From a regal Netflix return to an old timey Christmas, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Beyond Famous: Canada's Walk of Fame – Sunday, December 3, 8 p.m., Global
GlobalCanada’s Walk of Fame, a permanent tribute to those who’ve made a remarkable impact on the five pillars of recognition, recently cemented a new set of achievers into the sidewalks of Toronto’s Entertainment District. To help celebrate, they’ve put together a one-hour documentary, Beyond Famous: Canada’s Walk of Fame. (The 2017 Walk of Fame gala itself, held on November 15, will be broadcast at a later date.)
Hosted by Emmy winner Eric McCormack, tonight’s documentary showcases the Walk’s 19-year history of honouring great Canadians. Through new interviews with past inductees, insight from top Canadian cultural commentators, plus iconic moments and performances from past induction galas, the special celebrates the essence of Canada’s Walk of Fame—what it means to be inducted and the culture of Canadian stardom. It also examines the impact of Canadian talent on the arts, science, entertainment and technology industries on a national and international scale.
2. Family Guy – Sunday, December 3, 9 p.m., City & FOX
CityAfter being pushed to attend a high school party, Meg takes up binge drinking, which leaves Peter torn between parental concern and parental pride. Elsewhere, a Rear Window-ing Brian starts to spy on the neighbours, which leads him to suspect that Principal Shepherd has committed a crime.
3. Curb Your Enthusiasm – Sunday, 9 p.m. & 12:05 a.m., HBO Canada | Season Finale
HBO CanadaThe long-awaited ninth season of Curb wraps up this week. Will there be a 10th? Well, as ever, that’s up to Larry David, so we’ll just have to wait and see. But if recent history has taught us anything, it’s that we could be waiting a prettttttty, pretttty long time.
4. Floribama Shore – Monday, December 4, 7 p.m. & Midnight, MTV Canada
MTV CanadaAt its height, Jersey Shore was a flagship show for MTV, spawning international remakes, SNL parodies and plenty of spinoffs featuring fan favourites like Snooki, JWOWW and Pauly D as they grew up (or at least, got older), had families and launched solo careers.
A new instalment of the franchise debuted last week, introducing eight new 20-somethings who are putting their adult lives on hold to spend the summer partying in Florida on the Florida-Alabama shore. (Understand the title now?) The sunbathed shenanigans continue this Monday with the second of eight season-one episodes.
5. Will & Grace – Tuesday, December 5, 9 p.m., Global & NBC
GlobalIn this yuletide adventure (which airs on a special night while the show is still in midseason hiatus), viewers will see Will, Grace, Karen and Jack being granted their wish to experience Christmas in old New York City. It’s a scenario which turns out to be decidedly less romantic than they’d imagined. (It does, however, serve to show them how far NYC has come over the course of the preceding century.) The episode also features guest star Leslie Jordan, reprising his role as Karen’s pal Beverley Leslie. But is he the only guest star? That remains to be seen, but in an instalment of the “Will & Grace After Party” on YouTube, series co-creator David Kohan, when asked about the holiday special by a fan, made a cryptic reference to Cher, who memorably guest-starred on the show as God back in season four. Will the pop icon return to help the gang Turn Back Time? We have to Believe she’s Strong Enough.
6. Riverdale – Wednesday, December 6, 8 p.m., The CW; Thursday, December 7, Netflix
NetflixThis sophomore season of The CW’s Twin Peaks-y take on Archie Comics grows darker in the second-to-last new episode before the holiday break. After spending the majority of the season behind bars for his part in covering up Jason Blossom’s murder, Jughead’s old man, FP (Skeet Ulrich), is finally being released from prison this week. His reappearance in the South Side may only mean more complications though, given the unsavoury activities and all-out gang war the Serpents have been waging in their leader’s absence. To ease the transition, Jughead and Betty attempt a welcome-home party, handing the Black Hood investigation over to Archie and Veronica for a little bit; unfortunately, A and V are a little distracted at the moment, their romance having hit a sizable bump in the road.
7. Top of the Lake: China Girl – Wednesday, December 6, 9 p.m., CBC | Season Finale
Sundance TVJane Campion’s exploration of crime, human trafficking and motherhood has taken us on an emotionally tumultuous journey in this second season, with the stakes growing higher for these meticulously crafted characters with each passing week. Now it all comes to a close with the aptly titled finale, “The Battle of the Mothers.” And in this battle, everything is on the line. As Robin and Pyke become desperate in their search for Mary and cling to the hope that she’s still alive, a horrific crime scene at Silk 41 turns into everyone’s worst nightmare. With wiped evidence, uncooperative witnesses and all-around chaos ensuing, this finale is guaranteed to be just as memorable as the first season’s, if not more so.
8. Knightfall – Wednesday, December 6, 10 p.m., History | Series Premiere
HistoryDownton Abbey alum Tom Cullen (who—fun fact—is the main squeeze of Orphan Black phenom Tatiana Maslany) stars as the noble but headstrong Templar Knight Landry. He’s the man who leads the charge to find the Holy Grail when a new clue emerges years after the Cup of Christ was originally lost.
Over the course of 10 episodes, the series promises to touch on themes of religion, power, politics and sacrifice, amidst plenty of rousing swordplay. Indeed, the Knights’ brutal final battles in the Holy Land should prove a sight to behold, as should the infamous events of Friday, October 13, 1307—the day when King Philip IV of France had many of the Knights arrested and tortured, supposedly leading to the present-day superstition of Friday the 13th being bad luck.
9. The Crown – Friday, December 8, Netflix | Season Premiere
NetflixOne of last year’s most critically acclaimed new series returns for its second season, continuing the true—and, let’s not forget, still ongoing—story of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Claire Foy and Matt Smith are back to play the Queen and husband Prince Philip as the story picks up in 1955 and continues into the swinging ’60s. Interestingly enough, this will also be the actors’ final season on the show; season three will jump ahead in time to focus on the Queen a bit later in life, with Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, The Night Manager) cast to play the monarch in middle age. Meanwhile, the second season will focus on Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby), and her rebound romance with dashing photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, a.k.a. the first Earl of Snowdon (played by The Good Wife’s Matthew Goode). As we know from history, this union was tragic and doomed as the larger-than-life egos of these two outsized personalities eventually caused the relationship to implode.
10. A Christmas Carol – Friday, December 8, 5 p.m., TCM
TCMIn perhaps the most celebrated holiday tale of all time, humbugging businessman Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim, towering over all who’ve played the role since) is swept away by three spirits on a trip through his past, present and future.