What’s Worth Watching: ‘VH1 Divas Holiday’, ‘Showtime at the Apollo’, ‘Victoria’s Secret’ and more and for Monday, December 5
VH1 Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night (9/8c, VH1): After a four-year break, the showcase for show-stopping voices returns with a seasonal flair. Newly minted reality star Mariah Carey headlines from Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre—all her fans want for Christmas is you-know-what-song—joined by Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Vanessa Williams, Teyana Taylor, Empire‘s Serayah and more.
Showtime at the Apollo (8/7c, Fox): In a big night for classic variety specials, there’s a good chance Steve Harvey will continue his Midas ratings streak, hosting a one-night comeback for the Apollo franchise at the Harlem theater that helped launch his own career. The ubiquitous Chaka Khan is on hand, part of a musical program that includes John Legend, Flo Rida, Bell Biv Devoe, En Vogue and—keeping it timely—a performance from the newly released Hamilton Mixtape featuring Ashanti and Ja Rule on “Helpless.” Besides Harvey, comedy will be provided by the likes of Saturday Night Live alums Tracy Morgan and Jay Pharoah, plus black-ish‘s Anthony Anderson, George Lopez, Mike Epps and Gabriel Iglesias. Also expect glimpses from the theater’s renowned Amateur Night, where acts that don’t measure up hear it from an unrestrained audience.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (10/9c, CBS): Somehow the producers forgot to invite Chaka Khan to Paris, a first-time location for the annual pageant of revealing runway couture and music. As the models strut their stuff in ooh-la-la style, the A-list roster of chart-topping talent includes Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd.
Inside Monday TV: Looking for a new British mystery to stream? Acorn TV is almost always a reliable destination, and the newest entry is the six-part The Level, starring Under the Dome‘s Karla Crome as a detective whose secret bond with a father-figure criminal (Philip Glenister of Life on Mars and, more recently, Outcast fame) is in danger of exposure when she’s stalked by an unknown killer. The impressive cast includes Downton Abbey‘s Robert James-Collier and longtime British-TV fave Amanda Burton. … In the tradition of The Black List, The Out List and others, HBO celebrates another population seeking equality and acceptance in The Trans List (8/7c), in which key figures in the trans community—including Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox—share their stories. … NBC’s diverting Timeless (10/9c) goes on a crime spree, as the heroes find themselves tagging along with the Depression era’s most notorious twosome, Bonnie and Clyde.