‘Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch Musical!,’ ‘The Prom,’ ‘The Walking Dead Christmas Special,’ and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week


Nurses: This Canadian medical drama from the producers of The Rookie focuses on a team of nurses in a busy Toronto hospital. 9 p.m., NBC

A Suitable Boy: This BBC limited series follows four families in post-independence India, as one of the families searches for an acceptable match for their daughter. Series premiere.  Acorn TV

Room 2806: The Accusation: A docuseries that follows the rape allegations a New York hotel made against French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Though he was arrested, New York dropped the case after claiming the housekeeper lied to investigators, but Ms. Diallo who is originally from Guinea asserted the interpreters made errors. After the case was dropped, more women came forward claiming Strauss-Kahn had assaulted them, too. The case broke some nine years ago, well before the #MeToo movement, and it’s hard not to wonder if things might have shaken out differently in the current environment. Netflix

Idiocracy: The longer we go in the Trump era, the more this movie reveals layers. For instance: President Comacho is played as a ridiculous leader, but he at least 1. listens to advisors that he recognizes are smarter than him, and 2. respects the peaceful transfer of power and leaves office with little fuss. WE ARE LITERALLY LIVING IN DUMBER TIMES THAN IDIOCRACY7:12 HBO West


40 Years a Prisoner: The story this documentary explores is a bit of history I lived through, but hadn’t ever heard of until I was an adult, and only then because my husband is from Philadelphia and told me about it. Back in 1985, the Philadelphia police raided a townhouse that served as the headquarters for MOVE, a black militant anarcho-primitivist group, and an officer was shot (by whom remains an open question). The police dropped a bomb on the house from a helicopter and refused to allow firefighters access to stop the ensuing blaze. The fire killed five children, and six adults and burned down 65 houses in the neighborhood. True story! Anyway, the son of two of the MOVE leaders who were arrested after this raid seeks justice in this film.  8 p.m., HBO

Transplant: Two-hour season finale. 8 p.m., NBC

Kong: Skull Island: I have ridden the Universal Studios ride, but I have not seen the movie. However, after watching this (unintentionally?) hilarious clip (SPOILERS, SO DON’T CLICK IF YOU CAN’T STAND SPOILERS), I’m thinking I need to give it a looksee. 5 p.m., TNT


Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch Musical!: Matthew Morrison is here to finish the job that Jim Carrey started. 7 p.m., NBC

The Great Holiday Light Fight: We need all the over-the-top Christmas decorations we can get our hands on this year. Season premiere. 7 p.m., ABC

Alabama Snake: This documentary looks into the Pentecostal snake-handling churches of Alabama and I am HERE FOR IT. 8 p.m., HBO

The Trial of Christine Keeler: Sophie Cookson stars as Christine Keeler, a beautiful English model and showgirl who found herself at the center of a sex scandal involving jazz clubs, the MI5, and the Soviets back in the 1960s. Series premiere. HBO Max


One Night Only: The Best of Broadway: Tina Fey hosts this celebration of Broadway, with performances from the casts of “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations,” “Chicago,” “Jagged Little Pill,” “Diana: The Musical,” “Jersey Boys,” “Mean Girls” and “Rent,” as well as an appearance by the cast of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Also, a bunch of celebrities will make appearances. Donations related to the show will help the entire Broadway community as they try like the rest of us to get through this goddamned pandemic.  7 p.m., NBC

Time’s Person of the Year: I’m not saying it should be “Karen,” but my vote is for “Karen.” 9 p.m., NBC

House of Ho: This new reality series follows the Ho family, a wealthy Vietnamese family who have built their fortunes here in my hometown of Houston. Series premiere. HBO Max

Let Them All Talk: Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest and, Lucas Hedges star in this Steven Soderbergh dramedy about a group of friends who try to reconnect on a cruise. HBO Max

The Wilds: After a plane crash, a group of young women is stranded on a mysterious island in this new series that is part Lord of the Flies, part Lost, and part The Society — and receiving really solid reviews. Series premiere. Amazon

Silent Night: A Song for the World: A documentary about the creation of the most beloved Christmas carol, written in Salzburg in 1818.  7 p.m., The CW


The Prom: Ryan Murphy adapts the 2018 Broadway musical which features an all-star cast including: Meryl Street; James Corden; Nicole Kidman; Keegan-Michael Key; Andrew Rannells; Ariana DeBose; Kerry Washington; and Jo Ellen Pellman. Netflix

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Holiday Special: The holiday special features the cast as themselves — not their characters — as they sing holiday songs and share special holiday memories. Premiere. Disney+

Adult Material: This British comedy follows pornstar Jolene Dollar as she juggles her work and the difficulties of motherhood. Series premiere. HBO Max


Saturday Night Live: Timothée Chalamet & Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 10:30 p.m., NBC

The Bee Gees: How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?: The story of the Gibb brothers rise through fame and fortune, beginning in the 60s and eventually taking them to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 7 p.m., HBO

Love, Lights, Hannukkah!: A woman discovers through a DNA test that she is Jewish which leads to “a new, unlikely romance over eight crazy nights” in this new holiday film. This is part of Hallmark’s “Countdown to Christmas,” by the way. 7 p.m., Hallmark


The Walking Dead Holiday Special: And why SHOULDN’T a zombie series have a holiday special? Give me one reason. AMC+

Couples Therapy: The Covid Special: When we come out of all of this, it will be fascinating to see what the divorce rate is. Premiere. 7 p.m., Showtime

Groundhog Day: Tomorrow, the electoral college will vote for Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States despite the current occupant of the White House’s efforts to prevent that from happening, mostly in the form of losing in the courts and through recounts again and again and again and again. Anyway, this is just a classic and I’m not recommending it for any particular reason.  10 p.m., Sundance

Leave a Reply