What To Watch: 12/22/2020

We’re roaring to Christmas, which means a light schedule, but there’s still some gems–both genuinely and ironically–that can be found in the new content three days before the holiday.

Under The Grapefruit Tree: The CC Sabathia Story [HBO, 9p]
That the ultra-reliable starter for the New York Yankees, and before that many other teams, seems an unlikely candidate for the full HBO Documentary treatment, makes the subject all the more compelling. Sabathia decided that since he didn’t fully have control over when his talent would leave him, he would take control of his own story, chronicling his final season in the major leagues in 2019, while also telling the tale of how he got there, starting as a baseball-loving kid in his grandma’s backyard in California.

London Hughes: To Catch a D*ck [Netflix]


  • Legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman is still raking muck as he enters into his 90s (although this film was likely made in his 80s). His 50th or so movie, City Hall, in which he examines the inner workings of the Boston political scene, got a brief showing in theaters in October and lands on PBS tonight.
  • And the rest is Christmas: Lifetime is unveiling The Christmas High Note in which Sophia gets help hitting the high note in “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” from an unlikely source, her father’s new girlfriend. Yes, I see it and I’m so exhausted with these, we’re letting our words fall where they stand. Meanwhile, OWN is offering First Christmas, where the families on Christmas St. (sigh) are not feeling the spirit, so presumably will be visited by a fuckton of ghosts.

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