Next Week in TV 12/23: ‘Tis the Season to be a Helsing and More

By Mario Wario, DRWHO42, and Alyssa

Yikes! Christmas is practically here, which means the clock is ticking to get that shopping done, yet hopefully you are not on Santa’s naughty list. Who wants coal this Christmas? Luckily, your television does not care about these things and thankfully this week’s TV schedule has some interesting stuff to check out.

For instance, many can catch the series premiere of Netflix’s Watership Down right now. Based on the novel by Richard Adams, this brand-new animated mini-series is about a few rabbits trying to find a new home while facing multiple threats along the way. The cast list includes James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley and John Boyega, so check it out.

On CBS, the 100th episode of Madam Secretary (8:30 p.m. ET) will air tonight. It should be noted that the episode will also be the show’s fall finale.

On Monday, the Oakland Raiders will host the Denver Broncos for some Monday Night Football fun at 8:15 p.m. ET. On Christmas Day, the NBA teams up with ABC for some basketball joy, yet do not forget to check your local listings, because some networks will be airing many Christmas-themed shows/movies. For example, the annual “24 hours of A Christmas Story” marathon will air on TNT/TBS, which begins on Christmas Eve.

Skipping to Friday, the second season finale of NBC’s Midnight, Texas airs at 8 p.m. ET; however, news broke late Friday that NBC has decided not to renew the series, so this will be its series finale. Syfy’s Z Nation (9 p.m. ET) and Van Helsing (10 p.m.) will be having their season finales as well. Sadly, Z Nation was cancelled by Syfy, but the network did renew Van Helsing for another season, so the character Helsing will be having a jolly good Christmas once again.

On Saturday, the College Football Semifinals finally begin which will be live on ESPN.

And of course, do not forget to join the TV conversation on the FoCC forum. Merry Christmas, everyone!

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: Streaming content
On-going: Nightflyers, Ray Donovan, Sabrina, Black Lightning, The Flash, The Gifted, Manifest, FBI, 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: [Watching Sports!]
On-going: Dragon Ball Super (Dub).
Binge / Stack: [Nothing at This Time]

Alyssa’s picks for Over-The-Air (OTA) and Streaming:
OTA New: LEGO Jurassic World, The Rookie, Gifted, God Friended Me, 911, Manifest, FBI, NCIS shows, Madam Secretary, Survivor & Hell’s Kitchen.
Stream: MARS

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

Sunday, December 23, 2018
3:01 am
NETFLIX Watership Down [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

A warren of rabbits battles many threats on their daring journey to find a new home in this adaptation of the classic novel by Richard Adams. Click here for more information.

8:30 pm
CBS Madam Secretary: Family Separation: Part 1 (100th Episode) [5th Season Fall Finale – Special Time]
9:00 pm
ABC News Special: The Year: 2018 [Two-hour Special Presentation]
10:30 pm
HBO Sally4ever: Episode 7 [1st Season Finale]

Monday, December 24, 2018
3:01 am
NETFLIX Hi Score Girl [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

A chronic gamer abysmally inept in academics and sports finally meets his match at his usual shady arcade — and it’s his rich classmate, Akira. Click here for more information.

8:15 pm
ESPN Monday Night Football: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders [49th Season Finale]

Tuesday, December 25, 2018
2:30 pm
ABC NBA Countdown [Special Presentation]
3:00 pm
ABC NBA Special: Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets [Special Presentation]
5:30 pm
ABC NBA Special: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics [Special Presentation]
8:00 pm
ABC NBA Special: Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors [Special Presentation]
9:00 pm
PBS Call the Midwife: Holiday Special [90-minute Special Presentation]

Wednesday, December 26, 2018
3:01 am
NETFLIX Alexa & Katie [Complete 2nd Season Premiere]
8:00 pm
CBS The 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors [Two-hour Special Presentation]
11:00 pm
IFC Fleabag: Linear Premiere on IFC [Cable Run Series Premiere]

A sexually-liberated, irritable woman navigates modern life in London in this comedy. Based on Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s play of the same name. Click here for more information.

Thursday, December 27, 2018
8:00 pm
NBC I Feel Bad: I Don’t Know My Dad [New Episode – Special Time]
8:30 pm
NBC I Feel Bad: There’s Never Enough Time [1st Season Finale – Special Time]


Friday, December 28, 2018

3:01 am
NETFLIX Murder Mountain [Complete First Season / Series Premiere – First Aired on Fusion; Launching globally by Netflix]

What happens when California dreaming becomes a nightmare? When people head to Humboldt County, California in search of quick riches in the form of marijuana, often times they are unaware of the price they might ultimately pay in the illegal cannabis growing capital of the United States. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX La Noche De 12 Anos (A Twelve Year Night) [Feature Film Special Presentation]

Future Uruguayan president José Mujica and his fellow Tupamaro political prisoners fight to survive 12 years of solitary confinement and torture. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX When Angels Sleep [Feature Film Special Presentation]

After a businessman falls asleep at the wheel and hits a woman with his car, his interactions with her scared friend unleash a string of dark events. Click here for more information.

AMAZON Niko and the Sword of Light [Complete 2nd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Selection Day [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

Two teen cricket prodigies struggle against their overbearing father and a system stacked against them to realize their own ambitions and identities. Click here for more information.

8:00 pm
NBC Midnight, Texas: Yasss, Queen [Series Finale]
9:00 pm
ABC 20/20: Killing On the Cape [New Time Slot]
THE CW Special: Popstar’s Best of 2018 [One-hour Special Presentation]
SYFY Z Nation: the End of Everything [5th Season Finale]
10:00 pm
SYFY Van Helsing: Birth Ritual [3rd Season Finale]

Saturday, December 29, 2018
12:00 pm
ESPN College Football: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – No. 10 Florida Vs. No. 7 Michigan [Special Presentation]
4:00 pm
ESPN College Football Playoff Semifinal: The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic – No. 2 Clemson Vs. No. 3 Notre Dame [Special Presentation]
8:00 pm
ESPN College Football Playoff Semifinal: The Capital One Orange Bowl – No. 1 Alabama Vs. No. 4 Oklahoma [Special Presentation]

Mario Wario

Mario Wario is a Spidey/Funko/video game fanatic, yet going to a pop culture convention is always his goal. Yes, he is also a fan of Mario and Wario. Follow him on Twitter: @ScottyTheWise