Two Tivos To Paradise 09.20.13: Breaking Bad, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Emmys, New Girl, and more!
Posted by Al Norton on 09.20.2013
News and thoughts on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. leading a HUGE week of premiers, this Sunday's Emmy awards, the final episodes of Breaking Bad, and more!
Hello friends. After weeks of birthdays and trips and first days of school, the last seven days were one of blissful routine, with everyone at my house settling into the schedule we will occupy for the next few years (at least). The twins continue to LOVE school and the sheer exhaustion of it all has turned them into MUCH better sleepers, which makes for a happier and better rested Mrs. Tivo and me.
Fans of Downton Abbey rejoice; here's a look at the upcoming season…
Hello Ladies premieres next Sunday on HBO…
You can read my chat with Julie Benz (Defiance, Dexter, Buffy/Angel) on the site tomorrow!
We clawed, we chained our news in vain.
There's A Feeling In The Air, Just Like A Friday Afternoon, Yeah You Can Go There If You Want, Though It Fades Too Soon
The 2013-2014 Fall TV season has begun! Over the next few weeks we'll use this space to tell you about new shows and returning favorites…
TONIGHT Last Man Standing (ABC), 8 pm
The Tim Allen comedy is back for season three, with a whole slew of new "I don't like the modern world" situations for Mike Baxter to get in to.
Neighbors (ABC), 8:30pm
The little comedy that could; sure it's silly, but if you know that going in it's actually rather entertaining. It would be a better fit on Disney then on ABC but it also would have fit in perfectly on ABC's old TGIF lineup, so moving it to Fridays isn't a bad idea at all.
Shark Tank (ABC), 9pm
One of the most consistently non-fiction hours of TV returns for season five; last year I laughed, cried, clapped, and yelled at the screen while watching Shark Tank, which is about as high praise as I can think of.
MONDAY How I Met Your Mother (CBS), 8pm - ONE HOUR
The final season begins, so if you've watched before but gave up, come back and get to know the Mother!!!
The Voice (NBC), 8pm
Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green are back after skipping the spring cycle earlier this year. The ratings are there, so what this show needs now is to develop a star.
2 Broke Girls (CBS), 9pm
Didn't like the pilot, have continued to not like it since; the ratings be damned, I just don't think 2 Broke Girls is funny. Of course my opinion is just mine and you may be a big fan, and in that case, I am happy you are happy!
Mom* (CBS), 9:30pm
Perhaps the most frustrating new comedy of the year in that it has a great cast and a few really strong jokes, but it's also got an incredibly annoying laugh track that is incredibly distracting. I will keep watching for Allison Janney alone, but I am not season passing yet.
Castle (ABC), 10pm
Even if Castle doesn't really do it for me, I am still thrilled Nathan Fillon finally got the hit show he deserves.
The Blacklist (NBC), 10pm – TTTP PICK
The most buzzed about drama of the fall that doesn't have "Marvel" in the title, The Blacklist has been described as White Collar meets Burn Notice, which is somewhat on target. The opening hour moves at a brisk pace and pulls you in for sure, with James Spader commanding the screen exactly as you'd expect him to do. There is perhaps one too many plot twists, and I'd have liked the first "case" they dealt with to be smaller scale - when you open with stakes that high, you have nowhere to go but down – but I've already season passed it.
Hostages* (CBS), 10pm
The opening hour is strong, no doubt, but it's also a show you can easily imagine turning off in hour three going, "nope, not buying in anymore." It's got some seriously tough competition and if CBS was smart they'd find a way to re-run the pilot during the week so that folks who went with The Blacklist get the chance to take a peak.
TUESDAY Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.* (ABC), 8pm – TTTP PICK
The one fall pilot I haven't seen so I am very excited to sit down on the couch on Tuesday and watch this in all its hi-def glory. When I say I am sure I will love this, it's not a case of me setting the bar too high, it's me knowing and trusting the skills of those involved.
NCIS (CBS), 8pm
The most watched drama on TV, hands down. And unlike other years where the publicity is based around the lack of publicity, the upcoming cast departure is generating serious buzz and may pull casual viewers in to see how it is handled. I think S.H.I.E.L.D. will be a big hit but I think NCIS will do just fine, too.
The Goldbergs* (ABC), 9pm
LOTS of yelling on The Goldbergs, a sweet but unremarkable show. For a family comedy set in the 80's I much preferred Fox's mid-season Surviving Jack. With my full TV plate, I likely won't be going back for a second helping of The Goldbergs.
NCIS: LA (CBS), 9pm
For a long time NCIS was the biggest hit no one talked about but they have handed that title over to NCIS: LA, which routinely puts up big numbers but is rarely discussed on TV web sites or in magazines. CBS is smart in that they let NBC try to create "buzzworthy" shows while they just focus on making hits.
Trophy Wife* (ABC), 9:30pm – TTTP PICK
Perhaps the most under-the-radar show of the new fall season, Trophy Wife is VERY funny with a great cast and a show I can't wait to see more of.
Chicago Fire (NBC), 10pm
There's nothing in any way original about Chicago Fire, which is back for season two, but I do admire its earnestness. And I am all for any show that puts Treat Williams on my screen.
Lucky 7* (ABC), 10pm
Rich people problems. Also ABC people problems as this is one of my picks for earliest cancellation. It's not all that bad, it's just not anything that grabs you in any way.
Person of Interest (CBS), 10pm PoI has been a sold and steady performer in its first two seasons but I am predicting this is the year it hits big time HIT SHOW status, with the best lead in imaginable for its genre. Also, Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker go from guest stars to full time cast members, and there's no way those are anything but great things.
WEDNESDAY The Middle (ABC), 8pm The Middle hits syndication this month, with nightly airings on all sorts of local stations as well as ABC Family, so I am hoping this new batch of episodes enjoys those ratings fruits. The Hecks continue to be the most realistic family on a current sitcom.
Back in the Game* (ABC), 8:30pm – TTTP PICK
It's just plain funny. Nothing all that special, although I do like the cast a lot, but when you've got strong execution of solid material, good things happen.
Revolution (NBC), 8pm
The big question is does the show have legs; it's in season two now, away from its warm and cozy post-The Voice spot on Mondays, so will the audience come back to see if the lights stay on.
Law & Order: SVU (NBC), 9pm
People have been counting SVU out for some time now but I'm starting to think that will never happen. The show isn't as good in the post-Stabler era but in a world where the viewing audience values predictability, SVU is dark and twisted comfort food.
Modern Family (ABC), 9pm – ONE HOUR
I know it's become trendy to say Modern Family isn't as funny as it was at the beginning but the truth is even mid-level Modern Family is better than 90% of other comedies, and it's one of the few that can genuinely pull on your heart strings while still making you laugh out loud.
CSI (CBS), 10pm
Speaking of shows that will never die…CBS has does a great job of replacing beloved cast members with faces the audiences knows and likes, leading to surprisingly solid ratings last year considering how long the show has been on the air.
Nashville (ABC), 10pm
They managed to pack just about every cliffhanger imaginable in that season finale – life threatening accident, surprise pregnancy, wedding proposal – but I am hoping the show focuses more on the music industry side of things as there is a TON of material there that would be eye opening to the average viewer.
THURSDAY The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 8pm – ONE HOUR
The most watched comedy on TV. Some might call it the funniest show on TV, but not me. I do, however, fully approve the decision to bring Bob Newhart back for more!
Parks and Recreation (NBC), 8pm – ONE HOUR
Is this finally the year Parks and Rec breaks through to the mainstream or is this its final season?
Glee (Fox), 9pm
While the first two episodes of the season are Beatles-centric, all anyone will be talking about is episode three; The Quarterback deals with the death of Finn and for fans of the show like me, will like be an emotional catharsis.
The Crazy Ones* (CBS), 9pm – TTTP PICK
Don't be put off by the fact that McDonalds is so blatantly featured in this pilot as it's a show about advertising, so how better to establish the setting as a high powered ad agency then by giving them a big client? Such a good cast that even as they find their way – and the show is far from perfect – it's always entertaining.
Grey's Anatomy (ABC), 9pm – TWO HOURS
Not as good as it once was, still better than average, I do kind of feel like, with Sandra Oh's Christina Yang leaving at the end of this season, maybe this should be it for the gang.
The Michael J Fox Show* (NBC) – ONE HOUR – TTTP PICK
Not a homerun but a stand up double and also just different than other network comedies right now, which in and of itself makes it worth your time. Fox is beloved by the viewing audience and this will keep his streak alive.
Two and a Half Men (CBS), 9:30pm
Yes, this show is still on. It will be interesting to see how it does out from under the Big Bang wing this time around; if there's a big drop this could be the final season, and if not, we could be looking at even more sex jokes.
Elementary (CBS), 10pm
While I continue to scratch my head at the TV audience's obsession with seeing people solve crimes, I do recognize that the performances by the two leads on Elementary elevates the show, and they work all the Sherlock Holmes backstory in perfectly, both rewarding and surprising the diehards.
Parenthood (NBC), 10pm
The best drama on a broadcast network is back with a new season…Huzzah!!
All The Gold In California Is In A Bank In The Middle Of Beverly Hills In Somebody Else's Name
The 65th Annual Emmy Awards are given out this Sunday night at 8pm on CBS, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Here's a quick run through of the bigger awards along with our picks for who should and will win (FYI – the "should win" picks are based on the nominees, not who I would pick if it up were totally up to me; for those picks see the 2013 Norty Awards)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Adam Driver (Girls), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Tony Hale (Veep), Ed O'Neill (Modern Family)
Should Win: Ed O'Neill
Will Win: Ed O'Neill
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Jane Lynch (Glee), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Merritt Weaver (Nurse Jackie)
Should Win: Merritt Weaver
Will Win: Mayim Bialik
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Jonathon Banks (Breaking Bad), Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Should Win: Jonathan Banks
Will Win: Jonathan Banks
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey),
Should Win: Anna Gunn
Will Win: Morena Baccarin
BEST LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Louis C.K. (Louie), Matt Leblanc (Episodes), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Should Win: Louis C.K.
Will Win: Jason Bateman
BEST LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
Laura Dern (Enlightened), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Should Win: Amy Poehler
Will Win: Amy Poehler
BEST LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Damian Lewis (Homeland), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Should Win: Jon Hamm
Will Win: Bryan Cranston
BEST LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
Connie Britton (Nashville), Claire Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Robin Wright (House of Cards),
Should Win: Claire Danes
Will Win: Claire Danes
BEST REALITY SERIES, COMPETITION The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice, Top Chef
Should Win: So You Think You Can Dance
Will Win: The Amazing Race
BEST REALITY SERIES Antiques Roadshow, Deadliest Catch, Diners Drive-In's & Dives, MythBusters, Shark Tank
Should Win: Shark Tank
Will Win: Shark Tank
BEST VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Real Time with Bill Maher, Saturday Night Live
Should Win: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Will Win: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
BEST SERIES, COMEDY 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Louie, Modern Family, Veep
Should Win: Louie
Will Win: 30 Rock
BEST SERIES, DRAMA Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men
Should Win: Breaking Bad
Will Win: Breaking Bad
And there we have it, my picks for the biggies. I am looking forward to a fantastic evening that celebrates television and have the utmost confidence that Neil Patrick Harris will do a splendid job as front man. Hell, I'll be on the couch by 6pm ET for the red carpet pre-shows!!!
It's Time To Play The Music, It's Time To Light The Lights The Muppet Show video of the week…
But You Were Up To Your Old Tricks In Chapters Four Five And Six
Ratings Notes From The Last Seven Days…
The Burn Notice series finale was watched by 5 million people, a season high that was also a 31% jump from the previous week, making it the most watched USA series finale since Monk in 2009...The X Factor was up in totals and demos from the previous night's series low but was down 18% in total viewers and 29% in the demos from night two last fall...The season finale of Rookie Blue hit a demo season high and jumped 40% from last week...The Million Second Quiz was down from Wednesday, which was down from Tuesday, which was down from Monday; the demos from night one to night four are down 35%, and that original numbers wasn't so hot to begin with...Big Brother won the night in the demos, with a Big Bang Theory rerun pulling the most total viewers (8.5 million)...
Despite having no real competition to speak of, The Million Second Quiz fell to a new series low, finishing second at 8:00 to a repeat of Undercover Boss...CNN's revamped/rebooted version of Crossfire is not in any way a hit with viewers; it opened to solid numbers last Monday but by the time Friday rolled around it had lost 47% of its total opening night audience and 40% of its 25-54 demos. Even worse, its averages for the week were down 14% from the previous week in total viewers and down 10% in the network's target 25-54 demos from that week last year.
SUNDAY Breaking Bad set new all-time highs in total viewers (6.4 million) and demos, topping its previous highs by 8% and 14% respectively, which were set in August with the show's mid-season premiere... The Broncos - Giants game on Sunday afternoon gave CBS its highest rated regular season game since it got football back in 1998...Sunday Night Football was down 19% from last week but still easily won the night in totals and demos...Miss America was up 19% for ABC and the 20/20 Pageant Confidential special that aired at 8pm was up 50% from last time around. Overall it was the highest rated Miss America since 2004...
Numbers for Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Fox and Friends debut are in, and while the show was down in total viewers from Gretchen Carlson's goodbye three days earlier, they were up 19% in the target 25-54 demo from the previous Monday and up 21% in that demo & 10% in total viewers from the third quarter average…Fox is thrilled with the Sleepy Hollow opening, which put up the best demos of any fall premiere in six years and even topped the high profile premieres of The Following and Alcatraz. It also was watched by an impressive 10 million viewers. Now let's see what it does next week up against the season premieres of established hits The Voice and 2 Broke Girls...The season finale of Under the Dome was up 22% in the demos and 30% in the demos to its best numbers since the series premiere back in July...Dancing with the Stars was up 16% in total viewers and 28% in the demos from last fall's opening, with the 16.2 million total viewers easily topping the night...Bones was down a bit from last fall's debut but up from last spring's finale...
TUESDAY Dads opened to solid numbers, up 40% from what Raising Hope was putting up in that spot last spring and even with the special episode of New Girl that ran there last fall...Brooklyn Nine-Nine built on its lead-in, up 19% from the Ben and Kate premiere last September...New Girl won the night in demos, up a bit from last fall and jumping 38% from last May's season finale...The Mindy Project was up 46% from its spring finale but down 21% from last fall's debut...AGT won the night in total viewers, up 19% from last week...The Million Second Quiz was up a smidge from Monday (STOP THE PRESSES!!!)...
The season premiere of Survivor won the night in demos, down 19% from last September for the show's lowest rated fall premiere ever...America's Got Talent was up from last year's finale in both totals and demos...The X Factor matched last week...Big Brother was down in totals and demos from last season's finale...
All The Young Dudes, Carry The News
Industry News, Notes, and Hot Rumors…Oscar winner and official Friend of TTTP Ben Affleck will executive produce and direct the Fox drama pilot The Middle Man. Set in Boston in the 1960's, the show follows an FBI agent's relationship with a mob informant and his efforts to take down the Italian mafia, which inadvertently leads to a rise in power for the Irish mob. Glenn Gordon Caron, who created Moonlighting, Now and Again, and Medium, will write the pilot and serve as the showrunner if the show gets picked up (who are we kidding, WHEN the show gets picked up). Caron, who is a FANTASTIC writer of dialogue, also wrote for Taxi and wrote/executive produced on Remington Steele's first season…Grant Gustin, best known for his multi-episode runs on Glee and on 90210, has been cast on Arrow as Barry Allen, who, over the three episodes the character is featured in during the upcoming season, will become The Flash (with The CW looking at spinning the character off into his own show come the fall of 2014)… HBO has ordered a 10 episode first season of The Leftovers, an adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel about the people who remain on earth after the rapture (i.e. the non-chosen ones). Damon Lindelof (Lost) is executive producing, with Peter Berg directing. The cast includes Amy Brenneman, Liv Tyler, and Justin Theroux…ABC is developing The Thirteen, a drama set in the modern day of an alternate reality where the US lost the Revolutionary War and is still under British rule (and still plotting for independence)… The Happy Endings cast continues to get snatched up by other shows; Adam Pally is doing multiple episodes of The Mindy Project, Damon Wayans Jr. is "returning" to New Girl Casey Wilson has a TON of projects in development (as a producer as well as acting), and now comes word that Eliza Coupe will have a recurring role on the upcoming season of Showtime's House of Lies…ABC Family is very close to a deal on The Final Girls, a horror series of sorts that would star Jamie Lee Curtis and be directed and executive produced by Steve Miner, whose resume includes directing Curtis in Halloween 20 and Forever Young as well as being behind the camera for the second and third installments of the Friday the 13th series. The story follows a mysterious woman (Curtis) who brings together a group of girls who have survived horror stories in their lives in an attempt to use their experiences to band them together to do good/fight evil…Christian Serratos, best known for her work in the Twilight movies, has joined the cast of The Walking Dead as Rosita Espinoza, who was introduced in issue 57 of the comic book. She'll recur in the upcoming season and her deal has an option to go full time in season 5…Fox has ordered a pilot for The Whole Shebang, a drama about a just divorced Mom who inherits a low rate male strip club that has Jennifer Garner on board as an executive producer. The pilot was written by Jason Micallef, who penned the 2011 indie film Butter (very entertaining, by the way), which Garner starred in…AMC has announced that the upcoming seventh and final season of Mad Men will be broken up into two 7 episode runs, the first airing in the spring of 2014 (with the title "The Beginning") and the second in the spring of 2015 (titled "The End of an Era"). That's the same format that has worked for the network with Breaking Bad, which has hit series highs twice in the last six weeks (with two more weeks to go)… TTTP fave Robert Knepper (Prison Break, Heroes, Cult) will guest on an episode of The Blacklist this fall…The cast of CBS' new comedy The Crazy Ones is already VERY strong, with Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk, Hamish Linklater, and Amanda Setton, and now comes word from THR.com that three time Emmy winner Brad Garrett will appear on at least two episodes as one of the partners in the advertising firm where the show takes place…MTV has ordered a 22 episode fourth season of Ridiculousness and a 10 episode sixth - and final - season of Rob Dyrdek Fantasy Factory…We told you a few weeks ago about how Marti Noxon (Buffy, Angel, Grey's Anatomy, Mad Men, Glee) was writing and executive producing the Bravo pilot The Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, about a the author of a series of successful self-help books keeping her divorce secret from her friends as she tries to adjust to life as a single woman in her 40's, and now comes word from THR.com that Lisa Edelstein has signed on for the lead. Edelstein, who will be seen on multiple episodes of Castle this fall, is best known for her role as Cuddy on House, and in the last two years has had high profile turns on Elementary, House of Lies, Scandal, and The Good Wife…TTTP fave Paul Johansson has signed on for a recurring role on the upcoming season of Beauty and the Beast, with his first appearance coming in episode six. Johansson first came to our attention for his work as incredibly realistic frat boy John Sears on Beverly Hills, 90210, but it was his role as Dan Scott on One Tree Hill that forever won him a place in our hearts…Fox has ordered a pilot for Unthinkable, an adaptation of the comic book of the same name by Mark Sable about a straight laced FBI agent and an old school Hollywood writer who work together to stop an attack on the country by enemies who are basing their plan on an idea the screenwriter came up with years ago in a government sponsored think tank. Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24, Awake) is executive producing…
Turns Out Not Where But Who You're With That Really Matters
AKA The Best Thing I've Watched In The Last Seven Days…
While I am sure there are plenty of other examples of such things throughout TV history, I am hard pressed to remember a night with the combined quality that Sunday's episodes of Breaking Bad and Ray Donovan gave us.
Breaking Bad seems set on convincing me – and the world –that the answer to the question I posed a few weeks back (is it the best drama series ever) is a great big YES. The tension that continues to flow through the series is borderline unbearable, where the only thing worse than how you feel while watching is how you would feel if you weren't. Major plot developments occurred in the hour, somehow you thought they would, many in ways you would not have imagined, and Bryan Cranston's genius shone bright like a diamond. There's two hours & ½ hours left and they could air test patterns the whole time and it would in no way diminish the incredible accomplishment of greatness that they have managed to put out there over the last five seasons.
Ray Donovan may only be in its first season but it's already established itself as one of the best dramas on TV, and the Donovan brothers one of the more realistic and believable set of siblings the small screen has to offer. Most of the action took place at the gym this week, with each of the four Donovan men getting a chance to shine.
And we can't write about Ray Donovan without talking about Jon Voight, whose brilliance has already helped Mickey reach Hall of Fame character status.
People Say I'm Crazy Doing What I'm Doing. Well, They Give Me All Kinds Of Warnings To Save Me From Ruin
What's flashed before my eyes the last seven days…
Timberlake continues to be THE MAN…Nothing huge happened on the Royal Pains season finale but it was still one of the better episodes of the season, one focused on the characters looking at where they were in their lives and then trying to make the right decisions about where they were headed (figuratively AND literally), but the show was once again stolen by Ben Shenkman, whose performance as Jeremiah has taken what could have been a stock, uptight/anti-social character and turned him into one TV's most entertaining best kept secrets…I LOVED season two of Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis, which turned into a damn good couples therapy show while still doing great house makeovers and being laugh out loud funny. I know some find him annoying but I am a big fan because a) he's never anything but himself - there's no artifice for the camera, that's all pure Jeff and b) he's remarkably good at his job and it translates to TV…Top Chef Masters is easily one of the funniest shows on TV right now, with the fantastically entertaining banter between contestants working so well because they all clearly respect and like each other, which makes all the slams and innuendos that much better…The Mindy Project's season finale was funny enough but not anywhere near the highs last season went out on. I am happy it's back and enjoyed that James Franco was playing it straight, so to speak (as in not doing any crazy James Franco things)…New Girl's return provided significant amounts of copious laughter and also moved the plot along. I was in no way disappointed by the 2013 Norty winner for Best Comedy Series…Dads wasn't as bad as some critics would have you think but it wasn't close to good either, and what's truly offensive isn't the material but rather that the writers would waste such a strong cast by giving them such lame jokes…Brooklyn Nine-Nine was legitimately charming, not an easy feat for a comedy, and it gave its strong ensemble cast the chance to shine…
TV Pick Of The Week Dexter brings its eight season run to a close this Sunday night, and while the quality level may have varied over the years, it was always one of the more engrossing and thought provoking shows around, providing some indelible images in the pop culture psyche.
I wanted to post a video of the Thanksgiving dinner scene but couldn't find one that was embeddable.
Don't miss the series finale of Dexter, Sunday at 9pm on Showtime.
Hope You Need My Love, Babe, Just Like I Need You
Obviously most of the big highlights are listed above but here as some other noteworthy viewing options from the next seven days…
*If you missed the premiere of Sleepy Hollow earlier this week you can catch it tonight when Fox re-airs it at 9pm.
*Ray Donovan, aka the best new show of 2013, finishes up its first season this Sunday at 10pm on Showtime.
*Not sure how Good Will Hunting ended up on CMT but it's still a damn good movie and you can watch it Monday at 8pm.
*The final episode of Top Chef Masters best season yet airs Wednesday at 10pm.
*South Park begins season SEVENTEEN Wednesday at 10pm on Comedy Central.
Two Tivos To Paradise
3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, After the Catch, American Idol, Antiques Roadshow, Archer, Arrow, Around the World in 80 Plates, Auction Hunters, Baby Daddy, Boardwalk Empire, Being Human, Betty White's Off Their Rockers, Bones, Breaking Bad, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Burn Notice, Burger Land, Cake Boss, Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, Chicago Fire, Chopped, Comic Book Men, Community, Cougar Town, Counting Cars, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Dancing with the Stars, The Deadliest Catch, Destination Truth, Fact or Faked, Falling Skies, Family Guy, Feed the Beast, Flipping Out, Food Network Challenge, Food Network Star, The Fosters, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Ghost Lab, Glee, Graceland, Great Food Truck Race, Grey's Anatomy, Haunted Collector. Haunted Highways, Haunted Treasure, Hawaii 5-0, Hollywood Treasure, House of Lies, How I Met Your Mother, Inside Comedy with David Steinberg, Inside Amy Schumer, Iron Chef America, The Jeselnik Offensive, Justified, Key & Peele, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Law And Order: Special Victims Unit, The League, Longmire, Lost Girl, Louie, Mad Men, Major Crimes, Men at Work, The Middle, Mike and Molly, The Mindy Project, Modern Family, Monster Man, Nashville, Necessary Roughness, New Girl, The New Normal, Next Iron Chef, The Office, Outside the Lines, Parks & Recreation, Project Runway, Psych, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off, Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook Off, Raising Hope, Ray Donovan, Real Time With Bill Maher, Rectify, Restaurant Impossible, Revenge, Revolution, Royal Pains, Rules Of Engagement, Saturday Night Live, Shark Wranglers, So You Think You Can Dance?, Sons of Anarchy, The Soup, Suits, Suburgatory, Supernatural, Top Chef, Top Chef Just Desserts, Top Chef: Masters, Tosh.0, The Vampire Diaries, The Voice, The Walking Dead, Warehouse 13, Worst Cooks In America,
People Love You When They Know You're Leaving Soon
Here ends another Two Tivos To Paradise.
We'll be back next week with our long awaited anniversary column! See you in 7!
Sources for this week's column include Daily Variety, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and Hollywood Reporter (plus the web sites for those publications) as well as Aintit.cool.com, TVline.com & Deadline.com.