TV on Tap: Manu Bennett Heads to “Shannara,” Sarah Paulson Plans on Becoming a Marcia Clark-Obsessed Recluse and Saying Farewell to “White Collar,” “The Colbert Report”

News

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons as the first Christmas special debuted with the origin of Santos L. Halper Santa’s Little Helper.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Manu Bennett has joined the cast of MTV’s Shannara series. He’ll play the druid Allanon.

Manu Bennett shirtless in 'Spartacus"

Sarah Paulson talks with TVLine about the latest American Horror Story and about how she expects to have no social life once she’s done playing conjoined twins and starts preparing to play Marcia Clark in American Crime Story, ” I’ll become a voracious reader of all things Marcia Clark… I’ll become a Marcia Clark-obsessed recluse, and no one will want to invite me to dinner because all I’ll talk about is Marcia Clark.” Somehow, I suspect it would be fun to sit through a dinner party lecture on Marcia Clark from Paulson.

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski look back at how they became the breakout stars of the Sochi Olympics. One factor in their success, the “Cough Button” that let them mute their microphones when their joking with each other left them laughing.

The faboo Gina Torres is taking a recurring role in the remainder of Revenge’s fourth season. TVLine says that she’ll play a woman with humble roots but is scheming her way to a rising spot in the Hamptons social scene.

Gina Torres and Gabriel Macht in "Suits"

FXX is reviving Animation Domination High-Def. At least, it’s turning to the studio that made the late night animated comedy block that had a short run on Fox for two new series. I’m holding out hope for some new Axe Cop.

Vulture talked with the first head-writer of The Colbert Report who remembered feeling nervous about making jokes about James Brady in the first episode. “It felt like a test of how far we could go. The next day the show got a fax from Brady that said, ’You lily-livered Italian-suited four-eyed Jon Stewart wannabe. You’ll be crying in your cravat when I’m through. You want a piece of me? DO YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME?'” I have found a new appreciation of James Brady.

EW revealed the first image from the third season of Orphan Black while also talking with co-creator Graeme Manson about where the drama is headed. There is good news for fans of House Hendrix.

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With the power of niche TV audiences increasing, Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall says the current wave of superhero shows are well-suited to TV now

Because it takes time to count time-shifted viewers, we mostly see articles reporting on how many people watched a show within three or seven days of broadcast. However, Fox has released a report saying that if you extend that to 30 days, the ratings of Gotham doubles. However, ad rates are determined by the number of people who watch within three days.

Listings

The Colbert Report Marathon (Comedy Central) starting at 8:00 AM ET
Comedy Central is trying to make saying goodbye to The Colbert Report less painful with an all-day 13-hour marathon to recall the series’ greatness. After it’s all done, we can get to debating if it was a great TV show or the greatest TV show. Let’s hope some of The Colbert Report’s great, gay moments are included,

Stepehn Colbert on "Truthiness"

The View (ABC) Check local listings
The amazing Laverne Cox is guest-hosting today’s show, which features a visit from Nikki Minaj. Cox is incredible at articulating the truth behind current events and works to make a better tomorrow, tomorrow. Today’s Hot Topics should be good.

iheartradio Jingle Ball 2014 (CW) 8:00 PM ET
The 2014 Jingle Ball includes performances from Sam Smith, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande and more.

White Collar (USA) 9:00 PM ET
It’s the final con for Neal as he works to take down the Pink Panthers. However, he’s not alone in this mission. Fittingly, Peter is along for the ride, posing as a master thief to help.

Matt Bomer in "White Collar"

People Magazine Awards (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s an awards show! It’s a snapshot of the past year in pop culture! It’s both! With categories like “Performance of the Year,” “Breakout of the Year” and “Comedy Star,” People looks back at an eventful 2014. Appearances include Billy Eichner, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Lopez, I expect at least one of those celebrities will be able to add People to their “Who’s honoring me now?” list.

Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
We get even more Laverne Cox tonight as she guest-judges tonight’s challenge, where the designers dress a couple about to go on their first date after meeting online.

The McCarthys (CBS) 9:30 PM ET
The McCarthys are joined on Christmas by their upstairs neighbour, Pam (Alyson Hannigan) who is trying to deal with a painful breakup. However, with the way the family makes gift giving into a competition she might decide she’s better off spending the holiday drowning her sorrows in a pint of Americone Dream.

Laurie Metcalf and Alyson Hannigan in "The McCarthys"

The Carbonaro Effect (TruTV) 10:00 PM ET
Michael shows up this week as a highly-effective martial arts intructor. He’s so good at teaching his student to focus his energy, he ends up breaking Michael’s glasses from across the room.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
Nine years ago, The Colbert Report promised to change the world (really, it’s in the intro to the first episode) and it did — winning multiple awards, including the prestigious Peabody, in the process. Stephen’s in-character White Hosue Correspondents’ Dinner performance went far to change the course of how the media reported on the Bush administration, his coverage of SuperPACs made more people understand the issue of campaign finance reform better and his first “Wørd” — Truthiness — summarized (sadly) the era. Tonight it all ends, as Stephen chats with his longtime pal Grimmy.

Stephen Colbert and Grimmy

@Midnight (Comedy Central) Midnight ET
Margaret Cho is part of the panel for the final show of the year. Will she get to ring in the new year as the winner of the internet?

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:30 AM ET
Craig is spending his next-to-last episode talking with Jim Parsons.

What will you be watching tonight? Please share in the comments!

 

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Judy Gold is on tomorrow’s show as part of the hot talk panel.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will interviews Paul tomorrow. So it begins.

Lyle Masaki is a fan of obscure superheroes, video games, adorkable guys and that show you loved that got cancelled way too soon.
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