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The TV Squad Team Gives TV Some New Year's Resolutions

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 30th 2010 2:00PM
Idris ElbaWe've reached the time of year when people talk about all the ways they're going to change in the new year. They want to lose weight, swear less, spend more time with friends, etc. But we all know what happens to New Year's resolutions... they're usually broken or discarded by the time you trudge to work after the holidays are over.

So the folks here at TV Squad decided to do something a little bit different; for the most part, instead of giving ourselves resolutions to follow, we've decided give the powers that be running the various networks our wish list of what we're looking to see on TV in 2011. We're very generously giving our resolutions over to the TV folks, hoping to benefit the greater good of TV fans anywhere. If any of these come to pass, you'll know who you can thank.

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What's On Tonight Extra: New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Special Events

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 30th 2010 11:00AM
ABC presents the annual 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest' starting at 11:30.With the East Coast and Midwest recovering from snowstorms, the West Coast getting deluged by winter rains and the mountain states about to get hit with a chilling cold snap, there probably won't be much entertaining done outside the home this New Year's holiday. Luckily, television is stepping up in its usual way to provide all manner of visual entertainment.

From series marathons, to New Year's Eve specials to college bowl game upon college bowl game, the major networks and cable outlets are preparing for your immobility come Friday. On top of that, some networks have decided sneak in a few season and series premieres. Plus, Oprah launches her new OWN network on the first day of 2011.

To keep track of all these happenings, here's a breakdown of special programming for New Year's Eve 2010 and New Year's Day 2011.

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Top 20 New Year's Eve TV Episodes Ever

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 30th 2010 9:30AM
Family Guy

As we prepare to bid adieu to 2010, here's a look at some of the best TV episodes that have helped viewers celebrate New Year's Eve through the years, from a fantastic limo ride on 'How I Met Your Mother' to the brother/sister NYE boogie that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase dancing fools ...

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What's On Tonight: 'Prep & Landing,' 'Rudolph's Shiny New Year,' 'Miracle on 34th Street,' The Annual 'A Christmas Story' Marathon

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 24th 2010 12:35PM
Ralphie returns to TBS for the annual 'A Christmas Story' marathon, which begins at 8PM.Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local TV listings for additional information.

* = Series/Season Premiere
** = Series/Season Finale
# = New Day/Time

With it being Christmas Eve and all, there is very little new on this evening. So, the schedule will reflect a number of primetime Christmas programs that will be airing from 8 to 11PM. And to add one more item: have a very merry holiday season!

Sprout: 'Good Night of Sweet Dreams' -- (12 hours) Hosts Nina and Star keep their young viewers company with holiday-themed shows as well as stories and crafts

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'Prep & Landing' and 'Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation'
NBC: 'It's a Wonderful Life' -- (180 minutes)
PBS: 'Washington Week With Gwen Ifill' and 'Need to Know'
ABC Family: 'Santa Claus is Comin' to Town'
AMC: 'Miracle on 34th Street' -- (135 minutes) The original version from 1947
BET: 'The Perfect Holiday' -- (120 minutes)
Cartoon Network: 'Tom & Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale'
Disney Channel: 'Santa Buddies' -- (100 minutes)
DisneyXD: 'The Ultimate Christmas Present) -- (105 minutes) 8:30 start time
DIY: 'Bathtastic!'
ESPN: 'Sheraton Hawaii Bowl' -- Hawaii vs. Tulsa
Hallmark Channel: 'Battle of the Bulbs' -- (120 minutes)
HUB: 'A Muppet Christmas Carol' -- (120 minutes)
Lifetime Movie Network: '12 Men of Christmas' -- (120 minutes)
Military Channel: 'World War II in Color'
Ovation: 'Nutcracker People's Choice' -- (150 minutes)
SyFy: 'WWE Friday Night SmackDown' -- (120 minutes)
TBS: 'A Christmas Story' Marathon' --Begins at 8PM and continues through Christmas day
TNT: 'The Holiday' -- (150 minutes)
TV Land: 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' -- (130 minutes)

The rest of the schedule and the late night talk shows after the jump.

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11 Great 'It's a Wonderful Life' TV Spoofs

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 24th 2010 10:00AM

Al Bundy Christmas

'Psych' just did it: the holiday episode that plays off the now classic 1946 Christmas movie 'It's a Wonderful Life.' It's become a holiday staple for sitcoms, but as our countdown of 11 'Wonderful' spoofs shows, it's not just for sitcoms ... and it's not always just for the holidays, either.

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What's On Tonight: 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,' 'Oddities,' 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas,' 'Food Jammers'

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 23rd 2010 12:30PM
A holiday-themed 'Glenn Martin, DDS' airs at 10:30 on Nick at Nite.Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local TV listings for additional information.

* = Series/Season Premiere
** = Series/Season Finale
# = New Day/Time

Pretty slow television night. So take some time to wrap gifts, drink egg nog, and contemplate what the hell you're going to do with the kids for the next 12 days!

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' and 'Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas' -- The animated and live-action (150 minutes) editions
FOX: 'Million Dollar Money Drop' -- (120 minutes)
PBS: 'This Old House Hour'
Discovery: 'Christmas Unwrapped'
ESPN: 'Poinsettia Bowl' -- Navy vs. San Diego State
HGTV: 'My First Place'
NFL Network: 'Thursday Night Football' -- Carolina Panthers vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers

The rest of the schedule and the late night talk shows after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: 'Survivor: Nicaragua,' 'Leverage,' 'Hannah Montana Forever,' 'Food Network Challenge'

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 19th 2010 12:31PM
The 2-part season finale of 'Leverage' begins at 9PM on TNT.Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local TV listings for additional information.

* = Series/Season Premiere
** = Series/Season Finale
# = New Day/Time

7:00 to 8:00
ABC: 'The Santa Clause 2' -- (120 minutes)
CBS: '60 Minutes'
NBC: 'Football Night in America'
TVOne: 'Holiday Love'

8:00 to 9:00
CBS: 'Survivor: Nicaragua'** -- (120 minutes)
NBC: 'Sunday Night Football' -- Green Bay Packers at the New England Patriots
BET: 'BET 30: Moments and Movements' -- (120 minutes)
Disney Channel: 'Hannah Montana Forever' and 'Shake It Up!'
ESPN: '30 for 30' -- (90 minutes)
Food Network: 'Food Network Challenge'
HGTV: 'Holmes on Homes' -- Two episodes
Style: 'Jerseylicious'
TLC: 'Sarah Palin's Alaska'

The rest of the schedule after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: 'WWE Tribute to the Troops,' 'Fish Hooks,' 'Battle of the Bulbs'

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 18th 2010 12:30PM
Ricky Gervais returns to HBO with an all new comedy special tonight at 10PM.Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local TV listings for additional information.

* = Series/Season Premiere
** = Series/Season Finale
# = New Day/Time

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown!'
FOX: 'Cops'
Disney Channel: 'Fish Hooks' -- 8:30 start
Univision: 'Sabado Gigante' -- (180 minutes)
CNN: 'A Soldier's Story'
Discovery: 'Ten Commandments of the Mafia'
Food Network: 'A McConaughey and Fieri Feast'
Hallmark Channel: 'Battle of the Bulbs' -- (120 minutes) Daniel Stern and Matt Fewer star as feuding neighbors who compete in the annual Christmas lighting contest
HGTV: 'Color Splash'
History: 'The Naturalized' -- (120 minutes)
Style: 'How Do I Look?'**

The rest of the schedule after the jump.

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Top 15 Christmas TV Episodes Ever

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 16th 2010 12:00PM
The Office
Our No. 1 choice for the best Christmas episode ever may not be a surprise -- any episode that involves the creation of a new, Christmas spin-off holiday has to rate a top spot! -- but countdown is designed to bring some ho-ho-ho holiday cheer to your celebration this season.

So, jump down off the aluminum pole, postpone that Airing of Grievances and recall these classic Christmas TV installments.

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Mariah Carey Hits Trademark High Notes on 'Merry Christmas to You' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 14th 2010 5:05AM
Mariah Carey Performs on 'Merry Christmas to You'Mariah Carey's second Christmas album ('Merry Christmas II You') debuted last month. On an accompanying holiday special, 'Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You' (Mon., 9PM ET on ABC), it was clear she's still got the skillz.

A spirited 'O Holy Night' had the audience clapping and cheering before the song ended. As a gospel choir sang backup, Carey showed off her famous five-octave vocal range. "O night, di-viiine," she sang, hitting one of her trademark notes into the stratosphere.

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'Leverage' Christmas Episode Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 13th 2010 11:10AM
The cast of TNT's ['Leverage' - "The Ho, Ho, Ho Job"]

Every December, our eyeballs are bombarded with holiday-themed episodes and specials. Usually, the only thing that is remotely special is a guy pretending to be Santa or some cranky curmudgeon learning the true meaning of Christmas.

Bah humbag, how many times does a TV character have to learn that giving is better than getting before my TV realizes I already know that?

'Leverage' seemed to realize most of the pitfalls of turning their crew loose during the holidays with last Sunday's mid-season opener and did a good job of avoiding them, only to fall for the honey-baked ham dangling over the biggest hole of them all.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus Start Tomorrow!

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 11th 2010 3:00PM
Frank Costanza and his Festivus poleIt's that time of year again... time to break out the metal pole, commence with the airing of grievances, and get limber in preparation to demonstrate the feats of strength. Yes, folks, Festivus is upon us once again!

We've been celebrating Festivus since TV Squad began in 2005; it's the first major TV-created holiday, thanks to 'Seinfeld,' and it seems fitting that a website that's all about TV celebrates a holiday that was born on TV.

Starting tomorrow, we'll be presenting what has become a yearly tradition for us: our own version of The Twelve Days of Festivus.

During each of the twelve days, we'll talk about TV that annoyed or enthralled us this past year, culminating on December 23 (the official day of Festivus, according to Frank Costanza), when we talk about one of the biggest trends on television in 2010, for better or for worse.

We'll also have our staff picks of what we want for Festivus, some best/worst picks for 2010, and some other goodies. We even may have a guest or two air some grievances of their own.

If you're new here and don't know what the heck we're talking about, here are the lists from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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Family TV Round-Up: More Family-Friendly Christmas Programming, PBS Launches 'Design Squad' Spin-Off and More

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 10th 2010 2:55PM
Ryan Seacrest hosts the 'Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade' on Christmas Day.Welcome to the Family TV Round-Up, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We'll sum up all the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

Fifteen more days until Christmas means 15 more days of holiday specials. Here are some more family-friendly offerings being offered by the networks:

ABC: The '2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade' will air on December 25 from 11AM to 1PM. Filmed at Florida's Disney World and California's Disneyland, the parade will feature guest stars Maria Carey, Selina Gomez, Lee DeWyze and the band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The show will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Nick Cannon.

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'Community' Season 2, Episode 11 Recap

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 9th 2010 10:50PM
['Community' - 'Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas']

'Community' has proven they can do just about anything, no matter how bizarre, and make it hilarious and special. But this week's 'Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas' episode wasn't stop-motion animated just to be different and quirky -- the reason behind the 'Rudolph'-esque puppetry was as touching and poignant as this show has ever been.

And although they "clearly entered a whole new medium," The entire episode was still realistic and believable for each of the characters.

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Christmas Gifts For 6 TV Characters

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 8th 2010 4:00PM
The MentalistIt's Christmas, that time of year when we're constantly told that it's better to give than to receive. Some people probably don't really believe that, but it is nice to go out and buy a present for a loved one, with no expectation that you're going to get something from them.

Look at it this way: if you buy someone else a gift, you'll probably get one too!

And since we consider TV characters almost like a part of our family here, we decided to find the perfect gifts to suit their personalities. Because even fictional people want to receive nice gifts this time of year.

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