Thursday's TV Highlights: 'The Big Bang Theory' on CBS

 Thursday's TV Highlights: 'The Big Bang Theory' on CBS
Life without Sheldon is imagined on "The Big Bang Theory." With Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki. (Eddy Chen / CBS)

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The Big Bang Theory While Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is back in Texas, his friends imagine what their lives would be like if they hadn't met him in this new Christmas episode 8 p.m. CBS

The X Factor This results episode features performances by Jennifer Nettles and Enrique Iglesias. 8 p.m. Fox

The Millers Carol's (Margo Martindale) overbearing parents (June Squibb, Jerry Van Dyke) visit, and she doesn't want them to know the truth about her failed marriage — or her son's (Will Arnett) in this new episode. 8:30 p.m. CBS

The Crazy Ones The bratty daughter (Ashley Tisdale) of an important client is hired as an intern in this new episode. 9 p.m. CBS

Project Runway All Stars In this new episode, the designers are flown to the Pennsylvania headquarters of the home shopping channel QVC, where their mission is to create a red-carpet gown. Lisa Robertson, Elisabeth Moss and Mondo Guerra are guest judges. 9 p.m. Lifetime

The Michael J. Fox Show Mike (Michael J. Fox) finds out he has to work on Christmas Eve in this new episode. Sting guest stars. 9:30 p.m. NBC

Parenthood Amber and Ryan (Mae Whitman, Thomas Lauria) clash over her hanging out with the band. Peter Krause and Monica Potter also star in this new episode. 10 p.m. NBC


Mandela: The Leader You Know, The Man You Didn't This new special offers behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with Idris Elba and Naomie Harris about the movie "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." 8 p.m. IFC


CBS This Morning Bob Barker. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today Oscar Isaac; Golden Globe nominations; Jordan Metzl; Steven Van Zandt; Christina Perri performs. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC

KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA

Good Morning America Jake Owen performs; Golden Globe nominations. (N) 7 a.m. KABC

Good Day L.A. Carey Mulligan ("Inside Llweyn Davis"); Deana Carter; Elisabeth Rohm ("American Hustle"); Sarah Drew ("Grey's Anatomy"). (N) 7 a.m. KTTV

Live With Kelly and Michael Jonah Hill; Ylvis performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC

The View Hilaria Baldwin; Ralph Fiennes; Backstreet Boys perform. (N) 10 a.m. KABC

The Wendy Williams Show Chef Guy Fieri. (N) 11 a.m. KTTV

The Talk Tom Selleck; Angie Martinez; Lidia Bastianich. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS

The Queen Latifah Show Megan Mullally; Jeff Perry; Tori Kelly performs. (N) 2 p.m. KCBS; 7 p.m. KCAL

The Dr. Oz Show Meredith Vieira and her husband discuss his multiple sclerosis; pink eye; the Daniel Plan. (N) 2 p.m. KABC

Dr. Phil A woman says her mother tricked her into giving her custody of her 4-year-old daughter. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS

Katie The cast and creator of "Murphy Brown"; Eva Longoria and Howard Buffett fight hunger. (N) 3 p.m. KABC

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Lea Michele performs. (N) 4 p.m. KNBC

The Doctors Maci Bookout ("Teen Mom"); health myths. (N) 5 p.m. KCAL

The Arsenio Hall Show Nick Lachey; Stephen A. Smith; Kevin Eubanks performs; B.o.B. performs. (N) 11 p.m. KTLA

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Evangeline Lilly. (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central

Conan Adam Levine; Tim Conway; Lee Ranaldo. (N) 11 p.m. TBS

The Colbert Report Author George Packer. (N) 11:30 p.m. Comedy Central

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Kevin Hart; Brooklyn Decker; Chris Young performs. (N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC

Late Show With David Letterman Julia Roberts; Glen Hansard performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS

Jimmy Kimmel Live Carey Mulligan; Scott Foley; Jeff Campbell performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. KABC

Charlie Rose (N) midnight KOCE

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Emma Thompson; James Marsden; Kelly Clarkson performs. (N) 12:36 a.m. KNBC

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Jason Schwartzman; Alexis Knapp. (N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS

Nightline (N) 12:37 a.m. KABC

Tavis Smiley Amy Tan; LeVar Burton. (N) 1 a.m. KOCE

Last Call With Carson Daly Scott Aukerman; Robbie Fulks performs. (N) 1:36 a.m. KNBC