5 must-see TV moments this week: Ryan Gosling, ‘Empire’ and more

From shocking cliffhangers to laugh out loud moments, here are the top small-screen moments that will have everyone talking around the water cooler.

Empire (season 2 finale, Dec. 2, City/Fox): The Lyon family hasn’t always seen eye to eye on business matters, but when their family’s legacy is in jeopardy they're quick to rally together. The big question going into this highly anticipated episode is whether or not Lucious (Terrance Howard) will retain power over his record label.

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Christmas in Rockefeller Center (Live Dec. 2, NBC): The holiday season kicks into high gear when the 25-metre Norway spruce comes to life with more than 30,000 lights. The annual festive party is known for its memorable performances and this year’s lineup is poised to be one of the best yet. Sting, James Taylor, Mary J. Blige, Carly Rae Jepsen and the legendary Andrea Bocelli will toast the season by performing some of their favourite holiday hits.

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A Very Murray Christmas (Dec. 4, Netflix): Bill Murray ushers in a new era of the classic holiday sketch show made famous by the likes of Bob Hope, Perry Como and Andy Williams. Playing himself, the veteran actor fears his special will be cancelled as a massive snowstorm looms over New York City. Thanks to the magic of the season and a little “luck and perseverance” by Bill’s famous friends, including George Clooney and Miley Cyrus, the special is saved!

Ryan Gosling on Saturday Night Live (Dec. 5, Global/NBC): It’s hard to believe but the Canadian actor has never hosted the hit late night comedy show. American gospel and soul singer Leon Bridges joins the star of the upcoming flick The Big Short (in theatres Dec. 23) as he makes his SNL debut.

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Sinatra 100: An All Star Grammy Concert (Dec. 6, City/CBS): Today’s top musical talents will join together to celebrate the life and career of Ol' Blue Eyes, in honour of what would have been his 100th birthday on Dec. 12. Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Harry Connick Jr., John Legend, Alicia Keys, Tony Bennett and Garth Brooks are just some of the singers who will take the stage in remembrance of the iconic crooner.

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