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Arts and Entertainment

TV Junkie: Top Ten of 2010

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Merry @#$%@##%! Christmas from Gordon on "Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Christmas" tonight - chances are, unfortunately, that he won't be cursing. (BBC America at 10pm)


Merry @#$%@##%! Christmas from Gordon on "Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Christmas" tonight - chances are, unfortunately, that he won't be cursing. (BBC America at 10pm)
We made several lists in order to come up with our Top Ten of 2010: best new shows, best returning shows, top comedies, top dramas, etc. but it came down to these, splitting them evenly between comedies and dramas, presented in alphabetical order.

The Ten Best Shows of 2010

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Bored to Death (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Community (NBC)
The League (FX)
Louie (FX)
Men of a Certain Age (TNT)
Party Down (Starz)
Terriers (FX)
The Walking Dead (AMC)

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Listen totoday's Channel Zero podcast (episode 4) to hear my methodology and anecdotes for each show. Don't forget to check out The TV Junkie YouTube channel to see the referred-to videos and to follow along on Twitter. Of course, you should already be following LAist on Twitter.
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Speaking of podcasts, Paul Scheer, one of the cast members of "The League" (which still hasn't been renewed by FX, WTF?") and the co-creator of "Human Giant," just launchedhis new podcast, "How Did This Get Made?", and the first episode features "League" co-star Nick Kroll and Scheer dissecting, refuting, and eviscerating Burlesque.
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New York Bound? If you are heading to New York over the next few months we wanted to tell you about a couple TV things to check out: 1. The New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend (1/6-1/9) will feature most of the cast of "Boardwalk Empire" along with many other film, music, and literature stars. 2. Comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan, whom we have interviewed several times, will be starring in the Broadway revival of That Championship Season along with fellow players of both the big and small screens Brian Cox, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland - we're convinced this show will be winning Tony Awards. Info and tickets here.
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Dirty Jobs," "Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Christmas," "Conan" (Kevin Spacey, Kristen Schaal), Fallon (Jack Black, Stephen Dorff, The Roots perform)

9:00pm Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas NBC - Holiday sketches from past years include appearances by Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and Justin Timberlake; Gilly (Kristen Wiig) appears in new sketches

9:00pm Dirty Jobs Discovery - Dirty Conversations Mike has unusual conversations with a colorful array of characters.

10:00pm Glory Daze TNT - The Omega Sigs whip the house into shape when they learn and advisor from the national chapter is coming for a visit.

10:00pm Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Christmas BBC America - Honey glazed ham; pumpkin soup.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Kevin Spacey; actress Kristen Schaal; Los Lobos performs.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Reese Witherspoon.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Jamie Foxx; actress Sofia Vergara.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Emma Stone; baker Marjorie Johnson; Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings perform.

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12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Jane Fonda.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Jack Black; actor Stephen Dorff; The Roots perform.