Next Week in TV 12/4: The Return of His Dark Materials and Doom Patrol

By DRWHO42 & Scott C.

December is officially here, which means the fall finales, holiday specials, movies, and a couple of exciting premieres will help get us through the end of the year

Look at the week ahead, and there are several fall finales for many of our favorite series, including The Rookie on ABC, the one Chicago and Law & Order franchises on NBC, and the NCIS franchise on CBS. Aside from the holiday movies (looking at your Hallmark Channel and more), a few game shows are returning to the lineup, such as Press Your Luck, which will be great for the whole family to enjoy.

His Dark Materials returns for its third and final season on Monday night on HBO. This cross-dimensional series, starring Daphne Keen, Amir Wilson, James McAvoy, and Ruth Wilson, has been quite interesting since day 1, with animal spirits, talking polar bears, and much more. 

The group of heroes in Doom Patrol returns for its 4th season on HBO Max on Thursday.

The series finale of Stargirl airs on Wednesday. The series cancellation, first reported on Halloween, marks the latest step in the DC purge from The CW after the Nexstar acquisition. There are no plans for a transition to HBO Max, which is also going through a transformation after being acquired by Discovery.

Of course, the listing will have the airing times for each of the shows mentioned above. 

In television news, there has been a lot of news coming from Brazil’s CCXP22. One announcement includes March 1st being the date for everyone’s favorite bounty hunter, The Mandalorian, returning to our screens, the trailer releases for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, The Last of Us, and The Witcher: Blood Origin. Based on what we saw, the road ahead looks very exciting!

In other news, AMC+ scrapped the second season renewal of Moonhaven, which means that the series is officially done. Netflix did not spare Midnight Club from an early close and ended the promising series after just one season. This news was crushing to fans of the series since there were a lot of questions to be answered, and for anyone interested series creator, Mike Flanagan posted a lengthy post on Tumbler addressing those burning questions and detailing how the second season was to play out. On a positive note, Sylvester Stallone’s mob series Tulsa King was renewed for a second season.

That’s a wrap for this week! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

DRWHO42’s picks:

New: Doom Patrol and His Dark Materials

On-going: Wednesday, 1899, Warrior Nun, The Crown, Titans, Manifest, The Walking Dead, Interview with the Vampire, Pennyworth, La Brea, FBI, 9-1-1, Law and Order: Organized Crime, Quantum Leap, The Handmaid’s Tale, Fate: Winx Saga, House of the Dragon, She-Hulk, Evil.

Binge / Re-watch: The FBIs, Jack Ryan, The Witcher, Lost in Space, Strike Back (Finished and Re-Watching the Greatness).

Mario Wario’s picks:

New: His Dark Materials.

On-going: Willow.

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 04, 2022
10:01 AM
NETFLIX Under the Queen’s Umbrella [1st Season Finale]
8:00 PM
ABC Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Rupaul, Gayle King and Julie Bowen
8:31 PM
FOX Housebroken: Who’s Found Themselves in one of Those Magical Christmas Life Swap Switcharoos? / Who’s Having a Merry Trashmas? [Special]
9:00 PM
PARAMOUNT/SHOWTIME George & Tammy: The Race is On [series premiere]

A look at the romance between famed country musicians George Jones and Tammy Wynette. Click here for more information.

ABC The Rookie: The Collar [New Episode on Special Time]
10:00 PM
ABC The Rookie: Take Back [5th Season Fall Finale]

Monday, December 05, 2022
8:00 PM
CBS The Neighborhood: Welcome to our Time [5th Season Fall Finale]
8:30 PM
CBS Bob (Hearts) Abishola: Idle Nigerians [4th Season Fall Finale]
9:00 PM
HBO His Dark Materials: The Enchanted Sleeper [3rd Season Premiere]
CBS NCIS: Higher Education [20th Season Fall Finale]
10:00 PM
CBS NCIS: Hawai’i: Desperate Measures [2nd Season Fall finale]
NBC That’s my Jam: Holiday Edition: Fred Armisen & Ana Gasteyer vs. Rachel Dratch & Melissa Villaseñor [Special]
11:00 PM
ID The Tetris Murders [1st Season Finale]

Tuesday, December 06, 2022
3:01 AM
NETFLIX The Boss Baby: Christmas Bonus [Animated Special]
7:00 PM
DISNEY The Mysterious Benedict Society: A Two-Way Street [2nd Season Finale]
8:00 PM
FOX The Resident: Family Day [6th Season Fall Finale]
9:00 PM
NBC People’s Choice Awards
9:02 PM
FOX Monarch: The Last Dance [1st Season Finale]

Wednesday, December 07, 2022
3:01 AM
NETFLIX I Hate Christmas [Series Premiere]

After lying to her family about having a boyfriend, a single nurse begins a desperate search to find a partner by Christmas — which is in 24 days. Click Here for More Information.

8:00 PM
NBC Chicago Med: This Could be the Start of Something New [8th Season Fall Finale]
ABC conners, the: the dog days of christmas [5th Season Fall Finale]
The CW DC’s Stargirl: Frenemies – Chapter Thirteen: The Reckoning [Series Finale]
8:30 PM
ABC The Goldbergs: Worst Grinch Ever [10th Season Fall Finale]
9:00 PM
ABC Abbott Elementary: Holiday Hookah [2nd sSason Fall Finale]
NBC Chicago Fire: Nemesis [11th Season Fall Finale]
The CW Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2022
9:31 PM
ABC Home Economics: Santa Suit Rental, $25 per Day [3rd Season Fall Finale]
10:00 PM
ABC Big Sky: A Thin Layer of Rock [3rd Season Fall Finale]
NBC Chicago PD: Proof of Burden [10th Season Fall Finale]
SYFY Reginald the Vampire: Reginald Andres Beyond Thunderdome [1st Season Finale]

Thursday, December 08, 2022
3:01 AM
HBO MAX Doom Patrol [4th season premiere]
NETFLIX Lookism [Series Premiere / Amime]

In a society that favors good looks, a high school outcast leads a double life switching between his two bodies that are polar opposites in appearance. Click Here for More Information.

HBO MAX South Side [3rd Season Premiere]
8:00 PM
NBC Law & Order: The System [22nd Season Fall Finale]
CBS Young Sheldon: Legalese and a Whole Hoo-Ha [6th Season Fall Finale]
9:00 PM
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: And a Trauma in a Pear Tree [24th Season Fall Finale]
9:02 PM
FOX Welcome to Flatch: O Come, all ye Flatchful [2nd Season Fall Finale]
9:30 PM
FOX Call me Kat: Call me Chrismukkah [3rd Season Fall Finale]
10:00 PM
NBC Law & Order: Organized Crime: Last Christmas [3rd Season Fall Finale]

Friday, December 09, 2022
12:01 AM
AMAZON Something From Tiffany’s [Movie]

Follows a woman as her life gets upended when an engagement ring that was for someone else leads her to the person she’s meant to be with. Click Here for More Information.

APPLE TV+ Emancipation [Movie]

In covert modern warfare, the line between right and wrong has blurred. This docuseries examines the moral ambiguities of war as embodied by the 2018 case in which a US Navy SEAL platoon accused its chief, Eddie Gallagher, of war crimes. Click Here for More Information.

HULU It’s a Wonderful Binge [Movie]

Like the original film, the sequel is set in a near future where all drinking and drugs are banned except for on one glorious day known as The Binge. This year, that day happens to miraculously land on Christmas. Click Here for More Information.

APPLE TV+ Little America [2nd Season Premiere]
HULU The Mighty Ones [Series Finale]
APPLE TV+ Puppy Place [2nd Season Premiere]
3:01 AM
AMC+ Christmas Bloody Christmas [Movie]

It’s Christmas Eve and Tori just wants to get drunk and party, but when a robotic Santa Clause at a nearby toy store goes haywire and begins a rampant killing spree through her small town, she’s forced into a battle for survival. Click Here for More Information.

DISNEY+ Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again [Animated Special]
NETFLIX Dragon Age: Absolution [Series Premiere]

With great power at stake, a group of misfits must work together to steal an artifact from a sinister mage. Based on BioWare’s video game franchise. Click Here for More Information.

NETFLIX How to Ruin Christmas [3rd Season Premiere]
PEACOCK The Mighty Ones [Series Finale]
NETFLIX Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio [Movie / Animated]

Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro reinvents the classic story of a wooden puppet brought to life in this stunning stop-motion musical tale. Click Here for More Information.

8:00 PM
CBS S.W.A.T.: Guacaine [6th Season Fall Finale]
9:00 PM
CBS Fire Country: Bad Guy [1st Season Fall Finale]
10:00 PM
CBS Blue Bloods: Poetic Justice [13th Season Fall Finale]

Saturday, December 10, 2022
3:01 AM
NETFLIX Alchemy of Souls: Episode 21  [1st season winter premiere]
10:00 PM
HBO Atsuko Okatsuka: The Intruder [Special]

Mario Wario

Scott 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. You can follow him on Twitter @ScottyTheWise.

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