What to watch on Monday, December 14...
MINISERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, Syfy
This three-part adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s novel begins with an extraterrestrial presence arriving on Earth in “Night One - The Overlords.” But are these mysterious visitors as benevolent as they first appear? Charles Dance, Colm Meaney, Daisy Betts, and Yael Stone are among the cast. The miniseries continues tomorrow and Wednesday.
FALL FINALE, 8pm, CBS
Astra strikes at Kara’s beliefs about her mother, triggering a superpowered showdown between aunt and niece. Elsewhere in “Hostile Takeover,” Cat’s position as CEO of CatCo is jeopardized when a hacker airs some of her dirty digital laundry.
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE, 9pm, HBO
Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists
The penners of the New Yorker’s signature single-panel cartoons are profiled, from established pros to amateur hopefuls. The documentary also examines a day in the life of the magazine’s offices, including interviews with artists and editors.
FALL FINALE, 9pm, CBS
Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the town / a badly cracked dam stoked the fear all would drown. Team Scorpion arrived, but could they save the day? / Or would the whole village be washed straight away? Would they use Noël codenames, like Dasher and Dancer? / Tune in to “Dam Breakthrough” to find out the answer.
FALL FINALE, 9pm, The CW
Jane the Virgin
Mateo celebrates his first Christmas in the traditional style: with his parents bickering. Meanwhile in “Chapter Thirty,” Jane’s scholarship hits a snag, Rogelio’s intern raises his suspicions, and Michael’s theory about Luisa’s mom could lead him to Sin Rostro.
While the team searches for the missing daughter of a pro baseball player in “#FindKaylaWeber,” Rusty lands in an awkward position during the homestretch of Slider’s trial.
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, Syfy
Based on the novel series of the same name by James S.A. Corey, this science fiction mystery is set 200 years in the future and follows a cynical detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue spaceship captain (Steven Strait) as they become enmeshed in a solar-system-wide conspiracy. “Dulcinea” launches the series with the former searching for a missing heiress and the latter investigating a strange distress call from a derelict vessel. Shohreh Aghdashloo and Jonathan Banks also star. The series moves into its regular timeslot tomorrow night at 10pm.
Adele Live in New York City
The record-shattering chanteuse performs selections from her new album 25 in her first concert in four years, recorded at Radio City Music Hall in November.
SEASON 2 FINALE, 10pm, FX
Peggy and Ed hightail it in “Palindrome.” It’s unlikely they’ll make Peggy-and-Ed-shaped holes in the wall on their way out of Dodge, but hey, stranger things have happened.
Martin prepares Kate for a dangerous mission, Gabi confronts intelligence agents in Prague, Dmitry’s Achilles heel is exposed, and Alex is groomed for a distinguished position in “The Legend of Tamir Zakayev.”
NCIS: Los Angeles
In “Cancel Christmas,” a suspected North Korean spy is poisoned and hit by a Christmas tree truck, which really seems like overkill. As the team investigates both the murder and the smuggling of spies onto U.S. soil, Deeks and Kensi look to involve their moms in their holiday plans while Hetty notices Granger is cheer-deficient.
– Andy Serkis, Krysten Ritter, and Drennon Davis & Karen Kilgariff on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Andy Cohen on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Hill Harper on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Tina Fey, Dane DeHaan, and Kenny Rogers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Jennifer Lawrence, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Sleater Kinney on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 11:35pm, CBS
– Oscar Isaac, Misty Copeland, and Jeff Lynne's ELO on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Bradley Cooper, Jemaine Clement, The Struts, and Ilan Rubin on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35am, NBC
– Josh Groban, Justin Long, and Daya on The Late Late Show with James Corden, 12:37am, CBS