Here is a list of programming options to expect on TV this coming week:
On December 7, the NBC musical event Hairspray Live! will debut at 8 PM. Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, this live event takes place in 1962 Baltimore where plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s (newcomer Maddie Baillio) dream is to dance on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV program. When against all odds Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters. The ensemble cast includes Dove Cameron, Kristin Chenoweth, Garrett Clayton, Harvey Fierstein, Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson and Martin Short [among others].
The new Hulu series Shut Eye will debut online on December 7. Charlie Haverford (Jeffrey Donovan from Burn Notice) is a scammer with a small chain of fortune-telling storefronts and contracts building tricks for a family that controls the business in the greater chunk of Los Angeles. A blow to the head from a client’s angry boyfriend intersects with a hypnosis session while auditioning a new “clairvoyant,” and suddenly, a man whose entire life has been based on fraud begins to see and feel some very real and fundamental truths. Charlie’s wife Linda (Kadee Strickland from Private Practice) is sick and tired of their mediocre life and wants to break away from Fonso, the single father who runs the Marks family’s psychic empire and controls the Haverford’s future. The cast includes Emmanuelle Chriqui (Murder in the First) and Isabella Rossellini.
On December 8, the season finale of the new FOX drama Pitch is expected to air at 9 PM.
The third season of Mozart in the Jungle will premiere on Amazon on December 9.
On December 10, the Hallmark Channel movie A Nutcracker Christmas will debut at 8 PM. Lilly James’ lifelong devotion lands her the lead role of Clara in the New York City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Grief-stricken and distracted after learning about her mother’s death, Lily suffers an injury and is removed from the show by Mark, her boyfriend and dance partner. Heartbroken and betrayed, Lily vows never to dance again. Years later, her daughter lands the role of Clara in the prestigious Philadelphia Nutcracker Ballet and finds that the Ballet Director is Mark, who betrayed Lilly years ago. The cast includes Amy Acker (Person of Interest), Sascha Radetsky (Flesh and Bone), Katherine Barrell (Wynonna Earp) and newcomer Sophia Lucia.
The ION holiday movie Christmas with the Andersons will debut on December 10 at 9 PM. Mike and Caroline Anderson (George Stults from 7th Heaven and Christy Carlson Romano from Even Stevens and Kim Possible) have always gone all out with parties and gifts for Christmas with their 10-year-old twins Brendan and Julia. But when Michael loses his job just before the holidays, it looks like Christmas is canceled — until they receive a visit from wacky Aunt Katie (former MTV VJ Julie Brown), who helps them realize they can still pull off Christmas with no money, and rediscover what’s most important.
On December 11, Love You Like Christmas is the new holiday themed moved to debut on the Hallmark Channel at 8 PM. Maddie (Bonnie Sommerville from Code Black), a high-powered marketing executive, is on her way to a client’s wedding but her plans are derailed by car trouble. When a fork in the road leads her to Christmas Valley, a town in love with Christmas, an unexpected encounter and a group of strangers that start to feel like family will have her questioning what she’s really been missing in life. The film also stars Brennan Elliot (Cedar Cove and UnReal).
The Sound of Christmas is the latest holiday movie to debut on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on December 11 at 9 PM. Lizzie is a young piano teacher working at a music school while trying to save enough money for a Steinway piano. The school is gearing up for their major Christmas fundraiser and she has committed much of her time to plan the event. One afternoon, she meets Brad who takes an interest in her playing and asks if she will teach his uninterested teenage daughter. She begins to break through to the young girl, and sparks begin to fly with Brad, but she is shocked to find out that his interest is not solely in her playing, but in the property that houses the music school. She sets out to save the school and the event, but can she work things out with Brad? The cast includes Lindy Booth (The Librarians) and Robin Dunne (Sanctuary).
Also on December 11, the UP Channel holiday movie Season’s Greetings will debut at 7 PM. Darcy Blake (Laura Bell Bundy) has the perfect job – she works for Harrington House, a successful greeting card company, in the editorial department. Writing heart-felt, meaningful copy for cards is very important to Darcy, especially at Christmas, which was important to her as a young girl. She realizes that she is a bit out of step with her fellow millennials, but that is fine with Darcy. Everything is about to change when Andrew Harrington arrives at the company to take over from his grandfather, and he has a very different view of the business and of the holidays.
The PBS three-part mini-series The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses will premiere on December 11 at 9 PM, starting with Henry VI, Part One. The King is dead and England is in crisis. War rages with the French and divisions within the English court threaten the crown. Young Henry VI (Tom Sturridge from Pirate Radio) causes outrage by marrying Margaret of Anjou, forcing an unwanted truce; the scene is set for Civil War. The cast includes Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Sally Hawkins (Jane Eyre) and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda).
Also on December 11, the ION holiday movie A Husband for Christmas will debut at 9 PM. Brooke and Roger Burke (Vivica A. Fox and Ricco Ross), two graphic designers in a soon-to-be-merged company, help one another by agreeing to a loveless marriage of convenience, suggested by their new boss. In the process, Brooke gets to upstage the sister who just announced her engagement to Brooke’s ex-boyfriend during the holidays. But, with their “marriage” in question, will Brooke and Roger find a spark they didn’t know existed? The cast includes Eric Roberts and Jackee Harry.
Mark your calendars!