After seven weeks, The White Lotus finally answers all of our burning questions this Sunday in its Season 2 finale. Mike White’s anthology is one of a few shows saying goodbye this weekend, including vampire drama Let the Right One In, CBS dramas SWAT and Fire Country, and Starz’s The BMF Documentary.
On the premiere side, Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area kicks things up a notch in Part 2, Little America tells new inspiring stories, HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness continues to explore the metaphysics of Black life, and more.
This weekend also marks the final installment of TV Today. On Monday, December 12, Primetimer will be launching Your Weekly Watch List, a curated list of the best shows to watch each week, with specific recommendations tailored to your viewing schedule.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 9
Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area: Complete Part 2. After the Professor’s thieves overtake the mint of a unified Korea, the police set out to save the hostages trapped inside and work to take down the shadowy figure behind the plot. Like Part 1, which was released in June, the new season consists of six episodes. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix
Little America: Complete Season 2. Creators Lee Eisenberg and Siân Heder bring new stories of resilience, romance, grief, and joy to the screen in another installment of their anthology about immigrants pursuing the American dream. Season 2 features performances from Phylicia Rashad, Alan S. Kim, and Ki Hong Lee, among others. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+
Random Acts of Flyness: The Parable of the Pirate and the King: Season 2 premiere. Four years after it last aired, Terence Nance’s acclaimed series returns to HBO. Season 2 follows Terence (Nance) and Najja (Alicia Pilgrim), a couple working towards healing generational wounds and reintroducing themselves to the ways of their ancestors. Two episodes air every Friday for the next three weeks. Watch trailer. Midnight ET on HBO
Emancipation: Original film. In his first film since the Oscars, Will Smith plays the man known as “Whipped Peter,” who evaded cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana to escape slavery. The film, which is directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), is already receiving awards buzz. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+
Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage?: Original documentary. Filmmaker Anne McCabe follows Broadway star Idina Menzel on her path to realizing her lifelong dream of headlining Madison Square Garden in this intimate documentary. Watch trailer. Streaming on Disney+
S.W.A.T.: Season 6 fall finale. When violence erupts at a food truck festival, the team must contend with a deadly cartel determined to recover a large lost drug shipment at any cost. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on CBS
Fire Country: Season 1 fall finale. Vince’s (Billy Burke) judgment is compromised when a harrowing rescue of two siblings triggers emotional memories of the night his daughter died in a car accident. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on CBS
Blue Bloods: Season 13 fall finale. Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) crosses paths with Sonny Le (Alex Duong), a criminal from a previous case, when he investigates a gang attack with a shocking motive. 10:00 PM ET on CBS
SATURDAY DECEMBER 10
Saturday Night Live: New episode. Only Murders in the Building stars Steve Martin and Martin Short put their decades of comedy experience to good use as SNL co-hosts. The episode marks Martin’s 16th (!) time as host, and Short’s fourth. With musical guest Brandi Carlile. 11:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT on NBC
Capital One’s The Match: Special presentation. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy team up against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth in a 12-hole golf competition broadcast across Warner Bros. Discovery networks. Two-time The Match winner Phil Mickelson will provide commentary alongside Charles Barkley. 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on TNT, TBS, truTV, and HLN
Atsuko Okatsuka: The Intruder: Comedy special. Comedian and actress Atsuko Okatsuka makes her HBO stand-up debut as she dishes on the futile art of impressing teenagers, attending “Magic Mike Live” with her grandmother, and the alarming reaction she had to an intruder. Tig Notaro directs the special. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on HBO
SUNDAY DECEMBER 11
The White Lotus: Season 2 finale. As disaster looms for Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge) and Portia (Haley Lu Richardson), Ethan (Will Sharpe) confronts Cameron (Theo James) about his suspicions, and Albie (Adam DiMarco) attempts to “save” Lucia (Simona Tabasco). Who will make it out of the resort alive, and who ends up floating in the Ionian Sea? HBO has already renewed Mike White’s jet-setting anthology for a third season, but the cast and location has not yet been announced. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on HBO
Let the Right One In: Season 1 finale. Mark (Demián Bichir) and Eleanor (Madison Taylor Baez) turn to Claire (Grace Gummer) and Peter (Jacob Buster) for help, but soon realize they may have a plan of their own. Meanwhile, Naomi (Anika Noni Rose) uncovers a huge secret. 10:00 PM ET on Showtime
The BMF Documentary: Blowing Money Fast: Docuseries finale. The Black Mafia Family story comes to a dramatic close as law enforcement makes their final play. 10:00 PM ET on Starz
White House Christmas 2022: Special presentation. First Lady Jill Biden invites viewers along for a tour of this year’s White House holiday decor in an hour-long special. Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel host. 6:00 PM ET on HGTV
National Christmas Tree Lighting: Celebrating 100 Years: Special presentation. The festive fare continues with the 100th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, featuring performances from Shania Twain, the Estefans, Andy Grammer, and Ariana DeBose, plus a holiday message from President Biden. 8:00 PM ET on CBS
The Simpsons: Season 34 fall finale. When Coach Moe (Hank Azaria) recruits the world’s greatest brawlers to teach Nelson (Nancy Cartwright) the art of hockey goonery, Simpsons fans are enraged by a second hockey episode in 35 years. Will Forte and retired hockey players Stu Grimson, Dave Schultz, and Dave “Tiger” Williams make guest voice appearances. The rest of Fox’s Animation Domination slate (The Great North, Bob’s Burgers, and Family Guy) also air their fall finales tonight. 8:00 PM ET on FOX
Mood: Season 1 finale. Nicôle Lecky’s dramedy comes to an end with an episode that sees Sasha (Lecky) confront her trauma head-on. 11:00 PM ET on BBC America
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.
TOPICS: The White Lotus, HBO, Netflix, Let the Right One In, Little America, Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area, Random Acts of Flyness