As the first season of HBO’s massive new hit “Watchmen” comes to an end, network television switches gears to feature shows and films that will get audiences in the holiday spirit.
PICK OF THE DAY:
“Watchmen” (HBO) at 9:00 PM EST
If HBO had been concerned about what their next big thing was going to be after “Game of Thrones” ended earlier this year, they can’t be too worried now. They’ve built up a pretty impressive slate of original programming, and “Watchmen” more than any of their other new shows feels poised to fill the void the epic fantasy adventure from Westeros left in its wake. A nuanced, refreshing take on the superhero genre, “Watchmen” captured the attention of audiences immediately, and viewers are likely counting the days until it returns for a second season.
“The Christmas Caroler Challenge” (CW) at 8:00 PM EST
What we have before us is the ultimate mashup of seasonal reality show challenges and the ever-popular vocal competitions. Network television lives for this stuff! “The Christmas Caroler Challenge” is a new show that, in the true spirit of Christmas, pits twelve caroling groups against one another. At its best, it presents the opportunity for audiences to hear all of their favorite carols on television to get them in the holiday spirit.
MOVIES ON TV:
“The Sound of Music” (ABC) at 7:00 PM EST
One does not simply pass up the opportunity to watch “The Sound of Music” when it happens to be on network television. The classic musical about a nun-turned-governess-turned-wife and her new family facing off against the Nazis in Austria features Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in two of their most iconic roles. Honestly, the film is worth watching for the location shoots in Salzburg alone.
“Scrooged” (CMT) at 8:30 PM EST
“Scrooged” represents the top tier of “A Christmas Carol” adaptations. It stars Bill Murray as a selfish, cynical television executive who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Come for Carol Kane as the saccharine but cartoonishly violent Ghost of Christmas Present, stay for the always iconic Bobcat Goldthwait as an unhinged, disgruntled former employee at Murray’s television network. If traditional Christmas films are too sugary sweet for your taste, “Scrooged” might be a perfect fit.
NEW TV EPISODES:
Still looking for something to watch? Check out more of tonight’s lineup!
- “42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors” (CBS) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Ray Donovan” (Showtime) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Dublin Murders” (Starz) at 8:00 PM EST
- “America in Color” (Smithsonian) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Loch Ness Monster: New Evidence” (Travel) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Shameless” (Showtime) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Hostile Planet” (NGC) at 9:00 PM EST
- “A Very Merry Cavallari” (E!) at 10:00 PM EST
- “Royal Wives at War” (PBS) at 10:00 PM EST
- “Star Wars Resistance” (Disney) at 10:00 PM EST
- “Hawaii Hunters” (HGTV) at 10:00 PM EST
- “The L Word: Generation Q” (Showtime) at 10:00 PM EST
- “Expedition Bigfoot” (Travel) at 10:00 PM EST
- “Mr. Robot” (USA) at 10:00 PM EST
- “House Hunters International” (HGTV) at 11:00 PM EST
- “Work in Progress” (Showtime) at 11:00 PM EST