DRAMA. The period sets and costumes of “The Hour” will satiate your “Mad Men” cravings, while the drama and intrigue of the late-1950s that unravel in front of the camera — and behind-the-scenes — at the BBC news program are everything you wished “The Newsroom” had been. Dominic West leads the cast of newscasters as Season 2 picks up with the threat of nuclear war gripping the journalists.
Season premiere, 9 p.m., BBC America
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
SPECIAL. Take a break from all that Christmas commercialism as Linus schools the Peanuts gang on the true meaning of the holiday and Charlie Brown’s sad little tree gets decorated with a whole lot of love.
8 p.m., ABC
“Christmas in Rockefeller Center”
SPECIAL. The world’s most famous Christmas tree is lit with the help of musical guests Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, CeeLo Green and more.
8 p.m., NBC
“Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings”
TALK. Comedian Whitney Cummings debuts a new talk show focused on sex and relationships — just in case that sitcom she has about sex and relationships doesn’t work out.
Series premiere, 10:30 p.m., E!