On TV this Friday: The Blacklist returns for its eighth season, Forest Whitaker fronts a Christmas musical and Alex Rider spies his Stateside debut. Here are 13 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.
What to Watch Today
The Blacklist Is Back, Alex Rider, Jingle Jangle and More
Olivia Colman (The Crown) narrates this six-part docuseries that explores how our first 2,000 days on Earth shape the rest of our lives. (Watch trailer.)
I Am Greta
The docu follows teen activist Greta Thunberg, whose story begins with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish parliament.
The docuseries gives viewers an inside look into the people, artistry and culture of Pixar Animation Studios.
James May: Oh Cook!
The Grand Tour presenter hosts this seven-episode cooking program.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Film premiere: The holiday musical follows a legendary toymaker (Oscar winner Forest Whitaker) who finds new hope after his inventive granddaughter enters his life; Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Phylicia Rashad (David Makes Man) co-star. (View complete “Here for the Holidays” lineup.)
Long Way Up
Docuseries finale: Ewan and Charley experience a cactus forest and a hot-air balloon ride as their journey winds down.
Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom
Docuseries finale: Bamboo shark Flash lands in the emergency room; Western lowland gorilla Grace reaches new heights.
Mando braves high seas and meets unexpected allies. (Have you forgiven egg-gobbling Baby Yoda yet?)
The Right Stuff
The penultimate Season 1 episode picks up on the eve of the flight, as Glenn awaits an humiliating moment, and Louise learns of Shepard’s affair.
Season 8 premiere: Red has the Task Force investigate a criminal who crafts elaborate extractions; Liz and Katarina devise a secret plan. (Watch trailer.)
Christmas on the Vine
TV-movie premiere: A marketing exec (The Resident‘s Julianna Guill) heads back to her hometown to help keep a family-owned winery afloat during the holidays; Jon Corr (Shadowhunters) and Meredith Baxter (Family Ties) co-star. (Get full “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” schedule.)
Father Jun, Ah Sahm, and Young Jun face off; Nellie takes matters at a sadistic rival brothel into her own hands; a fatal clash unfolds.
♦ ON THIS DAY IN TV HISTORY ♦
On Nov. 13, 1976, The Carol Burnett Show debuted its instantly iconic “Went With the Wind” sketch, which lampooned Gone With the Wind and included the famous line, “I saw it in the window and I just couldn’t resist!”