History channel's first-ever scripted series Vikings made quite the splash when it premiered back in 2013, drawing a record six million viewers and ushering in a new era of scripted programming for the basic cable channel. Today it makes history again as it upends the model it created, releasing its final ten episodes to Amazon Prime subscribers ahead of their planned 2021 cablecast on History.
Also today: Comics eulogize 2020 in a new Amazon special, Bowl Season continues on ESPN, and Netflix launches a new reality competition that may get you more excited about all those leftovers in your fridge. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Wednesday:
SEASON PREMIERE: Series creator Michael Hirst is promising surprises, tears, and astonishment as Vikings comes to a close, dropping its final (and no doubt bloody) ten episodes on Amazon. Watch trailer. Streaming on Prime Video
COMEDY SPECIAL: Some of our very favorite comics roast 2020 in Yearly Departed, a new special which sees Phoebe Robinson, Rachel Brosnahan, Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Silverman, Natasha Leggero delivering eulogies for the year we cannot wait to bury. Watch trailer. Streaming on Prime Video
NCAA FOOTBALL: College football's 2020 Bowl Season continues with two scheduled games today:
NEW EPISODE: The fifth season of The Expanse reaches its halfway mark today with the release of "Down and Out." Streaming on Prime Video
SERIES PREMIERE: Skilled chefs turn tired dinner scraps into the Best Leftovers Ever! as they compete for a $10,000 prize. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Ahead of the show's twelfth season return next month, the Married at First Sight: Matchmaking Special features Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Dr. Viviana Coles, and Pastor Calvin Roberson as they select cast members from Atlanta to marry complete strangers. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: The CW special Heroes on the Front Line salutes the men and women working to make a difference in the face of an unprecedented health crisis. Dean Cain hosts. 8:00 PM ET on The CW
ENCORE PRESENTATION: It was only a matter of time before FOX joined forces with Ellen DeGeneres to turn her tongue-in-cheek spoof into a real show. The Masked Dancer is pits 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
ENCORE PRESENTATION: Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner host Dogs of the Year, which celebrates ten dogs who've gone above and beyond the call of duty to achieve the nearly impossible. 9:00 PM ET on The CW
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