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WEDNESDAY
DECEMBER 17
2014

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

For his fourth holiday TV special, Michael Bublé gets some new digs – Radio City Music Hall – and a guest who, as musical specials go, simply cannot be beat. Yes, it’s Barbra Streisand. Other guests: Ariana Grande, Miss Piggy and, naturally, the Rockettes.

 
  
 
 

Syfy, 9:00 p.m. ET

Part 3 of 3. The 2014: A Space Odyssey continues tonight, but the story, like the voyage, may or may not conclude with the end of tonight’s “final” installment. Not if there’s a sequel…

 
  
 
 

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

How creepy is this? One of the guest stars in tonight’s show is Lily Rabe, reprising her possessed Sister Mary Eunice role from American Horror Story: Asylum. Same role, different story entirely. Which means these two TV worlds exist as one… which suggests that the other seasons of stories might interconnect also.

 
  
 
 

Comedy Central, 11:31 p.m. ET

Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, the 2014 National Book Award winner for fiction, is the scheduled guest on Stephen Colbert’s penultimate show. You can bet that’s because Colbert feels the book, and the guest, is important – so you ought to tune in on those merits alone.

 
  
 
 

CBS, 12:35 a.m. ET

Craig Ferguson has two more CBS shows after tonight – and tonight, he makes room for Betty White, whom he “rediscovered” long before much of the rest of the mass media, and Thomas Lennon.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

THE END OF A HOLIDAY ERA -- We here at TVWW, like many of you, have clips of shows we like to watch over and over…primarily those that make us laugh so hard we can barely breathe. Too many to list, actually. What about the holiday clips?  Actually, there are quite a number of those, too. But when the holiday season puts me in a musical mood, I pull up two favorites: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” and, of course, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” as sung by no one else but Darlene Love. And she always sings it for David Letterman on Late Night. Sadly, as Letterman is retiring in May, this year will mark Ms. Love’s 21st and final appearance and, she says, the last time she’ll sing it on television. Thankfully, we have a mashup to remind us of her powerful and amazing performances and the Wall of Sound that Paul Shaffer, the CBS Orchestra, and friends recreate to perfection. -- Linda Donovan

 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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American Horror Story:
Freak Show
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

The Colbert Report
Comedy Central
Weeknights
11:30 PM ET

The Good Wife
CBS
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Graham Norton Show
BBC America
Saturdays
11 PM ET

Homeland
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Jane the Virgin
CW
Mondays
9 PM ET

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

The Late Late Show
CBS
Weeknights
12:35 AM ET

Parenthood
NBC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

The Walking Dead
AMC
Sundays
9 PM ET
 
 

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey [Blu-ray]

TVWW has lots of suggestions for holiday TV gifts this month here, at our annual Holiday Gift Guide. You’ll find a lot options there for all tastes and ages including Cosmosthe reboot of the original Carl Sagan PBS series. Hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the series brings glorious state-of-the-art CGI to explore all the lessons of the universe. Segments illustrating historical moments in scientific discovery are done in animation by Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy team. With a fresh style, these animated segments are critical to the clarity and success of the series, as is Tyson’s obvious passion for his subject. On sale at Amazon for $35.  –EG