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TV THIS WEEK: His Dark Materials season finale, Christmas marathons and more

By Trent Moore
His Dark Materials HBO

Okay, we're not going to sugarcoat it — it's a pretty slow week. Hopefully the holidays are keeping you busy, but if not, we've pulled out a few highlights that are still worth checking out on the small screen this week.

As far as new "Must See" biggies, we turn to the season finale of HBO's ambitious fantasy series His Dark Materials. It's been wild and a lot of fun, so don't miss the sure-to-be thrilling conclusion. Beyond that, we start digging into the good ol' comfort food of holiday marathons. For genre fans, we recommend A Nightmare on Elm Street, Futurama, and a few others.

If you're looking to catch a new-ish movie, there are a few of those on the schedule. Starz has the network premiere of the fantastic super-horror flick Brightburn (seriously, if you missed it the first time around be sure to catch it), and TNT has its network premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi just as The Rise of Skywalker is blowing up the box office.

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


His Dark Materials (HBO), Monday 9PM - "Betrayal"

Season 1 finale. As the Magisterium closes in, Lyra assists Asriel's efforts, but at great personal cost.

A Nightmare on Elm Street movie marathon (SYFY), Tuesday

A marathon of Nightmare on Elm Street films to scare in the holiday season. The marathon kicks off at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and runs until 10 a.m. on Christmas Day.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (ABC), Thursday 8PM

From 1986: Charlie Brown rings in the new year at a party with Tolstoy's "War and Peace" and ends up missing the evening's surprise. Also: 1980's "She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown," which features Snoopy helping Peppermint Patty train for her first ice-skating competition.

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Brightburn (Starz), Saturday 8PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: A couple's prayers are seemingly answered when an object crash-lands to Earth carrying a life form that looks like a baby boy. As the years pass and the alien grows older, it starts to use its mysterious powers in sinister and destructive ways.


His Dark Materials (HBO), Monday 9PM - "Betrayal"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.


A Nightmare on Elm Street movie marathon (SYFY), Tuesday

See more in our "Highlights" section above.


The Hunger Games movie marathon (IFC), Wednesday

A marathon of The Hunger Games films. The run kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Day and rolls until 3:30 a.m. on December 26.

Futurama marathon (SYFY), Wednesday

You know it, you love it. A marathon of Futurama episodes to binge on after you've tried out all your cool new presents. The marathon starts at 4 p.m. on Christmas Day and runs until 2 a.m. on December 26.


Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (ABC), Thursday 8PM

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Doctor Who (BBC America), Thursday 9PM - "The Macra Terror"

RESTORED/ANIMATED CLASSIC EPISODE: The TARDIS arrives at a Human colony that runs along the lines of a holiday camp.


Umm, yeah. This is a pretty slow one. Maybe catch up on your streaming queue? From The Expanse, to The Witcher, to Runaways, The Mandalorian, and Servant — there's plenty of streaming stuff to keep you busy for the evening.


Pokémon Detective Pikachu (HBO), Saturday 8PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: A young man joins forces with Detective Pikachu to unravel the mystery behind his father's disappearance. Chasing clues through the streets of Ryme City, the dynamic duo soon discover a devious plot that poses a threat to the Pokémon universe.

Brightburn (Starz), Saturday 8PM

See more in our "Highlights" section above.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi (TNT), Sunday 8PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever.