By DRWHO42 & Scott C.
Heads up TV fans! Thanksgiving and Black Friday are almost here, which means that this week’s TV edition will be a two-week super-bundle because of the upcoming national holiday (and shopping day!) here in the United States. The next two weeks will have a lot to offer as we relax at our homes with our families (safely) during the extended holiday weekend, which also serves as the kickoff for the winter holiday season. While the traditional Black Friday shopping day and Cyber Monday shopping will be different because of the ongoing pandemic, the wonderful world of television will allow us to have a few moments of mental escape; while we also do some online shopping. We do expect our wallets to hate us afterwards once the shopping is done. It is hard to say no to those amazing nerdy items, no?
The Walking Dead franchises on AMC, meanwhile, gets things going these next two (2) weeks. Both are coming to a hiatus soon with their mid-season finales: Fear the Walking Dead this week (9 p.m. ET; November 22nd) followed by a two-hour first season finale of The Walking Dead: World Beyond next week (9 p.m. ET; November 29th). So far, Fear the Walking Dead this season has focused heavily on the characters and their struggles to survive the zombie mayhem after multiple series of events. (Do not worry, no spoilers here in this article.) The writers, however, have done a great job balancing out the different story arcs and the actors have shined themselves in their portrayals of their characters; showcasing each struggle well in the shows.
On a positive note, AMC announced this week that The Walking Dead is returning on February 28, 2021, with a batch of six episodes, which will serve as the extension of season ten (10). Now, if you are a subscriber to AMC+, you will get to watch the episodes three days sooner than the broadcast date.
NCIS fans have something to celebrate this week as the series itself airs its landmark 400th episode this coming Tuesday night (8 p.m. ET; CBS). Both Seal Team (9 p.m. ET; December 2nd) and Blue Bloods (10 p.m. ET; December 4th) also return to the CBS lineup, so if you are a fan of these two series, you will be happy to add them back to your viewing lineup.
Looking for something new without the long-term series commitment? Well, do know that several television movies are airing these next two weeks, which touches upon various genres from the supernatural to drama. The upcoming list includes Don’t Listen (Netflix), The Beast (Netflix), Superintelligence (HBO Max), and Hillbilly Elegy (Netflix) that features Glenn Close and Amy Adams. There are also several holiday specials and movies over the next few weeks to help get you to get into the holiday spirit. Overall, check the two week TV schedule below for the times and dates of the movies and specials mentioned already.
New series to add to your viewing radar, including Alien Worlds on Netflix, which is a documentary-type series that poses the question of what life would be like on other planets. The series is a blend of science ‘fact and theory’, which should offer some interesting takes on what we would envision life being on another planet. Also on the list is the Saved by the Bell reboot on Peacock, the paranormal-based Detention on Netflix, and The Flight Attendant on HBO Max (starring Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory, Rosie Perez from Birds of Prey, and Michelle Gomez from Doctor Who).
There are also several season finales over the next two weeks, and the most notable include The Undoing, The Spanish Princess, Roadkill, Coroner, and Warrior. Of course, check the listing below for the times and dates of each show.
Television news these recent weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for many of us. The news to hit the internet this week is the news of Conan O’Brian ending his late-night talk show to shift focus to moving to HBO Max for a variety show. As such, this announcement left many San Diego Comic-Con fans with a sense of loss since the comedian usually visits Comic-Con to do his TBS talk show for a few days recently.
Further adding to the surprising news was the announcement of The CW’s Black Lightning series coming to an end after its fourth season airs. There is a glimmer of hope for Black Lightning fans, though, because plans for the spinoff series, Painkiller, starring Jordan Calloway, are still alive and well. The writers are working on a back-door pilot for Painkiller in the final season of Black Lightning.
On a brighter note, we learned that actor Robert Englund, a.k.a. Freddie Kreuger, will be joining the 4th season cast of Stranger Things!
Well that is all for now! Join the television conversation over on the FoCC forum and do let us know what you are watching, and what you like about your favorite TV series. Have a great holiday with family and friends and, more importantly, stay safe. Happy Thanksgiving!
New: The Flight Attendant
On-going: FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, His Dark Materials, Big Sky, The Crown, Young Sheldon, Mandalorian, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Umbrella Academy, Star Trek: Discovery, Cursed, Warrior Nun, Fear The Walking Dead!!, Doom Patrol, Stargirl, The Right Stuff.
Binge / Re-watch: Lost in Space, Doctor Who, Jack Ryan, Strike Back!, The Witcher (finished and re-watching the greatness)
Mario Wario’s picks:
New: The Flight Attendant.
On-going: Star Trek: Discovery, The Mandalorian.
Binge / Stack: [Nothing at the Moment]
Editor’s note: All times listed below are Eastern and nerd/geek interest are highlighted in AMBER.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
ABC 2020 American Music Awards
PBS The Trouble With Maggie Cole: Episode Six [1st Season Finale]
AMC Fear The Walking Dead [6th Season Fall Finale]
THE CW The Outpost: Go Ahead and Run [New Time Slot]
PBS Roadkill: Episode Four [1st Season Finale]
SHOWTIME Belushi [Special About Actor and Comedian John Belushi]
Monday, November 23, 2020
NETFLIX Shawn Mendes: In Wonder [Documentary]
Over the course of a world tour, this unguarded documentary follows Shawn Mendes as he opens up about his stardom, relationships and musical future. Click here for more information.
FX Black Narcissus: Episode One / Episode Two / Episode Three [Series Premiere]
Black Narcissus is an FX limited series based on the best-selling novel by Rumer Godden. Mopu, Himalayas, 1934. A remote clifftop palace once known as the ‘House of Women’ holds many dark secrets. When the young nuns of St. Faith attempt to establish a mission there, its haunting mysteries awaken forbidden desires that seem destined to repeat a terrible tragedy. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
NETFLIX Dragons: Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday [Animated]
NETFLIX Hillbilly Elegy [Movie]
An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future. Click here for more information.
CBS NCIS: Everything Starts Somewhere [400th Episode]
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
HULU Happiest Season [Movie]
A woman learns that her girlfriend hasn’t come out to her conservative parents. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Great Pretender [2nd Season Premiere / Anime]
Supposedly Japan’s greatest swindler, Makoto Edamura gets more than he bargained for when he tries to con Laurent Thierry, a real world-class crook. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two [Family Movie]
Unhappy over her mom’s new relationship, a now-teenage Kate runs away and lands at the North Pole, where a naughty elf is plotting to cancel Christmas. Click here for more information.
PEACOCK Saved By The Bell [Complete 1st Season / Series Premiere]
When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many underfunded high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the most well-funded schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the privileged Bayside kids (who never have a problem that can’t be solved in twenty-two minutes) a much-needed dose of reality. Click here for more information.
NICK The Casagrandes: Cursed! [1st Season Finale]
Thursday, November 26, 2020
PEACOCK Connecting… [1st Season Finale]
HBO MAX The Flight Attendant [Series Premiere]
A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened. When questioned by FBI agents and still unable to piece the night together, she begins to wonder if she could be the killer. Click here for more information.
HBO MAX Superintelligence [Movie]
When an all-powerful Superintelligence chooses to study average Carol Peters, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. As the A.I. decides to enslave, save or destroy humanity, it’s up to Carol to prove that people are worth saving. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Mosul [Movie]
After his life is saved by a rogue Iraqi squadron, a young police officer joins them in their fight against ISIS in a decimated Mosul. Click here for more information.
Friday, November 27, 2020
ADULT SWIM The F-Spot With Derrick Beckles [Special]
DISNEY+ Black Beauty [Movie]
A wild horse and a teenage girl forge an unbreakable bond which keeps them connected for a lifetime. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX A Go! Go! Cory Carson Christmas [Family Animated Movie]
When a familiar-looking stranger crashes in without a memory, Cory helps him remember the magic of Christmas to save the holiday for everyone. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Don’t Listen [Horror Movie]
After a tragic turn of events at the new home he’s fixing up, Daniel hears a ghostly plea for help, spurring him to seek out a famous paranormal expert. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX La Belva / The Beast [Movie]
To rescue his daughter, an unstable Special Forces veteran unleashes his inner beast as he pursues her kidnappers — and soon becomes a suspect himself. Click here for more information.
DISNEY+ The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse: House of Tomorrow / Hard To Swallow [Time Slot Premiere]
THE CW World’s Funniest Animals [New Episode – Special Time]
NBC Illumination Presents Minions Holiday Special
PEACOCK The Amber Ruffin Show [1st Season Finale]
PEACOCK Wilmore [1st Season Finale]
CBS CBS Sunday Morning: The Pet Project [One-Hour Special]
HBO How To With John Wilson: How To Cook The Perfect Risotto [1st Season Finale]
Saturday, November 28, 2020
BBCA Earth’s Great Seasons: Winter [1st Season Finale]
Sunday, November 29, 2020
NETFLIX Wonderoos: Holiday Holiday!
STARZ The Spanish Princess: Peace [2nd Season Finale]
HBO The Undoing: The Bloody Truth [1st Season Finale]
AMC The Walking Dead: World Beyond [New Episode / Special Time]
EPIX By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem: Power [1st Season Finale]
FX Fargo: Storia Americana [4th Season Finale]
AMC The Walking Dead: World Beyond [1st Season Finale]
Monday, November 30, 2020
FOX Filthy Rich: 1 Corinthians 3:13 [Series Finale]
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
NETFLIX The Holiday Movies That Made Us [Series Premiere]
Unwrap the real stories behind these iconic Christmas blockbusters, thanks to insider interviews and behind-the-scenes peeks. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Angela’s Christmas Wish [Family Special]
With her father working far away in Australia, a determined Angela makes a plan — and a heartfelt wish — to reunite her family in time for the holidays. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
NETFLIX Alien Worlds [Series Premiere]
Applying the laws of life on Earth to the rest of the galaxy, this series blends science fact and fiction to imagine alien life on other planets. Click here for more information.
NBC 88th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center [Two-Hour Special]
THE CW Coroner: Fire, Part 2 [2nd Season Finale]
CBS Seal Team: God of War [4th Season Premiere]
NBC Radio City Christmas Spectacular [One-Hour Special]
CBS Seal Team: Forever War [New Episode / Special Time]
Thursday, December 03, 2020
IFC Baroness Von Sketch Show [Series Finale]
NETFLIX Chico Bon Bon and The Very Berry Holiday [Family Special]
The Fix-It Force makes a plan to hit every home as fast as they can, delivering Blunderberry Cakes before the town awakes to avoid a holiday disaster. Click here for more information.
HBO MAX Full Bloom [1st Season Finale]
NETFLIX Just Another Christmas [Comedy Movie]
Stuck in a time loop where it’s forever Christmas, a family man who hates the holiday starts to learn valuable lessons about what’s important in life. Click here for more information.
DISCOVERY Battlebots [5th Season Premiere]
THE CW iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Greatest Moments [One-Hour Special]
THE CW World’s Funniest Animals [New Episode / Special Night]
Friday, December 04, 2020
AMAZON Sound of Metal [Movie]
A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing. Click here for more information.
APPLE TV+ Earth at Night in Color [Series Premiere Nature Series]
HULU The Hardy Boys [Series Premiere]
When the Hardy boys, Frank and Joe and their father, Fenton arrive in Bridgeport they set out to uncover the truth behind the recent tragedy that has changed their lives, and in doing so, uncover something much more sinister. Click here for more information.
APPLE TV+ Stillwater[Family / Series Premiere]
Kids with typical kid challenges have Stillwater, a wise panda, as their next-door neighbor. Through his example, Stillwater gives them a deeper understanding of their feelings as well as tools that help them face their own challenges. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX The Barrier [1st Season Finale]
NETFLIX Big Mouth [4th Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Captain Underpants Mega Blissmas [Family Special]
DISNEY+ Godmothered [Comedy Movie]
A young and unskilled fairy godmother that ventures out on her own to prove her worth by tracking down a young girl whose request for help was ignored. Click here for more information.
DISNEY+ Mulan [Movie / Note: Movie is now Free with a Disney+ Subscription]
NETFLIX Selena: The Series [Series Premiere]
Iconic Mexican-American performer Selena rises to fame as she and her family make sacrifices in order to achieve their lifelong dreams. Click here for more information.
THE CW The Hollywood Christmas Parade Greatest Moments [Two-Hour Special]
DISNEY DISNEY Holiday Magic Quest [Special]
CBS Macgyver: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness [5th Season Premiere]
CBS Magnum P.I.: Double Jeopardy [3rd Season Premiere]
CBS Blue Bloods: Triumph Over Trauma [11th Season Premiere]
CINEMAX Warrior: Man On The Wall [2nd Season Finale]
Saturday, December 05, 2020
NETFLIX Detention [Series Premiere / International Horror Series]
A tormented student uncovers unsettling secrets at her remote high school as betrayal and a paranormal encounter upend her life. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas [Family Special]
The Mighty Express welcomes a new train and speeds into a snowstorm to deliver Santa’s presents and save Christmas for all the kids in Tracksville. Click here for more information.
CBS Kid of The Year [One-Hour Special About Young Leaders Helping the World / Also on
Nickelodeon and CBSAA]
CBS Play On: Celebrating The Power of Music To Make Change [One-Hour Special]