By Mike Murphy
Amazon Prime Video is looking to end the year with a bang, offering a slate of promising originals and the final season of one of its best series in December.
That would be sci-fi epic “The Expanse” (Dec. 10, with new episodes every Friday), which will conclude with its upcoming sixth season. The action picks up amid the solar-system civil war that was set in motion last season, as the crew of the Rocinante reunite and try to turn the tide against Marco Inaros’ revolutionaries.
Amazon (NAS:AMZN) also has some big-name debuts, including “Being the Ricardos” (Dec. 21), the Aaron Sorkin-directed movie about behind-the-scenes turmoil on the set of “I Love Lucy,” starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem; “Encounter” (Dec. 10), a sci-fi thriller movie starring Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer; “With Love” (Dec. 17), a holiday-themed rom-com series from writer Gloria Calderón Kellett (“One Day at a Time,” “Jane the Virgin”); and “Harlem” (Dec. 3), a new comedy series from writer Tracy Oliver (“Girls Trip”), about four stylish and ambitious friends.
Soccer fans can look forward to the docuseries “FC Bayern: Behind the Legend” (Dec. 8) and comedy fans will appreciate the return of the year-end special “Yearly Departed” (Dec. 23), featuring an all-star lineup of female comedians roasting 2021.
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Prime Video is also adding movies such as “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Ronin,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and “The Royal Tennanbaums,” and has four Thursday NFL games , including the Browns-Packers on Christmas Day.
Here’s a complete list of what’s on tap, as of Nov. 21 (release dates are subject to change):
What’s coming in December 2021
Dec. 1 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)Alex Cross (2013)All Is Lost (2013)Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (2003)Edward Scissorhands (1990)End of Days (1999)Guess Who (2005)Halloween II (1981)Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)Jennifer’s Body (2009)Little Women (1994)Mistletoe Mixup (2021)Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011)Pineapple Express (2008)Pineapple Express (Unrated) (2008)Ronin (1998)Sleepless in Seattle (1993)Soul Surfer (2011)Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)The Hunt for Red October (1990)The Proposal (2009)The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)The Thin Red Line (1998)The Usual Suspects (1995)The Waterboy (1998)Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys (2008)Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)White as Snow (2021)A Discovery of Witches: Season 1 (AMC+)A House Divided: Season 1 (ALLBLK)Believe (2016) (UP Faith & Family)Bonanza: Season 1 (Best Westerns Ever)Brad Meltzer’s Decoded: Season 1 (HISTORY Vault)Christmas Everlasting (2020) (Hallmark Movies Now)Hallmark Drama’s Christmas Cookie Matchup: Season 1 (Hallmark Movies Now)Hostages: Season 1 (Topic)My Crazy Ex: Season 1 (A&E Crime Central)Roadkill: Season 1 (MotorTrend)Sanford: Seasons 1–2Sanford and Son: Seasons 1–6Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas (2014) (Hallmark Movies Now)The Gulf: Season 1 (Acorn TV)The Jeffersons: Seasons 1–11The Perfect Wedding Match (2021) (UP Faith & Family)The Tom & Jerry Show: Season 1 (Boomerang)When Calls the Heart: Home for Christmas: Season 7 (Hallmark Movies Now)
Dec. 3 Joe Bell (2020)We Are X (2016)Harlem – Amazon Original Series: Season 1
Dec. 8 FC Bayern – Behind the Legend – Amazon Original Series: Season 1
Dec. 9 The Ferragnez – Amazon Original Series: Season 1
Dec. 10 Encounter – Amazon Original Movie (2021)
LOL: Last One Laughing Mexico – Amazon Original Series: Season 3The Expanse – Amazon Original Series: Season 6
Dec. 12 A Christmas Star (2021)
Dec. 16 Theory of Everything (2014)
Dec. 17 Boxing Day (2021)Christmas Is Cancelled (2021)With Love – Amazon Original Series: Season 1
Dec. 19 Joy for Christmas (2021)
Dec. 20 Who You Think I Am (2021)
Dec. 21 Being the Ricardos – Amazon Original Movie (2021)
Dec. 23 Yearly Departed – Amazon Original Special (2021)
Dec. 31 Lady Of The Manor (2021)Time Is Up (2021)