Next Week in TV 11/18: A Thanksgiving Feast with ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’

By Mario Wario, DRWHO42, Alyssa

With Thanksgiving being this week, most will probably think that this week’s TV schedule will be dominated by sports; however, that won’t be the case.

On Sunday, audiences can catch the series premieres of HBO’s My Brilliant Friend (9 p.m. ET), as well as Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora (10 p.m. ET). On Facebook, the series premiere of Queen America will air at 9 p.m. ET, which stars Catherine Zeta-Jones. We doubt Zorro will be in this show though. (wink)

Monday will see AMC air the first season finale of Visionaries: Eli Roth’s HISTORY of Horror at 12 a.m. ET. Later that day, the two-hour series premiere of the new thriller The Little Drummer Girl will air at 9 p.m. ET.

Netflix and Amazon will have a few things to check out on Tuesday morning, while the third season finale of IFC’s Stan Against Evil will air at 10 p.m. ET, Nov. 21.

The highlight of the week will be the 12th season premiere of Netflix’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Thanksgiving Day. Also on Netflix will be the debut of The Christmas Chronicles, which has Kurt Russell playing as Santa Claus. Yep, you read that right, Snake Plissken is Santa!

As for the rest of the week, Netflix will continue its content drop of original shows/movies, while Nickelodeon’s Cousins for Life will wrap up the week, and you can catch that show at 8:30 p.m. ET, Nov. 24.

As always, please join the TV conversation by visiting the FoCC forum and lastly, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! See you all next week!

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: Doctor Who (so good it will be here for the full run)
On-going: Ray Donovan, Sabrina, The Walking Dead, Black Lightning, The Flash, Blindspot, The Gifted, Manifest, FBI, 9-1-1, Big Bang Theory, Supergirl, Charmed, Arrow, Black-ish, Daredevil

Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Elementary, Voltron, Luke Cage, The Magicians, Supernatural, iZombie, Lost in Space (finished and re-watching)

Mario Wario’s picks:
New: Thanksgiving football.
On-going: Legends of Tomorrow, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Supergirl, Arrow, Daredevil, Doctor Who, The Flash, Black Lightning, Star Wars Resistance and Dragon Ball Super (Dub).
Binge / Stack: Altered Carbon, Voltron (S07) Castle Rock, and Luke Cage (Season 2).

Alyssa’s picks for OverTheAir(OTA) and Streaming:
OTA new: The Rookie, Gifted, God Friended Me, 911, Manifest, FBI, NCIS shows, Madam Secretary, Survivor & Hell’s Kitchen.
Stream: MARS and Origin,

Editor’s note: all times listed below are Eastern and Nerd/Geek interest are highlighted in PINK.

Sunday, November 18, 2018
7:00 pm
El Rey Rebel Without a Crew – Meet the Filmmakers [Special Presentation]
8:00 pm
PBS Durrells in Corfu: Episode Eight [3rd Season Finale]
9:00 pm
HBO My Brilliant Friend: The Dolls [Series Premiere]

When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. Based on the bestselling series by Elena Ferrante. Click here for more information.

PBS Poldark: Episode Eight [4th Season Finale]
FACEBOOK Queen America [Series Premiere]

Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Queen America is a dark comedy revolving around the triumphs and failures of Vicki Ellis, the most renowned (and ruthless) pageant coach in the state, and the hapless Samantha who hopes Vicki can mold her into a worthwhile contender. Click here for more information.

10:00 pm
SHOWTIME Escape at Dannemora: Girl From the North Country [Series Premiere]

This limited series is based on the stranger-than-fiction account of a prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015 that spawned a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers. The prisoners were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled. Click here for more information.

PBS Woman in White: Episode Five [1st Season Finale]
11:00 pm
HBO Last Week Tonight with John Oliver [5th Season Finale]

Monday, November 19, 2018
12:00 am
AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s HISTORY of Horror: Ghost Stories [1st Season Finale]
3:01 am
NETFLIX Last Kingdom [Complete Third Season Premiere]
9:00 pm
AMC The Little Drummer Girl [Two-Hour Series Premiere]

Based on John le Carré’s best-selling literary masterpiece of the same name and directed by visionary filmmaker Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden, Stoker), The Little Drummer Girl weaves a suspenseful and explosive story of espionage and high-stakes international intrigue. Set in the late 1970s, the pulsating thriller follows Charlie (BAFTA-nominate Florence Pugh), a fiery actress and idealist whose resolve is tested after she meets the mysterious Becker (Emmy® and Golden Globe®Award-winner Alexander Skarsgård) while on holiday in Greece. Click here for more information.

HBO My Brilliant Friend: The Money [Time Slot Premiere]
STARZ Ferrari: Race to Immortality [Special Presentation]

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
3:01 am
AMAZON Creative Galaxy: Arty’s Holiday Masterpiece [Special Presentation]
NETFLIX Kulipari: An Army of Frogs [Complete Second Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Motown Magic [Complete First Season/Series Premiere]

Imaginative boy Ben transforms his city by bringing colorful street art to life, armed with a magic paintbrush — and the classic sounds of Motown. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Sabrina [Feature Film Special Presentation]

A toy manufacturer and his wife are terrorized by a demon after their orphaned niece tries to summon her late mother’s spirit using a spooky ritual. Click here for more information.

AMAZON Pete the Cat: A Very Groovy Christmas [Special Presentation]
8:00 pm
NICK Keep it Spotless: Get a Grip [1st Season Finale – Special Time]
10:00 pm
HISTORY Brothers in Arms: Cold War Tank / Mystery WWII Weapon [Series Premiere]

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
3:01 am
SUNDANCE NOW The Bureau [4th Season Premiere]
NETFLIX The Tribe [Feature Film Special Presentation]

An executive-turned-viral sensation loses his reputation and his memory, but finds a new life with his biological mother and her empowered dance group. Click here for more information.

9:00 pm
AMC The Little Drummer Girl [Two-Hour 1st Season Finale]
10:00 pm
PBS Sinking Cities: Miami [1st Season Finale]
IFC Stan Against Evil: Stan Against Evie [3rd Season Finale]

Thursday, November 22, 2018
3:01 am
NETFLIX Mystery Science Theater 3000 [Complete 12th Season Premiere]
NETFLIX The Christmas Chronicles [Feature Film Special Presentation]

After accidentally crashing Santa’s sleigh, a brother and sister pull an all-nighter to save Christmas with a savvy, straight-talking St. Nick. Click here for more information.

CBSAA No Activity [Complete Second Season Premiere]
8:00 pm
ABC 20/20: Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic – A Special Edition of 20/20 [One-Hour Special Presentation]
NBC Football Night in America: Week 12 [New Episode – Special Night]
8:15 pm
NBC Sunday Night Football: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints [New Episode – Special Night]
9:00 pm
ABC News Special: Meghan’s New Life: The Real Princess Diaries [One-Hour Special Presentation]
BBCA Chimp Sanctuary [Special Presentation]
10:00 pm
ABC News Special: I’m Coming Home [One-Hour Special Presentation]
BBCA Chimps of The Lost Gorge [Special Presentation]

Friday, November 23, 2018
3:01 am
NETFLIX Frontier [Complete Third Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Fugitiva [Feature Film Special Presentation]

A domestic abuse survivor orchestrates an elaborate deception to protect her family from her powerfully wealthy husband and his vindictive enemies. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Sick Note: Seasons 1 & 2 [Special Presentation]
AMAZON The Romanoffs: The One That Holds Everything [1st Season Finale]
4:00 pm
FOX NCAA Basketball Special: Las Vegas Invitational [Special Presentation]
8:30 pm
FOX CFB on FOX: Washington at Washington State [New Episode – Special Night]

Saturday, November 24, 2018
8:30 pm
NICK Cousins for Life: Movin’ in [Special Presentation]