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It’s Thanksgiving week, which means the premiere schedule is relatively light. Except, that is, when it comes to holiday programming. More than a dozen original movies and 20-plus new and classic specials are set to air this week — all of which are noted in The Hollywood Reporter‘s holiday TV guide.
As for the non-hoiday stuff, a pair of highly anticipated premieres on relatively new streamers are on tap, as is the finale of Dancing With the Stars and the usual Thanksgiving buffet of NFL games.
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
It’s 2020, Zack Morris is the governor of California, and his disastrous education policy has forced a number of schools to close, with some of those students moving to his alma mater, Bayside High.
That’s the premise of Peacock’s revival of/sequel to Saved by the Bell, which features original stars Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Mario Lopez in regular roles and a cast of high schoolers led by Josie Totah, Belmont Cameli, Dexter Darden, Mitchell Hoog, Alycia Pascual-Peña, and Haskiri Velazquez. The series, created by Tacey Wigfield (30 Rock), premieres Wednesday on Peacock. Wigfield also discussed the show on THR‘s TV’s Top 5 podcast.
Also on streaming …
Kaley Cuoco stars in The Flight Attendant (Thursday, HBO Max), a “nimble mystery” that THR critic Daniel Fienberg says is the “TV equivalent of a beach read.” Docuseries Texas 6 (Thursday, CBS All Access) follows a six-man high school football team in a small town. Season two of romantic drama Virgin River bows Friday on Netflix.
On broadcast …
Finale: Four celebrities — Kaitlyn Bristowe, Justina Machado, Nelly and Nev Schulman — and their partners have made the finals of Dancing With the Stars‘ 29th cycle. They’ll compete for the mirror ball trophy in the show’s season finale at 8 p.m. Monday on ABC.
Football: The annual Thanksgiving slate of NFL games is, as usual, a tripleheader: Houston at Detroit (11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT) leads off, followed by Washington at Dallas (3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. ET, Fox) and Baltimore at Pittsburgh (7:20 p.m. ET/4:20 p.m. ET, NBC).
Network debut: Four years after it premiered on Netflix, the four-episode Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life makes its on-air debut. The miniseries, a continuation of the beloved WB/CW show, follows Lorelai (Lauren Graham), Rory (Alexis Bledel) and the rest of the Stars Hollow regulars through four seasons. It airs over four nights on The CW, starting at 8 p.m. Monday.
On cable …
New: Based on the 1947 movie (and novel by Rumer Godden), Black Narcissus (8 p.m. Monday, FX) follows a group of nuns tasked with opening a convent in the Himalayas. THR’s Daniel Fienberg says it’s “visually beautiful [and] solidly acted,” but it won’t necessarily replace the original.
Also new: HBO takes a new look at one of the most notorious criminal cases of the 20th century in its documentary The Mystery of D.B. Cooper (9 p.m. Wednesday).
Special: Jeff Dunham’s Completely Unrehearsed Last Minute Pandemic Holiday Special (8 p.m. Friday, Comedy Central) is the comic and ventriloquist’s first special for the network in six years. The show, the first in a three-special deal with the cabler, features virtually all new material.
Awards: Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold host the 2020 Soul Train Awards (9 p.m. Nov. 29, BET, VH1, BET Her and MTV2). H.E.R. is the leading nominee, up for eight awards.
In case you missed it …
We Are the Champions has an old-school, Wide World of Sports vibe, in that it spans the globe to bring you the constant variety of … maybe not “sport” exactly, but competition. The six-episode series, narrated by Rainn Wilson, introduces the competitors in such events as cheese rolling, chile pepper eating, frog jumping and dog dancing — that is, people ballroom dancing with canine partners. It’s streaming on Netflix.
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