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TV THIS WEEK: Christmas specials, Hawkeye finale, The Matrix Resurrections, Don't Look Up & more

We have Santa, Neo, The Grinch, Hawkeye(s) and more.

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We've reached the part of the schedule where things slow down a bit for the holidays, but we still have a few major finales and premieres to take us into the Santa season. Merry Christmas!

Marvel's latest live-action original series Hawkeye comes to an end, fresh off some major reveals that connect the wider MCU to the fan favorite Netflix shows (including a few characters fans have been dying to see again). On the premiere side, the long-awaited sequel The Matrix Resurrections hits theaters and HBO Max. Netflix also has a high profile premiere with asteroid disaster pic Don't Look Up, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence.

There are also plenty of Christmas specials on the dial for some holiday comfort food, including just about every version of The Grinch, It's A Wonderful Life, Disney's new-ish animated Christmas specials, Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and more. Meanwhile, SYFY has the holiday classic Die Hard (yeah, it's a Christmas movie), Amazon has a new The Expanse, Paramount Plus has a new Star Trek: Discovery, and more.

Check out the full rundown below and let us know what you'll be watching.


Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (NBC), Wednesday 8 p.m.

NETWORK PREMIERE: When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger, louder and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence their holiday cheer once and for all.

Hawkeye (Disney+), Wednesday - "Episode 106"

FINALE: Set in post-blip New York City. Former Avenger Clint Barton has a seemingly simple mission: get back to his family for Christmas. Possible? Maybe with the help of Kate Bishop, a 22-year-old archer with dreams of becoming a Super Hero. The two are forced to work together when a presence from Barton's past threatens to derail far more than the festive spirit.

The Matrix Resurrections (HBO Max), Wednesday

FILM PREMIERE: One of the last major Warner Bros. films to hit HBO Max is arguably one of the most anticipated of the year. The long-awaited sequel to The Matrix trilogy looks to bring Neo and Trinity back for one more adventure, and we have plenty of questions for what exactly is happening in this long-awaited follow-up.

Don't Look Up (Netflix), Friday

FILM PREMIERE: Tells the story of two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth. Written and directed by Adam McKay. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence.

Die Hard (SYFY), Friday 6:45 p.m.

The greatest Christmas movie ever made? Yes. A New York policeman (Bruce Willis) outwits foreign thugs holding his wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and others in a Los Angeles high-rise.


This is a fairly slow night on TV, but luckily there's plenty of recent stuff to watch out there on streaming and elsewhere. The Witcher's new season is out on Netflix, MacGruber is on Peacock, Lost in Space's final season is on Netflix — and of course Spider-Man: No Way Home is in theaters, in case you avoided the crowds over opening weekend (or just want to check out the Spider-craziness for a second or third time).


Fantasy Island (Fox), Tuesday 8 p.m. - "Welcome to the Snow Globe Part One; Welcome to the Snow Globe Part Two"

A businesswoman's fantasy of a perfect Christmas tests Roarke in unexpected ways; Mr. Jones faces his past; a new Secret Santa tradition has Ruby and Javier looking to the future.

Saturday Night Live (NBC), Tuesday 9 p.m. - "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special"

A collection of "Saturday Night Live's" Christmas-themed sketches from various seasons, including D... in a Box, Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood, Adam Sandler's Chanukah Song, Martha Stewart's Topless Christmas and more.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (SYFY), Tuesday 9 p.m.

A husband (Brad Pitt) and wife (Angelina Jolie) are unaware that each is an international assassin who has just been assigned to kill the other.


Hawkeye (Disney+), Wednesday - "Episode 106"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Matrix Resurrections (HBO Max), Wednesday

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (NBC), Wednesday 8 p.m.

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (The CW), Wednesday 8 p.m.

A youth embarks on a journey to find his missing grandmother and prove that Santa Claus is real.


Star Trek: Discovery (Paramount+), Thursday - New Episode

Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery face a threat unlike any they've ever encountered. With Federation and non-Federation worlds alike feeling the impact, they must confront the unknown and work together to ensure a hopeful future for all.

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (ABC), Thursday 8 p.m.

A mailman (the voice of Fred Astaire) explains why Santa has whiskers, lives at the North Pole and brings presents once a year. Animated.


Don't Look Up (Netflix), Friday

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Expanse (Prime Video), Friday - New Episode

Holden and the crew of the Rocinante fight alongside the Combined Fleet of Earth and Mars to protect the Inner Planets from Marco Inaros and his Free Navy's campaign of death and destruction. Meanwhile, on a distant planet beyond the Rings, a new power rises.

Die Hard (SYFY), Friday 6:45 p.m.

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

It's a Wonderful Life (NBC), Friday 8 p.m.

Ruined by a miser (Lionel Barrymore) on Christmas Eve, a suicidal family man (James Stewart) sees life anew thanks to his guardian angel.

Olaf's Frozen Adventure (ABC), Friday 8 p.m.

When the kingdom of Arendelle empties out for the holiday season, Anna and Elsa realize that they have no family traditions of their own. So Olaf sets out on a merry mission to bring home the very best traditions and save Christmas.

Shrek the Halls (ABC), Friday 8:30 p.m.

The ogre's plans for a cozy family Christmas go awry when Donkey, Puss in Boots and the rest of the fairy-tale gang try to join in the fun.

Disney Prep & Landing (ABC), Friday 9 p.m.

An elite unit of elves, Prep & Landing, ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared to be visited by Santa Claus each Christmas Eve.

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (ABC), Friday 9:30 p.m.

Lanny and Wayne race to recover classified North Pole technology that falls into the hands of a naughty kid.


Spider-Man 3 (SYFY), Saturday 6 p.m.

Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) undergoes an ominous transformation when his Spider-Man suit turns black and brings out the dark, vengeful side of his personality.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (NBC), Saturday 8 p.m.

Boris Karloff narrates an animated tale about the lonely and heartless title character who decides to dress up as Santa and steal the Christmas decorations, gifts and feast from the people of Whoville.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (NBC), Saturday 8:30 p.m.

A curmudgeon (Jim Carrey) living atop Mount Crumpit sets out to quash the yuletide preparations of the Christmas-loving Whos of Whoville. Anthony Hopkins narrates.


Captain Marvel (TNT), Sunday 6:30 p.m.

Captain Marvel is an alien Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of a battle between her people and the Skrulls. With help from Nick Fury, she soon tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her powers to end the war.

Captain America: Civil War (SYFY), Sunday 9 p.m.

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side when a feud between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) leaves the Avengers in turmoil.

The Osbournes Want to Believe (Travel), Sunday 9 p.m. - "Sympathy for the Devil"

Jack shines light on the Illuminati with evidence that's in plain sight; flying saucers, graveyard ghosts and the infamous Leshy leave Sharon and Ozzy questioning reality.

The Osbournes Want to Believe (Travel), Sunday 10 p.m. - "Today Is the End"

The Osbournes get chills watching ghostly photo-bombs, a mutant shark and an ominous fleet of UFOs; Jack attempts to convince his parents that lizard people are very real and that some favorite celebrities may be one.

*TV listings via network listings, streaming listings and Zap2it.