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It’s a very Schitt’s Creek Christmas

Daniel Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Annie Murphy
Daniel Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Annie Murphy
Photo: Pop

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Wednesday, December 19. All times are Eastern.  


Top pick

Schitt’s Creek (Pop, 10 p.m.): It’s the Roses’ first holiday special, and we couldn’t be more excited. For those new to the fun and games: When titan of the video-store industry Johnny Rose (co-creator Eugene Levy) and his family wind up broke, they find themselves with only one option—they must move to Schitt’s Creek, a middle-of-nowhere town Johnny purchased for laughs long ago. The series concerns the ways in which soap star Moira (the great Catherine O’Hara) and adult(-ish) children David (Daniel Levy) and Alexis (Annie Murphy, giving one of TV’s best performances) adjust to their new, more meager means and their lives together. It’s good and smart and funny. You should watch it.

The holiday special sees the Rose clan attempt to celebrate Christmas, most of them begrudgingly. But there’s a reason for you—yes, you, person who has not yet seen Schitt’s Creek—to celebrate as well. Pop has made each of its four seasons available for free through their Pop Now app, meaning even if you can’t catch up before 10 p.m. tonight, you can make a solid attempt before the show returns for its fifth season in January. Enjoy.

Regular coverage

Vikings (History, 9 p.m.)

Wild card

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Christmas on I.C.E.” Holiday Special (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): Samantha Bee’s holiday special will actually be on ice, at least in part. Adam Rippon is coming! But lest you miss the pun, I.C.E. has a double meaning here. Full Frontal is throwing this little dog and pony show to raise money to help reunite immigrant families, so as Bee puts it in this pointed promo, “this will be a festive reminder that we’ve fucked over thousands of immigrants and we still haven’t fixed it yet.”

But there will still be jokes. See the less pointed promo below.

Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves TV, bourbon, and overanalyzing social interactions. Please buy her book, How TV Can Make You Smarter (Chronicle, 2020). It’s short!