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2013
Dec
26
 
 
We had some unforgettable pictures cross our TV screens in 2013 that should burn on long after 2014 arrives...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
26
 
 
TVWW is taking its annual year-end look at The Year in TV this week, and part of that includes this video from high above everything. It's Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield doing his version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on the eve of his return to Earth last May...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
25
 
 
Shown on New York’s WPIX-TV, and syndicated to local stations across the country, this is the “original” Yule Log show – well, as original as it gets. (The tradition was begun on TV in 1966, but new video, at a different location, was reshot in 1970.) But the vintage carols and holiday pop songs are what turn this seven-minute video loop into hours of musical entertainment. Turn on the high-def TV, turn up the volume, and warm up to this four-hour Christmas Day special. T
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
25
 
 
Woody Allen movies, shown all day yesterday, continue to be shown all day today, along with the recent PBS Woody Allen documentary. You can tune in any time, but look at this stretch from 5:10 p.m. ET to almost midnight. The action begins with 1972’s Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex But Were Afraid to Ask, and continues with 1973’s Sleeper at 6:45 p.m. ET, 1984’s Broadway Danny Rose at 8:25 p.m. ET, and 1979’s Manhattan at 10 p.m. ET – all of them deli
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
25
 
 
Mel Brooks is one of our favorite people here at TV Worth Watching. He’s done exclusive interviews for this website on two different occasions, as well as chatted with me on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. And today on TV turns out to be his day, an irony that surely isn’t lost on him at all. Sundance’s marathon of Mel Brooks films includes 1993’s Robin Hood: Men in Tights at 3:30 p.m. ET, followed by 1981’s History of the World: Part I at 5:45 p.m. ET (pict
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
25
 
 
It’s the last Wednesday of the month, which means TCM’s last day-long salute to its star of the month, Fred Astaire. And tonight’s all-night lineup begins with one of his best and most representative efforts: 1935’s glamorous musical comedy Top Hat, co-starring Ginger Rogers. Just for fun, watch for the flower shop girl – she’s played by a young actress named Lucille Ball. Other Astaire movies shown tonight include 1936’s Swing Time at 10 p.m. ET, 1937&r
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
25
 
 
This new Christmas Day episode is Matt Smith’s final episode as the Eleventh Doctor – set in a town called Christmas, and with all sorts of ramifications for what, and Who, happening next…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
24
 
 
Jimmy Fallon returned to host SNL last weekend with musical guest Justin Timberlake. It wouldn’t be a Fallon-Timberlake appearance without another edition of “The Barry Gibb Talk Show," and this one had an all-star cast...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
24
 
 
NBC’s earlier scheduled telecast of this 1946 Frank Capra classic was pre-empted by the network’s live Sound of Music special, so Christmas Eve turns out to be the first time in 2013 to catch this annual holiday TV treat. James Stewart and Donna Reed star, with supporting help from Bert and Ernie. The characters (seen here), not the subsequent Muppets.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
24
 
 
This season, repeats of decades-old animated holiday treats have drawn larger audiences than first-run TV fare – the most heartening example of which being the fact that ABC’s repeat of A Charlie Brown Christmas outdrew the season finale of Fox’s The X Factor. Good grief, Simon Cowell! And tonight, this Grinch cartoon, from 1966, figures to provide some holiday cheer as well, for the network as well as its viewers. ABC follows this telecast with an 8:30 p.m. ET presentation of