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Martin Short Hosts Saturday Night Live: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches

16 December 2012 7:22 AM, PST

As a fanatic of both Sctv (remember ingenious skits like Half Wits?) and the criminally underappreciated Primetime Glick (check out this wet your pants-worthy interview with Steve Martin), the mere thought of former cast member Martin Short hosting Saturday Night Live‘s holiday special made me as excited as a kid with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head.

While I patiently pondered a possible Ed Grimley sighting, the show presented a wholly unexpected (and heart-tugging) cold open: The New York Children’s Chorus performing “Silent Night,” as a tribute to the victims of Friday’s horrific school shooting in Connecticut. »


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SNL: Jennifer Lawrence to Host; Samuel L. Jackson Drops F-Bomb in Christmas Episode

15 December 2012 9:05 PM, PST

“I volunteer as SNL host!”

Filmdom’s Katniss Everdeen aka Jennifer Lawrence will host the first Saturday Night Live of 2013, to air Jan. 19.

Lawrence’s gig was announced during this weekend’s SNL Christmas episode, which opened with the Manhattan Children’s Chorus singing “Silent Night” in remembrance of those who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting… and also found Samuel L. Jackson blurting (most of) the F-word during a cameo in a “What’s Up With That?” sketch. (Kenan Thompson lightly scolded the film star, saying, “C’mon…. That costs money!”)

Joining Lawrence, a Studio 8H first-timer, »


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Once Upon a Time: A 'Tiny' Teaser to Ponder…

15 December 2012 7:52 PM, PST

In the midst of Once Upon a Time‘s five-week holiday hiatus, a small hint of things to come has slipped out of fairytale land.

Series cocreator Adam Horowitz on Saturday afternoon revealed on Twitter that Season 2′s 13th episode will be “Tiny” — as in, that’s the diminutive title of the episode. But what could it mean?

Related | Matt’s Inside Line Has Scoop on a Once Upon a Time Return

The ABC drama’s sophomore run resumes on Jan. 6, 2013 with “The Cricket Game,” which presumably will involve Archie Hopper’s buggy alter ego. (Per the official synopsis, all »


- Matt Webb Mitovich

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What to Watch Sunday: Homeland and Dexter Finales, Royal Pains' Winter Wedding and More

15 December 2012 4:34 PM, PST

On TV this Sunday: Homeland zeroes in on its sophomore finale, Dexter gives Season 7 the plastic-wrap-and-duct-tape treatment, weather causes Royal Pains for a bride-to-be and Zach Galifianakis takes a bite outta Bob’s Burgers. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

7:30 pm The Cleveland Show (Fox) | Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live) and David Costabile (Breaking Bad) lend their voices to this Christmas episode, in which Cleveland pretends to be homeless when he realizes shelter food is better than what he gets at home.

Related | Need TV-Themed Christmas Gift Ideas? TVLine’s Got ‘Em! »


- Kimberly Roots

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Fox Pulls Sunday's Family Guy and American Dad Due to Newtown Elementary School Shooting

15 December 2012 7:51 AM, PST

Fox has yanked Sunday’s original episodes of Family Guy and American Dad in the wake of Friday’s elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. that left 20 children dead, TVLine has confirmed.

Although the network has not released an official statement, it’s believed the episodes were pulled because they featured potentially sensitive content.

The holiday themed installments — Family Guy‘s “Jesus, Mary and Joseph! and American Dad‘s “Minstrel Krampus — will be replaced with encores “Grumpy Old Man” and “Wheels & The Legman and The Case of Grandpa’s Key,” respectively, per The Futon Critic, which first reported the news. »


- Michael Ausiello

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TVLine's Holiday Gift Guide: Treat Friends to How I Met Your Mother Merri – Wait for It – Ment

15 December 2012 6:14 AM, PST

Finding the perfect gift for your eclectic gang of friends and family is tough, you say?

Challenge accepted!

We know how much you love your favorite shows, so we’ve looked to them for some Christmas inspiration. And this edition of TVLine’s Holiday Gift Guide eyes CBS’ How I Met Your Mother – which will air its hour-long holiday episode Monday (8/7c).

(And if you don’t like our choices, you’ve always got the show’s recently released How I Met Your Music and The Bro Code for Parents: What to Expect When You’re Awesome as a fallback. »


- Kimberly Roots

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Lol Colbert Report Video: Breaking Abbey Mashes Up Two Critical Darlings

14 December 2012 5:31 PM, PST

Either the Albuquerque drug scene has gotten really civilized, or Downton Abbey is in worse shape than we thought.

See for yourself in the uncensored snippet of Thursday’s edition of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, in which host Stephen Colbert – mad that First Lady Michelle Obama was able to watch the series’ third season in advance of its Jan. 6 premiere — offered up a Downton Abbey/Breaking Bad mash-up.

Related | It’s True: Dan Stevens Poised to Exit Downton Abbey — Should His Role Be Recast?

The segment features the Brit hit’s Hugh Bonneville, Rob James-Collier and Jim Carter »


- Kimberly Roots

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Syfy Pulls Friday's Haven in Wake of Newtown Elementary School Shooting

14 December 2012 2:33 PM, PST

An episode of Syfy’s Haven dealing with fictitious violence at a high school scheduled to air tonight has been pulled from the schedule in the wake of this morning’s shocking mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school.

“In light of today’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, we have decided not to air it,” the network said in a statement. “At this time, no decision has been made as to when the episode will air.”

Laura Vandervoort, who was to kick off a two-episode arc tonight as James Cogan’s vengeful wife, commends Syfy’s call, which she played a role in making. »


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TVLine's Performer of the Week: Sara Ramirez

14 December 2012 1:59 PM, PST

A new feature in which we spotlight the past week’s shining star

The Performer | Sara Ramirez

The Show | Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

The Episode | “Run, Baby, Run

The Airdate | December 13, 2012

Related | Exclusive: Patrick Dempsey Talks Grey’s Anatomy Series Finale

The Performance | Sara Ramirez knows how to navigate a dicey storyline (the Callie/Erica romance, the musical episode, etc.), so it doesn’t surprise us that she’s kicking major butt with the current Arizona-as-amputee arc. Nonetheless, we were taken aback by the depth, humor and restraint she brought to this week’s episode, in which Callie stopped being »


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TVLine Items: Bates Motel First Look, Revenge and Grey's Actors Join TNT's Legends and More

14 December 2012 12:58 PM, PST

A&E has just unveiled the mother of all promos for its buzzy new series Bates Motel.

In the behind-the-scenes sneak peek — which features fresh footage from the much-anticipated Psycho prequel — stars Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, as well as executive producer Carlton Cuse (Lost), discuss the contemporary take on Norman Bates and his infamous mom.

Related | Bates Motel Teaser: You Can Check Out Anytime You Like, but You Can Never Leave

Press Play below for an in-depth look at the series’ debut, then hit the comments with your thoughts about the update on a classic.

Click here to view the embedded video. »

- Megan Masters

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Friday Night News Programs Dedicate Coverage to Newtown Elementary School Shooting

14 December 2012 11:57 AM, PST

In the wake of this morning’s shocking mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school, all of the broadcast networks will dedicate their Friday evening news programs to covering the tragedy.

ABC’s Diane Sawyer will anchor a special edition of World News (at 6:30/5:30c) from the scene of the shooting, which left more than 27 people — 20 young Sandy Hook Elementary School students included — dead. At 10 pm, Sawyer and Chris Cuomo will anchor 20/20: Tragedy at the Elementary School. ABC will then present an hour-long Nightline at 11:35 pm.

CBS has announced that Scott Pelley will anchor a »


- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Did Parenthood Hop Beds Too Fast? Horror-ble New Allies? Danny Loves Mindy? And More TV Qs

14 December 2012 11:25 AM, PST

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Homeland, Parenthood, American Horror Story and Glee!

1 | On Fringe, was Olivia’s failure to recognize that rather obvious roadside trap as such offset by her ability to later repurpose The Bullet, MacGyver-style, to set herself free?

Related | Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, Glee, NCIS and More!

2 | Dear Saturday Night Live: What exactly is our reference point for the “J-Pop America Fun Time Now” bit? Because we watch a lot of TV, »


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Mindy Project Scoop: Beth Grant Checks Back In — As a Series Regular!

14 December 2012 11:00 AM, PST

The Mindy Project is both un-firing and promoting a character in one fell swoop.

Beth Grant, who plays the defiant and cranky Nurse Beverly on Fox’s freshman sitcom, has been upped to a series regular, TVLine has confirmed.

Much of this season’s second episode — the only one in which the character appeared — revolved around Beverly’s imminent firing. (Among her workplace offenses: stealing vials of blood and punching her boss.)

It’s not clear what brings Nurse Ratched back into the fold or when exactly she’ll reappear.

Grant’s status change comes as The Mindy Project undergoes »


- Michael Ausiello

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Ratings: Scandal Falls Shy of New High, Glee Dips, Vampire Diaries and Beast Tick Up

14 December 2012 8:40 AM, PST

The NFL-adjusted finals are in, and ABC’s Scandal this Thursday night wound up drawing 7.14 million total viewers while scoring a 2.4 demo rating, dipping four percent and a tenth from last week’s series high.

Related | Scandal Midseason Finale Recap: A Killer Revelation

On CBS, per finals: The Big Bang Theory (16.8 mil/5.4) and Elementary (10.6 mil/2.3) rose two tenths in the demo, Two and a Half Men (13.6 mil/4.1) ticked up one tenth and Person of Interest (14.3 mil/2.9) was flat.

Elsewhere on the night:

* Per finals, Last Resort‘s fall finale (there are three episodes left to air) opened ABC’s night »


- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Fringe Stars Preview Walter's 'Sad' Acid Trip: 'Anything Bad That Could Happen, Does'

14 December 2012 7:06 AM, PST

Tonight on Fringe (Fox, 9/8c), in the ninth of the farewell run’s 13 episodes, Walter embarks on a trip of the acid kind in his latest effort to recall the plan to defeat the Observers. But what harsh realities await him in the LSD-infused surreality? Will his addled state prevent him from helping the Fringe team with a new mystery? And will he find safe passage back from this far-out journey?

Related | Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv Likely to Skip 2013 Pilot Season After Fringe Wraps

Though Walter had the best of intentions when he indulged himself in some “Black Blotter,” the timing could have been better. »


- Matt Webb Mitovich

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What to Watch Friday: Gh Loves Lucy, Fringe's Strange Trip, Portlandia Winter Special and More

14 December 2012 5:40 AM, PST

On TV this Friday: Returning General Hospital favorite Lynn Herring has a ball (to plan), Fringe goes down the rabbit hole, winter arrives in Portlandia for the first time and Degrassi lets it ride in Las Vegas. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

2 pm General Hospital (ABC) | Lynn Herring reprises her role as Lucy Coe, who is enlisted to help plan the Nurses’ Ball (side note: whee!). Also, Today‘s Meredith Viera guest-stars as madam-turned-makeup-exec Bree Flanders, a character she first played in 2003.

Related | Soap Vet Scott Reeves Announces Exit from General Hospital

7 pm White Christmas (AMC) | Sing along with Bing Crosby, »


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Scandal Fall Finale Recap: A Killer Revelation

13 December 2012 8:00 PM, PST

This week on Scandal‘s midseason finale, Huck’s involvement in President Grant’s shooting was detailed, Vice President Langston began waving a big stick around the Oval Office and Cyrus feared the worst about James, only to realize the truth was even more grim.

Related | Scandal‘s Kerry Washington and 23 Other Golden Globe Nomination Snubs

Huck In The Crosshairs | As acting President Langston makes herself at home at the White House and addresses the nation with a not-at-all-candy-coated outlook on Fitz’s fate, Huck resurfaces at the office to out himself as the Red Hoodie Guy who’s wanted for the shooting. »


- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Glee Recap: Snow More Drama

13 December 2012 7:34 PM, PST

“Does this involve the glee club singing a Christmas song in the auditorium with snow falling on an elaborate winter scene?” hissed Sue Sylvester, sworn enemy of New Directions, in Glee‘s final episode of 2012.

The answer, of course, was a resounding yes — both in terms of the final scene in Sue’s story arc, and the overarching theme of the episode entitled “Glee, Actually.”

If you were too busy attending the first (and last) meeting of McKinley High’s Mayan Apocalypse Club, here’s what you missed on Glee.

* After slipping on a patch of ice and suffering a facial laceration, »


- Michael Slezak

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Grey's Anatomy Recap: The Other Shoe Drops

13 December 2012 7:01 PM, PST

Grey’s Anatomy closed out 2012 with multiple bangs, a few whimpers and a handful of highly anticipated relationship turning points.

Let’s revisit the highlights from “Run, Baby, Run.”

Wedding Belle Blues | Bailey is a pre-marital mess. On the eve of her nuptials to Ben (a.k.a. The Most Perfect Man in the World), Seattle Grace’s onetime “Nazi” is taking all of her anxiety/trepidation/stress out on her co-workers. And when she’s not barking at them, she’s awkwardly casting them as bridesmaids. (“Just put on a dress and don’t sit down,” she instructs Callie and Meredith. »


- Michael Ausiello

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The X Factor Semifinal Results Recap: Did the Right Act Walk the Plank?

13 December 2012 6:16 PM, PST

It’s time for another game of “Finish! These! Sentences!” starring your X Factor hosts Khloe “Oh em gee! It’s a shiny object!” Kardashian and Mario “would you get a load of my sex-ayyy reflection in that there mirror?” Lopez!

First, we’ll go with a direct quote from Mario: “Not only will next week’s winner walk away with a $5 million recording contract, buuuuhhhhtttt like so many global pop stars including One Direction and our very own Britney Sprears, they’ll also become*:

A. …the personal playthings of the Pepsi board of directors.”

B. …victims of their own success, »


- Michael Slezak

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