The TV Shows You Should Watch Over the Holidays
Many people have some downtime in the next few days — perhaps downtime spent with family, perhaps downtime spent on a solo mission. Either way, it's time best spent watching TV. Here are some of the best ways to cure your TV cravings over the holidays. I like doctor shows. You need NY Med (eight episodes, Hulu). The documentary series is a clear-eyed look at doctors, nurses, and patients at various points in the treatment process: Sometimes we see trauma patients in the ER, sometimes residents getting chewed out between shifts, sometimes patients coming in for a nerve-wracking follow-up. Previous incarnations (Hopkins 24/7, Boston Med) had a wider variety of outcomes, but NY Med is still riveting. Unfortunately, Dr. Oz is on this show, but he's performing surgeries, not shilling for fraudulent weight-loss supplements.I want more Hunger Games. Oh, and Battlestar Galactica. So does the rest of America. Try The 100 »
- Margaret Lyons
Rush Limbaugh Condemns Idris Elba as the Next Bond Because He's Black
During his show this week, Limbaugh brought up the exchange and immediately rejected the idea because the Luther star is black. "James Bond was invented, created by Ian Fleming, a former spy, MI6, and James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish, period. That is who James Bond is," the host said. "But now Sony is suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton rather than a white from Scotland. But that's not who James Bond is, and I know it's racist to probably even point this out."
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- Robyn Ross
On the Set: How Well Does Candice Accola Know Her Vampire Diaries Love Interests?
The Vampire Diaries midseason finale postmortem: What does "supercharged" Kai want?
During our trip to the CW series' Atlanta set, we put Accola to the test by quizzing her on some of our favorite quotes that Damon (Ian Somerhalder) — remember when they hooked up?! — Tyler (Michael Trevino), Matt (Zach Roerig) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) have said to her over the years. How well did she do? Watch and find out:
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- Robyn Ross
The Mentalist Sneak Peek: Is Jane Prepared to Walk Away From the FBI?
Has The Mentalist revealed part of its series-ending endgame?
As seen in this exclusive sneak peek from Sunday’s episode (CBS, 9:30/8:30c), Lisbon nudges Jane to revisit the idea of quitting the FBI. But in the name of him (and her?) exploring what greener pastures? And is he really ready to give up the mental stimulation?
Elsewhere in the episode “The Silver Briefcase,” a chance encounter with a military colonel leads Jane to believe the soldier is hiding something, and thus dig into the closed murder case of the man’s wife.
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'Into the Woods' and 10 more surprisingly depressing musicals
It's easy to see why some might venture to Into the Woods expecting, well, what you'd expect from a Disney movie about fairy tale characters: a light-hearted jaunt with a happy ending. We're here to warn you that is not the case, especially once the second half of the film begins. Though Rob Marshall's film version of Stephen Sondheim's show has toned down some of the darkness (congrats, Rapunzel—you live!), the movie still retains the show's innuendo (hey, Little Red) and its second act swerve, which features the deaths of several major characters and an exploration of the disappointments of adulthood. »
- EW staff
'Blue Christmas,' 'Happy Christmas,' and more of our favorite holiday bummers
Most holiday-themed media likes to tell you that Christmas is the most wonderful time of year. But the occasional movie, song, or episode of TV is a little bit more honest about Christmas: Sometimes it sucks. From the heartbreaking pilot episode of Six Feet Under, which is set on Christmas Eve, to Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas," the pop culture world is full of alternatives for the Scrooges who are tired of hearing again and again how great Dec. 25 is. Here are 10 of the best: »
- Ariana Bacle
Save the Dates! Your Guide to 125+ January Returns, Debuts and Finales
As you clear out your DVR backlog during this holiday break, rest assured of one thing: A fresh batch of TV goodness is coming at you soon enough.
Thus, TVLine has hand-crafted this handy calendar of return dates (Murder! Arrow! NCIS!), season premieres (Glee! Justified! Looking!) and series debuts (Agent Carter! 12 Monkeys!), peppered with a sprinkling of finales (we’re Kleenex’d and ready, Parenthood).
Here is our round-up of January dates, plus a glimpse at the February plan. (Remember: Once, S.H.I.E.L.D., The Following, Bones and a few others aren’t on until March.) Finales are in bold. »
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