Friday TV: Christmas Prince Season

xmasPrincessWeddingEven Netflix is making so many Christmas movies, they’re starting to spawn sequels.

“A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding” (Netflix, streaming), is a sequel to last year’s “A Christmas Prince” (Netflix streaming) again with ,Rose McIver and Ben Lamb a pair that apparently didn’t just live happily ever after at the end of the first one.. There’s a complication with the planned ceremony.

Another holiday movie, “Angela’s Christmas” (Netflix, streaming) is an animated adaptation of Frank McCourt’s children’s book, based on the famous character from “Angela’s Ashes.”

The latest entry in the very welcome trend of premiering ambitious movies the same they open on the big screen is Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro” (Netflix, streaming). It’s about an Italian sharecropper who teams up with a wealthy young man.

In a new French film, “The World is Yours” (Netflix, streaming) a Parisian drug dealer takes up a scheme that involves his mother. It’s a comedy heavy with music; director Romain Gavras’ take on “Scarface.”

Magician Drummond Money-Coutts stages big tricks in international datelines on the new “Death by Magic” (Netflix, streaming).

Another addition to its popular cooking shows is “The Great British Baking Show: Holidays” (Netflix, streaming) featuring past contestants whipping up Yuletide treats.

The imported series “Baby” (Netflix, streaming), about teens to choose to become prostitutes in posh Rome, has raised the ire of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, who charge that it is normalizes child sexual abuse and sex trafficking of minors.

A second season comes for the animated “F is for Family” (Netflix, streaming), about comedian Bill Burr’s upbringing done up like “King of the Hill” with cussing.

The new series “1983” (Netflix, streaming) focuses on dark political intrigue and conspiracy theories in Poland in a period piece actually set in 2003.

The series “Inside Jokes” (Amazon Prime, streaming) follows a half dozen Los Angeles comics trying to secure a place at Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival. Some are really not very funny.

Is it me or is every other TV Christmas romance about a baker? Here’s another one: “A Very Nutty Christmas” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), starring Melissa Joan Hart as a baker confronted by a come to life Nutcracker (Barry Watson).

On “Blindspot” (NBC, 8 p.m.), Patterson and Rich solve a mysterious puzzle at the FBI.

The Carringtons try a fresh start after Thanksgiving on “Dynasty” (CW, 8 p.m.).

“MacGyver” (CBS, 8 p.m.) rushes to recover a vial containing a deadly virus stolen from the Center for Disease Control.

Rebecca visits her mom on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW, 9 p.m.).

Mike Tyson shows up on “Ridiculousness” (MTV, 8 p.m.); Rob Riggles stops by at 8:30.

“Ghost Adventures” (Travel, 9 p.m.) try to find a ghost in a ghost town.

Rains hit the Klondike on “Gold Rush” (Discovery, 9 p.m.).

An urban vigilante is killed on “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

Olivia’s past returns to haunt her on “Midnight, Texas” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

Doc tries to help with the water situation on “Z Nation” (Syfy, 9 p.m.).

On “Blue Bloods” (CBS, 10 p.m.) Frank rounds up young people heckling cops.

Alex struggles about leaving Scarlett behind on “Van Helsing” (Syfy, 10 p.m.).

Will Geer stars on Turner Classic Movies in “Executive Action” (8 p.m.), “Jeremiah Johnson” (10 p.m.) and “The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery” (12:15 a.m.). Then comes a couple of weird movies from the 1990s by Sarah Jacobson: “Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore” (2 a.m.) and “I Was a Teenage Serial Killer” (3:45 a.m.).

Earlier, there are films about con men (and women) with “Jimmy the Gent” (6:45 a.m.), “Beg, Borrow or Steal” (8 a.m.), “The Last of Mrs. Cheyney” (9:30 a.m.), “The Law and the Lady” (11:15 a.m.), “Two Smart People” (1:15 p.m.), “Honky Tonk” (3 p.m.), “Blonde Crazy” (5 p.m.) and “Trouble in Paradise” (6:30 p.m.).

College football includes Northern Illinois vs. Buffalo (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) and Utah vs. Washington (Fox, 8 p.m.).

NBA action includes Houston at San Antonio (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and Denver at Portland (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

Hockey has New Jersey at Washington (NHL, 7 p.m.).

College basketball includes Mississippi State at Dayton (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.).

Women’s college soccer has Georgetown vs. North Carolina (ESPNU, 5 p.m.) and Florida State vs. Stanford (ESPNU, 7:30 p.m.) in the NCAA tournament semifinals.

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Garth Brooks, Adam Trent, Lance Ulanoff. The View: Ana Navarro. The Talk: Tyra Banks, Marisa Jaret-Winokur, Kermit the Frog, Carrie Ann Inaba. Ellen DeGeneres: Julia Roberts, Alessia Cara. Wendy Williams: Ari Nicole Parker. The Real: Trey Songz.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Michelle Obama. Jimmy Kimmel: Bono, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Snoop Dogg, Mila Kunis, Pharrell, Brad Paisley, Zoe Saldana (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Dolly Parton, Nick Kroll. Seth Meyers: Martin Short, Brian Tyree Henry, Amir Obe, Caitlin Klaus (rerun). James Corden: Jeff Bridges, Jenny Slate, Arctic Monkeys (rerun). Carson Daly: Luis Guzman, Houndmouth, Jessica Parker Kennedy (rerun).

 

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