1) “Planet Earth: A Celebration” (shown here), 8-9:25 p.m. ET, BBC America and IFC; 8-9:25 p.m. ET/PT AMC and Sundance. This began with two great series – “Planet Earth II” and “Blue Planet II.” The BBC chose eight gorgeous segments and added new music, performed by the members of the BBC Orchestra (separated by six feet) and Hans Zimmer (separated by the Atlantic Ocean). The moments – from hilarious parading flamingos to horrifying racer snakes – are brilliantly crafted.
2) “Being the Queen,” 9 p.m., National Geographic. Elizabeth’s life has had three huge phases. For 10 years, she was a carefree princess, not in line for the throne. For 15 more (after her uncle’s abdication), she knew she would be queen some day … but thought she’d be deep in middle-age by then. And for almost 70 more, she’s been the most enduring monarch, her own steady life contrasting with moments of chaos nearby. Using archival film, this excellent documentary manages to tell it all in one hour.
3) “The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever!,” 8-11 p.m. today, ABC. Nick Viall grew up in Waukesha (near Milwaukee), as one of 11 children. He was state champion in the 800-meter run, captained his college track team (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee), sold software … and then found that his place was on ABC – often. He was runner-up on “The Bachelorette” – in 2014 and again in 2015, became “The Bachelor,” even did “Dancing With the Stars.” Here’s the story.
4) “Young Sheldon,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. With its Thursday slot borrowed by reality shows, this amiable comedy temporarily takes the “Bob (Hearts) Abishola” spot. Tonight, Sheldon is dismayed that the neighboring house is for sale … and stunned that his drama teacher (Jason Alesander) sells real estate.
5) “Love the Coopers” (2015), 8-10 p.m., Fox. It’s never too early to have Christmas movies. (At least, that’s what Hallmark tells us.) So here’s the story of a couple (John Goodman and Diane Keaton), trying to deliver one perfect Christmas before announcing their split. This drew negative reviews; you might go with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019) at 5:52 p.m. on Starz or the “Back to the Future” trilogy, at 7 p.m.(1985), 9:30 (1989) and midnight (1990) on WGN America.