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TV best bets with Bill Murray, 'The Wiz Live,' Frank Sinatra, Charlie Brown

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Sunday, November 29, 2015

With Thanksgiving past, the Christmas specials - both classic and new - will be coming fast and furious the next month.

This week, you'll see a Charlie Brown retrospective on Monday on ABC, the Rockefeller Center tree lighting Wednesday on NBC, a CMA Country Christmas Thursday on ABC and a quirky Bill Murray Christmas special on Netflix Friday. Rudolph and the Scrooge will be around, too, plus a raft of Hallmark and Lifetime original Christmas movies.

NBC's third annual live show this time will be "The Wiz!" on Thursday and CBS celebrates 100 years of Frank Sinatra Sunday.

And on Friday, the 22nd and final season of "America's Next Top Model" arrives. But "Top Chef' continues on with its 13th season.

This covers Monday November 30 through Sunday December 6, 2015.


“It's Your 50th Christmas Charlie Brown” 8 p.m. ABC — The 50th anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is celebrated during a retrospective hosted by Kristen Bell.

“Gotham ” 8 p.m. Fox — Bruce is kidnapped; and Gordon forges some unlikely alliances in his quest to rescue him.

“Supergirl ” 8 p.m. CBS —  Stress and anger get the better of Kara.

“The Voice ” 8 p.m. CBS — Zach Seabaugh of Marietta made the top 10.

“The Making of Trump ” 9 p.m. History — A profile of the personal and professional lives of businessman-entrepreneur-politician Donald Trump.

Major Crimes ” 9 p.m. TNT —A young man is pushed off the top of a parking structure.

The Great Holiday Baking Show ” 10 p.m. ABC Talented bakers from across the nation compete in three challenges.

Superstore ” 10 p.m. NBC (pilot) — A workplace comedy centering on offbeat staffers at a megastore.

Fargo ” 10 p.m. FX — Hanzee searches for Peggy and Ed while Dodd ends up in unfamiliar territory.


“Real Rob” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) —This series also stars Rob Schneider's real life family as his on-screen family

“Grandfathered” 8 p.m. Fox — Gerald gets a new job as host at Jimmy's restaurant.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” 8 p.m. CBS — Burl Ives narrates this animated musical, first telecast in 1964.

The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC The top 9 is named.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8:30 p.m. ABC — Jessica and Honey's friendship is strained by a disagreement over an investment property.

“The Grinder” 8:30 p.m. Fox — Dean is asked to film a spinoff of his "The Grinder" TV series that will provide closure for his popular role.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills ” 9 p.m. Bravo (sixth season debut) — Kyle deals with troubled sister Kim.

Countdown to Zero ” 9 p.m. HBO — A look at HIV/AIDS research.

Chicago Med ” 9 p.m. NBC — Dr. Rhodes must confront his past when he treats a close family friend.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ” 9 p.m. ABC  — Ward's revenge plan wreaks havoc and Coulson proves he will do anything to settle a score.

“Chrisley Knows Best ” 10 p.m. USA — Todd wants everyone to be in peak form for a family friend's annual sports-themed barbecue.

“Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce ” 10 p.m. USA (second season debut) — Abby is offered a job at an online magazine,.

“Chicago Fire ” 10 p.m. NBC — Boden believes Maddox is behind Serena's accusations.


“Survivor Cambodia” 8 p.m. CBS — Is Jeremy now in trouble with Stephen out?

“Christmas in Rockefeller Center ” 8 p.m. NBC — The 83rd annual tree-lighting gala in Manhattan is presented.

“Rosewood ” 8 p.m. Fox — The hunt for a serial killer in Miami's art scene draws the attention of an FBI agent who happens to be TMI's ex-fiancé.

“Criminal Minds ” 8 p.m. CBS — After two undercover DEA agents are murdered and a third goes missing.

“Empire ” 9 p.m. Fox — Lucious makes a reckless play for the streaming service that he believes will put him on the map as the most powerful man in music.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas ” 9 p.m. NBC — After nine years on ABC, this 1966 classic moves to NBC.

“Modern Family ” 9 p.m. ABC — A group therapy session with the famous author of a self-help book about uncluttering one's emotional life draws different reactions from the Pritchetts.

“American Horror Story ” 10 p.m. FX — An actor in the touring company of the musical “The Lion King” arrives at Angels Memorial with a throat infection.

“Code Black ” 10 p.m. CBS — Leanne becomes rattled at the thought of losing Jesse.

“Christmas Through the Decades ” 10 p.m . History — Recollections of Christmas during the 1970s include a look at the American hostages in Iran, "Star Wars" action figures, a visit to "Sesame Street," Pet Rocks, and the holiday tune "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."

“Nashville ” 10 p.m. ABC— Markus discards a song close to his album's release date.

“Real World/Road Rules Challenge” 10 p.m. MTV (27th season debut)— The cast arrives in Turkey and learning the format for the season, which features them competing alongside family members.

“Top Chef ” 10 p.m. Bravo (13th season debut) — Atlanta's Wesley True is one of the chefs vying for victory.


“The Wiz Live!” 8 p.m. NBC — Oz comes to life in a musical journey down the yellow brick road, about young Dorothy (Shanice Williams) and her adventures in a magical land. The cast includes Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo, Common and Elijah Kelley.

“CMA Country Christmas” 9 p.m. ABC — Jennifer Nettles hosts the Christmas concert special featuring performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton, Jewel, Charles Kelley, Martina McBride, David Nail, Jennifer Nettles, Pentatonix, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Brian Setzer, Michael W. Smith and Lindsey Stirling.

“Food Porn” 9 p.m. FYI (new series) — Michael samples deep dish pizza in Chicago.

“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — The foodies must open distinct pop-up restaurants.

“Selling It in the ATL” 10 p.m. WE — Tahlia leaves LaKyle after a huge fight.


“A Very Murray Christmas” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — Bill Murray celebrates Christmas with the likes of  Paul Shaffer, Rashida Jones, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Maya Rudolph and Chris Rock.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. ABC   A new hockey coach is needed for Boyd's tea.

Masterchef Junior” 8 p.m. Fox   The cooks leave the kitchen for a team challenge to make food for a birthday party for kids ages 8 to 13.

“Unforgettable” 8 p.m. A&E  A young jazz prodigy is shot and killed and the team investigate the underbelly of the jazz scene.

“America's Next Top Model” 9 p.m. the CW (series finale) — After 22 cycles, Tyra Banks closes shop on this enduring reality competition series.

“Marriage Boot Camp” 9 p.m. WE (sixth season debut) Honey Boo Boo's parents and two former denizens of "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" (Benzino and Althea) take part.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. ABC — A college student from San Diego offers the Sharks a chance to try a grown-up version of a favorite childhood toy.

“The Knick” 10 p.m. Cinemax— Thackery attempts a new cure in the inebriation ward.

“Satisfaction” 10 p.m. USA — Neil and Grace extricate Anika from a dangerous situation after experiencing a mind-altering drug trip.


“The Flight Before Christmas” 8 tonight Lifetime — A woman gets dumped before Christmas and decides to fly home for the holidays.

Ash vs. Evil Dead” 9 tonight Starz Ash undergoes an awakening.

Sautrday Night Live” 11:29 tonight NBC Ryan Gosling hosts.

“Flesh and Bone 8 p.m. Sunday Starz —  Claire and Kiira compete to become the face of the troupe's season.

“The Librarians 8 p.m. Sunday TNT —  Bizarre occurrences involving accidents and sins are investigated by the team members, who track a connection to the perpetually young Dorian Gray.

“Agent X” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — John poses as a Secret Service agent and accompanies Natalie on a covert peace-talk mission.

“The Leftovers” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO (second season finale) — John is skeptical of Kevin's revelation about the night Evie disappeared.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — A new threat emerges.

“Sinatra 100” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS A concert special celebrating Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, including performances by Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Adam Levine, Carrie Underwood, Usher, Zac Brown, Harry Connick Jr., Celine Dion and Lady Gaga.

“Into the Badlands” 10 p.m. AMC Sunny and M.K. try to figure out how to control the boy's power.

“The Affair” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Noah grapples with some essential questions.

“Quantico” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Secrets are revealed during an emergency disciplinary hearing at Quantico.

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.