“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
From now on, it
seems, the Wolowitz baby will share a birthday with Amy Farrah Fowler
... which is, of course, the day of the annual sex between Amy and
Those two events
merge in a hilarious episode of TV's best comedy. We also learn the
baby's gender ... which Raj has known all along, via peeking at the
doctor's papers. He manages to blurt it out, often.
“iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour,” 8-9:30 p.m., CW.
It's time for pop
stars to assemble in a holiday mood. Ariana Grande will be there,
fresh from her terrific work in last week's “Hairspray Live.” So
will Niall Horan (of One Direction) and Justin Bieber.
including Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, Ellie Goulding, Lukas
Graham, Diplo, DNCE, Daya. Fifth Harmony and the Chainsmokers.
ALTERNATIVE: “Harley and the Davidsons,” 5-11 p.m., Discovery.
If you missed this
miniseries, catch (or record) it in one big burst. It's a reminder of
the days when some blue-collar Midwesterners could jump to the top of
the manufacturing world.
Bill Harley is
portrayed as a young Milwaukee guy who had an inventive mind and the
right friends: Arthur Davidson had the schemes and ambition; his
brother Walter had some money (after being forced to sell his land)
and a daredevil spirit for racing. Starting in 1903, they would
survive patent fights and the Depression, befriending outlaw bikers
who gave the company its hardy, red-blooded image.
5-11:02 p.m., Lifetime. We can catch up on recent episodes at 5 p.m.,
then see the start of the two-Thursday finale, with the final four:
Roberi Perra, 32, auditioned for the show shortly after emigrating
from Venezuela .... Laurence Basse, 41, has studied in Paris ....
Erin Robertson, 29, studied in her home state of Massachusetts ....
Rik Villa, 31, began sewing at 13.
Christmas movies, 7
p.m. and beyond, cable. The night starts early with “Santa Clause”
(1994) on Freeform and “Hearts of Christmas” (2016) -- Sharon
Lawrence as a neonatal nurse, being nudged into retirement – on
Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. At 8 p.m., Hallmark has “A
Nutcracker Christmas” (2016) and AMC has “Four Christmases”
(2008), with Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon and more. At 9, Freeform
has “The Search for Santa Paws” (2010) with (really) dogs saving
an amnesiac Claus.
“Disney Prep &
Landing” and its sequel, 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC. Quick and slick,
these animated specials show us the people who prepare for each of
Santa's super-efficient landings and departures.
Indoors,” 8:31 p.m., CBS. Jack convinces Human Resources to toss
out the rule that bans dating co-workers. He soon regrets it, when he
needs an excuse to break up with someone.
p.m., CBS. Christy and Bonnie have a history of illegal activities –
during and after their drug and alcohol days. They're breaking the
law again and Bonnie's boyfriend questions their morality.
“Life in Pieces,”
9:31 p.m., CBS. It's not easy to marry into this quirky family; when
Colleen goes shopping for a wedding dress, she faces the unfiltered
views of her future mother-in-law. Also, her fiance Matt and his dad
are trying to assemble furniture, after tossing out the directions.
10 p.m., USA. These three people – a cop, a security chief and a
trend-spotter – have all had pieces of the same dream. Now they
converge on a figure, “The Boy,” from that dream.