Bill Harris’ TV must-sees for the week of Dec. 18:
If “the best is yet to come” when you’re 90, then Tony Bennett truly must have stumbled across the fountain of youth on the same day he left his heart in San Francisco. One highlight of this special is seeing host Alec Baldwin do his Tony Bennett impersonation alongside the real thing. “This is nuts!”
When: Tuesday, Dec. 20 on NBC
Nick Cannon, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel gather for a festive extravaganza featuring this season’s winner – Grace Vanderwaal – along with fan favorites the Clairvoyants, Brian Justin Crum and Olate Dogs, with special guests Penn & Teller and crooner Sal Valentinetti.
When: Monday, Dec. 19 on NBC, City
3. Canada’s Smartest Person
Five weekly winners battle it out in the series’ first ever holiday-themed finale. Gerry Dee, star of sitcom Mr. D, will test the competitors’ social intelligence in the so-called Lie-Detector Challenge. Can you tell which of Gerry’s over-the-top holiday stories are true and which ones are false?
When: Sunday, Dec. 18 on CBC
A neurosurgeon faces potential bankruptcy if he can’t auction off some of his $10-million treasure trove to cover his debts. Plus, a woman who loves Storage Wars a little too much has accrued so many storage units, she barely can live in her house. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
When: Sunday, Dec. 18 on A&E
The Gallaghers grapple with the loss of one of their own. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) takes steps to improve his future, while Debbie (Emma Kenney) and Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) get roped into a new scheme concocted by Frank (William H. Macy). The more things change, the more they stay the same.
When: Sunday, Dec. 18 on TMN (Showtime in the U.S.)
6. Canada’s Walk of Fame 2016
This special features highlights from the annual gala ceremony, which took place last fall in Toronto. Inductees this year are Jason Priestley, Darryl Sittler, Jeanne Beker, Corey Hart, Deepa Mehta and Al Waxman. Presenters include Tatiana Maslany, Nelly Furtado and Kiefer Sutherland.
When: Monday, Dec. 19 on Global
While Tim (Scott Porter) has a big decision to make regarding his future, the team encounters gun-runners and Ralph (Riley B. Smith) winds up getting kidnapped on Christmas Eve at an electronics-free mountain getaway. Wow, I would REALLY complain to my service provider.
When: Monday, Dec. 19 on CBS, City
8. The Great Christmas Light Fight
Four festive families showcase their spectacular displays, including the Monkhouse clan of Alexandria, Louisiana, whose effort features classic Christmas toys, a high-tech light show and a parrot that sings Jingle Bells. Hmmm, so you’re saying my threadbare wreath over the garage isn’t enough?
When: Monday, Dec. 19 on ABC
9. Scream Queens
Remember how this show got so much hype when it debuted in the fall of 2015? While it garnered some social-media buzz in Season 1, ratings were low. Few are paying attention any more. But at least this episode is titled Drain the Swamp. Isn’t that what Donald Trump promised to do? Might he appear?
When: Tuesday, Dec. 20 on Fox, City
10. Michelle Obama-Oprah Winfrey Special
The full title is, “First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House – An Oprah Winfrey Special.” Quite a mouthful. Oprah speaks to the First Lady in her final one-on-one interview inside the famous residence. Topics likely will include, “Wow, what the hell just happened?”
When: Monday, Dec. 19 on CBS