What to watch before network TV takes its mid-winter break

What to watch before network TV takes its mid-winter break

The broadcast networks will make one last sprint with original programming before shutting down for the holidays. Regularly scheduled series will not return until early to mid-January 2019.

If you want to catch up on your favorite shows before the break, this is the week.

MONDAY
“Magnum, P.I.”
9 p.m., CBS
Magnum (Jay Hernandez) must help Rick’s (Zachary Knighton) crush, Toni (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), after her illegal poker game — organized to pay back a mob debt — is robbed by masked gunmen.

“Bull”
10 p.m., CBS
Bull (Michael Weatherly) agrees to have TAC represent a priest (William Sadler) who is charged in a fatal hit-and-run after he’s found behind the wheel of the church van involved in the crash. The case becomes complicated when the priest claims that the actual driver confessed to him, but due to the confidentiality of confession, he can’t reveal that person’s identity.

TUESDAY
“NCIS”
8 p.m., CBS
The team’s holiday plans are put on pause when the murder investigation of a Navy veteran leads to the discovery of a newborn baby with no identification and no apparent ties to a family.

“The Conners”
8 p.m., ABC
When Becky (Lecy Goranson) helps Harris (Emma Kenney) keep a secret from Darlene (Sara Gilbert), it creates a rift between the two sisters. Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) supports Peter (Matthew Broderick) with his Nordic history project and Dan (John Goodman) reunites with an old friend.

“The Kids Are Alright”
8:30 p.m., ABC
When Peggy’s (Mary McCormack) successful brother, Tom (Nat Faxon), visits for the holidays, jealousy immediately overtakes Mike. Thus begins Mike’s (Michael Cudlitz) one-sided competition with Tom, using his kids as pawns to help. After Tom gives the Clearys an extravagant Christmas gift, pride prevents Mike from taking it, putting him at odds with the rest of the family. Meanwhile, Timmy (Jack Gore) mistakenly receives $100 from his great-aunt for Christmas and contemplates whether he should keep it or fess up.

“Black-ish”
9 p.m., ABC
The Johnsons go to the movies together every Christmas, and they also fight annually over what to see. Dre (Anthony Anderson) wants to see an important film about Rosa Parks, but the others want to see the latest action-packed superhero blockbuster. Meanwhile, Junior (Marcus Scribner) becomes embarrassed about taking a gap year when he runs into his ex-girlfriend at the theater.

WEDNESDAY
“Riverdale”
8 p.m., the CW
On the road and running out of places to stay, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Archie (KJ Apa) decide to visit Jughead’s mother, Gladys (Gina Gershon), and sister, Jellybean (Trinity Likins). Meanwhile in Riverdale, Betty (Lili Reinhart) inches closer to uncovering the truth about Griffins & Gargoyles, while Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) take on Hiram (Mark Consuelos), Hermoine (Marisol Nichols) and Penelope (Nathalie Boltt) after more students fall victim to seizures.

“Modern Family”
9 p.m., ABC
Haley (Sarah Hyland) wants to give the family a Christmas gift they will never forget. She just needs to figure out the perfect time to do it. Meanwhile, Claire (Julie Bowen) is upset that Phil (Ty Burrell) has borrowed the family Christmas tree for a house-showing.

“Criminal Minds”
10 p.m., CBS
Prentiss (Paget Brewster) has to confront her past when the BAU is sent to investigate the murders of prominent businessmen, all of whom are missing their hearts. She also plans a romantic first date with Mendoza (Stephen Bishop); but their time together is cut short by an urgent call from Rossi (Joe Mantegna).

THURSDAY
“Supernatural”
8 p.m., the CW
Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) enlist the help of their friend Garth (DJ Qualls) to gain intel on what Michael may be planning. They split up to go after weapons that can aid in their fight against the Archangel, but this may be a fight they cannot win.

“Mom”
9:00 p.m., CBS
Christy’s (Anna Faris) search for the perfect gift leads her to find that Adam (William Fichtner) has been hiding something from Bonnie (Allison Janney). Also, Tammy (Kristen Johnston) embarks on the hunt for a job in order to avoid being sent back to prison.

FRIDAY
“Fresh Off the Boat”
8 p.m., ABC
Eddie (Hudson Yang) informs his mom, Jessica (Constance Wu) that he wants to spend Christmas with his friend Nicole in New York. But Jessica insists that he needs to spend the holiday with the family; so he does everything within his power to get her to crack and allow him to go.

“Speechless”
8:30 p.m., ABC
A Christmas tree fire drives Maya (Minnie Driver) to tell a small lie, one that comes with big consequences. Meanwhile, Ray (Mason Cook) struggles to live in the family dog, Pepper’s shadow as Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) twists the knife, and JJ (Micah Fowler) encourages Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) to stand up to his sisters (Niecy Nash and Lisa Leslie).

SATURDAY
“Saturday Night Live”
11:30 p.m., NBC
Matt Damon is the host. Musical guests: Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus.

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