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THURSDAY
DECEMBER 13
2018

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

NBC, 9:00 p.m. ET

This prime-time highlights special offers many of the holiday sketches SNL has presented over its many, many years. One highlight to look for:  Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Kristen Wiig singing a naughty yet nice holiday jingle, “Santa’s My Boyfriend.” And it’s in three-part harmony, so… Ho ho ho.

 
  
 
 

ABC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Tonight it’s cookie and bread week on The Great American Baking Show. And since I’m already covered in flour churning out cookies for the grandkids these days, I’ll be watching for tips. (Tips like: Don’t procreate, and you won’t have to churn out cookies like a Dickensian factory worker thirtysomething years later.)
 
  
 
 

CBS, 9:30 p.m. ET

We’re getting to the end of the season for this modern reboot of Murphy Brown, which always was intended, according to series creator Diane English, to consist of 13 episodes (tonight’s new episode is number 12 in that run). There have been reports that, because of not continuing with a midseason additional order, Murphy Brown has been cancelled, but English says that’s not the case, and she expects she will, along with Murphy, return next fall. Meanwhile, tonight, Murphy (Candice Bergen) and her now-grown son Avery (new cast member Jake McDormand) come to terms with his career crisis… and have a meeting of minds in his old, still teen-decorated bedroom.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
   Visit our TV We're Watching page for these and other shows on our DVRs right now...



Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
CW
Fridays
9 PM ET

Counterpart
Starz
Sundays
9 PM ET

Escape From Dannemora
Showtime
Sundays
10 PM ET

The Graham Norton Show
BBC America
Fridays
11 PM ET

The Great American Baking Show
ABC
Thursdays
9 PM ET

Mars
NatGeo
Mondays
9 PM ET

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Amazon Prime Video
Streaming

Ray Donovan
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Room 104
HBO
Fridays
11:30 PM ET

Saturday Night Live
NBC
Saturdays
11:29 PM ET
 
 

VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Mass Media – You’re not the only one thinking that there are now too many scripted shows to follow – and that it seems like most of them are dropping by the hour on Netflix. This SNL commercial satire looks at whether it’s because twitchy executives at that company are greenlighting anything and everything, even the faux shows that were being made as part of the plot in HBO’s Entourage. Everything’s going to series here, even “Kennymeade Depot,” who apparently has one fan, Ruth. —Eric Gould
 
 

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Good News TVWW readers: Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, the new collection edited by Douglas Howard and TVWW’s David Bianculli, is now on sale. More than ever, series finales have become cultural touchstones that feed watercooler fodder and tweet storms. TV Finales brings together seventy chapters, each focusing on a separate show, including reliable milestones such as The Fugitive and M*A*S*H through cutting-edge favorites like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Breaking Bad. Writers include today’s leading TV critics, along with many TVWW contributors. "The last word on TV endings." (Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine)
 
 
Television today is better than ever, and David’s book, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific explores it all and how we got here. (Now on sale for $12). David maps the evolution of the classic TV genres – the sitcom, the crime show, doctor dramas, the Western – and many others. "The Platinum Age is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era... interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Matt Groening, Larry David, and Amy Schumer are high points. Bianculli has written a highly readable history." –The Washington Post
 
 
 

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