It’s a Sunday for legends including Helen Mirren, Tony Bennett, and… John Boy(?). We’ll start out our recs with that first one having fun with the book and movie series that launched YA into the stratosphere.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses [TBS, 8p]
Helen Mirren, is there anything she can’t do? Add game show host to her resume. She’s hosting the new Harry Potter trivia game that pits “houses” against one another. You think you know the wizarding world? Tune in to TBS and Cartoon Network to find out.
The Hot Zone: Anthrax [Nat Geo, 9p]
The limited series is back, focusing now on the 2001 Anthrax attacks. Daniel Dae Kim stars as an FBI agent specializing in microbiology, and Tony Goldwyn stars as Bruce Ivins, a microbiologist accused of being the perpetrator. The series will also stream on Hulu. I have reservations, as a person in the DC suburbs in 2001, but at least we’ll have Daniel Dae Kim.
One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga [CBS, 8p]
It’s a jazz concert featuring two of the most affable vocalists at strikingly different points in this career. 95-year-old Bennett and 35-year-old Oscar darling Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga have proven themselves a perfect, if unlikely pair on multiple albums and tours. By the way, Bennett holds the weird title of living artist with the earliest number one hit–he topped the Billboard charts 70 years ago in 1951 with “Because of You.”
Yellowjackets [Showtime, 10p]
We continue to follow the early days of the plane crash. The group has found a cabin in the woods, but it might not be the saving grace they thought it was. Meanwhile, in the present, Misty and Nat are on a road trip to find Travis, the son of their former coach. Shauna and Jeff continue to have marital problems and Taissa must deal with an attack ad (and her increasingly creepy child!)
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- Richard Thomas, the original John-Boy, takes over the narrator reins with the reboot of that wholesomest of 1970s dramas as The CW unveils The Waltons’ Homecoming. Given the network it’s on, you might be expecting Mary Ellen to be on speed and Jim-Boy killing rivals for copper wire, but for once, it would seem, the CW has decided to be faithful to the source material and this movie will be genuine schmaltz.
- If you’re looking for gaudy drama, there’s a new installment from the Real Housewives franchise and it’s a spin-off from Georgia’s capital. Bravo debuts The Real Housewives of Altanta: Porsha’s Family Matters tonight.
- For the second time this week, we’re talking about homeowners who are excessive in their holiday light displays. It’s the return of The Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC.
- Kendell Roy has had a rough third season of HBO’s Succession as while his coup attempt did not completely failed, it ended up about as awkward as. say, a rich white guy rapping at his 80-something dad’s birthday. Speaking of birthdays, it’s Kendall’s 40th so he’s throwing himself a lavish party because of course he is, but what could go wrong this time (what is that microphone doing on stage?… ohhhh, nooooo).
- On the rest of HBO’s Awkward Night: on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David defends anchovies and charger etiquette, while on Insecure, Issa is all over the place with regards to friends and love and work and balance and life in general (what’s new, right?).
- Over in the Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex, we’ve got a pair of new Hallmark Christmas movies: The Christmas Contest and Christmas in Tahoe. The former stars Candace Cameron-Bure, so do with that information what you will. The latter features the lead singer of Train, so, you know, the same. Lifetime brings us Miracle in Motor City in which Tia Mowry is a small town woman who promises that Smokey Robinson will perform at her Christmas pagaent and that’s a very specific choice, so you can guess who will be guest starring as himself.