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30 Years: A Celebration of the James Beard Foundation
Multiple James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and philanthropist Marcus Samuelsson takes viewers on a culinary journey through the history of the James Beard Foundation while creating a special 30th anniversary dinner at the Beard House. The special also features appearances by a plethora of culinary stars including Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Tom Colicchio, Traci Des Jardins, Carla Hall, Emeril Lagasse, Jacques Pépin, Gail Simmons, Martha Stewart and Ming Tsai.
The 66th Miss Universe Competition
FOX, 7pm Live
Nearly 100 of the world's most beautiful women, each representing her home country, will travel to Las Vegas to compete in the 2017 Miss Universe Competition. Steve Harvey returns as host, and at the end of the three-hour event, Miss Universe 2016, Iris Mittenaere from France, will crown her successor.
Switched for Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
A year after the death of their mother, estranged twin sisters (both played by Candace Cameron Bure) meet for an obligatory pre-Christmas lunch. Both women are unhappy and frustrated with their own lives and decide to swap lives until Christmas Day.
Air Disasters: "Edge of Disaster"
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
Atlantic Airways Flight 670 was shuttling a group of oil company employees to work when the plane careened off the runway and down a steep embankment. With one engine still roaring, several exits blocked and a plane engulfed in flames, the 16 passengers onboard scrambled for their lives. With almost no wreckage left to examine, a mysterious substance found on the runway seemed to hold the key to understanding the cause of the deadly crash.
The Walking Dead: "The King, the Widow and Rick"
With things looking up for Rick and the group, an argument breaks out at the Hilltop with life or death consequences.
A Joyous Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
When Joy saves the life of a stranger, her selflessness impresses the woman, who learns that helping others is the key to true success and could be the path to finding true love as well.
NCIS: Los Angeles: "Fool Me Twice"
Guest star Elizabeth Bogush returns as CIA Agent Joelle Taylor in the new episode "Fool Me Twice." Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and the team question Joelle's story after she escapes from a kidnapping and turns to Callen for help.
The Christmas Snowman
In this 10-minute mini-movie, after wishing for the perfect man, a woman wakes up to discover her new handsome neighbor is actually the snowman she built the day before, who has now come to life.
Madam Secretary: "The Fourth Estate"
Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) and her staff work with the Mexican government to track down an escaped drug cartel leader in the new episode "The Fourth Estate."
CMA Country Christmas
Reba McEntire makes her debut as host of the eighth annual holiday celebration from Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry House. The two-hour holiday music celebration will feature performances by McEntire and a lineup of today's top country artists sharing their favorite sounds of the season.
Supergirl: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1"
The CW, 8pm
The CW's annual four-part crossover event, titled "Crisis on Earth-X," premieres tonight and concludes tomorrow. Characters from Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow will appear in each other's episodes as the heroes experience a continuing storyline that touches lives in each series.
Fashion Police: The Farewell
Melissa Rivers hosts a goodbye to the red-carpet redux series that began with her mother Joan ripping on awards-show atrocities back in 1995. Expect classic clips of cringe-worthy couture and -- because this show has always been so classy -- a salute to celebrity butts.
The Voice: "Live Top 11 Performances"
NBC, 8pm Live
The race for this season's title gets even tighter when the final 11 attempt to score your votes with performances sure to make the coaches who didn't pick them during the battle rounds feel really stupid.
Man With a Plan: "The Parents Strike Back"
When the kids won't do their chores, Adam (Matt LeBlanc) and Andi (Liza Snyder) decide to go on strike in the new episode "The Parents Strike Back."
Arrow: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2"
The CW, 9pm
Part 2 of the four-part crossover event continues tonight when characters from Supergirl, The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow appear in the episode.
Holiday Baking Championship: "A New Holiday Spin"
Food Network, 9pm
No boring fruitcakes here. Pastry makers put together elaborate desserts in an attempt to impress a panel of judges (and Santa?). The victor gets one step closer to a $50,000 grand prize at the season's end.
This dark and witty Christmas movie comes from hilariously twisted writer Will Gluck, who also wrote Friends With Benefits and directed Easy A. In this Freeform holiday original, Brenda Song stars as an angel who can't quite get into heaven, and Jason Biggs plays himself -- well, actually, he plays an angel who decides to come back to Earth as Jason Biggs to serve as an angel mentor.
The Good Doctor: "Intangibles"
As part of St. Bonaventure Hospital's international humanitarian program, the team takes on the case of a young boy from the Congo who has severe congenital heart anomalies. Dr. Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) has doubts about the safety of the procedure, while Dr. Murphy (Freddie Highmore) works out the best course of action. Meanwhile, Murphy's latest encounter with his neighbor Lea (Paige Spara) has him confused.
Vanderpump Rules: How They Got Here
With only a week before the Season 6 premiere of Vanderpump Rules, relive the biggest dramas, hijinks, friendships and jaw-dropping moments from the first five seasons in this half-hour special.
Scorpion: "Crime Every Mountain"
In the new episode "Crime Every Mountain," a simple case goes sideways when Team Scorpion helps a father and his daughter whose plane crashes nearby.
Christmas Cookie Challenge: "Cookie Pairings"
Food Network , 10pm
Which way will the cookie crumble? Bakers face off to prove their treats are as tasty as they are festive.
This chilling documentary tells the story of drug enforcement agents struggling to stop Mexican cartels from flooding the U.S. with a super-potent form of meth called ICE and the poor, rural users and dealers caught in their war.
From the creator of Jersey Shore comes a new series that follows eight twenty-somethings as they spend an unforgettable party-filled summer in the Florida Panhandle's hottest beach town -- Panama City Beach.
A Very Pentatonix Christmas
Jay Leno, Jennifer Hudson and America's Got Talent winner Darci Lynne Farmer are just a few of the guests joining the platinum-selling a cappella group for its second annual special.
With one of Dale's (Kevin Weisman) lab experiments on the loose and the PRIDE parents scrambling to find a new teen to sacrifice, the fourth episode is a must-see that amps up the action and reveals even more about two of the kids' secret powers.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The longest-running holiday special in television history returns as Rudolph and his friends -- Hermey the elf, Yukon Cornelius and others -- save Christmas in this classic Rankin/Bass special featuring the voice of legendary performer Burl Ives.
The Flash: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 3"
The CW, 8pm
Catch the third piece of the four-part crossover event as characters from Supergirl, Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow appear in the episode.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 4"
The CW, 9pm
It all comes down to this: the exciting conclusion of The CW's two-night, four-series crossover event.
This Is Us
We laughed, we cried, we watched a beloved character pop pills. As This Is Us airs its final episode of the year -- the NBC dramedy returns in January -- star Justin Hartley says fan should expect "a jaw-dropper, but not just for the sake of surprise."
Major Crimes: "Sanctuary City: Part 5"
Can Commander Raydor (Mary McDonnell) nab the St. Joe's Three killer and get to the church on time for her wedding to Lt. Flynn (Tony Denison)?
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
The fashion, music and entertainment extravaganza heads to China for the first time as Victoria's Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge and many more prowl the runway in Shanghai.
Drunk History: "Drunk History Christmas Special"
Comedy Central, 10pm
Rob Corddry, Colin Hanks and Ken Marino reenact historical Yuletide moments like George Washington crossing the Delaware, Teddy Roosevelt's White House Christmas tree ban and the birth of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol -- as told by comedians who imbibed way too much eggnog.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) writes and directs this period comedy, which stars Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) as Miriam "Midge" Maisel, a 1958 New York City woman who has everything she's ever wanted -- the perfect husband, two kids and an elegant Upper West Side apartment perfect for hosting Yom Kippur dinner. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn when Midge discovers a previously unknown talent and leaves her comfortable, predictable (and boring) life on Riverside Drive to take the standup comedy world by storm.
NHL Hockey: Tampa Bay at Boston
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins welcome Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning to TD Garden for a Wednesday night matchup on NBCSN.
Christmas in Rockefeller Center
There's no doubt it will be festive! Gwen Stefani, Pentatonix and more perform as the massive Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center gets appropriately lit. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker host.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers joins the series in Season 5, which kicks off tonight with a two-hour premiere. Meyers plays Heahmund, one of the "warrior bishops" of old who, while devout, also fought on the battlefield. The new season begins with Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) asserting his leadership over the Great Heathen Army, while Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) reigns as Queen of Kattegat. Ivar's murder of his brother Sigurd sets the stage for vicious battles to come as Ragnar's sons plot their next moves after avenging their father's death.
Little Women: Dallas: "Girls' Trip"
The Wild West meets a wild bunch when the ladies head to a dude ranch. This will hopefully give them all a reprieve from the baby and romantic dramas that they've been dealing with at home.
American Housewife: "Gala Auction"
After failing to get donations on her own terms, Katie (Katy Mixon) gives in to the dark side and teams up with Oliver (Daniel DiMaggio) to bribe rich Westport families to donate big-ticket items for the spring gala. Greg (Diedrich Bader) decides to take Taylor (Meg Donnelly) and Anna-Kat (Julia Butters) to a Revolutionary War reenactment, which Taylor finds lame -- until she starts a revolution of her own.
Designated Survivor: "Home"
While on a secret mission to Afghanistan, President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) meets with two infamous warlords and must determine whom he can trust to hand over territories to the United States. Seth (Kal Penn) has a run-in with Washington D.C. police that jeopardizes his job, reputation and future in the White House.
Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo
Electric performer Bruno Mars gets his first primetime television special when he takes over the legendary Apollo Theater for an unforgettable musical spectacular. The hourlong event will include never-before-seen performances, and, to kick it off, Mars will present an epic musical number atop the Apollo's landmark marquee.
The Big Bang Theory: "The Bitcoin Entanglement"
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) tries to teach the guys a lesson after they cut him out of a potentially valuable Bitcoin investment in the new episode "The Bitcoin Entanglement."
NFL Football: Washington at Dallas
NBC & NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
A playoff spot could be at stake in this Thursday Night Football matchup at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as the Washington Redskins battle their NFC East rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.
Young Sheldon: "A Patch, a Modem, and a Zantac"
Road trip! Tonight's Young Sheldon finds the entire Cooper clan (even Mee Maw!) trapped in their cramped car for the Sheldon-iest of reasons: to prove that Sheldon is right and someone else is wrong. "A NASA scientist visits Sheldon's science class and humiliates Sheldon by rejecting his space reentry theory," explains Lance Barber, who plays beleaguered Cooper dad George Sr. "So Sheldon has a vendetta to humiliate him back."
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
Join hosts Julianne Hough, Nick Lachey and Jesse Palmer at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can. This magical, two-hour event showcases incredible music performances, special appearances and unforgettable Disney magic moments, including an extraordinary castle lighting spectacular from Disney parks around the world -- from Lake Buena Vista, Fla. and Anaheim, Calif. to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Mom: "Poodle Fuzz and a Twinge of Jealousy"
When an injury temporarily lands Bonnie (Allison Janney) in a wheelchair, Christy (Anna Faris) is forced to take over as building manager and makes a surprising discovery in the new episode "Poodle Fuzz and a Twinge of Jealousy."
The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All
As abuse allegations continue to grab the spotlight, this multi-part documentary re-examines what drove wealthy, privileged brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez to murder their parents in a shocking case that captures the world's attention. Featuring exclusive interviews and never-before-heard details, the series chronicles the horrible torment of the brothers' childhood, the brutal murder, and the dizzying series of events that led them to conceal the crime and later confess to gunning down their parents.
In in tonight's episode, Dominique Luca (Kenny Johnson) is assigned to protect a wayward hockey player (portrayed by real-life former NHL left wing John Scott) who likes to stir up trouble and chaos.
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
The 10th season of the comedy series moves to a new home in Brooklyn. Each week, two teams, comprised of comedians and entertainers, compete in hilarious games in the hopes of winning the coveted WNO belt. This season's star-studded roster includes 21 Savage, Fabolous, Desiigner, Wyclef, Keyshia Cole, Gary Owen, Sara Sampaio, Kyle, A Boogie, Michael Blackson, PnB Rock, MGK, Tee Grizzley, Ayo & Teo, Sky, Quincy, Christian, Justin Combs, Pete Davidson and many more.
East Los High: Finale Event
This event bids farewell to the highly acclaimed original series. Season 4 left fans on the edge with shocking cliffhangers. Now, eight months later, the crew prepares to leave high school -- and maybe even East L.A. -- behind as they begin a journey of self-discovery.
This drama with a supernatural twist is set in a present-day German town where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families, with a mystery that ties back to the same town in 1986.
This documentary follows Gay Talese, the 85-year-old giant of modern journalism, as he reports one of the most controversial stories of his career: a portrait of a Colorado motel owner, Gerald Foos. For decades, Foos secretly watched his guests and kept detailed journals of their most intimate and private moments. Talese's insatiable curiosity leads him to turn his gaze to a man accustomed to being the watcher, exploring a tangle of ethical questions. Voyeur also debuts in select theaters today.
The Loud House: "Snow Way Out/Snow Way Down"
In the night's first holiday-themed episode, despite the heavy snowfall, Lana convinces the kids to go to the Burpin' Burger to meet her racecar-driving hero. Then, Lincoln goes on vacation with Clyde and realizes just how overprotective Clyde's dads are.
We Bare Bears: "The Perfect Tree"
Cartoon Network, 7:30pm
In this holiday episode, Chloe and Ice Bear drive up north to find the perfect Christmas tree while Grizz and Panda are in charge of decorating Chloe's house.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: "Orientation"
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for Season 5 with a special two-hour premiere. At the end of last season, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) was onboard a ship in deep space, and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were being held by a mysterious group. Now they must discover where they are and how to get home as the clock ticks down for humanity.
MacGyver: "CD-ROM + Hoagie Foil"
Mac (Lucas Till) and the team follow a group of Indonesian mercenaries who are transporting a lethal amount of stolen nerve gas. Guest star William Baldwin returns as Riley's (Tristin Mays) father in the new episode "CD-ROM + Hoagie Foil."
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
The CW, 8pm
Based on the zany song that became a holiday hit, this goofy Christmas Eve adventure features young Jake Spankenheimer trying to track down his missing grandma to prove that Santa Claus is real.
College Football: Pac-12 Championship
ESPN, 8pm Live
The winners of the Pac-12 North and South Divisions play in the Pac-12 football championship game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Hell's Kitchen: "Welcome to the Jungle"
This week's challenge takes place in the Hell's Kitchen "jungle," where contestants cook using an exotic meat -- like elk, boar and venison -- and must "hunt" for side-dish ingredients using a spear.
Blindspot: "This Profound Legacy"
An international crisis looms … again … and the team shifts into high gear as they race to prevent the worst. Meanwhile, tattooed heroine Jane (Jaimie Alexander) struggles to cope with a secret from her past.
Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic
The CW, 9pm
This holiday special features some of today's hottest magicians performing festive feats of magic. Some of the big names scheduled to perform include Jarret and Raja, Jonathan Pendragon, Ed Alonzo, Jibrizy, Les Arnold, Murray SawChuck, Farrell Dillon, Tommy Wind, Titou, Naathan Phan and Greg Gleason.
Deadly Dentists: "Dental Plan"
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
This is the second episode in ID's three-episode series (let's hope this one doesn't get a renewal) that profiles true stories of dentists involved in murders. When Dr. Roman Rezanowicz met and married Kelli Davis, her family was willing to look past his cultural idiosyncrasies because the couple was so clearly in love. He had a successful dental clinic, they had several wonderful kids and everything was happy until their lives started to unravel, and Kelli ended up dead.
Savage Kingdom: Uprising: "First Blood"
Nat Geo Wild, 9pm
The docuseries about African animal clans delivers on its title when leopard Neo and his father, Dark Eyes, compete for control.
Z Nation: "Frenemies"
Some evil foes infiltrate the barbershop where Doc (Russell Hodgkinson) and the rest of the gang have been hiding out. We sure hope that they don't all get clipped!
Blue Bloods: "Pain Killers"
Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) join a narcotics task force to track down a drug supplier in the new episode "Pain Killers." Baez comes into contact with drugs and is soon fighting for her life from an accidental overdose.
All Def Comedy
Created by Russell Simmons and hosted by Tony Rock, this comedy series, taped before a live audience at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, spotlights up-and-coming comics as well as Def Comedy veterans.
Zak Storm: "Spirited Away"
Discovery Family Channel, 9am
While searching for a kidnapped Clovis, Zak and CeCe get trapped in spirit form while two powerful beings from the Sea of Stars inhabit their bodies.
Bunsen Is a Beast: "Bunsen Saves Christmas"
Bunsen is excited to celebrate his first Christmas, but when Amanda finds out she's on the naughty list, she stuffs Santa in a gift box and hijacks all the toys.
Power Rangers Ninja Steel: "Past, Presents and Future"
Sarah teams up with Santa Claus to save Christmas and the Power Rangers from a time-manipulating monster.
FOX, CBS and ABC, beginning at 12:30pm Live
It's college football conference championship Saturday, with some teams' hopes for a berth in the College Football Playoff on the line. Among the biggest games are the Big 12 championship game (back after a six-year absence) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (FOX); the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (CBS); the Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (FOX); and the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (ABC).
Baked in Vermont
Food Network, 12:30pm
Just in time for the holidays, Gesine Bullock-Prado (yes, she's Sandra Bullock's sister) welcomes you to her Vermont farmhouse, where she shares tips and tricks to make baking easy, accessible and fun. Whether it is hosting a house party for friends, creating a menu of deliciously simple finger foods, or teaching students in her baking class, Gesine believes all good things begin with butter and flour!
Christmas in Evergreen
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
After a chance encounter with a local veterinarian (Ashley Williams), a young girl (Jaeda Lily Miller) wishes upon a magical snow globe, hoping to keep her and her father (Teddy Sears) in the charming town of Evergreen, Vt., for Christmas. When the wish comes true, they experience their most magical Christmas ever. Barbara Niven, Holly Robinson Peete and Keith Martin Gordey also star.
Four Christmases and a Wedding?
When event planner Chloe (Arielle Kebbel) is hired to plan the local Christmas festival, she embraces the challenge, much to the chagrin of her mother (Markie Post), who wishes for her busy daughter to find love. On the opening night of the festival, Chloe meets a man, and they begin a short-lived romance before fate pulls them apart. Over three more Christmases, the pair meet at the festival, but something always gets in the way of love. The movie also stars Corey Sevier, Judge Reinhold and Robyn Lawley.
On Christmas Eve, a clumsy elf accidentally shrinks two kids. When the kids are scooped up into Santa's sack and dropped off across the street at their neighbor's house, they have to work together to navigate holiday hazards and make it home in time for the holiday.
The Essentials: Colin Clive
Sick of holiday schmaltz? Then a block of the British horror star's classics may be your cup of tea. It starts with Bride of Frankenstein, where Clive plays the titular doctor, who builds a mate for his monster. Later, in Mad Love, the actor is a pianist whose hands get amputated and replaced with a murderer's.
Christmas in Angel Falls
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Rachel Boston stars as an angel named Gabby who gets a special assignment and is dispatched to Angel Falls, a town that has lost its Christmas spirit. Along the way, she befriends Jack Avery (Paul Greene), the volunteer fire chief, who's initially skeptical about her plan. In the process of bringing back beloved Angel Falls Christmas traditions, Gabby has a surprising revelation about herself and her own dreams that sets her down an unexpected path. Beau Bridges also stars.
Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady
Don't let the title of this show fool you: Michelle Wolf is many things -- including saucy and alarmingly honest -- but she's not a nice lady. And in her first standup special for HBO, the comedian, a contributor to The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, will explain why, taking on weighty subjects like gender inequities with an effervescence that's as disarming as it is funny.
Murder Made Me Famous: "Susan Smith"
REELZ Channel, 9pm
Blinded by her obsession for a man who wasn't interested in women with children, Susan Smith did the unthinkable: She pushed her car into a lake, killing her two young sons who were passengers. Smith's case first garnered national attention when -- for nine days -- she made public emotional pleas for the safe return of her children, claiming her vehicle had been carjacked by a black man who drove away with her sons still in the car. Smith eventually pleaded guilty to killing her sons and was sentenced to life in prison.
When a little girl prays for a miracle to help her recently widowed mother, an angel posing as a handyman is sent down from heaven to help her find a new dad. While trying to accomplish his mission, the angel falls for the mother, ultimately forcing him into the unlikeliest of choices. Stars Katharine Isabelle, Shawn Roberts, Britt Irvin, Julian D. Christopher and Lilah Fitzgerald.
The Graham Norton Show
BBC America, 10pm
The talk show host welcomes guests Will Ferrell, John Lithgow, Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson to his sofa to chat about their joint effort sure to win an Academy Award, Daddy's Home 2.
The Ugly Christmas Sweater
In this 10-minute mini-movie, on the first day of her new job, Megan's apartment floods, forcing her to wear her only non-damaged article of clothing: an ugly Christmas sweater from her grandma. Little does Megan know, her unfortunate turn of events is the key to impressing her new boss.
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