Tuesday TV: ‘Drunk History Christmas’

DrunkChristmasHere’s one holiday special I can get behind: the “Drunk History Christmas Special” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) in which Rich Fulcher drinks and tells the tale of how Christmas trees got into the White House during the administration of Teddy Roosevelt, played here by Ken Marino.

Rob Corddry, Colin Hanks and Phil Hendrike also show up in the special, and Fulcher tries to sing Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” with host Derek Waters. (The new season of “Drunk History” starts Jan. 23).

The current atmosphere in which years of assaults are coming to light and powerful men are falling, you might think it’s not the right time for “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion” (CBS, 10 p.m.). But here it is, the most sexist annual network show: parades of bras on women who act like they’re enlightened for being so exploited. This time it happens in Shanghai.

The big superhero crossover episodes end with “The Flash” (The CW, 8 p.m.) and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (The CW, 9 p.m.).

A second season starts for Hamilton Morris’s show about arcane psychedelics, “Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia” (Viceland, 10 p.m.), with an examination of toad licking.

“The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.) narrows it down to the Top 10.

Farmers and bankers negotiate on “Damnation” (USA, 10 p.m.).

Eva Longoria directs a new episode of “The Mick” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz take to their podiums again to hash out the tax proposal on Debate Night (CNN, 9 p.m.).

What allowed people to get into space? It’s examined in a new series “Survival in the Skies” (Smithsonian Channel, 9 p.m.).

Sterling K. Brown’s character gets the spotlight on “This is Us” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

The case that has been taking up the whole season of “Major Crimes” (TNT, 9 p.m.) so far, finally comes to a conclusion.

Three on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox, 9:30 p.m.) go undercover to a fantasy fiction convention.

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” (CBS, 8 p.m.) is on one more time.

But instead of a Christmas Village, a new series examines “Village of the Damned” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.).

“Who Killed Tupac?” (A&E, 10 p.m.) looks at the East Coast vs. West Coast flap. It happens during “The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer” (History, 10 p.m.).

The two on “Lethal Weapon” (Fox, 8 p.m.) go undercover in the mob.

A long-lost artifact is found on “The Curse of Oak Island” (History, 9 p.m.).

A pregnant woman is in peril on “Chicago Med” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

“Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations” (Travel, 9 p.m.) goes to Stockholm and, at 9:30 p.m, Jerusalem.

“Chopped” (Food,10 p.m.) uses some of its weirdest ingredients.

It’s bachelorette weekend in Vegas on “Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir: The Mane Event” (BET, 10 p.m.).

“Ink Master: Angels” (Spike, 10 p.m.) goes to Austin.

Regis Philbin and Michael Strahan stop in on “Snoop Dogg Presents the Joker’s Wild” (TBS, 10 p.m.).

The wifi goes out on “Teachers” (TV Land, 10 p.m.).

It’s Michael Bennett vs. Vanessa Hudgens and James Corden vs. Nicole Richie on “Drop the Mic” (TBS,10:30 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies ends its month-long focus on the Hollywood Blacklist with some of those who survived it, in “The Front” (8 p.m.), “The Landlord” (10 p.m.), “David and Lisa” (midnight), “The Loved One” (2 a.m.) and “Mademoiselle” (4:15 a.m.).

Basketball includes Miami at Cleveland (NBA, 7 pm.) and Denver at Nashville (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.).

Hockey has Chicago at Nashville (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Baylor at Xavier (Fox Sports 1, 6:30 p.m.), Northwestern at Georgia Tech (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Florida State at Rutgers (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Louisville at Purdue (ESPN, 8 p.m.), Maine at Georgetown (Fox Sports 1, 8:30 p.m.), Iowa at Virginia Tech (ESPN2, 9 p.m.) and Illinois at Wake Forest (ESPNU, 9 p.m.).

Women’s games include Connecticut at Nevada (CBS Sports, 9 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Daisy Ridley, Jeffrey Donovan. The View: Kelly Clarkson. The Talk: Carol Burnett, Nichelle Turner, Jack Osbourne, Brooke Shields. Harry Connick: Kristen Bell, Stephanie Humphrey, Amber Chinn (rerun). Steve Harvey: Kris Jenner, Jay Pharaoh. Ellen DeGeneres: Mark Hamill, Ben Platt, Liam Payne. Wendy Williams: Fred Mwangaguhunga, Rebekah George, Elsa Hosk. The Real: DeVon Franklin.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: John Mulaney Jason Segel (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Bono, Bryan Cranston, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled. Jimmy Fallon: Daisy Ridley, Jim Belushi, Liam Gallagher, Monica. Seth Meyers: Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Brosnahan, Michelle Wolf, Will Dorsey Jr. James Corden: Luke Evans, Usher, Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie (rerun). Carson Daly: The Duffer Brothers, Joey Purp, Jordan Rock (rerun). Trevor Noah: Greta Gerwig. Jordan Klepper: D.L. Hughley. Conan O’Brien: Justin Verlander, Jay Pharoah, Langhorne Slim.

 

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