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ANTICIPATION REPORT: Drama, Mystery, and Adventure Thrive In December

Whoopi Goldberg in "The Stand" CBS All Access

There’s much to devour this holiday season, starting with fantasy drama The Stand (No. 1). Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, the miniseries is “King’s post-apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil.” The CBS All Access series also brings a star-studded cast together including: Whoopi Goldberg, James Marsden, Amber Heard and Alexander Skarsgård just to name a few.

Netflix offers audiences two new dramas in December, Bridgerton (No. 2) and Tiny Pretty Things (No. 5). On Christmas Day, Julia Quinn’s romance series comes to life with Shonda Rhimes’ first Netflix production, Bridgerton. The period drama follows the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family, and her siblings, as she makes her debut onto Regency London's competitive marriage market. Meanwhile, on the 14th, tragedy strikes in the modern-day YA series, Tiny Pretty Things. Every dancer is both friend and foe as they compete for roles, and greatness, at Chicago’s most prestigious ballet school. 

The thrilling television continues with Showtime’s Your Honor (No. 3). A New Orleans judge is forced to confront his deepest convictions when his son gets involved in a hit-and-run with an organized crime family, leading to a high-stakes game of lies and deceit. Bryan Cranston stars in the ten-episode limited series, debuting on December 6h.

Rounding out the category is Amazon Prime’s first teen drama, The Wilds (No. 4). A group of girls struggle to survive on a deserted island after a plane crash, while learning more about each other and the secrets they keep. It turns out however, that not only will they have to endure the trauma of the crash, but whether or not it was even an accident... The Wilds premieres on December 11th.

Animated series kick off our returning category! The fourth and final season of Attack on Titan (No. 1) arrives on December 7th, which focuses on what happened to Eren and his team in the immediate aftermath of Season 3. The story is expected to go overseas as the survey corps make progress. Meanwhile on December 4th, new episodes of animated comedy Big Mouth (No. 2) continue to focus on the anxiety of growing up and discovering yourself.

Next, Showtime’s Shameless (No. 3) returns for its “last call.” The eleventh and final season finds the Gallagher family and the South Side of Chicago at a crossroads. As Frank confronts his own mortality, Lip struggles with the prospect of becoming the family’s new patriarch. Season 11 premieres on December 6th.

If you’re looking for a holiday binge-watch this December, Season 2 of Home for Christmas drops on the 18th. The first season of the Norwegian rom-com had Johanne looking for a boyfriend to bring home for Christmas Eve dinner, leaving fans wondering who rang the doorbell in its finale … Hopefully Season 2 delivers the answer!

Lastly, Season 5 of The Expanse (No. 5) picks up as multitudes of humans leave the solar system in search of new homes and vast fortunes. This time around, Amazon will release the first three episodes on December 16th, then one new episode per week. 

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