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Let’s do some catching up in our post-Thanksgiving daze

Emmy Rossum (Image: Showtime)

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, November 27. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

Shameless (Showtime, 9 p.m.): It’s an unsurprisingly light evening thanks to the holiday weekend, so we’re taking the opportunity to feature programs in our regular coverage that haven’t cracked the top picks since they premiered. First up is Shameless, which last week went through a bunch of typical Gallagher chaos as Fiona secured her purchase of a laundromat through a combination of neighborly charity, credit card fraud, and Frank stealing a washing machine from a homeless shelter. Is small business success in her future? Well, this episode is called “Ouroboros,” and Myles McNutt knows what that term means (he’s a smart one, that Myles), so he’s not holding out hope that this’ll be the step forward that finally lands for this dysfunctional clan.


Divorce (HBO, 10 p.m.): In a recent interview with The A.V. Club, Thomas Haden Church talked about how open Sharon Horgan and the Divorce creative team are to his ideas, even if they’re as outlandish as dropping a deuce in a coffee can. And with tonight’s episode titled “Church,” Gwen Ihnat’s starting to suspect he may have even more of a grip on the show’s creative process than he alluded to. If the whole episode is about how he grooms his mustache, then it’ll be a dead giveaway.

Insecure (HBO, 10:30 p.m.): Rounding out the night is Insecure, which wraps up its first season (there’s more to come, thankfully) with the ominously titled “Broken As Fuck.” Last week’s episode was the series’ high point for Ashley Ray-Harris, ending Issa’s relationship with Lawrence and putting her friendship with Molly on its shakiest ground. We’ll have to see if Issa’s newly self-minted position of “Ms. Gives All The Fucks” is enough to carry her through her latest crises.

Premieres and finales

Nickelodeon Halo Awards 2016 (Nickelodeon, 7 p.m.): “Nick Cannon hosts the hottest concert event of the season, featuring performances from your favorite artists!” Nickelodeon’s website refuses to confirm if Cannon was selected as the host for reasons of nomenclature synergy.


2016 Soul Train Awards (BET, 8 p.m.): Hosted by Erykah Badu, tonight’s show is expected to widely outshine Snoop Dogg’s far less compelling ceremony for the 2016 Soul Plane Awards.

Journey Back To Christmas (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror there’s nothing stopping Christmas from taking over, and Hallmark continues to be the tinsel tip of the holiday entertainment spear. Tonight’s film takes a pull off of the Outlander flask with a time-traveling World War II-era nurse, only this one is transported forward to “meet a man who helps her discover the bonds of family and that the true meaning of Christmas is timeless.” It’s a safe assumption that this will be less steamy than Outlander.


Sister Wives (TLC, 8 p.m.): The seventh season of Kody Brown and his family of four wives and 18 children deals with the ramifications of last season’s catfishing incident, which eventually sends the entire family to a remote mountain lodge to try and pull themselves back together. Just stay out of the hedge maze.

Poldark (PBS, 9 p.m.): The second season of the show with the best cast names on all of television wraps tonight, and it’s a chaotic one: “Ross and Dwight are both tempted by war; George and Elizabeth are threatened by a mob; Caroline and Dwight reunite; and Ross and Demelza face their demons.” If it was a warring mob of reunited demons, then everyone would really be in trouble.


Quantico (ABC, 10 p.m.): It’s the winter finale of Quantico, a show whose once promising ratings have been on a downward slope all season and which seems likely to join Conviction and Notorious in ABC’s well-populated scrap heap at the end of this year. Maybe Hayley Atwell, Priyanka Chopra, and Piper Perabo can join forces as a team of secret agents in the next development cycle. QuantiConvictioNotorious? We’d watch a couple episodes of that.

Regular coverage

The Walking Dead (AMC, 9 p.m.)

Westworld (HBO, 9 p.m.)

Elementary (CBS, 10:30 p.m.)

Streaming pick

Over The Garden Wall (Hulu Plus): For many people Thanksgiving dishes are a special kind of comfort food, so to accompany your Thanksgiving leftovers, here’s a special kind of comfort television in this brilliantly imaginative and uniquely beautiful Cartoon Network miniseries.


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