What to watch on Thursday, December 5...
Live, 6pm ET, ESPN
The Ron Burgundy Charm Offensive 2013 continues apace when the venerated newsman and his trusty sports anchor Champ Kind guest host the evening edition. It’s fitting, since ESPN is one of the few entities in existence which can truly relate to the shameless brand oversaturation of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Live, 8pm ET, NBC
The Sound of Music Live!
Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer star in this performance of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, produced by Smash and Chicago veterans Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Tony Award-winners Audra McDonald, Christian Borle, and Laura Benanti also lend their polished pipes to the production.
Five gravely wounded veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan channel their experiences through comedy, writing and performing their own stand-up sets with the help of Lewis Black, Zach Galifianakis, BJ Novak, and Bob Saget.
The Big Bang Theory
In “The Discovery Dissipation,” Sheldon is crestfallen when his serendipitous scientific breakthrough is disproven. As Leonard and Amy try to lift his spirits, Raj takes up temporary residence with Howard and Bernadette.
8pm, The CW
The Vampire Diaries
Damon and Elena swap distressing tales in “The Cell,” while Caroline applies some unorthodox methods to easing Stefan’s torment. At Whitmore, a chat with Dr. Wes prompts Aaron to take desperate measures.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Parental issues abound in “Bad Blood,” just in case you’d forgotten that this show shares creative DNA with Lost. Alice and her pops attempt to mend fences after reuniting in Wonderland, and flashbacks reveal how the strain of Jafar's mother’s passing urged the lad onto the road to villainy.
April’s sisters visit in “Man on the Moon,” and it doesn’t take long for them to get under her skin. Meanwhile, a gruesome accident drives Matthew and Jackson to join forces, Callie and Arizona strive to make their reconciliation stick, and Cristina faces pressure to livestream her upcoming procedure (though not, hopefully, to live-tweet it as well).
“Quantico Closure” pairs Peter with another FBI agent—who happens to be his former flame—to investigate a top-secret espionage case. Neal takes advantage of the time off to enmesh himself further in the Codex’s elusive enigmas.
Simon’s second death is apparently no more permanent than his first, while the reveal of Camille’s nature marks her as a prophet in many peoples’ eyes. Elsewhere in “Lucy,” Victor experiences disturbing physical changes, and the town experiences a mysterious blackout.
MID-SEASON FINALE, 9pm, Fox
Fox is billing “Previously Unaired Christmas” as an episode that it didn't air last year, but maybe it’s actually a new episode that jumps backwards to last Christmas so as not to throw the current season’s timeline off track? I’ll be honest, I researched this for about 45 seconds before throwing in the towel. Anyway, enjoy the festivities as the New Directions gang auditions for the school’s living Nativity and as Rachel, Kurt, and Santana sign up to be a mall Santa’s little helpers.
The Crazy Ones
“Models Love Magic” brings in guest-stars Adriana Lima and the Harlem Globetrotters. Although the episode synopsis doesn’t definitely say they’ll play mock-trial judge and jury in the latest ethical dispute between Simon and Gordon, I think we can safely assume that’s where this is headed.
As the saying goes, one exists in the mortal coil for but a single lifespan, so while you’re here you might as well title an episode of your TV show “YOLO.” Zeroing in on the truth strains the bonds among Team Olivia, while Cyrus realizes he may have finally crossed a Rubicon.
An investigation takes a grievously wrong turn in “Tremors,” forcing Sherlock to testify in policy inquiry. Might this spell the end of Holmes and Watson’s partnership with the NYPD?
In “The Gift,” Brody makes a lavish purchase to show his affection for Jenny, but it winds up backfiring. Upstairs, Threepeat indulges in some conspicuous consumption of his own in anticipation of a big bonus.
– R. Kelly and Mike E. Winfield on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Jim Parsons, Steve Coogan, and Daniel Sloss on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Casey Affleck on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Univision anchor Jorge Ramos on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Ford Motor Company president and CEO Alan Mulally on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Jason Schwartzman, Guillermo Diaz, and Jake Owen on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Anjelica Huston and Univision anchor Jackie Guerrido on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?