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TV highlights: Aubrey Plaza’s ‘Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever’ debuts on Lifetime

The crown jewel of tonight’s programming, “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever” (Lifetime at 8 p.m.), which is reviewed by TV critic Hank Stuever on Page C1, has the Internet-famous feline with a displeased frown having, well, her worst Christmas ever. Aubrey Plaza of “Parks and Recreation” lends her voice to the exceedingly famous kitty. Read full article >>

Grumpy Cat’s Lifetime holiday movie: Claws out for Claus

The Grumpy Cat TV Christmas movie is here, about a year too late, and it’s as mindlessly soul-sucking as one might expect (hope?) a Grumpy Cat TV Christmas movie to be. Nevertheless, people are going to watch it in droves and clog up...Show More Summary

‘90 Day Fiance’: Wherever love travels, so does suspicion

It’s hard when you fall in love with someone from another country, but it’s even harder these days when you fall in love with a reality TV show. You’ll hear no end of it from your friends and family, and, if you happen to be a television critic, your readers: “That show is just using you,” they’ll say. Show More Summary

TV highlights: Bob Seger and Jason Aldean perform together on ‘CMT Crossroads’

(All times eastern) The remaining racers on “The Amazing Race” (CBS at 8 p.m. EST) travel to Singapore to compete in a number of physically grueling challenges. Because it’s the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas just can’t get here...Show More Summary

TV highlights: Robin Roberts honors unsung American heroes on ‘Thank You, America!’

If you think an hour of blubbering could pair nicely with your platter of bird carvings and candied yams, Robin Roberts hosts “Thank You, America!” (ABC at 8 p.m.), a one-hour special in which the “Good Morning America” anchor travels across the United States in search of unsung heroes committed to helping the less fortunate. Show More Summary

TV highlights: A sneak peek of ‘Peter Pan Live!’

“The Making of Peter Pan Live!” (NBC at 8 p.m.) offers a sneak peek of what we should expect Dec. 4 when Allison Williams takes on the role of Peter Pan and Christopher Walken takes on Captain Hook. The Peanuts crew gathers around Charlie’s ping-pong table for an unusual feast on the classic animated short “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (ABC at 8). Read full article >>

The best TV of 2014: ‘Americans,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Walking Dead’ and more

It’s been a fantastic year for TV watchers and an exhausting year for DVRs and broadband routers. Some shows that I’ve loved all along got even better, while some new surprises (“Fargo,” “Transparent”) bumped some older favorites off the list (such as “Veep”). Let’s get right to it — here are my top 10 shows for 2014: Read full article >>

‘The Sisterhood’: R U there, God? It’s me, without makeup.

Reality television built its success on the occasion of sin, but every so often the genre demonstrates some of its redeeming qualities, as is certainly the case with Lifetime’s “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns,” a short but intriguingShow More Summary

TV highlights: The ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 19 finale

FINALE WATCH: The 19th season of “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC at 8 and 9 p.m.) comes to a close with a one-hour “Road to the Finals” special before its live two-hour finale at 9 that will announce a winner and have performances from Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, Jennifer Hudson and Gorgon City. Read full article >>

TV highlights: Selina Kyle finds a friend in Bruce Wayne on ‘Gotham’

Selina Kyle takes Bruce Wayne under her wing for a dangerous journey through the city on “Gotham” (Fox at 8 p.m.), and Gordon gets reprimanded and reassigned. Max and Caroline’s friendship is threatened when Caroline drags a stubborn Max to a business conference on “2 Broke Girls” (CBS at 8). Read full article >>

TV highlights: Jay Leno is awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on PBS

(All times eastern) “A Royal Christmas” (Hallmark at 8 p.m.), which stars Jane Seymour, Lacey Chabert and Katherine Flynn, is about a blue-collar gal who learns that her fiance is actually the prince of a small European sovereignty — something I’m sure we can all relate to. Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Eat: The Story of Food’ premieres on National Geographic

Bob Dylan, Julia Child and decrepit, singing cats are what TV’s got to offer tonight, and it all starts with “The Amazing Race” (CBS at 8 p.m.). With the stakes higher than ever, the remaining teams have to serve refreshments to the knights of Malta in a topsy-turvy challenge. Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ finally reveals how Sam died

On a solemn “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS at 8 p.m.), Sheldon says his farewell to his YouTube/podcast show “Fun With Flags” while Howard, Leonard and Raj rustle through a dead professor’s old papers. The frothy new special “The UnitedShow More Summary

TV highlights: ‘Duck Dynasty’ returns for Season 7 on A&E

(All times eastern) Following last week’s dramatic departure of two contestants from the competition, the remaining chefs on “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox at 8 p.m.) are challenged to create Indian-inspired meals and then face a group dinner competition later on. Read full article >>

‘The Good Wife’ recap: ‘Sticky Content’

If it ever seemed like Alicia Florrick was having second thoughts about running for state’s attorney — that’s no longer the case. She’s all in. At first, she’s still skittish about delving into the crazy world of politics. Sitting with...Show More Summary

Katherine Heigl returns to TV, an unusually forgiving place

By now, you’ve probably heard that Katherine Heigl has a reputation of being difficult. The stories started in 2007 when the actress criticized her star vehicle “Knocked Up” for being sexist. Rumors continued the following summer after...Show More Summary

TV highlights: Benedict Cumberbatch comes to ‘The Daily Show With Jon Stewart’

(All times Eastern) The Flash thinks he’s met his match in a new meta-human named Tony, who can turn himself into girded steel, on “The Flash” (CW at 8 p.m.), but Cisco comes up with a clever plan that could take him down. Read full article >>

‘Last Man Standing’ still has a lot to say about Obamacare

It can be tough for a sitcom to take on a timely topic, particularly in the political arena. That’s partly a factor of TV production schedules, partly the hesitance about shoehorning a serious issue in between laugh tracks. But on Friday night, ABC’s “Last Man Standing” managed to jump into current events — specifically, the Obamacare debate. Read full article >>

TV highlights: Katherine Heigl’s ‘State of Affairs’ premieres on NBC

The documentary “Washington in the ’80s” (WETA at 8 p.m.), which follows WETA’s docs “Washington in the ’60s” and “Washington in the ’70s,” examines the tumultuous decade from a local point of view, highlighting Ronald Reagan’s presidency, the AIDS quilt on the Mall and the city’s homeless population. Read full article >>

NBC’s ‘State of Affairs’ and the women on Washington’s last nerve

“State of Affairs,” a nicely polished but plenty bananas CIA drama premiering Monday on NBC, wants its lead character, a White House briefer played by Katherine Heigl, to be the perfect offspring of “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope and “Homeland’s” Carrie Mathison, with paternal genetic material supplied by an anonymous donor (“24’s” Jack Bauer). Read full article >>

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