Next Week in TV 12/29: New Year … New Adventures in the TARDIS!

BY DRWHO42, Scott, and Alyssa

We will soon be looking at 2019 in the rearview mirror and turn our attention to the new year. There is a lot to look forward to in 2020 and, for Whovians, the upcoming season premiere of Doctor Who will be on the top of their watch lists. Jodie Whitaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill are all back in the TARDIS, and ready for their new adventures. The New Year’s Special airing on BBC and BBC America will be a two-hour affair, titled “Spyfall.” It will also have legendary Stephen Fry joining in on the cast as a guest star. 

Looking back at the past week, Netflix provided us great escapes with The Witcher and Lost in Space. Even though Netflix is very secretive with their reporting viewer numbers, there are reports that The Witcher had very high numbers. If you have not done so already, we recommend checking out our articles on The Witcher and Lost in Space (click here for The Witcher and click here for Lost In Space), and to add each series to your viewing queue. Of course, we are looking forward to hearing news about their next seasons.

The first season of The Mandolorian has wrapped up, and it has been a viral sensation with fans so far. Jon Favreau announced late last week via Twitter that season two will debut in the Fall of 2020.

Back to this week, there will be plenty of holiday specials to ring in the New Year from ABC to CNN. And on New Year’s Day, many of us will have the chance to relax and recover with a few College Bowl games.

The new year is also ringing in a few returning series, as well as a few new entries to put on our viewing lists. For instance, Hawaii Five-0Magnum P.I., and Blue Bloods return this Friday evening. Netflix, though, continues to provide great content and the debut of the highly anticipated Dracula series will look to continue that trend, this series is from the dynamic team of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. From what we have seen in the trailers thus far, Dracula should not disappoint, and it will follow the same mini-series format as Sherlock, which airs three episodes for each of it’s seasons. 

Things are looking up in 2020, as such there are a lot of things to look forward to. Of course, have a great and happy New Year!   

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: DOCTOR WHO!! Dracula
On-going: Lost in Space, The Mandalorian, The Witcher, Dublin Murders, Jack Ryan, Supergirl, His Dark Materials, The Flash, Batwoman, Arrow, Treadstone, Emergence, Evil, 9-1-1, Prodigal Son, FBI, Fresh off the Boat, Mixed-ish, Black-ish, Stumptown, SNL, Criminal:UK, Titans, The Rain, Hanna
Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Supernatural, & Strike Back (finished and re-watching the greatness)

Mario Wario’s picks:
New: Doctor Who.
On-going: The Expanse, Vikings, Rick & Morty, Shameless, Treadstone, DC/CW shows, and Supernatural.
Binge / Stack: Jack Ryan (Season 2)

Alyssa’s picks for Disney+, Over-The-Air(OTA), Hulu, and Amazon Prime:
OTA: The Great American Baking Show: Holiday
Stream: The Mandalorian, The Boys, The Runaways, and Jack Ryan

Editor’s note: All times listed below are Eastern and nerd/geek interest are highlighted in PINK.

Sunday, December 29, 2019
7:00 pm
NBC Football Night in America: Week 17
8:15 pm
NBC Sunday Night Football: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
10:00 pm
NGC Brain Games: Sneak Peek [One-Hour Special]
USA Dare Me: Coup D’état [Series Premiere]

A cheerleader in her senior year of high school plots revenge against the clique that expelled her. Click here for more information.

Monday, December 30, 2019
3:01 am
NETFLIX Alexa & Katie [Complete 3rd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Reawakened [Complete 1st Season / Series Premiere / Anime]

Kusuo and his gaggle of self-proclaimed friends are back for more psychic mishaps. If he didn’t have enough problems before, he’s got even more now. Click here for more information.

8:00 pm
SHOWTIME Pavarotti [Note: It’s About the Musical Icon]

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
3:01 am
NETFLIX The Neighbor [Complete 1st Season / Series Premiere]

Self-centered Javier’s life gets a bit messy when he unexpectedly becomes a superhero — and his recent ex is tasked with uncovering his identity. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures [Complete 1st Season / Series Premiere]

A determined Qing dynasty princess contends with palace intrigue and a vendetta against her family while navigating the treacherous terrain of romance. Click here for more information.

8:00 pm
ABC Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2020
FOX FOX’s New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square
NBC A Toast To 2019! [Two-Hour Special]
10:00 pm
NBC NBC New Year’s Eve Special – Part One
11:30 pm
ABC Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2020
NBC NBC New Year’s Eve Special – Part Two

Wednesday, January 01, 2020
3:01 am
NETFLIX Messiah [Complete 1st Season / Series Premiere]

A wary CIA officer investigates a charismatic man who sparks a spiritual movement and stirs political unrest. Who exactly is he? And what does he want? Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Ghost Stories
NETFLIX Spinning Out [Complete 1st Season / Series Premiere]

A figure skating Olympic hopeful struggles to balance love, family and fragile mental health as her dream of winning takes a dizzying hold. Click here for more information.

1:00 pm
ESPN Outback Bowl – 9 Auburn vs. 16 Minnesota
5:00 pm
ESPN Rose Bowl Game Presented By Northwestern Mutual – 7 Oregon vs. 11 Wisconsin
8:00 pm
BBCA Doctor Who [Two Hour 12th Season Premiere – Special Night]
A&E The First 48: Chain of Death [Two-Hour Special]
8:45 pm
ESPN Allstate Sugar Bowl – 5 Georgia vs. 8 Baylor
9:01 pm
FOX Almost Family: Rehabilitated AF [1st Season Winter Premiere]

Thursday, January 02, 2020
3:01 am
NETFLIX Explained: Sex
NETFLIX Thieves of the Wood [Complete 1st Season / Series Premiere]

Charismatic highwayman Jan de Lichte leads the oppressed and downtrodden in a revolt against the corrupt aristocracy of 18th-century Belgium. Click here for more information.

8:00 pm
ABC What is Jeopardy!? Alex Trebek And American’s Most Popular Quiz Show
FOX Last Man Standing: No Parental Guidance / Wrench in the Works [8th Season Premiere]
9:00 pm
FOX Deputy: Graduation Day [Series Premiere]

From director/executive producer David Ayer (“Training Day,” “End of Watch”), DEPUTY blends the spirit of a classic Western with a modern-day attitude and emotionally driven, visceral storytelling. Featuring an ensemble of ambitious and complicated people who won’t rest until justice is served, DEPUTY brings a gritty authenticity to the modern cop drama. Click here for more information.

NBC The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU [One-Hour Special]

Friday, January 03, 2020
3:01 am
AMAZON Ilana Glazer: The Planet is Burning
AMAZON Jayde Adams: Serious Black Jumper
NETFLIX Anne With An E [Complete 3rd Season / Series Finale]
AMAZON Bug Diaries: Part 2 [1st Season Finale]
8:00 pm
CBS Hawaii Five-0: Ihea ‘oe I Ka Wa A Ka Ua E Loku Ana? (Where Were You When the Rain was Pouring?) [10th Season Winter Premiere]
9:00 pm
CBS Magnum P.I.: Desperate Measures [2nd Season Winter Premiere]
10:00 pm
CBS Blue Bloods: Careful What You Wish For [10th Season Winter Premiere]

Saturday, January 04, 2020
3:01 am
NETFLIX Dracula [Complete 1st Season / Series Premiere]

The Count Dracula legend transforms with new tales that flesh out the vampire’s gory crimes — and bring his vulnerability into the light. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Go! Go! Cory Carson [Complete 1st Season / Series Premiere / Cartoon]

Beep, beep — go, go! Buckle up for fun and adventure with adorable kid car Cory Carson as he explores the winding roads of Bumperton Hills. Click here for more information.

6:30 am
CARTOON Transformers Cyberverse: The Crossroads [1st Season Finale]
4:00 pm
NBC Football Night in America: NFL Wild Card Pre-Game
4:30 pm
NBC NFL Wild Card Pre-Game [Note: At this time (12/29/19), every matchup is still TBD. Once finalized, the listing will be updated.]


Kevin aka "DRWHO42" watches a lot of TV and avoids spoilers like the plague. He is an avid Whovian, Trekker, fanboy, gamer, traveler, planner, self-professed gym rat, and Starbucks espresso loyalist. When not plotting out his schedule for the next tent-pole movie or watching his favorite shows he is on the hunt for pop-culture TV & Movie media news. More importantly he is a frequent attendee of San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and New York Comic Con (NYCC). Follow him on Twitter @kevinDW42 @FoCCBlog

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