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Dan Harmon Talks About the 'Community' Christmas Episode, Conceptual Stories, and 'Dungeons & Dragons'

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 8th 2010 3:00PM
Abed's Winter Wonderland in the Christmas episode of 'Community'
The last time I spoke to 'Community' creator Dan Harmon in September, he had already written the script for the stop-action-animated Christmas episode that is set to air Thursday at 8:00PM on NBC. While he had an idea of how long doing a stop-action animation on an episode would take, he had no idea how truly involved the process is.

"One thing that I didn't anticipate was that every shot was an effects shot," he told me earlier this week. "Post-productively there's stuff you have to do. If a character jumps up in the air and clicks his heels, you're rotoscoping things out that are helping that person stay in the air while they're jumping in the air, and I thought that was fascinating."

Even as late as Monday, there were still some effects and music left to insert. But even in rough cut form, the episode is not only one of the best of the season, it shows quite well how Abed (Danny Pudi) sees the nutty world of Greendale Community College, as the entire episode is a product of his unconscious.

Speaking of Abed, Harmon also mentioned that this week they are shooting an episode where the gang plays the classic role-playing game 'Dungeons & Dragons,' with Abed (natch) as the Dungeon Master. More on both episodes after the jump.

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The Men of ABC Daytime Reveal Their Holiday Traditions (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 8th 2010 12:00PM
Men of ABC DaytimeIt may be cold outside, but this video featuring the hot men of ABC's soap operas will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.

We asked daytime hotties Trent Garrett (Asher) and Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin) from 'All My Children'; David Fumero (Cristian), David Gregory (Robert), John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) and Nic Robuck (James) and from 'One Life to Live'; and Brandon Barash (Johnny) and Chad Duell (Michael) from 'General Hospital' about their favorite holidays and their family traditions

See what they had to say in this exclusive video interview.

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'A Charlie Brown Christmas': Celebrating 45 Years of the Classic Holiday Special

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 7th 2010 6:30PM
A Charlie Brown Christmas
'A Charlie Brown Christmas' is one of the TV specials we most associate with and look forward to at Christmas every year, and this week marks the 45th anniversary of the premiere. It was on Dec. 9, 1965, to be exact, that the Peanuts gang made its cartoon debut, in a special that almost didn't make it to air.

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(2nd Annual) Gifts for TV Geeks

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 6th 2010 7:00PM
For some people, it's the snow on the ground or the chill in the air, but for me, it's the arrival of my annual gift guide for television-addicted souls like myself that really marks the onset of the holiday season. Not only is it fun to write, it often gets results: I am now the proud owner of the 'Battlestar Galactica' board game and a 'Jem & The Holograms' cigarette case and lighter set.

The first place to look for TV-related gifts is probably the network stores themselves. They all have them and if you think a tee or hat with a logo is enough to satisfy your resident geek, this is your mecca. Occasionally they have some truly inspired gift ideas. These are my favorites:

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'A Heartland Christmas:' An Avalanche, Some Horses With Makeup and Nicholas Campbell

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Dec 6th 2010 5:00PM

Family favourite 'Heartland' is debuting its first Christmas special, 'A Heartland Christmas,' this week. The stand-alone film features the 'Heartland' gang banding together to help rescue some horses trapped by an avalanche in the fictional town of Pike River.

Veteran actor Nicholas Campbell ('Da Vinci's Inquest,' 'Haven') guest stars as a crusty old Pike River resident who makes life difficult for Amy (Amber Marshall) and Ty (Graham Wardle). Meanwhile, frazzled Lou (Michelle Morgan) is trying to create the perfect Christmas back at home.

TV Squad caught up with Marshall, Wardle and Campbell to get the scoop on the Christmas special. We chatted about everything from Christmas traditions to horse makeup to what it was like acting while having snow cannons shoot them in the face.

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Best Classic Holiday TV Specials

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 2nd 2010 1:00PM
Charlie Brown ChristmasIf you want to forget about the madding crowds and remember why it's the most wonderful time of the year (truly), just take a break from the shopping list, grab a mug of hot cocoa and settle in with your nearest and dearest for a long winter's night ... of viewing the best classic holiday shows of all time.

Can't recall the most famous made-for-TV specials of all? Relax, we've got them here. Consider it our little gift to you.

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What's On Tonight: 'Glee,' 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center,' 'The Victoria Secret Fashion Show,' 'Strange Days With Bob Saget'

by Rich Keller, posted Nov 30th 2010 12:30PM
CBS presents 'The Victoria Secret Fashion Show' 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

Time for more early holiday offerings with the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center tree and the 2010 debuts of 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' and 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas.' And for all of you Scrooges out there, CBS offers up its yearly running of the 'Victoria Secret Fashion Show.'

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas' and 'Shrek the Halls'
CBS: 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'
CW: 'One Tree Hill'
FOX: 'Glee'
NBC: 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center'
Cooking Channel: 'FoodCrafters' -- 8:30 start
DIY: 'Rescue Renovation' -- 8:30 start
History: 'The Real Story of Christmas'
Military Channel: 'Robby Gordon Army Challenge'
NickToon: 'The Mighty B!' -- I don't know if these are actually new or new to NickToon, being previously seen on Nickelodeon. If someone knows please respond in the comments.

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

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The Best Christmas Commercials of All-Time

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 30th 2010 8:00AM
Folgers adThere are two types of people in the world: those that love Christmas commercials and those that don't.

I've always been a sucker for all things Christmas, including ads, and I could watch them for hours. Actually, I just did! Here are eleven great Christmas spots. There are several you may remember fondly, and one or two you might be seeing for the first time.

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Christmas TV Picks: 74 Holiday Shows, Specials and Marathons

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 26th 2010 3:00PM
Christmas Rockefeller Center

We're all about the multitasking, so when you have to write out those holiday cards, wrap those gifts, select those dinner menus and bake the eight dozen Santa cookies your kid just told you he needs for the class party -- tomorrow! -- here's a big ol' list of TV goodies to make those holiday tasks a little more fun this season!

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On Black Friday 2010, Don't Leave Your TV -- Go Home Shopping Instead

by Jane Murphy, posted Nov 25th 2010 4:00PM
Your TV is talking to you. It's begging you not to leave home and hearth to get trampled by bargain hunting Black Friday shoppers.

No doubt you'll be sapped from all that stuffing, so just remember: A holiday home shopping spree for you and yours is just one push of a remote-control button away.

HSN has a deep bench of celebrities ready to share their style with you. Tori Spelling will tout holiday ornaments from her collection, and Molly Sims will show off her earthy jewelry, "Grayce."

Meanwhile, QVC features designer/actor/reality show star Isaac Mizrahi among their headliners. Mizrahi will actually be making a Thanksgiving Day appearance on NBC's 'The Apprentice.' Let's see which other celebrities are playing Santa this year.

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TV's Biggest Turkeys of 2010

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 25th 2010 2:00PM
The Office
Here's hoping your Thanksgiving table includes the juiciest, most tender turkey you've ever tasted (or, for you meat-adverse celebrants, the most jiggly Tofurkey you've ever tasted).

And here's hoping you enjoy that turkey more than these TV turkeys, 2010's most glaring examples of boob tubing gone wrong.

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Free Thanksgiving Movies and Shows: 'Pieces of April,' 'The Gilmore Girls' and More

by Rich Keller, posted Nov 25th 2010 9:00AM
'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' is one of the holiday selections being offered at SlashcontrolNow that the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, it's time to delve into world of SlashControl to find any and all material related to the weekend of overeating and overspending. Here are a few gems that we discovered.

'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' -- While many folks believe the upcoming 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' is the quintessential Peanuts holiday special, my personal tastes tend towards 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.' If only for the fact that a Thanksgiving dinner comprised of popcorn and toast piqued my childhood interest.

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Win TV Squad's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway!

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 24th 2010 4:00PM
The holiday shopping season officially kicks off on Friday. Instead of camping out at your local big box store to snag the cheapest deals on your favorite TV on DVD, TV Squad has a better idea.

Enter our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway, and you could win some of the year's hottest TV on DVD and Blu-ray, plus some awesome TV-related toys. We've got everything from 'Lost: The Complete Collection' to 'Dexter' season 4, from 'The Simpsons' figurines to a Kenny Powers bobblehead. All items in our giveaway were featured in our holiday gift guides.

All you have to do is tell us what you're most thankful for in TV this year in the comments of this post. Need inspiration? Check out what the TV Squad staff appreciates.

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What We're Thankful for: TV Squad Staff Picks

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 24th 2010 2:00PM

As Thanksgiving approaches, we're all reminded to take a step back and appreciate the things in our lives we're most grateful for. We're also reminded of how someone should really stop Aunt Maude from pouring that third glass of chardonnay -- but mostly we're reminded of the good stuff.

In the spirit of the holiday, the TV Squad staff has plenty of television-related thanks to give this year. Read on for our choices -- you might even pick up some suggestions for your annual post-turkey "I'm so full I can't leave this couch" TV marathon tomorrow.

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Ice-T Talks Dream 'Law & Order: SVU' Guest Stars, Holiday Traditions

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 23rd 2010 4:12PM
Ice-T has a very simple request: Give his 'Law & Order: SVU' character, Det. Odafin "Fin" Tutuola, a home.

"I would like to find out where I live," the rapper/actor told AOL TV Squad. "I don't have a car." Ice-T has been on the series since 2000, but many aspects of his character's life remain a mystery. Viewers know Fin has a son and a troubled nephew, but that's pretty much it. The character has seen his fair share of love interests, busted dozens of rapists and dealt with crooked cops.

The actor sat down for an exclusive chat after a screening and panel discussion of 'Gray,' the Nov. 17 episode of 'SVU,' and opened up about his holiday traditions, guest stars he'd love to see and what's in store for Fin this season.

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