Thursday TV: Lighting Up Disney World

GwenAt Disney theme parks, they don’t just light trees, they light castles. That’s a big part of the special “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” (ABC, 9 p.m.) which features performances from Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Brett Eldridge, Andrea and Matteo Bocelli, Jordan Fisher, Becky G, Aloe Blacc and Why Don’t We. The celebration of corporate synergy is hosted by Jordan Fisher, Sarah Hyland and Jesse Palmer.

Here’s a weird, one-hour, non-holiday animated special promotes both a toy brand and a movie franchise, “LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

It plays opposite a proven toy special, “Toy Story That Time Forgot” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.).

Also there’s a “Frozen” themed special given the more generic title “The Wonderful World of Disney: Holiday Special” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

Dolly Parton records songs for an upcoming Netflix film with help from Miranda Lambert and Macy Gray in the special “Dolly & Friends: The Making of a Soundtrack” (CMT, 9 p.m.).

Will’s mom doesn’t get emotional support after her dog dies on “Will & Grace” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 10 p.m.) looks into a promising new author’s death.

Logan menaces the roommates on “Floribama Shore” (MTV, 9 p.m.).

On “Murphy Brown” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.), Frank is physically attacked at a political rally.

Sam and Castiel track down a Shaman on “Supernatural” (CW, 8 p.m.).

Bonnie babysits Tammy on “Mom” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

A Washington state serial killer in the 1980s is sought in the two-part “Cold Valley” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.).

On “Legacies” (CW, 9 p.m.), there’s fallout from the formation of an honor council.

Maya bows out of babysitting on “I Feel Bad” (NBC, 9:30 p.m.).

“Shahs of Sunset” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) continue their reunion.

“S.W.A.T.” (CBS, 10 p.m.) tries to end a hostage situation.

The five films on Turner Classic Movies tonight all were Edward Award Winners, given to top mysteries. They are: “Charade” (8 p.m.), “12 Angry Men” (10:15 p.m.), “The Big Heat” (12:15 a.m.), “The Great Train Robbery” (2 a.m.) and “Z” (4 a.m.).

Earlier in the day it’s all about ethically-challenged doctors, in “Doctor X” (6 a.m.), “The Return of Doctor X” (7:30 a.m.), “Alias the Doctor” (8:45 a.m.), “Bedside” (10 a.m.), “The Gorilla Man” (11:15 a.m.), “Obsession” (12:30 p.m.), “Experiment Alcatraz” (2:15 p.m.), “The Body Snatcher” (3:30 p.m.), “Signpost to Murder” (5 p.m.) and “Green Light” (6:30 p.m.).

Thursday Night Football has New Orleans at Dallas (Fox, 8 p.m.).

NBA action has Golden State at Toronto (TNT, 8 p.m.) and Clippers at Sacramento (TNT, 10:30 p.m.).

Major league soccer conference championships have Atlanta at New York (Fox Sports 1, 7:30 p.m.) and Portland at Kansas City (ESPN, 9:30 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball has Dartmouth vs. Marist (CBS Sports, 11:30 a.m.), LIU Brooklyn vs. Albany (CBS Sports, 2 p.m.) and Alabama at Central Florida (ESPNU, 7 p.m.).

Women’s college basketball includes Iowa at Notre Dame (ESPN2, 7 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Tyra Banks, Nick Kroll, Chris Byrne. The View: Rachel Brosnahan, Tony Shalhoub. The Talk: Vivica A. Fox, Jaymes Vaughan, Ayesha Curry. Ellen DeGeneres: Jennifer Lopez. The Real: Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Harrison, Kyle Anfernee Simpson.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Garth Brooks, Tim Meadows, Emma Willmann. Jimmy Kimmel: Michael B. Jordan, Katie Nolan, H.E.R. (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Claire Foy, Mike Birbiglia, Jourdain Fisher. Seth Meyers: Michael Moore, Paul Dano, Jon Theodore (rerun). James Corden: Kermit the Frog, Minka Kelly, Peter Krause, Sampha. Carson Daly: Bruce Campbell, American Aquarium, Simon Gibson (rerun). Trevor Noah: Lindy West.

 

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