FOX will air new and returning Thanksgiving and holiday favorites throughout the months of November and December.
All-new animated Thanksgiving-themed episodes include SON OF ZORN (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on Sunday, Nov. 13, and BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) at a special time on Sunday, Nov. 20, as well as BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) and NEW GIRL (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT) on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
Then, catch the annual return of FOX animated holiday favorite ICE AGE: A MAMMOTH CHRISTMAS (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT), followed by an all-new holiday-themed BOB’S BURGERS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) on Sunday, Nov. 27. LETHAL WEAPON (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) airs a seasonally themed episode on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Watch a Sunday night of themed animated episodes: THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), SON OF ZORN (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on Dec. 11. The holiday cheer continues with all-new themed episodes of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) and NEW GIRL (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT) on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
Don’t miss the all-new special SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO on Monday, Dec. 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). TARAJI’S WHITE HOT HOLIDAYS airs Thursday, Dec. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
Finally, stay up late with FOX and Pitbull, along with hosts Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg, to watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop on PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION airing Saturday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live-CT/MT/PT tape-delayed).
FOX HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING The following Thanksgiving-themed programs air in November on FOX:
Sunday, Nov. 13
SON OF ZORN (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Battle of Thanksgiving”
After a pep talk from Linda (Artemis Pebdani), Zorn (Jason Sudeikis) crashes Edie’s (Cheryl Hines) Thanksgiving to prove to Edie’s mom how much he’s matured. It goes well at first, until Edie’s mom (guest star Jenny O’Hara) shares her views on Zephyria. Meanwhile, Alan (Johnny Pemberton) butters up his grandmother to get her to pay for his expensive summer music camp. Also, after Thanksgiving, Zorn consults fellow Zephyrian Dr. Klorpins (guest voice Nick Offerman) via Facetime, when he develops a mysterious itch.
Sunday, Nov. 20
BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Quirk-ducers” – Airing at a special time
The kids have their half day before Thanksgiving cancelled because of Mr. Frond’s (guest voice David Herman) idea for a play. Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal) come up with an idea to sabotage the play with Tina’s (Dan Mintz) holiday fan fiction in order to get their half day back.
Tuesday, Nov. 22
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) – “Mr. Santiago”
At Amy’s (Melissa Fumero) intricately planned Thanksgiving dinner, Jake (Andy Samberg) goes “full Santiago” (binder and all) in order to impress her father (guest star Jimmy Smits), a former cop. With Jake and Amy’s focus elsewhere, Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) is left on turkey duty and Holt (Andre Braugher) helps Pimento (guest star Jason Mantzoukas) cope after learning he can no longer work for the NYPD.
NEW GIRL (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT) – “Last Thanksgiving”
Jess (Zooey Deschanel) is set on making the gang’s last Thanksgiving at the loft the best one ever, while playing nurse to her new wheelchair-stricken boyfriend, Robbie (Nelson Franklin). Meanwhile, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone) have to babysit a heartsick Gavin (guest star Peter Gallagher) who’s just been dumped by his girlfriend.
The following holiday-themed programs air this November and December on FOX:
Sunday, Nov. 27
ICE AGE: A MAMMOTH CHRISTMAS (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – Annual Return
America’s favorite arctic herd is busy decorating for the holiday season. In his rush to help, Sid (John Leguizamo) destroys Manny’s (Ray Romano) favorite decorations. Manny is so upset he convinces Sid he is now on Santa’s naughty list. Sid, Crash (Seann William Scott), Eddie (Josh Peck) and Peaches (Ciara Bravo) take off for the North Pole to plead their case to Santa (Billy Gardell). Meanwhile, Manny, Ellie (Queen Latifah) and Diego (Denis Leary), worry over Peaches’ safety and race to find her. Back at the North Pole, Sid and his crew accidentally destroy Santa’s Workshop on Christmas Eve, and it’s up to these newfound friends to orchestrate a Christmas miracle. The special, directed by Karen Disher, also features the voice talent of Chris Wedge, T.J. Miller and Judah Friedlander. An encore airs on Tuesday, Dec. 20 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT).
BOB’S BURGERS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Last Gingerbread House on the Left”
Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) gets roped into competing in a secret Gingerbread house-building contest. Meanwhile, Linda (John Roberts) and the kids decide to go caroling, but their neighbors are not in the Christmas spirit.
Monday, Dec. 5
SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – All-New Special
Emmy Award-winning personality Steve Harvey will host this two-hour event and reimagining of the classic talent showcase series, in which Harvey will celebrate his return to the famed theater, where he launched his own career, and where he’ll be joined by some of the biggest stars in comedy and music.
Wednesday, Dec. 7
LETHAL WEAPON (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Jingle Bell Glock”
The whole precinct’s holiday celebrations are cut short when they’re called to examine a ruthless homicide linked to Eddie Flores (guest star Raul Casso), the deranged nephew of a notable drug lord who has a previous history with Riggs (Clayne Crawford). The holiday season weighs heavily on Riggs, who flashes back to past Christmases with his former wife, Miranda (guest star Floriana Lima). Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) is also a little preoccupied with his neighbor’s obnoxious holiday decorations.
Thursday, Dec. 8
TARAJI’S WHITE HOT HOLIDAYS (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – All-New Special
EMPIRE’S Taraji P. Henson is back this holiday season to spread cheer, goodwill and some holiday magic in an all-new music and variety special, renditions of classic holiday songs by entertainment superstars, including EMPIRE’s Jussie Smollett, Taye Diggs, Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC, Snoop Dogg and TLC. The event also will include cameo appearances by acclaimed actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE’s Terry Crews, among other surprise guests and performances. An encore airs Friday, Dec. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT.
Sunday, Dec. 11
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Nightmare After Krustmas”
Krusty (Dan Castellaneta) tries to impress his daughter (guest voice Natasha Lyonne) as they spend Christmas with the Simpsons. Meanwhile, Reverend Lovejoy (Harry Shearer) seeks converts after church attendance plummets, and Maggie is haunted by a spooky Christmas toy. Comedian Jackie Mason also makes a guest-voice appearance. An encore airs on Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 25 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT).
SON OF ZORN (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The War on Grafelnik”
Torn between Edie’s Christmas and Zorn’s Grafelnik – the Zephyrian holiday of revenge – Alan realizes he can play his parents off each other to get better presents.
FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “How the Griffin Stole Christmas”
Peter (Seth MacFarlane) is asked to fill in for the mall Santa and gets drunk on the power. Meanwhile, Stewie (MacFarlane) and Brian (MacFarlane) crash holiday office parties for the free food, drama and women.
Tuesday, Dec. 13
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) – “Captain Latvia”
Charles enlists Jake’s help in tracking down his son’s favorite toy for Christmas, and the pair finds themselves accidentally facing off against a Latvian criminal ring as a result. Back at the precinct, the team gears up for their annual Christmas carol competition against their sworn enemy: the MTA.
NEW GIRL (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT) – “Christmas Eve Eve”
Jess struggles to keep the loft’s Secret Santa afloat, while helping Reagan (guest star Megan Fox) plan a Christmas surprise for Nick (Jake Johnson). When Winston (Lamorne Morris) believes his gift for Cece won’t be delivered in time, Winston and Schmidt go on a mission to track it down.
Saturday, Dec. 31
PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live-CT/MT/PT tape-delayed) – All-New Special
Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, will ring in the New Year LIVE from the sandy beaches of America’s hottest city – Miami – alongside hosts Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg. Pitbull will perform and be joined by some of his favorite A-list musicians, DJs and celebrity friends for this unforgettable live event.
Midnight Mass: The Blood of Life
The isolated island community of Crockett receives a mysterious new head priest, full of secrets and a brand new testament under a very unusual Messenger of God.
Meet poor Riley Flynn (Zach Gilford), freshly released from prison and wracked with guilt over what got him there, a stupid drinking accident that caused the death of his ex-girlfriend. The last thing he wants to do is go back to Crockett and the judgment of the mostly religious community there, his disappointed family, and the nightmares of his ex’s death that plague him. But where else would have him? Resignedly on the ferry, he goes.
Riley’s dad Ed (Henry Thomas) isn’t the kind of man who talks very much at all, much less about his feelings, or his very real disappointment in his elder son. Riley’s teen brother Warren (Igby Rigney) has no idea what to say to him either, and just generally keeps mum. Riley’s mom Annie (Kristin Lehman) is accepting and loving, hesitant in how to help her eldest son but never wavering in her faith in the help of our lord Jesus. Mom seems to think a good heaping dose of the Church would set Riley right but is surprised to learn that the old priest of the Parish, Pruitt, has taken an extended leave of absence from the island, and his newcomer replacement Father Paul (Hamish Linklater) is young, charismatic, and bursting at the seams to tell the whole island about the gifts he brought them, most especially what he claims as a new testament under a messenger of God.
We’ll get back to that whole ball of issues in a moment, the other interesting characters of Crockett Island. Bev Keane (Samantha Sloyan) is the nightmarish overly polite and gently, almost lovingly condescending neighbor Christian woman you’ve ever loathed, the kind of person who explains away every last thing her Church may do wrong or contradictory because, after all, God works in mysterious ways. Pfft. Of course, Bev immediately ingratiates herself as the second to the new Father Paul in their services and is the first to start covering up his transgressions as they become more rampant.
Newcomers to Crockett Sheriff Hassan (Rahul Kohli) and his son Ali (Rahul Abburi) present a burgeoning problem to the plans of Father Paul and his shadowy companion, for they are both practicing Muslims. The practical side of investigating these so-called ‘miracles’ and strange happenings falls on Hassan’s shoulders, as he already struggles with barely-concealed racism and suspicion from his fellow islanders, and of course his son is being wooed away from him by the promise of actual, tangible miracles, but from a different whole faith and God. Father Paul definitely does not practice a traditional Christian faith and relies far too much on making use of the eucharist, the ceremony of the blood and flesh of Jesus Christ turning into bread and wine and, well, consumed.
Wade (Michael Trucco) and his wife Dolly (Crystal Balint) are lifers of the island and both in general interested in one thing, the advancement of their own family, specifically their daughter Leeza (Annarah Cymone), who happens to be in a wheelchair. And that happens to be the canny Father Paul’s first real miracle-with-a-cost that he demonstrates to the astonishment of the parishioners, after a heartfelt and rousing sermon, Father Paul commands Leeza to rise, to stand, and to walk. And lo, she does. What parents wouldn’t wholly dedicate themselves to a cause after seeing this happen to their beloved precious daughter? The fringe benefits of healing, and power, the ones that come at a mighty, currently unnamed, cost, are simply a nice bonus.
Joe Collie (Robert Longstreet) is the town drunk, and while his reasons for drowning his sorrows in the sauce might be understandable, absolution wears a very different face when it comes from Father Paul. While Leeza might be willing to forgive Joe, and even as Joe begins attending the newly-formed Al-Anon meetings on the island of course hosted by Father Paul, redemption might’ve been better sought from medical professionals, and not this newfound method of religious worship.
Dr. Sarah Gunning (Annabeth Gish) is the islands’ kind of all-around medic, and this is how she and Riley’s old friend Erin (Kate Siegel), also newly returned to the island, a few months pregnant but traveling quietly alone, met when Erin comes to the Doc for obstetrics. Sarah’s older mother Mildred Gunning (Alexandra Essoe) has many medical and mental issues, and Sarah struggles in their shared home, to take care of her addled mom and balance her own life. Then Father Paul takes it upon himself to visit one of his oldest parishioners, bringing the sacred host and wine with him to give directly to Mildred, who starts looking and acting so much better under his loving care.
The show is very much a slow slow burn, with a lot of the actual action taking place in the last two episodes. Much of the beginning and middle episodes feature two people just sitting alone, having quiet and seriously in-depth conversations about heavy subjects – grief and repentance, what happens when we die, the disasters that come as a result of addictions, how our actions’ consequences reverberate to those we love around us, faith and the foibles of man, and of course, the giving of oneself over to a higher power, for strength, and guidance, and love.
Except, for the higher power that Father Paul brought back with him, to share with his beloved flock of Crockett Island, while it may be extremely powerful and full of what could be considered miraculous magic, everything comes at some kind of a cost. And when the Messenger of God is finally revealed to the shocked denizens of Crockett at Easter Mass, with Father Paul rapturing on about rebirth as the bloody massacre begins in earnest, it’s faith, not in any kind of God or religion, but faith in each other, that may save a few hardy souls.
Question the wisdom of your religious leaders along with the rest of us in a fine slow-burn addition to the Flanaverse, Midnight Mass is on Netflix now!
Saw X: It ain’t brain surgery!
Legendary executioner Jigsaw returns to exact revenge on a cadre of scam artists who promised him a bogus cure for his cancer!
First off, be aware, that this is what I call an interleaved sequel, a movie set between previous films in the franchise. In this case, Saw X occurs after the events of the very first Saw film, and before Saw II. Everybody got where we are? Good! Into the madness, we dive!
So, as we all know, John Kramer’s been diagnosed with cancer, very aggressive brain cancer, and likely doesn’t have much time left. And he’s tried everything under the sun, doing a ton of meticulous research, we’d expect nothing less from our master of the art of murder, and not one thing has worked. Yet one man from the support group for cancer sufferers, Henry (Michael Beach), offers an off-the-books supposed miracle cure, and John jumps at the chance.
Why does this nonsense always sound too good to be true? Because it is. Deleted scenes from the first Deadpool movie already told us why traveling to Mexico for any kind of medical cure is a sublimely stupid move, but Kramer is desperate. And while he might be sick and dying, John Kramer has never been what anyone could call stupid. So the villa out in the Mexican countryside, the affable cab driver Diego (Joshua Okamoto) professes surprise at Kramer being highjacked for his good, the nervous muttering from assistant Valentina (Paulette Hernandez), the side-eyeing from little housekeep Gabriela (Renata Vaca) and her tequila, and most especially the smooth and smarming reassurances of head “doctor” Cecilia Pederson (Synnove Macody Lund), all leave a kind of sour taste in John’s mouth.
The whole cluex4 scene is done in the style that the Saw films are known for, where we the audience are treated to cut-together explanatory scenes in a flip-flash fashion of usually about two minutes, for poor John when he realizes he’s been hoodwinked and just how badly, seems a little contrived. But then it’s entirely possible that we the audience truly expected our genius mastermind of the infamous Jigsaw murders to have realized what was happening sooner, and got enraged along with Kramer. And cheered as he prepared to take his bloody and ultra-violent revenge!
First up in our grand guignol of executions is the return of Jigsaw’s first protégé, Amanda (Shawnee Smith). And despite her avowed reverence for Jigsaw and his proven “therapy”, Amanda does waver a bit when the scammers are put through the paces of their specially-made Saw traps, and they shriek and blubber and bleed out. The appearance of the ringer of the bunch, Parker (Steven Brand), doesn’t even slow our beloved engineer of the damned down, because we knew Jigsaw would have his other apprentice waiting just off stage, the deliciously vicious Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor). Even the monkeywrench of involving little-boy soccer fan Carlos (Jorge Briseno) in the traps, is just another cog in the machine that is the brilliantly plotting mind of John Kramer.
A fine addition to the Saw legends, showcasing a return to the beloved style and panache of the original Tobin Bell-starring Jigsaw films, Saw X is splashing gore and gallons of blood in theaters now!
Scott Pilgrim Takes Off
“Scott Pilgrim Takes Off,” Netflix’s latest series, is a rollicking journey through the world of video game culture, blending nostalgic references with a fresh narrative twist. Centered around Scott Pilgrim, portrayed with magnetic charisma by Michael Cera, the show skillfully integrates gaming elements into its storytelling, creating a delightful homage to the video game subculture.
The series cleverly employs pixelated graphics, power-up animations, and game-like sound effects to bring the virtual world to life. These visual cues, reminiscent of classic video games, enhance the storytelling and resonate with audiences familiar with the gaming landscape. The attention to detail in recreating iconic gaming moments is commendable, creating a visual and auditory treat for enthusiasts.
The exploration of video game culture goes beyond mere aesthetics; it becomes an integral part of the characters’ identities and interactions. The script intelligently weaves gaming terminology and tropes into the dialogue, effectively blending the real and virtual worlds. The series navigates the challenges and triumphs of the characters through the lens of gaming, making it a unique and engaging experience for both gamers and general audiences.
The ensemble cast, including standout performances from Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, and Chris Evans embraces the gaming theme with infectious enthusiasm. The chemistry between the characters is palpable, adding emotional depth to the series.
“Scott Pilgrim Takes Off” successfully taps into the zeitgeist of video game culture, offering a nostalgic yet contemporary take on the gaming phenomenon. It’s a must-watch for those who cherish the pixelated roots of the gaming world while providing an accessible and entertaining narrative for a broader audience. The series takes off not only in its title but also in its ability to soar within the ever-expanding realm of Netflix originals.