What to watch and listen to this week: 'Hamilton's' Lin-Manuel Miranda on Drunk History, Up and Vanished Podcast
It's officially the holiday season, and networks have filled their schedules to the brim with festive specials and Christmas classics. Hallmark has been airing Christmas movies since early November, and Freeform starts its 25 Days of Christmas on Dec. 1.
Want to know when to catch the Frozen special, Mickey's Christmas Carol and A Christmas Story? Check out our lengthy lineup of holiday specials and classic movies coming to the small screen.
Watch this week
CMA Country Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC: The 2016 concert special hosted by Jennifer Nettles features performances by Idina Menzel, Andra Day, Amy Grant, Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young, Kelly Clarkson, Sarah McLachlan, Joey Alexander and more.
Martha & Snoop's Dinner Party, 10 p.m., VH1: Robin Thicke, Keke Palmer and DJ Khaled join the dynamic duo for breakfast for dinner.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 8 p.m., CBS: The classic story about everyone's favorite reindeer, narrated by Burl Ives with musical numbers Holly Jolly Christmas and We're a Couple of Misfits.
Drunk History, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central: Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda drunkenly narrates the story of Alexander Hamilton and his duel with Aaron Burr. Alia Shawkat plays Alexander Hamilton alongside Aubrey Plaza as Aaron Burr.
Christmas in Rockefeller Center, 8 p.m., NBC: The 84th annual tree-lighting gala in Manhattan with celebrity guests and musical performances.
Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, 9 p.m., NBC: The sequel to last year's Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors sees young Dolly and her family facing a blizzard and making sacrifices to earn money to buy their mom a wedding ring that their dad could never afford.
SERIES PREMIERE: Incorporated, 10 p.m., Syfy: In a not-too-distant future where companies seemingly have unlimited power, a young executive risks everything to infiltrate a corporation to save the woman he loves.
The Year Without a Santa Claus, 6 p.m., Freeform: Santa cancels Christmas because he's fed up with people not realizing its true meaning anymore.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, 7:05 p.m., Freeform: Embarrassing relatives, a burning Christmas tree and a Jell-O mold with cat food. Just another Griswold family holiday.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC: Charlie Brown bums out over holiday commercialism while the rest of the gang stage a Christmas play.
The Santa Clause, 9:15 p.m., Freeform: Tim Allen stars in this feel-good movies about a father who accidentally kills a Santa on his roof and must become Santa by next Christmas.
Up and Vanished
More than a decade ago, teacher and former beauty queen Tara Grinstead disappeared without a trace. Her cellphone, car and a single latex glove were found at her home in Ocilla, Ga.
Her cold case is the largest in Georgia's history. Up and Vanished dives back into her case by examining old evidence and re-interviewing persons of interest and those closest to Grinstead.
The host, Payne Lindsey, is a documentary filmmaker who turned into an amateur investigator to explore the case. Lindsey reminds listeners that he is not a professional investigator or a journalist. He doesn't necessarily take the same steps as those who formally investigated Grinstead's disappearance. But Lindsey believes the case needs a fresh set of eyes. He hopes that his newness to the case and relative unbiased views will help uncover new information that could lead to finding Grinstead.
It's hard not to compare this podcast with Serial. The single cold case is re-examined every two weeks with fresh interviews and deep research that will have you hooked from the first episode. By the third episode, the podcast was getting a lot of attention from Georgia media and his investigation took off. He added supplemental episodes and he's now working on doing a TV series on the case.
Though he plans to have a dozen or so episodes on Grinstead with shorter "case files" on off weeks, Lindsey's ultimate goal remains clear: uncover something to help find Tara Grinstead.
Listen on iTunes and upandvanished.com.
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