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Harley Quinn, The Mandalorian, and Frosty's 50th Headline a Busy Friday

If you thought television would be slowing down for the holidays, think again.
  • Black Friday is more than just the start of the holiday shopping season. It's also the official start of the holiday TV season. From here on out, we won't see a single day without at least one holiday special and several made-for-tv holiday movies. Of course, this being Peak TV era, there's no lack of big-name, big-budget programming rolling out at the exact same time. Today is a case in point, with CBS airing the 50th anniversary broadcast of Frosty the Snowman, while new kids on the block Disney+, Apple TV and DC Universe drop some of their very best wares. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Friday:

    SERIES PREMIERE: As Primetimer's Joe Reid writes, Big Bang Theory's Kelly Cuoco is far from the first to take on the role, but she does seem perfectly cast in the title role of Harley Quinn, the new darkly comic animated series revolving around the DC Comics supervillainess. Among the other big names lending their voices to series are Lake Bell, Tony Hale, J.B. Smoove, Giancarlo Esposito, Jason Alexander and Wanda Sykes. Streaming on DC Universe

    NEW EPISODE: Disney+'s The Mandalorian has quickly become one of Peak TV's most talked about shows. In addition to the its epic production values, the series broke Star Wars' glass ceiling with last week's episode directed by Deborah Chow. This week, Bryce Dallas Howard follows in the footsteps of her father (Solo's Ron Howard) to direct the fourth episode. Streaming on Disney+

    HOLIDAY SPECIAL: It was 50 years ago  that CBS first aired Frosty the Snowman, and all these many years later it remains a holiday favorite. The network is airing the original and the 1992 follow-up Frosty Returns back-to back tonight, starting at 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    NEW EPISODE: After covering the California wildfires, The Morning Show's Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) and Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) struggle to keep their personal relationship from going up in flames live on camera. Streaming on Apple TV+

    SERIES PREMIERE: From the producers of The Toys That Made Us, Netflix's The Movies That Made Us gives fans an insiders look at the films they grew up with (and the people who made them), including Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) and Daniel Stern and Chris Columbus (Home Alone). Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES PREMIERE: The holiday spin-off Sugar Rush Christmas takes everything viewers love about the original Sugar Rush, and rolls in an assortment of holiday twists. Watch the preview. Streaming on Netflix


    • Staging Christmas follows Lori (Punky Brewster's Soleil Moon Frye) as she prepares the ideal holiday home for Everett (7th Heaven's George Stults) and his daughter. In time, she starts to  feel like a part of their family. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime
    • Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy follows a writer (Paul Greene) as he arrives in a small town, just as its residents are searching for a Christmas Time Capsule. 8:00 PM ET on Hallmark Channel
    • Baking Christmas sees a family of bakers competing in a cake competition to see which of them will take over the family business. 9:00 PM ET on OWN

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Frosty the Snowman, Harley Quinn, Holiday Programming