Dec. 9 – 15
Top picks for TV, streaming, reading, home entertainment & more
A Christmas tree lights up, the Mormon Tabernacle choir sings & Amy and Maya reunite
Former SNL castmates Maya Rudolph & Amy Pohler host “Baking It” Monday on NBC.
FRIDAY, Dec. 9
Something From Tiffany’s
Reese Witherspoon is a producer of this holiday romcom starring Zoey Deutch (above) as a woman whose life is upended when an engagement ring meant for someone else leads her to the person she’s meant to be with (Prime Video).
Will Smith stars in this new slave drama as a plantation escapee who evades murderous hunters and the swamps of Louisiana on his run for freedom. With Ben Foster and Charmaine Bingwa, and inspired by the image of a whipped man photographed during a Union Army medical examination (Apple TV+).
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Space has fascinated us, from long before we were able to get there. Space Craze (Smithsonian) examines America’s deep attraction to outer space, as fed and nurtured through pop culture (Buck Rogers, toy ray guys, Star Trek, Star Wars), spurred by the Cold War, and eventually stoked by the real-world pioneering of NASA astronauts and modern-day kajillionaires.
SATURDAY, Dec. 10
This 1996 sports comedy stars Adam Sandler as an unsuccessful ice hockey player who finds he has a new talent—for golf. The scuffle between Sandler’s character and TV gameshow host Bob Barker won an MTV Movie Award for “Best Fight” (11 p.m., TNT).
A Christmas Fumble
What happens when a crisis-management queen (LeToya Luckett) gets a gig handling a breaking scandal for a pro football player (Finness Mitchell)…who happens to be her old flame? (9 p.m., Own).
SUNDAY, Dec. 11
National Christmas Tree Lighting
Yeah, your Christmas tree in the family room is cool. But this one is the national Christmas tree, it’s enormous, and tonight marks its 100th birthday. Light up the holidays with this tradition from Washington, D.C., featuring an all-star lineup of musical performances by Gloria Estefan, Joss Stone, Shania Twain and host LL Cool J (8 p.m., CBS).
Master of Glass: The Art of Dale Chihuly
Documentary profiles the enigmatic artist behind glass sculptures that float through the rivers of Finland, bob in the narrow canals of Venice and blossom across the ceilings of the Bellagio in Las Vegas (9 p.m., Smithsonian).
MONDAY, Dec. 12
SNL alums Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph host this special holiday edition of the baking competition series featuring some of their famous friends (10 p.m., NBC).
TUESDAY, Dec. 13
New drama series, based on the novel of the same name, about a young Black aspiring author (Mallori Johnson) who finds herself pulled back and forth in time, emerging at a 19th century plantation with ties to her “modern” life (Hulu).
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Tony nominee Megan Hilty and actor Neal MacDonough join the iconic singing ensemble for this Irish-inspired edition of the annual celebration of music and holiday traditions (8 p.m., PBS).
BRING IT HOME
Dog lovers will find their tails wagging with delight at Old Friends: A Dogumentary (MVD Entertainment), an inspiring, paw-some documentary about a Tennessee animal sanctuary specifically for older canines.
George Clooney and Julia Roberts are having a ball in the rollicking romcom Ticket to Paradise (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) as a pair of exes on a mission to stop their lovestruck daughter (Kaitlyn Dever) from making the same matrimonial mistake they did.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14
A Very Backstreet Christmas
The Backstreet Boys perform songs from their new Christmas album, plus classic hits, in this holiday special (8 p.m., ABC).
THURSDAY, Dec. 15
Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle
Drama based on the true story of a legendary Japanese soldier who spent 30 years in the Philippine jungle, refusing to surrender because he wasn’t convinced World War II was over. For extra credit, watch the 1965 Gilligan’s Island episode, “So Sorry, My Island Now,” which riffed on the real-world saga (VOD).
The Parent Test
Host Ali Wentworth explores a variety of diverse parenting styles in this thought-provoking new series, based on an Australian TV hit (10 p.m., ABC).
Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration have art Two-hour special honors the 30th anniversary of the beloved Disney animated classic with classic scenes and highlights from the film, new musical numbers and performances by hosts Josh Groban and H.E.R., plus Rita Moreno, Martin Short, David Alan Grier and Shania Twain—as Mrs. Potts! (8 p.m., ABC).