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Money Heist, Pen15, and a Mariah Carey Holiday Special Headline Weekend TV

ALSO: Coming Out Colton, Harlem, GBBS: Holidays, The National Christmas Tree Lighting, and more.
  • Photos: Netflix, Apple TV+, Hulu, Amazon
    Photos: Netflix, Apple TV+, Hulu, Amazon

    It's another busy weekend on cable and streaming, with the series finales of Pen15 and Money Heist (La Casa de Papel), Apple TV+ special Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues, and new episodes of The Great British Baking Show: Holidays. Plus, former Bachelor Colton Underwood embraces his true identity on Netflix, Amazon shows off a different side of New York City in Harlem, and CBS lights up the National Christmas Tree. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:

    FRIDAY DECEMBER 3

    Money Heist: (La Casa de Papel): Part 5, Vol 2 (Series finale). In the wake of Tokyo’s (Úrsula Corberó) death, the gang hatches a new plan to get the gold out of the Bank of Spain without anyone noticing. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Pen15: Season 2, Part 2 (Series finale). Middle-schoolers Maya (Maya Erskine) and Anna (Anna Konkle) deal with new romances, family drama, and early-2000s technology in the final six episodes of the Hulu comedy’s second season. Watch trailer. Streaming on Hulu

    Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues: Holiday special. Following last year's Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas, Mariah Carey returns to Apple TV+ in an all-new holiday spectacular featuring Khalid and Kirk Franklin. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Complete fourth season. Fan-favorite competitors from past seasons of GBBS bake wondrous winter treats for judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith and special guests. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Coming Out Colton: Complete first season. Netflix’s cameras follow former Bachelor Colton Underwood as he comes out to his family and deals with the controversy surrounding his announcement in a new docuseries. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Harlem: Complete first season. Girls Trip writer Tracy Oliver puts her own spin on Sex and the City in this comedy about four ambitious friends in Harlem, New York City navigating personal and professional minefields. Starring Meagan Good, Grace Byers, Shoniqua Shandai, and Jerrie Johnson, with guest appearances from Whoopi Goldberg, Jasmine Guy, and Andrea Martin. Watch trailer. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

    Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas: Holiday special. When Shaun’s hunt for a bigger stocking hits a snag, the whole farm sets out on a wild holiday adventure. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Mixtape: Original film. On the eve of Y2K, orphaned 12-year-old Beverly Moody (Gemma Brooke Allen) discovers a broken mixtape crafted by her parents, who died in a car accident when she was a baby, and sets out to find all the songs on the tape in an effort to learn more about them. Featuring Julie Bowen (Modern Family) as the grandmother who raised Beverly. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Original film. Not to be confused with the 2010 live action film of the same name, this new animated adaptation of the first novel in Jeff Kinney's popular book series features the voices of Brady Noon, Ethan William Childress and Chris Diamantopoulos. Watch trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Holiday movie. Jim Carrey plays the misanthropic Grinch, a solitary creature who tries to ruin Christmas by stealing gifts from nearby Whoville, in Ron Howard's 2000 adaptation of Dr. Seuss' beloved book of the same name. 4:35 PM ET on Freeform

    You’re Watching Video Music Box: Original documentary. Rapper Nas directs this Showtime documentary about Video Music Box, the pioneering hip-hop series on New York's WNYC. The weekly show helped launch the careers of countless artists throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, including Jay-Z and Tupac. 8:00 PM ET on Showtime

    Eight Gifts of Hanukkah: TV movie. When an optometrist (Inbar Lavi) begins receiving mysterious gifts for every night of Hanukkah, she journeys to find her secret admirer before the eight days are up. Read our review 8:00 PM ET on Hallmark Channel

    Pac-12 Championship: With a conference championship on the line, the Oregon Ducks get a second shot at the Utah Utes at a neutral site: Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium. 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on ABC

    Chasing Ghislaine: Basic cable premiere. Discovery+ takes an in-depth and revelatory look at the woman accused of sharing a twisted and chilling partnership with Jeffrey Epstein as the three-part docuseries makes the move to cable. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Investigation Discovery

    SATURDAY DECEMBER 4

    College Football: Teams have one last chance to fight for playoff eligibility and bowl spots in their conference championship games:

    • Big 12 Championship: Baylor vs. Oklahoma 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT on ABC
    • MAC Championship: Kent State vs. Northern Illinois 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT on ESPN
    • Mountain West Championship: Utah State vs. San Diego State 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT on FOX
    • Sun Belt Championship: Appalachian State at Louisiana 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT on ESPN
    • AAC Championship: Houston at Cincinnati 4:00 PM ET/1:00 PM PT on ABC
    • SEC Championship: Georgia vs. Alabama 4:00 PM ET/1:00 PM PT on CBS
    • ACC Championship: Pitt vs. Wake Forest 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on ABC
    • Big Ten Championship: Michigan vs. Iowa 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on FOX

    A Clüsterfünke Christmas: TV movie. SNL alums Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer wrote and star in this parody about a real estate exec (Vella Lovell) who must convince the spinster owners (Gasteyer and Dratch) of a quaint inn to sell their property. Also stars Cheyenne Jackson, Ryan McPartlin, and Nils Hognestad. Watch trailer. 7:00 PM ET on Comedy Central

    Frosty the Snowman: Holiday special. 7:10 PM ET on Freeform

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Holiday special. 7:45 PM ET on Freeform

    It’s a Wonderful Life: Holiday movie. Frank Capra’s 1964 Christmas classic airs in primetime tonight in the first of two special broadcasts this holiday season. Fans can also catch the Oscar-nominated film on Christmas Eve. 8:00 PM ET on NBC

    Silent Night - A Song for the World: Encore presentation. Hugh Bonneville narrates this documentary about the creation and cultural impact of the world’s most famous Christmas carol, “Silent Night.” The star-studded musical film originally aired in December 2020. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on The CW

    Home Alone: Holiday movie. Eight-year-old troublemaker Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he's accidentally left by his family before their Christmas vacation in this 1990 classic. 8:50 PM ET on Freeform

    Drew Michael: Red Blue Green: Comedy special. Drew Michael riffs on his issues with relationships, social media, and using comedy as therapy in his second HBO special. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    Saturday Night Live: Encore presentation. With Studio 8H still on holiday, NBC is repeating October’s Rami Malek-hosted episode. With musical guest Young Thug. 11:29 PM ET on NBC

    SUNDAY DECEMBER 5

    2021 National Christmas Tree Lighting: Special presentation. LL Cool J, Billy Porter, Chris Stapleton, and Patti LaBelle are among the stars set to perform at the 99th annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. 8:30 PM ET on CBS

    Frosty the Snowman: Holiday special. 5:00 PM ET on Freeform

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Holiday special. 5:35 PM ET on Freeform

    Home Alone: Holiday movie. Eight-year-old troublemaker Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he's accidentally left by his family before their Christmas vacation in this 1990 classic. 6:40 PM ET on Freeform

    20/20: Something’s Coming: West Side Story: Special presentation. Director Steven Spielberg takes ABC News behind-the-scenes of his upcoming new film adaptation of West Side Story. Featuring interviews with Ansel Elgort, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, and the late Stephen Sondheim. 7:00 PM ET on ABC

    Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday: TV movie. Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Ashley Williams play sisters who swap hometowns over the holidays. The action continues in next Saturday’s follow-up, Sister Swap: Christmas in the City. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Hallmark Channel

    Sunday Night Football: The Seattle Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC West matchup. 8:20 PM ET/5:20 PM PT on NBC

    The 23rd Annual A Home for the Holidays at the Grove: Special presentation. CBS celebrates families whose lives have been changed through adoption and foster care. With performances from Justin Bieber, Kane Brown, Alessia Cara, and Darren Criss. 9:30 PM ET on CBS

    Mr. A & Mr. Am: The Story of A&M Records: Docuseries premiere. EPIX takes an in-depth look at the iconic independent record label in this two-part docuseries featuring the music of The Police, The Carpenters, Carole King, Joe Cocker, and The Go-Gos. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on EPIX

    The Walking Dead: World Beyond: Series finale. The remaining members of the group fight back against enemies, both living and dead, on their quest to save the future as the spinoff wraps its two-season run. Watch preview. 10:14 PM ET on AMC

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: La Casa de Papel, Coming Out Colton, The Great British Baking Show, Harlem, PEN15, Mariah Carey