New York, NY – November 16, 2022 – This December, AMC Networks’ targeted streaming services will feature AMC’s annual holiday event, “Best Christmas Ever” featuring the AMC+ Exclusive Film premiere of Vince Vaughn’s Christmas with the Campbells (In Theaters and on AMC+ December 2) starring Justin Long and Brittany Snow, as well as a number of new holiday films, specials and fan favorites all month long. This month also features the season finales of AMC+ Original series Gangs of London (December 29) and BBC America’s Mood (December 4), as well as the limited series binge of Sundance Now Original Litvinenko (December 16) starring David Tennant (Des, Doctor Who).
The company’s targeted streamers also set to bring viewers an extensive catalogue of compelling dramas, fan-favorite franchises, highly anticipated films and timely collections on AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, IFC Films Unlimited, Shudder and Sundance Now, and the newly acquired anime-focused HIDIVE, all month long.
On ACORN TV:
- Midsomer Murders: 25 Years of Mayhem and Season 23 Premiere
Mondays, December 5 & December 12 (respectively)
Celebrating over two decades of one of Britain’s best loved and most enduring crime dramas, this special shines a light on the fictional English county of Midsomer, the numerous mysterious crimes and murders to befall it, and pays tribute to the on and off screen talent who have played pivotal roles in keeping millions of viewers glued to their screens since 1997, including key cast members like Neil Dudgeon, John Nettles, Jane Wymark and Jason Hughes. The documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of the filming of the upcoming Season 23, recounts how the series came to life off the page of Caroline Graham’s Chief Inspector Barnaby books, and takes a look at early appearances from future A-list actors such as Orlando Bloom, Olivia Colman and Henry Cavill. It also offers behind the scenes of the filming of season 23, which will premiere weekly on Mondays from December 12 through January 2.
- Farewell Doc Martin and Doc Martin Series Finale
Premieres Monday, December 26 and Thursday, December 29 (respectively)
Acorn TV bids farewell to the wildly popular UK dramedy with two programming events. Firstly, the Farewell Doc Martin one-hour documentary explores the longevity of the series over the years, as well as offering behind the scenes of the final season with the cast and crew. Then, in the Christmas-themed series finale, Portwenn is full of festive cheer until Doc cancels the Santa, prompting his portrayer to show “Doc the Grinch” the magic of Christmas, with unintended consequences.
- The Madame Blanc Mysteries – Christmas Special and Season Premiere
Monday, December 26
In this Christmas-themed special to open the upcoming second season, renowned and respected antiques dealer, Jean White (series creator Sally Lindsay, Cold Call, Mount Pleasant), returns fresh from surviving an attempt on her life by the duplicitous Barbara. Jean’s expertise in the world of antiquities once again proves the key to solving a series of murders and mysteries against the backdrop of the beautiful French village of Saint Victoire. In the season opener, Jean comes to the aid of Chief of Police Caron (Alex Gaumond, The Syndicate), who finds himself on the other side of the interview table accused of a crime he didn’t commit.
*Full Acorn TV programming schedule for the month available HERE
- Wicked City (ALLBLK Original Series)
Season 1 Premieres Thursday, December 1
While living their best life in Atlanta, four young, chic, modern-day witches, Jordan Davis, Mona De La Cruz, Angela Harris, and Sherise Baker make the acquaintance of Camille, a naturally powerful witch who is oblivious to her gift. Reluctantly, Camille joins the women for a spell, but things take a menacing turn resulting in an accidental death. The witches quickly perform a forbidden resurrection spell, however it is too late, as a dark sinister being is brought back from the other side. Now, between their complicated personal lives, unearthed secrets of the past, and attempting to defeat a powerful wraith, this coven is in for the most dangerous ride of their lives.
Cast: Vanessa Bell Calloway (Shameless), Taylor Polidore (Snowfall), Shaquita Smith (The Couch) Mercedez McDowell (The Resident), Chantal Maurice (P-Valley) Chanel Mack (The Harder They Fall), Rhonda Morman (Sister Swap: Christmas in the City, Malika Blessing (The Lost Souls Café), Columbus Short (True to The Game) and Rolonda Rochelle (Chicago Fire).
- Hush (ALLBLK Original Series)
Season 1 Premieres Thursday, December 1
When a body is found in her penthouse, Dr. Draya Logan is identified as a prime suspect. During a recap of the events that lead to the deadly incident, the lives of three high-profile wives are put on display. First, Gina Rodriquez, a calculating aspiring Reality TV star turned housewife to a professional baseball player. Then, Syleena Gibson, a former corner girl turned housewife of a high-powered attorney. And finally, Jordan Vincent, a desperate housewife whose husband is serving a bid for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. In the end, one of the four are guilty, but it’s a secret they are willing to bury to keep their lives intact. Well, all except Draya’s, of course.
Cast: Joyful Drake (P-Valley, The Quad), Erica Mena (Love & Hip Hop, Scared Famous), Candiace Dillard-Bassett (The Real Housewives of Potomac, The Christmas Lottery), TS Madison (Zola, The TS Madison Experience), Rob Gordon (The Christmas Lottery, Holiday Heartbreak), Caryn Ward Ross (Monogamy, Jane the Virgin), Kevin Savage (Insecure, P-Valley), Javier Villamil (Jumanji: Next Level) and Lanre Idewu (Sherman’s Showcase).
- Snap(ALLBLK Original Series)
Season 1 Premieres Thursday December 22
Tackling deep-seated societal issues like systemic racism, generational oppression, climate change, gender identity and abortion, the show sheds a light on broken systems, antiquated beliefs, and harmful misconceptions standing in the way of forward motion. In thought provoking, and sometimes fantastical ways, the series serves to shake the collective conscience into acknowledging uncomfortable truths and recognizing we can no longer afford to stand idly by while agents of destruction, be they government forces, the media, or our very own selves, risk driving society at large aground. The show reminds us the stakes are too high and the ramifications too ominous not to stand up and make noise.
Cast: Eric Benet, Frank Oakley III, Shiquita James, Cherrie McRae and Emily Hall
*Full ALLBLK programming schedule for the month available HERE
- Christmas with the Campbells (AMC+ Exclusive)
New Film Premieres Friday, December 2 *In Theaters and on AMC+
The traditional holiday romcom gets a new spin from Vince Vaughn (Fred Claus), Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story) and Dan Lagana (American Vandal). When Jesse gets dumped right before the holidays by her boyfriend Shawn, his parents convince her to still spend Christmas with them and Shawn’s handsome cousin while Shawn is away. Starring Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), Justin Long (He’s Just Not That Into You), Alex Moffat (Saturday Night Live), Joanna Garcia Swisher (Sweet Magnolias), Julia Duffy (Newhart, Designing Women) and George Wendt (Cheers).
- Mood (BBC America Original)
Season Finale Sunday, December 4; One Week Ahead of BBC America Linear
Mood is the highly anticipated first drama series from actor, writer, and singer-songwriter Nicôle Lecky, based on her critically acclaimed Royal Court play (Superhoe). In the six-part series, Sasha Clayton (Lecky) dreams of becoming a major recording artist, but right now she’s a bedroom artist: spending her days smoking weed and stalking her ex-boyfriend (Jordan Duvigneau, My Mum Tracy Beaker) on Instagram. When she is kicked out of her family home for drunkenly trying to burn her ex’s house down, Sasha becomes homeless and is forced to fend for herself, sofa-surfing with local drug dealer Saleem (Mohammad Dalmar). Everything seems to change when she meets and moves in with Instagram influencer and party girl Carly (Lara Peake, Brave New World), who introduces her to the exciting world of making money and becoming ‘famous’ on social media. But as the gap between her online presence and her dream of being a singer continues to grow, Sasha finds herself struggling to escape this new influencer world that is more complex and darker than she could have imagined.
- Gangs of London (AMC+ Original)
Season Finale, Thursday, December 29
One year after the death of Sean Wallace and the violent reckonings of season one, the map and soul of London has been redrawn. The surviving Wallaces are scattered, the Dumanis broken and estranged, and ex-undercover cop Elliot Carter (Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Humans, Mr. Malcolm’s List) is now being forced to work for the Investors. As the Investors look down on a city sliding into chaos, they decide enough is enough and bring in reinforcements to restore control. Old favorites and new players fight back against the new order, forcing sworn enemies to work together and family members to betray each other. Who will win the battle for London’s soul? Returning cast includes: Dìrísù, Paapa Essiedu, Lucian Msamati, Michelle Fairley, Orli Shuka, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Brian Vernel, Narges Rashidi, Asif Raza Mir and Valene Kane. Joining the ensemble cast for season 2 include Waleed Zuaiter, Jahz Armando, Fady El-Sayed, Salem Kali and Aymen Hamdouchi.
*Full AMC+ programming schedule for the month available HERE
- LUPIN ZERO (HIDIVE Exclusive)
Series Premiere in December
The highly anticipated new action series LUPIN ZERO is a spin-off from the hit anime franchise LUPIN THE 3RD, which has been entertaining audiences worldwide for over 50 years. Set in 1960s Japan during the Showa Era, this original anime story centers on a teenaged Lupin III and delves into his untold origins as the world’s greatest thief. Animated by production studio Telecom Animation Film and directed by Daisuke Sakou (LUPIN THE 3RD PART 5, Yokai Watch), the 6-episode LUPIN ZERO series premieres this December.
- The Eminence in Shadow (HIDIVE Exclusive)
English Dub Premiere in December
A contender for the “Next Isekai Hit” (CBR.com), the popular fantasy-action simulcast series The Eminence in Shadow will now be available in English dub as well! The first English dub episode of The Eminence in Shadow premieres in December. When Cid is isekai’d to another world, he creates an underground organization to live out a fight against a made-up cult. Little does he know the cult is real, and they’re not happy his power fantasy just impeded their plans! The English dub production of The Eminence in Shadow features ADR director John Swasey and a voice cast starring Adam Gibbs as Cid, Natalie Rial as Akane, Luci Christian as Claire, Christina Kelly as Alpha, Annie Wild as Beta, Raven Troup as Delta, Ellen Evans as Epsilon, Elissa Cuellar as Gamma and Dominque Meyer as Zeta.
*Full HIDIVE programming schedule for the month available HERE
On IFC FILMS UNLIMITED:
Film Premieres Wednesday, December 14
A lonely man becomes manically devoted to a manipulative “friend” (Wil Wheaton) whose VHS dating service tapes seem to be speaking directly to him in this retro Tinder nightmare.
- Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles
Film Documentary Premieres Thursday, December 29
Follows celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi as he assembles a star-studded team of the world’s most innovative pastry chefs to put on a Versailles-themed culinary gala at the Met in New York City.
- Christmas Bloody Christmas (Shudder Original)
New Shudder & AMC+ Exclusive Film Premieres Friday, December 9
It’s Christmas Eve and fiery record store owner Tori Tooms (Riley Dandy, A Hollywood Christmas) just wants to get drunk and party, until the robotic Santa Claus (Abraham Benrubi, Robot Chicken) at a nearby toy store goes haywire and makes her night more than a little complicated. Santa Claus begins a rampant killing spree through the neon drenched snowscape against a backdrop of drugs, sex, metal and violence, ultimately forcing Tori into a blood splattered battle for survival against the ruthless heavy metal Saint Nick himself. Written and directed by Joe Begos (Bliss).
- The Apology (Shudder Exclusive)
New Shudder & AMC+ Exclusive Film Premieres Friday, December 16
Starring Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Linus Roache (Law & Order) and Janeane Garofalo (Wet Hot American Summer), The Apology picks up with recovering alcoholic Darlene Hagen (Gunn) 20 years after the disappearance of her daughter, as she’s preparing to host her family’s Christmas celebration with her best friend Gretchen (Garofalo). Late Christmas Eve, Darlene’s estranged ex-brother-in-law Jack (Roache) arrives unannounced, bearing nostalgic gifts and a heavy secret. Soon, Darlene finds herself caught between reason and ruthless instinct. Trapped together by a dangerous storm, a battle of wits escalates to a violent game of revenge.
- Joe Bob’s Ghoultide Get-Together (Shudder Original)
New Special Premieres Sunday, December 18
Joe Bob celebrates Christmas the drive-in way, complete with The Last Drive-In’s third annual holiday auction with proceeds going to charity. And who knows, this year’s double feature might even include a Christmas horror movie or two.
- The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans (Shudder Original)
New Episodes Premiere Tuesdays; Season Finale December 20
The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans brings together some of the most popular drag icons from the show’s previous seasons competing in a grand championship of drag artistry and shocking physical challenges for a one hundred-thousand-dollar grand prize, the headlining spot on the upcoming world tour, and the first ever “Dragula Titans” crown and title. Guest Judges include Elvira, Harvey Guillen, Justin Simien, David Dastmalchian, Poppy, Alaska, Katya, Joe Bob Briggs, Bonnie Aarons, Barbara Crampton, and more.
*Full Shudder programming schedule for the month available HERE
On SUNDANCE NOW:
- Litvinenko (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Limited Series Binge Premieres Friday, December 16
Alexander Litvinenko (David Tennant, Doctor Who), a former Russian spy, Kremlin critic and British citizen, lies in a London hospital bed, his condition deteriorating rapidly. Detectives are summoned to take his statement – he claims to have been poisoned and points the finger directly at President Vladimir Putin. Litvinenko dies just a few days later, surrounded by his family. When it’s confirmed that he had been poisoned with polonium-210 – the deadliest substance known to man – the gravity of the situation becomes clear. Facing an unprecedented chemical attack in the heart of London, the police race to seal off potentially contaminated sites, while detectives plunge into a high-stakes murder investigation, tracking their elusive suspects from London to Moscow. In a shadowy world of political power games and fragile international relations, and alongside his widow Marina’s courageous and dignified fight for the truth, can the detectives find justice for Litvinenko’s devastated family?
- Dating Death (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Season 1 Binge Premieres Tuesday, December 20
Dating Death is a true crime series which covers the disturbing history of Rodney Alcala and how he targeted his victims by posing as a professional photographer. Despite committing horrible crimes over the years, Alcala consistently evaded detection and brutally killed eight identified women between 1968 and 1979. He was finally captured after investigators identified him when he appeared as a contestant on the popular reality show, ‘The Dating Game” in the midst of his murder spree, where he wound up winning a date with the female contestant.
*Full Sundance Now programming schedule for the month available HERE
About AMC Networks:
AMC Networks (Nasdaq: AMCX) is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically-acclaimed content. Its brands include targeted streaming services AMC+, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now, ALLBLK, and the newest addition to its targeted streaming portfolio, the anime-focused HIDIVE streaming service, in addition to AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and IFC Films. AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind some of the biggest titles and brands known to a global audience, including The Walking Dead, the Anne Rice catalog and the Agatha Christie library. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and 25/7 Media, its production services business.