Tuesday TV: Apatow Tries Standup Again

ApatowAs a teen, Judd Apatow really wanted to be a comedian. it was shyness in part that got him sidetracked to producing and directing comedies. But then the stand-up bug hit him again. A performance at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal was captured for the special “Judd Apatow: The Return” (Netflix, streaming).

Back when she was in the ska punk band No Doubt nobody would have expected her to have a network TV special. But that was before “The Voice” and Blake Shelton, who also appears on “Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas” (NBC, 9 p.m.). Other guests include Ne-Yo, Ken Jeong, Chelsea Handler and Seth MacFarlane.

Hats off for the quick turnaround with a “When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Engagement” (TLC, 9 p.m.) cable special.

Questlove, Dr. Phil and Charlene Hunter-Gault are “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings).

And there’s campaign coverage on the cable news outlets tonight about a certain senatorial race in Alabama.

What were the 12 best holiday commercials ever? They are announced on “Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown” (The CW, 8 p.m.).

Murtaugh plans a Christmas trip to Hawaii on “Lethal Weapon” (Fox, 8 p.m., check local listings).

There are also Christmas episodes of “The Middle” (ABC, 8 p.m.), “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.), “Bull” (CBS, 9 p.m.) and “The Mayor” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.).

But it’s still Halloween on “Hodges Half Dozen” (TLC, 10 p.m.).

On “NCIS” (CBS, 8 p.m.), Torres and Sloane run protection for a senator in Afghanistan.

Two will be eliminated on “The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.) and three will be sent to the finals next week, along with one from the middle three.

Dre is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on “Blackish” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

Mrs. Cannon finds one of her students is an art prodigy on “Teachers” (TV Land, 10 p.m.).

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox, 9 p.m.) has a midseason finale, with Jake doing a favor for Rosa.

Sharon faces a health setback on “Major Crimes” (TNT, 9 p.m.).

“Below Deck” holds its season reunion in the form of “Watch What Happens with Andy Cohen” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

It’s Wayne Brady vs. Jake Owen and Kenny G vs. Richard Marx on “Drop the Mic” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.).

“Ink Master: Angels” (Spike, 10 p.m.) go to Baltimore.

A new player arrives on “The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars” (MTV, 10 p.m.).

The team on “Who Killed Tupac?” (A&E, 10 p.m.) wonder whether it was tied to record company maneuvering.

The year’s most memorable sports moments are counted down on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

Michael Strahan pops up on “Snoop Dogg Presents the Joker’s Wild” (TBS, 10 p.m.).

The ceremony is getting closer on “Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir: The Mane Event” (BET, 10 p.m.).

Dr. Charles learns more about the man who shot him on “Chicago Med” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

Kevin goes to Laos on “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

“Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations” (Travel, 9 p.m.) goes to Dominican Republic and, at 9:30 p.m., to Amman, Jordan.

Duck tongue is an ingredient on “Chopped” (Food, 10 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies’ month-long Tuesday night salute to Lana Turner continues with “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (8 p.m.), “The Three Musketeers” (10:15 p.m.), “Johnny Eager” (12:30 a.m.), “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (2:30a.m.) and “Green Dolphin Street” (4:30 a.m.).

NBA action includes Lakers at New York (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and Philadelphia at Minnesota (ESPN, 9:30 p.m.).

Hockey includes Tampa Bay at St. Louis (NBC, Sports, 8 p.m.).

Meals college basketball includes Mississippi State at Cincinnati (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Fordham at Rutgers (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), St. Peter’s at Seton Hall (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.), Michigan at Texas (ESPN2, 9 p.m.) and Albany at Memphis (ESPNU, 9 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Matt Damon, Noah Schnapps, Lawrence Zarin. The View: Jimmy Fallon. The Talk: Niecy Nash, Walker Hayes, Scott Wolf. Harry Connick: Danny Sei, Tom Cullen. Steve Harvey: Bill Pullman, T.D. Jakes. Ellen DeGeneres: Dwayne Johnson, Luke Bryan. Wendy Williams: Antonio & Terricka Cromartie, Gesine Bullock-Prado. The Real: Misty Copeland.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Tom Hanks, Katy Tur, Mac DeMarco. Jimmy Kimmel: Dwayne Johnson, Guillermo del Toro, G-Eazy with Halsey. Jimmy Fallon: Annette Bening, Judd Apatow, SZA. Seth Meyers: Seth Rogen, Jenna Coleman, Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels, Mark Guiliana. James Corden: Owen Wilson, Jane Krakowski, Joel Egerton, Seal. Carson Daly: Richard Jenkins, Cigarettes After Sex, Taylor Tomlinson. Trevor Noah: Bob Odenkirk. Jordan Klepper: Jessica Rosenworcel. Conan O’Brien: James Franco, Ari Graynor, Noomi Rapace, Gary Clark Jr.


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