Week in Sloth
“The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014” (KWBQ-19 7pm) Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Pharrell, Meghan Trainor—basically everybody from every other concert special and musical award show this year—pop up for one last lip-synch of their hit songs (until New Year’s Eve, at which point they do it all over again).
“People Magazine Awards” (KOB-4 8pm) Well, it’s about time somebody stepped up to the plate and started handing out awards to America’s most overexposed pop cultural celebrities. Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez are among the celebrants. Maroon 5 and 5 Seconds of Summer are among the musical guests. Basically all the Jennifers and all the “5”s.
“Conan To Go” (TBS 8pm) Conan O’Brien hosts a one-hour clip show featuring his favorite remote segments from the past four seasons. Among the bits: “Conan Visits the American Girl Store,” “Lyft Kevin Hart & Ice Cube” and “Grand Theft Auto V Gamer.”
“Cosby Under Fire” (Reelz 7pm) Reelz Channel boldly steps into the Cosby controversy, offering an “exclusive look” at the allegations of sexual abuse, interviews and commentary (hopefully not from wacky celebrity guest stars).
“All Hail King Julien” (Netflix streaming anytime) Netflix gives wacky lemur dictator King Julien (from the Madagascar films) his own spin-off series. So long as Mort is in tow, I’m good with this.
“Christmas in Washington” (TNT 6pm) Aloe Blacc, Hunter Hayes, Rita Ora and Darius Rucker show up to do their thing. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hosts—which makes it sound like terrorists are going to attack during the tree-lighting ceremony.
“Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon” (KOB-4 7pm) Nick Cannon, who’s never met a job that’s beneath him, hosts ... yup, another goddamn viral video clip show.
“A Home For the Holidays” (KRQE-13 8pm) Jennifer Hudson, Train, Katharine McPhee and Earth, Wind & Fire try to guilt-trip you into adopting a kid.
“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (KRQE-13 11:37pm) Scottish comic Craig Ferguson says goodbye to “The Late Late Show” in the first of many late-night talk show shakeups to come. Jay Leno stops by to wish him bon voyage. English actor/comedian James Corden takes over on March 9.
Christmas Icetastrophe (Syfy 7pm) Unrepentant crap like this is why we love you, Syfy.
“Spy World” (Travel 7pm) Travel Channel hops the globe from Washington to Moscow to reconstruct famous spy stories from World War II and the Cold War.
“Tiny House Hunting” (FYI 8pm) The houses are tiny, not the people hunting for them. Which is kind of a shame. FYI really missed the chance to strike basic-cable gold here: actual little people hunting for tiny houses. Better yet: Amish little people hunting for tiny houses. With ghosts in them.
“One Direction: The TV Special” (KOB-4 7pm) Tween-age girls (and single mothers who have at one time or another stolen their daughters’ copies of Twilight) are invited to go screaming nuts over a Christmas appearance by Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis.
“The Year: 2014” (KOAT-7 9pm) Robin Roberts looks back on the year that was and interviews Meghan Trainor, because she definitely was.
See this week’s “Idiot Box.”