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Channel Surfing: Awesome TV picks for the week of 12/28/2020

Witches, martial arts, and dragons.

We can finally bid farewell this week to 2020 and with severely limited party options, why not celebrate with our Channel Surfing TV picks. Tune into to Netflix to end the year with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Stick around the streamer the next day to ring in 2021 with new Cobra Kai. Then, if you like police procedurals and fantasy, The Watch is the genre mash-up you don’t want to miss.

A Chilling Finale

Following the success of Riverdale, a darker teen drama take on the beloved Archie Comics characters, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was developed with a similar spin on the titular character. The coming-of-age series incorporated horror and witchcraft which was a far cry from the 90s sitcom with Melissa Joan Hart.

Sabrina returns this week for part four of the show and this time she’ll be up to double the trouble. After being caught up in a time loop, two versions of herself end up inhabiting the same timeline. Watch how it all ends when the final episodes become available to stream on Netflix this Thursday, December 31. With Chilling Adventures of Sabrina concluding, I guess we’ll never receive that Archieverse crossover with Riverdale.

The Rivals Become Partners

Cobra Kai reintroduced people to the world of The Karate Kid when it debuted on YouTube Red picking up more than 30 years after the first film. It made former bully, Johnny Lawrence, a more sympathetic figure as it explored the narrative from his perspective. Last summer, the series was acquired by Netflix providing an opportunity to reach a wider audience.

The first season at its new home is set to premiere on Friday, January 1 (a week earlier than originally scheduled). We find John Kreese has taken control of Cobra Kai, Miguel is recovering from his accident, and Johnny and Daniel look to team up to make things right for the kids. There’s even a visit to Okinawa bringing back familiar faces from the second film. Who’s ready to ring in the new year with Cobra Kai.

Jail Cells and Dragons

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld book series began in 1983 and ran until 2015 shortly following the author’s passing. In total, it contained 41 novels and several of the stories have been adapted into other mediums including comics, film, and television. Arriving this Sunday, is The Watch, which is loosely inspired by Pratchett’s Ankh-Morpork City Watch.  

The series is a fantasy police procedural where humans, dwarves, trolls, and werewolves are the keepers of the peace. Since all crime has been bureaucratized and is legal as long as they are kept within the quotas and have appropriate paperwork, the Watch have lost much of their standing in the city. When a large threat endangers Ankh-Morpork, its up to the rag tag group to solve the mystery and save the world.

The first two episodes of The Watch debut this Sunday, January 3, on BBC America. Can’t wait until then? The series premiere can be streamed on AMC+ starting Thursday, December 31.  

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