Sunday TV: Soul Train Awards, Springsteen

soul-train-awards-2017-show-4kqq-1080x675Erykah Badu hosts the “Soul Train Awards” (BET, VH1, 8 p.m.) Jessi J, Toni Braxton, Tank, Tamar Braxton, 112, Kirk Franklin, Luke James, Keyshia Cole, SWV, Le’Andria Johnson, Ro James, Daniel Caesar, Major, Demetria McKinney, DVSN, Method Man, U-God.

He’s telling his story for top dollar on Broadway, but he’s also reminiscing in a TV documentary about his long career in “Bruce Springsteen: In His Own Words” (BBC America, 10 p.m.).

Larry is blackmailed by an employee on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO, 10 p.m.) — the only new programming on the channel tonight.

Trump wasn’t particularly qualified to run the “Miss Universe Pageant” (Fox, 7 p.m.) either.

On the made-for-TV “Switched for Christmas” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.) identical twin sisters switch places for the holidays. It stars the veritable Queen of Hallmark, Candace Cameron Bure in both roles and introduces her daughter Natasha Bure. Her co-stars include Mark Deklin, Eion Bailey and Happy the Dog. It may be the most Hallmark movie of the season.

But it has strong kitsch competition when Melissa Joan Hart stars in  “A Very Merry Toy Store” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) a small family-run toy store goes up against a big box store just before Christmas. Also in the cast: Mario Lopez, Beth Broderick, Brian Denny, Billy Gardell and Mario Cantone.

With things looking up for Rick’s group, an argument breaks out on “The Walking Dead” (AMC, 9 p.m.).

Another two new episodes of “Search Party” (TBS, 10 and 10:30 p.m.) move the story along.

“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” (CNN, 9 p.m.) goes to Southern Italy.

“Madam Secretary” (CBS, 10:30 p.m.) tackles the opioid crisis.

Bridge goes on an extreme mud run on “SMILF” (Showtime, 10 p.m.).

Anderson Cooper reports on Jose Andres efforts in Puerto Rico on “60 Minutes” (CBS, 7:30 p.m.).

Two specials look at that big metaphor that hit a an iceberg with “Titanic: Sinking the Myths” (Reelz, 8 p.m.) and the director looks back on the disaster — not his film — on “Titanic: 20 Years later with James Cameron” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.). Cameron is also a guest later on “StarTalk” (National Geographic, 11 p.m.) with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

“This is Life with Lisa Ling” (CNN, 10 p.m.) foes to a transgender beauty pageant.

Fiona is shocked by a blast from the past on “Shameless” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

The flat voice of the kidnapping victim turned revolutionary is what will make her episode of “The Lost Tapes” (Smithsonian, 9 p.m.).

Claire washes up on an island on “Outlander” (Starz, 8 p.m.).

A weird thing on Disney Channel — variations on songs from “Descendents” on the special “Bad Lip Reading Presents: Descendants” (Disney, 9 p.m.).

“Barnwood Builders” (DIY, 9 p.m.) returns for its sixth season.

Lexus gives birth on “The Unexpected” (TLC, 10 p.m.).

Letty tries to go back to her old life on “Good Behavior” (TNT, 10 p.m.).

A CIA agent is doubted on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.).

Three episodes of “The Crimson Field” (PBS, 8 p.m.), a drama about World War I medics, make for a mini-marathon.

In Sunday Night Football, it’s Green Bay at Pittsburgh (NBC, 8 p.m.). earlier games include Chicago at Philadelphia (Fox, 1 p.m.), Miami at New England (CBS, 1 p.m.) and New Orleans at Rams (CBS, 4:25 p.m.)

In Canadian Football, it’s Calgary vs. Toronto (ESPN2, 6 p.m.)

Men’s college basketball includes St. John’s vs. UCF (ESPNU, noon), Oklahoma vs. Oregon (ESPN2, 1 p.m.), Texas vs. Gonzaga (ESPN, 1 p.m.), Long Beach State vs. Nebraska (ESPNU, 2:30 p.m.), Butler vs. Ohio State (ESPN2, 3 p.m.), Arkansas vs. UConn (ESPN, 3 p.m.), UC-Riverside at Michigan (Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.), Saint Mary’s vs. Georgia (ESPNU, 5 p.m.), Temple at La Salle (NBC Sports, 5 p.m.), Portland vs. DePaul (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), North Carolina vs. Michigan State (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.), Missouri vs. West Virginia (ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.), Portland State vs. Stanford (ESPNU, 9:30 p.m.), Duke vs. Florida (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.) and Washington State vs. San Diego State (ESPN, midnight).

Sunday Talk

ABC: Sen. Tim Scott, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen, Reps. Barbara Comstock and Jackie Speier. NBC: Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Rob Portman, Anita Hill. CNN: Sens. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin, Tim Steyer. Fox News: Sen. John Thune.

 

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