12:00pm PT by Rick Porter
This Week in TV: 'The Wilds,' 'The Best of Broadway,' 'I Can See Your Voice' Finale
As the year starts to wind down, the week of Dec. 7 is fairly light on premieres — aside from holiday programming, which is still fa-la-la-ing along in force. (For a rundown of the 16 holiday movies and specials airing in the coming week check out The Hollywood Reporter's holiday TV guide.)
It does, however, feature Amazon's first foray into YA programming, a Broadway tribute hosted by Tina Fey and a couple of broadcast finales.
Here is THR's rundown of some of the coming week's highlights. It would be next to impossible to watch everything, but let THR point the way to worthy options each week. All times are ET/PT unless noted.
The Big Show
Amazon stakes a claim to the YA programming space with The Wilds, a drama about a group of teenage girls who are stranded on an island following a plane crash. The premise is very Lord of the Flies, but the streamer describes the show as "part survival drama, part dystopic slumber party."
The series comes from creator Sarah Streicher (Daredevil) and showrunner Amy B. Harris (The Carrie Diaries), and the cast is led by Sophia Ali (Grey's Anatomy), Shannon Berry (Offspring), Jenna Clause and Reign Edwards (Snowfall).
Also on streaming …
Gabriel Iglesias' sitcom Mr. Iglesias begins its third season Tuesday on Netflix. Docuseries The Surgeon's Cut (Wednesday, Netflix) profiles four groundbreaking surgeons. AMC+ debuts The Walking Dead Holiday Special, featuring cast and producers looking back on 10 seasons of the show and indulging in some festive silliness, on Sunday.
On broadcast …
Special: Tina Fey hosts One Night Only: The Best of Broadway (8 p.m. Thursday, NBC) a two-hour special showcasing performers and songs from some currently shuttered Broadway shows — including Jagged Little Pill, Diana: The Musical and Fey's own Mean Girls, among others. Another special, revealing Time's Person of the Year, debuts at 10 p.m.
Finales: Fox's Ken Jeong-hosted competition I Can See Your Voice wraps up its first season at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Transplant concludes its season with two episodes starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday on NBC.
New: Canadian drama Nurses moves south to help fill out NBC's schedule starting at 10 p.m. Monday. The series — filmed before the pandemic, it should be noted — centers on a quintet of nurses in a busy city hospital (and will take over Transplant's Tuesday spot in January).
On cable …
New: Producer Frank Marshall directed the documentary The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, which pays a tribute to a group whose output extends far beyond the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. THR critic David Rooney says the film is a "dizzyingly comprehensive" look at the Gibb brothers' careers, and "entertainingly packaged" to boot. It premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday on HBO.
Returning: The 157th — OK, 36th, but still — season of The Challenge, subtitled Double Agents, premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday on MTV. Season two of the Albert-centric Bat-prequel Pennyworth debuts at 9 p.m. Sunday on Epix.
In case you missed it …
A pair of feature films that are likely awards contenders are now up on streaming services. David Fincher's Mank tells the story of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he pens the screenplay for Citizen Kane. It's on Netflix. Sound of Metal stars Riz Ahmed as a drummer who begins losing his hearing, with the actor's lead performance (and the film as a whole) winning strong reviews. It streams on Amazon.