The badass epic space opera that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos liked so much that he personally uncanceled it returns today with what promises to be an action-packed fifth season, as the Rocinate crew and their allies confront the sins of their past amid an attack that threatens to forever alter the Solar System.
Also today: The Masked Singer and The Amazing Race crown their winners, For Life tackles police corruption in its winter finale, and Saturday Night Live presents a new selection of favorite holiday sketches. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Wednesday:
SEASON PREMIERE: Marco Inaros (Keon Alexander) is set to wage war against the Inners for a lifetime of oppression as The Expanse returns with the first three episodes of Season 5. Primetimer's Joe Reid has this preview. Streaming on Prime Video
SEASON FINALE: The final masks come off tonight as The Masked Singer awards the Golden Mask Trophy in its two-hour Season 4 finale. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on FOX
SEASON FINALE: It took years to see the light of day, but once Season 32 of The Amazing Race finally got going, it sure flew by. We'll learn who the winner is when the finale airs tonight. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on CBS
HOLIDAY SPECIAL: NBC returns to the well with an updated version of its annual A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special , which is likely to feature at least a few of our own favorite sketches from the show's 45 Christmases past. 9:00 PM ET on NBC
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: Executive producer George Clooney presents The Art of Political Murder, which examines the 1998 murder of Guatemalan human rights activist Bishop Juan Gerardi and the equally horrifying events that followed. Read our review. 9:00 PM ET on HBO
NEW EPSIODE: After Aaron (Nicholas Pinnock) and Roswell (Timothy Busfield) agree to help a young woman facing deportation for a minor crime on For Life, they realize her case could be a key to exposing a broad pattern of police corruption. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on ABC
DOCUSERIES PREMIERE: The Netflix docuseries The Ripper shines a light on the five year period from 1975 to 1980, when thirteen women in the North of England were murdered by the Yorkshire Ripper in a string of killings that baffled the local police. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix
ENCORE PRESENTATION: An array of coaches past and present are joined by other members of The Voice family in The Voice Holiday Celebration, where they perform a collection of holiday classics and popular modern favorites. 8:00 PM ET on NBC
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. 8:00 and 10:15 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. 4:15 PM ET on Freeform
HOLIDAY MOVIE: Bill Murray stars in Scrooged, director Richard Donner's take on Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol — with Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Robert Mitchum joining Murray on his Christmas Eve journey of transformation. 6:00 PM ET on AMC
Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.