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2013
Dec
15
 
 
Springfield, in this new episode, gets hit with so much snow, so early, that it becomes a holiday destination for hordes of tourists. The unexpected snowfall leads to some unexpected opportunities for Christmas profit, and leads to some tough questions as well. Such as: is this snow, or is it fallout?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
15
 
 
The timeline on Treme always is years behind – that’s the way it was designed – but tonight it’s a few weeks behind as well, because one subplot involves New Year’s Eve.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
15
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Brody (Damian Lewis) has put himself in yet another seemingly impossible situation. Even though the CIA demanded the mission be aborted, Brody made his way anyway to the targeted Iranian official and, alone with him in his office, killed him. That’s how the episode ended, with Brody seemingly trapped in Iran – and with Carrie (Claire Danes) the only asset on the ground who may be able to help him escape from that office, that situation, and that country. Given this sho
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
15
 
 
Following in the path of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to name one example, Psych presents a musical episode. In this case, it’s a two-hour, stand-alone made-for-TV movie, in which Shawn and Gus (James Roday, Dulé Hill) strut their song and dance moves, along with a supporting cast of singers and ringers, including guest star Anthony Rapp from Rent. For a full review, see Ed Bark's Uncle Barky's Bytes.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
15
 
 
SEASON FINALE: In tonight’s final episode of the season, Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) finally presents his controversial findings to his peers – even though Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Kaplan), his research assistant, is no longer part of the study or his team. But given those in attendance for the presentation, that could all change.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
15
 
 
Here comes Psych: The Musical, a nicely done two-hour whodunit whose signature song is “Under Santa Barbara Skies"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
15
 
 
Growing up is not easy for many children. Especially if you are tall. Just ask 6'1" Miranda Hart of PBS’ Call The Midwife. The series returns for a holiday special on December 29...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
14
 
 
If you’re into vintage holiday specials, CBS presents two of the early ones back to back tonight. First is this one, from 1964, with Burl Ives telling the story as Sam the Snowman, and taking us to the Island of Misfit Toys. Then, at 9 p.m. ET, is a Christmas special from five years later: 1969’s Frosty the Snowman, with Jimmy Durante as the narrator and Jackie Vernon as the voice of Frosty.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
14
 
 
Under any other circumstances, NBC’s decision to pre-empt one of its annual scheduled telecasts of It’s a Wonderful Life would be considered holiday heresy – the Scroogest kind of TV humbug. But the network has pulled tonight’s scheduled showing of the 1946 holiday classic to present a same-month repeat of its own brand-new holiday tradition: a second showing of The Sound of Music Live!, starring Carrie Underwood and performed and broadcast live Dec. 5. This special TV ev
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
14
 
 
With a new Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, hitting theaters later this month, this is a fine time to revisit their 2007 Oscar-winning drama, just as a reminder of the range, and the skill, of these particular filmmaking siblings. Javier Bardem shot to stardom because of his performance here, and Tommy Lee Jones earned his star status all over again. What an intense, original movie.