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The Great American Baking Show Cooks Up a New Season of Holiday Treats

ALSO: Superstore, Mom, Evil, Football, Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways, and more
  •  Clockwise from top: Anthony "Spice" Adams, Emma Bunting, Sherry Yard, and Paul Hollywood in The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition. (ABC)
    Clockwise from top: Anthony "Spice" Adams, Emma Bunting, Sherry Yard, and Paul Hollywood in The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition. (ABC)

    The American cousin of The Great British Baking Show is back with a new batch of good-natured amateur bakers as The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition returns for its fifth season on ABC. Also tonight: the Giants take on the Ravens, new holiday-themed episodes of Mom, Superstore, Evil, and more. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Thursday:

    SEASON PREMIERE: Paul Hollywood is once again joined by Sherry Yard, Emma (Baby Spice) Bunting, and Anthony "Spice" Adams for The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition. The show will air two back-to-back episodes Thursday nights through early Januaray at 9:00 PM ET on ABC

    NEW EPISODE: The Superstore crew celebrates the holidays as only they can, with Amy, Dina and Cheyenne in search of the perfect Christmas tree, while Mateo, Garrett and Glenn compete to see who can sell an unsellable item. 8:00 PM ET on NBC

    NEW EPISODE: The holidays take their toll in a new episode of Mom as Bonnie (Allison Janney) is forced to relive painful Christmas memories  when Christy recounts tales from her childhood to Bonnie's sponsee, Patty. 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    NEW EPISODE: The paranormal investigators on Evil are called upon to investigate an insidious earworm of a Christmas song that’s spreading among an increasing number of students.  10:00 PM ET on CBS

    SEASON FINALE: Justin Timberlake joins Ellen DeGeneres for night three of Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways. The final installment sees Ellen and friends surprising some well-deserving individuals with life-changing gifts for the holidays. 8:00 PM ET on NBC
     
    SPORTS: Tonight's Thursday Night Football pits the New York Giants against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on Fox

    HOLIDAY SPECIAL: When last we saw comedian Jack Whitehall and his father, they were taking a road trip across America in Travels With My Father. In Jack Whitehall: Christmas With My Father, the comedian brings his old man onstage in London for an evening of holiday laughs and celebrity appearances. Watch the preview. Streaming on Netflix

    ALSO TONIGHT

    • Olaf's Frozen Adventure was a polarizing theatrical short when it debuted before Coco two years ago, but the animated adventure has become a holiday favorite with TV audiences. 8:00 PM ET on ABC
    • Temptation Island airs part one of its two-part finale at 10:00 PM ET on USA
    • The Toy Story That Time Forgot gets its annual holiday airing at 8:30 PM ET on ABC

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: The Great American Baking Show, The Great British Baking Show, Paul Hollywood