What Texas insiders are looking at for the holidays

There are traditional viewing options for “Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving Day”, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, or the dog show. Others may prefer football, or perhaps football.

The holiday season is traditionally when top Oscar contenders hit theaters, and ATX TV Festival co-founder and co-executive director Caitlin McFarland says that while television has become a bit more year-round, there are some big things happening right now. like a new season “Crown” and final season “Dead to me.”

“I think people know, you know you are home. And whether it’s Christmas or Thanksgiving, you might have free time and things you want to watch with your family,” says McFarland.

So if you’re looking to try something new or catch up on TV you may have missed, McFarland and ATX Television Festival director Laura Kincaid have a few suggestions.

Listen to the excerpt in the audio player above, or check out the tips below.

Bad Sisters (Apple TV+)

Bad Sisters – Apple TV+

Kincaid says, “I love. This is amazing”

Andor – Disney+

McFarland says she watched it every week and the show ends on November 23rd.

“So on Wednesday, as soon as you meet up with your family and want to maybe run away again, you can go to the break room or whatever and watch the finale of Andor, the Star Wars show.

Mo Amer and Michael Kim in Mo. (Netflix)

“Mo” – Netflix

Kincaid says, “I really like ‘Mo’.

McFarland adds that it features Houston comedian Mo Amer.

Related: Houston oozes through screen in new Netflix series Mo Amer

“Dead to Me” – Netflix

McFarland says, “I’m excited to be doing my final season.”

“King of Tulsa” – Paramount+

This new show premiered on Sunday, November 13th. It features Sylvester Stallone in his first TV role and is the latest TV offering from creator Taylor Sheridan, who wrote “Yellowstone”.

McFarland says, “It’s amazingly fun.”

The Great British Cooking Show – Netflix

Kincaid says she loves watching shows like this during the holiday season.

“I need shows that I can broadcast for a long time. Maybe I’ll have to leave the room to check on the oven or chat. And I need to be able to come back and just jump back in,” she says.

Musa Mostafa and Jenna Ortega in Wednesday. (Netflix)

“Wednesday” – Netflix

Premieres, of course, on Wednesday – November 23.

“Love, Lizzo” – HBO Max

Documentary premieres on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th.

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“Somebody Feed Phil” – Netflix

McFarland admits it’s a shameless fork. Phil Rosenthal, a member of the ATX Television Festival Advisory Board, is featured on the travel food show. Season 6 is available now, and one episode features McFarland and her ATX Television Festival co-founder and co-CEO Emily Gipson eating a meal with Phil in Austin.

Phil Rosenthal and Emily Gipson in Somebody Feed Phil. (Netflix)

“And it’s a great show to go to and go back and forth and drool over the food, whether it’s in Austin or Nashville or Croatia, wherever he goes,” says McFarland.

Ghosts – BBC/HBO Max or CBS/Paramount+

Kincaid says it’s her go-to fork because she loves the show so much – both the BBC original and the CBS remake.

“They’re both great,” says Kincaid. “But I just want to make a big stub for the BBC version of Spooks because they have Christmas episodes that just hit your nerves.”

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