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NCIS: LA and NOLA Go on Break, Mario Lopez Is KFC Colonel, Pennyworth Returns and More

NCIS Los Angeles Season 12 Episode 6

On TV this Sunday: Both NCIS spinoffs break for the holidays, Batman prequel Pennyworth returns for Season 2 and Hunky Colonel Sanders has A Recipe for Seduction. Here are 16 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.

  • AMC+
    The Walking Dead Holiday Special

    Lauren Cohan, Melissa McBride, Khary Payton and more cast reflect on the last decade; Chris Hardwick (of course) hosts. (When does TWD return?)

  • Lifetime
    A Recipe for Seduction

    Saved by the Bell‘s Mario Lopez plays a young Colonel Sanders (yes, really!) in this 15-minute, KFC-sponsored Lifetime “mini-movie.” (Watch trailer.)

  • HGTV
    White House Christmas

    Windy City Rehab‘s Alison Victoria takes viewers on a Christmas-themed tour of 1600 Penn. (After all, it’s Melania’s favorite time of the year!)

  • ION
    The Christmas Sitters

    TV-movie premiere: A love connection is made between incompatible babysitters (MacGyver‘s Tristin Mays and Days of Our Lives‘ Nathan Owens).

  • Paramount Network; simulcast on Logo, Pop, TV Land
    Dashing in December

    TV-movie premiere: A New York businessman (Fuller House‘s Juan Pablo Di Pace) returns home for the holidays to convince his mom (Cedar Cove‘s Andie MacDowell) to sell the family’s ranch — only to find love with a new ranch hand (Baby Daddy‘s Peter Porte).

  • Hallmark Channel
    Christmas Comes Twice

    TV-movie premiere: A Christmas carousel transports a newscaster (Sister, Sister‘s Tamera Mowry-Housley) back in time for another shot at love; Sheryl Lee Ralph (Moesha) co-stars. (View “Countdown to Christmas” lineup.)

  • CBS
    NCIS: Los Angeles

    Fall finale: Callen’s former foster brother and his wife are framed for drug smuggling; Deeks struggles with his job loss. (Get The Equalizer debut date!)

  • The CW
    Pandora

    Season 2 finale: Xander pursues redemption, while Jax races to save the universe before the ancients make their final judgment. (Not yet renewed.)

  • Starz
    Power Book II: Ghost

    As things heat up around campus, Tariq tries to make good with Lauren and Diana. (Fall behind? Read Episode 6 recap.)

  • Fox
    The Simpsons

    A cable channel films a Christmas movie in Springfield; Ellie Kemper (Kimmy Schmidt) and Richard Kind (Curb Your Enthusiasm) guest-voice. (Holiday episodes of Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy air from 9-10 pm.)

  • Lifetime
    A Sugar & Spice Holiday

    TV-movie premiere: In the network’s first Asian American-led Christmas movie, an architect (V-Wars‘ Jackie Lai) is pushed to enter a gingerbread house competition; Tzi Ma (Mulan) and Tony Giroux (Motherland: Fort Salem) co-star.

  • Bounce TV
    The Trumpet Awards

    Honorees include Georgia politician Stacey Abrams, former model/philanthropist Naomi Campbell, actress Yara Shahidi (grown-ish) and Olympian Tommie Smith.

  • CBS
    NCIS: New Orleans

    Fall finale: Pride gets creative in hope of ridding the department of dirty cops; Wade finally admits the toll the pandemic has taken on her.

  • EPIX
    Pennyworth

    Season 2 premiere: Alfred tries to profit off a fractured London that’s been overrun by the fascist Raven Union. (Watch sneak peek; read preview.)

  • Showtime
    Shameless

    After Ian goes on the “straight and narrow,” Mickey gets a real job; Frank helps Kev and V with their struggling pot business. (Read premiere recap.)

  • ABC
    Card Sharks

    An exercise instructor, program manager, airman and day-camp manager try their luck with the cards.


    ♦ ON THIS DAY IN TV HISTORY
    On Dec. 13, 2001, The Amazing Race crowned its first champions: best friends Rob Frisbee and Brennan Swain. Do you remember where the finish line was?