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What to Watch: TV Picks for December 12 - 18

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 12th 2011 9:10AM


Barbara Walters: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 - Wednesday December 14, 9:30PM ET/PT, Global/ABC

Poor Babs. She's forced to include the Kardashians on her list this year, though there's no denying they took up plenty of tabloid and head space over the year. Also included are Pippa Middleton, she of the royally sexy bum, Simon Cowell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet of 'Modern Family' and is-he-or-isn't-he political animal Donald Trump.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for December 5 - 11

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 5th 2011 9:44AM
A Michael Bublé Christmas - Tuesday December 6, 8PM ET/PT, CTV/NBC

I will definitely not be watching this, but as I see this round-up as a service to others as much as an exercise in planning my own weekly viewing, I include it for all the people who, inexplicably, love this guy. The Bubbler is joined by guests including Justin Bieber, Kellie Pickler, Tracy Morgan and Ed Helms. (Forgive us, but we have to throw it in there: this unholy alliance can be called ... Bublieber?)

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What to Watch: TV Picks for November 28 - December 4

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 28th 2011 10:42AM


I Hate my Teenage Daughter - Friday December 2, 9PM ET/PT, Global and Wednesday November 30, 9:30 PM ET/PT, Fox

Well now, this is a strange time of year to debut a new show. The fact that Fox has moved the debut of this comedy around could be a sign they don't have a ton of faith in it, or it could mean nothing at all. With Jaime Pressly ('My Name is Earl') in a lead role, it's bound to have some attitude. She plays one of two moms who discover that their pampered kids have turned into bullying, spoiled mean girls. I think this premise has a ton of potential actually -- I just hope the script has more subtlety than the title.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for November 21 - 27

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 21st 2011 10:03AM
An Idiot Abroad - Friday November 25, 10PM ET, Discovery

If you've missed the latest collaboration between Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, this is the perfect chance to get on board. Ricky (recently confirmed to return to host the Golden Globes) and Stephen send their sad sack friend Karl Pilkington out to see the world and make fun of him mercilessly as he whines and complains his way around some of the most incredible locales on our planet.

It sounds mean, and it is. But you'll only feel sorry for poor Karl -- who'd be happier at home in his flat with a cup of tea -- for a few minutes. then you'll be laughing too hard to care. This week, Karl takes the legendary Trans-Siberian Express train into China. Fans may remember Karl's feelings about the Great Wall from last season. He was, shall we say, unimpressed.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for November 14 - 20

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 14th 2011 9:35AM



Bones - Thursday November 17, 9PM ET/PT, Global/Fox

I do enjoy it when 'Bones' decides to have a little bit of fun with their murder scenes. This week, they find their victim shrink-wrapped with a Prince Charming doll. Turns out, the woman worked for a toy company headed by guest Morgan Fairchild, who always adds a dash of creepy camp when she turns up. Meanwhile Sweets prepares for his gun certification, despite the fact that Booth still objects to him carrying a weapon.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for November 7 - 13

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 7th 2011 9:20AM
Glee - Tuesday November 8, 8PM ET/PT, Global/Fox

The episode title is 'The First Time' so that should give you a hint of some of the big developments that happen at McKinley High this week. Blaine and Rachel may be partially motivated to heat things up in their private lives when Artie tells them they have zero sexual chemistry as Maria and Tony in the school production of 'West Side Story'. So basically, we're getting teenage sex both gay and straight, and a handful of truly classic songs all on the same night!

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What to Watch: TV Picks for October 31 - November 6

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 31st 2011 10:55AM
America's Next Top Model - Thursday November 3, 9PM ET/PT, CTV Two/CW

If you've ever wondered what happened to former Eminem protege of dubious street cred The Game, Tyra has the answer. For one thing, they just call him Game now. (It is tough to have the definitive article before your name -- just ask The Situation.) I wonder what Jayceon Terrell Taylor thinks of his strange fortunes -- which saw him nominated for two Grammy Awards only six years ago, and now he's a guest star on 'ANTM.' The model-bes are asked to write and sing a song about their lives, which, holy moly, that would be enough to get me to tune in. But bonus: they make a music video of their results, which Game (no "The") directs.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for October 24 - 30

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 24th 2011 11:30AM
Allen Gregory - Sunday October 30, 8:30PM ET/PT, Global/Fox

Tonight marks the series premiere of a new animated series with the sweetest timeslot of the week. Voiced by Jonah Hill and French Stewart, it combines plot elements form 'Family Guy,' 'My Two Dads' and oddly, 'Frasier.' Hill plays Allen Gregory, a super-smart home-school kid who gets plopped into public school when the economy goes south. He's a hopeless snob, but I think we're supposed to like him because hey, we like Stewie Griffin. And the good news is, 'Bob's Burgers' isn't canceled, it's just resting and will return eventually.

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What to Watch: Oct 17 - 23

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 19th 2011 10:00AM
Recipe to Riches - Wednesday October 19, 9 PM ET/PT, Food Network Canada

Hosted by 'Bachelor' Jesse Palmer, this new series has 21 home-cook contestants competing to create a recipe that can be mass produced, preserved and sold in grocery stores. Instead of conducting their R&D in labs or test kitchens or what-have-you, Jane's Family Foods is doing it on TV, offering a $250,000 prize to the winner, and reaping millions of dollars in promotional opportunities. In fact, you'll be able to taste the recipes in your local Loblaw, and Galen Weston will be stopping in as a guest judge to make sure his company gets plenty of air time too.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for October 11 - 16

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 11th 2011 10:00AM
The Office - Thursday October 13, 9PM ET/PT, NBC/Global

We all knew when Steve Carrell left 'The Office,' other actors and characters would move to the forefront. Tonight we get a closer look at Andy, as he throws a garden party in a bid to impress Robert. The guests include his parents, played by Stephen Collins and Dee Wallace, and by a stroke of incredible inspiration, his brother is played by Josh Groban. Prepare for some serious a cappella attitude.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for October 3 - 9

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 3rd 2011 10:00AM
House - Monday October 3, 9PM ET/PT, Global/Fox

The season premiere picks up a year after we last saw our favourite angry doctor, and he' s now serving time for all that crap he pulled. It's refreshing to see House finally suffer a few consequences for all his crazy behaviour, and giving Hugh Laurie the chance to play House behind bars is absolutely inspired. Jaleel White guests as his cellmate and new bestie, and of course -- I mean, come on, you knew it would go this way -- he treats a fellow prisoner with strange symptoms.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for September 26 - October 2

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 27th 2011 10:10AM


Suburgatory - Wednesday September 28, 8:30PM ET/PT, Citytv/ABC

A little bit 'Mean Girls,' a little bit 'Easy A,' this new sitcom goes for the fish-out-of-water gambit, when a single dad (Jeremy Sisto) pulls his precocious teen daughter out of Manhattan and settles them both in a suburban town where the social scene is even more broken. The father-daughter relationship is as warm and lovely as anything on 'Modern Family' and many of the jokes are just as funny. Plus Cheryl Hines is hilarious as a woman trying very hard to be Barbie.

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'Camelot' Hunk Peter Mooney on Sword Fighting, Love Triangles and Leather Pants

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Sep 26th 2011 2:00PM
peter mooney, camelotHave you been watching 'Camelot'? If not, you're missing out. The epic series premiered in mid-September, and it over-delivers on its promise of sexy medieval tales. Even if you think you know all there is to know about the famous Arthurian legend, the series re-imagines it with an intriguing new perspective.

'Camelot' boasts an all-star cast including Joseph Fiennes ('Shakespeare in Love'), Bond Girl Eva Green ('Casino Royale') and Jamie Campbell Bower ('The Twilight Saga') as King Arthur. Canadian up-and-comer Peter Mooney co-stars as Arthur's loyal brother Kay.

AOL TV caught up with Mooney while he was driving to pick his Dad up from the airport (awww). We chatted about what makes this 'Camelot' so different, his newfound appreciation for leather pants and the inevitable 'Game of Thrones' comparisons.

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What to Watch: September 19 - 25

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 19th 2011 8:00AM
Roast of Charlie Sheen - Monday September 19, 10 p.m. ET/PT, Comedy

If anyone out there is still interested in the Charlie Sheen train-wreck tour of 2011, it's making a stop on Comedy this week - about 30 weeks too late. Sheen's appearance at the Emmys proved he lost his sense of humour along with his dignity around the time he got fired from 'Two and a Half Men' but hopefully the professional comics and various celebs can keep this thing funny. Seth MacFarlane of 'Family Guy' is the ring leader, and roasters include Jon Lovitz, Kate Walsh, William Shatner and Slash.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for September 12 - 18

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 12th 2011 9:00PM
Survivor: South Pacific - Wednesday September 14, 8PM ET/PT, CBS/Global

'Survivor' returns, looking a lot like last season. The Redemption Island twist is back, as are two previous castaways, Coach and Ozzy. Which is a far cry from Rob and Russell, but I can see why the producers would be eager to reproduce the experiment that led to such an interesting game last time. Another round of Coach wisdom is just about the last thing I was hoping for but I imagine he'll get himself voted off pretty quick. The other thing that hasn't changed -- the prize is still a million dollars. It makes you wonder when they're gonna get a cost-of-living or inflation raise on this show.

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