On TV this Thursday: RuPaul launches Queen of the Universe and reveals The Bitch Who Stole Christmas, Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg preside over a scrumptious Making It spinoff, and Little Orphan Annie hits primetime. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.
What to Watch Today
Annie Live!, RuPaul Christmas Movie, Baking It and More
Series premiere (all six episodes): Andy Samberg and Maya Rudolph host the holiday baking competition. (What else is streaming in December?)
Queen of the Universe
Series premiere: EP RuPaul’s latest competition pits 14 of the world’s fiercest queens against each other; Michelle Visage, Trixie Mattel, Leona Lewis and Vanessa Williams judge; Graham Norton hosts. (RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 “RuVeal” airs on VH1 at 8 pm.)
Series premiere (all eight episodes): A high-ranking elf (voiced by Sarah Silverman) is determined to become the first female Santa Claus; additional voices include Seth Rogen, Maria Bamford, Joel Kim Booster, Nicholas Braun, Leslie Grossman, Craig Robinson and Gabourey Sidibe. (Watch trailer.)
Single All the Way
In the rom-com, Peter (Ugly Betty‘s Michael Urie) asks best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to pose as his boyfriend for the holidays; Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus), Kathy Najimy (Hocus Pocus) and Barry Bostwick (Spin City) co-star. (Christmas Movie Guide!)
Celina Smith (Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan) takes on the title role in the live musical event; the all-star cast also includes Harry Connick Jr. (Will & Grace) as Daddy Warbucks, Taraji P. Henson (Empire) as Miss Hannigan, Nicole Scherzinger (The Masked Singer) as Grace, Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) as Rooster and Megan Hilty (Smash) as Lily St. Regis.
Alec Baldwin: Unscripted
GMA‘s George Stephanopoulos conducts the first interview with Baldwin following the deadly, Oct. 21 shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film Rust.
The Bitch Who Stole Christmas
In the “draggiest Christmas movie ever made,” a fashion journalist is sent to a small town where she finds herself in the middle of a cutthroat Winter Ball competition; RuPaul, Krysta Rodriguez and Michelle Visage star.
The Great Christmas Light Fight
Season 9 finale (two episodes): Carter and Taniya visit Christmas displays in Texas and Arizona; one family wins the Light Fight trophy and a $50,000 prize.
The Super Squad is determined to help Hope, whether she likes it or not; MG makes a last-ditch effort to assist them. (Get CW midseason premiere dates.)
Season 2 premiere (two episodes): Shaq takes on AEW’S Cody Rhodes in a tag-team showdown, then hosts a charity event in Tampa.
Gina brings Cannoli to the retirement home to bond with the seniors; Drew prepares for his cross-country trip in a camper van.