Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, November 27. All times are Eastern.
Go On (NBC, 9 p.m.): In the late fall and early winter, a young person’s fancy turns lightly to thoughts of loving the year that was—making best-of lists and cluttering spaces online and in print with retrospectives and lookings back. NBC would like to remind you it launched an unexpectedly fruitful second half of 2012 by combining a pair of success stories—the London Summer Olympics and Go On—in an episode where Ryan plays beach volleyball with gold medalist Misty May-Treanor. To ensure she watches the episode in a suitably 2012 frame of mind, Sonia Saraiya will keep “Call Me Maybe” on an endless loop until 9 p.m.
Raising Hope (Fox, 8 p.m.): In a move only Raising Hope could pull off, part of this week’s episode revolves around a charity that benefits “Angry Bowel Syndrome.” Phil Dyess-Nugent’s stomach is already rumbling.
Ben And Kate (Fox, 8:30 p.m.): Kate’s got a good thing going with Will—until she sees the face he makes when he plays guitar. Molly Eichel will never view the lantern-jawed good looks of Geoff Stults in the same light again.
New Girl (Fox, 9 p.m.): After receiving some bad, sparkly news about his long-in-the-works zombie novel, Nick heads to the zoo with Winston to scrounge up some inspiration. Erik Adams suggests that they skip the primate house on this particular trip.
The Mindy Project (Fox, 9:30 p.m.): To read the summary of this week’s episode is to assume that The Mindy Project is gearing up to have Ike Barinholtz simply ogle Amanda Setton off the show. It’s an interesting strategy, but David Sims is curious about the results.
Vegas (CBS, 10 p.m.): Sheriff Lamb must cooperate with the military as part of the case of the week. If that investigation involved the Navy rather than the Air Force, Phil Dyess-Nugent would swear this episode was CBS’ attempt to retool Vegas into NCIS: 1960s.
Parenthood (NBC, 10 p.m.): “Parenting and relationship issues come between Sarah and Mark,” and that means the show is getting closer to confirming Todd VanDerWerff’s fears by putting itself between Jason Ritter and craft-service pastries. This holiday season, set aside a cinnamon roll for Jason Ritters in need, won’t you?
Sons Of Anarchy (FX, 10 p.m.): Jax made a deal with the devil (or the Pope—see what they did there?!), and now he must hold up his part of the bargain or find a bloody way out of it. Zack Handlen wonders what type of arbitrator one uses with the devil.
TV CLUB CLASSIC
Arrested Development (11 a.m.): Forget all the heavy lifting required to get to the amazing setpiece that concludes “Mr. F” and bask in the goofy glory of rocket-powered George-Michael fighting Tobias The Giant Mole. Noel Murray is very particular about building codes—and this water tower does not pass muster.
WHAT ELSE IS ON
How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (ABC, 8 p.m.): The Christmas special with all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile (who then took some motion-sickness medication and realized that you can’t steal the Who-man spirit) celebrates 46 years of inflating shrunken hearts and getting “Welcome Christmas” stuck in your head.
Chef Race: U.K. Vs. U.S. (BBC America, 10 p.m.): Jamie Oliver’s cross-country hybrid of The Amazing Race and Iron Chef comes to a conclusion in New York City, where the show works one more pre-existing reality-show concept into its premise by going Great American Food Truck Race for half of the finale.
Leverage (TNT, 10 p.m.): Timothy Hutton and crew make a timely midseason return with a job that involves infiltrating a nefarious big-box retailer. But first, they need to pick up an LED TV for a deep, deep discount.
Tosh.0 (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.): Daniel Tosh’s unkillable cavalcade of Internet clips and smarmy quips crosses the 100-episode line. With Tosh reaching the traditional syndication milestone, prepare for a future where a web-redeemed “Blackface Kid” sits uncomfortably next to some Cosby Show reruns.
Red Tails (HBO, 7:15 p.m.): This long-delayed chronicle of the struggles and victories of the Tuskegee Airmen is George Lucas’ filmmaking swan song—until he makes the almost inevitable decision to somehow mess up Disney’s Star Wars sequels.
8 Mile (VH1, 9 p.m.): Eminem may not give a fuck about a Grammy, but he did win an Oscar for this film—though we have to imagine that a basic-cable airing of the film will disrupt the flow of Academy Award winner “Lose Yourself” and other musical selections from the soundtrack.
College Basketball: North Carolina State at Michigan (ESPN, 8 p.m.): More than two decades after the reign of the Fab Five, the Wolverines find themselves in a strange position: In the top five of both major men’s basketball polls and favored to best another Top 25 squad.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
RuPaul’s Drag Race: And just like that, the first ever all-star Drag Race is gone from our lives after six short weeks. Relive the girl-group homages, the heart-rending lip-syncs to Robyn, and the embarrassment that was “Queens Behaving Badly” through Oliver Sava’s finale review.