TV News Roundup: ‘Big Little Lies’ Gets HBO Premiere Date, ‘Bones’ and ‘Rosewood’ Crossover to Air Dec. 1

In today’s TV news roundup, “Bones” meets “Rosewood” in a new crossover episode, Dolly Parton will perform on Tuesday’s “The Voice,” and more. 


Fresh off their popular lampoons of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon will be on hand to light the 94-foot tall tree in Rockefeller Plaza for NBC‘s annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special. This year’s show is set to air live Wednesday, Nov. 30, and will be hosted by “Today” anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and Hoda Kotb. “The Tonight Show” house band The Roots will attend and perform two songs, one of which will feature Anthony Hamilton & the HamilTones.


Big Little Lies,” HBO‘s upcoming limited series based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling book, will premiere on Sunday, Feb. 19. The series is described as a subversive, darkly comedic drama which tells the story of three mothers of first-graders whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. “Big Little Lies,” written by David E. Kelley, boasts a big-name cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz, and will be directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

Rosewood fans may find some Bones in an upcoming episode: Carla Gallo’s Dr. Daisy Wick character from “Bones” is stopping by on the Dec. 1 episode on Fox. Rosewood (Morris Chestnut) and Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) investigate a case that leads them to Cuba, where they must solve two new mysteries. Daisy comes into the picture when her old roommate TMI (Anne Konkle) brings her in from the Jeffersonian Institute to help the team decipher some evidence.

“Risky Drinking,” a cautionary documentary which investigates the broad spectrum of risky drinking at different ages and stages in people’s lives, will debut Monday, Dec. 19 on HBO. The documentary was made in collaboration with the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and presents case studies including a young professional whose weekend binge drinking exacerbates her fragile emotional state, a single mom whose drinking has gone beyond the social level, and an ex-pat whose heavy drinking finds him on the cusp of losing his son and wife.


Country music legend Dolly Parton will make a special appearance on “The Voice” on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Parton will perform her classic tune “Jolene” alongside “The Voice” coach and goddaughter Miley Cyrus, as well as a cappella group Pentatonix. She will also debut her single “Circle of Love,” which was recorded especially for “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” airing Wednesday, Nov. 30 on NBC. 

Magic Johnson will host Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles in the next episode of ASPiRE‘s “Magic in the Making.” The show involves the NBA legend chatting with trailblazers like Biles about their road to success and what they aspire to do next. In the episode, which will air Tuesday, Dec. 20, Johnson will talk to Biles and her parents at their family-owned gym in Houston, Texas.


The upcoming season of NBC’s “The New Celebrity Apprentice” will kick off on Monday, Jan. 2, and the network has announced a bevvy of sponsors for the new batch of episodes. Tyra Beauty, Trident, Welch’s, King’s Hawaiian, Kawasaki USA, See’s Candies, Lorissa’s Kitchen, Universal Studios Hollywood, L.A. Clippers, QVC, The Honest Company and Carnival Corporation on Board are all on board for this reincarnation of the “Apprentice” franchise, which will see ex-California governor and action star Arnold Schwarzenegger reigning over the boardroom.

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Topic Studios

    Layoffs Hit Topic Studios as TV Division Relocates to West Coast (EXCLUSIVE)

    A small round of layoffs has hit Topic Studios this week in the television division, insiders familiar with the company told Variety. One of the insiders said three executives at the New York-based producer and distributor are out: senior vice president of scripted programming and Viacom alum Lisa Leingang, vice president of development Mona Panchal [...]

  • Peter Weber and Mike Johnson

    'The Bachelor's' Mike Johnson on Diversity and New Leading Man Peter Weber

    ABC named its newest star of “The Bachelor” this week, officially making Peter Weber the leading man for Season 24 of the long-running dating show. Social media backlash ensued following the announcement due to ABC’s selection lacking diversity, yet again. Since the dating franchise began in 2002, there has been only one “Bachelorette” of color [...]

  • ABC Studios Logo

    ABC Studios Head of Alternative Fernando Hernandez Exits

    ABC Studios’ head of alternative Fernando Hernandez has departed from his post at the Disney-owned television studio, a source familiar with the situation told Variety. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. Hernandez’s exit follows an executive shuffling at the top in recent months that has included the departure of Amy Hartwick, ABC Studio’s head [...]

  • Rob Cowan, Greg Silverman'The Conjuring 2'

    Greg Silverman’s Stampede, School of Rock Team for Unscripted Series (EXCLUSIVE)

    Former president of Warner Bros. Pictures Greg Silverman is partnering with School of Rock through his content creation company Stampede. The collaboration with the music school will create exclusive content, starting with the development of an unscripted series.  School of Rock operates a network of performance-based education franchises that offer students of all ages guidance [...]

  • TV Roundup: Erica Durance Reprises 'Smallville'

    TV News Roundup: Erica Durance Reprises 'Smallville' Role in 'Arrowverse' Crossover

    In today’s TV news roundup, Erica Durance reprises her “Smallville” role in the CW’s annual “Arrowverse” crossover, and Showtime shares with Variety an exclusive sneak peek at the return of “The Circus.” FIRST LOOKS “2020 is the most important election of our lifetime,” Alex Wagner says in a new trailer for the fourth season of [...]

  • Patrick Whitesell and Ari Emanuel WME

    Endeavor Targets Sept. 27 for Stock Debut, IPO Video Tells Company's Origin Story

    After years of preparation, Endeavor is set to make its formal Wall Street debut on Sept. 27, when its stock will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Endeavor has targeted Sept. 26 for the final pricing of its shares. The stock will trade publicly the following day. Earlier this week, Endeavor said its [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content