The It List is Yahoo’s weekly look at the best in pop culture, including movies, music, TV, streaming, games, books, podcasts and more. During the coronavirus pandemic, when most of us are staying at home, we’re going to spotlight things you can enjoy from your couch, whether solo or in small groups, and leave out the rest. With that in mind, here are our picks for Nov. 30 – Dec. 6, including the best deals we could find for each.(Yahoo Entertainment may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page.
STREAM IT: Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey and Dolly Parton give us three reasons to be jolly this holiday season
‘Tis the season for festive holiday music… but why celebrate with stale-as-fruitcake Muzak, when you can rock the halls with modern carols that’ll jumpstart your positive vibrations faster than Frosty learned to speak full sentences? Many pop stars are of course releasing holiday albums this month, but no one does festive like a certain three wise women — Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, and the reigning queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey — who are all streaming holiday specials as well. So enjoy, and have a not-so-silent night.
American Idol champion and country superstar Underwood started ringing in the season early, back in September, with her first holiday album, My Gift. And now she’s bringing that celebration to the small screen with My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood, the album’s accompanying HBO Max special. The show will feature Underwood’s duet with John Legend, “Hallelujah” (a new original, not the Leonard Cohen song), and her 5-year-old son Isaiah singing on “Little Drummer Boy,” plus her country-pop spin on classics like “Silent Night,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “O Holy Night.”
Nobody throws a party, socially distanced or otherwise, like Mimi. And Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special, on Apple TV+, boasts the most exclusive, A-list guestlist of the season — including Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and, of course, “dem babies” aka Carey’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe. The guests of honor, fellow divas Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, will even join forces with Carey for a glorious new rendition of “Oh Santa!” This is going to be one sweet (Christmas) day, indeed.
Parton is the gift that keeps on giving this season. The icon recently released her first holiday album in 30 years, A Holly Dolly Christmas (featuring Michael Bublé, Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson and Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus), and now an intimate special by the same title will air Sunday on CBS and CBS All Access. The one-hour show will feature a candlelit set of traditional hymns, holiday classics and personal stories from the real-life country angel. And if you need to make your Very Dolly Christmas a Very Very Dolly Christmas, you can also watch her new Netflix movie, Christmas on the Square, which features 14 new original tunes. — Lyndsey Parker
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