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Five Things to Watch This New Year’s Weekend

Whether you are planning to enjoy a quiet New Year’s Eve at home, or you want to relax after a fun evening, there is a good chance that you will want to find something interesting to watch this weekend.  Andie Hagemann and D23, the Official Disney Fan Club, have these five suggestions:

Kick off the first weekend of 2022 with an exciting slate of content. Before the ball drops, watch two enticing College Football Playoff Semifinal matchups airing on ESPN. Furry friends take center stage on Saturday with the premiere of Pop Goes the Vet with Dr. Joya on Nat Geo WILD and the season finale of When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren on ABC. In the mood for a movie marathon? X-Men: First Class will be available on Disney+ on Saturday, along with the addition of The Sandlot on Hulu.

College Football

College Football Playoff SemifinalsFriday, December 31, at 3:30 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN
Are you ready for some football? Four teams remain in the hunt for the national championship. ESPN presents two semifinal matchups beginning with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic as No. 1 Alabama takes on No. 4 Cincinnati at 3:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Capital One Orange Bowl featuring No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Georgia at 7:30 p.m. ET. The winners will meet in the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T on Monday, January 10, at 8 p.m. ET. Cue the fight songs and grab your favorite snacks for a day full of college football!

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Pop Goes the Vet with Dr. Joya

Pop Goes the Vet with Dr. JoyaSaturday, January 1, at 7 p.m. ET on Nat Geo WILD
Gather the family and your four-legged family members, too, for the premiere of a brand-new series! Watch as veterinary dermatologist Dr. Joya Griffin and her staff take care of their patients in an animal dermatology clinic in Kentucky. See dermatology cases across the animal world, from the common to the bizarre, as Dr. Joya works to help her animal friends get back to the picture of health.

When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren

When Nature Calls with Helen MirrenSaturday, January 1, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC
Academy Award® winning actress Helen Mirren narrates comedy series that shows a humorous side of the animal kingdom. The season finale features a mosquito that wants to do good in the world, a chipmunk that overpacked trying to outsmart the TSA, an old wild boar looking for love, anaconda ASMR, and more!

X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First ClassSaturday, January 1, on Disney+
During the height of the Cold War, a mutant named Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) meets a fellow mutant named Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender). Despite their different backgrounds—Charles grew up in a wealthy family, while Erik lost his parents in Auschwitz—the two become close friends. With the world on the brink of a nuclear war, they must join forces with other mutants to save humanity. However, a surprising situation jeopardizes their friendship.

The Sandlot

The SandlotSaturday, January 1, on Hulu
Legends never die… and neither do cult classic movies. Have a taste of summer fun in early January by streaming the family favorite. Set in the early 1960s, Scottie Smalls (Thomas Guiry) moves to a new neighborhood and quickly becomes friends with a baseball prodigy and group of kids who play baseball at the sandlot. The boys run into trouble when Smalls borrows a ball from his stepdad that is hit over a fence, resulting in hijinks and adventures.

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.