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

Breaking Bad Movie's Title, Release Date, and Plot Details Revealed

Frank Ockenfels, AMC
Frank Ockenfels, AMC

While Better Call Saul has been a wonderful way to stave off Breaking Bad withdrawals, fans have been waiting months to get more details on the Breaking Bad movie that was announced earlier this year. And it has finally arrived. Netflix has just announced that the movie, titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, will drop on October 11, 2019.

According to the official synopsis, the film will "reunite" fans with Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman following the events of the series' highly acclaimed finale:

"In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future. This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad."

According to Variety, "It is unclear whether Bryan Cranston, who played main character Walter White in the series, will appear in the film. Cranston has previously confirmed that the film was happening but would not say whether or not he would be involved."

While Cranston's involvement may be unknown, based on the newly released trailer, it's clear that Charles Baker will be reprising his role as Skinny Pete. (We can only hope that this means Badger will be along for the ride, too.)

Though Breaking Bad aired on AMC, partnering with Netflix makes sense for the film, as the streaming network owns the rights to the series (which remains a popular binge-watch). And Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has credited Netflix with being a key reason for the show’s ultimate ratings success.

While accepting the show’s first Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2013 (it won again the following year), Gilligan took a moment to acknowledge the integral role Netflix played in helping Breaking Bad find its audience.

“I think Netflix kept us on the air,” Gilligan said. “Not only are we standing up here, I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season 2 … It’s a new era in television, and we’ve been very fortunate to reap the benefits.”

This Damn Fine Twin Peaks Box Set Is the Only One Fans Will Ever Need


Fans of David Lynch’s three-season drama Twin Peaks know there’s quite a lot to excavate. The series, which ran from 1990 to 1991 on ABC and returned for a one-season engagement on Showtime in 2017, has been a perpetual source of ambiguity, red herrings, and the downright inexplicable.

Now there’s a centralized hub of all things Peaks to dwell on. Twin Peaks: From Z to A is a Blu-ray box set containing all episodes of the original series; 1992’s feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me; 2017's Twin Peaks: The Return; an international version of the 1990 pilot with additional footage; as well as an abundance of new and archival material totaling 20 hours in length.

The box for the 'Twin Peaks: From Z to A' Blu-ray DVD set is pictured

Inside the package, which is illustrated with the Douglas firs that are part of the show’s iconography, are mini-figures of Special Agent Dale Cooper and Laura Palmer, played in the show by Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee, respectively. The box acts as a diorama of sorts and opens to reveal the Red Room, a location where many of the show’s most surreal moments took place. A series of three-by-five index cards provide backdrops of key scenes. The only thing the set doesn’t have is Lynch’s hand-drawn map of the show’s Washington location, but you can find that here.

The set is limited to 25,000 copies. It retails for $139.99 on Amazon and is due for release on December 10.

[h/t Newsweek]

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