Sunday, December 1st
Treme, season premiere at 9pm on HBO
– From the creator of The Wire, Treme is set in post-Katrina New Orleans, chronicling the rebuilding of a unique American culture after historic devastation. The post-apocalyptic drama follows the interconnected stories of several struggling musicians and locals. The Season 3 finale left its main characters in a moment of peace or possibility or renewed resolve (and also brought many of them together, in a big party scene). The five-episode fourth and final season begins not long after the end of the last, on election day 2008.
Monday, December 2nd
CMA Country Christmas, holiday special from 9 to 11pm on ABC
– Country’s biggest stars are joining together to celebrate the holidays! For the third year, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles will host the CMA Country Christmas special. Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry and Keith Urban will be on hand to perform and share their favorite tales of the season. Also appearing on the special will be pop singer Colbie Caillat, classical singer Katherine Jenkins and soul singer John Legend.
Wednesday, December 4th
Christmas in Rockefeller Center, holiday special at 8pm on NBC
– NBC once again heralds the arrival of the holidays with a dazzling display of musical talent and the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree during the 16th annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center telecast. The star-studded 81st annual tree lighting extravaganza will feature musical guests including Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande and Jewel performing current hits and holiday classics from Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Mob City, two-hour series premiere at 9pm on TNT
– Acclaimed filmmaker Frank Darabont (Walking Dead, “Shawshank Redemption”) brings 1940s Los Angeles to life in TNT’s eagerly anticipated three-week television event, Mob City. Based on the real-life accounts of the cops and gangsters of the time, this is the seductive story of the violent crime underbelly of America’s most glamorous city and those who wanted to control it.
Kirstie, series premiere at 10pm on TV Land
– After a lifetime of unbridled hedonism drinking and sleeping her way up and down Broadway, Tony-winning diva Madison Banks (Kirstie Alley) is confronted by something far more shocking than her usual opening night key parties: Arlo Barth, the son (Eric Petersen) she gave up for adoption 26 years ago. Maddie has played countless roles on stage, but one part she’s not fit to play is anyone’s mother. Racked with guilt and completely out of her element, Maddie almost denies her son a second time. How can an acclaimed actress and noted head-case like Maddie possibly relate to a Jersey donut-maker? But with the help of her long-suffering assistant and best friend Thelma Katz (Rhea Pearlman) and her eccentric chauffeur Frank Baxter (Michael Richards), Maddie realizes that Arlo is a diamond in the rough and invites him to move into her Park Avenue condo. As Thelma and Frank show Arlo the ropes of Maddies uninhibited, unapologetic and occasionally unhinged life and tries to build a new one of his own in Manhattan, this new makeshift family learns that its newest member isn’t the only gem that could use a little polish.
Thursday, December 5th
The Sound of Music Live!, live musical from 8 to 11pm on NBC
– From executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Smash, Hairspray, Chicago) comes an instant holiday classic: The Sound of Music, a live three-hour event based on the original Broadway musical. Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer (True Blood) star as Maria and Captain von Trapp in this beloved story of the young novice who falls in love with Captain von Trapp and his seven children, set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Austria. The jewel in the Rodgers and Hammerstein crown, “The Sound of Music” contains some of the most famous songs ever written for the stage, including “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Climb Every Mountain” and “Edelweiss.” This new version of “The Sound of Music” will be a faithful adaptation of the original stage musical, to retell the story for a whole new generation. And more than that, it will be broadcast LIVE, adding a whole new level of immediacy and excitement. Get ready to reintroduce your family to the most joyful, most emotional and most musical family adventure of them all.
The Millionaire Matchmaker, season premiere at 9pm on Bravo
– Patti Stanger is back and better than ever in Season 7 of Bravo’s hit docu-series The Millionaire Matchmaker. In this season of fresh faces and new surroundings, Patti’s business is thriving in a swanky new office in Marina Del Ray with an entirely different team of matchmakers. The love guru has enlisted her new staff — assistants Justin Bird, Marisa Saks, and David Cruz — to spice up “The Millionaires Club” and bring their unique dating expertise to Patti’s clients. Along with her usual high-maintenance millionaires, Patti has another diverse roster of rich singles from all over the spectrum, from Kim Kardashian’s BFF Jonathan Cheban, Katrina Parker (The Voice), the late Patrick Swayze’s actor brother Don Swayze, Courney Kerr (Courtney Loves Dallas), Rosie Pierri (The Real Housewives of New Jersey), and Stefan Richter (Top Chef). Patti is working on balancing her ever-growing business and her relationship with boyfriend David Krausse. Can Patti and David resolve their communication issues now that they are living under the same roof? In each episode, two wealthy clients are set up with dates hand-picked by Patti. With a brutally blunt approach and a big heart, Patti and her staff give their millionaire clients complete love transformations with the help of experts and a good ol’ kick in the backside.
Friday, December 6th
The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night, music special at 10pm on CBS
– This one-hour special, hosted by LL Cool J, reveals nominations for next year’s Grammys (which will air on Jan. 26). Drake, Robin Thicke, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Keith Urban will perform. Once again, the artists eligible for the Best Spoken Word Album category get no love.
The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall, documentary premiere at 8pm on Epix
– In this one-hour special, narrated by Adam Sandler, the biggest names in stand-up comedy reveal the role the storied comedy club, the Improv, played in their road to stardom. At times poignant, insightful and always funny, the special uses comics’ personal stories, home movies, photographs, and archival footage to weave a story fifty years in the making. Comedians featured in the documentary include: Judd Apatow, Lewis Black, Russell Brand, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon, Kathy Griffin, Jay Leno, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Damon Wayans, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans. Improv founder Budd Friedman and general partner Mark Lonow are also interviewed. Considered the first comedy club in America, the original Improv in New York City was the place Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Andy Kaufman developed their legendary acts. Other budding comedians flocked to the small club, hoping to follow in their idols’ footsteps.