This is a tough week for schedulers to program, with many people preoccupied with travel and other holiday-related plans, but networks still have to air shows (November sweeps ends Wednesday night) and there are some specials as well.
Monday, November 24
Crowd Control (9-10 pm, NatGeo)
In this new series, behavioral science expert Daniel Pink explores ways human behavior can be influenced. It’s sort of a cross between a hidden-camera prank show and social-engineering experiments. Topics include speeding, littering, and anger management. (Two episodes air each week)
Also tonight: Major Crimes returns for the second half of its third season (9-10 pm, TNT)
Tuesday, November 25
The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns (10-11 pm, Lifetime)
Lifetime can do serious when it wants to. This is still a reality show, but one that treats is subjects respectfully and covers a topic most viewers won’t know anything about but will likely be interested in.
Wednesday, November 26
The Making of Peter Pan Live (8-9 pm, NBC)
NBC’s second annual live theatrical event airs next Thursday, starring Alison Williams as Peter and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. This bit of filler gives viewers a look behind the scenes of the production.
Thursday, November 27
Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular (8-10 pm, Fox)
Hilary Swank and Jane Lynch host this special intended to encourage viewers to adopt dogs from shelters.
Also, today’s football lineup: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (12:30-4 pm, CBS); Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (4:30-8 pm, Fox); Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (8:30-11:30ish, NBC).
Friday, November 28
Comedy Central’s All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special (10-11:05 pm, CC)
This aired for the first time last night, but I needed something for tonight and they’re showing it again. You were probably busy last night anyway (and if you’re really busy this weekend, it’s on again tomorrow and Sunday at the same time).
Saturday, November 29
Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (8-10 pm, Lifetime)
Two Lifetime citations in one week? Things must be slow. The internet celebricat comes to life in a TV movie, an idea that maybe should have remained unrealized. Aubrey Plaza provides Grumpy’s voice.
Sunday, November 30
The Mentalist (9:30-10:30 pm*, CBS)
It’s back for a 13-episode seventh and final season, with Jane and Lisbon now together and attempting to keep their relationship from their colleagues. More importantly to some of us, the show’s return means it’s borrowing The Good Wife‘s time slot until January. (“Start time may be delayed due to late NFL game)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
It’s not a TV show but it is about going home for Thanksgiving, so it seems an appropriate choice for this week. Starring Steve Martin and John Candy and written and directed by John Hughes, it’s one of his best.
(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.)