On TV this Friday: Netflix pays a return trip to Virgin River, the broadcast nets revisit holiday classics, and Disney+ saddles up a new Black Beauty. Here are 16 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.
What to Watch Today
Black Beauty, Frosty, The Grinch, Minions and Santa Claus, Virgin River Season 2 and More
Originally intended for theaters, the seventh film adaptation of Anna Sewell’s timeless classic features Oscar winner Kate Winslet as the voice of the wild mustang, who bonds with a grieving teen (Interstellar‘s Mackenzie Foy); Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) and Claire Forlani (Hawaii Five-0) co-star. (Watch trailer.)
Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker
The Shonda Rhimes-produced documentary follows a group of Debbie Allen’s dance students as they prepare for an annual presentation of The Nutcracker.
The Great British Baking Show
Collection 8 finale: The last three bakers face three final tests — including a magnificent dessert tower for their final Showstopper — before a winner is revealed.
Sugar Rush: Christmas
Season 2 premiere (all six episodes): Professional teams of bakers compete in festive challenges for a $10,000 prize.
TV-movie premiere: Sparks ignite between a podcast host (Sabrina‘s Melissa Joan Hart) and a firefighter (90210‘s Jason Priestley); Tree Hill‘s Hilarie Burton and Antwon Tanner make cameos.
Five Star Christmas
TV-movie premiere: When a travel writer (One Tree Hill‘s Bethany Joy Lenz) pays a surprise visit to their dad’s B&B, the Ralston family pretend to be guests in hopes of a good review.
Frosty the Snowman
In this 1969 cartoon, comedian Jackie Vernon voices the titular snowman, who sets off for the North Pole to keep from melting. (Frosty Returns follows at 8:30 pm.)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The classic cartoon follows the title character (voiced by Boris Karloff) on his mission to steal Christmas customs from the people of Whoville.
Jeff Dunham's Completely Unrehearsed Last-Minute Pandemic Holiday Special
The comedian performs in front of a small, socially distanced audience in Malibu, Calif.
Nia gets matched with a high school mentor whose personality, values and sense of style are completely different from her own.
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
This 1970 Rankin/Bass stop-motion classic follows a young Kris Kringle as he thwarts the evil Burgermeister Meisterburger.
Minions Holiday Special
The primetime event consists of four mini-movie escapades, also featuring characters from Sing and The Secret Life of Pets. (Watch trailer.)
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Based on the goofy holiday song, this animated special follows young Jake Spankenheimer’s adventure to find his missing g’ma and prove that Santa Claus is real.
In the penultimate Season 2 episode, Chao and Mai Ling seek shelter as Chinatown erupts into chaos, and Sophie opens her eyes to Leary’s world.
How to With John Wilson
Season 1 finale: To thank his elderly landlord for all the times she has cooked and cleaned for him, John attempts to make the perfect risotto.
♦ ON THIS DAY IN TV HISTORY ♦
On November 27, 1986, Cheers‘ “Thanksgiving Orphans” Sam, Diane, Norm et al all found themselves at Carla’s home for the holiday — culminating in an iconic food fight.