TV schedule: what to watch the week of December 19, 2021

This weekly feature complements TVLine’s daily What to Watch lists and the monthly What’s on Streaming guide.

With nearly 500 scripted shows now broadcasting via broadcast, cable and streaming, it’s easy to forget that a favorite comedy is returning, or that the new “prestige drama” you were expecting is about to debut. So consider this our reminder to set up your DVR, order a season pass, pop a new Memorex into the VCR… however you roll.

This week you’ll find six new and returning series (including Yellowstone precursor 1883 and the return of claws and Emily in Paris), 13 finals (including the very last episodes of Dickinson and hawk eye), and an assortment of major movies and holiday specials (including Like the Ricardos, don’t look up and The Matrix Resurrections – all available on streaming).

SUNDAY, DEC. 19
3 am 1883 series premiere (Paramount+; first two episodes)
8 pm Christmas takes flight TV movie premiere (CBS)
8 pm Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses Season 1 finale (Cartoon Network, TBS)
9 o’clock in the evening claws premiere last season (TNT; two episodes)
9 o’clock in the evening Holiday Wars Season 3 finale (Food Network)

MONDAY, DEC. 20
8 pm Dynasty Season 5 premiere (The CW; two episodes)
8:00 PM Holiday Baking Championship Season 8 Finals (Food Network)
8 pm The Secrets of Christmas: Revealed special (fox)
22:00 o’clock Reopening evening documentary premiere (HBO)

TUESDAY DEC. 21
3 am The Ricardos are movie premiere (Prime Video)
3 am Jim Gaffigan: Comedy Monster stand-up special premiere (Netflix)
8 pm the bachelorette Season 18 finale, followed by After the last rose special (ABC)
8 pm Fantasy Island two-part Christmas episode (Fox) [Preempted by NFL football]
22:00 o’clock Top gear Season 31 finale (BBC America)
10.30 p.m. The last OG Season 4 finale (TBS)

WEDNESDAY DEC. 22
3 am Emily in Paris Season 2 premiere (Netflix; all episodes)
3 am hawk eye Season 1 Finale (Disney+)
3 am The Matrix Resurrections film premiere (HBO Max)
8 pm The Challenge: Spies, Lies and Allies reunion special (MTV)
8 pm The Masked Singer Christmas Singalong special (fox)
9 p.m. Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
9 o’clock in the evening sisters Season 3 finale, followed by after-show special (BET)
22:00 o’clock It’s always sunny in Philadelphia Season 15 finale (FXX; two episodes)

THURSDAY DEC. 23
3 am Anna Season 1 finale (AMC+)
3 am Anne Boleyn limited series finale (AMC+)
3 am Beanie Mania documentary premiere (HBO Max)
3 am Dragons: The Nine Realms series premiere (Hulu, Peacock; all episodes)
3 am Run 911! The hunt for QAnon special (Paramount+)
3 am wake limited series premiere (Peacock; all episodes)
3 am Departed annually special (prime video)
8 pm Fantasy Island two-part Christmas episode (Fox)
9 o’clock in the evening Christmas Cookies Challenge Season 5 finale (Food Network)
9 o’clock in the evening Merry Elfin’ Christmas from TMZ: Bye, Bye 2021! special (fox)

FRIDAY DEC. 24
3 am Dickinson series finale (Apple TV+)
3 am don’t look up movie premiere (Netflix)
3 am East West home is best Season 1 finale (Peacock)
3 am The wheel of time Season 1 finale (prime video)
11:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass (NBC)

SATURDAY, DEC. 25
12:00 noon Disney Parks Magical Christmas Parade (ABC)

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