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CHICAGO MED Sneak Peek: Family Matters

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Things get personal for the doctors of CHICAGO MED as Dr. Halstead deals with his father coming in and Dr. Rhodes’ concern for Robin grows.

After the strange moment in Connor’s apartment at the end of the last episode, he goes to Dr. Charles to talk about the possibility that something is off with Robin. Though Dr. Charles seemingly brushes off Connor’s concerns about his daughter’s behavior, including the rats and the staring off into nothing, there is some doubt in Dr. Charles that this is just nothing and sees that it intensifies.

Meanwhile, Dr. Halstead has to contend with seeing his unsupportive father in his hospital despite his objections to his father’s admission. Seeing Halstead’s issues with his father gets Dr. Rhodes to start thinking about his own relationship with his father.

Elsewhere on CHICAGO MED, a teenage boy comes into the hospital and confides in Dr. Charles that he wishes to stop his sexual urges, asking about extreme methods of controlling those urges. Ultimately, it’s up to Dr. Choi to help the boy. Dr. Manning’s patient hits a little close as she treats a young boy who is brought in for neglect and Reese tries to teach high school students about life with a baby.

Watch CHICAGO MED tonight (April 13) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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SUPERNATURAL Recap: An Awkward Family Reunion

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We begin this week’s SUPERNATURAL in Massachusetts, with the mysterious death of a woman.

Back at the bunker, the Winchesters recap that Kelly Kline is still in the wind, so Sam suggests they investigate a case (involving the death of a teacher at a museum). Was a witch to blame? Dean suggests they call up Mary for some help. But she’s busy using some newfangled technology to kill monsters, courtesy of her new BFFs, the British Men of Letters. And when Dean calls, she declares herself “too tired” to help the boys.

Meanwhile, Crowley has Lucifer (in Nick’s old meat suit) locked up and we learn how Crowley captured Lucifer after the others thought they had sent him back to Hell for good. He also explains that they found poor old Nick years before so that Lucifer could continue to inhabit his old meat suit (and Mark Pellegrino could continue to play the role).

As the brothers head out to investigate the case they find more victims online and Dean seems suspicious about Mary’s excuse. The boys also soon realize that the case is connected to the Star, the ship Gavin (Crowley’s son) was supposed to die on.

Back in Hell, Lucifer and Crowley are having a chat about Kelly and Lucifer insists that his baby is still alive (which Crowley didn’t know). When called, Crowley refuses to help the brothers find Gavin and expresses anger that they let Lucifer’s baby live.

The boys turn to Rowena instead for help and they soon greet Gavin at a bus station. They introduce Gavin to his grandmother, Rowena, and she seems genuinely pleased to meet him. They head to the museum and Gavin recognizes a locket that he was going to give to his girlfriend, Fiona, before they were going to board the ship. Sam and Dean quickly conclude that the killer ghost must be Fiona, but the locket is missing from the exhibit. They try to track it down and discover that the ghost gave it to someone at a nearby all-girl’s boarding school.

All manner of ghostly things start happening at the school and two teachers are attacked. The Winchesters rush in — all hero-like — and save the day, at least momentarily. They’re joined by Gavin and Rowena and Gavin tries to talk to Fiona’s spirit (assuming it’s her). The ghost reveals herself and it is, indeed, Fiona. The pair discuss the night Gavin disappeared and she reveals how she became an angry spirit.

The Winchesters’ only solution is to send Gavin back in time so he can protect Fiona, prevent her from becoming an angry spirit, and die. Rowena is initially unhappy about this plan, but Gavin is fine with it. Crowley, however, pops by to say this is never going to happen. But Gavin is insistent and he had called Crowley to say goodbye. “He’s not like us, he believes in things. Let him do what he believes is right,” Rowena tells Crowley, just before she freezes Crowley so he can’t stop Gavin from leaving. Back at the bunker the boys prepare the spell to reunite Gavin and Fiona and soon Gavin is gone.

Throughout the episode we also see that angels are tracking Kelly and looking to kill her, but she’s got some help from one demon in particular: Dagon (a.k.a. Ramiel’s sister). After saving Kelly from the angels, Dagon takes a moment to educate her on the politics of Heaven and Hell and explains why the angels want her dead.

Elsewhere, Mary is hanging out with Mr. Ketch, who continues to be interested in the Winchester boys. But he tells her to “disengage from them a bit”. He tells her she’s weaker when she speaks to them, but when she’s hunting she’s strong.

As the boys realize that their plan worked, Mary stops by with burgers and beer and she makes a startling confession: she’s been working with the British Men of Letters. But Sam and Dean refuse her suggestion to work with the BMOL, so she begs them to hear her out.

Crowley confronts Rowena at the end of the episode, saying that what Rowena did wasn’t right because he believes she did it out of spite. Rowena insists that Gavin was a lovely boy and she cared for him in her own way, but the whole thing was really payback for Crowley making her kill Oskar to remove the Mark of Cain.

Throughout a montage we see Mary trying to convince her boys, Crowley brooding, Kelly accompanying Dagon to parts unknown, and Lucifer whispering for Dagon. Will Kelly’s baby daddy be reunited with her soon enough?

The next new episode of SUPERNATURAL will air on March 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Watch a preview below.

SUPERNATURAL Photos: Crowley’s Complicated Family

Gavin MacLeod (a.k.a. Crowley’s son) has appeared twice on SUPERNATURAL. The first time we met him was back in the season 6 episode “Weekend at Bobby’s”, when he told Bobby and the Winchester brothers the location of Crowley’s bones, thus giving the men an advantage over the self-proclaimed King of Hell. We saw him again in the season 9 episode “King of the Damned”, when Abaddon brought him into the future to use as a pawn against Crowley. After Crowley refused to send his son back into the past to die, Gavin remained in the present.

In an upcoming episode of SUPERNATURAL it looks like Gavin will resurface. The Winchester brothers will investigate a murder at a museum and they learn that a ghost from a merchant ship that sunk in 1723 may be at the heart of the mystery. In fact, this specific ship — “The Star” — was the ship that Gavin was originally supposed to die on. Armed with this information, Sam and Dean ask Rowena to track down Gavin.

Elsewhere in the episode, Kelly Kline is still pregnant with Lucifer’s child. When an angel attempts to kill her, she takes refuge with a demon.

Browse through photos above for the February 23 episode of SUPERNATURAL airing at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

THE ORIGINALS Season 4 Preview: Trying to Get the Family Back Together

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Hayley is trying to reunite her family on THE ORIGINALS.

When the show returns for its fourth season, five years will have passed since we last saw the Mikaelsons, their friends (the few they have) and their enemies (of which they have quite a few). A preview for the new season shows us a few things:

  • Hayley’s plan to reunite the Mikaelsons is very upsetting to both Marcel and Vincent who don’t want them to return to New Orleans to wreak havoc on the city again
  • Elijah, Kol, Rebekah and Freya are all still trapped and asleep in their coffins
  • Marcel rules New Orleans and is still keeping Klaus hostage. Klaus, meanwhile, continues to have visions of the deceased Cami

The preview doesn’t show this, but with THE VAMPIRE DIARIES coming to an end soon, expect to see a Mystic Falls resident turning up on an upcoming episode of THE ORIGINALS: Alaric Saltzman (played by Matt Davis).

THE ORIGINALS returns for its fourth season on March 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

SANTA CLARITA DIET Preview: This Family Slays (and Stays) Together

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In SANTA CLARITA DIET, realtors Joel and Sheila Hammond are living a normal life in the suburbs of L.A. when Shiela mysteriously dies, vomits up her insides and then continues “living” as a member of the undead.

But things take a horrible turn for the worst when Sheila starts snacking on body parts. Her husband is understandably upset, but Sheila has never more energy or felt better. So along with their teenaged daughter Abby, the family bands together to kill very bad people and continue getting Sheila the sustenance she needs to survive.

SANTA CLARITA DIET debuts its first season on Netflix on February 3.

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Teasers: Taking Josh Home to Meet the Family

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When we last met Rebecca’s mother in CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND she seems to hate Josh. So when Rebecca prepares to to bring her new (serious) boyfriend home to New York she’s understandably worried about the reception he’ll get from her family. Does her worry pay out?

The Honeymoon Stage. In the early days of their new relationship, Rebecca and Josh are convinced their relationship is foolproof. They even sing a song about how they’ll never have problems again. Heather, meanwhile, is completely grossed out by their delusion and is convinced it’s unrealistic, but the happy couple don’t want to listen.

Seller’s Remorse. After realizing he made a mistake in selling half of his firm, Darren is convinced he needs to look more like a successful business man in front of Nathanial and offer to help. But Nathanial isn’t eager to work Darren and it’s clear that Darren is no longer in the loop when it comes to his own business. And he’s definitely not aware of the huge new client Nathanial is supposed to be getting from his father. But maybe…just maybe…Nathaniel isn’t the monster he pretends to be.

Are We Okay? The one person Rebecca hasn’t told about Josh yet is Valencia and that changes this week. How does the ex react now that she and Rebecca are friends? She doesn’t seem that thrown that Rebecca and Josh are together, but she is convinced that Josh is “lost” and “all over the place” — which is something that Rebecca denies because, once again, she’s convinced their love can overcome anything.

All in the Family. It’s clear that Josh is concerned about seeing Rebecca’s family again, but he needn’t worry — despite a few initial hiccups, Rebecca’s mother LOVES Josh. While Rebecca wanted the two to get along, she seems horrified by what’s actually happening.

Don’t miss an all new episode of CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND tonight (January 13) beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Fox Thanksgiving and Christmas Teasers: BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, FAMILY GUY, SON OF ZORN and More

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There’s no use denying it, the holidays are coming. Soon Thanksgiving will take place in the US and then it will be followed by Christmas and New Year’s before you even know it. Fox is getting into the holiday spirit with Thanksgiving and Christmas themed episodes of some of its shows, along with a few specials and TV movies.

The following Thanksgiving-themed programs air in November on Fox:

Sunday, November 13
SON OF ZORN (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Battle of Thanksgiving”
After a pep talk from Linda (Artemis Pebdani), Zorn (Jason Sudeikis) crashes Edie’s (Cheryl Hines) Thanksgiving to prove to Edie’s mom how much he’s matured. It goes well at first, until Edie’s mom (guest star Jenny O’Hara) shares her views on Zephyria. Meanwhile, Alan (Johnny Pemberton) butters up his grandmother to get her to pay for his expensive summer music camp. Also, after Thanksgiving, Zorn consults fellow Zephyrian Dr. Klorpins (guest voice Nick Offerman) via Facetime, when he develops a mysterious itch.

Sunday, November 20
BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Quirk-ducers” – Airing at a special time
The kids have their half day before Thanksgiving cancelled because of Mr. Frond’s (guest voice David Herman) idea for a play. Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal) come up with an idea to sabotage the play with Tina’s (Dan Mintz) holiday fan fiction in order to get their half day back.

Tuesday, November 22
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) – “Mr. Santiago”
At Amy’s (Melissa Fumero) intricately planned Thanksgiving dinner, Jake (Andy Samberg) goes “full Santiago” (binder and all) in order to impress her father (guest star Jimmy Smits), a former cop. With Jake and Amy’s focus elsewhere, Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) is left on turkey duty and Holt (Andre Braugher) helps Pimento (guest star Jason Mantzoukas) cope after learning he can no longer work for the NYPD.

NEW GIRL (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT) – “Last Thanksgiving”
Jess (Zooey Deschanel) is set on making the gang’s last Thanksgiving at the loft the best one ever, while playing nurse to her new wheelchair-stricken boyfriend, Robbie (Nelson Franklin). Meanwhile, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone) have to babysit a heartsick Gavin (guest star Peter Gallagher) who’s just been dumped by his girlfriend.

The following holiday-themed programs air this November and December on FOX:

Sunday, November 27
ICE AGE: A MAMMOTH CHRISTMAS (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – Annual Return
America’s favorite arctic herd is busy decorating for the holiday season. In his rush to help, Sid (John Leguizamo) destroys Manny’s (Ray Romano) favorite decorations. Manny is so upset he convinces Sid he is now on Santa’s naughty list. Sid, Crash (Seann William Scott), Eddie (Josh Peck) and Peaches (Ciara Bravo) take off for the North Pole to plead their case to Santa (Billy Gardell). Meanwhile, Manny, Ellie (Queen Latifah) and Diego (Denis Leary), worry over Peaches’ safety and race to find her. Back at the North Pole, Sid and his crew accidentally destroy Santa’s Workshop on Christmas Eve, and it’s up to these newfound friends to orchestrate a Christmas miracle. The special, directed by Karen Disher, also features the voice talent of Chris Wedge, T.J. Miller and Judah Friedlander. An encore airs on Tuesday, Dec. 20 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT).

BOB’S BURGERS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Last Gingerbread House on the Left”
Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) gets roped into competing in a secret Gingerbread house-building contest. Meanwhile, Linda (John Roberts) and the kids decide to go caroling, but their neighbors are not in the Christmas spirit.

Monday, December 5
SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – All-New Special
Emmy Award-winning personality Steve Harvey will host this two-hour event and reimagining of the classic talent showcase series, in which Harvey will celebrate his return to the famed theater, where he launched his own career, and where he’ll be joined by some of the biggest stars in comedy and music.

Wednesday, December 7
LETHAL WEAPON (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Jingle Bell Glock”
The whole precinct’s holiday celebrations are cut short when they’re called to examine a ruthless homicide linked to Eddie Flores (guest star Raul Casso), the deranged nephew of a notable drug lord who has a previous history with Riggs (Clayne Crawford). The holiday season weighs heavily on Riggs, who flashes back to past Christmases with his former wife, Miranda (guest star Floriana Lima). Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) is also a little preoccupied with his neighbor’s obnoxious holiday decorations.

Thursday, December 8
TARAJI’S WHITE HOT HOLIDAYS (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – All-New Special
EMPIRE’S Taraji P. Henson is back this holiday season to spread cheer, goodwill and some holiday magic in an all-new music and variety special, renditions of classic holiday songs by entertainment superstars, including EMPIRE’s Jussie Smollett, Taye Diggs, Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC, Snoop Dogg and TLC. The event also will include cameo appearances by acclaimed actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE’s Terry Crews, among other surprise guests and performances. An encore airs Friday, Dec. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT.

Sunday, December 11
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Nightmare After Krustmas”
Krusty (Dan Castellaneta) tries to impress his daughter (guest voice Natasha Lyonne) as they spend Christmas with the Simpsons. Meanwhile, Reverend Lovejoy (Harry Shearer) seeks converts after church attendance plummets, and Maggie is haunted by a spooky Christmas toy. Comedian Jackie Mason also makes a guest-voice appearance. An encore airs on Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 25 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT).

SON OF ZORN (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The War on Grafelnik”
Torn between Edie’s Christmas and Zorn’s Grafelnik – the Zephyrian holiday of revenge – Alan realizes he can play his parents off each other to get better presents.

FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “How the Griffin Stole Christmas”
Peter (Seth MacFarlane) is asked to fill in for the mall Santa and gets drunk on the power. Meanwhile, Stewie (MacFarlane) and Brian (MacFarlane) crash holiday office parties for the free food, drama and women.

Tuesday, December 13
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) – “Captain Latvia”
Charles enlists Jake’s help in tracking down his son’s favorite toy for Christmas, and the pair finds themselves accidentally facing off against a Latvian criminal ring as a result. Back at the precinct, the team gears up for their annual Christmas carol competition against their sworn enemy: the MTA.

NEW GIRL (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT) – “Christmas Eve Eve”
Jess struggles to keep the loft’s Secret Santa afloat, while helping Reagan (guest star Megan Fox) plan a Christmas surprise for Nick (Jake Johnson). When Winston (Lamorne Morris) believes his gift for Cece won’t be delivered in time, Winston and Schmidt go on a mission to track it down.

Saturday, December 31
PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live-CT/MT/PT tape-delayed) – All-New Special
Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, will ring in the New Year LIVE from the sandy beaches of America’s hottest city – Miami – alongside hosts Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg. Pitbull will perform and be joined by some of his favorite A-list musicians, DJs and celebrity friends for this unforgettable live event.

SUPERNATURAL Preview: A Family Secret

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The Winchesters headed out on a family hunting trip in this week’s SUPERNATURAL when Mary got wind of a case involving two people killed in a locked room. The case led them to an abandoned and run-down house that was haunted. When Mary got marked by the ghost, the boys left her behind to salt and burn the corpse. But Mary returned to the house and got possessed, attacking her sons before they could figure out how to stop the ghost. In the end, however, Mary mourned losing John and her sons as she knew them, opting to leave for now after telling Sam and Dean that she loved them.

Meanwhile, Castiel headed out after getting a lead on Lucifer and was soon joined by Crowley, who proposed that they pair up to find the Devil. The duo headed out to find Vince Vicente’s sister, Wendy, and Castiel realized that Lucifer had Rowena. At Vince’s cabin, Rowena performed some fancy spell work to banish Lucifer and speed up the decaying process of his vessel. Now he’s MIA.

In next week’s SUPERNATURAL the Winchester brothers investigate a case involving a very religious family living off the grid. And it turns out that the family is hiding a big secret that could be disastrous. Meanwhile, the brothers continue to reel from Mary’s decision to head out on her own.

Watch a preview below for an all new episode of SUPERNATURAL airing on Thursday, November 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. You can also browse through photos for the episode here.

ABC Thanksgiving and Christmas Teasers: MODERN FAMILY, THE GOLDBERGS, SPEECHLESS and More

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With Halloween nearly come and gone, it’s time to turn our attentions to the holidays: specifically, Thanksgiving and the Christmas season.

ABC has a plethora of holiday related programming coming up in the months of November and December, from holiday-themed episodes of its scripted shows to Christmas specials. Read on for a full list of what’s coming to ABC this holiday season.

Tuesday, November 15
FRESH OFF THE BOAT – “No Thanks-giving” – Louis and Jessica decide to open Cattleman’s Ranch on Thanksgiving Day, inspiring Emery and Evan to take heed of the restaurant business and perhaps inherit the family legacy someday. Meanwhile, Eddie decides to blow off the rest of eighth grade, so Jessica finds a creative way to teach him the meaning of hard work. (9:00–9:30 p.m.)

THE REAL O’NEALS – “The Real Tradition” – The O’Neals deal with a change to their Thanksgiving tradition when Pat and Eileen invite Gloria and VP Murray to dinner as their dates. Meanwhile, things don’t go as smoothly as planned when Gloria offers to help Kenny cook and Eileen prepares to meet VP Murray’s mom for the first time. The Food Network’s Graham Elliot, Alex Guarnaschelli and Antonia Lofaso as themselves. (9:30–10:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 16
THE GOLDBERGS – “HO-LY K.I.T.T.” – Murray and Uncle Marvin bond over their love of “Knight Rider” and attend the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade to see K.I.T.T. in person. Upset at his father and uncle for going without him, Adam poisons their relationship but later regrets his actions. Meanwhile, when Barry declares he is splitting his time between the Goldberg and Lewis families for Thanksgiving, Beverly hatches a plan to invite Bill and Lainey over. But her plans go awry when Bill has his own idea how to celebrate the holiday. Dan Fogler returns as Marvin. (8:00–8:30 p.m.)

SPEECHLESS – “T-H-A-THANKSGIVING” – The DiMeo plan to avoid another horrible Thanksgiving with Jimmy’s brother (guest star Rob Corddry), and his family backfires when the older DiMeo clan invites themselves over to celebrate. While Kenneth and Ray destroy the turkey, the rest of the family create a game, checking off the various annoying things their relatives are known for. When Jimmy and his brother Billy decide to take their competition to the streets, the family discovers that Billy’s family is not as perfect as it seems. (8:30–9:00 p.m.)

MODERN FAMILY – “Thanksgiving Jamboree” – It’s going to be a Thanksgiving jamboree at the Pritchett-Tucker home this year, and Cameron has spared no expense. While Phil tries to get used to Rainer Shine (Nathan Fillion) dating his daughter, Hayley has to break it to her dad that she would rather spend the rest of her holiday with her new boyfriend than staying for the traditional family football game. Meanwhile, Jay has to figure out a way to keep his blood pressure down on one of the most stressful days of the year, as Gloria tries to show Joe that animals are our friends. Finally, Alex and Dwight get to know each other a little better than her Uncle Cam would like, while Mitchell has to stop clowning around and tell Cam the truth. (9:00–9:31 p.m.)

BLACK-ISH – “Auntsgiving” – Pops’ older sister, Almaviligerais (guest star Lorraine Toussaint), unexpectedly arrives for Thanksgiving, much to everyone’s delight except Ruby, who can’t stand her ex-sister-in-law. While Bow and Dre go on their last vacation before the baby arrives, the kids try to figure out why Ruby hates Almaviligerais so much. (9:31–10:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 18
LAST MAN STANDING – “My Father the Car” – Mike is determined to get Chuck to sell him a car recently left to him by his late father, but Joe (Jay Leno) might beat him to the punch. At the Baxter home, Kyle shows up with a family Thanksgiving heirloom and Vanessa doesn’t even try to hide her distaste for the hideous centerpiece. Meanwhile, Kristin and Ryan are forced to lay down some house rules after learning that Eve’s new boyfriend (Travis Tope) stayed over-night in their basement. (8:00–8:31 p.m.)

DR. KEN – “Allison’s Thanksgiving Meltdown” – Allison convinces a reluctant Ken that it would be a fun, family adventure to drive to her parents for Thanksgiving dinner. But along the way, a traffic jam combined with her husband and kids’ antics causes her to lose her usual cool. Meanwhile, Clark takes charge to serve Thanksgiving dinner at a shelter for the homeless, but his bossiness and unnecessary attention to details drives everyone a little crazy. (8:31–9:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, November 22
THE MIDDLE – “Thanksgiving VIII” – Frankie has come to the conclusion that April (guest star Greer Grammer) is not good enough for Axl and does everything in her power to keep her out of their annual Christmas family photo. But she finds herself vying for Axl’s attention by trying to rearrange timing for the family’s Thanksgiving dinner when she discovers that he plans to go to April’s multiple family get-togethers that day. Meanwhile, Sue goes ballistic when she discovers that Brick will now be her new co-worker at Spudsy’s. (8:00–8:30 p.m.)

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – “The Blow-Up” – It’s Thanksgiving, but Katie is less-than-thankful that the holiday features a visit from her least-favorite person, her mom Kathryn (guest star Wendie Malick, “Hot in Cleveland”), a self-centered former Pan Am stewardess. Surprisingly, it’s Katie’s nemesis, Viv (Leslie Bibb), who helps ease the tension when she invites herself to dinner. (8:30–9:00 p.m.)

Wedneday, November 23
A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING – ABC celebrates the start of the holiday season with the classic half-hour animated Thanksgiving-themed PEANUTS special, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. A special bonus cartoon from Charles M. Schulz, “This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers,” will air with the PEANUTS classic. The cast includes Todd Barbee as Charlie Brown, Robin Kohn as Lucy, Stephen Shea as Linus, Hilary Momberger as Sally, Kip DeFaria as Peppermint Patty, Jimmy Ahrens as Marcie and Robin Reed as Franklin. (Rebroadcast – ABC OAD: 11/16/01). (8:00–9:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 25
“Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” – In the perennial favorite created in 1970 by Rankin-Bass Productions (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman”), Fred Astaire narrates this timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. The vocal cast features Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle, Keenan Wynn as Winter, Paul Frees as Burgermeister Meisterburger, Grimsby, the soldiers and the townsmen, Joan Gardner as Tanta Kringle, Robie Lester as Jessica and Andrea Sacino, Dina Lynn, Gary White and Greg Thomas as the children. (8:00–9:00 p.m.)

Monday, November 28
CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS – Some of the biggest stars in music have come together to celebrate the holidays on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special hosted for the seventh year by Jennifer Nettles. (8:00–10:01 p.m.)

Thursday, December 1
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS – Celebrate the joy of the holidays with the classic animated Christmas-themed PEANUTS special, created by the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. In the digitally re-mastered 1965 special, Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees everywhere during the Christmas season. Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant, and Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, Charlie Brown needs Linus’ help to learn the real meaning of Christmas. (Rebroadcast – ABC OAD: 12/20/91). (8:00–9:00 p.m.)

THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW – It’s going to be a Very Mary Berry Christmas when “The Great American Baking Show” returns with a two-hour season premiere. Hosts Nia Vardalos (“My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding”) and Ian Gomez (“Cougar Town”) return with Britain’s “Royal Queen of Baking,” Mary Berry, and James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and author, Johnny Iuzzini, as judges where bakers from around the country will compete for the title of “America’s Best Amateur Baker.” Each week these bakers will share their recipes for holiday-themed fare with everything from cakes, cookies and pies on the dessert menu. “The Great American Baking Show” is from Love Productions and is executive produced by Richard McKerrow and Joey Allen. (9:00–11:00 p.m.)

Mondays, December 5, 12, 19
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with ABC’s hit holiday decorating competition series, “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” returning for its fourth season with returning celebrity judges Taniya Nayak and Carter Oosterhouse. ”The Great Christmas Light Fight” features families and neighborhoods from across America decorating their homes to the extreme for Christmas in hopes of winning a cash prize and the coveted Light Fight trophy. The series will air for three consecutive weeks with back-to-back episodes. In each of the six one-hour episodes, four families compete for the $50,000 prize, with a total of $300,000 given away for the season, as they transform their homes into a festive wonderland for the holidays. (8:00–10:00 p.m.)

Thursday, December 8
TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT – Pixar Animation Studios’ special for television “Toy Story That Time Forgot” features your favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films. During a post-Christmas play date, the “Toy Story” gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room in this “Toy Story That Time Forgot.” The cast of “Toy Story That Time Forgot” includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie. (8:00–8:30 p.m.)

SHREK THE HALLS – DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek the Halls,”starring America’s favorite ogre and his friends and featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It’s Christmas Eve, and everyone is filled with holiday cheer – except for Shrek. He isn’t exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about, so when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration end up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas. (8:30–9:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 10
MARY POPPINS – Set in Edwardian London, the film features no-nonsense nanny Mary Poppins, who flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children of the wealthy and strict Banks family, Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber). With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the spirited nanny sets off on a series of fantastic adventures with Bert and the children, and teaches their parents some lessons about love along the way. Disney’s beloved classic received a total of 13 Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, and won five, including Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”), Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Music Score. The movie features many classic songs, including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Jolly Holiday,” Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Feed the Birds,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” (8:00–11:00 p.m.)

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