On TV this Thursday: The Big Bang Theory celebrates a double birthday, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran headline the annual Jingle Ball and Frozen gets a primetime holiday special. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:
What to Watch Today
Frozen Special, Jingle Ball, White Hot Taraji and More
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
Season 1 finale: Silverman welcomes writer Roxane Gay, discusses the “War on Christmas” and sends comedian Kate Berlant out to lead a D.C. tour group.
WWE Tribute to the Troops
Two hours: The rivalry between The Shield and Samoa Joe, Cesaro and Sheamus comes to a head in the 15th annual salute to the U.S. Armed Forces.
The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball
90 minutes: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, The Chainsmokers, Liam Payne, Camila Cabello and Niall Horan perform.
Showtime at the Apollo: Christmas
Snoop Dogg, Boyz II Men, Fifth Harmony and DMX perform; Steve Harvey returns as host.
Olaf's Frozen Adventure
In this developed-for-ABC special that has already been foisted upon wee Coco fans (and their ‘rents) as a Pixar “short,” Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) sets out to create new holiday traditions for Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (
Idina Menzel). (Disney’s Prep and Landing follows at 8:30.)
The Big Bang Theory
Fall finale: Sheldon and Howard plan birthday parties for Amy and Halley; Leonard stresses over his lack of accomplishments after receiving a Christmas letter from his brother.
Taraji's White Hot Holidays
Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson is joined by Fergie, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Leslie Odom Jr., Chaka Khan, Faith Evans, Jussie Smollett, Salt-N-Pepa and the Ying Yang Twins.
Bonnie and Christy rally around Marjorie after her husband suffers a stroke.
New time slot alert! Seth and Creeley come across a familiar face when a traveling carnival rolls into town.
Hondo is asked to keep a watchful eye on an imprisoned childhood friend’s son; Luca deals with a painful family secret following the death of his grandfather.