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What's On Tonight: Mercy, Ghost Hunters, Barbara Walters, Top Chef

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 9th 2009 12:16PM
  • The MiddleAt 8, ABC has Shrek the Halls, followed by new episodes of The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town and then Barbara Walters Presents The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009.
  • CBS has a new Old Christine at 8, then new episodes of Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has new episodes of Mercy, Law and Order: SVU, and The Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance at 8, followed by the fall finale of Glee.
  • ABC Family has Santa Claus is Comin' To Town at 8, then Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer & The Island of Misfit Toys.
  • Also at 8: BBC America has a new Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.
  • At 9, Bravo has the season finale of Top Chef, followed by a new Launch My Line.
  • DirecTV 101 has a new Friday Night Lights at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Mythbusters at 9.
  • A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter at 9, then two new episodes of Steven Seagal: Lawman.
  • Syfy has a new Ghost Hunters at 9, followed by a new Ghost Hunters Academy.
  • History Channel has a new episode of The Nostradamus Effect at 9, followed by a new MysteryQuest.
  • Showtime has a new Inside the NFL at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new Nip/Tuck.
  • TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns at 10.
  • There's a new Dinner: Impossible on Food Network at 10.
  • Sundance has a new Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... at 10.
  • At 11, G4 has the series premiere of Campus PD.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Was last night's Family Guy the first-ever endorsement of atheism on mainstream TV?

by Jay Black, posted Mar 30th 2009 2:26PM
Star Trek The Next Generation on Family GuyTV Squad man-at-arms Brad Trechak already filed his disappointment at last night's Family Guy episode, but I had a question of my own after I watched the it:

Was that the first time a network show actually endorsed atheism?

I mean, I've seen Bill Maher throw his anti-religion grenades, but that's HBO and that's Bill Maher. To my knowledge no network -- even a network like Fox, which once had a line-up made up entirely of World's Scariest Alien Autoposies -- had ever come down this hard on the beliefs of its viewers...

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What's On Tonight: Ab Fab, Man Vs. Food, Christmas Eve Mass

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 24th 2008 4:04PM
It's A Wonderful Life
  • TBS has A Christmas Story all night.
  • At 8, NBC has It's A Wonderful Life.
  • The CW has The Flight Before Christmas at 8, followed by The Story of Santa Claus.
  • ABC Family has the live action How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 8.
  • Comedy Central has two Christmas episodes of Futurama at 8, then several Christmas episodes of South Park.
  • FOX News Channel has A Fox and Friends Christmas at 8.
  • Also at 8: Disney has The Santa Clause 2.
  • At 8:40, BBC America has a new Catherine Tate Christmas episode, followed by an Absolutely Fabulous Christmas special.
  • At 9, Lifetime has the movie The Christmas Shoes.
  • TruTV has a new Most Shocking at 9, then two new episodes of World's Wildest Vacation Videos.
  • Hallmark has the movie The Most Wonderful Time of the Year at 9.
  • Nickelodeon has two Christmas episodes of Home Improvement at 9.
  • Showtime has a new Inside The NFL at 9.
  • At 10, Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food.
  • At 11, Lifetime has two Christmas episodes of Will & Grace, followed by two Christmas episodes of Frasier.
  • At 11:30, CBS and NBC has Christmas Eve Mass and music.
  • At 1am, ABC has Christmas Eve Mass and music also.

Check your local TV listings for more.

(Most of the late night talk shows are pre-empted or repeats tonight, except Charlie Rose.)

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Chuck: Chuck Versus Santa Claus

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 16th 2008 9:35AM
Chuck Xmas(S02E11) "This store has a very strict 'no bravery' policy." Chuck to Ned, gun-toting lunatic

Were you expecting a cameo by Bruce Willis on Chuck tonight? I was. The moment I saw Reginald VelJohnson in cop blues as Al, I just expected that John McClane might turn up at the Buy More looking to buy an iPod for his daughter or maybe a toaster for ex-wife Holly.

Yes, the connection to Die Hard was a major theme, especially with the Buy More staff (and Chuck's family) being held hostage by Ned, a supposed down-on-his-luck schlub who ends a high speed chase through L.A. by driving his compact through the entrance of the store.

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What's On Tonight: Ghost Whisperer, Stargate Atlantis, The Soup

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 5th 2008 4:07PM
  • 20/20At 8, ABC has How The Grinch Stole Christmas (movie), followed by a new 20/20.
  • CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer at 8.
  • NBC has Greatest Holiday Moments: TV & Film Countdown at 8, then new episodes of Lipstick Jungle, and Dateline.
  • FOX has new episodes of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? and Don't Forget The Lyrics.
  • The CW has Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer at 8, then The Story of Santa Claus.
  • There's a new Washington Week on PBS at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • Alton Brown makes fruitcake on Good Eats, on Food Network at 8.
  • HGTV has Decked for the Holidays at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Batman: The Brave and the Bold at 8, followed by new episodes of The Secret Saturdays, The Clone Wars, and Ben 10: Alien Force.
  • Disney has a new Suite Life on Deck at 8, then new episodes of Bedtime Stories and Phineas & Ferb.
  • Also at 8: Nickelodeon has Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Stargate Atlantis, followed by a new Sanctuary.
  • Discovery has a new Survivorman at 9.
  • At 10, CBS has a new Numb3rs.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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What's On Tonight: Santa Claus, Fringe, Real Housewives, Shatner

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 2nd 2008 4:01PM
  • The MentalistAt 8, ABC has Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, followed by two (yes, two!) new episodes of According To Jim and a new Eli Stone.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, then new episodes of The Mentalist and Without A Trace.
  • NBC has a new Biggest Loser at 8, followed by a new Law and Order: SVU.
  • FOX has new episodes of House and Fringe.
  • TCM has Citizen Kane at 8.
  • IFC has a new IFC Media Project at 8, then a new Hell Girl.
  • At 8:40, BBC America has a new Gavin & Stacey.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs.
  • There's a new episode of The Universe on History Channel at 9.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Orange County.
  • Biography Channel has the series premiere of Shatner's Raw Nerve at 10.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Cha$e at 10.
  • MTV has a new Paris Hilton's My New BFF at 10.
  • IFC has a new IT Crowd at 10.
  • Also at 10: Travel Channel has a new Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.
  • At 10:30, Disney has a new Life with Derek.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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One last story about Christmas TV, OK?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 9th 2008 8:24AM

Rudolph The Red-Nosed ReindeerI always get a little bummed out after Christmas and New Year's. The holiday buzz has died down, and the lights still up around town look a little sad and lonely. It doesn't help when the January weather is sunny and 63 degrees (that's just not right people). So forgive me if I post one more story about the holiday season.

TiVo got stats from 20,000 of their users and figured out what Christmas special was the most popular this year. It wasn't any show starring Charlie Brown or Frosty. It was that animal with the shiny nose that wasn't allowed to participate in any organized sports. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer was the most watched special with TiVo users, and that includes people who watched the show live and those who recorded it.

After the jump, the top 10.

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What's On Tonight: The Amazing Race, Football, Christmas Specials

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 23rd 2007 4:07PM

Duel

  • At 7, ABC has Elmo's Christmas Countdown, followed by a new Duel and The Santa Clause 2.
  • NBC has a new Football Night in America at 7, then the Redskins/Vikings game.
  • The CW has a new CW Now at 7.
  • At 8, CBS has a new episode of The Amazing Race, then the special In God's Name.
  • The CW has The Story of Santa Claus at 8.
  • ESPN has the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl at 8.
  • Also at 8: TCM has Christmas in Connecticut, followed by Holiday Affair.
  • At 9, Lifetime has the movie A Very Married Christmas.
  • HGTV has Decorating Cents Home for the Holidays at 9.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new Xavier: Renegade Angel, followed by Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Heroes, The Closer, October Road, Christmas specials

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 3rd 2007 4:00PM
  • Alton BrownAt 8, NBC has the season finale (fall finale?) of Chuck, then the season finale (fall finale?) of Heroes, and then a new Life (special night - part 2 airs Weds at 10).
  • ABC has A Charlie Brown Christmas at 8, followed by new episodes of Samantha Who?, Notes from the Underbelly, and October Road.
  • ABC Family has Christmas specials starting at 8: The Year Without A Santa Claus, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer & The Island of Misfit Toys, and Nestor The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey.
  • TNT has a new Christmas episode of The Closer at 8, then a new Saving Grace.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has a new Good Eats, followed by a new The Secret Life Of...
  • At 8:30, ESPN has the Patriots/Ravens game.
  • At 9, FOX has a new K-Ville.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • Lifetime has the movie A Dad For Christmas at 9.
  • Sci-Fi has the second part of Tin Man. It's on at 9 as well.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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TV Obits: Wyler, Frazier, Philippe

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 8th 2007 1:06PM

Gretchen WylerA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Gretchen Wyler: She was a veteran TV, Broadway, and film actress and animal rights activist. On TV she had regular stints on Dallas and On Our Own, and guest starred on many series: MacGyver, Charlie's Angels, Judging Amy, Providence, Designing Woman, Who's The Boss, Falcon Crest, Remington Steele, Benson, St. Elsewhere, The Wonderful World of Disney, Hart to Hart, Naked City, and a ton more. The show I'll always remember her for is Friends. In the episode where Monica and Phoebe catered a funeral, she was the widow who wouldn't pay them and sang a song. She died at age 75 of complications from breast cancer.

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What's on tonight: Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 24th 2006 5:02PM
  • It's A Wonderful LifeAt 7, CBS has 60 Minutes.
  • NBC has a new Football Night In America at 7, followed by It's A Wonderful Life.
  • Lifetime has All She Wants For Christmas at 7, followed by Holiday Wishes.
  • ABC Family has Frosty's Winter Wonderland at 7, then 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, The Year Without A Santa Claus and Rudolph's Shiny New Year.
  • There's an Xmas episode of The Honeymooners on American Life at 7.
  • Nickelodeon and Food Network are running holiday programming all night.
  • AMC is running Miracle on 34th Street all night.
  • TBS has A Christmas Story all day and night.
  • Nickelodeon is showing Xmas eps of many shows, including Fairly Odd Parents, Full House, and The Cosby Show.
  • TV Land is doing the same, with The Andy Griffith Show, Three's Company, Little House on the Prairie, Good Times, All in the Family, and others.
  • Also: Hallmark has various holiday movies all night.
  • At 9, CBS has A Very Married Christmas.
  • Comedy Central has Bad Santa at 9.
  • At 10:30, TCM has Christmas In Connecticut.
  • At 11:30, ABC, CBS, and NBC have Christmas Eve services from Rome and other places around the world.

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Santa gets the 24 treatment -- VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Dec 18th 2006 7:40PM

24th -- Parody of 24 featuring SantaHere's a cute little video, courtesy of Spolerbuzz (by way of YouTube) that places jolly old Santa into the world of 24. Entitled 24th it takes place between 11:58 PM and midnight. Santa has a dilemma: there's no chimney to climb down. So, who does he call? Well, his favorite C.T.U. (that would be Christmas Toy Unit) elf Chloe, who gives him the schematics of the house and a way to get in.

Along the way he encounters a nosy little girl and a plate of chocolate chip cookies. Sorry, no one gets kidnapped, maimed or killed, and the United States is not obliterated by nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. Heck, I'm sure Jack Bauer was probably sleeping when Santa went on his yearly Ops mission. It's just a sweet little piece of film that promotes the newest season of 24, which premieres in January.

You can view the clip by clicking on this link.

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What's on tonight: SNL, Mad TV, It's A Wonderful Life, Little People, Big World

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 16th 2006 5:49PM
  • Spike FerestenAt 8, NBC has It's A Wonderful Life.
  • FOX has a new Cops at 8, followed by a repeat episode and a new America's Most Wanted.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World at 8, then Trading Spaces: All-Stars.
  • AMC has Prancer at 8, followed by Miracle on 34th Street.
  • There's a new reDesign on HGTV at 8.
  • More holiday cooking on Food Network at 8: Emeril Live (with guests Alton Brown, Mario Batali, Tyler Florence and Dave Lieberman), followed by the All Star Holiday Party and All Star Holiday Gifts.
  • Also at 8: Sci-Fi has a new ECW.
  • At 9, CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • HGTV has a new Designer's Challenge at 9.
  • At 10, Jay Mohr stars in Christmas Do-Over on ABC Family.
  • At 11, FOX has a Christmas Mad TV, with Jeff Probst, followed by a new Talk Show With Spike Feresten.
  • At 11:30, NBC has a new Saturday Night Live with Justin Timberlake.

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What's on tonight: Day Break, Bones, Biggest Loser, Mythbusters, Xmas Stuff

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 13th 2006 5:16PM
  • George ClooneyAt 8, ABC has a new Show Me The Money, followed by new episodes of Day Break and Primetime.
  • CBS has a new King of Queens at 8, then another new episode, then new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has the season finale of The Biggest Loser at 8, then a new Medium.
  • There's a new Bones on FOX at 8, then a repeat ep.
  • The CW has a new, two-hour ep of America's Next Top Model at 8.
  • Also at 8: AMC has George Clooney: An American Cinematheque Tribute.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Mythbusters.
  • Lifetime has the movie Deck the Halls at 9.
  • ABC Family has I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus at 9.
  • A new Challenge airs on Food Network at 9, featuring a gingerbread competition.
  • At 10, TNT has the special Christmas in Washington 2006.
  • Bravo has a new Top Chef at 10.
  • MTV has a new Real World at 10, followed by a new Twentyfourseven.
  • Also at 10: TV Land has a new installment of 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases.

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Festivus Retro Squad: Miracle on 34th Street

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 7th 2006 9:24AM
Miracle on 34th StreetWhat does it say about me that my two favorite movies of all-time - not just Christmas movies, but all movies - are It's A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. I only watch them during the month of December, maybe once in November, and they are both Christmas-oriented, but they are my two favorite flicks. I'll review It's A Wonderful Life a little bit later, but since AMC is running Miracle on 34th Street a lot this month (I think it's on a couple of times every day or something), let's take a closer look at this classic.

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