“The Wizard of Oz” (1939), 5:45 p.m., TBS.
This is the time of
year when the true classics return. We had “Grinch” on Friday and
now there's “Oz” today; “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is coming
on Thursday (Dec. 1).
What they have in
common is memorable music and a willingness to mix sophisticated
craftsmaship with an open-hearted sense of emotion. Ostensibly for
children, they keep grabbing all generations.
“Madam Secretary,” 9:30 p.m., CBS (9 p.m. PT).
Here's a fictional
election night. That triggers moments of fretting, fears and high
drama ... just as you may have noticed in the real-life election; it
also triggers romance, which you may not have seen.
As President Dalton
worries, Elizabeth's staff considers romantic links. Meanwhile, she
has information that could jeopardize the peace deal with Iran; also,
her son supports one of the president's opponents. Sam Daly, the son
of co-star Tim Daly, plays the lobbyist who is Daisy's former fiance.
ALTERNATIVE: “Soul Train Awards,” 8-10:35 p.m., BET and VH1; also
11:05 on BET.
vanished a decade ago, after a 35-year run, but its award show lives
on. Tonight's show will have definite nods to rhythm-and-blues
history. It's hosted by Erykah Badu ... Bobby Brown will perform ...
his old group (New Edition) will present ... Brandy and Teddy Riley
will get special awards.
But this is mainly
about music now; Drake and Beyonce lead with 12 and eight
nominations. Performers tonight include Dru Hill, Ma$e, Guy,
D.R.A.M., Yuna, Eric Benet, Ro James, Candice Boyd, Carl Thomas, Doug
E. Fresh, Wreckx-n-Effect and BJ the Chicago Kid.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Masterpiece: Poldark” season-finale, 9 p.m.,
Ross' mine has
finally paid off, but that good news is surrounded by agony. His
cousin Francis drowned, leaving the widowed Elizabeth on her own. She
hooked up with Ross (who has loved her forever), then married the
evil Warleggan ... who is fencing off the estate and enraging the
Meanwhile, Dr. Enys
is enamored with the rich and beautiful Caroline. And Demelza, Ross'
fiery wife, is fuming about his dalliance. Things peak tonight,
including a powerhouse storm-the-manor scene, complete with torches.
The second season gets a strong, emotional finale.
preview, 7 p.m., BET. Here's the red-carpet show. Also, a follow-up
is at 10:35 p.m.
cable. At 7 and 9 p.m., UP's “A Rooftop Christmas” has Tim Reid
(“WKRP”) arrested for his tree. At 8, Hallmark's “Journey Back
to Christmas” has a 1940s nurse (Candace Cameron Bure) whisked to
2016. At 9, Ion has “A Christmas in Vermont” and Hallmark Movies &
Mysteries has “I'll Be Home for Christmas"; James Brolin stars, with background songs from his wife, Barbra Streisand.
Story: If the Shoe Fits,” 8-10 p.m., Freeform. Talented young Sofia
Carson gets the sort of role that launched Miley Cyrus – an
ordinary person who puts on a wig and becomes a diva. The result
includes both broad comedy and some strong singing and dancing.
Lies,” 9 p.m., ABC. As secrets keep crumbling, Detective Cornell is
closer to learning who killed Kate. Eric, the widower, scrambles to
keep his business and family together. And when he finally unlocks
Kate's second iPad, he gets some jolting information.
p.m., ABC. The CIA trainees study the fine art of lying. That may be
helpful to Alex: In this timeframe, she feels disconnected from Ryan;
in the future, she must destroy a biological weapon.
10:30 p.m., CBS (10 p.m. PT). While they work on their first
death-by-sausage case, Watson learns that Holmes has been lying about