What to Watch Today

Code Blackout, Undercover Boss Bears All and More

On TV this Wednesday: Code Black goes dark ahead of its holiday hiatus, Jessica Chastain heads Inside the Actors Studio, Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of ABC’s Game Changers and Undercover Boss is back on the clock. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:

  • CBS
    Undercover Boss

    Season 8 premiere (two episodes): The CEO of Build-A-Bear disguises herself as a retail worker; the mayor of Gary, Ind. goes undercover as a municipal employee. (When do Survivor and The Amazing Race return?)

  • Bravo
    Inside the Actors Studio

    Jessica Chastain sits down with James Lipton to discuss her work in such films as A Most Violent Year and Zero Dark Thirty.

  • NBC
    Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas

    In this 2014 stop-motion adaptation of the Will Ferrell film, an elf (voiced by Big Bang‘s Jim Parsons) heads to NYC to meet his dad (Star Wars‘ Mark Hamill).

  • History

    Lagertha tries to achieve a long-held goal; Ragnar negotiates with King Ecbert.

  • Fox

    Repeat to Revisit: In the series premiere, a young woman who has spent her life in the foster care system tracks down her sister and “Instagram bestie” to form a singing trio. (Read recap; get official premiere date.)

  • Spike
    Lip Sync Battle

    In this Christmas-themed episode, country singers Cassadee Pope and Dustin Lynch face off for lip-sync supremacy.

  • CBS
    Code Black

    Fall finale: A city-wide blackout occurs during a code black; Campbell and Leanne transport high-risk patients to a local care center; Willis and Nolan assist an elderly woman who is convinced it’s 1942. (Get return date.)

  • Syfy

    The Larsons argue with Elizabeth about the decisions she has made; Theo and Aaron organize a heist. (View Syfy winter premiere dates.)

  • ABC
    Game Changers With Robin Roberts

    The GMA anchor interviews those who left their mark in 2016, including Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

  • TBS
    Surprise! Instant Xmas Carol!

    Celebrity carolers (including Conan O’Brien, Rashida Jones and Jane Lynch) bring joy to people who could use holiday cheer. (Which TBS comedies got renewed?)