What to Watch Today

Mrs. Maisel's Debut, Vikings, Tree Lighting and More


On TV this Wednesday: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel takes the stage, Bruno Mars brings “24K Magic” to the Apollo and all Al Roker wants for Christmas is Chicago ED you. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:

  • Amazon
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Series premiere (all eight episodes): A 1950s housewife (House of Cards‘ Rachel Brosnahan) discovers a previously unknown knack for stand-up comedy; Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and Alex Borstein (Getting On) co-star. (Read “A-” review; listen to TVLine Podcast with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino.)

  • Hulu
    Chance

    Season 2 finale: Chance and D return to San Francisco to take care of unfinished business. (Not yet renewed.)

  • NBC
    Christmas in Rockefeller Center

    60 minutes: Brett Eldredge, Jennifer Nettles, Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix, Gwen Stefani and The Tenors perform; Today‘s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker host.

  • Fox
    Empire

    Cookie tries to come up with a solution after Calvin and Portia go on strike; Lucious wants to prove himself by coordinating a deal on Hakeem’s behalf.

  • The CW
    Riverdale

    The town’s residents are on edge after the Black Hood Killer sends a chilling letter challenging everyone to remain sinless for 48 hours.

  • History
    Vikings

    Season 5 premiere (two hours): Tensions escalate between the sons of Ragnar; Heahmund rallies the Saxons to defend the Realm. (Season 4 recap airs at 8 pm.)

  • CBS
    Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo

    Mars brings the Uptown Funk to Harlem, kicking off his first-ever primetime special with a performance on the Apollo’s landmark marquee. (Back-to-back episodes of Survivor precede at 8 pm.)

  • NBC
    Chicago P.D.

    Intelligence investigates after a congressman is found passed out in a hotel room with a dead Ukrainian girl. (Did this lead to Sophia Bush’s exit?)

  • ABC
    Designated Survivor

    A top-secret mission in Afghanistan finds Kirkman meeting with a pair of infamous warlords; Seth has a run-in with D.C. police.

  • USA Network
    Mr. Robot

    Elliot attempts to get ghosted on “the day of all days.” (Who received TVLine accolades?)