This Week's TV Best Bets


This Week's TV Best Bets

Sunday, Dec. 31

"The Twilight Zone" New Year's Marathon

Syfy, 4am

Starting today and running through New Year's Day, the latest installment of Syfy's annual favorite programming event features 48 hours of classic and fan-favorite episodes from Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone.


"My Little Pony" Marathon

Discovery Family Channel, 6am

It's a party with the ponies when friends from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Equestria Girls count down to the new year with an all-day party event complete with a countdown clock leading up to midnight! 


"The Three Stooges" Marathon

IFC, 6am

Moe, Larry and Curly help you say goodbye to 2017 with this 14-hour marathon of their slapstick shenanigans.


"Law & Order: SVU" Resolve to Watch Marathon

USA Network, 9am

Enjoy a marathon of episodes from the popular NBC crime drama, continuing through New Year's Day.


"Nashville" Marathon

CMT, 12pm

Catch up on all of Nashville's drama in this Season 5 marathon.


Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest

ABC, 8pm

Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy return to Times Square to host ABC's New Year's extravaganza, while multiplatinum-selling superstar Ciara rings in the New Year from Los Angeles, featuring musical performances by Kelly Clarkson, Fitz and the Tantrums, Khalid, Charlie Puth and more. The evening also features showstopping collaborations from Alessia Cara and Zedd, G-Eazy and Halsey, Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line, and Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and watt.


FOX's New Year's Eve With Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square

FOX, 8pm Live

Ring in the new year with Steve Harvey as he broadcasts live from the heart of New York City's Times Square. Steve will be joined by surprise celebrity guests and music artists as he wraps up 2017 and kicks off 2018.


"The Simpsons" Marathon

FXX, 8pm 

Ring in the new year with some of the greatest episodes of The Simpsons that featured memorable original songs or musical guests. Highlights include "Flaming Moe's," "Radio Bart," "Colonel Homer," "Mr. Plow," "Marge vs. the Monorail," "Homer's Barbershop Quartet," "Rosebud," "Homer the Great" and "Homerpalooza."


Happy Keanu Year

IFC, 8pm

IFC rings in the new year with two classic Keanu Reeves flicks: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.


Live From Lincoln Center: NY Philharmonic New Year's Eve: Bernstein on Broadway

PBS, 9pm Live

Ring in 2018 with a celebration of Leonard Bernstein's best-loved works for Broadway, including West Side Story, featuring the New York Philharmonic and special guests.


Monday, Jan. 1

"Law & Order: SVU" Resolve to Watch Marathon

USA Network, 6am 

A New Year's Day marathon of memorable SVU episodes.


Countdown to the 129th Rose Parade 

Hallmark Channel, 10am Live

This one-hour special captures the excitement of last-minute activity from the Pasadena, Calif., parade site, where more than 900 volunteers will have labored for a combined 80,000 hours to bring the amazing, gorgeous New Year's Day spectacle to life.


The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish

Amazon, 11am Live

Tired of conventional holiday parade coverage? This Funny or Die-produced Amazon special finds Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon in character as local TV hosts Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan to provide live commentary on this year's Rose Parade.


The 129th Annual Rose Parade

ABC, Hallmark Channel, NBC, 11am Live

On New Year's Day, millions of spectators from around the world will celebrate the new year with the 129th Tournament of Roses Parade.


NHL Hockey: N.Y. Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres 

NBC, 1pm Live

The traditional New Year's Day NHL Winter Classic outdoor game takes place at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y., as Henrik Lundqvist and the N.Y. Rangers battle Evander Kane and the Buffalo Sabres.


College Football Playoff Semifinals 

ESPN, beginning at 5:10pm Live 

The top four teams in college football compete in the College Football Playoff Semifinals, with both games taking place today on ESPN. First up, the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners face the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Then in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, the No. 1 Clemson Tigers face the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide in a rematch of last year's national championship game won by Clemson. The national championship game is Jan. 8 on ESPN.


The Bachelor

ABC, 8pm

Season Premiere!

What better way to ring in the new year than another season of backbiting, dream dates and rose ceremonies that culminate in one more likely short-lived but oh-so-romantic engagement! This time around, it's Bachelorette Season 8 returnee Arie Luyendyk Jr. who is trying to make a reality TV love connection that stands the test of time.


The Wall

NBC, 8pm

Midseason Premiere!

The Chris Hardwick-hosted game show returns after its winter hiatus.


60 Days In

A&E, 9pm 

Season Premiere!

The hit series returns to one of the most dangerous facilities in the country -- Atlanta's Fulton County Jail -- with a two-hour premiere. Nine participants go undercover for a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system and to help impact change within the facility. This season, one of the participants goes full inmate, blowing their cover, turning the entire program on its head.


Better Late Than Never

NBC, 9pm

Season Premiere!

Season 2 again follows globe-trotting stars Henry Winkler, William Shatner, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and Jeff Dye as, over the course of the season, they set out on a wild and entertaining journey to Munich, Berlin, Lithuania, Sweden, Barcelona, Madrid and Morocco. After tonight's two-hour premiere, the series moves to its regular hourlong time slot next Monday.


Ridiculous Cakes

Food Network, 10pm

New Series!

Talented cake artists design wildly imaginative cakes including a 500-pound replica of planet Earth, an illuminated chandelier cake that hangs upside down and a Fraggle Rock cake for Jim Henson Studios. Narrated by Alton Brown, Ridiculous Cakes unveils the massive effort that goes into these mind-boggling creations.


NFL Football Fanatic 

USA Network, 11pm

New Series!

This high-energy series follows Scottish-born Darren McMullen (The Voice Australia) as he embarks on a journey across America to delve deep into the culture of the NFL and find a team to call his own. In each episode, Darren will visit a different American city to learn about the unique take they have on football fandom.


Tuesday, Jan. 2

The Middle: "New Year's Revelations"

ABC, 8pm

As New Year's Eve approaches, Sue (Eden Sher) admits to Frankie (Patricia Heaton) that she likes Sean Donahue (Beau Wirick) and that she kissed him at the Christmas party. But she's still trying to figure out if her kiss with Sean was a fluke or if it actually meant that he likes her. Meanwhile, Mike (Neil Flynn) forces Axl (Charlie McDermott) and Brick (Atticus Shaffer) to take a drive with him and Mike's dad, Big Mike (John Cullum), and the boys are shocked to discover what awaits when they reach their final destination.


NCIS: "High Tide"

CBS, 8pm

In the new episode "High Tide," Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) and Bishop (Emily Wickersham) help an NCIS sting operation by going undercover as a criminal couple available for hire.


Ellen's Game of Games

NBC, 8pm

New Series!

Ellen DeGeneres hosts this hourlong game show, which includes supersized versions of the most popular and action-packed games from her daytime talk show. Contestants, who are pulled right from the audience, have to maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under crushing time pressure and face gigantic plunges into the unknown, all in a quest to win a big cash prize.


My Big Fat Fabulous Life

TLC, 8pm

Season Premiere!

The TLC reality hit starring plus-sized dancer Whitney Thore returns in a new time slot for an emotional fourth season that sees her struggling with life on the road, a tenuous new romance, her health, and conflict with Todd over his handling of Big Girl Dance Class. Meanwhile, Buddy's been keeping a secret and the shocking reveal impacts his friendships and his relationship with Heather. And painful feelings about her chance at motherhood emerge for Whitney as she helps Ashley prepare for childbirth.


Fresh Off the Boat: "Big Baby"

ABC, 8:30pm

Honey (Chelsey Crisp) is excited to attend a parenting class that encourages moms to listen to their babies, taught by self-proclaimed child sage Wilhelmina Page (guest star Niecy Nash). But when her mother, Anne (guest star Cheryl Hines), ridicules the idea, it exposes communication issues of their own. And when Honey turns to Jessica (Constance Wu) for support, she is disappointed to find that even her best friend doesn't have her back. Meanwhile, Louis (Randall Park) and Marvin (Ray Wise) are thrilled when they get to go on the free cruise their wives won on Wheel of Fortune, but their boys' trip quickly turns into a gambling getaway gone haywire. Back in Orlando, Eddie's (Hudson Yang) friends are wary of his new crush at school.



A&E, 9pm

Season Premiere!

In each of this season's nine episodes, the Emmy-winning series will follow interconnected stories of addicts and their families within the cluster of affluent Atlanta suburbs known as the "Heroin Triangle." The tragic struggles of these families highlight the desperate need for support and help as part of the nation's overall opioid crisis.


Bull: "Survival Instincts"

CBS, 9pm

In the new episode "Survival Instincts," Bull (Michael Weatherly) represents a teenager arrested for robbing a jewelry store with an older man she disappeared with 18 months ago.


LA to Vegas

FOX, 9pm

New Series!

Dylan McDermott stars as the outrageous pilot of a weekend route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. His outspoken character sees himself as a king and the airplane a tiny kingdom. "But the funny thing is that he thinks he rules it, but actually, everybody else does," laughs McDermott. "He thinks because he thinks something, it's true. But it's actually just the opposite. The flight attendants are really running that plane." Ed Weeks, Kim Matula, Nathan Lee Graham, Olivia Macklin and Peter Stormare also star in this mobile workplace comedy.


The Challenge: Vendettas

MTV, 9pm

Season Premiere!

Twenty-eight players including stars from MTV UK's Ex on the Beach and Geordie Shore, along with contestants from Big Brother, will join The Challenge fan favorites as they travel to Spain to pursue their personal vendettas against one another. And this season, there will be only one winner; the players compete solely for themselves for a cash prize that could exceed $500,000.


black-ish: "Working Girl"

ABC, 9:30

Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) has trouble adjusting when she returns to work after maternity leave. Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) gives the twins a "workaround" plan to get out of doing homework.


The Mick

FOX, 9:30pm

Midseason Premiere!

Tonight, the outrageous comedy starring Kaitlin Olson moves to a new time.


Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: "The Ugly Sleep"

ABC, 10pm

Reveling in his success after finding the first righteous soul, Kevin (Jason Ritter) attempts to help a man start dating again after a bad breakup. Meanwhile, inspired by Kevin's good deeds, Reese (Chloe East) befriends the new girl at school. Yvette (Kimberly Hébert Gregory) becomes concerned by Tyler's (Dustin Ybarra) desperate search for the mysterious lady he met in Laos. And Amy (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) finally finds the courage to ask Nate (J. August Richards) out on a date.


NCIS: New Orleans: "Monster"

CBS, 10pm

A deadly armed robbery and high-speed chase is connected to an undercover ATF operation in the new episode "Monster." As part of the investigation, Percy (Shalita Grant) reconnects with her former ATF partner (guest star L. Steven Taylor).


Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified

Discovery Channel, 10pm

New Series!

Did Nikola Tesla conceive one of the first weapons of mass destruction, and was he murdered for it? Often called the Man Who Invented the 20th Century, Tesla was the most famous and perhaps most dangerous mind of his time, and in 1943, he was found dead in a hotel room, his safe cracked open and his research missing. In 2016, the FBI declassified 250 documents that give fresh insight into Tesla's final work and final days. As the 75th anniversary of his death approaches, Discovery's new series investigates the mysterious circumstances around his passing while a team of engineers works to re-create one of his most deadly inventions, the Death Ray.


Chicago Med: "Mountains and Molehills"

NBC, 10pm

Midseason Premiere!

Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) and Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) try to treat a patient without insurance who refuses to take an HIV test. Natalie (Torrey DeVitto) and Will (Nick Gehlfuss) attempt to diagnose a young girl with increasing paralysis. Noah (guest star Roland Buck III) deals with his first death as a resident.


Hack My Life 

truTV, 10pm 

Season Premiere!

From learning how to open a bottle of wine with your shoe to finding out the multiple uses for a toilet paper roll, there is never a shortage of hacks to discover.


Wednesday, Jan. 3

The Amazing Race 

CBS, 8pm 

Season Premiere!

Season 30 of the globe-trotting reality competition series premieres tonight as teams begin their quest to cross the finish line first. Phil Keoghan returns as host.


The X-Files

FOX, 8pm

Season Premiere!

FOX's supernatural series The X-Files returns with 10 new episodes as FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) try to find answers for unexplainable phenomena. Series creator Chris Carter shares two of this season's guest stars. "Barbara Hershey is involved in the mythology [storyline], and Haley Joel Osment came in for a stand-alone episode." Carter had just screened Osment's episode and reveals, "It's a terrific performance. He's an excellent actor who is smart and completely committed."



Freeform, 8pm

New Series!

This black-ish spinoff premieres with back-to-back episodes and follows the Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) as she heads off to her freshman year of college and faces the realities of life. Trevor Jackson, Jordan Buhat, Emily Arlook and Francia Raisa star as Zoey's friends with Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey and Luka Sabbat recurring. SNL alum Chris Parnell and black-ish's Deon Cole appear as Dean Parker and Charlie Telphy, respectively.


SEAL Team: "Pattern of Life"

CBS, 9pm

The new episode "Pattern of Life" features a story told in real time, as Jason (David Boreanaz) and the SEAL Team enter a Yemeni house to locate a cellphone linked to a terrorist network and interrogate the family while their daughter lies in critical condition after being accidentally shot.



FOX, 9pm

New Series!

Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause and Aisha Hinds play first responders with equally challenging personal lives in this fast-paced dramedy from American Crime Story's Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. "What you never think about is that they go right on to the next emergency," says Bassett, who co-executive produces, of the show's intriguing premise. "They don't know 'What happened to that baby, that woman, that man -- did they make it, did they not?' … What's interesting about our show is that we see that there are real and perceived emergencies in their lives -- not just the hero and the person in distress."


Match Game

ABC, 10pm

Season Premiere!

Emmy-nominated host Alec Baldwin returns for a new season of the beloved game show's modern reboot.


Criminal Minds: "Submerged"

CBS, 10pm

Guest Star Alert!

When a series of backyard pool homicides are reported in California, the BAU team searches for an unsub with a puzzling past. Lou Diamond Phillips guest-stars as a sheriff in the new episode "Submerged."


Billion Dollar Buyer

CNBC, 10pm

Season Premiere!

Billionaire hospitality mogul and new owner of the Houston Rockets, Tilman Fertitta has some serious buying power, and he's ready to help small businesses score a deal. The new season finds Fertitta back on the hunt for products he can use at his many restaurants, hotels and casinos. With just one order, he can turn small business into big business.


WAGS Atlanta

E!, 10pm

New Series!

The WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) franchise heads to Atlanta to follow the relationships and glamorous lifestyles of nine wives/girlfriends of today's hottest professional athletes. Featured ladies include Ariel Anderson, Niche Caldwell, Kierra Douglas, Kaylin Jurrjens, Kesha Norman, Brandi Rhodes, Shuntel "Telli" Swift, Sincerely Ward and Hope Wiseman. In the eight-episode season, viewers will see these ambitious, strong-minded women build their brands and navigate friendships and their high-profile romances, all while taking the Atlanta social scene by storm alongside their leading men.


Catfish: The TV Show

MTV, 10pm

Season Premiere!

This season, hosts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph head to Los Angeles to detangle the deepest, darkest catfish webs as they track down online daters and bring them face-to-face for the first time. This season, Nev will take his investigations home with him and let audiences meet his wife Laura and 1-year-old daughter Cleo, showing how his work impacts his family life.


2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships 

NBCSN & NBC, beginning at 11pm Live

The U.S. Olympic figure skating roster will be set after the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. Coverage on NBCSN begins tonight with the ladies short program. NBC's highlights include the ladies free skate Friday in primetime, the pairs free skate and men's free skate on Saturday, and the free dance competition on Sunday. NBC airs the Smucker's Skating Spectacular on Jan. 13.


Laff Mobb's Laff Tracks

truTV, 11pm

New Series! 

Hosted by DJ and comedian Cipha Sounds, this series flips standup comedy on its head and introduces the next generation of comedians to audiences. In a playful reinvention of the standard standup format, each joke is heightened with actors bringing the jokes to life in over-the-top visual re-creations. 


Thursday, Jan. 4

The Big Bang Theory: "The Matrimonial Metric"

CBS, 8pm

To discover who would be most qualified to be best man and maid of honor at their wedding, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) subject their friends to a series of secret experiments in the new episode "The Matrimonial Metric."


The Four: Battle for Stardom 

FOX, 8pm

New Series!

Each week in FOX's new reality singing competition, four top singers must defend their coveted position as one of "The Four" against newcomers who want the seat for their own.

Sean "Diddy" Combs, D.J. Khaled, Meghan Trainor and record label executive Charlie Walk will serve as the competition's judges and will help guide the winner's career to make him or her a breakout star. Pop singer Fergie hosts the competition.


Young Sheldon: "An Eagle Feather, a String Bean, and an Eskimo"

CBS, 8:30pm

In the new episode "An Eagle Feather, a String Bean, and an Eskimo," Sheldon (Iain Armitage) moves to Dallas to attend a school for gifted children, and the family struggles to cope with his absence.


Mom: "Teenage Vampires and a White Russian"

CBS, 9pm

In the new episode "Teenage Vampires and a White Russian," Bonnie (Allison Janney) is upset when her brother (recurring guest star Leonard Roberts) is arrested and calls Adam (William Fichtner) instead of her to bail him out, and Christy (Anna Faris) gets fired from her job at the restaurant.



CMT, 9pm

Season Premiere!

Tonight begins the sixth and final season of the musical drama about the lives of country music superstars as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in Nashville's music business. The series stars Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Kaitlin Doubleday, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Maisy Stella and Lennon Stella. In addition, Season 6 features Rhiannon Giddens and Cameron Scoggins in recurring roles. 


Killing Fields: Murder Isle

Discovery Channel, 9pm

Season Premiere!

The third season of Discovery's true-crime series Killing Fields heads to the Isle of Wight County in Virginia to investigate a brutal cold case.


Bringing Up Bates 

UP TV, 9pm

Season Premiere!

In Season 7, the super-sized Bates family plans for Tori and Bobby's wedding, Carlin begins a courtship, and Josie's relationship grows, as does the family with new babies on the way. This massive family is led by devoted father Gil and his loving wife Kelly Jo, and the close clan of kin does everything in bulk while staying true to their values and family rules.


S.W.A.T.: "Blindspots"

CBS, 10pm

A misconduct complaint filed against Hondo (Shemar Moore) gets him taken off active duty in the new episode "Blindspots," and Deacon (Jay Harrington) steps up to lead the team in finding a robbery crew that is hitting marijuana dispensaries.


The Interrogation Room

Discovery Channel, 10pm

New Series!

What if you could be a fly on the wall for the most chilling conversations in the history of crime? What if you could hear these conversations, word for word, exactly as they really happened? What if you could experience evil verbatim? Discovery Channel's new series puts you in the room for the most intense exchanges ever documented.


Friday, Jan. 5

NBA Basketball 

ESPN, beginning at 7pm Live 

ESPN's Friday night NBA doubleheader has the N.Y. Knicks at the Miami Heat, followed by the Washington Wizards at the Memphis Grizzlies.


Child Support

ABC, 8pm

New Series!

From the mouths of babes. The Office's Ricky Gervais executive produces this new game show that features host Fred Savage asking adult contestants to answer 10 questions correctly. If they do, they win a prize. If they don't, their fates are in the hands of five kids who have answered the same questions for Gervais.


MacGyver: "Mac + Jack"

CBS, 8pm

Mac (Lucas Till) and Jack (George Eads) are stuck in a trap in the new episode "Mac + Jack," and the story of how they met is told through flashbacks.


Hawaii Five-0: "Ka hopu nui 'ana (The Round Up)"

CBS, 9pm

When an FBI agent who was cracking down on organized crime is killed, McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) rounds up every gang-related criminal on the island to find the culprit in the new episode "Ka hopu nui 'ana (The Round Up)."


Blue Bloods: "Second Chances"

CBS, 10pm

In the new episode "Second Chances," Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) search for a journalist who disappears while digging into a 15-year-old murder case.


Saturday, Jan. 6

NFL Football: AFC and NFC Wild Card Playoffs 

ABC and CBS, beginning at 4pm Live

The NFL playoffs begin with wild card coverage Saturday on ABC and CBS. The action continues tomorrow on NBC and FOX.


A Tale of Two Coreys

Lifetime, 8pm

Original Film!

Executive produced by Corey Feldman, this film documents the rise and fall of Feldman and his friend and fellow actor Corey Haim, collectively known in the '80s as "The Two Coreys." Having appeared together in the 1987 blockbuster hit The Lost Boys, Feldman (Elijah Marcano and Scott Bosely) and Haim (Justin Ellings and Casey Leach) quickly became teen heartthrobs, enjoying the raucous perks of stardom at a much-too-young age. But as their stars rose, the Coreys' lives began to spin out of control, thanks to hard partying, drug addiction and rumored sexual abuse by industry insiders. With their careers dried up, a sober and stable Feldman tried to help his friend find similar peace -- until Haim's mysterious death kiboshed hope for a Hollywood ending.


Ten Days in the Valley

ABC, 9pm

Series Finale!

The Kyra Sedgwick series wraps up its mystery tonight.


Love on the Slopes

Hallmark Channel, 9pm

Original Film!

NYC-based copy editor Alex (Katrina Bowden) is sent to Ridgeline Resort, an extreme sports outpost, to write a story for a travel-writing competition. At first, she fails at everything, much to the chagrin of Cole (Thomas Beaudoin), an extreme sports enthusiast who thinks this city girl should head back to New York. But when Alex offers to assist Cole with his local arts festival, he reluctantly agrees to be her guide as she faces her fears doing one extreme sport after the next.

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