Worth Watching: Bradys Are Back with a ‘Holiday’ Renovation, the Dancing Houghs Get a Holiday Special, a ‘Fosters’ Reunion on ‘Good Trouble
A selective critical checklist of notable Monday TV:
A Very Brady Renovation: Holiday Edition (10/9c, HGTV): Joy to the world of nostalgia! Having helped transform the L.A. home used for exteriors of the Brady Bunch house into an actual replica of the TV show’s set in a hit series, the six grown Brady kids return to deck those iconic halls and cook up a Christmas feast in the orange-and-avocado-hued kitchen. Once again, Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) are back in the house that now looks like the inside of their TV home, and they’re joined by Ree Drummond (Food Network’s The Pioneer Woman) to conjure 1970s-style treats, including fondue-style cheesy potatoes. (What, no pork chops and applesauce?) Hidden Potential‘s Jasmine Roth also drops by to help make some retro decorations. And then it will be time for all to enjoy a Very Brady Holiday Meal.
Holiday with the Houghs (10/9c, NBC): The family that dances together spreads some holiday cheer when siblings Derek (World of Dance) and Julianne (formerly of America’s Got Talent) Hough kick up a storm with musical and dance performances. They promise some special surprise celebrity guests. (Oh please, let there be an Osmond to remind us of holiday specials of yore.)
All Rise (9/8c, CBS): Bucking holiday tradition with a Monday lineup of all-new episodes this late in December, CBS sends its new legal drama into the winter break with judge Lola (Simone Missick) going before the Commission on Judicial Performance to defend her record from a complaint. It’s not all angst in the courtroom, when Judge Benner (Marg Helgenberger) lightens the mood by asking some of the courthouse staff to stage a mock trial with Wizard of Oz characters for children of Hall of Justice employees. They’ll get to see Dorothy take the stand on charges of killing the wicked witch.
Good Trouble (9/8c, Freeform): The Fosters spinoff brings the Adams-Foster family back together for a two-hour holiday special, when they all descend upon the Coterie to visit Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) for Christmas. While Callie frets about telling her moms about quitting her clerkship, Mariana enlists the gang to get into the spirit of things by volunteering at a festival for the underprivileged.
Inside Monday TV: NBC’s The Voice (8/7c) kicks off the first part of the season’s finale with the final four performing live for the coaches… Fox gives The Masked Singer host a new showcase in Nick Cannon’s Hit Viral Videos—Holidays 2019 (8/7c), with Kelly Osbourne, Jeannie Mai and J.B. Smoove pitching in to present outrageous video clips, including holiday mishaps… Things get downright neighborly in a holiday episode of CBS’s The Neighborhood (8/7c) when Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) helps Dave (Max Greenfield) recover a stolen Christmas present intended for Dave’s son, Grover (Hank Greenspan).