What to watch on Thursday, December 8...
Thursday nights are like the six-foot sandwiches of TV. You know you won't finish it all, but gosh darnit, it's worth a shot. Behold:
Tonight Community takes a few playful jabs at a certain musical dramedy when SNL cast member Taran Killam appears as Greendale's choir director and calls on the study group to fill in for his holiday glee club spectacular. But will the gang get over their skepticism and embrace the holiday spirit? You'll never know unless you watch!
ORIGINAL MOVIE, 9pm, OWN
In this original documentary special, a decidedly "unjolly" guy decides to dress up as Santa Claus in order to recapture his lost Christmas spirit. This includes enrolling at a Santa school, appearing in a Christmas parade, ringing a collections bell, and interviewing other career Santas about how they do it. If you recognize your father or grandfather in this documentary, blame Oprah.
After a storm chaser winds up dead, the team suspects his death may not have been related to the twister he was following. Meanwhile, Angela's father (Z.Z. Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons, obviously) may or may not be the ideal babysitter for little Michael.
Tonight's Mindy Kaling-scripted holiday episode concerns Andy's quest to grant everybody's holiday wishes. Meanwhile, Robert California makes a mess of the holiday party when his marital problems cause him to drown his sorrows.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Whoops! It's high school reunion time and there's so much awkwardness in store that this episode is only the first of a two-parter. Tonight, witness the gang's interactions with former friends and foes as they all drink in moderation and have serious discussions at normal volumes. (Those last bits were all lies.)
Prime Suspect's loss is Grimm's gain, as NBC has scheduled a brand-new episode of its surprise hit fantasy procedural following its Must-See Comedy block. Tonight a high school music teacher's murder leads Nick to question a mysterious and troubled child prodigy, but is the kid adept at music or [screechy violins] MURDERRRRR?
PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
The Big Bang Theory, 8 p.m., CBS
The X Factor , 8 p.m., Fox
Wipeout, 8 p.m., ABC
Parks & Recreation, 8:30 p.m., NBC
Rules of Engagement, 8:30 p.m., CBS
America's Funniest Home Videos Christmas Spectacular, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 9 p.m., ABC
Braxton Family Values, 9 p.m., WE
DUI, 9 p.m., TLC
First 48, 9 p.m., A&E;
I (Almost) Got Away With It, 9 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Person of Interest, 9 p.m., CBS
This Old House Hour, 9 p.m., PBS
Whitney, 9:30 p.m., NBC
Beavis and Butt-head, 10 & 11 p.m., MTV
Beyond Scared Straight, SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10 p.m., A&E;
Burn Notice, 10 p.m., USA
Hostage: Do or Die, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Project Accessory, 10 p.m., Lifetime
Selling LA, 10 p.m., HGTV
The Great Big American Auction, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 10 p.m., ABC
The Mentalist, 10 p.m., CBS
Weed Wars, 10 p.m., Discovery
Good Vibes, 10:30 p.m., MTV
Selling New York, 10:30 p.m., HGTV
The League, 10:30 p.m., FX
Gigolos, SEASON 2 FINALE, 11 p.m., Showtime
Off the Grid: Million Dollar Manhunt, 11 p.m., History
Charlize Theron on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS
Greg Nicotero on Last Call with Carson Daly, 1:35 a.m., NBC
Ivanka Trump on The Wendy Williams Show, 12 a.m., BET
Jeremy Piven & Blink-182 on Conan, 11 p.m., TBS
Jeremy Renner & Judy Greer on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 12 a.m., ABC
Katie Couric on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
Pierce Brosnan on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS
Ralph Fiennes on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:35 a.m., NBC
What are you watching tonight?