“The Flash,” 8 p.m., CW.
For now, this
mini-network is mostly a youth-fantasy place. On Jan. 21, it will
debut “Legends of Tomorrow,” return “The 100” and nudge its
Thursday fantasy shows to Fridays.
Here's the first
step, introducing three “Legends” characters in a story that
continues on Wednesday's “Arrow.” Tonight, Cisco's girlfriend
Kendra -- unaware she's the new Hawkgirl -- is attacked by Vandal
Savage. She's taken to the “Arrow” turf for protection; also,
Hawkman zooms in.
II: “The Polar Express” (2004) and “How the Grinch Stole
Christmas” (2000), 7 and 9 p.m., ABC Family.
Back in 1996, this
network introduced its “25 Days of Christmas.” In the years
ahead, it would offer new movies – some, including “Snowglobe”
and “Snow,” excellent – and holiday episodes of series.
Now the channel has
such a huge backload that it's adding zero originals this year;
still, a busy line-up begins today. Cartoons start at 1 p.m., with
these movies – both of which will repeat often – at night.
“Polar” is visually impressive, but short on story; “Grinch”
is the Jim Carrey movie version.
ALTERNATIVE:“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 8 p.m., CBS.
OK, there are times
when you don't need cable to see Christmas classics. CBS still holds
onto this one, which it's been showing since 1964.
We still think it's
overrated – bland animation and a so-so story that was was extended
to fill an hour – but that doesn't seem to matter. It's December
now and viewers will welcome Rudolph back.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and
“Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce” season-openers, 9 and 10 p.m.,
In the first hour,
we see that the rich and beautiful can have real problems. Kyle
Richards frets about her sister (Kim, a former child star) in rehab
... Yolanda Foster faces an overwhelming illness ... Eileen Davidson
mourns her late father-in-law (Dick Van Patton). On a much lighter
note, Lisa VanderPump must throw the opening pitch at a Dodgers game;
she knows nothing about pitching ... or baseball.
Then we see the
exaggerated woes of “Girlfriends.” Abby is torn between her
good-guy estranged husband and her young-and-handsome boyfriend. In
an overblown scene, that gets decided for her.
“The Muppets,” 8
p.m., ABC. Dave Grohl has had plenty of rock triumphs, drumming for
Nirvana and other groups and being guitarist and frontman for the Foo
Fighters. Now he faces the ultimate challenge – a drum-off with
Miss Piggy. Also, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a duet with Miss Piggy.
'Scream Queens,” 9
p.m., Fox. TV has plenty of holiday episodes, but here's one about
these characters' favorite – Black Friday. They celebrate it,
despite Thanksgiving horrors.
“Chicago Med,” 9
p.m., NBC. When Dr. Rhodes treats a family friend, he meets his
sister and confronts his own troubled past.
\World AIDS Day, 9
p.m., HBO, and 11:35 p.m., ABC. A “Vice” report views research,
talks to George W. Bush about global efforts and follows Bono to
Rwanda. Bono also shows up on ABC, where Jimmy Kimmel has a
“shopathon” fundraiser with Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, The
Killers and more.
9:01 p.m., CBS. Shifting its Tuesday shows around this week, CBS
reruns the second episode of this new show. Brian has a new job with
the FBI ... and promptly disobeys orders.
Orleans,” 10:01 p.m., CBS. In a rerun from last March, a new murder
is linked to two unsolved cases. All three victims' names are on a
mural, in a dilapitated part of town.