The drama involves a boil in “Riverdale,” and “Inception” provides a break from actuality.
What’s on TV
RIVERDALE eight p.m. on the CW. This darkish take on the long-running Archie Comics collection — or a “hotter and more haunted” twist, in accordance with James Poniewozik of The New York Times — has captivated audiences with its nostalgia-inducing settings and character archetypes. After escaping juvenile detention, Archie (KJ Apa) goes on the run with Jughead (Cole Sprouse), making a pit cease on the home of Jughead’s mom (the visitor star Gina Gershon). Meanwhile, Betty (Lili Reinhart) edges nearer to discovering the reality behind Griffins & Gargoyles, a “Riverdale” model of Dungeons & Dragons that includes actual poison.
ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES: HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR eight p.m. on NBC. Ellen DeGeneres hosts this comedy game-show extravaganza. Contestants are chosen straight from the viewers to compete in impediment programs, reply time-sensitive trivia and play video games with a big money prize on the road.
A MILLION LITTLE THINGS 10 p.m. on ABC. This present follows a gaggle of mates coming collectively after one in all their very own, Jon (Ron Livingston), commits suicide. In this Christmas episode, Jon’s widow, Delilah (Stephanie Szostak), can’t appear to inform her kids, Sophie (Lizzy Greene) and Danny (Chance Hurstfield), that she’s pregnant. Be warned although, Margaret Lyons of The Times criticized the collection in her review, saying that, for a show centered around the idea of friendship, it “doesn’t have clear ideas about what friendship is or means.”
INCEPTION (2010) on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, HBO and Vudu. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) specializes in the art of extracting valuable information and secrets from the minds of those in a dream state. He’s on the verge of losing his family, the only thing that matters to him, when he takes a job that requires him to plant an idea instead of taking one. Cobb and his team, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Ariadne (Ellen Page), Eames (Tom Hardy) and Yusuf (Dileep Rao) must pull off this seemingly impossible task. In his review for The Times, A. O. Scott praised DiCaprio’s performance, lauding him as an actor who “exercises impressive control in portraying a man on the verge of losing his grip.”
THE EXORCIST (1973) on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Hulu and Vudu. Sprinkle some horror into your holiday-season streaming. The trouble begins when Regan, a girl played by Linda Blair, begins acting out of character and doing odd things like speaking in tongues and levitating. Her mother contacts a priest (Jason Miller), who believes Regan has been overtaken by the Devil and brings in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help perform an exorcism. This box-office hit based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel by the same name won the author, who also wrote the film’s screenplay, an Academy Award.
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