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It wouldn’t be the holiday season without it a Christmas Story — and this year, HBO Max is resurrecting the classic with a new sequel, A Christmas Story Christmas. Peter Billingsley reprises his role as Ralphie, who sets out to recreate the old man’s Christmas magic for his own children.
Today as well: Fleishman is in trouble examines the harsh realities of the Middle Ages, College Girls Sex Life returns for season 2, Pepsi, where’s my jet? recreates the battle between David and Goliath for a Harrier jet and much more. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Thursday:
A Christmas Story Christmas: original movie. 30 years after the events of a Christmas Story, Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) returns to his former home in Hohman, Indiana, with his wife and children. When his mother, now widowed after the old man’s death, convinces Ralphie to give his family a magical Christmas, Ralphie soon realizes the task is much more difficult than it seemed as a child. Watch Trailers. Stream on HBO Max
Fleishman is in trouble: Premiere in limited series. Fresh out of a toxic marriage, 41-year-old Toby Fleishman (Jesse Eisenberg) plunges into the world of app-based dating with a success he never had in his youth. But just as his summer of sexual freedom begins, his ex-wife (Claire Danes) disappears, leaving him with the kids with no indication of when she plans to return. Based on Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s bestselling novel, Fleischman also stars Lizzy Caplan and Adam Brody as Toby’s old friends. Read our review. Streaming to FX on Hulu
College Girls Sex Life: Season 2 premiere. A new term brings new experiences and challenges for roommates Kimberly (Pauline Chalamet), Whitney (Alyah Chanelle Scott), Leighton (Reneé Rapp) and Bela (Amrit Kaur), including messy relationships, wild parties and academic dilemmas. Two episodes of the dramedy created by Mindy Kaling premiere today. Watch Trailers. Stream on HBO Max
Pepsi, where’s my jet?: Complete documentation. In 1996, Pepsi introduced a new points campaign, claiming customers could win a Harrier Jet for 7 million points. Pepsi’s “prize” was meant as a joke, but 21-year-old John Leonard and his wealthy friend saw it as a challenge to hatch a plan to win the biggest prize of all — and incur the wrath of the Coke giant in the process. Read our review. Stream on Netflix
Dead to me: Complete Season 3 (Series Finale). After another hit-and-run accident, Jen (Christina Applegate) and Judy’s (Linda Cardellini) friendship is tested like never before. When the FBI takes over Steve’s (James Marsden) murder case, Jen faces the dire consequences of death, while Judy faces her own existential crisis when her life is threatened by an unexpected force from her past. Watch Trailers. Stream on Netflix
Gangs of London: Season 2 Premiere. A year after season one’s violent reckoning, the surviving Wallaces find themselves scattered, the Dumanis fractured and estranged, and ex-undercover cop Elliot Finch (Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù) is now forced to work for the investors . As investors look down on a city slipping into chaos, they bring in reinforcements to restore control, and sworn enemies must now work together to resist the new order. Two episodes are out today. Watch Trailers. Streaming on AMC+
1899: Complete Season 1. The makers of Dark Bring Netflix a new mystery that follows passengers aboard a ship to the New World as they sail into a nightmare when they find a second ship adrift in the open sea. Watch Trailers. Stream on Netflix
Christmas camp: original documentation. HBO Max’s holiday programming continues with this documentary about a horde of professional Santas, Father Christmases and elves who must contend with the lack of diversity in their industry. Watch Trailers. Stream on HBO Max
Thursday night football: The Green Bay Packers host the Tennessee Titans TNF. 8:15 p.m. ET/5:15 p.m. PT on Amazon Prime Video
Pickled: special presentation. Stephen Colbert is hosting a celebrity pickleball tournament featuring Murray Bartlett, Emma Watson, Max Greenfield and more. Celebrities compete in pairs to win the first-ever Colbert Cup. 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Alaska daily: Fall Finale Season 1. Bob (Matt Malloy) tips Roz (Grace Dove) and Eileen (Hilary Swank) on Gloria’s case, but after they appear on local radio show Concerned Citizens, the threats escalate to dangerous new heights. view preview. 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC
Claire Spellberg Lustig is a senior editor at Primetimer and a grantee at The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.