TV Gord’s WHAT’S ON for the week of November 19th to 25th, 2017

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The American Thanksgiving signals repeats aplenty in the TV world, but there are still some highlights this week. On Friday, a handful of classic holiday specials kick off the season. I will mention the more popular classic specials, but the focus of this column is what’s new, so I generally mention the classics that people have previously emailed me to find out when they will air. The Grinch, Charlie Brown, A Christmas Story and others will be mentioned when they air. If you’re wondering about your sentimental favourites, drop me a note at [email protected], and I will include them in future listings when they come up. Happy viewing!


2017 American Music Awards – 8 to 11pm on ABC/CTV

This year’s ceremonies feature performances by Selena Gozme, Christina Aguilera, BTS, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato and Diana Ross, who receives a lifetime achievement award. Her daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross (blackish) hosts.

Apple Tree Yard – 9:05 to 10:05pm on Superchannel – Series Premiere

Dr. Yvonne Carmichael has it all…or so it seems…and nothing is ever as it seems. When a mysterious stranger makes a surprise proposition, it awakens a shocking person within her. This four-part British thriller stars Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin.


Chicago Med – 9 to 10:01pm on Global/Tuesday at 10:01 to 11pm on NBC – 3rd Season Premiere

David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize – 9 to 10:30pm on PBS

Clips and tributes from long-time friends and co-workers highlight this tribute to the former late night talk show host, as he accepts the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.


Tiny Plastic Men – 6 to 6:30pm on Superchannel – 4th Season Premiere


Marvel’s Runaways – 8 to 9pm on Showcase – Series Premiere

Six teens from different backgrounds united against a common enemy: their evil parents. Based on the Marvel comic.

Single AF – 9 to 10pm on MTV – Series Premiere

This reality series follows a bunch of unlucky-in-love celebrities who look for love with the help of their social media followers.

The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler – 9 to 10pm on Documentary

This bizarrely-titled profile of Hitler follows his early influences on the German people.

Lights! Camera! Christmas! Inside Holiday Movie Classics – 10 to 11pm on ABC

A special edition of ABC News’ 20/20 features actor Peter Billingsley, best known as the character Ralphie in the hit movie “A Christmas Story”, and also includes other stars from classic holiday movies, and featuring behind-the-scenes looks at the most memorable moments from these films.


The Indian Detective – 9:01 to 10pm on CTV – Series Premiere

Comedian Russell Peters stars in this comedic police drama as Doug D’Mello, a Toronto cop who becomes tangled in a murder investigation while visiting his father in Mumbai.


The Stats of Life – 8:30 to 9pm on CBC – Series Premiere

This business related series look at population statistics and demographics to uncover the way Canadians live today.

Classic Holiday Specials:

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – 8 to 9:01pm on ABC

Frosty The Snowman/Frosty Returns – 8 to 9:01pm on CBS

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas – 8 to 8:30pm on NBC