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It’s Thanksgiving week, but looking at the premiere schedule on cable, it’d be easy to think the calendar skipped ahead a few weeks.
A whole slew of Christmas movies debut in the next seven days — 19 in all, more than in the following three weeks combined. Traditional holiday specials also start rolling out, as do a pair of far less cheerful limited series on cable.
Below is The Hollywood Reporter‘s rundown of some of the coming week’s highlights. It would be next to impossible to watch everything, but THR can point the way to some worthy options. All times are ET/PT unless otherwise noted.
On broadcast …
New specials: Empire‘s Terrence Howard, Rel‘s Lil Rel Howery and How I Met Your Mother‘s Alyson Hannigan team up with Masterchef Junior fan favorites in the Masterchef Junior Celebrity Showdown (8 p.m. Thursday, Fox). The first new Hollywood Game Night in more than a year airs 8 p.m. Wednesday on NBC.
Returning specials: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on ABC. Thursday brings the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (9 a.m. ET) and National Dog Show (noon) to NBC. Weekend options include How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8 p.m. Friday, NBC), Frosty the Snowman (8 p.m. Friday, CBS) and Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (8 p.m. Friday, ABC), among others.
On cable …
New: AMC’s John Le Carre adaptation of The Little Drummer Girl, with Alexander Skarsgard, Florence Pugh and Michael Shannon, debuts at 9 p.m. Monday. Dirty John, starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana and based on the L.A. Times story and podcast about a grifter working his way into a woman’s life, premieres at 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25 on Bravo.
Christmas movies: As mentioned above, there are 18 new holiday movies premiering this week, including The Christmas Contract (8 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime), Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe (8 p.m. Friday, Hallmark), A Shoe Addict’s Christmas (8 p.m. Sunday, Hallmark) and The Truth About Christmas (9 p.m. Sunday, Freeform).
On streaming …
New: Daily Show host Trevor Noah gets out from behind the desk in his stand-up special Son of Patricia (Netflix, Tuesday). Iron Chef-esque cooking competition The Final Table (Tuesday, Netflix) pits renowned chefs from around the world against one another.
Returning: New seasons of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Thursday) and the Jason Momoa-led Frontier (Friday) arrive on Netflix. CBS All Access releases season two of No Activity Thursday in the service’s first all-at-once premiere.
In case you missed it …
Netflix’s Prince of Peoria (now streaming) is a tween-centric sitcom about a young prince (Gavin Lewis) who wants to experience “normal” life and goes undercover in Peoria, Illinois, where he befriends a kid named Teddy (Theodore Barnes).
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