PBS Airs “How to Survive a Plague”, “Happy Endings” Is Here Again and Kathy Griffin Visits “Kirstie”

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Last year, Jamie Kennedy got a lot of unwanted attention for hosting a trainwreck of an Orange County station’s New Year’s Eve special, but he wasn’t the only one to fail spectacularly while attempting to host a New Year’s show.

Welcome out Robin Roberts.

I’ll be honest. I adore Stephen Colbert but sometimes The Colbert Report or The Daily Show makes a joke that strikes me as uncomfortably transphobic.PG Monthy collects examples of some troubling jokes.

The Colbert Report

Here’s your disgusted and unsurprised groan for the day, the inspiration for The Wolf of Wall Street is developing a reality show for himself where he helps people who have fallen on hard times “find redemption”.

Buzzfeed has pictures — pictures with enough of a spoiler they  should come with a warning from River Song — from Sherlock‘s first episode

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in "Sherlock"

Fox had an interesting pilot in the works, Wild Blue. It had Justified producer Graham Yost and was described as an “Upstairs, Downstairs” take on working on a Navy aircraft carrier. Unfortunately, the idea turned out to be too complicated to film and Fox has decided not to go forward with the pilot.

Once again, Game of Thrones topped the list of TV’s most pirated shows followed by Breaking Bad.

Game of Thrones

Modern Family repeats have started to find their audience but, as Deadline notes it has yet to see the kind of ratings bump that The Big Bang Theory saw when it started airing repeats.

In the UK, Doctor Who was the most-watched program in Britain. That’s probably not a big surprise, considering it was Matt Smith‘s big farewell.

Sadly, the series finale of Nikita didn’t get the ratings it deserved, going out with a whimper.

Listings

Being Human Marathon (Syfy) starting at 8:00 AM ET
Syfy is spending the day repeating the marvelous third season of Being Human. I grew frustrated with Being Human‘s second season but the third season beautifully remembered how wonderful it can be to explore how different monster mythologies end up when you hurl them at the same canvas at once. For anyone who liked the first season but gave up during the second, take this chance to catch up.

Sam Huntington, Sam Witweir and Megan Rath in "Being Human"

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
I’m behind on my Days watching, but apparently Will doesn’t know that you can’t have a murder cover-up conspiracy where someone is feeling pulled in one direction by their conscience. With the speed that people were getting drawn into the cover-up, it was just a matter of time before someone threatened to talk or the whole town was covering up Nick‘s murder. (I guess they’d be trying to keep the police of Bay City or Harmony from finding out and investigating?)

Independent Lens (PBS) Check local listings
Independent Lens closes the year with How to Survive a Plague, the critically acclaimed documentary about the early years of the AIDS epidemic and the tactics of activist groups like ACT UP.

How to Survive a PLague

Politics Nation (MSNBC) 6:00 PM ET
In order to let its host have a night off without turning the network into a Lockup marathon, MSNBC is airing year-end recap specials. Politics Nation is ending things with the “Revie” Awards. From the looks of the promos, Johnathan Capehart is a part of the action.

Major Crimes (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
While the Major Crimes team investigates a bomb that goes off at a used car sale, Rusty‘s dealing with an investigator (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) looking at the case of the threatening letters.

Graham Patrick Martin in "Major Crimes"

The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) 9:00 PM ET
Rachel is taking down her calendar with her “Best New Things of the Year” episode. I’d like to thin that’s an hour of “The Best New Thing in the World”. As a fan of TRMS‘ “Best New Thing in the World” the only way to get a better clip show fodder would involve finally bringing “Ask Dr. Maddow” to TV.

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