Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration premieres on ABC December 15 in honor of the 30th anniversary of the beloved Disney animated classic. The two-hour animated and live-action blended special will pay tribute to the original Disney Animation’s “Beauty and the Beast” and its legacy by showcasing the fan-favorite movie, along with new memorable musical performances, taking viewers on a magical adventure through the eyes of Belle.
1923, the next installment of the Yellwostone Dutton family origin story, premieres on Paramount+ December 18. The series will introduce a new generation of Duttons led by patriarch Jacob and matriarch Cara. The series will explore the early twentieth century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition and the Great Depression all plague the mountain west, and the Duttons who call it home. It stars Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren.
Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure premieres on Netflix December 13. Gudetama, the lazy egg, reluctantly embarks on an adventure of a lifetime with Shakipiyo, a newly hatched chick, who is determined to find their mother.
Food Network and the NFL have teamed up for a primetime event titled NFL Tailgate Takedown. The six episode series that celebrates the best tailgate chefs from around the country will premiere January 4 on Food Network. Hosted by Sunny Anderson and Vince Wilfork, each episode’s action takes place on-location at an NFL stadium tailgate just before the big game. From New England lobster rolls and Philly cheesesteaks to Green Bay deep-fried cheese curds and Buffalo chicken, each city’s authentic tailgate dishes are front and center in this epic battle of hometown pride. Each team competing on the gridiron is represented by a team of tailgating duos who compete in three themed cooking rounds. A rotating panel of judges, including Kelsey Barnard Clark, Eddie Jackson, Ali Khan and Ian Rapoport, decide who will emerge victorious to win the grand prize – and in real-time, the winners are ushered straight from the tailgate to their VIP seats on the 50-yard line and receive their own “Yum-Bardi Trophy.” The series also features guest appearances from NFL legends Carl Banks, Johnathan Joseph, Brandon Stokely, Thurman Thomas, Andre Tippett and mascot KC Wolf.
Season three of Master Minds, hosted by Brooke Burns, premieres on GSN January 9. Three contestants square off against three trivia Master Minds in multiple rounds of intense trivia competition. The lowest scoring player on each side is eliminated until the top competitor and top Master Mind are left standing and now must face off, head-to-head, in the Ultimate Trivia Challenge. If the contestant can get more questions correct than the Master Mind, they will win $10,000 and come back to challenge the Masters again. If they win two games in a row, they join the ranks of the Master Minds and will appear in future episodes.
Scarlett Johansson will star in the Prime Video limited series Just Cause. The series is based on the book by John Katzenbach, with a gender swapped lead. Johannson played a small role in the film of the same name based on the book.
Richard Lewis is returning for the upcoming twelfth season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. Lewis has recurred as a version of himself since season one, but only appeared in one episode last season due to health issues.
Jordan Gonzalez will be a series regular for the upcoming second season of Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. The second season of the HBO Max series will be titled Pretty Little Liars: Summer School. Gonzalez recurred in the first season.
Food Network and HGTV have set linear premiere dates for five scripted holiday features this December. Following their debut on streaming platform discovery+, A Christmas Open House with Ben and Erin Napier and Designing Christmas with Hilary Farr will both air on HGTV. A Gingerbread Christmas with Duff Goldman, One Delicious Christmas with Bobby Flay and last year’s Candy Coated Christmas with Ree Drummond will air on Food Network.
LL Cool J is set to be honored at the 5th Annual Urban One Honors in Atlanta, premiering Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 16, on TV One and Cleo TV. The ceremony, hosted by Tank, heralds the accomplishments of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in entertainment, media, music, education, and the community. It will include a performance by Keke Wyatt and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop with DJ Spinderella (Salt-N-Pepa), Monie Love and Doug E. Fresh. This year’s annual celebration will also include special appearances by: Rev. Run and Lamman Rucker.
AXS TV celebrates the most wonderful time of the year, headlined by the December 3 premieres of Homes for the Holidays and Sting: A Winter’s Night… Live from Durham Cathedral. Other highlights include seasonal sets by Heart, Faith Hill, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Chris Isaak, Albert Finney in Scrooge, and Christmas-themed episodes of The Top Ten Revealed and Nothing But Videos, among others.