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What to watch and listen to this week: Stream USA's 'Colony' on Netflix, Women of the Hour podcast

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December

Watch this week

MONDAY

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, 8 p.m., CW: The animated adaptation of the offbeat holiday carol, with a young boy trying to save his grandmother's Christmas shop.

Meet Me in St. Louis, 8 p.m., TCM: The classic romantic musical comedy about four sisters learning the ways of the world during the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

The Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown, 9 p.m., CW: Showcases the 12 best holiday commercials ever with spotlights on specials from around the world.

Available today

Ricardo O'Farrill: Christmas Special, Netflix

TUESDAY

American Housewife, 8:30 p.m., ABC: Katie plans a school pageant to celebrate Christmas.

Fresh Off the Boat, 9 p.m., ABC: Marvin is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future while Evan is accidentally left home alone when the family goes to see a movie.

Available today

Colony, Season 1, Dec. 13, Netflix: Los Angeles has been invaded by outside forces (aliens?), causing a huge rift between residents and the government. Not full blown sci-fi or dystopian drama. Just right. Stars Josh Holloway (Lost) and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead).

More: Killswitch, I Am Not a Serial Killer, Nobel Season 1. Netflix

WEDNESDAY

The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time, 8 p.m., CW: Dean Cain hosts this countdown of the best holiday movies and goes behind the scenes to show why these movies are so beloved.

Black-ish, 9:30 p.m., ABC: Johan and Gigi join the family the celebrate the holidays and Dre is determined to have the best Christmas ever even though Zoey is bound for college.

Available today

Versailles, Season 1, Netflix.

The Expanse, Season 1, Amazon.

THURSDAY

Disney's Prep & Landing, 8 p.m., ABC: An experienced elf is passed over for a promotion and gets paired with an eager rookie. The two encounter a snowstorm during their Christmas Eve mission, making their job much more difficult.

iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2016, 8 p.m., CW: Elvis Duran hosts the concert from New York City's Madison Square Garden with performances by Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Diplo, the Chainsmokers, Fifth Harmony, Charlie Puth, Lukas Graham, DNCE and Niall Horan.

Lego Frozen Northern Lights, 9:40 p.m., Disney Channel: In the first of four parts, Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff try to restore the Northern Lights before they disappear.

Plug in

Women of the Hour

About a year ago when Lena Dunham first launched her Women of the Hour podcast, it was another successful notch in her busy life of creating more episodes of Girls on HBO, launching a newsletter and publishing a book. Dunham's still churning out her Lenny Letter, Girls is on its last season and Women of the Hour returned for a second season last month.

Dunham hosts this feminist, progressive variety hour with plenty of insight and personal stories from her own life. But the real stars are her guests  movers and shakers, entertainers, activities and newsmakers who chat about their accomplishments and setbacks while celebrating one another.

Notable guests from Season 1 include Ashley Ford, Emma Stone, Zadie Smith, Amy Sedaris and Janet Mock. So far in Season 2, Dunham has sat down with Geneva Reed-Veal (mother of Sandra Bland, the woman found hanging in a Texas jail cell), Sylvia Rivera and others while taking a deep look at faith, trauma and feelings of being trapped.

Women of the Hour is insightful and soothing in a time when some women are struggling to feel optimism for the future of leadership in the country. The episodes, which clock in around an hour each, make you feel like you're surrounded by old friends  or meeting new ones.

Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and buzzfeed.com.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

 

[Last modified: Sunday, December 11, 2016 7:17pm]

    

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