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Ryan Murphy Stays On-Brand in Netflix's All-Star The Prom

ALSO: The Wilds, A Charlie Brown Christmas, SNL, Pennyworth, I'm Your Woman, and more.
  • Keegan-Michael Key, Kerry Washington, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, James Corden, and Andrew Rannells in The Prom. (Netflix)
    Keegan-Michael Key, Kerry Washington, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, James Corden, and Andrew Rannells in The Prom. (Netflix)

    Leave it to Ryan Murphy to bring a cast that includes the likes of Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Kerry Washington to his campy Netflix adaptation of the Broadway musical The Prom. As Primetimer's Joe Reid writes in his just-posted Ryan Murphy Netflix Report Card, big stars and stage-to-screen adaptations are just two trends to emerge two years into the uber-producer's five-year deal with the streaming giant.

    Also this weekend: Lost meets Lord of the Flies in Amazon's new dystopian original series The Wilds, Timothée Chalamet and The Boss take to Studio 8H, and it's A Charlie Brown Christmas free-for-all on both Apple TV+ and PBS. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:

    FRIDAY DECEMBER 11

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: An all-star cast leads Ryan Murphy's screen adaptation of the Broadway musical The Prom, in which a group of down-on-their-luck Broadway stars shake up a small Indiana town when they rally behind a teen who wants to go to the prom with her girlfriend. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Disney+ has reconvened our favorite theater kids for High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special, featuring new performances of the cast’s favorite holiday songs, and a special preview of the show's upcoming second season. Watch trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: Rachel Brosnahan stars in the 1970s set crime thriller I'm Your Woman, in which she plays a young wife and mother who is forced to go on the run when her husband betrays his partners. Watch trailer. Streaming on Prime Video

    HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Apple TV+ is tearing down its paywall so that everyone can learn the many life lessons of A Charlie Brown Christmas today through Sunday. The classic special is also airing on PBS Sunday night. Streaming on Apple TV

    HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Ten musical groups are set to compete in the two-hour three-episode Christmas Caroler Challenge Season 2 series event. Selections are set to include Deck the Halls and… ugh, Dominick the Donkey. 8:00 PM ET on The CW

    SERIES PREMIERE: Billed as "part survival drama, part dystopic slumber party," Amazon's new original series The Wilds finds a group of teenage girls stranded on a deserted island under mysterious circumstances. Watch trailer. Streaming on Amazon Prime

    DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: Winner of this year's Sundance Festival Favorite Award, the documentary Giving Voice follows students participating in the annual August Wilson Monologue Competition. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    HOLIDAY MOVIE: After making his family "disappear," young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is Home Alone, forced to do battle with the Wet Bandits while holding down the homestead in this holiday favorite. 6:45 PM ET on Freeform

    SATURDAY DECEMBER 12

    NEW EPISODE: Timothée Chalamet is set to make his Saturday Night Live hosting debut, where he'll be joined by musical guest Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Airs live coast-to-coast at 11:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT on NBC

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: New Yorker Hugo (Ben Lewis) heads to Milwaukee in Lifetime's LGBTQ holiday movie The Christmas Setup, where, unbeknownst to him, his mother Kate (Fran Drescher) has arranged a romantic meet cute with an attractive young man named Patrick (played by Lewis' real life husband Blake Lee). Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: A restaurant owner is preparing her business for Christmas when a DNA test reveals that she's Jewish in Love, Lights, Hanukkah!, leading her to a new family and an unlikely romance over eight crazy nights. 8:00 PM ET on Hallmark

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: Autumn Reeser is a wealthy heiress who wants to be loved for her spirit, not just her piles of cash. In A Glenbrooke Christmas she decides to celebrate with the commoners, ultimately finding love with a handsome fireman (Antonio Cup). 10:00 PM ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

    DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: The HBO documentary The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart chronicles the legendary trio's meteoric rise as they negotiated the pitfalls and vagaries of and ever-shifting music business. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    CABLE PREMIERE: After a pre-Halloween VOD release, the horror flick Toys of Terror is making its basic cable debut. When young family moves to a secluded mansion just before Christmas, the kids are thrilled when they discover toys in the attic that magically come to life, but delight turns to trauma when strange events begin to take place. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on Syfy

    HOLIDAY MOVIE: A syrup-guzzling Elf named Buddy (Will Ferrell) journeys from the North Pole to New York City to search for his long lost father during the holidays. 7:00 PM ET on AMC

    HOLIDAY MOVIE: Tim Allen signs on with Team Santa in The Santa Clause, but fails to read the fine print before he dons the classic red suit. 10:05 AM ET on Freeform

    SUNDAY DECEMBER 13

    HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Apple TV+ sparked an outcry in October after it announced that it would become the exclusive home to the Peanuts holiday specials, so much so that it ultimately agreed to share the specials with PBS. A Charlie Brown Christmas airs tonight at 7:30 PM ET on PBS

    SEASON PREMIERE: Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon) finds himself at the center of a civil war at the start of Pennyworth's second season, forcing him to consider fleeing the country with the help of Thomas and Martha Wayne (Ben Aldridge and Emma Paetz). Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Epix

    SPECIAL EPISODE: Therapist Dr. Orna Guralnik works with couples in crisis who suddenly find themselves trapped together in Couples Therapy: The COVID Special. Some will make breakthroughs, while others may start planning their escapes. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Showtime

    HOLIDAY SPECIAL: It sounds a lot like the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special, but not to worry: The Walking Dead Holiday Special is more like a special episode of The Talking Dead, with Chris Hardwick hosting past and current cast members as they discuss the holidays and look back on a decade of the Dead. Streaming on AMC+

    HOLIDAY MOVIE: Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) decides to play it safe in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and celebrate the holidays at home, only to have Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid), an out of control dog, and a series of inevitable mishaps threaten to blow up his holiday cheer faster than a match tossed in a backed-up sewer line. 7:00 and 9:15 PM ET on AMC

    HOLIDAY MOVIE: After making his family "disappear," young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is Home Alone, forced to do battle with the Wet Bandits while holding down the homestead in this holiday favorite. 2:05 PM ET on Freeform

    HOLIDAY MOVIE: Tim Allen signs on with Team Santa in The Santa Clause, but fails to read the fine print before he dons the classic red suit. 7:15 PM ET on Freeform

    Jed Rosenzweig is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Primetimer. 

    TOPICS: Ryan Murphy, Netflix, The Prom