What to Watch on Thursday: Another big(?) character return on Grey's Anatomy

EW Staff
·3 min read

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Grey's Anatomy

HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: 9 p.m. on ABC

As if McDreamy’s return wasn’t enough, this week’s Grey’s Anatomy sees Meredith’s COVID dream continue, but this time, it isn’t just Derek waiting for her on the beach. ABC is keeping the return a secret, though it’s safe to say it will be a character who’s died, which… doesn’t mean much. Could it be Lexie? Ellis? McSteamy?! —Samantha Highfill

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My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood

HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: Streaming on HBO Max

In the words of the country star herself, this holiday season Carrie Underwood is delivering a music special that is "super-beautiful, classic, and timeless." Following COVID protocol, she gets to perform her single “Hallelujah” live with John Legend for the first time, but the real highlight is the behind-the-scenes footage of her singing “Little Drummer Boy” with her son Isaiah. —Marcus Jones

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Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults

HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: Streaming on HBO Max

Docuseries Debut
Jim Jones. David Karesh. Charles Manson. Some of the most notorious cult leaders of all-time. Right up there with them: Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles. The two created the infamous Heaven's Gate religious cult, all 39 members of which committed suicide in 1997 outside San Diego (including Applewhite; Nettles died 1985 from cancer). In death, they believed they would reach a spaceship, which would follow the Comet Hale-Bopp and ultimately lead them to salvation and Heaven. This four-part docuseries includes never-before-seen footage of the cult, as well as interviews with former members, and family and friends of some who died in the country's largest mass suicide. —Gerrad Hall

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Euphoria

HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: Streaming on HBO Max

Kudos to HBO and the creative team behind the show for recognizing the massive demand for new Euphoria episodes, and pulling together a couple special episodes to satiate viewers until they can safely complete production on season 2. Unclear if Part 1 will provide any clear answers to what happened to Rue after her drug-induced musical number, but it’s nice to see Zendaya back in the role that just secured her place in history as the youngest ever Emmy winner for Lead Actress in a Drama. —MJ

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What ELSE to Watch

8 p.m.

Station 19ABC

Young SheldonCBS

iHeart Radio Jingle Ball Greatest Moments (special) — The CW

Jersey Shore Family VacationMTV

The Voice (special night) — NBC

8:30 p.m.

B PositiveCBS

9 p.m.

MomCBS

Law & Order: SVU (fall finale) — NBC

9:30 p.m.

The UnicornCBS

10 p.m.

A Million Little ThingsABC

Dateline ("Race for a Vaccine") — NBC

Streaming

Stylish With Jenna Lyons (series debut) — HBO Max

Chico Bon Bon and the Very Berry HolidayNetflix

Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem (movie) — Netflix

The Commons (U.S. debut) — Sundance Now

*times are ET and subject to change