6 New TV Shows to Watch in December
While many shows will soon head into their winter hiatuses, there’s no need to worry — December is also bringing several new series to the small screen. With several new entries from Netflix (including a true crime docuseries, an adult animated series, and a sitcom) available to stream and the latest comedy from NBC on the way, you’re sure to find a show that will keep you entertained this December. Here are six television series premieres to watch out for over the coming month.
1. Real Rob, December 1
Rob Schneider produces, stars in, and directs this upcoming series, which mixes scripted comedy with Schneider’s stand-up performances. Described as “an exaggerated yet brutally honest depiction of Schneider’s real life,” the show will follow Schneider as he manages “the ups and downs of a Hollywood career,” his family life, “ever-present stalker” Max Amini, and his “completely incompetent assistant” Jamie Lissow. Norm Macdonald and George Lopez will also make guest appearances. The first season will consist of eight episodes, kicking off in early December.
2. Telenovela, December 7
Starring Eva Longoria and Jencarlos Canela, the upcoming comedy chronicles the daily life of Ana Sofia Calderon, a beloved telenovela star who strives to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera — especially with her co-stars and the crew competing for her attention. Amaury Nolasco, Diana Maria Riva, Jose Moreno Brooks, Alex Meneses, Jadyn Douglas, and Izzy Diad co-star on the series. The 11-episode freshman season is set to air on NBC as a mid-season entry.
3. Childhood’s End, December 14
Syfy’s three-part miniseries, based on the highly acclaimed novel of the same name by Arthur C. Clarke, follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious “Overlords,” whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture. Mike Vogel, Julian McMahon, Charles Dance, Yael Stone, Daisy Betts, and Ashley Zukerman co-star in the series. The small-screen adaptation will air its episodes over the course of three consecutive nights on the network.
4. The Expanse, December 14
The space opera/mystery science fiction drama series on Syfy is based on the series of novels of the same name. Set in a future where humanity has colonized the Solar System, it stars Thomas Jane as a police detective born in the asteroid belt, who is given the assignment to find a missing young woman, Julie Mao. Joining his task is James Holden (Steven Strait), formerly first officer of an ice freighter who is involved in an incident caused by the tense relationship between Earth, Mars, and the Belt. The two soon find out that the missing woman is connected to a vast conspiracy. Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatam, and Shoreh Aghdashloo co-star.
5. F Is for Family, December 18
Marking another entry into Netflix’s adult animation genre, F Is for Family has been described as a “family comedy” based on the standup of Bill Burr. The show will center on the Murphy family in the 1970s, “a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport.” Burr will voice the father role of Frank Murphy, with Laura Dern and Justin Long voicing his wife and son, respectively. Burr will also serve as an executive producer on the six-part series alongside Vince Vaughn.
6. Making of a Murderer, December 18
Netflix’s docuseries will cover the 30-year saga of one man’s experience within the American criminal justice system. The series will center on the story of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man with a long criminal record, who was convicted and later exonerated of a brutal sexual assault. His release triggered major criminal justice reform legislation, and he eventually filed a lawsuit against the county that threatened to expose corruption in local law enforcement. In the midst of pursuing his very public civil case, Avery was named the prime suspect in a new grisly murder, of which he was eventually convicted and sentenced to life in prison for. Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos directed the 10-episode series.