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Two Tivos To Paradise 11.16.12: Breaking Bad, Community, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, New Girl, More

November 16, 2012 | Posted by Al Norton


Hello friends. Want to take a moment to wish all of you the happiest of Thanksgivings, hoping you spend the day surrounded by loved ones and consuming large amounts of delicious foods! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of the family, the food, the very fun Yankee Swap we do, and because of the lack of pressure that comes with all the gifts of Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVES me some Christmas, but there is always the worry if people are going to like the presents you got them and this Thursday has none of that. I also enjoy any holiday that encourages introspection, a taking stock of what’s important in one’s life.

House of Cards is Netflix first original scripted series and it premieres February 1st…

FX’s new drama The Americans premieres in January, with a mix of Homeland and The Ice Storm that I am totally buying…

Henry Coleman’s passing last week at age 89 wasn’t noted with the kind of press his career deserved; after starting his career on live TV programs like the Colgate Comedy Hour and Kraft Television Theater, Coleman was an assistant producer on Dr. Kildare and Peyton Place in the early 60’s before moving up executive producer on legendary series like I Love Lucy, Hawaii 5-0, Green Acres, and The Beverly Hillbillies. In the 70’s he wrote for and produced The Love Boat, including the TV movies that spawned the series, and in the 80’s worked on Hotel in the same capacity. He also served as VP of TV Programming for Paramount Studios at the time they developed The Odd Couple, Mannix, and Love American Style (which led to Happy Days). He may not have been a household name but Henry Coleman’s talents were felt in most households.

Here’s a new trailer for Fox’s upcoming serial killer drama The Following

Let’s go crazy, crazy, crazy till we see the news.

You’ve Been So Kind And Generous, I Don’t Know Why You Keep On Giving
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving so I thought it a good time to give you a list of 10 Television Things I Am Thankful For (also playing a role is that this is traditionally a slow news week so I needed a filler). Here we go…

*Quality Dramas
I feel like I’ve been saying we’re in a golden age of dramatic television since I started writing TTTP but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything quite like what we’ve got right now in terms of the volume of high quality and diverse options available to viewers…I’m thankful for Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Homeland, Dexter, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Treme, Sons of Anarchy, Parenthood, The Good Wife, Once Upon a Time, Suits, Justified, and Longmire – off the top of my head – and that’s not even counting shows that may not be very good but are certainly good AND highly entertaining, like Burn Notice, Leverage, White Collar, Supernatural, Arrow, Castle, Being Human, Nashville, and Major Crimes (again, just off the top of my head). Your list of shows might be different but there’s no doubt that any regular TV viewer recognizes just how good they have it right now.

*Tuesday Night Comedies
I am hard pressed to remember a time in my life where the was a night with eight solid comedy options in a two hour period – hell, there have been times when there wasn’t eight solid comedy options in a week – so I am very thankful for Tuesday nights, when the broadcast networks have given us Raising Hope, Ben and Kate, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Happy Endings, Don’t Trust the B- In Apt 23, Go On, and The New Normal to choose from. As I have written on this page previously, if you can’t find at least one comedy in there you think is funny than you may have a serious problem…See what I did there?

*Scooby Doo
I recently decided to introduce my twins to Scooby Doo and the gang and was stunned when I went to my Tivo directory and found SOOOO many different versions to choose from. From the original late 60’s version that came with a laugh track and the occasional musical chase scene to the one with the celebrity guest stars to new episodes they are making now, I am thankful for the opportunity to share some of the same viewing experiences I had with my kids. I am also quite thankful that there was no Scrappy Do anywhere to be found.

*Jon Stewart
As I have mentioned countless times on these pages, I was VERY late to The Daily Show bandwagon, only getting on board about two years ago, so when I say I am thankful for the awe-inspiring consistently funny and razor sharp content they put out four nights a week, that’s just for while I’ve been watching, so I can’t imagine how impressed folks who have been fans for the long term are. I know I am prone to bits of hyperbole but I simply can’t think of anyone in this format operating at this level for this extended a period of time. Jon Stewart is a first ballot TV Hall of Famer, no doubt.

*Community having a season premiere date
Neglected as it is by NBC and parent company Universal, I am thankful that the fourth (and likely final) season of Community has a set season premiere date that I can – actually, already have – circle on my calendar. February 7th – it’s the new October 19th – will be a big day as I am going through some serious Greendale withdrawal.

*Sarah Shahi
Ok, do I really need to give an explanation why I am thankful for Sarah Shahi?!?!?

*DVR Technology
What would I do without you?!?! I am sooo thankful for the ability to record multiple shows at once otherwise I’d be missing out on a lot of good television.

*Craig Ferguson not caring
While I do enjoy Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and find Jimmy Kimmel Live to have its moments, to me there is nothing close to The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as far as late night talk goes, in terms of humor and also actual conversation. I am thankful Ferguson doesn’t care about conforming to any traditional conventions of the genre or about impressing his CBS bosses but rather goes about putting on the show he wants to every night. There is no question that if I had a choice of where to watch a celebrity I liked be interviewed, it would be on The Late Late Show.

*Giancarlo Esposito
I first saw Giancarlo Esposito in Do the Right Thing, and then he came to my attention again on Homicide: Life on the Street, but after that it felt like the only time I would see him was in small guest parts here and there, every time with me wondering why this guy wasn’t getting more and better parts, so I am thankful that casting directors finally got their heads out of their asses and got on board the Espo Train!! While he more than earned his Emmy nomination as Gus on Breaking Bad, I actually think he may be doing stronger work on Revolution, where he gets to show a bit more emotion but not a smidge less ruthlessness. His run these last three years – Breaking Bad, Once Upon a Time, Revolution, Leverage, Community, Criminal Minds, Lie to Me, Detroit 1-8-7 – is virtually unmatched in the TTTP era.

*The Voice
In a TV world where the majority of singing competition judging seems to be overly harsh and where the shows can become more about the judges/mentors/coaches than the singers (I am SO turned off by ads that hype the drama between the “professionals” instead of, I don’t know, the SINGING), I am thankful for The Voice, where the four folks in the swivel chairs genuinely care about not only the contestants on their teams but about everyone in the competition. It really does make a difference in the enjoyment level when you know they are rooting for the people on stage just like you.

Adding a 11th to this top 10 since it’s unthinkable that I would list of TV-related things I am thankful for and not mention all of you who take the time every week to come to 411mania and read Two Tivos To Paradise, and especially those who also visit our Facebook page, which has turned into a really fantastic forum for people to share their thoughts on all-things-tubular. Thank you and the powers that be for giving me an outlet for my passion.

Use the comments section below to share what you are most thankful for in the world of TV.

Kind Woman, I Give You My All, Kind Woman, Nothing More
Here is a full rundown of the myriad of viewing options available to you on Thanksgiving, given to you in chronological order…
How It’s Made marathon (Science); 3am, 31 episodes
Cake Boss marathon (TLC); 6am, 7 episodes
Dark Shadows marathon (Chiller), 6am, 11 episodes
NCIS marathon (USA); 6am, 24 episodes
Moesha marathon (BET); 8am, 14 episodes
Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America marathon (Travel); 9am, 11 episodes – entire first season
Buying Alaska marathon (Destination America); 9am, 6 episodes
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (CBS & NBC); 9am
Castle marathon (TNT); 10am, 13 episodes
Restaurant Impossible marathon (Food); 10am, 6 episodes
Alaska: The Last Frontier marathon (Discovery); 11am, 10 episodes
Breaking Amish marathon (TLC); 11am, 10 episodes – entire first season
Friends marathon (TBS), 11am, 14 episodes including all the Thanksgiving episodes
Million Dollar Listing marathon (Bravo), 11am, 7 episodes
Godfather I & II (AMC); 11:30 am
I Love Lucy marathon (TVLand); noon, 8 episodes
Shrek Forever After marathon (FX), noon, seven consecutive showings
Star Trek: The Next Generation marathon (BBC America), noon, 18 episodes
The UneXplained marathon (Bio); noon, 8 episodes
Wicked Tuna marathon (NGC); noon, 8 episodes – entire first season
Law & Order: Criminal Intent marathon (Oxygen); 2pm, 12 episodes
Houston Texans at Detroit Lions (CBS); 12:30pm
The First 48 marathon (A&E); 3pm, 8 episodes
Mall Cops: Mall of America (Destination America); 4pm, 26 episodes
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (Fox); 4:15pm
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC); 8pm
New England Patriots at New York Jets (NBC); 8pm

It’s Time To Play The Music, It’s Time To Light The Lights
The Muppet Show video of the week…

But You Were Up To Your Old Tricks In Chapters Four Five And Six
All you need to know about the Nielsen’s for the past 7 days…

The Big Bang Theory won the night with a series high 16.54 million viewers (it also won then night in demos), with lead-out Two and a Half Men hitting a season high in viewers…Beauty and the Beast was up 17% in the demos (more on that later)…The Voice easily topped The X-Factor in totals and demos at 8pm…The Office enjoyed a much stronger than usual lead-in to the tune of a 30% increase in demos…Grey’s Anatomy took the 9pm demo win back from Person of Interest, with the latter winning in total viewers with a season high 14.7 million…Elementary won 10pm in totals and demos…

As usual, Shark Tank won its timeslot – and the night – in demos, with Blue Bloods being the most watched show of the evening…Undercover Boss recovered from a less-than-stellar premiere to improve 30+% in the demos…Last Man Standing (-20%) and Malibu Country (-30%) dropped in week two…Kitchen Nightmares was up 20+% in both totals and demos…ANTM jumped a remarkable FIFTY percent in the demos, although still finishing a VERY distant 4th at 8pm…

Once Upon a Time dropped to a series demo low, although that number was still good enough to win the night for non-sports programming…Revenge hit a season low…60 Minutes dropped 50% from last week, when it had a huge NFL overrun lead-in…The Mentalist was up 10% in total viewers to be the night’s most watched non-NFL game…Fox numbers aren’t in yet since their NFL coverage ran over, which will likely lead to huge increases for their lineup…

Partners and Revolution both dropped to new season/series lows, but the latter’s numbers were still more than enough to handily win 10pm…HIMYM was up 10%…2 Broke Girls matched a series low for the second week in a row…Castle was up in totals and demos…DWTS was the night’s most watched show with 14.2 million viewers while The Voice blew everyone away in the demos…3.4 million tuned in to the season premiere of Teen Mom 2

Private Practice & Ben and Kate both had 20% drops in the demos to finish last in their time slots…Parenthood won 10pm in the demos(!!!)…NCIS was the most watched show of the night while The Voice put up the top demos…Hart of Dixie hit a season high in totals and demos…Emily Owens MD was up 30%…The Mindy Project was up 13%…NCIS: LA won 9pm in totals and demos…The New Normal topped the 9:30 comedy battle in the demos while Don’t Trust the B- in Apt 23 hit a series low…The season two premiere of Doomsday Preppers was the highest rated start to a season in National Geographic Channel history…

Whitney opened season two down from season one’s premiere and finale, matching the numbers put up by the Animal Kingdom premiere earlier this fall…Without The Voice as a lead-in Chicago Fire returned to finishing third in totals and demos at 10pm, with CSI winning both and Nashville finishing second in each…Criminal Minds was the most watched show of the night while Modern Family crushed in the demos…Arrow had the second best total viewer numbers of the its season/series…Duck Dynasty’s Wednesday night ratings domination continues; not only did the second of last night’s two new episodes hit a series high with 4.4 million viewers – tops for all of cable on the night – but the demos for the two episodes beat not only everything on cable (including American Horror Story) but also topped its broadcast network competition of Nashville and Chicago Fire.

All The Young Dudes, Carry The News
Industry News, Notes, and Hot Rumors…Brandon T Jackson, best known for his role in Tropic Thunder, is thisclose to signing to play Aaron Foley (son of Axel) in the CBS dramedy pilot Beverly Hills Cop. Eddie Murphy, who is executive producing and will make recurring appearances as Axel Foley, is said to have suggested Jackson for the part. Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Lie to Me, Last Resort) is also executive producing…FX renewed American Horror Story for a third season and announced Jessica Lange would return to star…Comedy Central ordered a six episode 2nd season of The Burn with Jeff Ross that will premiere in January…ABC picked up the back 9 episodes of Nashville, bringing the season one total to a standard 22. They also ordered three more scripts for Last Man Standing and Malibu Country, which premiered two weeks ago. The jury is apparently still out on Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue, with a deadline coming fast and multiple new dramas to find a place for in their schedule…Dylan Walsh (Unforgettable, Nip/Tuck) has signed for multiple episodes of Revenge…Bryan Greenberg (How to Make It in America, October Road) and Stephanie Sigman have signed on as the leads in USA’s upcoming drama pilot that is an adaptation of a short story from the same Elmore Leonard collection that Justified came from. Executive produced by the co-creators of Numb3rs, the story follows a businessman considering a run for office in Miami who decides marrying a Columbian woman would be good for his image, only to find his new bride, while being on the run from her past, is a high quality fixer of bad situations. Kevin Bray, who has directed episodes of Suits (the pilot, among others), White Collar, Burn Notice, and Chuck, will be behind the camera on this pilot for this project…The executive producer and co-writer of History’s award winning Hatfields & McCoys mini-series are re-teaming for a new project at the network; Texas Rising would be a 3 part, six hour look at the beginnings of the Texas Rangers, the longest standing law enforcement agency in North America…CBS Sports Network has signed a two year deal with the Arena Football League that includes 19 regular season games (with a Saturday Game of the Week in primetime) plus two playoff games, with the ArenaBowl (the championship game) televised on CBS. Coverage kicks off in March, with the ArenaBowl set for August 17th…CBS Sports Network is also getting into bed with the NBA, signing a deal to air 10 regular season games from the NBA Development League (their version of the minors) plus postseason action along with NBA Action, a week-in-review look at the NBA…Patton Oswalt is having quite a fall, signing on for multiple episode stints on Burn Notice, Justified, and The Newsroom…TVLand picked up a second season of The Soul Man and added 10 episodes to the season two order of The Exes, bringing it to a very large for cable 22…Kyle MacLachlan is the latest high quality actor to get a recurring role on The Good Wife…ABC is developing the Disney ride Big Thunder Mountain into a potential live action adventure/drama series, with Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift) writing and Chris Morgan (Fast Five, The Wanted) executive producing…With Jersey Shore coming to an end the cast is looking for work and MTV looking to capitalize on the love they know their audience has for the show, which leads to today’s announcement of The Show with Vinny, where Vinny Guadagnino will welcome celebrity guests into his home for an interview as well as dinner with his family…Anne Heche is teaming up with Will Ferrell & Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions to develop the NBC comedy Bad Judge, about a female judge who lives a hard, wild, sexuality active life. Heche stars in the NBC comedy Save Me, which has yet to find a place on the mid-season schedule, so I would guess the odds are good she could end up starring in this project as well…Even thought season two doesn’t premiere until January, there is talk that HBO is moving quickly to lock up the producing and writing staff of Girls for a third season. Executive producer Judd Apatow was quoted as saying, “we’re about to shoot a third season of Girls” during a video interview to hype his new movie This is 40. Even if a deal is reached in the next week or two, the official announcement would likely come following the 1/13/13 season premiere…Louis C.K. will have a new stand-up comedy special air on HBO in 2013. The taping will take place one of the stops on his current 16 city tour, which ends in February…Andrew Miller (The Secret Circle) is working on Saga for ABC, about the author of a Twilight-esque series of books who disappears before she can complete the final novel. A family of die-hard fans look into it and find she has been taken into the world of her books and try to rescue her…WE’s new reality series Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual will premiere on January 12th with two half hour episodes…Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Brothers & Sisters, Everwood) and Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, Kyle XY) are working on an adaptation of the UK sci-fi drama Tomorrow People for The CW; young people across the world realize they all have special powers – they are the next step in human evolution – and work together to fight evil…Spike TV ordered a 10 episode first season of Tattoo Rescue, where a tattoo expert visits a struggling tattoo studio each week in the hopes of turning their business around… In news that could signal the end of Flipping Out as we know it, tells us Jeff Lewis (and his production company) has filed a lawsuit against assistant Jenni Pulos on the grounds that she has violated a confidentiality agreement she signed by writing a book about working for him. The original title of the book – listed on Amazon as being available next August – was Hang In There, Baby: What One of the World’s Most Difficult Bosses Taught Me About Work, Life, and Love, although it has since shortened to Hang In There, Baby. The lawsuit is seeking damages as well as an injunction to keep the book from being published with any material relating to Lewis or her work for him…Hard to see this being settled in a way where Lewis and Pulos work together again, which would be a shame since Flipping Out is one of my favorite reality shows.

Turns Out Not Where But Who You’re With That Really Matters
(The Best of What’s Around aka The Best Thing I’ve Watched In The Last 7 Days…)
Two weeks ago I wrote about Revenge’s season two stumbles – focusing on the wrong characters, going big instead of keeping the focus on the Graysons, nowhere near enough Nolan – and I think it’s only fair that I note that in the last three weeks the show has really turned it around, righting the ship and being as entertaining as their stellar first season.

There is lots of credit/praise to go around, including the return of Roger Bart’s Mason Treadwell – Bart is an actor who knows just how seriously to take a given scene and it’s clear to the audience how much of a good time Treadwell is having putting the pieces together – as well as the performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh as Mama Clarke, a woman you just know is going to go crazy and can’t wait to see it when it happens.

While “The Initiative” is still around, it’s in very small doses, with more time being spent on the high stakes but still character driven business dealings of the Graysons and Nolan. Also, Aiden Mathis has become a much more interesting character now that he is out of Emily’s house and actually interacting with other Hampton’s residents.

Yes, there is still too much Amanda Clarke, a character I care very little for, but I understand that because we see her we also see Jack, so that’s a tradeoff I will make. I also like that the bar storyline, however obvious at the outset (it was quite clear the Declan was set up and not hard to figure out that Kenny had his eyes on the bar), has played out slower than I imagined, with Kenny know seemingly having a few doubts about ripping off the family that has shown him such warmth and appreciation.

Any conversation about Revenge has to include praise for Emily Van Camp, who continues to carry the weight of a broadcast network drama on her shoulders like no one else on TV right now; simply put, this show does not work with anyone else in the lead role. And while I don’t want to drop this conversation to a base level, it’s hard not to have noticed the show has taken a somewhat different wardrobe tact with the character of Emily this year; yes, she’s a smart, strong, and talented young woman but there has been much more of a focus on two of her talents in particular this season.

When Revenge is at its best it’s the best kind of guilty pleasure – the kind you don’t have to feel guilty about – and for the last couple of weeks it has most definitely been at its best.

People Say I’m Crazy Doing What I’m Doing. Well, They Give Me All Kinds Of Warnings To Save Me From Ruin
What’s flashed before my eyes the last seven days…

I thought SNL did a great job with the above Homeland sketch last week on an overall decent but not particularly noteworthy episode…Running out of ways to say how much entertainment I get out of Comic Book Men but I’ll stick with “it’s far and away my favorite reality show on TV right now”… This week’s Modern Family was the funniest case of mistaken sexual identity since the classic Frasier episode The Matchmaker. Also worth noting was Mitchell’s wonderful use of Peanuts as a metaphor. Despite the knee-jerk backlash that comes to anything/one that experiences some level of success, there is a reason Modern Family is the top scripted demo performer on broadcast TV and wins the awards that it does…I will preface my comments by saying I do very much enjoy Revolution but they seem to have going-to-the-well-too-often disease; last week ended with a “I’m going to hurt your daughter if you don’t give me what I want” moment and then this week essentially opened with an “I’m going to kill your sister if you don’t give me what I want” scene, and even though the latter played out much differently than usual, it was still overkill, especially with Neville worried about his son and of course the main journey of going to get Charlie’s brother. I understand the importance of family and the extremes we will go to to protect them is perhaps the show’s central theme but for God’s sake, vary it up a bit! And don’t get me started that this was another Miles-almost-gets-captured episode, too…A very strong Bones this week, one that used the show’s tried and true formula to handle some emotionally powerful issues, and while there were some speeches, there were some more subtle moments as well. Temperance’s Phil Jackson obsession proved an excellent balance for the hour as well. Well done, Bones…When I mention my favorites on The Voice I always talk about Trevin and Amanda and somehow always forget Nicholas…

Roger Rees work on last week’s Elementary proves that TV is a MUCH better place when he is working regularly. Can we get him on Burn Notice, White Collar, Justified, or Sons of Anarchy? Wait, how about PSYCH?!?! Or better yet, all of them!!!…I avoid talking specifics about The Walking Dead because I know some folks don’t watch the episodes right away and/or prefer to view in bunches/marathons, but the show has been nearly flawless in its ability to communicate its themes – what we will do to protect our family – in ways that bring the audience to tears in horror, shock, and empathy. You’ll note that that theme is similar to Revolution’s – also about a group of people traveling the country in a world they no longer recognize – but the execution of said theme, the way it’s dramatized to both make the issues beyond our scope of comprehension and at the same time relatable to our own lives, with TWD is as good as it gets in TV. The acting from the core group has been amazing, and Sarah Wayne Callies in particular deserves huge kudos for her work. This is their strongest season yet…Regular readers know I am simply not a fan of The Big Bang Theory but this video, from a taping this week, makes me like them just a little bit more than I did before…

Theo Rossi’s work as Juice on this week’s Sons of Anarchy reminded me just how amazing the casting on the show is; the next time a performance from someone in the cast hits a sour note will be the first time…I am not even really watching Gossip Girl anymore – more over Mrs. Tivo’s shoulder more than anything – but I wonder how the creators think these characters bear any resemblance to the ones we met five seasons ago. What a waste of time invested on the viewers part…Don’t Trust the B- in Apt 23 may or may not have been genius product placement but the episode was a RIOT, with the takeover of the magazine a phenomenal scene… I really do adore The Mindy Project – “hey, hey, eyes down here” – it makes me laugh a LOT and the cast seems to get stronger every week. They do need to figure out exactly who Mindy is but I love that she makes as many jokes as she is the butt of, a balance that it took Parks and Recreation a full season or so to find with Leslie and one that 30 Rock still struggles with with Liz to this day…Ben and Leslie’s engagement party on Parks and Rec was high comedy – “ladies and gentlemen, the Wyatt Family” – that did the tradition of sitcom parties going badly (Mary Tyler Moore, Friends) proud…

TV Pick Of The Week
Just in time to make you feel old comes the news that this year is the 25th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s Bad album. Regardless of the controversy that surrounded the singer towards the end of his career and his life, there is no denying the quality of music he made, nor is there any denying that Spike Lee is one of the best documentary filmmakers of his generation, so the combination of the two promises to be highly entertaining…

Don’t miss Bad 25, Thursday night at 9:30pm on ABC.

Hope You Need My Love, Babe, Just Like I Need You
Other noteworthy viewing options from the next seven days…

*Bill Maher brings season 10 of Real Time to a close tonight at 10pm on HBO.

*If you’ve got a young boy or girl in your house than you are already well aware that Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess premieres Sunday at 7pm on Disney Junior…

*The Dust Bowl (Sunday, 8pm, PBS) is award winning filmmaker Ken Burns’ latest effort…

*The gang from Revolution (Monday, 10pm, NBC) deal with some hallucinations this week, set to the music of Led Zeppelin. Yes, I am serious.

*The latest edition of PBS’ brilliant American Masters series is Inventing David Geffen (Tuesday, 8pm), a must watch for not just music fans but for anyone interested in the history of our country, specifically the 1970’s and 80’s…

*Following a regular episode of The Soup (E!) next Tuesday is The Soup Meets WWE: Piledriving Clips in Your Face, featuring some WWE superstars visiting Joel as he airs the best/worst clips from WWE programming.

*Duck Dynasty (A&E) gets a head start on the Turkey Day marathons by starting their 20 episode run on Wednesday at 6pm.

Two Tivos To Paradise
3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, 30 Rock, After the Catch, American Idol, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Antiques Roadshow, Archer, Arrow, Around the World in 80 Plates, Auction Hunters, Baby Daddy, Ben and Kate, The Big C, Boardwalk Empire, Being Human, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, Bones, Breaking Bad, Bunheads, Burn Notice, Cake Boss, Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, Chicago Fire, Chopped, Comic Book Men, Community, Cougar Town, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Deadliest Catch, Destination Truth, Don’t Trust the B- in Apt 23, Fact or Faked, Falling Skies, Family Guy, Fast Food Mania, Flipping Out, Food Network Challenge, Food Network Star, The Franchise, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters Academy, Ghost Hunters International, Ghost Lab, Glee, Gossip Girl, Great Food Truck Race, Grey’s Anatomy, Happy Endings, Haunted Highways, Haunted Treasure, Hawaii 5-0, Hollywood Treasure, House of Lies, How I Met Your Mother, Inside Comedy with David Steinberg, Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis, Iron Chef America, Justified, Key & Peele, Last Resort, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Law And Order: Special Victims Unit, Longmire, Lost Girl, Louie, Mad Men, Major Crimes, Men at Work, The Middle, Mike and Molly, The Mindy Project, Modern Family, Monster Man, Nashville, Necessary Roughness, New Girl, The New Normal, Next Iron Chef, The Office, Outside the Lines, Parks & Recreation, Private Practice, Project Accessory, Project Runway, PSYCH, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off, Raising Hope, Real Time With Bill Maher, Restaurant Impossible, Revenge, Revolution, Royal Pains, Rules Of Engagement, Saturday Night Live, Shark Wranglers, Shear Genius, So You Think You Can Dance?, Sons of Anarchy, The Soup, Suits, Suburgatory, Supernatural, Texas Multi Mammas, Top Chef, Top Chef Just Desserts, Top Chef: Masters, Top Design, Tosh.0, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, The Voice, The Walking Dead, Warehouse 13, Wilfred, Worst Cooks In America,

People Love You When They Know You’re Leaving Soon
Here ends another Two Tivos To Paradise.

We’ll be back next week with a look at the last seven days in TV headlines! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Sources for this week’s column include Daily Variety, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and Hollywood Reporter (plus the web sites for those publications) as well as, &


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