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Netflix's Death to 2020 Tackles The Year That Was, Black Mirror-Style

ALSO: Football, The Masked Dancer, Letterkenny, Pennyworth, Empires of New York, and more.
  • Samuel L Jackson, Lisa Kudrow, Joe Kerry, Tracey Ullman, Leslie Jones, Hugh Grant and Kumail Nanjiany in Death to 2020. (Netflix)
    Samuel L Jackson, Lisa Kudrow, Joe Kerry, Tracey Ullman, Leslie Jones, Hugh Grant and Kumail Nanjiany in Death to 2020. (Netflix)

    Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker knows a little something about how to tell a horror story, so who better to give 2020 the year-end treatment? Brooker's new mockumentary Death to 2020 is set to feature the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Leslie Jones, Joe Keery and Kumail Nanjiani playing dim-witted fictional experts who weigh in on the year that was. The special drops Sunday on Netflix.

    Also this weekend: Ellen DeGeneres's Masked Singer spoof becomes an actual show, the NFL offers up a rare Saturday triple-header and Letterkenny returns to Hulu for its ninth season. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:

    SATURDAY DECEMBER 26

    NFL FOOTBALL: In a late Christmas gift to fans, the NFL has scheduled a Saturday tripleheader, including the first-ever game to be streamed exclusively on Amazon:

    • The Detroit Lions kick off the day hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT on NFL Network
    • Next up are the San Francisco 49ers at the Arizona Cardinals at 4:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM PT on Prime Video and Twitch
    • And earning the primetime slot are the Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders, with kickoff at 8:15 PM ET / 5:15 PM PT on NFL Network

    NCAA FOOTBALL: College football's 2020 Bowl Season continues with four scheduled games today:

    • Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty at The Cure Bowl at 12:00 PM ET on ESPN
    • The Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl at 12:00 PM ET on ABC
    • Western Kentucky play Georgia State at The Lending Tree Bowl at 3:30 PM ET on ESPN
    • Louisiana vs. UTSA at the First Responder Bowl at 3:30 PM ET on ABC

    COMPLETE NINTH SEASON: Pitter patter, let's get at 'er. The hicks are back on Hulu as Letterkenny returns with a brand new seven-episode ninth season. Watch trailer. Streaming on Hulu

    ENCORE PRESENTATION: Adele earned praise for her October hosting stint on Saturday Night Live, one that memorably saw her perform an ersatz greatest hits medley in a sketch spoofing The Bachelor. Airs at 11:30 PM ET on NBC

    CABLE PREMIERE: Previously only available on Blu-ray, HBO is premiering the extended cut of Independence Day, which adds eight additional minutes to the 1996 global smash hit starring Will Smith. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    SUNDAY DECEMBER 27

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Samuel L. Jackson, Lisa Kudrow, Joe Keery, Hugh Grant and Leslie Jones are just a few of the big names portraying fictitious "renowned" experts in Death To 2020, a spoof of the traditional end-of-the-year look back special that tells the story of how truly dreadful this year has been through the eyes of the worst-informed commentators you'll ever meet. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES PREMIERE: It was only a matter of time before the people at FOX joined forces with Ellen DeGeneres to turn her tongue-in-cheek spoof into a real show. The Masked Dancer is set to pit ten celebrities-in-disguise against each other in a new spin on Fox's wildly successful Masked Singer format. Craig Robinson hosts, while Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green, and Ashley Tisdale serve as panelists. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on FOX

    NFL FOOTBALL: The Tennessee Titans play the Green Bay Packers in today's primetime matchup as Sunday Night Football broadcasts from Lambeau Field in Green Bay. 8:20 PM ET on NBC

    WINTER FINALE: The second season of Pennyworth wraps its early winter run as Alfred (Jack Bannon), (Hainsley Lloyd Bennett), and Dave Boy (Ryan Fletcher) look for the people who stole from them. Meanwhile, pressure builds on the leader of Project Stormcloud. Back-to-back episodes begin at 9:00 PM ET on Epix

    SEASON FINALE: Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Monique Samuels, Candiace Dillard Bassett and Dr. Wendy Osefo rehash the season’s most explosive moments in the third and final part of The Real Housewives of Potomac's Season 5 reunion. Andy Cohen hosts. 9:00 PM ET on Bravo

    SERIES FINALE: The six-part CNBC docuseries Empires of New York concludes with a look at the way this decade of greed, corruption, and naked opportunism never really ended. 8:00 PM ET on CNBC

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Conjuring up memories of the classic fall TV preview specials of old, Fox's 2021 Winter Preview promises to give viewers a first look at the network's new and returning shows, including Call Me Kat, 9-1-1, Prodigal Son and more. Mayim Bialik and Craig Robinson host. 9:00 PM ET on FOX

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

    TOPICS: Death to 2020, Netflix, Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker, 2020 in Review