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TV Junkie: 3 1/2 Hours of Great Comedy Tonight; HRTS Luncheon Eye-Openers

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Tonight's "Community" (NBC @ 8pm) will be stop-motion animated! We can't wait!


Tonight's "Community" (NBC @ 8pm) will be stop-motion animated! We can't wait!

Thursday is a mega comedy night, probably the last one before the new year. NBC has gone all Christmas-y with holiday episodes of "Community," "30 Rock" ("Christmas Attack Zone"!) and an hour long episode of "The Office." What we're most interested in seeing is the Rankin-Bass style animated "Community" at 8pm (see the above photo). We're convinced it will become an instant Christmas classic which some people might scoff at - but let's not forget that Billy Bob Thornton's Bad Santa has rapidly become a classic, easily incorporated into holiday viewing along with A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, and It's A Wonderful Life.From there we return to the more secular comedy episodes of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" (where we see Dee finally give birth) and back-to-back episodes of "The League" (including the season finale). Hopefully we'll be able to switch over to "Conan" to catch Sarah Silverman's appearance, which should be very funny.
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You may have watched "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on Tuesday but did you know the venerable classic turns 45 years old today? Watch a video of highlights with the show's creators Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson in the player below or head over to the Archive of American Television's website to get the full story.

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Roberto Orci, Dan Schneider, Shane Brennan, Kurt Sutter, Matt Nix, and Peter Tolan at yesterday's Hollywood Radio and Television Society's Newsmaker Luncheon.
We virtually attended yesterday's Hollywood Radio and Television Society's Newsmaker Luncheon, "The Hitmakers," which was moderated by Peter Tolan ("Rescue Me") and featured a panel made up of writers and showrunners Shane Brennan ("NCIS"), Alex Kurtzman ("Hawaii Five-0," "Fringe"), Matt Nix ("Burn Notice," "The Good Guys"), Roberto Orci ("Hawaii Five-0," "Fringe"), Dan Schneider ("iCarly," "Victorious"), and Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy"). It was quite the powerhouse of opinionated and masterful creators - nobody seemed to hold back anything when it came to discussing the state of the industry, how to work with networks, and why they liked working in television.Peter Tolan held sway at an excellent speaker session at this summer's Television Critics Association meetup and he was in fine form yesterday. While every panelist contributed some bon mots, Tolan's exchanges with the resolute Sutter were the highlight of the show. Here are a few quotes from them:

Peter Tolan: Why do you direct?
Kurt Sutter: I have control issues [everyone laughs]

Peter Tolan: the Golden Globes are shit at this point, they admit they can be bought, fuck the Golden Globes.

Peter Tolan: I'm a member of the academy, but I know that I'm too busy to watch too much TV and my friends who are academy members are too busy as well. We make the easy choices: what's hot, who do I know, that kind of thing. I think that the television critics should do the voting for the Emmys, they're the ones watching everything.

Kurt Sutter: We got a nom from the TCAs this year and that carried more weight with me than what I see happening at the Emmys.

Peter Tolan: I'd rather do TV than movies at this point. You can develop a character and relationships over 13, 22 episodes. A movie is just an hour and a half, a snapshot.

Roberto Orci: A movie is an affair, a TV show is a marriage, and I'm a marriage kind of guy.
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A reminder that frequent Letterman guest comic, Brian Regan, will be performing at the Wiltern tomorrow night - also, his new album, "All By Myself," just went on sale this Tuesday and is available at Brian Regan's website.
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Christmas Connection: If you are a fan of programming from the BBC, Amazon is having a sale on their DVDs with most getting a discount of at least 40%.
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Community", "30 Rock", "The Office", "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia", "The League" x 2, "Conan" (2nd half, Sarah Silverman), Ferguson (Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams)

7:45pm Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Sundance - (2007) Martin Scorsese, Bono, Jim Jarmusch, Flea and others recall the life of Joe Strummer, singer and guitarist for the Clash.

8:00pm Community NBC - The instant classic! Abed decides he and the group must rediscover the meaning of Christmas when he awakes in stop-motion animation; Britta and Jeff become concerned about Abed's mental health.

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8:00pm The Big Bang Theory CBS - Amy realizes she has feelings for Penny's ex; Koothrappali and Wolowitz try to prove who would be a better superhero.

8:00pm The Vampire Diaries The CW - Caroline helps Tyler prepare for his first transformation; Alaric and Damon are suspicious when a stranger arrives

8:00pm Brew Masters Discovery - Cedar-fied beer is debuted; delays occur when 9,000 gallons of 120 Minute IPA is flagged by authorities.

8:30pm 30 Rock NBC - Liz and Avery persuade Jack to confess the things he has been keeping from his mother (Elaine Stritch) when she visits for Christmas; Liz tries to fix Jenna's relationship with Paul (Will Forte).

9:00pm The Office NBC - Michael is happy when Toby takes a leave of absence and corporate sends Holly Flax to fill in; Pam must plan a second Christmas party when Michael wants the party to be on the day of Holly's return to Scranton.

10:00pm It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX - Dee Gives Birth The gang tries to figure out who the father of Dee's baby is by throwing a house party for all her former flings.

10:00pm Burn Notice USA - Michael and Sam work to clear an old friend of Sam's; Michael must meet with Jesse's handler.

10:30pm The League FX - Kegel the Elf Ruxin's revenge gift to Kevin goes terribly awry; Ellie starts acting up in school; Jenny to worries about becoming a bad mom; Taco's eggs turn one year old.

11:00pm The League FX - The Sacko Bowl Everyone in the League is vying for the Shiva and trying to avoid the dreaded Sacko; Kevin learns to read lips by watching porn; Pete buys a Crown Vic and is mistaken for a cop.

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - James Franco

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actress Sarah Silverman; Michio Kaku; She & Him performs.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Kathy Griffin

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - TV-show host Bill O'Reilly.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Halle Berry; actor Billy Gardell; Natasha Bedingfield performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Steve Harvey; La Roux performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Ryan Seacrest; actress Rosemarie DeWitt; Crystal Castles perform.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Amy Adams; reality TV personality Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino; Robert Plant performs.

The history of "A Charlie Brown Christmas":

More "Yo Gabba Gabba!" vids, this time Brobee BMXs: