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A Christmas Story Christmas Kicks Off Holiday Movie Season, FX Bows Fleishman Is in Trouble

ALSO: Sex Lives of College Girls, Pepsi, Where's My Jet?, Dead to Me, and more.
  • Photos: HBO Max, FX
    Photos: HBO Max, FX

    It wouldn’t be the holiday season without A Christmas Story — and this year, HBO Max revives the classic with a new sequel, A Christmas Story Christmas. Peter Billingsley reprises his role as Ralphie, who sets out to recreate the Old Man’s Christmas magic for his own children.

    Also today: Fleishman Is In Trouble probes the harsh realities of middle-age, The Sex Lives of College Girls returns for Season 2, Pepsi, Where’s My Jet? revisits the David versus Goliath battle over a Harrier Jet, and more. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Thursday:

    A Christmas Story Christmas: Original film. 30 years after the events of A Christmas Story, Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) returns to his former home in Hohman, Indiana with his wife and children. When his mother, now widowed after the death of the Old Man, convinces Ralphie to give his family a magical Christmas, Ralphie soon realizes the task is much more difficult than it seemed when he was a child. Watch trailer. Streaming on HBO Max

    Fleishman Is in Trouble: Limited series premiere. Fresh out of a toxic marriage, 41-year-old Toby Fleishman (Jesse Eisenberg) dives into the world of app-based dating with the kind of success he never had in his youth. But just as his summer of sexual freedom begins, his ex-wife (Claire Danes) disappears, leaving him with the kids and no hint of when she plans to return. Based on Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s bestselling novel, Fleishman also stars Lizzy Caplan and Adam Brody as old friends of Toby’s. Read our review. Streaming on FX on Hulu

    The Sex Lives of College Girls: Season 2 premiere. A new trimester brings new experiences and challenges for suitemates Kimberly (Pauline Chalamet), Whitney (Alyah Chanelle Scott), Leighton (Reneé Rapp), and Bela (Amrit Kaur), including messy relationships, wild parties, and academic dilemmas. Two episodes of the Mindy Kaling-created dramedy premiere today. Watch trailer. Streaming on HBO Max

    Pepsi, Where’s My Jet?: Complete docuseries. In 1996, Pepsi rolled out a new points campaign that claimed customers could win a Harrier Jet for 7 million points. Pepsi’s “price” was meant as a joke, but 21-year-old John Leonard and his wealthy friend saw it as a challenge, hashing out a plan to score the biggest prize of all — and incurring the cola giant’s wrath, along the way. Read our review. Streaming on Netflix

    Dead to Me: Complete Season 3 (series finale). In the aftermath of yet another hit and run, Jen (Christina Applegate) and Judy’s (Linda Cardellini) ride-or-die friendship is tested like never before. When the FBI takes over Steve’s (James Marsden) murder case, Jen is confronted with the dire consequences of taking a life, while Judy faces her own existential crisis when her life is threatened by an unexpected force from her past. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Gangs of London: Season 2 premiere. One year after the violent reckonings of Season 1, the surviving Wallaces find themselves scattered, the Dumanis are broken and estranged, and ex-undercover cop Elliot Finch (Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù) is now being forced to work for the Investors. As the Investors look down on a city sliding into chaos, they bring in reinforcements to restore control, and sworn enemies must now work together to fight back against the new order. Two episodes drop today. Watch trailer. Streaming on AMC+

    1899: Complete Season 1. The creators of Dark bring a new mystery to Netflix that follows passengers aboard a ship to the New World who sail into a nightmare when they find a second vessel adrift on the open sea. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Santa Camp: Original documentary. HBO Max’s day of holiday programming continues with this documentary about a horde of professional Santas, Mrs. Clauses, and elves reckoning with the lack of diversity in their industry. Watch trailer. Streaming on HBO Max

    Thursday Night Football: The Green Bay Packers host the Tennessee Titans on TNF. 8:15 PM ET/5:15 PM PT on Amazon Prime Video

    Pickled: Special presentation. Stephen Colbert hosts a celebrity pickleball tournament featuring Murray Bartlett, Emma Watson, Max Greenfield, and more stars. Celebrities will compete in pairs for a chance to win the first-ever Colbert Cup. 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    Alaska Daily: Season 1 fall finale. Bob (Matt Malloy) gives Roz (Grace Dove) and Eileen (Hilary Swank) a lead on Gloria’s case, but after they appear on local radio show “Concerned Citizens,” threats escalate to perilous new heights. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on ABC

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: A Christmas Story, FX, HBO Max, A Christmas Story Christmas, Dead to Me, Fleishman Is in Trouble, Pepsi, Where's My Jet?, The Sex Lives of College Girls