over and adjudicate a second season of real-life high-stakes claims. Joining her again are bailiff Kevin Rasco, court stenographer Whitney Kumar and law clerk Sarah Rose, who is Sheindlin’s granddaughter. Four episodes are available today; a new episode will then be released each weekday until Dec. 16, with a new batch of episodes coming in 2023.
All American: “Turn Down for What”
The CW, 8pm
With Grace and Carter’s wedding right around the corner, antics ensue.
NFL Football: Baltimore at New Orleans
ESPN, 8pm Live
Lamar Jackson leads the Baltimore Ravens against the Saints in New Orleans for this Week 9 Monday Night Football game.
Holiday Baking Championship
Food Network, 8pm
’Tis the season for sweets, and host Jesse Palmer puts a dozen bakers to the test as they vie for $25K and a feature in Food Network Magazine. After the two-hour kickoff: HBC’s spicy Gingerbread Showdown spinoff.
The team races to rescue a fading movie star who is plagued by a series of near-death experiences in the new episode “Cursed.”
“Movember Mondays” Starts
HDNet Movies, beginning at 8pm
HDNet Movies again joins with Movember, the annual initiative to help raise men’s awareness of improving their physical and mental well-being, which has become most recognized for the moustaches grown by male participants during November to draw attention to the campaign. In addition to Movember-themed content and PSAs, HDNet Movies will present a weekly Monday night block of films featuring actors and characters with legendary ’staches and other facial hair, starting tonight with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider (1969); Burt Reynolds in Fuzz (1972); and Charles Bronson in Breakheart Pass (1975).
The Voice: “The Knockouts, Part 3”
The all-new three-way Knockouts conclude as the coaches group three of their artists to perform individually against each other, then select a winner to move on to the live playoffs. The pressure is on as each coach will only have one steal in the Knockouts.
Opening Title Sequences — Part 1
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Tonight and next Monday evening, Turner Classic Movies presents lineups of films that have established themselves as classics from the very moment they begin — with memorable and often innovative opening title sequences that use music, graphics, unique camerawork or some combination of all three to establish the movie’s mood from the get-go, whether it be a comedy, drama, horror flick or action film. Up first is the ad-industry satire Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957), which places its title credits over fake TV commercials that failed to deliver on what they promised. Next, the Steve McQueen/Faye Dunaway-led 1968 heist film The Thomas Crown Affair begins with influential film title designer Pablo Ferro’s famed multi-dynamic image montage set to Michel Legrand’s Oscar-winning song “The Windmills of Your Mind.” The Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn 1963 romantic comedy/mystery Charade is next, and it kicks off with animated titles by Maurice Binder, who would also become known for his James Bond title sequences. Another animated title sequence from a legendary designer opens the next film: Saul Bass’ intro to the Frank Sinatra-led drama The Man With the Golden Arm (1955). Rounding out the lineup early tomorrow morning are the action classic Shaft (1971), which opens with Isaac Hayes’ Oscar-winning theme song; Kiss Me Deadly (1955), a film noir that is unique in many ways, including its backward title sequence; and The Thing From Another World (1951), the sci-fi/horror classic whose opening credits — featuring the letters of its title slowly burning through the background and accompanied by Dimitri Tiomkin’s ominous score — not only established its own story’s eerie ambiance very well, but also added to the terror in John Carpenter’s Halloween nearly 30 years later when the sequence was featured in a scene.
All American: Homecoming: “We Shall Not Be Moved”
The CW, 9pm
Damon comes to a decision about his birth parents, which helps him make a surprising revelation.
The Cleaning Lady: “Truth or Consequences”
While Thony (Elodie Young), her partner in crime Arman (Adan Canto) and FBI agent Garrett (Oliver Hudson) unite to take down villain Kamdar (Naveen Andrews), Detective Flores (Diane Villegas) IDs a suspect in the death of Thony’s husband.
The Culpo Sisters
As this stylish Los Angeles-based reality show opens, former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo and her two influencer sisters, Aurora and Sophia, plan a surprise for their parents.
Quantum Leap: “Stand by Ben”
Ben (Raymond Lee) leaps into the body of a 16-year-old boy and finds himself among a group of outcast teens on the run. He relies on determination to try and guide himself and Addison (Caitlin Bassett) to safety, all leading to a shocking revelation as a significant piece of his memory returns.
Independent Lens: “Move Me”
At age 27, Kelsey Peterson dove into Lake Superior as a dancer and emerged paralyzed. But within the spinal cord injury community, she found allies in her quest to discover who she is now, and how to dance with a disability. When a cutting-edge trial surfaces, it tests her expectations of a possible cure. She finds herself both scared that it might not work, and scared that it might.
Midterm Elections 2022
Most broadcast networks and cable news services will have coverage and analysis of the 2022 midterm elections to various degrees, most likely in primetime as results come in, but some also beginning coverage earlier in the day.
TNT, beginning at 7:30pm Live
TNT’s NHL doubleheader has the Edmonton Oilers at the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators at the Seattle Kraken.
The Resident: “The Chimera”
When a prison doctor believes a death row inmate is lying about his symptoms, Conrad and Raptor (Matt Czuchry and Malcolm-Jamal Warner) are called in to examine him in the new episode “The Chimera.”
Life Below Zero
Nat Geo, 8pm
In “Forbidden Lands,” as spring weather begins to arrive, secluded Alaskans must venture into their ever-changing landscapes for survival necessities. Ricko DeWilde sets out for a critical hunt on once-forbidden land; Andy and Denise train a new lead sled dog and explore the frozen canyons around them; Sue Aikens goes on a wild goose chase on the tundra; and Chip Hailstone embarks on a final winter hunt for elusive prey.
TCM Birthday Tribute: Dorothy Dandridge
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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The daughter of an entertainer mother, Dorothy Jean Dandridge began singing as a small child, performing with her sister and eventually landing gigs at popular spots such as the Cotton Club, the Apollo Theater and the London Palladium. Soon enough, Hollywood came calling for the beautiful young chanteuse, and though her staunch refusal to be typecast slowed her film career, she continued to appear on the big screen, often as a performer, until pithier (and sometimes scandalous for their time) roles came her way. In 1955, Dandridge became the first Black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for her spellbinding turn as the lead character in Otto Preminger’s adaptation of Oscar Hammerstein’s Carmen Jones (1954). Though personal and professional turmoil would lead to her premature death at age 42 in 1965, Dandridge’s legacy lives on, and tonight TCM celebrates what would have been her 100th birthday with a six-film retrospective beginning with that Oscar-noticed role. Up next, Bright Road (1953), culled from a Ladies Home Journal true story, features Dandridge as devoted teacher Jane Richards, who refuses to give up on a troubled boy. Dandridge’s Carmen Jones costar Harry Belafonte also stars. Based on the Alec Waugh novel and filmed on location in the British West Indies, Island in the Sun (1957) again unites Dandridge and Belafonte in the bold tale of race relations, politics and matters of the heart on a fictional Caribbean island. James Mason, Joan Fontaine and Joan Collins also appear. In the controversial Tamango (1958), Dandridge plays an African slave torn between the chance for freedom and her loyalty to fellow slaves captured by her secret lover, Dutch sea captain John Reiker. Dandridge and Mason reunite in The Decks Ran Red (1958), which places a gutsy Dandridge among a mostly male cast in the tale of murder and mutiny on the high seas. Finally, Dandridge plays an African queen who must count on Lex Barker’s legendary jungle warrior to protect her people from gunrunners and a rival tribe in Tarzan’s Peril (1951). The film was praised for its convincing integration of footage shot in Kenya and America.
Beat Bobby Flay: Holiday Throwdown
Food Network, 9pm
This three-round Thanksgiving-themed battle tweaks the Beat Bobby Flay format by bringing back eliminated chefs for a two-against-two cookoff. Yup, Flay gets an assist!
Monarch: “The Crown”
Luke (Joshua Sasse) is concerned Jamie (guest star Damon Dayoub) is getting too close to the Roman family in the new episode “The Crown.”
Say Hey, Willie Mays!
Nelson George directed this documentary film exploring the life, career and legacy of Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays. It includes interviews with baseball greats, journalists, broadcasters and Mays’ family.
Save Our Squad With David Beckham
Soccer superstar David Beckham returns to his East London roots to mentor Westward Boys, a young, grassroots soccer team who are at the bottom of their league and facing relegation. This isn’t just any league; it’s the same league in which Beckham played as a young boy. This four-episode docuseries (all available today) follows him as, working with the head coaches, he tries to turn the team’s fortunes around.
This collection of six animated shorts (all available today) based on the Zootopia feature film dives deeper into the lives of the movie’s intriguing animal characters, including newly married arctic shrew Fru Fru (voice of Leah Latham) and Flash (Raymond S. Persi), the sloth full of surprises. The voice cast also includes several other actors reprising their film characters, including Idris Elba as Chief Bogo, Alan Tudyk as Duke Weaselton, Kristen Bell as Priscilla, Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps and Tommy Chong as Yax, among others.
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Elisabeth Moss-led adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel finishes up its fifth season with this episode. The drama has been renewed for a sixth and final season. Creator/showrunner Bruce Miller is also actively developing a follow-up series called The Testaments, which picks up the story years later.
Season 5 of this drama about the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II is the first season to be released following the real queen’s passing in September. Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce and Lesley Manville step into the respective roles of Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Princess Margaret, which they’ll continue in the sixth and final season. These two seasons cover the queen’s reign in the late 20th/21st centuries. Other new cast members include Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, Dominic West as Prince Charles and Jonny Lee Miller as Prime Minister John Major.
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live
It’s a battle of the boroughs as the N.Y. Knicks visit the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Then Los Angeles teams duke it out at Crypto.com Arena as the Lakers take on the Clippers.
The 56th Annual CMA Awards
ABC, 8pm Live
Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning host Country Music’s Biggest Night from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. First-time nominee Lainey Wilson leads the list with six nominations, followed by Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton and songwriter/producer Shane McAnally each with five.
DC’s Stargirl: “Frenemies – Chapter Ten: The Killer”
The CW, 8pm
Courtney and the team regroup after a dramatic confrontation leaves battle lines clearly drawn.
Discovery Channel, 8pm
Season 12 of this reality series finds the moonshiners tested as never before when inflation and supply chain disruptions hit Appalachia. They must dig deep into their shared roots for secrets to surviving skyrocketing prices while inventing clever new ways to make their backwoods beverages and earn a tidy tax-free profit.
Pawn Stars Do America
In this eight-episode spinoff of Pawn Stars, that series’ Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell step out of their Las Vegas pawn shop to connect with fans in eight different cities and seek out rare items. The episodes crisscross the country as the crew visits the following locations: Austin; Denver; Savannah; San Francisco; Seattle; Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C.; and Winston-Salem.
Chicago Med: “The Clothes Make the Man … or Do They?”
Archer’s (Steven Weber) troubled son Sean (Luigi Sottile) is in danger, Crockett (Dominic Raines) and Charles (Oliver Platt) help a transplant patient experiencing psychosis, and Hannah (Jessy Schram) and Will (Nick Gehlfuss) grow close again. Through it all, supply chain issues have left the hospital short on scrubs!
Nature: “American Ocelot”
With fewer than 120 known to be remaining in the United States, the ocelot is one of the country’s most endangered wildcats, and stakes are high for its survival. Wildlife filmmaker Ben Masters documents these rare and elusive animals in South Texas while meeting with biologists, ranchers and the cats themselves. Through camera-trap cinematography, witness a rare glimpse into what is required of a mother ocelot to raise her young successfully.
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
In “Hard Nut to Crack,” witness the web of symbiotic relationships formed between a Brazil nut tree and the plants, animals and insects around it. Discover the secrets of a 500-year-old, 160-pound Brazil nut tree during the wet and dry seasons in the Peruvian Amazon.
TCM Spotlight: Royal Treatments: “British Royalty — Part 2”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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TCM’s monthlong Wednesday night look at movies about real and fictional royals continues this evening with the second of two lineups featuring films about British monarchs. It starts with Young Bess (1953), a biopic about the early life of the future Queen Elizabeth I, from her childhood to just prior to her ascension to the throne, with Jean Simmons in the title role and Charles Laughton as King Henry VIII. Elizabeth I also features in the next film, The Virgin Queen (1955), which focuses on the relationship between the monarch (Bette Davis) and Sir Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd). Following that is a drama that jumps ahead a few hundred years in British history: Mrs. Brown (1997), which looks at the uproar that ensued from the relationship between the recently widowed Queen Victoria (Best Actress Oscar nominee Judi Dench) and John Brown (Billy Connolly), her Scottish personal attendant. The final two films go way back, to the early myths of King Arthur: the musical fantasy/drama Camelot (1967), with Richard Harris as Arthur and Vanessa Redgrave as Guinevere; and Knights of the Round Table (1953), led by Mel Ferrer and Ava Gardner as those respective characters.
Kung Fu: “Rescue”
The CW, 9pm
Nicky, Henry, Ryan and Pei-Ling try to make sense of some disturbing information.
Discovery Channel, 9pm
The competition series returns for Season 4, with more of America’s top legal and outlaw distillers going head-to-head to turn raw ingredients into authentic handcrafted spirits.
Property Brothers: Forever Home: “All Grown Up”
With three kids growing up fast, a family’s needs have evolved, and their house is ready for a major change. Drew and Jonathan Scott make the most of a vast main living area with a mature style the entire family will love for decades to come.
Chicago Fire: “Angry Is Easier”
Herrmann (David Eigenberg) is tasked with fulfilling a man’s dying wish; Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) reflects on her Girls on Fire program after one of her students graduates from the Fire Academy; and a heckler harasses Firehouse 51.
NOVA: “Crypto Decoded”
From Bitcoin to NFTs, cryptocurrencies are making headlines and claiming a growing slice of global financial activity. But what exactly are they, and how do they work? A wide range of experts go beyond the hype to unravel the social and technological underpinnings of “crypto” — exploring the possibility that this new technology may change much more than just money.
Discovery Channel, 10pm
In Season 3, the brothers plan to gather 10 of the most iconic diesel vehicles ever built, give them complete overhauls and sell them off in the wildest diesel auction ever.
If We’re Being Honest With Laverne Cox
Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox loves getting into people’s business. Following the success of her Emmy special, Cox is back with more powerful conversations with today’s most fascinating celebrities, where she helps reveal fresh perspectives, inspiring stories of adversity and the driving force behind them.
Hard Knocks in Season: The Arizona Cardinals
Season 2 of this Hard Knocks documentary series follows the Arizona Cardinals as they navigate the challenges of an NFL season and battle to return to the postseason.
We all have our prized things — family heirlooms, childhood toys, first cars, war medals, uniforms. In this series, a cast of restorers from different cultural backgrounds and areas of expertise are hired by a family member or friend of someone special to secretly restore that person’s prized possession, whether it’s a 1950s milk truck or a 1970s Star Wars Millennium Falcon toy.
Chicago P.D.: “Into the Deep”
When actionable evidence finally surfaces against Sean O’Neal (Jefferson White), Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) and the team work relentlessly to build a case in secret. They also discover that Sean is more elusive and dangerous than anticipated.
Secrets of the Dead: “Hidden in the Amazon”
Recent discoveries and technological advances shed new light on our understanding of pre-Columbian societies in the Amazon. Scientists speculate the rainforest was home to between 8 and 10 million people living in large, well-established communities.
The First Noelle
In this holiday rom-com, after 20 years of friendship, Terrance (Todd Anthony) and Noelle (Novi Brown) finally decide to date each other, but ultimately break up when Terrance moves to London for work. But now that Terrance is back in Atlanta for Christmas with his new girl (Lala Milan), who is also named Noelle, the OG Noelle is determined to get him back.
The Big Brunch
Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek) created this brunch-themed cooking competition. Three new episodes are available both today and next Thursday, Nov. 17. The season concludes with two episodes on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24.
Falling for Christmas
Lindsay Lohan leads this holiday romantic comedy as a newly engaged, spoiled hotel heiress who gets into a skiing accident, suffers from total amnesia and finds herself in the care of a handsome, blue-collar lodge owner (Chord Overstreet) and his precocious daughter in the days leading up to Christmas.
Lost Bullet 2
This follow-up to the 2020 French action thriller reunites director Guillaume Pierret with stars Alban Lenoir (as Lino) and Stéfi Celma (as Julia). After the death of Charas, Lino and Julia have taken over to form a new narcotic unit. Lino continues his hunt for the murderers of his brother and his mentor, and won’t let anyone get in his way.
The Good Fight
Christine Baranski’s acclaimed legal drama spinoff of The Good Wife wraps up its sixth and final season.
In this crime drama (formerly known as The Missing), NYPD Detective Avraham Avraham (Jeff Wilbusch) — whose belief in mankind helps him uncover the truth, and who is guided by a deep sense of spirituality and religious principles — is left to question his own humanity when a seemingly routine investigation turns upside down. Juliana Canfield, Karen Robinson and Michael Mosley costar. The series is directed and executive produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson (Rain Man), with a musical score co-composed by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer (2021’s Dune, 1994’s The Lion King).
Young Sheldon: “A Tougher Nut and a Note on File”
Sheldon’s (Iain Armitage) search for a comic book leads him to a breakthrough in the new episode “A Tougher Nut and a Note on File.”
Walker: “Something There That Wasn’t There Before”
The CW, 8pm
Walker makes good on his promise to Liam to finally discuss captivity.
Mysteries of the Abandoned: Hidden America
Discovery Channel, 8pm
Scattered across the United States are abandoned structures — forgotten ruins of the past, monuments to a bygone era. This series takes a look at some of them, with each building shining a light on the story of this land and its people.
Law & Order: “Only the Lonely”
A crisis consultant who has made many enemies on behalf of her clients is murdered. Price (Hugh Dancy) and Maroun (Odelya Halevi) must set aside the potential damage to a witness’ reputation in order to strengthen their case.
Star of the Month: James Mason
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Turner Classic Movies continues its monthlong Thursday night salute to famed British actor James Mason with this evening’s eight-film lineup of highlights from the star’s 1950s and ’60s films. Two of them feature Mason in what are among his most recognized performances: Georgy Girl, the 1966 British romantic comedy/drama that netted him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor and a Best Actress nod for Lynn Redgrave as the title character; and Lolita (1962), with Mason as Professor Humbert Humbert alongside Sue Lyon as the title character and Shelley Winters as her mother in Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel. Both these films air in late night/early tomorrow morning, and are bookended by Mason films that are perhaps not as known. Starting the evening and leading into Georgy Girl are the dramas Bigger Than Life (1956) and The Pumpkin Eater (1964). Following Lolita are the suspense films Cry Terror! (1958) and The Decks Ran Red (1958); the romantic comedy/fantasy Forever, Darling (1956); and the romantic drama anthology The Story of Three Loves (1953).
Hell’s Kitchen: “Til Chef Do Us Part”
The contestants are challenged to create a wedding dinner menu in the new episode “Til Chef Do Us Part.”
NFL Football: Atlanta at Carolina
Prime Video, 8:15pm Live
NFC South foes collide in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the Atlanta Falcons take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 10’s edition of Thursday Night Football.
Ghosts: “Dumb Deaths”
When the TV docuseries Dumb Deaths films at the mansion, ’80s Scout troop leader Pete (Richie Moriarty) learns something new about the day he took an arrow to the neck. Fun fact: Mathew Baynton — a Romantic poet on the U.K. version of Ghosts — plays Pete in the Dumb reenactment.
Welcome to Flatch: “Glowing Up Is Hard to Do”
Kelly (Holmes) gets annoyed that Shrub (Sam Straley) is dating her boss, Barb (Jaime Pressly), and takes measures to break them up in “Glowing Up Is Hard to Do.”
Grey’s Anatomy: “Thunderstruck”
For Benson “Blue” Kwan, the Grey Sloan surgical residency program is a “life-and-death game,” says Harry Shum Jr. “In his eyes, the other interns can destroy his chances of moving ahead.” Until a tragic setback — to be revealed tonight — Blue led a charmed life, marked by the blue ribbons he won in academics and athletics (hence the nickname). A decade older than his rivals, Blue demonstrates superb skills when a lightning storm fills the trauma center with burn patients. Their suffering prompts him to share his own pain with Jules Millin (Adelaide Kane), the fellow intern he casually slept with after their lusty sex ed presentation. Among his reveals: what happened between college and med school that caused his world to crumble. Teases Shum: “Once the emotions come out, he just turns into a puddle.”
So Help Me Todd: “Long Lost Lawrence”
Thanksgiving is a time for families to put aside their differences — even the Wrights. Since the freshman dramedy’s September premiere, we’ve known perfectionist law partner Margaret Wright (Marcia Gay Harden) has three children: black sheep Todd (Skylar Astin), who now works as an investigator at her Portland, Oregon, firm (this week’s case involves a teller injured during a bank robbery); people-pleasing middle child Allison (Madeline Wise), an ER doctor whose garage Todd currently lives in; and Lawrence, who has missed every one of the family dinners that Todd has only recently been reinstated to, presumably because of a demanding job as chief of staff to the state’s governor. But this week, we finally meet the absentee sibling. As the episode opens, Margaret is upset she won’t be spending the holiday — the first since her husband left her — surrounded by all of her family. Allison plans to be with her husband and his relatives, Lawrence is tied up (again), and Todd, well, one out of three is just not enough. So Todd makes it his mission to bring Lawrence (Matthew Wilkas) home from the governor’s annual work retreat.
Walker Independence: “Random Acts”
The CW, 9pm
Abby digs deeper into her husband’s past; Tom tries to impress a railroad executive.
Rehab Addict Lake House Rescue: “Old Parts Are the Best Parts”
Nicole Curtis turns her attention to the inside of the cottage and transforms the top floor into her own personal retreat complete with a bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. She also creates an amazing kids room with a feature that must be seen to be believed.
Call Me Kat: “Call Me the Hot Chick Two”
In the new episode “Call Me the Hot Chick Two,” Kat and Max (Mayim Bialik and Cheyenne Jackson) finally go on a first date, but they can’t seem to act like themselves.
CSI: Vegas: “Burned”
A large footprint found near a crime scene puzzles the CSI team as they work to uncover who — or what — killed a father and son in the new episode “Burned.”
After four seasons, the adventures of Earn (Donald Glover), Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) and Van (Zazie Beetz) wrap up.
Law & Order: Organized Crime: “All That Glitters”
When the task force goes undercover to bust a jewelry operation they come to realize isn’t just smuggling gold, an unexpected guest from Stabler’s (Christopher Meloni) past arrives to help take the operation down and confront some unresolved feelings.
Sarah Hyland hosts this family-friendly competition series based on last year’s holiday special of the same name. Each week, teams must make Play-Doh creations according to a different theme, with a resident Play-Doh expert, two standing judges and a lineup of celebrity judges weighing in. New episodes are available Fridays.
This half-hour anthology series about middle schoolers in the near future uses science fiction as a backdrop to explore relatable kids’ issues and tell universal stories about growing up.
The hit workplace comedy from creators Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Megan Ganz returns for Season 3, which finds Ian (McElhenney) and Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) navigating the gaming world and their partnership at the newly formed GrimPop Studios, with Dana (Imani Hakim) forced to play mediator to her bosses’ incessant bickering. Back at Mythic Quest, David (David Hornsby) settles into his new role as the boss, where he truly finds himself in charge for the first time, with an even more loyal and militant Jo (Jessie Ennis) returning as his assistant; and Carol (Naomi Ekperigin) attempts to figure out where she fits in after a new promotion. At Berkeley, Rachel (Ashly Burch) struggles to balance her morals with capitalism, while a post-prison Brad (Danny Pudi) tries to return to society as a reformed man. The first two episodes are available today; new episodes drop on Fridays.
Food Network & HGTV Holiday Movies
Following the success of its first holiday scripted feature last year, Food Network is back this Yuletide with two new original films, and is joined by sister network HGTV, which has produced two of its own. All four films premiere today exclusively on discovery+, and each one features fan-favorite personalities from each network among their casts. Titles are: A Christmas Open House (with HGTV’s Ben and Erin Napier); Designing Christmas (with HGTV’s Hilary Farr); One Delicious Christmas (with Food’s Bobby Flay); and A Gingerbread Christmas (with Food’s Duff Goldman).
Ghost Brothers: Lights Out
The Season 2 finale of the paranormal series finds Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass and Marcus Harvey checking into Louisville, Kentucky’s infamous Waverly Hills Sanatorium to confront yet another dark chapter in the building’s horrific history. The guys put themselves in a precarious situation when they use real body bags to provoke the spirits.
Is That Black Enough for You?!?
Film historian Elvis Mitchell makes his directorial debut with this film that is both a documentary and a personal essay. It examines the African American contribution to movies released in the landmark era of the 1970s, and provides a deep dive into the impact that point of view had on cinema, as well as popular culture. Artistic voices including Samuel L. Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne, Zendaya and others offer their insights on the creators and films that dazzled and inspired.
My Father’s Dragon
Acclaimed animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells) is behind this film inspired by the award-winning children’s book by Ruth Stiles Gannett. It follows young Elmer (voice of Jacob Tremblay), who, struggling to cope after moving to the city with his mother, runs away in search of a mysterious island and a young dragon (Gaten Matarazzo) who waits to be rescued. The voice cast also includes Whoopi Goldberg, Ian McShane, Dianne Wiest, Rita Moreno and Judy Greer.
This animated series entry in the popular Transformers franchise introduces a new generation of those famous “robots in disguise” — the first Transformers to be born on Earth — who, together with the humans who welcome them in and care for them, redefine what it means to be a family. Along with the newcomers, some established favorite characters will also be on hand, including Bumblebee (voiced by Danny Pudi), Optimus Prime (Alan Tudyk) and Megatron (Rory McCann). Part 1 (the first 10 episodes) is available today.
Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer lead this Western drama series as an aristocratic Englishwoman and a Pawnee ex-cavalry scout who come together in 1890 middle America to cross a violent landscape and make their way toward their ultimate destination, the new town of Hoxem, Wyoming. There, the full extent of their intertwined history will be truly understood. Stephen Rea, Valerie Pachner, Rafe Spall, Tom Hughes, Toby Jones and Ciarán Hinds costar. All six episodes are available today.
In this dark comedy/drama that explores the truths about the complexities of marriage, James Corden stars as Jamie, a star chef whose world implodes when he discovers shocking secrets about his pregnant wife, Amandine (Melia Kreiling). He finds himself hunting for answers with the help of his brother-in-law, Jeff (Colin Morgan), but through this search, the cracks in Jeff’s marriage to Jamie’s sister, Lue (Sally Hawkins), also widen. The six-episode series (all episodes drop today) is written by Jez Butterworth (Ford v Ferrari, the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones film).
Veterans Day Movie Marathons
MOVIES!, beginning at 6:15am
TCM, beginning at 12pm
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Between MOVIES! and Turner Classic Movies, you can spend the better part of Veterans Day today watching several famous films about war, the military and veterans.
The MOVIES! marathon begins early in the morning and features eight titles: Halls of Montezuma (1951), Von Ryan’s Express (1965), M*A*S*H (1970), The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960), The Longest Day (1962), The Sand Pebbles (1966), None but the Brave (1965) and Action in the North Atlantic (1943).
TCM starts its marathon in the early afternoon, and its five-film lineup features Sergeant York (1941), Where Eagles Dare (1968), The Dirty Dozen (1967), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and The Longest Day (1962).
College Basketball: Armed Forces Classic: Gonzaga vs. Michigan State
ESPN, 6:30pm Live
In honor of Veterans Day, the 2022 Armed Forces Classic college hoops matchup between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Michigan State Spartans takes place on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln docked in San Diego.
The Christmas Retreat
UPtv’s second weekend of holiday movies, dubbed Christmas Spirit Weekend, begins tonight with this original title. When Kim’s (Rhiannon Fish) boyfriend breaks up with her instead of proposing, her mom whisks her away to a Christmas retreat, where she meets the owner’s unemployed brother, Mark (Clayton James). Will they be able to see past the mistakes neither one wants to admit to and let the magic of the season connect them?
Peter Jones CBE, global investor and Dragon on BBC’s “Dragon’s Den” returns to the Tank. First into the Tank is an entrepreneur from Bethesda, Maryland, who presents his luxury apparel line designed to elevate one’s office look and help them escape the office feel. An entrepreneur from Spokane, Washington, pitches his portable solution to enjoying beverages on tap and taking the party wherever one goes; while an entrepreneur from San Diego, California, hopes the Sharks go bananas for his stylish fruit preservation device. A husband and wife from Plano, Texas, hope to get the Sharks buzzing in the Tank with their reimagined, higher-alcohol level, fruit-infused wine collection. Also, Sarah Morety from Santa Monica, California, and her investors Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran, update us on Curie, her aluminum-free deodorant and natural product line.
ESPN2 & FS1, beginning at 8pm Live
The East Carolina Pirates visit the Cincinnati Bearcats in an American Athletic Conference game on
ESPN2, and FS1 airs a Pac-12 matchup with the Colorado Buffaloes at the USC Trojans.
In Merry Measure
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Calling all Glee fans! Pop star Darcy (Patti Murin, Chicago Med) heads home to spend the holidays with her sister and niece and finds herself tapped to coach the high school choir. But she has some unwanted help — her former warbling rival, Adam (Brendan Penny, Chesapeake Shores). Can this formerly sparring duo make beautiful music on and off the stage, or will Darcy’s hometown gig hit a sour note?
The Dog Days of Christmas
While visiting her family at Christmas, Annie Blake (Georgia Flood) decides to help three stray dogs get adopted before heading back into her career working for a global nonprofit. But when she runs into local veterinarian Dylan Hawkes (Ezekiel Simat), her old high school debate partner, they team up to save an animal rescue.
Lopez vs. Lopez: “Lopez vs. Anxiety”
George (George Lopez) believes he can fix Mayan’s (Mayan Lopez) anxiety by building her a special Lopez security system made with items from the dollar store.
Young Rock: “Rocky Sucks”
Miami, 1997: As Dwayne (Uli Latukefu) recovers from an injury, he makes a life-changing decision, and upon his return to the WWF, he takes a major risk on the mic and with his character. In 2033, President Taft (Michael Torpey) turns to Dwayne (Dwayne Johnson) for help in a crisis.
Gold Rush: White Water
Discovery Channel, 9pm; also streams on discovery+
The Gold Rush spinoff is back for Season 6, which finds Dustin Hurt — fresh off his biggest gold haul ever — gambling everything for the chance of a life-changing payday after buying a remote claim deep in the Alaskan wilderness that he believes holds more gold than the previous owner believed.
Discovery Channel, 10:15pm
In the season premiere of this Gold Rush aftershow, Christo Doyle visits Parker Schnabel’s claim and gets a personal tour of the miner’s massive operation.
Makeover by Monday
Magnolia Network, 12pm; also streams on discovery+
This series follows renovation specialist Jenni Yolo as she works on projects that have a tight budget and limited time frame. In the premiere, Yolo remodels her friends’ bedroom into an oasis that will provide a nice escape for the parents of four children. She uses DIY-friendly techniques to transform the space, including custom wallpaper and a “faux-denza.”
Catch a Classic!
The second film that British-born Alfred Hitchcock made in Hollywood was this terrific, Best Picture Oscar-nominated 1940 spy thriller starring Joel McCrea as American newsman John Jones, who seeks to give up his dull New York beat and experience adventure. But he gets more than he bargained for after being assigned to London as a foreign correspondent. The intrigue Jones gets caught up in becomes the most dangerous story of his career, as the assassination of a Dutch diplomat leads him into a nest of Nazi spies on the eve of World War II. Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders and Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Albert Bassermann also star.
A Tiny Home Christmas
In order to save her family’s contracting business, Blair (Rebecca Dalton) reluctantly teams up with her ex-boyfriend and former costar of a hit home design reality show (Christopher Seivright) to build a tiny home for the unsheltered in the community, rekindling old sparks in the process … and just in time for Christmas.
A Merry Christmas Wish
Great American Family, 8pm
A New York City ad exec (Jill Wagner) returns to her hometown to sell the family farm, but instead reconnects with her childhood friend (Cameron Mathison) and gets involved with organizing the yearly Winter Wonderland event that takes place on the property.
The Royal Nanny
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
MI5 agent Claire (Rachel Skarsten, Batwoman) is assigned to protect the royal family by going undercover as the children’s nanny. But it could be dashing Prince Colin (Dan Jeannotte, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds) who proves to be her biggest challenge — by committing the crime of stealing her heart. Also stars Greta Scacchi (Presumed Innocent).
Reindeer Games Homecoming
Grey’s Anatomy’s Sarah Drew and Justin Bruening star in this holiday original. The film follows MacKenzie Graves, a brilliant, competitive, crossword-puzzle-loving biology teacher in Vermont who recently lost her father, a beloved fire chief and the heart of the town’s holiday fundraising tradition “The Reindeer Games.” This holiday, however, her world is rocked when fading Hollywood star, and MacKenzie’s high school crush, Chase Weston comes home for Christmas to visit his family and is begrudgingly roped into participating in the Games.
In “Best Ambitious Additions,” Jasmine Roth and Page Turner go head-to-head in the ultimate renovation face-off. Both are facing ambitious additions as Jasmine helps a couple attempt a massive DIY add-on, while Page assists a team of flippers with their first million-dollar property.
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