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FOX sets holiday episodes for animated and live-action series

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Last week we talked about the holiday specials that will be airing on Cartoon Network, and this week FOX has set the dates that the network will be airing holiday-themed episodes of their own. First will be the Thanksgiving-themed episodes, which include the new animated-hybrid series “Son of Zorn” and an all-new “Bob’s Burgers” at a special time. Other specials include an all-new “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “New Girl”. Outside of the regular series, FOX will also air “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas,” followed by an all-new holiday-themed “Lethal Weapon” and “The Simpsons”.

“Son of Zorn” will host the first Thanksgiving episode on Sunday, Nov. 13th. “The Battle of Thanksgiving” starts after a pep talk from Linda (Artemis Pebdani). Zorn (Jason Sudeikis) crashes Edie’s (Cheryl Hines) Thanksgiving to prove to Edie’s mom how much he’s matured. It goes well at first, until Edie’s mom (guest star Jenny O’Hara) shares her views on Zephyria. Meanwhile, Alan (Johnny Pemberton) butters up his grandmother to get her to pay for his expensive summer music camp. Also, after Thanksgiving, Zorn consults fellow Zephyrian Dr. Klorpins (guest voice Nick Offerman) via Facetime, when he develops a mysterious itch.

On Sunday, Nov. 20th “Bob’s Burgers” will air “The Quirk-ducers” at a special time at 8:30pm. The kids have their half day before Thanksgiving cancelled because of Mr. Frond’s (guest voice David Herman) idea for a play. Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal) come up with an idea to sabotage the play with Tina’s (Dan Mintz) holiday fan fiction in order to get their half day back. On Tuesday, Nov. 22nd “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will air “Mr. Santiago.” In the episode at Amy’s (Melissa Fumero) intricately planned Thanksgiving dinner, Jake (Andy Samberg) goes “full Santiago” (binder and all) in order to impress her father (guest star Jimmy Smits), a former cop. With Jake and Amy’s focus elsewhere, Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) is left on turkey duty and Holt (Andre Braugher) helps Pimento (guest star Jason Mantzoukas) cope after learning he can no longer work for the NYPD.

That episode will lead-into the “New Girl” episode “Last Thanksgiving”. In the special Jess (Zooey Deschanel) is set on making the gang’s last Thanksgiving at the loft the best one ever, while playing nurse to her new wheelchair-stricken boyfriend, Robbie (Nelson Franklin). Meanwhile, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone) have to babysit a heartsick Gavin (guest star Peter Gallagher) who’s just been dumped by his girlfriend.

“Bob’s Burgers” will then return on November 27th with “The Last Gingerbread House on the Left”. In the holiday episode Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) gets roped into competing in a secret Gingerbread house-building contest. Meanwhile, Linda (John Roberts) and the kids decide to go caroling, but their neighbors are not in the Christmas spirit.

Continuing the Christmas theme, “Lethal Weapon” will have “Jingle Bell Glock”. The whole precinct’s holiday celebrations are cut short when they’re called to examine a ruthless homicide linked to Eddie Flores (guest star Raul Casso), the deranged nephew of a notable drug lord who has a previous history with Riggs (Clayne Crawford). The holiday season weighs heavily on Riggs, who flashes back to past Christmases with his former wife, Miranda (guest star Floriana Lima). Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) is also a little preoccupied with his neighbor’s obnoxious holiday decorations.

Then on December 11th you can catch holiday episodes of “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “Son of Zorn”. The Simpsons will air “The Nightmare After Krustmas,” Krusty (Dan Castellaneta) tries to impress his daughter (guest voice Natasha Lyonne) as they spend Christmas with the Simpsons. Meanwhile, Reverend Lovejoy (Harry Shearer) seeks converts after church attendance plummets, and Maggie is haunted by a spooky Christmas toy. Comedian Jackie Mason also makes a guest-voice appearance. Son of Zorn will air “The War on Grafelnik,” and “Family Guy” will air “How the Griffin Stole Christmas”. In the episode Peter (Seth MacFarlane) is asked to fill in for the mall Santa and gets drunk on the power. Meanwhile, Stewie (MacFarlane) and Brian (MacFarlane) crash holiday office parties for the free food, drama and women.

The final holiday events, which air on December 13th, include Brooklyn Nine-Nine in “Captain Latvia,” and The New Girl’s “Christmas Eve Eve” episode.

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