By DRWHO42 & Scott C.
The holiday season is finally here, and while we enjoy the time off from work and school, it is also a great time to spend with friends and family. Looking back at the past couple of years, it may have been tough, but we have been able to get through it with family, friends, random acts of kindness, and human perseverance.
The week ahead on television is not at all a quiet one with Christmas ahead. The presents will have adventure, intrigue, and holiday cheer. Paramount+ kicks off the week with an expansion of the Yellowstone saga with the premiere of 1923, starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren!
The dynamic duo of espionage, aka Jack Ryan and James Grier, are back this week for the third season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. We had an advanced peek at the season, and while we cannot divulge much until later in the week (you know how the CIA operates), we are very happy to report that it has earned very high marks in our (review) books!
Later in the week, Netflix and Paramount+ will be the places to turn to for movies that will provide some excitement for you and your family. The action kicks off on Thursday with the Mach Speed entry of Top Gun: Maverick, followed by the next chapter in the Knives Out franchise, Glass Onion, with Daniel Craig, on Friday.
About the holiday programming, this week will be special with Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas to All special on CBS. Carey staked her claim for the holiday at the stroke of midnight on November 1st, and we know this special will be great for families to enjoy. Saturday evening, families will be able to follow Saint Nick, aka Santa Claus, on ABC and Hulu as he begins his yearly trek around the globe delivering presents to all good boys and girls. Lastly, don’t forget to take a look at the listing below to learn more about the week ahead, and what was discussed above.
In entertainment news, there was a lot of buzzes this week. The most significant were the latest updates and changes within the DC universe. The overall assessment was that the new leadership was cleaning the house and conducting a literal retcon of the Snyderverse. Of course, we are sorting through our emotions as we cope with the departure of Henry Cavill from the role of Superman. Cavill’s departure means that there will not be a Man of Steel 2 after years of patiently waiting; he also left The Witcher for it. We are happy to learn, though, that he will join the cast of Amazon’s Warhammer 40K, as well as serve as the executive producer.
Netflix has also been swinging the cancelation ax, and its latest victims are Warrior Nun and Blockbuster. Warrior Nun fans, though, have taken to social media to express their admiration of the series and have signed online petitions in hopes Netflix reconsiders their decision. We are hearing reports that the series is being shopped around to find a new home for the third season. Of course, fingers crossed!!
Lastly, Whovians have been given an early holiday present in the form of a costume reveal for both Ncuti Gates’s Doctor and Mille Gibson’s Rudy on Sunday. Our reaction: high marks! The blog thinks they look fabulous and are excited to see The Doctor and Ruby in action in 2023!
New: Jack Ryan, Top Gun: Maverick, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
On-going: Doom Patrol, His Dark Materials, 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: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
On-going: Willow, His Dark Materials, Jack Ryan.
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 18, 2022
PARAMOUNT+ 1923 [Series Premiere]
1923, a Yellowstone origin story, introduces a new generation of the Dutton family as they explore the early twentieth century in the mountain west. Click here for more information.
THE CW Coroner: Blast To The Past [New Episode on Special Time]
PARAMOUNT Yellowstone: [5th Season Winter Finale]
CBS When Christmas Was Young [Movie]
A headstrong music manager (Tyler Hilton) in desperate need of a hit song for his last remaining client finds himself falling for a gifted singer-songwriter (Karen David) with abandoned dreams of making it big, as he attempts to secure the rights to a Christmas song she wrote years ago. Features original music by Sheryl Crow, who also executive produces. Click here for more information.
THE CW Coroner: Death Goes On [4th Season Finale]
EPIX Rogue Heroes: Episode Six [1st Season Finale]
STARZ Step Up: High Water: Sleep When U Die [3rd Season Finale]
SHOWTIME The L Word: Generation Q: Locked Out [Time Slot Change]
Monday, December 19, 2022
NETFLIX Trolley [Series Premiere]
A sudden tragedy brings the wife of an assemblyman out of her private life and forces her to confront family secrets and her own troubling past. Click here for more information.
FOX Lego Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular Soaring Snowmobiles
TBS American Dad: The Grounch [17th Season Finale]
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
NETFLIX A Not So Merry Christmas [Movie]
A curse is placed on grinchy Chuy, who wakes up to find he’s lived a full year, but is doomed to remember only Christmas Day. Every year. From now on. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh Part 1 [Special]
CBS Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to All! [Special]
THE CW Professionals: Swan Song [1st Season Finale]
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
HULU Big Bet [Special]
After getting tangled in a murder case, the legendary king of the casino in the Philippines is faced with the ultimate bet with his life on the line. Click here for more information.
AMAZON Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan [3rd Season Premiere]
AMC+ All of Them Witches [Special]
NETFLIX Emily In Paris [3rd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX I am a Killer [4th Season Premiere]
DISNEY+ Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t! [1st Season Finale]
FOX Lego Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular: Finale
CBS Homeward Bound: A Grammy(R) Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon
Thursday, December 22, 2022
NETFLIX Alice In Borderland [2nd Season Premiere]
PEACOCK The Best Man: The Final Chapters [Series Premiere]
Based upon the eponymous Universal film franchise written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the series catches up with Harper, Robyn, Jordan, Lance, Quentin, Shelby, Candace, and Murch as relationships evolve and past grievances resurface in the unpredictable stages of midlife crisis meets midlife renaissance. Click here for more information.
HBO MAX The Head [2nd Season Premiere]
HBO MAX I Hate Suzie [2nd Season Premiere]
PARAMOUNT+ Top Gun: Maverick [Streaming Premiere]
HBO MAX Sort of [2nd Season Finale]
HBO Branson: Space [1st Season Finale]
Friday, December 23, 2022
AMAZON Three Pines [1st Season Finale]
AMC+ Saving Christmas Spirit [Special]
NETFLIX Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery [Movie]
World-famous detective Benoit Blanc heads to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery surrounding a tech billionaire and his eclectic crew of friends. Click here for more information.
CBS The 24th Annual A Home for the Holidays at the Grove
Saturday, December 24, 2022
HULU Tracking Santa – A HULU/ABC Holiday Special: Livestream
HBO Random Acts of Flyness: Sixth Dimension: All Possibilities of Together & Apar [2nd Season Finale]