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What’s on TV This Week: ‘His Dark Materials’ and the People’s Alternative Awards

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Between network, cable and streaming, the fashionable television landscape is an unlimited one. Listed here are among the shows, specials and films coming to TV this week, Dec. 5 -11. Details and times are subject to vary.

HIS DARK MATERIALS 9 p.m. on HBO. Following the trilogy structure of the Philip Pullman novels on which it is predicated, the fantasy series “His Dark Materials” is slated to finish after its latest, third season, which debuts on Monday. The primary season introduced Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen), a runaway living in an authoritarian fantasy world who’s pulled right into a quest that involves multiple realities. The second season ended on the point of a war. Reviewing the primary season for The Recent York Times, James Poniewozik wrote that the show conjures a spectacle without losing sight of the weightier ideas of the source material. It “has a more rebellious, questioning outlook — adolescent, in way — than another fantasy sagas,” he wrote. “Where the Harry Potter series and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ presumed that the ruling institutions were essentially good, if vulnerable to corruption, ‘His Dark Materials’ suggests that its theocracy is rotten all the way in which up.”

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 9 p.m. on NBC. Kenan Thompson returns for a second consecutive yr to host the People’s Alternative Awards. The show casts a big net, handing out prizes in movies, TV, music and general pop-culture categories. It’s a looser affair than the Oscars, Grammys or Emmys: “Social celebrity of 2022” is one honor here, and nominees for the highest movies category include “Jurassic World Dominion,” which you’re probably unlikely to seek out within the running for best picture on the Academy Awards.

CASABLANCA (1942) 10:15 p.m. on TCM. The perennial best-of-list classic “Casablanca” premiered in Recent York on Nov. 26, 1942, but many years later, its story of wartime love and displacement still has plenty to say. Recent Yorkers can pair an Eightieth-anniversary viewing with a visit to the Neue Galerie in Manhattan, where a showcase of memorabilia spotlights the Central European exiles who made the movie.

TITANIC (1997) 8 p.m. on Paramount Network. James Cameron is about to return to theaters next week with the sci-fi sequel “Avatar: The Way of Water.” For a refresher on Cameron’s special ability to create a spectacle, revisit his “Titanic,” with Kate Winslet (who can also be in “Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Leonardo DiCaprio.

LITTLE WOMEN (2019) 3 p.m. on FXM. Greta Gerwig adapted Louisa May Alcott’s Nineteenth-century novel “Little Women” for a latest generation with this film version, during which Gerwig moves between the 4 March Sisters — played here by Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan and Eliza Scanlen — as adults and as younger versions of themselves, creating something of a before and after coming-of-age story. In his review for The Times, A.O. Scott said that this adaptation can appeal to each fans of Alcott’s book and newcomers. “Without resorting to self-conscious anachronism or fussy antiquarianism,” Scott wrote, “Gerwig has fashioned a story that feels directly entirely true to its Nineteenth-century origins and utterly modern.”

OCEAN’S ELEVEN (2001) 5:15 p.m. on TNT. When the director Steven Soderbergh released this blockbuster heist movie remake in 2001, the review in The Times by the critic Elvis Mitchell referred to the film’s forged as “a Who’s Who of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive.” George Clooney and Brad Pitt were in it. Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Andy Garcia, too. And in fact, don’t forget Carl Reiner. As of late, “Ocean’s Eleven,” which places a gaggle of thieves in a Las Vegas casino-robbing plot, makes for a taut 2000s time capsule. TNT will show it on Thursday in a marathon alongside its contemporary sequels — though the more interesting pairing might involve watching this version with the 1960 original, which has Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin in its forged, and airs Friday on TCM at 3:45 p.m.

CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS 9 p.m. on ABC. The country-pop singer-songwriter Carly Pearce will host the thirteenth edition of this annual Christmastime special. The lineup of performers includes Maren Morris, the War and Treaty, Molly Tuttle and Steven Curtis Chapman.

ELLA WISHES YOU A SWINGING CHRISTMAS WITH VANESSA WILLIAMS 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The singer Vanessa Williams and the American Pops Orchestra pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and her classic album of jazzy Christmas music on this hourlong special. This system originally aired in 2020, the sixtieth anniversary of the album, but, just like the album it celebrates, it has evergreen appeal as a seasonal treat.

AMSTERDAM (2022) 7:45 p.m. on HBO. Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington play three friends pulled into an over-the-top murder conspiracy in Thirties Europe on this crackpot mystery from David O. Russell (“American Hustle”). The plot kicks off with a dead man, and an autopsy that leaves questions unanswered. What follows is “a handsome period romp,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her review for The Times, “a Thirties screwball pastiche full of mugging performers who charm and seduce as they run around chasing down a mystery, playing detective, tripping over their feet and navigating a world conspiracy that’s best enjoyed in case you don’t pay it an excessive amount of attention.”

NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS 8 p.m. on CBS. The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Washington dates back to the presidency of Calvin Coolidge. The 2022 ceremony, which took place Nov. 30 and might be broadcast on Sunday, two weeks before the vacation, includes performances by LL Cool J, Shania Twain, Yolanda Adams, Ariana DeBose, the USA Marine Band and more.

MASTER OF GLASS: THE ART OF DALE CHIHULY 9 p.m. on Smithsonian Channel. With colourful, dizzying glass works often installed far outside the partitions of museums, the artist Dale Chihuly, 81, has for many years been one of the crucial recognizable artists of his generation. His life has also included well-documented physical and mental struggles. This program looks at Chihuly’s profession.

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