By DRWHO42 & Scott C.
This week is a 2021 Holiday Edition of FoCC’s Weekly TV article. This edition does not only cover one week but two weeks of upcoming TV, as well.
Let us begin by saying that a few season finales are capping off the year, most notably, Wheel of Time. This first season, comprised of eight episodes, has been brilliant and serves as a case for the fantasy genre being popular with general audiences, and the upcoming Lord of the Rings television series is also getting a lot of buzz from the press and fans. As such, we are excited to know that both are getting a second season. Yet time will only tell if the trend for fantasy series will also spark a Dungeons & Dragons television series.
The folks over at Disney have been keeping fans busy with tons of content to watch. Another will be the first season finale of Hawkeye on December 22nd on Disney+, and the highly anticipated series premiere of The Book of Boba Fett series on December 29th.
One of the biggest highlights in the lineup is the fourth installment of the Matrix franchise, titled Resurrections, premiering in both theaters and on HBO Max on December 22nd. The early buzz has been wide-ranging, though, which means you will have to see it for yourself to enjoy the experience and witness this visual spectacle.
There are a few holiday edition episodes to put on your radar, including the annual Doctor Who holiday special titled Eve of the Daleks airing on New Year’s Day on BBC America. It will be the first of three specials of Doctor Who airing in 2022, which will also be the final season of Jodie Whittaker’s incarnation of our favorite Timelord. When looking ahead, there has been speculation amongst Whovians that the series will return to Christmas Day with Russell T. Davies returning as showrunner.
Fantasy Island, a surprise hit from this summer, will also return with a special double episode on December 21st on Fox.
If you are looking for something interesting to learn about certain items, which may be under your tree or not, we recommend History’s fascinating series Toys That Built America. This series delves into the development and the innovators behind our favorite toys and games.
New Year’s Eve has many end-of-year specials and programming, which you will find detailed in our listing below (as well as with everything else mentioned already, or not). There is also a gem that stands out on that holiday weekend for Karate Kid fans everywhere, with the 4th season premiere of Cobra Kai released on Netflix. And premiering on the streaming platform is The Lost Daughter, starring Olivia Coleman, Dakota Johnson, and Ed Harris. Early buzz for this movie has been positive, and the film has already garnered several award nominations.
This year did mark 20 years since the cinematic premieres of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Happy Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Fans of the Harry Potter franchise are rewarded this New Year’s Day with a special reunion special on HBO Max featuring many of the cast. As such, we are sure this will be a special occasion for fans of the franchise.
Since this is our last article of the year, we at the FoCC Blog would like to thank you for reading, and we wish you, your families, loved ones, and friends a wonderful and safe holiday season. We look forward to 2022 and another year of exciting television!
New: Doctor Who, The Matrix Resurrections
On-going: Hawkeye, Cowboy Bebop, The Wheel of Time, La Brea, Dexter: New Blood, Doctor Who, Army of Thieves, 4400, Locke and Key, The Equalizer, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Star Trek: Discovery, Batwoman, Fear TWD, TWD: World Beyond, Ghosts, Young Sheldon
Binge / Re-watch: Jack Ryan, The Witcher (Finished and Re-Watching the Greatness).
Mario Wario’s picks:
New: The Matrix Resurrections, Doctor Who.
On-going: Dexter: New Blood, La Brea, The Expanse, Star Trek: Discovery, The Flash, Hawkeye.
Binge / Stack: [Nothing at the Moment]
Editor’s note: All times listed below are Eastern and nerd/geek interest are highlighted in AMBER.
Sunday, December 19, 2021
CBS Christmas Takes Flight [Movie]
A holiday battle of wills between pilot Jenny Beckett (Katie Lowes) and Matt Connor (Evan Williams), a number-crunching CEO who purchases Jenny’s family-owned, regional airline. Matt’s cost-cutting initiatives threaten Christmas when he cancels the airline’s annual holiday charitable benefit for underserved children. Determined to show Matt that the sweetest things in life are worth any price, Jenny rallies the community to help save the event and unexpectedly finds herself falling for the magnate in the process. Click here for more information.
CARTOON Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses: The Grand Finale [1st Season Finale Also on TBS]
TNT Claws: Chapter One: Betrayal [4th Season Premiere]
HISTORY Toys That Built America: Board Game Empires [1st Season Finale]
Monday, December 20, 2021
THE CW Dynasty: Let’s Start Over Again [One-Hour Special]
FOX The Secrets of Christmas: Revealed [Two-Hour Special]
THE CW Dynasty: That Holiday Spirit [One-Hour Special]
HBO Reopening Night [90-Minute Special]
Reopening Night chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of the Public Theater as it returns to the stage, and shows New Yorkers and the world that despite everything, art and artists will always survive and indeed thrive. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
AMAZON Being The Ricardos [Movie]
Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) are threatened by shocking personal accusations, a political smear and cultural taboos in Academy Award-winning writer and director Aaron Sorkin’s behind-the-scenes drama Being the Ricardos. A revealing glimpse of the couple’s complex romantic and professional relationship, the film takes audiences into the writers’ room, onto the soundstage and behind closed doors with Ball and Arnaz during one critical production week of their groundbreaking sitcom “I Love Lucy.” Click here for more information.
Shudder Boulet Brothers’ Dragula [4th Season Finale]
FOX Fantasy Island: Welcome to the Snow Globe Part One / Welcome to the Snow Globe, Part Two [Two-Hour Special]
SCIENCE Hubble: Thirty Years of Discovery – Hubble’s Secret HISTORY [Two-Hour Special]
SCIENCE Super Telescope: Inside The James Webb Mission (Pre-Launch) [One-Hour Special]
TBS Last O.G.: The Payback [4th Season Finale]
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
NETFLIX Emily in Paris [2nd Season Premiere]
DISNEY+ Hawkeye [1st Season Finale]
HBO MAX The Matrix Resurrections [Movie / Also in Theaters]
In “The Matrix Resurrections,” return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. And if Thomas…Neo…has learned anything, it’s that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of—or into—the Matrix. Of course, Neo already knows what he has to do. But what he doesn’t yet know is the Matrix is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before. Déjà vu. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Grumpy Christmas [Movie]
A family trip to the beach turns crazy when Servando and Alicia, Alma’s willful aunt, start an over-the-top competition to control Christmas. Click here for more information.
CBS The 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors [Two-Hour Special]
FXX It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Dee Gets Stuck in a Bog / The Gang Carries a Corpse Up a Mountain [15th Season Finale]
Thursday, December 23, 2021
HULU Dragons: The Nine Realms [Series Premiere; Also on PEACOCK]
Set 1,300 years after the events of How To Train Your Dragon, dragons are now just a legend to the modern world. When a geological anomaly opens up an immense, miles-deep fissure in the Earth’s surface, scientists from all over the world gather at a new research facility to study the mysterious phenomenon. Soon a group of misfit kids, brought to the site by their parents, uncover the truth about dragons and where they’ve been hiding — a secret they must keep to themselves to protect what they’ve discovered. Click here for more information.
AMC+ Anna: What To Do When Mama Dies [1st Season Finale]
AMC+ Anne Boleyn [1st Season Finale]
HBO MAX Beforeigners [2nd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Elite: Elite Short Stories: Patrick [Special]
PARAMOUNT+ Reno 911! The Hunt For Qanon [Special]
PEACOCK Vigil [Series Premiere]
When a crew member is found dead on board the Trident nuclear submarine HMS Vigil, police in Scotland are called in to investigate. The catch? The UK’s nuclear deterrent must remain unbroken, so the submarine stays on patrol and Detective Chief Inspector Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) must go aboard to begin an investigation. Although the death was written off as an accidental overdose, Amy suspects foul play. But when the crew close ranks in the face of Amy’s questioning, a new threat overshadows her inquiry. Click here for more information.
FOX TMZ’s Merry Elfin’ Christmas: Bye, Bye 2021! [One-Hour Special]
Friday, December 24, 2021
Apple TV+ Dickinson [Series Finale]
AMAZON LOL: Last One Laughing [3rd Season Finale]
AMAZON Wheel of Time [1st Season Finale]
NETFLIX Daughter From Another Mother [2nd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 [Anime Movie]
Nobita travels to the future to show his beloved grandma his bride, but adult Nobita has fled his own wedding. Can he ever be a good husband to Shizuka? Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Vicky and Her Mystery [Movie]
After her mom’s death, a heartbroken girl and her dad settle in wild, beautiful Cantal. Can a special creature help her heal? Inspired by a true story. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Don’t Look Up [Movie]
Two astronomers go on a media tour to warn humankind of a planet-killing comet hurtling toward Earth. The response from a distracted world: Meh. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Minnal Murali [Movie]
A tailor gains special powers after being struck by lightning, but must take down an unexpected foe if he is to become the superhero his hometown needs. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Silent Sea [Series Premiere]
During a perilous 24-hour mission on the moon, space explorers try to retrieve samples from an abandoned research facility steeped in classified secrets. Click here for more information.
NBC Christmas Eve Mass
Saturday, December 25, 2021
NETFLIX Stories of a Generation – With Pope Francis [Series Premiere]
ABC DISNEY Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade [Two-Hour Special]
Sunday, December 26, 2021
HULU Letterkenny [10th Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Lulli [Movie]
A brilliant but self-centered medical student seems incapable of listening to others — until an accident gives her the ability to hear people’s thoughts. Click here for more information.
Tv One Represent Our Voice: 2021 A Year In Review [One-Hour Special]
STARZ Hightown: Fool Me Twice [2nd Season Finale]
EPIX Condor: Not Necessarily to Lose [2nd Season Finale on Special Time]
HBO Insecure: Everything Gonna Be, Okay?! [Series Finale]
SCIENCE Super Telescope: Inside The James Webb Mission (Launch) [One-Hour Special]
HISTORY Toys That Built America: Snack Sized: The Games of Life [1st Season Finale]
HBO Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Mormon Advantage [11th Season Finale]
Monday, December 27, 2021
SPECTRUM Joe Pickett [1st Season Finale]
NETFLIX Death to 2021 [Special]
This darkly comedic retrospective mixes real news footage and scripted talking-head interviews as it sends up the year that tried to one-up 2020. Click here for more information.
ABC The Year: 2021 [Two-Hour Special]
HBO Landscapers [1st Season Finale]
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
THE CW Popstar’s Best of 2021 [One-Hour Special]
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
NETFLIX Anxious People [Series Premiere]
A bank robber holds the visitors of an open house hostage and then promptly vanishes, leaving the police baffled — and suspicious of everyone. Click here for more information.
DISNEY+ The Book of Boba Fett [Series Premiere]
“The Book of Boba Fett,” a thrilling Star Wars adventure teased in a surprise end-credit sequence following the Season 2 finale of “The Mandalorian,” finds legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand navigating the galaxy’s underworld when they return to the sands of Tatooine to stake their claim on the territory once ruled by Jabba the Hutt and his crime syndicate. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer [Series Premiere]
In 1970s NYC, the “Torso Killer” preys on women to fulfill his grotesque fantasies while eluding police. A docuseries dive into crime’s darkest places. Click here for more information.
Thursday, December 30, 2021
NETFLIX Hilda and The Mountain King [Animated Movie]
When Hilda wakes up in the body of a troll, she must use her wits and courage to get back home, become human again — and save the city of Trolberg. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Light the Night: Part 2 [2nd Season Premiere]
HBO MAX Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo: Isaiah Russell-Bailey/James Monroe Iglehart [2nd Season Finale]
HBO MAX Young Justice: Part a Finale [4th Season Winter Finale / Animated]
Friday, December 31, 2021
NETFLIX Cobra Kai [4th Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Seal Team [Animated Movie]
Fearless seal Quinn assembles a squad of misfit recruits to stand up to ruthless sharks with razor-sharp teeth and reclaim the open sea. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX The Lost Daughter [Movie]
A woman’s quiet seaside vacation takes an unsettling turn when her fixation on a young mother staying at a nearby villa awakens memories from her past. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Stay Close [Series Premiere]
Four people, dark secrets, and a past that threatens their lives… Stay Close is the gripping new thriller from Harlan Coben (The Stranger, Safe, The Five) which questions how much you really know someone. Click here for more information.
ESPN No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati – Cotton Bowl [College Football Playoffs Semifinal]
ESPN No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia – Orange Bowl [College Football Playoffs Semifinal]
ABC Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022 – Part One [Two-Hour Special]
CBS New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash [Three-Hour Special]
FOX FOX’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2022, Part One [Two-Hour Special]
NBC 2021: It’s Toast! [Two-Hour Special]
ABC Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022 – Part Two
NBC Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party Hosted By Miley Cyrus And Pete Davidson
FOX FOX’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2022, Part Two
ABC Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022 – Part One
CBS New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash
Saturday, January 01, 2022
ABC Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022 – Part Two
HBO MAX Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts [Special]
NBC 133rd Rose Parade Presented By Honda
BBCA Doctor Who: Eve of The Daleks [Special]
ABC When Nature Calls With Helen Mirren: The Optimistic Mosquito [One-Hour Special]
ABC When Nature Calls With Helen Mirren: Omen Cat [One-Hour Special]