Your TV Connection: What’s on in December | Lifestyle

PDN columnist Lorena Blas, former USA Today entertainment editor, picks the top shows airing in December.

If your December days are filling up with shopping errands, concerts, office parties, and novenas, you can treat yourself to taking care of yourself and having fun watching something new on stream.

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How about a mystery series? “Three Pines,” based on the Chief Inspector Gamache book series by Canadian author Louise Penny, premieres December 2 on Amazon Prime Video.

The series stars the inimitable Alfred Molina as Gamache, who investigates a series of crimes occurring in the Quebec town of Three Pines. The cases lead him to long-buried secrets and other surprises.

“Three Pines” has an ensemble cast that also includes Rossif Sutherland, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Sarah Booth, who play members of Gamache’s team. Unsurprisingly, the inspector and his team are initially met with mistrust and a cold reception from the town’s residents.

Your TV Connection: What's on in December

Alfred Molina is Armand Gamache in “Three Pines,” which will stream December 2 on Amazon Prime Video.

“Three Pines” may not sound like holiday programming, but your watch list can still be merry and bright with streaming entertainment options coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, and Hulu in December. Here are some highlights: (US release dates are listed.)

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December 2, “Riches”: The leader (Hugh Quarshie) of a cosmetics empire has a health crisis. The situation leaves his business hanging in the balance and different groups of his sons vie for control. Oil baron, music mogul, drug lord, you name it. (Insert industry, add combined family and medical crisis.) I’m here for it.

December 21, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”: The third season has John Krasinski returning in the lead role. He is pursuing intelligence about a secret plan to restore Soviet Russia and finds himself accused of involvement in a larger conspiracy. Let’s hope life doesn’t imitate art.

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December 9, “Something from Tiffany’s”: New York City dazzles at Christmas time in this film based on the book by Melissa Hill. Rachel and Gary (Zoey Deutch, Ray Nicholson) are happy enough but not quite ready to commit. Ethan and Vanessa (Kendrick Smith Sampson, Shay Mitchell) are about to make it official. Find out what happens when a gift mix-up causes all your paths to cross.

Your TV Connection: What's on in December

Kendrick Sampson and Zoey Deutch star in “Something from Tiffany’s,” streaming December 9 on Amazon Prime Video.

December 15, “Babysitter”: In this psychological horror drama, Aisha (Anna Diop), a woman who recently emigrated from Senegal, is hired to care for the daughter of a wealthy couple (Michelle Monaghan and Morgan Spector) living in New York City. Aisha hopes that her new job will give her the opportunity to bring her youngest son to the US But things are a bit complicated.

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December 2, “Slow Horses”: They are back. The second season of the dark and funny spy drama follows the adventures of a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dump department of MI5 due to their mistakes.

Your TV Connection: What's on in December

Kadiff Kirwan and Rosalind Eleazar are part of the cast of “Slow Horses,” which will air December 2 on Apple TV+.

December 9, “Little America”: Season 2 brings more funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, amazing and true stories of immigrants to America.

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December 9, “Emancipation”: Regardless of what others think of Will Smith (and his slap heard around the world), he’s bringing a powerful story to audiences during awards season. In the Antoine Fuqua-directed film (“Training Day”), Smith stars as a man who escapes slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith, and deep love for his family to evade hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana. in his search for freedom. . The film is inspired by the 1863 photos of “Whipped Peter”, taken during a Union Army medical examination, which first appeared in Harper’s Weekly. (Opens in theaters December 2)

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December 5, “Back to the rhythm”: Taye Diggs is the host of this reality dating series featuring three single women in their 40s looking for love at a Caribbean resort. Did someone say, “cougars”?

December 13, “Relatives”: Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Octavia E. Butler, this FX limited series will stream on Hulu. Dana James (Mallori Johnson), an aspiring writer, has uprooted her life and moved to Los Angeles. But, before she can settle into her new home, she finds herself thrown back and forth in time. “Kindred” is for fans of those stories involving love and drama that cross time.

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December 2, “Darby and the Dead”: This supernatural teen comedy is about a high school student who works as a spiritual messenger. Riele Downs and Auli’i Cravalho lead the cast.

Your TV Connection: What's on in December

Darby (Riele Downs) and Capri (Auli’i Cravalho) will take on the high school in “Darby and the Dead,” airing December 2 on Hulu.

December 9, “It’s a wonderful binge”: Several years after their first binge, best friends Hags, Andrew, Sarah and Kimi face the realities of young adulthood when the day of the annual binge is moved to Christmas Eve in this bizarre comedy. Yes, “weird”. I’m trying to be nice.

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December 15, “Sonic Prime”: Sonic returns like you’ve never seen him before. The fate of the multiverse rests in your gloved hands in a new animated adventure series with a reimagined cast.

December 16, “Storm for Christmas”: A group of people arrive at Oslo airport in this Nordic production. Some to welcome loved ones, some to travel home to their families, and some to fly and escape for the holidays. They end up stranded at the airport and the clock is ticking: Christmas is only 24 hours away.

December 21, “Emily in Paris”: The third season opens with Emily (Lily Collins) facing a lot of drama, sure. She will have to decide exactly where her professional and personal loyalty lies. This is life!

Your TV Connection: What's on in December

Emily (Lily Collins) and Alfie (Lucien Laviscount) grow closer when the third season of “Emily in Paris” arrives December 21 on Netflix.

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December 2, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”: Based on the classic novel by DH Lawrence, this is the story of a woman who was born into a life of wealth and privilege. After finding herself in an unhappy marriage, she begins a torrid affair with a man who works on the family property. Of course, Lady Chatterley (Emma Corrin) has to choose between society’s expectations and the man she loves. (Showing in select theaters now.)

December 9, “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”: Director del Toro and award-winning stop-motion legend Mark Gustafson reimagines the classic tale that follows Pinocchio on an enchanted adventure. (Showing in select theaters now.)

December 23, “Crystal Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”: This sequel to “Knives Out” brings together another all-star cast including Daniel Craig returning as Detective Benoit Blanc. Among the stars joining Craig: Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline with Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista. (Showing in select theaters now.)

December 25, “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical”: Here’s a Christmas movie to tug at your heartstrings. It is a new version of the musical version of Dahl’s tale of an extraordinary girl, who dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results. (Opens in select theaters December 9.)

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