Sunday, December 2nd
Be the Boss, series premiere at 10pm on A&E
– From the Emmy-award winning creators of Undercover Boss, Be the Boss faces off two lower-level employees from the ranks, giving them the chance at what they think is a big promotion. In each episode, the CEO summons two deserving candidates to the company headquarters and subsequently puts them through a series of challenges to test their mettle at being in a senior management role. Both employees battle to prove they should earn the promotion, but they’re in for the shock of their lives when they discover that an even greater opportunity is ultimately at stake – the keys to their very own franchise! With franchise fees often running into the hundreds of thousands and sometimes even exceeding one million dollars, Be the Boss offers one of the largest prizes in all of television…and the promotion goes to the runner-up!
Monday, December 3rd
Blake’s Not So Family Christmas, Holiday special at 10pm on NBC
– Dignity, thy name is not the Christmas special. The Voice’s very own Blake Shelton will host his first Christmas special, Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas, which just happens to be a star-studded event and adult-themed as the country music star loves his liquor. The CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year and reigning ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year is joined by Grammy Award-winning guest stars Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert and Reba on songs including “Let It Snow,” “There’s a New Kid in Town,” “Oklahoma Christmas” and “Home.” The special will also feature a very special duet with Shelton’s mother, Dorothy Shackleford, with whom he co-wrote the song “Time for Me to Come Home,” as well as a number of comedy bits featuring special guests Christina Aguilera (NBC’s The Voice), Larry the Cable Guy and late night talk show host Jay Leno.
Tuesday, December 4th
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, special fashion show at 10pm on CBS
– Leave it to the perfectly toned derrieres of Victoria’s Secret Angels Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Adriana Lima to usher in the holiday season. As always, the spectacle is part catwalk and part concert, with the girls parading down the runway in themed pieces of lingerie and their angel wings. Meanwhile, a stellar list of performers, including Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and Justin Bieber hit the stage beside them to perform hit singles. The result is a medley that will make you feel more spirited—or at least more likely to rethink your pj’s—than watching a legit Christmas special ever could.
In the Bedroom With Dr. Laura Berman, season premiere at 10pm on OWN
– Dr. Laura Berman wants you to have great sex. With more than 20 years of experience as a sex educator, researcher and therapist, Dr. Berman has the tips and tricks you and your partner need to uncover what’s really going on between the sheets. Watch as this New York Times best-selling author and a Sirius XM radio host makes house calls to help couples confront their intimacy issues head on. No issue is off limits with Dr. Berman and she isn’t afraid to talk specifics.
Wednesday, December 5th
The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, music special at 10pm on CBS
– Without a clear-cut juggernaut like Adele poised to win an armload of those tiny record players, the announcement of this year’s Grammy nominations actually carries quite a bit of mystery and intrigue. Will Mumford & Sons run the table? Will Kelly Clarkson dominate? Is Frank Ocean golden? All will be revealed during this live event featuring performances by Maroon 5, fun., Luke Bryan, and Ne-Yo. LL Cool J and Taylor Swift will team up to co-host the event in Nashville so that Swift can tame the country-music crowd.
Friday, December 7th
Restless, miniseries premiere at 9pm on Sundance
– Sundance has teamed up with the BBC for a mini-series based on William Boyd’s best-seller spy novel starring Hayley Atwell (“Captain America”), Rufus Sewell (Pillars of the Earth), Charlotte Rampling (“Melancholia”), Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”) and Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey). The plot is set during the early days of World War II and follows a Russian spy who tries to infiltrate the British Secret Service with the goal of influencing U.S. power brokers and swinging American public opinion in favor of fighting the Nazis. Atwell will play the spy, Eva, with Rampling playing the same character postwar in 1976. Sewell plays British Secret Service agent Lucas Romer, who trains Eva to become a spy, along the way becoming her lover. Dockery plays Eva’s daughter Ruth, who years later discovers her mother’s secret.
Saturday, December 8th
American Giving Awards, special awards show from 8 to 10pm on NBC
– Awarding $2 million to charitable groups, the AGAs bill themselves as the “first-ever televised celebrity tribute to community heroes,” and this year’s host, fittingly, is the devilishly handsome star of Community and The Soup Joel McHale. Joel maintains he was “horribly misled” when he signed on for the gig, so he’ll just talk about his most heroic act. All joking aside, the event honors educators and people who help the less fortunate, who oftentimes are not rewarded for the good deeds via their salaries so it’s important they get recognition elsewhere.