For the second year in a row, Amazon is ending December with Yearly Departed, an all-female comedy special that invites viewers to rejoice and reflect on the past 12 months. This year's show is hosted by Insecure star Yvonne Orji, with Jane Fonda and Megan Stalter among those slated to appear.
Also today: Reno 911! hits Paramount+ with a new QAnon-themed one-off special, Jodie Turner-Smith’s Anne Boleyn ends its three-episode run on AMC+, TMZ gets in the holiday spirit, and the How to Train Your Dragon universe expands on Hulu and Peacock. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Thursday:
Yearly Departed: Comedy special. Yvonne Orji bids farewell to Hot Vaxx Summer, Zoom, Ignoring the Climate Crisis, and other 2021-isms in Amazon’s year-end roast. Featuring comedy from Jane Fonda, Megan Stalter, Aparna Nancherla, Dulcé Sloan, X Mayo, and Chelsea Peretti, and a performance by Grammy-winning pop star Alessia Cara. Watch trailer. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video
Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon: Special presentation. Determined to track down the one and only Q, the deputies of the Reno Sheriff’s Department go undercover on a QAnon convention at sea. When things get hairy, they’re forced to flee the boat, only to discover they’ve landed at Jeffrey Epstein’s old island. Watch trailer. Streaming on Paramount+
Anne Boleyn: Series finale. Locked in the Tower, Anne (Jodie-Turner Smith) is accused of treason, adultery, and incest, but on the day of her trial she presents herself with the pride and dignity of a warrior. Streaming on AMC+
TMZ’s Merry Elfin’ Christmas: Bye, Bye 2021!: Holiday special. Celebrities take over TMZ and hash out their top stories of the year in this hour-long Christmas special. With Joel McHale, Howie Mandel, WWE’s Becky Lynch, Nene Leakes, and Chrishell Stause. 9:00 PM ET on FOX
Beanie Mania: Original documentary. The Beanie Babies craze of the late 1990sis the focus of this feature length doc looking at how the stuffies spawned an unprecedented investment bubble and a frenzy of American greed. Watch trailer. Streaming on HBO Max
Dragons: The Nine Realms: Complete first season. 1,300 years after the events of How to Train Your Dragon, dragons are merely a legend to the modern world, but when a miles-deep fissure in the Earth’s surface opens, a group of misfit kids work to uncover the truth about the mythical creatures and where they’ve been hiding. The new animated spinoff series features voice work from Julia Stiles, D’Arcy Carden, Marcus Scribner, and Justina Machado. Watch trailer. Streaming on Peacock and Hulu
And Just Like That: New episode. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) considers selling her apartment, Charlotte (Kristin Davis) works to bring a new friend into the fold, and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) continues to make amends with her professor (Karen Pittman). Watch preview. Streaming on HBO Max
Fantasy Island: Holiday special. A businesswoman’s fantasy of a perfect Christmas where she meets “Mr. Right” turns the island into a winter wonderland in FOX’s two-hour special. With guest stars Lindsey Kraft, Eddie Cahill, and Mackenzie Astin. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on FOX
Thursday Night Football: The San Francisco 49ers look to keep their playoff hopes alive as they take on the Tennessee Titans on the road. 8:20 PM ET/5:20 PM PT on NFL Network
5 More Sleeps ‘Til Christmas: Encore presentation. The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon turns his bestselling children’s book into a primetime animation special fit for the whole family. Originally aired November 26. 8:00 PM ET on NBC
Silent Night - A Song for the World: Encore presentation. Hugh Bonneville narrates this documentary about the creation and cultural impact of the world’s most famous Christmas carol.The star-studded musical film originally aired in December 2020. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on The CW
A Very Boy Band Holiday: Encore presentation. Joey Fatone (*NSYNC), Lance Bass (*NSYNC), Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men), Bobby Brown (New Edition), Nick and Drew Lachey (98 Degrees), Joey McIntyre (NKOTB), and more boy band alums come together to ring in the holiday season in this hour-long musical special. Originally aired December 6. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on ABC
Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes Around: Encore presentation. The Voice coach and talk show host Kelly Clarkson headlines this holiday special featuring musical performances and appearances from Melissa McCarthy, Ariana Grande, Brett Eldredge, and Jay Leno. Originally aired December 1. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on NBC
CMA Country Christmas: Encore presentation. Carrie Underwood, Jimmie Allen, Lady A, Brett Eldredge and more country stars put their own spin on classic Christmas songs in ABC’s annual special. Originally aired November 29. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on ABC
CLASSIC HOLIDAY MOVIES AND SPECIALS
White Christmas: Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye play a singing duo who team up with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont in Michael Curtiz’s 1954 musical extravaganza. Watch trailer. 9:00 AM ET on AMC
Home Alone: Eight-year-old troublemaker Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he’s accidentally left by his family before their Christmas vacation in this 1990 classic. Watch trailer. 4:05 PM ET on Freeform
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York: History repeats itself when nine-year old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally separated from his family and find himself on his own in the big city. Watch trailer. 6:35 PM ET on Freeform
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town: Fred Astaire narrates Rankin/Bass’ timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. 8:00 PM ET on ABC
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Jim Carrey plays the misanthropic Grinch, a solitary creature who tries to ruin Christmas by stealing gifts from nearby Whoville, in Ron Howard's 2000 adaptation of Dr. Seuss' beloved book of the same name. Watch trailer. 9:15 PM ET on Freeform
Visit our Holiday Viewing Guide for a complete listing of where to watch classic holiday specials and movies throughout the month of December.
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.