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.
What to Watch Today
NCIS: LA and NOLA Go on Break, Mario Lopez Is KFC Colonel, Pennyworth Returns and More
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?)
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.)
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!)
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).
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).
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.)
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!)
Season 2 finale: Xander pursues redemption, while Jax races to save the universe before the ancients make their final judgment. (Not yet renewed.)
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.)
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.)
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.
The Trumpet Awards
Honorees include Georgia politician Stacey Abrams, former model/philanthropist Naomi Campbell, actress Yara Shahidi (grown-ish) and Olympian Tommie Smith.
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.
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.)
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?