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Next Week in TV 11/26: Holiday Cheer and Indy’s Last Grand Adventure

By DRWHO42 and Scott C.

The annual celebration of giving thanks in the United States has passed, and we hope everyone enjoyed time with friends and family. As we enter the holiday shopping season, there are plenty of options to add to your viewing list, whether you are shopping from the comforts of home or relaxing from the trek(s) to the mall.  

If you are in the mood for Christmas-related programming. You are certainly in for a treat starting Sunday with The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration, and The Great Christmas Light Fight: All-Stars 2 on ABC. Also on the radar is the Candy Cane Lane featuring Eddie Murphy in a holiday comedy adventure about a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest. It promises to bring a few smiles. But the highlight of the holiday season is the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center this Thursday on NBC.

Weekend plans are shaping up well with the final chapter in the Indiana Jones film franchise, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, debuting on Disney+ on Friday. Also, the first of three Doctor Who specials, The Star Beast, has aired, and we are jumping with joy our favorite Time Lord, The Doctor, is back! The next Doctor Who adventure, Wild Blue Yonder, comes this Saturday on the BBC in the UK and Disney+ globally.  

In television news, there has been a lot of activity and news with the conclusion of the SAG-AFTRA strike. The news has been a combination of renewal and cancellation decisions, schedule updates, and casting updates. Coming off the news of Shadow & Bone being canceled, Netflix renewed Black Mirror for a seventh season. Blue Bloods will end its run after fourteen seasons. NBC announced that La Brea will conclude after a third season, which will have a shortened episode count. Disney+ canceled Muppets Mayhem after one season. Production is ramping up across the board with noticeable mentions of the upcoming Penguin series on MAX. 

AMC announced the series premiere date of February 24 for The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Lived, which features the return of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira). AMC announced this is a limited series; however, if there is a strong showing, we will not be surprised if there is a chance to produce more. 

Concerning casting announcements, fans of the FBI franchise were happy this week with the news that Shantel VanSanten has joined the FBI: Most Wanted cast in an official capacity, replacing the recently departed Alexa Davalos. Over on NBC, Jefferey Donovan will not return to Law & Order in the upcoming season.

 That’s all for this week! As always, do note that times / dates are subject to change anytime by any streaming services and/or cable companies. Lastly, don’t forget to follow the blog on Facebook, Mastodon, and X.

DRWHO42’s picks:

New: Doctor Who!!!!!!
On-going: Beacon 23, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, Bodies, Fall of the House of Usher, Doom Patrol, Gen V, Ahsoka, Invasion, The Winter King, Lioness, Jack Ryan, Rabbit Hole.

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

Mario Wario’s picks:

New: Doctor Who
On-going: NFL, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters.
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 26, 2023
8:00 pm
ABC The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration [Special]
BET 2023 Soul Train Awards
10:00 pm
ABC The Great Christmas Light Fight: All-Stars 2 [11th Season Premiere]
11:30 pm
ADULT SWIM Aqua Teen Hunger Force [12th Season Premiere / Animated]

Monday, November 27, 2023
3:01 am
NETFLIX Go Dog Go [4th Season Premiere / Animated]
ACORN TV Steeltown Murders [Series Premiere]

In 1973, three teenage girls were killed in Wales, their murders unsolved but never forgotten. Nearly 30 years later, new DNA developments lead the police to reopen the case. This true-crime drama follows Paul Bethell (Philip Glenister, Life on Mars) through both timelines, from frustrated junior officer to determined DCI, as his team turns to revolutionary techniques to find a serial killer. Click here for more information.

9:00 pm
HBO Love Has Won: The Cult of Mother God [1st Season Finale]
10:00 pm
NBC That’s My Jam [Special]

Tuesday, November 28, 2023
3:01 am
NETFLIX Onmyoji [Series Premiere / Anime]

In the gilded enclave of the imperial court, Minamoto Hiromasa befriends the mystic Abe Seimei, solving tricky cases rising from the demonic realm. Click here for more information.

9:00 pm
HBO South to Black Power [Special]

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
12:01 am
HULU The Artful Dodger [Series Premiere]

Set in 1850s Australia the series follows adult double life of Charles Dickens’ famous prince of thieves Dodger now a surgeon, but who can’t shake his predilection for crime. Click here for more information.

FREEVEE Pretty Hard Cases [Series Finale]
APPLE TV+ Slow Horses [3rd Season Premiere]
3:01 am
DISNEY+ Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Loki Season 2
8:00 pm
PEACOCK / NBC 91st Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center [Special]
10:00 pm
PEACOCK / NBC Christmas at Graceland [Special]

Thursday, November 30, 2023
12:01 am
HULU Wild Crime [3rd Season Premiere]
3:01 am
MAX Bookie [Series Premiere]

A Los Angeles bookie struggles to stay afoot as he faces down the impending disruption of his business — as California looks to legalize sports gambling. Click here for more information.

PARAMOUNT+ Colin From Accounts [1st Season Finale]
NETFLIX My Little Pony: Make Your Mark: Chapter 6 [6th Season Premiere / Animated]
NETFLIX Family Switch [Movie]

A family descends into chaos days before Christmas when a rare cosmic event causes the parents to swap bodies with their teenage kids. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Hard Days [Movies]

Already running from a mess of problems, a desperate cop thinks he’s gotten away with a hit-and-run. But there was a witness, and they’ve got his number. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Obliterated [Series Premiere]

A special forces team thwarts a deadly plot in Sin City and parties accordingly. But when the real threat emerges, they must sober up to save Las Vegas. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Virgin River [5th Season Premiere]
9:30 pm
THE CW Everyone Else Burns [1st Season Finale]

Friday, December 01, 2023
12:01 am
AMAZON Candy Cane Lane [Movie]

Eddie Murphy stars in this holiday comedy adventure about a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest. After Chris (Eddie Murphy) inadvertently makes a deal with a mischievous elf named Pepper (Jillian Bell) to better his chances of winning, she casts a magic spell that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life and wreaks havoc on the whole town. At the risk of ruining the holidays for his family, Chris, his wife Carol (Tracee Ellis Ross), and their three children must race against the clock to break Pepper’s spell, battle deviously magical characters and save Christmas for everyone. Click here for more information.

APPLE TV+ Spirited Sing-Along [Movie]

Each Christmas Eve, the Ghost of Christmas Present (Will Ferrell) selects one dark soul to be reformed by a visit from three spirits. But this season, he picked the wrong Scrooge. Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds) turns the tables on his ghostly host until Present finds himself reexamining his own past, present and future. For the first time, “A Christmas Carol” is told from the perspective of the ghosts in this hilarious musical twist on the classic Dickens tale. From Director Sean Anders (“Daddy’s Home,” “Instant Family”), written by Sean Anders and John Morris, with original songs by Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) and production numbers choreographed by Chloe Arnold (“The Late Late Show with James Corden”), this modern retelling is a sweet and spicy holiday treat. Click here for more information.

APPLE TV+ Frog And Toad: Christmas Eve [Special / Animated]
APPLE TV+ Shape Island: The Winter Blues [Special / Animated]
APPLE TV+ The Snoopy Show: Happiness Is Holiday Traditions [Special / Animated]
3:01 am
DISNEY+ Timeless Heroes [Documentary]
DISNEY+ Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny [Streaming Movie Premiere]
DISNEY+ The Shepherd [Movie]

On Christmas Eve, a fighter pilot on his way home gets lost mid-flight over water and needs a miracle to land safely. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX May December [Movie]

Decades after their scandalous relationship made headlines, a couple starts to unravel when a famous actor arrives to research them for her new film. Click here for more information.

8:00 pm
STARZ Power Book III: Raising Kanan: Home Sweet Home [3rd Season Premiere]
9:00 pm
STARZ Shining Vale: Chapter 16: Redemption [2nd Season Finale]

Saturday, December 02, 2023
3:01 am
DISNEY+ Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder [Special]
PARAMOUNT+ / SHOWTIME Thriller 40 [Special]
8:00 pm
ABC Saturday Night College Football: ACC Football Championship [18th Season Finale]

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.