The 2018 Holiday Special Guide: When and Where to See Your Favorite Holiday TV Specials

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The time has finally come. Thanksgiving is over, and now it's time to go shopping, bake cookies, listen to holiday music (finally), and watch all the best—and the most cheesy—holiday movies and TV specials we can find.

From the Rockefeller Center Tree lighting to ​the Jingle Ball music festival, below is the schedule for all the exciting specials this year.

November 27

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: 8 p.m. on CBS

November 28

Christmas in Rockefeller Center: 8 p.m. on NBC

A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy: 10 p.m. on NBC

November 29

Olaf's Frozen Adventure: 8 p.m. on ABC

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration: 9 p.m. on ABC

December 2

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special: 10 p.m. on ABC

December 4

Saturday Night Live Best of Christmas​: 9 p.m. on NBC

December 6​

A Charlie Brown Christmas: 8 p.m. on ABC

The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition: 9 p.m. on ABC

​December 7

RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular: 8 p.m. on VH1

December 8

The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition: 8 p.m. on ABC

December 10

CMA Country Christmas: 8 p.m. on ​ABC

December 12

A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy: 10 p.m. on NBC

december 13

Saturday Night Live Best of Christmas​: 9 p.m. on NBC

December 14

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter's Tale: on Netflix

I Love Lucy Christmas Special: 8 p.m. on CBS

​The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade: 8 p.m. on the CW

December 16

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018: 8 p.m. on the CW

December 19

Olaf's Frozen Adventure: 8 p.m. on ABC

Shrek the Halls: 8:30 p.m. on ABC

December 20

A Charlie Brown Christmas: 8 p.m. on ABC

December 21

​A Home for the Holidays: The 20th Anniversary: 8 p.m. on CBS

December 24

It's a Wonderful Life: 8 p.m. on NBC

December 25

​Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade: 10 a.m. on ABC

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1996): 8 p.m. on NBC

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

Watch the Stranger Things Cast Recap the First Two Seasons in 15 Minutes

Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.

While we can't wait for the third season of Stranger Things to premiere next month, many of us have also probably forgotten what happened in the series' first two seasons—especially the tiniest of details, which might prove to be significant in the upcoming episodes. Coming up with fan theories can get difficult when we can’t remember everything, but watching all 17 episodes before July 4 isn't feasible for everyone. That's why this new video, in which the cast of the Netflix hit provides the ultimate recap, is a lifesaver.

The video features Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) recalling all the key moments of seasons 1 and 2, in just over 15 minutes.

The actors first go through the main characters of the series, explaining how each of them are intertwined, such as Hawkins's sheriff Jim Hopper, and Nancy's then-boyfriend Steve Harrington. They introduce the Upside Down, which Will was trapped in during the majority of the first season, resulting in his mom Joyce relying on a few nontraditional strategies to get him back. The cast also explains who Eleven is and how she's able to help get Will back.

The recap pinpoints all the major moments of the first season, and then goes into the second season, where everything in Hawkins appears to be normal again. The latest season, as the cast recalls, explores Eleven's backstory and introduces new characters like Max Mayfield, Billy Hargrove, Bob Newby, and sadly, the baby Demogorgon named D'Artagnan. The video concludes with the school Snowball dance, but things don't exactly end on a happy note, as the season's final moments show a monster is still very present in Hawkins.

As action-packed as Stranger Things is, a recap like this is truly a must. We'll rewatch it a few times before season 3 debuts on July 4.

[h/t Highsnobiety]