At a loss for what to watch this week? From new TV, we've got you covered.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
"Blade Runner 2049"
Merry Christmas-to-New Year's week! This sequel to "Blade Runner," set 30 years after Harrison Ford's sci-fi classic, isn't quite what you'd call holiday viewing.
That said, the highly-acclaimed visual gem is available for post-Christmas viewing on digital starting Tuesday, Dec. 26, then on Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD on January 16. Ford is back, alongside Ryan Gosling this time, with director Denis Villeneuve at the helm. There are many, many, many making-of bonus features with the Blu-ray and 4K, but also the DVD release.
"Pete the Cat: A Groovy New Year Holiday Special" (Amazon)
Here's something timely. This Amazon Original Series Holiday Special follows Pete the Cat and his search for a New Year's Resolution. "With the help of his family and friends, Pete sets out on a fun, musical ride to find one." The family-friendly special premieres Tuesday, Dec. 26 on Amazon Prime Video. (See below for more New Year's specials.)
Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan teamed up for this action thriller directed by Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale") and costarring Katie Leung, Orla Brady, Charlie Murphy, and Michael McElhatton. Watch the cat-and-mouse story play out on Digital starting Dec. 26, then on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand January 9. Bonus features include interviews, trailers, and "The Making of The Foreigner."
"Black Mirror" Season 4
Finally! "Black Mirror" fans, Christmas is coming a few days late for us, but it should be worth it. Season 4 of Charlie Brooker's mind-trip of a series (like a modern technology focused "The Twilight Zone") returns this Friday, Dec. 29. "It's hard to imagine a bright future, but we must." There are six standalone episodes, with star-studded casts. Watch the trailer below, or just start watching it all from a relatively blank slate on Friday. (Also, please watch the first three seasons. Not that you need to catch up on anything, since this is not a serialized show. They're just fantastic episodes.)
"Travelers" Season 2
This sci-fi series stars Eric McCormack as one of several "travelers" sent back from the future to prevent the collapse of society. Season 2 already aired in Canada and the rest of us will get the episodes on December 26.
New Year's Eve Countdowns (Netflix Originals)
Netflix is sending 2017 out in style with a bunch of fun countdowns from their kids show favorites. These guys are all available for streaming starting December 26:
"All Hail King Julien: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018"
"Beat Bugs: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018"
"Larva: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018"
"Pororo: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018"
"Puffin Rock: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018"
"Skylanders Academy: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018"
"Trollhunters: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018"
"True and The Rainbow Kingdom: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018"
"Word Party: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018"
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"The Mountain Between Us"
Kate Winslet + Idris Elba = Yes, please. Based on the book by Charles Martin, this survival drama forces two strangers into the wilderness after a tragic plane crash. Watch Kate and Idris battle the odds on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD, and VOD starting this Tuesday, December 26. Bonus features include deleted scenes, and the behind-the-scenes featurettes "The Wilds: Survival Stunts," "Love and Survival: Creating Chemistry," and "Mountain Between Them: Shooting in Isolation."
"Brawl in Cell Block 99"
In this tense action-thriller, Vince Vaughn plays a former boxer who just lost his job and is about to lose his marriage. Seeing no better options, he goes to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. After a gunfight with police, he ends up in prison where things just go further downhill. Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Udo Kier, and Marc Blucas co-star in the film, which is out on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K on Dec. 26. Extras include "Journey to the Brawl: The Making of Brawl in Cell Block 99," and "Beyond Fest Q&A with Cast and Crew."
"The Walking Dead" alum Steven Yeun stars in this action-horror film out on Blu-ray DVD, and 4K on December 26. "Derek Cho is having a really bad day. After being unjustly fired from his job, he discovers that the law firm's building is under quarantine for a mysterious and dangerous virus. Chaos erupts throughout the office as the victims of the disease begin acting out their wildest impulses." Samara Weaving and Steven Brand co-star in the movie, which includes the bonus featurette "Creating MAYHEM: The Making of the Film"; plus an audio commentary with director Joe Lynch, director of photography Steve Gainer, and editor Josh Ethier.
• Redbox: New titles coming to the big red box on Tuesday, Dec. 26 include "Dunkirk," "The Lego Ninjago Movie," "Flatliners," "Brawl in Cell Block 99," "Killing Gunther," "Jungle," "Showdown in Manila," "Revolt," and "Mayhem."
TV Worth Watching
"A Christmas Story" (Monday on TBS/TNT)
If you want something on in the background on Christmas Day, several channels are doing holiday movie/show marathons, including Freeform, Hallmark, CMT, Comedy Central, ION, Sundance, and Nickelodeon. TBS and TNT get special props for their decision to do an all-day "A Christmas Story" marathon. Just that 1983 movie on one glorious pink nightmare loop.
New Year's Eve countdowns (Sunday on Fox, ABC, CNN starting at 8 p.m.)
Here's hoping your 2018 is way better than 2017, even if you had a great year. If you feel like watching TV countdowns, you have options:
• ABC's "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2018" starts at 8 p.m. Ryan Seacrest will host with Jenny McCarthy in Times Square, with Ciara on the West Coast and Lucy Hale in New Orleans. Performers include Mariah Carey (redemption time?), Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas, Sugarland, Britney Spears, and more.
• FOX has its own version, "Fox's New Year's Eve With Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square," also starting at 8 p.m. Steve Harvey is replacing previous New Year's host Pitbull. Maria Menounos is co-hosting the event, while Celine Dion, the Backstreet Boys, and Macklemore as performers.
• CNN has "New Year's Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen," with Cohen replacing Kathy Griffin.
• Fox News has an "All-American New Year" planned, hosted by Lisa Montgomery and Jesse Watters, starting at 10 p.m., with performances from Andy Grammer and Lauren Alaina.
"Breaking Bad" marathon (Sunday on AMC at 2 p.m.)
Can you believe it has been 10 years since Walter White first cooked meth in his undies in that RV? Time flies, b*tch. To mark the 10th anniversary, AMC is airing all 62 episodes in a several-week marathon, starting on Sunday, Dec. 31. The episodes will then air each weekend through January. Here's the schedule (via EW):
Dec. 31: Begins at 2 p.m. ET/PT (Episodes 100 to 203)
Jan. 1: Begins at 2 p.m. ET/PT (Episodes 204 to 213)
Jan. 6: Begins at 6 p.m. ET/PT (Episodes 301 to 306)
Jan. 7: Begins at 6 p.m. ET/PT (Episodes 307 to 311)
Jan. 13: Begins at 6 p.m. ET/PT (Episodes 312 to 403)
Jan. 14: Begins at 6 p.m. (Episodes 404 to 408)
Jan. 20: Begins at 3:15 p.m. ET/PT (Episodes 409 to 413)
Jan. 21: Begins at 6 p.m. ET/PT (Episodes 501 to 506)
Jan 27: Begins at 6 p.m. ET/PT (Episodes 507 to 511)
Jan. 29: Begins at 6 p.m. ET/PT (Episodes 512 to 516)
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