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TV best bets with Mariah Carey, Pearl Harbor, Charlie Brown, Dolly Parton, Leah Remini

This was posted Sunday, November 27, 2016 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

As we enter the Christmas season, Hallmark and Lifetime keep pumping out the Christmas movies, sad sack Charlie Brown is back on ABC Thursday and Jennifer Nettles hosts the annual CMA Christmas concert on Monday on ABC.

Plus, Dolly Parton is back with another heartwarming film on NBC Wednesday about her childhood.

Mariah Carey, who is synonymous with Christmas thanks to her 1994 song "All I Want For Christmas is You," debuts her reality show on E! Sunday.

Leah Remini explores Scientology after leaving the fold on a new A&E series on Tuesday.

And history buffs will get to watch more about Pearl Harbor on the eve of the 75th anniversary on History Channel this weekend.

This covers Monday, November 28 through Sunday, December 4, 2016.


“CMA Country Christmas” 8 p.m. ABC — Jennifer Nettles hosts the 2016 Christmas concert special featuring performances by Idina Menzel; Andra Day; Amy Grant; Brad Paisley; Brett Eldredge; Chris Young; Kelly Clarkson; Sarah McLachlan.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — The virus spreads through Gotham; and the laboratory that's working on a cure is compromised.

“Supergirl” 8 p.m. the CW — A superhero crossover event begins with Barry Allen and Cisco Ramon from "The Flash" seeking Kara's help with an alien invasion.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Atlanta’s Aaron Gibson is in the top 10 after just escaping elimination two weeks in a row.

“Mars” 9 p.m. NGC — The crew of the Daedalus scrambles to find shelter; and the European Space Agency teams up with Roscosmos.

“Lucifer” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Charlotte tries to turn Chloe against Lucifer in an effort to get him to depart Earth.

“Timeless” 10:01 p.m. NBC — The historic Apollo 11 mission unfolds with a nation watching.


“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Top 10 elimination night.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Kate, Kevin and Randall visit their family’s cabin after a chaotic Thanksgiving dinner.

“Dance Moms” 9 p.m. Lifetime (seventh season debut) — Abby invites the junior-elite team's moms to visit the ALDC to hear a major announcement.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 9 p.m. ABC— Jessica is flummoxed when Evan attends church instead of accompanying her to Costco.

“Good Behavior9 p.m. TNT — Letty attempts good behavior by returning to her hometown to be with her son.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC — Dawson and her brother Antonio host a family reunion when their parents come to Chicago for their anniversary.

“Shooter” 10 p.m. USA — Bob Lee reaches out to Nadine while evading his pursuers.

“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” 10 p.m. A&E (new series)  — Leah Remini begins her examination of Scientology by traveling to Seattle to meet with a former executive, who reveals shocking details that motivate Leah to dig deeper into the religion.


“Arrow” 8 p.m. the CW (100th episode)— A superhero event continues with Oliver waking up to a life where he never got on the Queen's Gambit.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS  — This season is turning out to be a great one.

“Criminal Minds” 8 p.m. CBS — The BAU opens an investigation when a man who fully believes he is Dr. Tara Lewis' brother arrives in town.

“Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors” 9 p.m. NBC — The sequel to 2015's "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" finds the young Dolly Parton and family facing an unexpected blizzard.

“Duck Dynasty” 9 p.m. A&E — Cottonmouth snakes are found on Phil's property.

“Empire” 9 p.m. Fox — Cookie turns to Candace for help planning an elaborate family dinner that will impress Angelo's mother.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Haley plans a girls' day out for Rainer Shine's teen daughter.

“Vikings” 9 p.m. History (fourth season fall debut) — Ragnar returns to Kattegat and formulates a plan to head back to Wessex, where he intends to right past wrongs.

“Incorporated” 10 p.m. Syfy (new series) — Spiga junior executive Ben Larson hides his real identity in order to infiltrate a very sinister corporate world and save the woman he loves in the series premiere of this futuristic drama.

“Code Black” 10 p.m. CBS — Willis, Leanne and Jesse risk their lives to operate on an injured officer who has an explosive bullet lodged in her leg.

“Queen Sugar” 10 p.m. OWN (first season finale) — Charley goes all out to secure an investor.

“Rectify” 10 p.m. Sundance — Ted Sr. goes in search of his own bliss.


“The Big Bang Theory ” 8 p.m. CBS — This is scheduled to be a new episode but as of Sunday, November 27, I cannot find any information on what the episode is going to be about.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas ” 8 p.m. ABC — "I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it?" - Charlie Brown.

“Pitch 8:59 p.m. Fox  — The news catches wind of rumors about Mike waiving his no-trade clause.

“The Great American Baking Show  9 p.m. ABC (new series) — The bakers must make bundt cakes inspired by winter flavors.

“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — The first-ever hybrid challenge tasks the clothiers to fashion innovative avant-garde looks by using conventional fabric and unconventional metal-themed materials.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Christy becomes overprotective and keeps a constant eye on 12-year-old son Roscoe after discovering he's been using drugs and alcohol.

“Pure Genius” 10 p.m. CBS — Walter attempts a remote surgery on someone on the International Space Station who requires an emergency procedure.

“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo (14th season debut) — Eight new chefs and eight returning chefs battle in Charleston, S.C.


“Pacific Heat3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) —An animated comedy series based on the exploits of a dynamic unit of undercover police investigators working on the glitzy “Gold Coast” of Australia.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. ABC  — Mike gets to deliver a speech for a graduation ceremony at Mandy's business school.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. ABC — Silicon Valley billionaire investor Chris Sacca is present for a pitch with a $40 million evaluation.

“CMT Crossroads” 10 p.m. CMT — Alicia Keys and Maren Morris.

“Van Helsing” 10 p.m. Syfy — Vanessa and Mohamad find themselves in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse against Sam as they make their way to a vampire-controlled camp.


“A Dream of Christmas” 8 p.m. Saturday Hallmark — A wife longs to be single again, so a Christmas angel grants her this wish, but before long, she realizes she made a mistake and attempts to win back the husband she loves.

“Heaven Sent” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — A failing marriage gets help from a young angel who's a runaway from heaven.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday  NBC — Emma Stone hosts.

“Looks Like Christmas” 8 p.m. Sunday Hallmark  — Two aggressive single parents get into a feud over a holiday party at their kids' school.

“The Librarians” 8 p.m. Sunday TNT — A routine artifact retrieval takes an alarming turn when the relic grafts itself to Cassandra.

“Mariah's World” 9 p.m. Sunday E! (new series) — Pop superstar Mariah Carey offers a glimpse into her private life in this series.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — A much more detailed look into the world of the Saviors and their home, the Sanctuary, is shown.

Secrets and Lies” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC (second season finale) — Eric can't find one person to be honest with him, but his family will never be the same after a shocking revelation.

“Westworld” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO (first season finale) — So far, HBO has not released any information about this episode.

“The Affair” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Juliette, running from secrets she left in Paris, looks for adventure and romance in America.

“Pearl Harbor: The Truth” 10 p.m. Sunday History — Seventy five years later and this event still resonates.

“The Royals” 10 p.m. Sunday E!  (third season debut) — The royal family gains a fresh perspective in the wake of King Simon's murderer's death.

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