CNN, 7:00 p.m. ET
CNN is repeating several episodes of its latest decade documentary tonight, starting at 7 p.m. ET. Web and DVR schedules conflict, so I’m not positive which installments are shown when, but I believe the opening episode, on TV in the Seventies, is repeated at 9 p.m. ET. Viewer warning: I’m in it, somewhere. Tread lightly.
HBO, 8:00 p.m. ET
This 2014 action comedy is like a James Bond amped up even more overtly, with Colin Firth, especially, having fun with the action sequences while playing against type. Supporting players include Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson, so there’s a lot of expertise and cinema history within this secret British spy society.
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET
If you still have the family around for the holidays, gather them to watch this 1962 film classic, which stars Gregory Peck as a Southern lawyer defending a black man in a small town during the Depression. The younger kids should identify with Scout, and the adults with Peck’s Atticus Finch – and there’s a lesson to be learned here, and a movie to be embraced, by everyone.
BBC America, 9:00 p.m. ET
Fans of The Walking Dead spent most of a month debating whether the character of Glenn was dead or alive, until his fate was revealed in last week’s episode. Coincidentally, also last week, Doctor Who may or may not have killed off the character of Clara for good. That episode is repeated at 8 p.m. ET, followed by tonight’s new episode at 9 p.m. ET, which has the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) without his companion, and trying to obey her dying order not to seek vengeance. Is Clara, played by the delightful actress Jenna Coleman, really dead? I hate to say it, I really do – but I think so. Watch tonight, and decide for yourself…
Showtime, 9:00 p.m. ET
Two reasons to give The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs a try tonight. First, it’s a documentary interviewing all the living CIA directors in history, and they’re spilling rather than unearthing secrets – and often disagreeing. Second, it’s a film by Gedeon and Jules Naudet, the filmmaking brothers who made the stunning 2002 documentary 9/11, employing ground-level footage they were shooting, following New York firefighters, as the first plane hit the tower.
Sundance, 10:00 p.m. ET
This fabulously creepy series continues – and tonight, there’s just what this isolated French town doesn’t need: another death in the family.