It’s December already? There’s a fair amount of event programming this week covering a broad range of audiences and interests.
Monday, December 2
Jimmy Kimmel Live (11:35 pm-12:35 am, ABC)
The publicity tour for the new Hobbit movie gets rolling as Orlando Bloom visits Jimmy tonight, Martin Freeman appears tomorrow, and Benedict Cumberbatch stops by on Wednesday. Also tonight, Sir Ian McKellen chats with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show (11 pm, Comedy Central).
Tuesday, December 3
Snakes on a Plane (8-10:15 pm, IFC)
I can’t really recommend you watch this action thriller about… well, snakes on a plane, unless you like camp and silliness.
Wednesday, December 4
Mob City (9-11:10 pm, TNT)
This three-week, six-episode miniseries is a dramatized version of the battle between the Los Angeles Police Department and the organized crime in the years following World War II, as chronicled in the book L.A. Noir by John Buntin. It’s overseen by movie writer/director and Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont and stars Jon Bernthal, Jeremy Luke, Neal McDonough, and Ed Burns. (Subsequent episodes will air on December 11th and 18th.)
Thursday, December 5
The Sound of Music Live (8-11 pm, NBC)
Remaking a classic can be a risky venture; presenting a theatrical performance live on TV is no longer common. Combine the two and you have a genuine event that NBC hopes viewers will want to watch in real time. Carrie Underwood stars as Maria and Stephen Moyer is Captain von Trapp, with Audra McDonald, Christian Borle, and Laura Benanti.
Friday, December 6
The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall (8-9 pm, Epix)
The Improv comedy clubs in New York and Los Angeles have launched countless careers over the past half-century. Many of the biggest names (Jerry Seinfeld, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman) talk about their early performing days in this special.
Saturday, December 7
Death Proof (8-10:15 pm, IFC)
It’s kind of a slow night, but Quentin Tarantino’s half of the original Grindhouse double feature (the slightly more realistic of the pair) offers vehicular mayhem and revenge, plus a juicy performance from Kurt Russell, along with Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, and real-life stuntwoman Zoe Bell.
Sunday, December 8
Bonnie and Clyde (9-11 pm, A&E/History/Lifetime)
In the current Hollywood entertainment environment, where it seems little value is placed on originality, it’s not surprising that someone would want to retell the story of these Depression-era outlaws. But it is surprising that the results would place more emphasis on the pair’s romance than their criminal exploits, to cumbersome and disappointing effect. Also, is it necessary to air this on three channels at the same time? Whether you choose to watch this or not, I recommend checking out the superior 1967 movie version starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. (Concludes Monday, same time and channels.)
The Iceman (2013)
Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) stars as Richard Kuklinski, a mob hitman who killed more than 100 people from the mid-1960s to the mid-‘80s. Also starring: Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, and Ray Liotta.
(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)