Weekly roundup of science fiction and fantasy shows (as well as movies/specials of note) on the Prime Time TV schedule, also including programs that may be of interest to genre fans. Air dates and times subject to change without notice.
The beginning of the week will be quiet as far as sci fi TV goes because of the holiday and because most shows are on their Winter breaks. But the end of the week finds a couple of shows getting Mid-Season off to an early start. On Friday, the fifth season of Netflix’s Black Mirror has its debut, though it’s not clear at this point if all the Season 5 episodes will be available on that day or only the feature-length “Bandersnatch” installment. Stay tuned for updates on that. On Sunday, FOX’s The Orville is back for its second season and gets a post-NFL game launch (tentative start time is 8 PM EST, but could be later if the game goes long). That show will then resume its usual Thursday 9 PM EST timeslot the next week. Wrapping up this week is Syfy’s Z Nation and Van Helsing, both of which will have their season finales on Friday. NBC’s Midnight, Texas will air a new episode on Friday (now in the 8 PM EST timeslot), and Starz’s Outlander and Counterpart will air new episodes on Sunday.
As far as holiday marathons, BBC America will start running episodes of Doctor Who early on Monday, December 24th and those will continue through New Years Day. Syfy will be airing Futurama episodes all day on Christmas into the next morning and its annual Twilight Zone marathon will kick off on the evening of Sunday December 30th. AMC will kick off a Walking Dead marathon on that Sunday as well and that will continue through New Years Day. There are also holiday movies running across many of the other channels (and streaming services as well). And don’t expect the Winter hiatus to last long because shows will be returning with new episodes starting next week. You can see the full Mid-Season schedule at this link.
Prime Time Sci Fi TV Listings for the Week of Dec 24 – Dec 30:
Links are to the show pages on this site with additional series info and current status. Broadcast/Cable Listings Source: TVGuide.com
Wednesday December 26
Riverdale (CW) 8:00-9:00 On Hiatus
Friday December 28
MacGyver (CBS) 8:00-9:00 Preempted
Midnight Texas (NBC) 9:00-10:00
Z Nation (Syfy) 9:00-10:00 Season Finale
Van Helsing (Syfy) 10:00-11:00 Season Finale
Black Mirror (Netflix) Streaming Season 5 Premiere
Saturday December 29
No Genre Entries
Sunday December 30
God Friended Me (CBS) 8:00-9:00 Preempted
Supergirl (CW) 8:00-9:00 On Hiatus
The Orville (FOX) 8:00-9:00 Season 2 Premiere (Special Timeslot)
Outlander (Starz) 8:00-9:00
The Walking Dead (AMC) 9:00-10:00 On Hiatus
Charmed (CW) 9:00-10:00 On Hiatus
Counterpart (Starz) 9:00-10:00
Star Wars: Resistance (Disney) 10:00-10:30 On Hiatus
The Talking Dead (AMC) 10:00-11:00 On Hiatus
Black Mirror (Netflix) Streaming Friday, Season 5 Premiere
Schedule Notes: If a show is listed as On Hiatus, that means that it is taking a break of more than two episodes in a row. If a streaming series is included in the listings after its premiere date, then it releases new episodes once per week on that day as opposed to releasing its entire season at one time.