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AMC Networks' December Highlights Include New "Best Christmas Ever" Programming And More
New York, NY (Top40 Charts) This December, AMC Networks celebrates "Best Christmas Ever" with beloved holiday classics as well the debut of festive horror films It's a Wonderful Knife and The Sacrifice Game, and all-new specials, Joe Bob's Creepy Christmas and In the Kitchen with Harry Hamlin: A Holiday Special. Next month will also see the debut of new romantic dramedy The Lovers, starring Rosin Gallagher (The Dry), Johnny Flynn (Stardust, Emma), Alice Eve (Belgravia, Bombshell) and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones), as well as the finale of landmark nature series Planet Earth III narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

These films, series and more join an extensive catalogue of compelling dramas, beloved franchises, highly anticipated films and timely collections on AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, Shudder, Sundance Now, and anime-focused HIDIVE, all month long.

On ACORN TV:
Midsomer Murders Season 24 (Acorn TV Exclusive Series)
New Season Premieres on Monday, December 4; New Episodes Premiere Every Monday Through December 25

Homicide, blackmail, greed, and betrayal: just a taste of what goes on behind the well-trimmed hedges of Midsomer County in this deliciously sinister series. But the culprits are no match for DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon, Life of Riley) and DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix, The Crown).

The Killing
Season 1 Binge December 4; Additional Seasons Added Every Monday
A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car. Starring Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman.

Candice Renoir Season 8 (Acorn TV Exclusive Series)
New Season Binge Premiere Monday, December 11
Candice Renoir embarks upon another series of cracking bizarre murder cases. But this time she also becomes the victim of crime when she's abducted by a man determined to build a perfect family for himself, no matter the cost. And there's more heartache for our heroine as ever since his brain surgery, Antoine hasn't been quite the same. The couple have had to go back to square one, starting all over from scratch! How is Candice going to save their relationship? And just how far will she go to protect him when he's accused of messing up professionally?

Madame Blanc Mysteries Season 3 (Acorn TV Original Series)
New Season Christmas Special Premiere Monday, December 25
It's coming up to Christmas and Judith and Jeremy have arranged for Jean, Dom, Caron and Gloria to attend a murder mystery night at an old friend's hotel with a spooky history. A terrible storm starts, heavy rain pounds the isolated hotel and during the evening, the murder mystery becomes a night of actual murder as someone is killed. With several suspects trapped together in the hotel, can Jean find who is responsible and discover who the killer is? Will this answer the mystery to the ghostly goings on at Hotel Sanguinet?

The Graham Norton Show S31A
New Episodes Continue on Tuesdays Beginning December 5
BAFTA-award-winning talk show features a packed lineup of celebrity guests, laugh out loud stories and exciting musical performances. Guest lineup is as follows:
§ Tuesday, December 5 - Jennifer Saunders, Daisy Haggard, Michael Fassbender and Take That
§ Tuesday, December 12 - Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Timothée Chalamet, and Cher
§ Tuesday, December 19 - Guests TBA

On ALLBLK:

Hush (ALLBLK Original Series)
Season 2 Premieres on December 7
Hush follows the story of top marriage and sex therapist, TV personality and best-selling author, Dr. Draya Logan who finds herself entangled in a web of lies, sex and murder that could cost her everything. This season, Dr. Logan is determined to clear her name and reclaim her fame. She must utilize her pawns to not only to help free her but cover up more than what they promised at whatever costs before the secrets of the penthouse are exposed.
Cast: Joyful Drake, Caryn Ward Ross, Candiace Dillard Bassett, TS Madison, Khalilah Joi, Asiahn, Rob Gordon, Kevin Savage, Javier Villamil, Lanre Idewu and Arron Spears

Wicked City (ALLBLK Original Series)
Season 2 Finale on December 7
This season when five friends and witches in Atlanta, GA, dabble in magic too big for them, they're thrust into a world of dangerous enemies and a secret Council that will do anything to keep power. Friendships break and alliances change as lies, betrayal, and secrets put everyone at risk. In the season finale, Jordan reluctantly lets Javi join their effort to stop Julius and bring Angela home. Julius' plan takes a surprising turn when Oya demands Claudette's presence. The coven come face-to-face with a goddess and their lives are changed forever.
Cast: Vanessa Bell Calloway, Shaquita Smith, Gary Sturgis, Chantel Maurice and Chanel Mack

Terror Lake Drive: Summer Purge (ALLBLK Original Series)
Season 3 Finale on December 28
Terror Lake Drive: Summer Purge takes place five years after the second installment, as a new South Georgia family mysteriously inherits a luxury vacation home on Lake Levi…luring them to the grounds previously known as (the haunted) Freeman Lakes. Season three opens with the demolished Freeman Lakes transformed into a sprawling, glamorous lake front summer resort, aptly named, Lake Levi. A highly touted exclusive destination for Atlanta's elite and privileged. When Janice DuVernay , an in-debt science teacher discovers she is the sole beneficiary to her grandfather's million-dollar estate on Lake Levi, her family can barely contain their excitement at the prospect of attaining a better life. As the DuVernays embark on their summer get away, a series of bizarre events begin to unfold making it apparent not all fairytales have a happy ending. In the season finale, Janice and her children discover their purpose.
Cast: Deborah Joy Winans, Josh Ventura, Kennedy Chanel, Jaylon Gordon, B Simone, Brittany L. Smith, E Roger Mitchell, Reginae Carter, Jay Jones and Julito McCullum

Christmas Holidate (World Premiere & ALLBLK Original Film)
Film Currently Streaming
When a single businesswoman, Holly Harper, uses her company's unreleased dating app to defuse family tension, a glitch in the app causes more than one date to show up. Little does she know; her family already knows who the right man is.
Cast: Jasmine Burke, Gregory Alan Williams, Iroko Anyogu, Erica Page and Deanna Yarborough

On AMC+:

The Lovers (Sundance Now Original Series)
New Romantic Dramedy Premieres Thursday, December 7 on AMC+ and Sundance Now; New
Episodes Continue Every Thursday Until the Season Finale on January 4
The series follows Janet (Roisin Gallagher, The Dry), a foul-mouthed supermarket worker who doesn't care about anything, and Seamus (Johnny Flynn, Stardust), a handsome, self-centered, political broadcaster with a seemingly perfect London life and a celebrity girlfriend (Alice Eve, Belgravia). When they unexpectedly meet, they instantly clash - and yet also find themselves inextricably drawn to each other.

In the Kitchen with Harry Hamlin: A Holiday Special
New Holiday Special Premieres Wednesday, December 13 on AMC+ and IFC
Get ready for a very Hamlin Holiday! The "King of Bolognese," Harry Hamlin (Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches), along with his niece and classically trained chef Renee Guilbault, will host In the Kitchen with Harry Hamlin: A Holiday Special. Shot in Hamlin's home kitchen, the 30-minute cooking show is a unique combination of cooking, dinner party, and documentary … all with a dash of comedy and 'feels' along the way. It arrives just in time for the holidays as the duo prepares a festive meal, putting their own spin on classic beef bourguignon, and celebrates the labor of love that is holiday cooking. They'll be joined by close family and friends, including Hamlin's wife, actress Lisa Rinna, saxophone legend Kenny G, Hamlin's daughter model, Delilah Hamlin, Hamlin's son model and actor, Dimitri Hamlin and others. The special serves as a preview to a full, five-episode series, In the Kitchen with Harry Hamlin, that will air weekly beginning in May 2024 on AMC+ and IFC.

Joe Bob's Creepy Christmas (Shudder Original Special)
New Holiday Special Premieres LIVE Friday, December 15 on AMC+ TV and Shudder TV; Available
On Demand Beginning December 17
Joe Bob and Darcy deck the bloody halls with a double-helping of yuletide horror while raising money for the less-fortunate… and this year, they get a little help from Ol' Saint Nick himself.

Planet Earth III (BBC America Original Series)
New Episodes of Award-Winning Nature Series Premiere Every Saturday on AMC+ and BBC America Until the Finale on December 23
Seven years after the Emmy® and BAFTA® Award-winning Planet Earth II, the eagerly anticipated Planet Earth III will journey across the continents revealing the wonders of our planet. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, this spellbinding series will feature never before seen animal behavior, and dive deep into the stories and new challenges that wildlife face in our modern, crowded world.

The Boulet Brothers' Dragula Season 5 (Shudder Original Series)
New Episodes of the Drag Competition Continue Every Tuesday on AMC+ and Shudder Until the Season Finale on January 16, 2024 **Note: Episodes will be on hiatus on December 26 and January 2
Horror's new icons The Boulet Brothers are on the hunt to find the world's next drag monster superstar in this brand new, star-studded fifth season of their hit reality competition show. With new competitors, the challenges, special effects makeup, costumes, and performances promise to be truly terrifying and out-of-this-world.

The Graham Norton Show S31A (BBC America Original Series)
New Episodes Continue Tuesdays on AMC+, BBC America and Acorn TV
BAFTA-award-winning talk show features a packed lineup of celebrity guests, laugh out loud stories and exciting musical performances. Guest lineup is as follows:
Tuesday, December 5 - Jennifer Saunders, Daisy Haggard, Michael Fassbender and Take That
Tuesday, December 12 - Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Timothée Chalamet, and Cher
Tuesday, December 19 - Guests TBA

New Film Premieres:

It's a Wonderful Knife - Premieres Friday, December 1 (Shudder Premiere)
A spin on the Christmas classic, the horror film centers on Winnie Carruther (Jane Widdop, Yellowjackets), who saves her town from a psychotic killer on Christmas Eve. A year later, her life is less than wonderful — but when she wishes she'd never been born, she finds herself in a nightmare parallel universe and discovers that without her, things could be much, much worse. Now, the killer is back, and she must team up with the town misfit to identify the killer and get back to her own reality. Also starring Joel McHale (Community) and Justin Long (Barbarian).

The Sacrifice Game - Premieres Friday, December 8 (Shudder Original)
It's bad enough that boarding school students Samantha and Clara can't go home for the holidays, but things take a deadly turn when a gang of cult killers arrives on their doorstep - just in time for Christmas. Starring Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Olivia Scott Welch (Lucky Hank, The Fear Street Trilogy), Gus Kenworthy (American Horror Story) and Chloë Levine (The Ranger).

Also featured on AMC+ in December:

Best Christmas Ever - Featured Collection All Month Long
Get into the holiday spirit with the "Nice List" featuring holiday romances, family favorites, and comedy classics like Vince Vaughn's Christmas with the Campbells or check out the "Naughty List" featuring the best holiday thrillers, including Silent Night starring Keira Knightley (Love Actually) and Matthew Goode (A Discovery of Witches).

Critics' Choice: Best of 2023 - Featured Collection All Month Long
Celebrating the best of the AMC+ bundle this year, including acclaimed original series Lucky Hank, Dark Winds, and Happy Valley, exclusive documentaries Lakota Nation vs. United States and Bad Axe, film premieres Blackberry, When Evil Lurks, Corsage, Birth/Rebirth, Skinamarink and more!

Fan-Favorite Series Joining AMC+ This Month:
The Killing - Season 1 Binge December 4 on AMC+ and Acorn TV; Additional Seasons Added Every Monday
A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car. Starring Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman.

Being Human (UK) - Season 1 Binge December 14 on AMC+ and Sundance Now; Additional Seasons Added Every Thursday
Life isn't easy if you happen to be a ghost, a vampire or a werewolf in this series focused on a group of friends as they deal with the challenges of being supernatural creatures and their desire to be human. Starring Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey and Aidan Turner.

Pan Am - Full Series Binge December 21 on AMC+ and Sundance Now
Period drama about the pilots and flight attendants who once made Pan Am the most glamourous way to fly. Starring Margot Robbie and Christina Ricci.

On HIDIVE:

• Dark Gathering (HIDIVE Exclusive)
English Dub Premiere on December 10
Horror-supernatural series Dark Gathering has been offering a scary good time on HIDIVE since its summer debut and now fans will have double the screams when the series' English dub premieres on December 10, followed by new dub episodes every Sunday. After a devastating encounter with a restless spirit, ghost-fearing psychic Keitaro Gentoga became a shut-in to avoid additional spectral catastrophes. But no man is a haunted island, and Keitaro eventually reintegrates with society by getting a part-time job as a tutor to the child prodigy Yayoi Houzuki. Yayoi isn't just an academic genius, though. She's a talented psychic medium hell-bent on finding the malevolent spirit behind her mother's disappearance, and she's gravely determined to drag Keitaro into her terrifying world of grotesque supernatural phenomenon. Dark Gathering is directed by Hiroshi Ikehata, written by Shigeru Murakoshi and produced by OLM.

• Ragna Crimson (HIDIVE Exclusive)
English Dub Premiere on December 23
With its mind-blowing action and epic storyline, HIDIVE's new dark fantasy series Ragna Crimson has quickly become one of the top shows of the season and soon this fan-favorite series will also be available in English dub - beginning December 23 with new dub episodes every Saturday. Dragons reign terror over the earth, sea and sky. If sworn dragon hunters like Ragna are to have any hope of dealing death to these seemingly invincible, fire-breathing beasts, they must find a way to level the odds. Ragna teams up with a mysterious man named Crimson who has likewise sworn to stand against the dragons menacing the world. But although Crimson's motivations may be mysterious, his goal and Ragna's perfectly align, and together they'll fight to vanquish the dragons once and for all. Ragna Crimson is produced by SILVER LINK. with direction by Ken Takahashi and writing by Deko Akao.

On SHUDDER:

It's a Wonderful Knife (Shudder Film Premiere)
New Film Premieres Friday, December 1
Winnie Carruther (Jane Widdop, Yellowjackets) saves her town from a psychotic killer on Christmas Eve. A year later, her life is less than wonderful — but when she wishes she'd never been born, she finds herself in a nightmare parallel universe and discovers that without her, things could be much, much worse. Now, the killer is back, and she must team up with the town misfit to identify the killer and get back to her own reality. Also starring Joel McHale (Community) and Justin Long (Barbarian).

The Sacrifice Game (Shudder Original Film)
New Film Premieres Friday, December 8
It's bad enough that boarding school students Samantha and Clara can't go home for the holidays, but things take a deadly turn when a gang of cult killers arrives on their doorstep - just in time for Christmas. Starring Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Olivia Scott Welch (Lucky Hank, The Fear Street Trilogy), Gus Kenworthy (American Horror Story) and Chloë Levine (The Ranger)

Joe Bob's Creepy Christmas (Shudder Original Special)
New Holiday Special Premieres LIVE Friday, December 15 on Shudder TV and AMC+ TV; Available On Demand Beginning December 17
Joe Bob and Darcy deck the bloody halls with a double-helping of yuletide horror while raising money for the less-fortunate… and this year, they get a little help from Ol' Saint Nick himself.

The Boulet Brothers' Dragula Season 5 (Shudder Original Series)
New Episodes of the Drag Competition Continue Every Tuesday Until the Season Finale on January 16, 2024 **Note: Episodes will be on hiatus on December 26 and January 2
Horror's new icons The Boulet Brothers are on the hunt to find the world's next drag monster superstar in this brand new, star-studded fifth season of their hit reality competition show. With new competitors, the challenges, special effects makeup, costumes, and performances promise to be truly terrifying and out-of-this-world.
*Full Shudder programming schedule for December available now.

On SUNDANCE NOW:

The Lovers (Sundance Now Original Series)
New Romantic Dramedy Premieres Thursday, December 7 on AMC+ and Sundance Now; New Episodes Continue Every Thursday Until the Season Finale on January 4
The series follows Janet (Roisin Gallagher, The Dry), a foul-mouthed supermarket worker who doesn't care about anything, and Seamus (Johnny Flynn, Stardust), a handsome, self-centered, political broadcaster with a seemingly perfect London life and a celebrity girlfriend (Alice Eve, Belgravia). When they unexpectedly meet, they instantly clash - and yet also find themselves inextricably drawn to each other.

Fan-Favorite Series Joining Sundance Now This Month Include:
Being Human (UK) - Season 1 Binge December 14 on AMC+ and Sundance Now; Additional Seasons Added Every Thursday
Life isn't easy if you happen to be a ghost, a vampire or a werewolf in this series focused on a group of friends as they deal with the challenges of being supernatural creatures and their desire to be human. Starring Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey and Aidan Turner.

Pan Am - Full Series Binge December 21 on AMC+ and Sundance Now
Period drama about the pilots and flight attendants who once made Pan Am the most glamourous way to fly. Starring Margot Robbie and Christina Ricci.






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