Thursday, January 18, 2018
TV and Media

On TV this week, Dec. 3-7

On TV this week


90210, 8 p.m., CW The new 90210 turns 100 and celebrates with an episode set at a charity lingerie show at the Playboy Mansion. Then Jessica Stroup does a burlesque number in a shameless ratings grab.

NFL Football, 8:30 p.m., ESPN Veteran Eli Manning got the best of RGIII last time around, but we all know he's the future, so expect the fate of the NFC to hang in the balance when the Giants head to Landover. Well, maybe not the fate, but certainly bragging rights.

Intervention, 10 p.m., A&E A 64-year-old woman who loves gardening also likes to get drunk on gin and terrorize her 88-year-old mother. That explains all the juniper bushes.

Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas, 10 p.m., NBC Yeah, except Blake's wife, Miranda Lambert, is there, so it is a family Christmas after all. Wait, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Jay Leno, Reba McEntire and Larry the Cable Guy aren't family. We hope.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 8 p.m., CBS Another Christmas, another year of that fabulous children's tale that teaches kids it's okay to make fun of someone until their deformity becomes socially acceptable in some way. Then it's fine to pretend you never made fun of them in the first place.

Storage Wars, 9 p.m., A&E The pack of vultures descends on Compton, Calif., to sift through stuff. We can only hope they fine Eazy-E's lost vault.

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, 10 p.m., CBS Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars all perform as a bunch of genetic freaks parade around in their underwear back on Nov. 7. We're wondering if they'll cut out Karlie Kross wearing that Native American headdress, because so many people called it disrespectful.

SEASON FINALE Sons of Anarchy, 10 p.m., FX We're sure everything will work out just fine for Jax. This show is known for its happy endings.


The Middle, 8 p.m., ABC Frankie takes a seasonal job to use her employee discount to buy presents for the kids, but the discount doesn't work until Dec. 26. That doesn't make any sense, because then she won't even have seasonal employment anymore. Poverty is hilarious!

Arrow, 8 p.m., CW Oliver trains Helena how to use a crossbow. She'll be all set to play Darryl Dixon from The Walking Dead next Halloween.

The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, 10 p.m., CBS Music's biggest night? It's really nice of the Grammys to hold a concert counting down to the MTV Video Music Awards.

American Horror Story: Asylum, 10 p.m., FX A killer Santa is on the lose at Briarcliff, marking this year's holiday-themed episode, a la last year's Halloween story. Next year: Thanksgiving at a haunted library.


Grey's Anatomy, 9 p.m., ABC Aw, man, it looks like we'll really have to learn some of these new interns' names. We had just forgotten about what's his name who was hit by the bus, and the one girl who had cancer.

In Vogue: The Editor's Eye, 9 p.m., HBO The magazine is 120 years old, so it worked on a documentary proving it's still relevant in the age of the Internet. Who's gonna argue with Anna Wintour, you?

Four Weddings: Holiday Showdown, 9 p.m., TLC Holiday-themed weddings are the worst. It's bad enough the bride gets a big party and tons of gifts, but now she wants you to feel like you need to be nice to family, too.

Panic 9-1-1, 10 p.m., A&E We missed the premiere of this show last week. Not to worry, because there's another three overly dramatic emergency calls for you to live through vicariously this week!

SEASON PREMIERE Mary Mary, 10 p.m., WEtv Erica and Tina Campbell get a lifetime achievement award at the Essence Music Festival. It's for having a TV show that follows them to the Essence Music Festival.


Celebrity Holiday Homes, 8 p.m., HGTV Three "celebrities" — Dee Snider, Cheryl Burke and Bebe Winans — get home makeovers. If they were actually celebrities, they wouldn't need a TV show to redecorate their houses.

VGA Ten, 9 p.m., Spike Samuel L. Jackson hosts the 10th anniversary of an awards show for the only form of entertainment that requires its consumers to pay $60 just to try out the goods. And look! Here's more $60 titles for you to try!

SEASON FINALE Hunted, 10 p.m., Cinemax Sam's cover is blown, so she must team up with Byzantium. Usually that means the operation is over, but, hey, this is Cinemax.

Sexy Baby, 10 p.m., Showtime A documentary follows a 32-year-old porn star exploiting a fetish, a 12-year-old using social media populated by sexual predators and a 22-year-old teacher who thinks she has to live up to beauty standards set by sex sites. This movie is pure, 2-D heartburn.

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]


Thursday’s sports on TV/radio

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Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

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Monday’s sports on TV/radio

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Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

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