THURSDAY BEST BETS
7 p.m. on8ABC ACharlie BrownChristmas
When Charlie Brown complains about the materialism he sees during the holidays, Lucy suggests he direct the Christmas pageant. He accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When his attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn the real meaning of Christmas. The animated classic’s memorable music score is by Vince Guaraldi.
8 p.m. on5NBC Will& Grace
Matt Bomer guest stars in the new “Anchor Away” as a handsome and openly gay TV news anchor with whom Will (Eric McCormack) is completely besotted. Alas, the hunky host has a weakness for pretty but shallow dudes, so Jack (Sean Hayes) urgesWill to tamp down his natural personality and act like — well, like Jack. Elsewhere, Karen (Megan Mullally) will receive only limited alimony unless she can prove her ex Stan cheated on her with Lorraine Finster (guest star Minnie Driver).
8p.m. on8ABC TheGreat American Baking Show: Holiday Edition
There’s definitely no shortage of spice as this hit culinary competition series returns for Season 4 with new host Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls joining co-host and former gridiron star Anthony “Spice” Adams for this two-hour season premiere. Pastry chef Sherry Yard is a new judge, joining returning veteran Paul Hollywood. This opener introduces the 10 bakers who will battle through 18 total challenges as they vie for the crown as America’s Best Amateur Baker.
8 p.m. on BRV Top Chef
The Bluegrass State is the setting for Season 16 of this award-winning reality competition series, as 15 new chefs from across the United States compete amid Kentucky’s culinary hot spots in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland. Ultimately, the chefs still in contention as the season nears its completion will fly to Macau, China, for their epic finale showdown. Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio return as host and head judge, respectively; joining them at judges’ table are Gail Simmons, Graham Elliot and Nilou Motamed.
8 p.m. on 2018 AmericanaFest
Drawn from the centerpiece event during a six-daymusic festival in Nashville, Tenn., last September, this 90-minute special includes highlights of performances by some of country music’s most beloved veterans as well as less familiar rising stars. The Milk Carton Kids play hosts for the occasion, which featuresmusical numbers from Jason Isbell, John Prine and Brandi Carlile, amongmany other artists. Buddy Miller is the music director.