TV Heartbeat! Holiday specials and marathons for next week!

We’re a week away from Christmas so the airwaves are full of jolly holiday tales and a few outliers this week!

As a gift, Syfy is previewing The Magicians, a new series based on the popular books by Lev Grossman. Brakebills College is a secret university specializing in magic. Students learn about magic which could represent a grave danger to mankind. The series doesn’t actually premiere until January, but Syfy is airing the first hour of the show after Childhood’s End concludes tonight.

Luther isn’t what many would think of as holiday fare, but Idris Elba is a gift for any viewer, right? The new season begins this week on BBC America.

Luther season 4

The Soup is also airing its final episode so say farewell to the McHale!

Soup Joel McHale

Into the Badlands is also wrapping up its first season with a second season very likely.

Into the Badlands

Otherwise programming switches to lots of different holiday specials and Starz will be running a ton of marathons for their original shows. Golden Globe nominated Blunt Talk kicks things off this week. (I can’t resist posting this picture one more time!) Outlander, Power, Survivor’s Remorse and more will follow shortly.

Blunt Talk - Patrick Stewart

Tonight: Preview of The Magicians (Syfy), Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (NBC)
Thursday: Luther season premiere (BBC America), How Murray Saved Christmas (NBC), Blake Shelton’s Not so Merry Christmas (NBC), SuperMansion season finale (Crackle)
Friday: The Soup series finale (E!), F is for Family debut (Netflix), Glitter Force debut (Netflix)
Sunday: Into the Badlands season finale (AMC)
Monday: Great Holiday Baking Show season finale (ABC)
Wednesday: A Christmas Movie marathon (AMC), South Park Christmas marathon (Comedy Central), Blunt Talk marathon (Starz)

Health check

TNT put together their naughty and nice list! The nice list (aka renewals) includes The Librarians, Major Crimes and Murder in the First.


The poor naughty folks (cancellations) includes Legends, Agent X and Public Morals. Yep, Sean Bean is dead. RIP (again)!


Chicago Med got an additional 5 episodes which pretty much gives it a full season at 18 episodes instead of the normal 20-22.  That’s because the show had a late start in November so 18 episodes will take it through May. Odds are good that it’ll be back again next season so perhaps we can finally see Colin Donnell in the second season of a show!

Chicago Med Colin and Brian

Massive amounts of folks said “Hello Dolly!” for huge ratings for Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors. Expect more holiday specials from NBC next year since they’re winning the season with The Wiz Live! and the other concerts as well.

Dolly coat of many color

Stay tuned!

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