Merry Christmas, if that’s your jam. I thought this TV week would be bleak, but the streaming services got all of us some presents, and there are a few other bits of tinsel scattered around.
Monday, December 22
Finish Your Stuff Night
Got some shopping to finish, or maybe want to meet up with a friend who’s back in town for the holidays? You won’t miss anything on TV. If you don’t need or want to go out, I suppose you could watch this year’s edition of the Saturday Night Live Christmas clip show (8-10 pm, NBC). It’s already been on once this season, but who doesn’t want to see “Schweddy Balls” one more time?
Tuesday, December 23
Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon)
Amazon’s latest original series is a comedic look at the intrigue behind the scenes of a Manhattan symphony orchestra, starring Gale Garcia Bernal, Malcolm McDowell, Saffron Burrows, Bernadette Peters, Constantine Maroulis, and Lola Kirke.
Wednesday, December 24
The Wrong Mans (Hulu)
Season two of the mistaken-identity crime comedy starring Mathew Baynton and imminent Late Late Show host James Corden arrives on Hulu today, just in time for a Christmas binge session.
Thursday, December 25
Doctor Who (9-10:25 pm, BBC America)
I really like how British TV shows do special Christmas episodes that air on or around Christmas. American Doctor Who fans get to enjoy the tradition as well tonight as the Doctor and Clara go on “a dangerous sleigh ride through space and time” with St. Nick. (An all-day marathon of season eight precedes the special, starting at 8 am.)
Friday, December 26
Now That’s Funny! On Set with TV’s Hottest Comedies (8-9:30 pm, CBS)
This special is the definition of holiday-week filler, but if you’ve always craved a look behind the scenes of TV sausage-making, this is for you. Featured shows include Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, and of course The Big Bang Theory.
Saturday, December 27
Austin City Limits (9-10 pm, PBS)
The best thing I can offer you tonight is a repeat of Radiohead’s 2012 appearance on ACL.
Sunday, December 28
Dark Passage (8-10 pm, Turner Classic Movies)
Sometimes the best choice is an old movie. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall star in this 1947 noir thriller about a man wrongly convicted of murdering his wife who escapes from prison and undergoes plastic surgery, all with the goal of revenge.
BoJack Horseman Christmas Special (2014)
I highlighted this Netflix original in this space just a couple of months ago, but I had no idea a Christmas episode was coming until I got an email from Netflix last week. As I was saying above, I like it when shows do special holiday episodes, and in the age of streaming I guess this is a suitable version of that. Plus much of the episode is a flashback to BoJack’s earlier sitcom Horsin’ Around, and seeing more of that is just a bonus.
(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)