It's not hard to guess what to expect from a new episode titled "Happy Holidays," as the contestants are challenged to prepare edibles suitable for seasonal celebrating. Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson do their usual mentoring but also get into the yuletide spirit as they guide the contenders through the expected paces.
The iHeartradio Jingle Ball 2014
This concert, a tradition of the holiday season, is packed with stars who truly represent the music of 2014 -- with such relative newcomers as Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer on the bill. So are such "veterans" as Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 as radio personality Elvis Duran hosts the event at New York's Madison Square Garden. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Pharrell Williams, OneRepublic, Jesse J., Nick Jonas and Shawn Mendes also perform.
Two back-to-back encores begin with one directed by series regular David Boreanaz, "Big in the Philippines." The demise of a troubled country-music performer (guest star Charlie Worsham) leaves Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and the team puzzled. Then, a college swimming coach's death fuels another mystery in "The Drama in the Queen," which also finds Sweets (John Francis Daley) enamored of a new intern (guest star Laura Spencer). Michaela Conlin also stars.
The Biggest Loser
Hawaii awaits the six contestants still in the competition, as indicated by the title of the new episode "Kauai, Part 1." They surely get to see the sights on the island, but according to the traditions of this series ... which means they remain very involved in the contest as they sample a state park and go kayaking. The result will yield something very nice for the winner, who will get a private helicopter tour. Alison Sweeney is the host.
A Christmas Carol
Many people consider this 1938 version their favorite screen adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Count June Lockhart among them. Lockhart made her film debut at age 12 as one of the children of Bob and Emily Cratchit, played by her real-life parents, Gene and Kathleen Lockhart. Reginald Owen stars as Christmas-hating curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge. Two other versions of the Dickens yarn, the 1970 musical "Scrooge" with Albert Finney and 1935's lesser-known "Scrooge" with Seymour Hicks in the title role, immediately follow.
The haves vs. the have-nots is the overriding theme of tonight's TNT doubleheader, which kicks off with Derrick Rose and the Central Division-leading Bulls hosting Carmelo Anthony and the struggling New York Knicks. Then in the late game, the Oklahoma City Thunder -- who are a different team without Kevin Durant -- pay a visit to Stephen Curry and the Pacific-leading Golden State Warriors.
The therapy is meant for Violet (Sadie Calvano), but Christy and Bonnie (Anna Faris, Allison Janney) are the ones who come forth with the biggest revelations in the new episode "Free Therapy and a Dead Lady's Yard Sale." They participate in one of Violet's sessions and end up voicing some rather personal information. Nate Corddry and Matt Jones also star.
In the new episode "Clowning Around," a prospective seller brings a vintage Gene "The Singing Cowboy" Autry guitar into the shop. Rick starts goofing around when a portrait of beloved TV clown Red Skelton is brought in. Later, Rick has a different plan in mind when Chumlee decides to sell his shoe collection. Another new episode immediately follows.
Project Runway All Stars
Christmas is coming up, not Valentine's Day, but love is in the air nonetheless in a new episode called "Mix and Match.com," wherein the remaining designers are challenged to create striking looks for single clients of that matchmaking website to wear on their upcoming first dates. Actress Laverne Cox, who stars as inmate beautician Sophia Burset in the hit Netflix women-in-prison drama "Orange Is the New Black," serves as a guest judge for the episode.
People Magazine Awards
Name a celebrity category and it's probably represented in these new awards, hosted by Nick Cannon and presented from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Sexiest Woman ... Funniest Person ... Biggest Phenomenon ... they're all included as the honors bestowed by People Magazine recap personalities of 2014. Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5 and 5 Seconds of Summer perform. Jennifer Aniston and Michael Keaton also are slated to appear.
Downton Abbey Rediscovered
The American debut of the fifth season of the hugely popular drama series isn't far off, and this special recaps all that has happened for the Crawley family and their associates thus far. Bernadette Peters serves as host of the program, which also uses cast interviews and episode clips to whet appetites for what's to come -- without giving away too much, lest that keep the show from continuing to enjoy the giant viewership it has drawn internationally.
The sophisticated caper comedy wraps things up after six seasons with a new episode aptly titled "Au Revoir," which finds Peter (Tim DeKay) forced to involve himself in a dangerous con against the Pink Panthers to help Neal (Matt Bomer) carry out a risky heist. Ellie (Tiffani Thiessen) wouldn't be wild about that plan under the best of circumstances, but with their baby on the way, she's even more concerned. Neal, meanwhile, hatches a plan to serve the interests of both the Pink Panthers and himself. Ross McCall, Gavin Lee and Lucas Salvagno guest star.