It’s a week of fall finales, a flashy crossover and a one last try for some tiny dancers.
Dispatches: Weekly TV news
“Jane the Virgin” isn’t quite done with the CW. While the Golden Globe-winning series will end after its fifth season, the network is developing a spinoff. Original series writer and consulting producer Valentina Garza is set to write and executive produce the new show along with “Jane” series creator Jennie Snyder Urman, who will return as executive producer.
To mark the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s 1968 “Comeback Special,” NBC will broadcast “Elvis All-Star Tribute Special” in mid-February. Blake Shelton will host with participating artists to be announced.
“Friends” will be there for you, on Netflix, throughout 2019. Putting fans’ fears to rest, Netflix has confirmed that the comedy will continue streaming in 2019, rather than leaving the network on Jan. 1.
Contenders: Buzz worthy shows to watch this week
This week is all about fall finales as “The Good Doctor,” (ABC, Dec. 3 at 10 p.m. ET) “The Gifted,” (Fox, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. ET) “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET) and “The Good Place” (NBC, Dec. 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET) take a temporary break. On ABC’s hit medical drama, a collapse at an airport could mean a potentially dangerous airborne infection while tensions and frustrations are threatening to tear apart the supernaturally gifted. On “The Big Bang Theory,” Sheldon finds inspiration from the past while Michael and Janet, one of TV’s best twosomes, concoct a plan on “The Good Place.”
Part one of the “Elseworlds” crossover event begins on “The Flash” (CW, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET) as Barry Allen and Oliver Queen wake up and discover they have switched bodies. The crossover continues on “Arrow” (Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET) and concludes with “Supergirl” (Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET).
The mirror ball trophy is within reach for the four kid couples on the finale of “Dancing With The Stars: Juniors” (ABC, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET). The talented kids will jazz, cha cha or salsa and then perform a freestyle routine to a holiday-themed song in their quest for the top prize.
“The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition” is back with a glorious celebration of sugar (ABC, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET). First up is “Cake and Pastry Week” with a new host and a new judge joining veteran judge and master bread baker Paul Hollywood.
Grammy winner Sheryl Crow rings in the holidays with nearly 700 musicians from Tennessee’s Belmont University on “Christmas at Belmont” (PBS, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. ET).
Report Card: A look at ratings winners and losers
Winners: “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Chicago Med” are a triple threat as the shows’ Wednesday night block have put them in NBC’s top six.
Losers: The Marvel cancellations on Netflix continue with the streaming service choosing not to bring back its flagship Marvel series, “Daredevil,” for a fourth season.
Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @MelissaCrawley.