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TV Junkie: More Holiday-Themed Comedies Tonight; PaleyFest Snags 'Sons of Anarchy'
The holidays roll on, this time it's NBC with a series of non-denominational celebratory episodes of "Community" (see Troy and Abed's rap above!), "Parks and Recreation," "The Office," and "Whitney." Speaking of "The Office," we've just been informed that a Dunder Mifflin paper truck will be coming to LA next week. The truck, a partnership between office products company Quill.com and NBC, will be making stops on December 13, 14 and 15 and handing out free reams of paper across the city. Fans can follow their route via Twitter @DMPaperTruck.
More TV shows announced for PaleyFest 2012: "Two and a Half Men," "Once Upon A Time," and "Sons of Anarchy" have joined "Mad Men," "Modern Family," and "American Horror Story" as honorees for PaleyFest 2012. The William S. Paley Television Festival will be at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills from March 2 through 14, 2012. If you are a fan of any of these shows you will not get better access to the show's creators and actors as well as exclusive content and advanced screenings of the programs than you will at PaleyFest. Check out the schedule and tickets at the Paley Center website.
A reminder that Bill Burr's run at the Brea Improv starts tonight through Sunday. People keep saying the videos Bill makes in every city should become a TV show - we agree but the fact is that you'll be seeing more of Bill on TV and movies this coming year.
Roots bandleader Questlove has revealed in an upcoming Rolling Stone interview that all songs the band plays must be presented to and reviewed by NBC before they can be played. That's called censorship. As long as the song passes standards and practices, the band should be allowed to play whatever they want. Shame on you NBC.
Yesterday LAist had a great write up of "Family Guy" writer, Patrick Meighan's account of his brutal arrest during LAPD's eviction of Occupy LA. While the LA Times may have ha a photographer present (in a hazmat suit) during some of the arrests, there was certainly no TV presence to speak of, nor any decent follow up coverage of arrestees in the immediate aftermath of "LAPD's finest hour." Lack of TV coverage of the Occupy DC crackdown that happened on Sunday is also noted, where somehow in one of the most media-concentrated cities on the planet, only a handful of cameras could be brought to bear on US Park Service officers knocking down peaceful protestors carrying American flags. Sure, you could find some footage if you tracked down the ABC local affiliate's website but CNN, you know, that 24-hour "news" network, turned a mostly blind eye to the proceedings, choosing instead to run bullshit.
The bullshit I'm referring to is the pointless and overhyped coverage of non-events, "Breaking News: Some Bullshit Happening Somewhere," expertly lampooned by the Onion News Network (see video embed at the end of this post). Probably more than 50% of what you see on "national news" is bullshit if you apply the formula that ONN did to create their piece. At what point does running bullshit on national news become collusion with repressive government crackdowns on free speech? While it's becoming clear that municipalities are assaulting their peacefully protesting citizens under the direction and guidance of the Department of Homeland Security, is corporate media under the same control? Will we ever find out?
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Community," "Parks and Recreation," "The Office," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The League," "Chelsea Lately," "Dave's Old Porn," " Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"
8:00pm Community NBC - Regional Holiday Music When the Greendale glee club is unable to make the holiday pageant, the choir director (Taran Killam) asks the study group to fill in.
8:00pm Wipeout ABC - Winter Wipeout: Deck the Balls Contestants face the Nutcracker Sweet, Santa's Workshop and the Jingle Balls.
8:30pm Parks and Recreation NBC - Citizen Knope Leslie forms a citizen action group in hope of getting some work done; everyone in the office tries to plan a Christmas gift for Leslie.
9:00pm Pumped Speed Network - The gas station-based comedy gameshow
9:00pm America's Funniest Home Videos ABC - Christmas Spectacular Classic Christmas videos and new clips that include a child reacting to a disappointing gift, mayhem during a recital, kids saying funny things to Santa, and mischievous pets investigating gifts and decorations.
9:00pm The Office NBC - Christmas Wishes Andy tries to make holiday wishes come true; Robert decides to drown his sorrows at the office party.
9:30pm Whitney NBC - Christmas Is Cummings Whitney and Alex try to avoid their family gatherings so they can start new holiday traditions with their friends.
10:00pm It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX - The High School Reunion The gang trips down memory lane when they attend their high school reunion.
10:00pm Burn Notice USA - Acceptable Loss The team helps Jesse's friend take down his smuggling boss; Michael needs Pearce's help.
10:30pm The League FX - The Light of Genesis Kevin thinks his Krav Maga instructor may be into him; Jenny tells Andre a secret; Pete's prank backfires.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Chloe Moretz; comic Jo Koy; comic Josh Wolf; comic Louis Virtel.
11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Jeremy Piven; WWE Superstar Mike "The Miz" Mizanin; Blink 182 performs.
11:30pm Dave's Old Porn Showtime - Greg Fitzsimmons; Sharon Kane.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Charlize Theron; actor Kevin Nealon; Blitzen Trapper performs.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Journalist Katie Couric; actor Chris D'Elia; Matisyahu performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Jeremy Renner; actress Judy Greer; Chevelle performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Pierce Brosnan; author Laura Lippman.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Ralph Fiennes; actress Shailene Woodley; Gym Class Heroes perform.