By Kevin McDonough
Coulson and his team find themselves lost in space on a mysterious ship as "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14) enters its fifth season with a two-part story.
"S.H.I.E.L.D." arrives after the departure of "Marvel's Inhumans," one of the worst-reviewed and least-watched series of the season. It's no exaggeration to state that fans of Marvel series have a wealth of choices. Even a glut.
Since the debut of "S.H.I.E.L.D." back in 2013, ABC has seen the arrival and departure of "Marvel's Agent Carter" and the crash landing of "Inhumans." Netflix has six (count 'em!) series with the term "Marvel's" in the title: "Daredevil," "Jessica Jones," "Luke Cage," "Iron Fist," "The Defenders" and "The Punisher." Hulu just launched "Marvel's Runaways," and Freeform, ABC's cable cousin, is working on "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger," slated for 2018. Fox's freshman series "The Gifted" doesn't have the M-word in its title, but it's based on Marvel's "X-Men" franchise.
• Freeform begins its 25-day countdown to Christmas with "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (7:05 p.m.) and "Elf" (9:15 p.m.), holiday favorites from 1989 and 2003.
• The CW puts "Jane the Virgin" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" on the shelf to offer the 2000 special "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (8 p.m., TV-G) and "Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic" (9 p.m., TV-PG).
• Raven-Symone and Issac Ryan Brown host "Disney Parks Presents a Disney Channel Holiday Celebration" (8:30 p.m.), featuring performances by Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Asher Angel, Milo Manheim and Meg Donnelly and a tour of Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Would you believe it's on the Disney Channel?
• On the Hallmark Channel, where Christmas lasts three months a year, there are reheated offerings of the 2017 romance "The Mistletoe Inn" (8 p.m.) and "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" (10 p.m.) from 2008.
• Netflix begins streaming the German-language supernatural mystery "Dark" (TV-MA), a tale about the disappearance of two children and the subsequent unraveling of four families.
• Netflix also begins streaming the 2017 documentary "Voyeur" (TV-MA), based on a disturbing 2016 New Yorker article by Gay Talese. The article and the film follow Talese's account of a motel owner who used peepholes and other contrivances to spy on his guests for decades.
John Wayne, Geoffrey Deuel, Forrest Tucker, Christopher George and Ben Johnson star in the 1970 Western "Chisum" (8 p.m., Outdoor).
TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
• Jane fights a demon from her past on "Blindspot" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
• The battle moves west on "The Exorcist" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• Shedding skin sparks concerns on the fifth season opener of "Body Bizarre" (9 p.m., Discovery Life).
• Baez suffers an accidental overdose on "Blue Bloods" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
• A sordid tale of a Wyoming mother's disappearance opens the second season of "Married With Secrets" (10 p.m., ID, TV-14).
• HBO premieres the six-episode stand-up showcase "All Def Comedy" (10 p.m., HBO, TV-MA), produced by Russell Simmons. Tony Rock hosts.
Carol Burnett and Lewis Black are on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Queen Latifah, Freddie Highmore and Sam Smith on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Gwen Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Domhnall Gleeson and Rian Johnson appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC) * Amy Sedaris, Greta Gerwig and Jessie Reyez visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC, r) * Kristen Bell, Dianna Agron and Gary Clark Jr. on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).
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