“Coat of Many Colors,” 9-11 p.m., NBC.
Let's credit NBC for
remembering some of the notions – music, specials and TV movies –
that helped TV thrive. Last Thursday was its live “The Wiz”;
tonight, this movie follows a Michael Buble hour.
Dolly Parton's great
song told how her mom made a coat out of rags and turned it into a
personal triumph. That's part of this story, set in 1951 in the
Smokey Mountains. Alyvia Lind plays Parton at 9, with Jennifer
Nettles and Rick Schroeder as her parents and Gerald McRaney as her
II: “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
We're a week from a
pivotal episode, one that involves Amy, the “Star Wars” premiere
and even dream scenes with the late Professor Proton (Bob Newhart).
Here's the episode that sets it up.
rejected Amy's suggestion that they date again. Now she tries a
second date with the annoying Dave, played by Stephen Merchant, the
6-foot-7 Englishman who is Ricky Gervais' comedy partner. Meanwhile,
Sheldon finally figures out why a song is stuck in his head.
ALTERNATIVE: “Bones” mid-season finale, 8 and 9 p.m., Fox.
How does a show –
a fairly good one, but not a great one – prosper for 11 seasons?
“Bones” does it partly with variety, deftly going from light to
heavy; these two episodes provide strong examples.
The first is just
this side of silly, as Booth and Brennan (David Boreanaz and Emily
Deschanel) go undercover at a weekend camp where people pretend to be
cowboys. The second is dead-serious, with jolting moments at the the
beginning and end. Wrapping through both are personal stories for Cam
and the married duo of Hodgins and Angela. “Bones” skims all the
bases of good-enough drama.
“Toy Story at 20”
and “Toy Story” (1995), 8 and 9-11 p.m., ABC. Back in 1995,
little Pixar was still struggling to prove computer-animation could
be popular. It made commercials, special effects and Oscar-nominated
shorts – then hit it big with “Toy Story.” The idea was clever,
the script was smart and Pixar soared. It has gone on to other gems
-- from “Nemo” to “Inside Out” -- and merged with Disney. Now
ABC (also Disney-owned) reruns “Toy Story,” preceded by a
documentary about it.
Christmas in Hollywood,” 8 p.m., NBC. For his fifth holiday
special, Buble includes music from Celine Dion, Tori Kelly and Sharon
Jones & the Dap-Kings. He tries comedy with reality stars Kylie
Jenner and Gigi Hadid and NBC favorites Blake Shelton, Jay Leno and
“Life in Pieces,”
8:31, CBS. While Greg (Colin Hanks) revives a ping-pong grudge match
with his brother, his wife frets about returning to work after being
home with the baby. Also, Heather has second thoughts about her
husband getting a vasectomy. And her mom sees the effects of a stolen
9 p.m., CW. This show and “Vampire Diaries” will be taking a long
break, before moving to Fridays on Jan. 29. First, this episode finds
Freya scrambling to help an afflicted sibling.
p.m., CBS. Sara Rue competes with herself tonight. At the same time
that she guests in the second “Bones” hour (as a disheveled
profiler) she returns here as the prosperous girlfriend of Christy's
ex-husband. At a conference with Roscoe's teacher, Christy feels more
threateed than ever.
p.m., CBS. An archeologist has been killed, possibly because of
something he found.
(1954), 11:30 p.m., AMC. This Bing Crosby musical wraps up a stretch
of Christmas classics. At 4:30 p.m. is George C. Scott's blistering
“Christmas Carol” (1984) performance; the the original “Miracle
on 34th Street” (1947) is at 7 and 9:15.