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Pack away the costumes, the ghoulish decorations and the horror films (well, maybe not the horror films), because it’s a whole new month, with a whole new holiday looming on the horizon. Since Thanksgiving doesn’t have as many excellent movies associated it with the fright fest that Halloween requires, we’re going to do our best to not show any turkeys. This week we have something for everyone namely, Jason Statham. He stars in Crank on Thursday at 11 p.m. ET. That should put a spring in your step even as the weather turns colder.

As the seasons change, so do the television schedules and this week is bringing a lot of change. We are bidding farewell to high school with Freaks and Geeks and reliving dorm life with Undeclared on Friday at 11 p.m. ET. Hot plate top ramen, anyone?

Here is what else you need to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

It’s your final chance to watch Freaks and Geeks live with your fellow nerds, dorks, burn outs, and, of course, Matt Singer and Will Weinand. While we’re sad to see the kids of McKinley High go, we’re are very excited to start showing Judd Apatow’s Undeclared. Luckily college has a lot of familiar faces including Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, so you won’t get homesick. So crack open a brewski and tune in at 11 p.m. ET right here to bid farewell to Freaks and Geeks.

Tuesday

At 9:30 p.m. ET IFC’s original program 360 Sessions goes behind the music with Corinne Bailey Rae. During the half hour show she talks about her return to music, her influences and career at Abbey Road Studios.

Wednesday

Tuck the kids (and pervy roommates) into bed, light a candle, and pour a glass of wine, because Indie Sex 2: Censored is on tonight at 11 p.m ET. The documentary looks at the filmmakers and special interest groups who regulate and distribute the images that shock and titillate viewers.

Thursday

It’s Jason M@#erf*cking Statham! The hottest action hero in the world (don’t argue) hits the IFC air in Crank at 11 p.m. ET. Statham stars as a former hitman who is poisoned by his ex-bosses and must keep his (and yours) adrenaline pumping or else.

Friday

Between five episodes of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret airing from 7:30 p.m. ET to 10:30 p.m. ET and the first episode of Undeclared at 11 p.m. ET. You may as well glue your remote control to the ceiling because you won’t be changing channels all night.

Saturday

Hey, look! It’s Heather Graham’s Committed at 5:55 p.m. ET. We love her. If you need a palate cleanser, stick around for some serious horror with a double feature of gross when we show Quentin Tarantino’s and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindcore Presents: Planet Terror and Deathproof. The fun starts at 10 p.m. ET.

Sunday

Wake up at noon (ET), fix yourself a breakfast cocktail and stay in bed all day with our Arrested Development marathon. Lucille Bluth would approve. Don’t bother getting up, because one of our favorite Brian De Palma films Carrie starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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