Out With The Old, In With The New: Netflix’s December lineup

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Now that Thanksgiving has passed and the holiday season has officially kicked off, viewers crave shows and movies full of festive spirit. This year, Netflix has laid back on producing holiday-specific content, sticking with more traditional releases instead. If you’re in the mood for a cheesy holiday movie, there’s plenty of content from years past!  

Several beloved shows will make a comeback this December, with the second season of “The Witcher” coming out Dec. 17 and season four of “Cobra Kai” on Dec. 31. Despite the show’s award scandal earlier this year, “Emily in Paris” was also renewed for a second season, set to be released Dec. 22. Finally, the Spanish crime drama “Money Heist” will be concluding part five and the series as a whole on Dec. 3.  

As for Netflix’s new releases, there are a plethora of options to choose from: 

On Dec. 6, David Fincher returns to Netflix, not with the long-awaited season three of “Mindhunter,” but with “Voir.” The new series acts as a collection of visual essays, exploring iconic cinematic moments throughout history.  

If you’re looking for your monthly dose of reality TV, “Twentysomethings: Austin” is out on Dec. 10. The show follows the lives of eight late Millennials and early Gen Z living together during the lockdown. Releasing Dec. 11 is “Selling Tampa,” a spin-off of real-estate drama, “Selling Sunset.” 

Following in the footsteps of Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon, SNL star Kyle Mooney will be hosting his own animated live-action comedy series as twins Skip and Treybor. “Saturday Morning All-Star Hits” is out on Dec. 10, in a celebration of cartoons from the ‘80s and ‘90s.  

“Anxious People,” based on Fredrik Backman’s latest book, debuts Dec. 29. The limited Swedish series offers a comedic take on a failed bank robbery and hostage situation.  

Sandra Bullock returns to Netflix after the success of “Bird Box” in the drama film “The Unforgivable,” out Dec. 10. Released back into society after being convicted of murder, Bullock’s character takes on the search for the younger sister she left behind whilst battling judgment from the community.  

“Don’t Look Up,” another highly-anticipated release, will be on Netflix on Christmas Eve. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence star as astronomers attempting to warn mankind of an approaching comet signaling the end of the world. Functioning as a satirical work of science-fiction, the film will have a limited theatrical release on Dec. 10. Joining DiCaprio and Lawrence is a star-studded ensemble including Cate Blanchett, Timothee Chalamet, Ariana Grande and Jonah Hill.  

On Dec. 31, “The Lost Daughter,” directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal (sister of the recently infamous Jake Gyllenhaal) will be available on the platform. Taking place on the coast of Italy, the film focuses on a professor fixated on a young woman and her daughter, rekindling memories from her past. Featured are Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson and Paul Mescal, the latter of whom is from Hulu’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s “Normal People.”  

One of the few holiday movies adding to Netflix’s collection is “A California Christmas: City Lights,” out Dec. 16. The sequel to “A California Christmas” picks up a year later when business obligations disrupt Callie and Joseph’s idyllic life on the farm, compelling them to visit the city.  

The following shows will, unfortunately, be saying goodbye to the streaming service as their contracts with Netflix come to an end this month:  

Leaving behind “New Girl” as the last of Fox’s library left on Netflix, “Glee” is set to depart the platform on Dec. 1. The hit biographical film “The Theory of Everything,” detailing the life of the late Stephen Hawking, played by Eddie Redmayne, will leave on Dec. 15. Departing Dec. 31 are the “Spy Kids” films  — a childhood favorite of many — along with the classic “Titanic.” 

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