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A Christmas Carol FX, 7:30 p.m. - Not much is happening on TV the week before the Christmas holiday… except for FX and the BBC’s co-produced “gritty” take on Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Executive produced by Steven Knight and starring Guy Pearce as Ebenezer Scrooge, this version of the classic Christmas story goes all-in on the horror.
The 2020 Miss America Competition NBC, 8:00 p.m. - The annual Miss America national pageant competition kicks things off from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut to determine who, of all the contestants assembled, will take home the title prize.
Prep & Landing ABC, 8:00 p.m. - This 10-year-old Disney TV film sees a veteran elf Dave Foley who, as a part of Santa’s preparation team, strives to make sure houses around the globe are ready for the big man’s annual visit. Thanks to a lost promotion and a violent snowstorm, however, he and his fellows must work together to make things right.
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2019 The CW, 8:00 p.m. - The latest edition of the annual holiday concert sees performances from Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers, Lizzo, and many others perform their biggest hits at separate concerts in New York and Los Angeles that have been combined for the Christmas occasion.
Democratic Presidential Debate PBS/CNN, 8:00 p.m. - The remaining Democratic presidential candidates debate one another in their latest gathering, which will be simultaneously broadcast on PBS and CNN.
The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition ABC, 9:00 p.m. - Yes, The Great British Bake Off remains the best reality baking competition series there is. But it’s the holidays! So, take a seat and at least let the American version treat you with a it of holiday cheer.
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Happy holidays, folks! This is a holiday week, which means many of us will finally have some much-needed time off. And while you could spend that time with your friends and family, why not blow them off and just watch stuff instead? If you need some ideas about what you should watch as we head into the holidays, I’m here to help. These are the best movies streaming right now.The Best Movies Streaming Right Now The Two Popes Now Streaming on Netflix
Release Date: 2019
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce
The Two Popes is an excuse to watch two great actors – Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce – go head-to-head and sink their teeth into a juicy script. This is a fictionalized probably very fictionalized take on the true story of the transfer of power from Pope Benedict XVI Hopkins to Pope Francis Pryce. Mired in scandal, the conservative Benedict has decided that the Catholic Church needs to head in a new direction under the leadership of a far more liberal holy man. That would be Cardinal Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis. But Bergoglio isn’t exactly jumping up and down for the gig. Director Fernando Meirelles stages what’s essentially a two-man show, giving Hopkins and Pryce scene after scene where they talk theology as one man tries to convince the other to become the head of the church. What could’ve backfired into a talky, boring costume drama is instead bursting with energy, thanks to both Hopkins and Pryce’s performances, and Anthony McCarten’s breezy script.
For fans of: The Young Pope, Sleuth, big hats.The Last Black Man In San Francisco Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: 2019
Director: Joe Talbot
Cast: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps, Finn Wittrock
Poetic, heartfelt, and wholly original, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is in a league of its own. This saga follows Jimmie Fails as he attempts to get back his family home in the shifting landscape that is San Francisco. Jimmie brings his best friend Mont Allen Jonathan Majors along for the ride in the struggle to gain control of a sprawling home in the Fillmore District. Director Joe Talbot fills the film with oddities and curiosities, creating a world that is both surreal and wholly real, all of it resulting in one of 2019’s best films.
For fans of: Moonlight, The Royal Tenenbaums, skateboarding.Depraved Now Streaming on Hulu
Release Date: 2019
FX is keen to stay in business with Steven Knight with the network hopeful for more Charles Dickens' adaptations and a second season of Taboo.
The cable network talked up its relationship with the Peaky Blinders creator and British public broadcaster the BBC, which co-produces both shows.
This comes after A Christmas Carol, which starred Guy Pearce, Stephen Graham and Charlotte Riley, performed well on both linear and digital for FX. It was produced by Ridley Scott's Scott Free London and Tom Hardy's Hardy Son & Baker.
FX Entertainment President Eric Schrier told Deadline that it was in talks with Knight and the BBC for more Dickens.
Knight dropped hints about which story he was likely to tackle next at the show's premiere, namechecking David Copperfield, Great Expectations and A Tale Of Two Cities. He added that it might even be longer than A Christmas Carol's three-parts. “With the advent of what's happening in television, where you get eight hours of a returning series, it means now you've got the keys now to the door of the library,” Knight said.
FX Networks and FX Productions Chairman John Landgraf admitted that there was some controversy surrounding FX adapting Dickens. “I know why we made it, it's because Dickens is unremittingly dark and honest and in a serialized magazine format couldn't do some of the things that Steve did. Steven is a very special writer, whether he's writing Peaky Blinders or Taboo but there's a really particularly special connection between him and Dickens so it would be our hope that there would be a number of adaptations coming out of that,” he added.
The Disney-owned broadcaster is also still keen on more Taboo, despite the long-gap since season one of the period drama, which starred Hardy as James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. A second season was officially commissioned in 2017 and while some episodes have been written, the broadcasters are waiting on Hardy's schedule.
Schrier said, “They've been talking about it but it's dependent on Tom Hardy's schedule. Right now, he's shooting Venom 2.” Landgraf added, “Steven is definitely game and we have what I think is a great idea for a second season, some of which has already been written but we just need the actor. We're in active conversations.”
Landgraf also talked up its relationship with the BBC and admitted that it has other projects in the works with it. “I couldn't imagine a better relationship than the one we have with the BBC. It's just nutty. Of all the places we've ever worked with, it's the most comfortable....
The BBC has announced plans to host a coronavirus telethon on April 23, bringing together its two charity partners, Comic Relief and Children In Need, for the first time.
Produced by BBC Studios, The Big Night In will go live for three hours on BBC One and aims to cheer up the nation by spotlighting stories of kindness, humor and hope during the catastrophic coronavirus pandemic.
Along the way, the show will invite donations which will go towards vulnerable people who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Comic Relief and Children In Need will funnel the cash to local charities on the frontline.BBC
The BBC said the show would be star-studded, but is yet to name any famous names taking part. The broadcaster’s last telethon, Sport Relief, was hosted by the likes of Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness and featured contributions from the Stranger Things cast.
The BBC added that The Big Night In will be broadcast live while respecting “all current social isolating government protocols.” Peter Davey and Colin Hopkins will executive produce. It was commissioned by BBC director of content Charlotte Moore, entertainment chief Kate Phillips and Katie Taylor.
Moore said: “BBC One will bring the nation together for this special one-off live charity event. I would like to thank both BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief for joining forces in these unprecedented times to provide their support to local charities, projects and programmes across the whole UK; and to all of the stars taking part in this unmissable night of entertainment when the country needs it most.”
The BBC’s Big Night In follows similar plans in the U.S., where Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert will front One World: Together At Home across NBC, ABC and CBS on April 18. The event, which is curated by Lady Gaga, has been put together by social action platform Global Citizen and the World Health Organization.