Formula One Racing
By the time the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix goes off, the Formula One championship may already belong to Lewis Hamilton, making today's 55 laps on the 21-turn, 3.451-mile Yas Marina Circuit but a formality. As of early November, the only driver left to challenge him was Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. Still, viewers can get one last racing fix and take in some impressive island scenery before F1 signs off for another year.
Family Skating Tribute
In this new special, it's not just a matter of youngsters saying that Mommy or Daddy skates professionally, since the kids lace up and hit the ice with them. Nancy Kerrigan, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Ilia Kulik, Kurt Browning, Paul Wylie, Linda Fratianne and Todd Eldredge are among veterans of the sport who participate in the show, taped at the Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State. Country-music veteran Amy Grant gives them an in-person soundtrack during the program.
Jane's (Nasim Pedrad) new romantic involvement with a U.S. Marine leaves John and Motif (John Mulaney, Seaton Smith) feeling guilty over not being evident supporters of the military. They set out to correct that by trying to join a USO tour in the new episode "Patriot Acts." The situation inspires Lou (Martin Short) to weigh in on the difficulties of war -- and of doing improvisational humor. Elliott Gould and Zack Pearlman also star.
2014 American Music Awards
Pitbull returns as host as the annual event airs from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. As usual, the three-hour special -- whose winners are determined by fan voting -- will be stuffed with stars and categories representing various music genres. Among those slated to appear: Taylor Swift (offering the world-premiere performance of her tune "Blank Space"), Fergie, Lorde, One Direction, Iggy Azalea, Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith, Charli XCX and 5 Seconds of Summer.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
In the new episode "All Tea All Shade," the distance between Phaedra and Apollo continues to grow after his fervent apology to Kenya. Kandi tells Phaedra that Kenya is not who they thought she was. Kenya helps her best friend, radio personality Claudia Jordan, adjust to her new life in Atlanta. NeNe returns home after headlining with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. Todd has second thoughts about having a baby with Kandi.
Guy's Grocery Games
Round one of the new episode "Pressed for Time" finds the chefs required to make a panini lunch with items found on Guy's grocery list. Later, they try to prepare a favorite rice dish, followed by a top-notch seafood dish. Guest judges are Brian Malarkey, Catherine McCord and Marcela Valladolid.
Homer Simpson, rock star? It happens in the new episode "CoverCraft," as Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) unites with other fathers of Springfield to form a band. They all enjoy their new musical fame, but their breakup may be imminent when Apu (voice of Hank Azaria) suddenly emerges as a solo star. Will Forte and -- as himself -- veteran rocker Sammy Hagar provide guest voices.
The Christmas Shepherd
Sally Browning (Teri Polo), a widow and children's book author is devastated when her dog, a German Shepherd her late husband found while serving overseas, runs away during a thunderstorm. Ultimately, however, the dog is adopted by a Boston widower (Martin Cummins) and his teenage daughter (Jordyn Olson), who unwittingly hold the key to renewed happiness for Sally.
Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize
The former "Tonight Show" host and veteran stand-up comic joins a roster of distinguished comedy talents as he becomes the 17th recipient of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' accolade for American humor. Among those appearing at the event, taped last month in Washington, D.C.: Leno's "Tonight" successor Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Kristin Chenoweth, Wanda Sykes, Chelsea Handler and Ross ("Ross the Intern") Mathews.
Tonight's game at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys probably looked a whole lot more attractive when the NFL scheduled it for a prime-time telecast last spring. Now? Not so much. Eli Manning and the G-Men have fallen on hard times, as injuries have ravaged a secondary that was expected to be one of the team's strengths. Tony Romo and the 'Boys, meanwhile, are vying for the NFC East lead with their eyes on a playoff berth.
A U.S. Postal Service detective -- with the absolutely great name Jack Danger, and played by guest star Ed Helms ("The Office") -- partners with Jake and Charles (Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio) to find and apprehend a drug dealer in the new episode "USPIS." The other precinct members try to help Amy (Melissa Fumero) break her smoking habit. Andre Braugher and Terry Crews also star.
Some recent security issues in the nation's capital make the plot of the new episode "Collateral Damage" not as impossible as one might hope. The presence of a gunman outside prompts a lockdown of the State Department, leaving Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) with Iraqi delegates who may reveal unflattering information on her time in the CIA. Series co-star Tim Daly's son Sam guest stars as Daisy's (Patina Miller) fiance. Actor Eric Stoltz directed the story.