Kath Griffin’s New Special is a “Record Breaker” and a Diane von Furstenberg Reality Show

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We’ve achieved a new gold standard for expressing the terribleness of a Saturday Night Live sketch — Vulture points out that this past week’s “Three Wise Guys” sketch was an awful idea that was pitched on the awful show within a show on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

The Walking Dead studmuffin Steven Yeun has recorded a guest-role on American Dad according to EW. Yeun will voice a man who gets a job as assistant to Roger‘s stepson Vincent.

Steven Yeun in "The Walking Dead"

Former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont is suing AMC, claiming that the network owes him money for profits on the hit show.

Deadline reports that How I Met Your Mother fave Ashley Williams has joined the cast of a CBS comedy pilot starring Jim Gaffigan. Williams will play Gaffigan’s wife a super-achiever with tons of energy, patience and humor. Is CBS trying to restart the underachieving schlub with a more talented and hotter wife sitcom? I don’t think we need to revisit that trope. (Now a sitcom about a lazy schlub and his hot, cool husband? I’d consider watching that.)

In a terrible Christmas surprise for fans of The Young and the Restless, Michael Muhney has been let go from the soap after playing Adam Newman for six years. Muhney’s last episode is set to air on January 30.

Michael Muhney in "The Young and the Restless"Michael Muhney, making the case against hair gel.

Did you catch the brief tribute to Marcia Wallace on The Simpsons Christmas episode? If not,  EW has the screenshot.

Producers are casting for a fashion reality series featuring Diane von Furstenberg. The show would end up training the cast members to be a “brand ambassador”.

For the second year, Hitfix polled critics to name the best shows in 2013. Like in 2012, Breaking Bad topped the poll, though by a much wider margin. Meanwhile, Orange is the New Black was picked as the year’s best new show.

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The future Will Horton suggests ordering the guacamole of
awkwardness to celebrate the victory.

I guess CNN didn’t get to formalizing the deal until now? Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper will be anchoring CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage, TheWrap reports.

Listings

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Rachel Maddow is on today’s show. I hope, as usual, Wendy asks about current events before getting Rachel to admit which reality shows are her guilty pleasure.

Rachel Maddow and Wendy Williams

The View (ABC) Check local lisitngs
Mario Cantone is guest hosting today show, but Bill O’Reilly is on the guest list.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now that Sami and Gabi have individually learned that Sonny knows about their murder conspiracy, it’s time for Kate to join them in a chorus of “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sonny?”. Meanwhile, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed Rafe develops a crush on his new physical therapist, too. We’ll be following things with a liveblog, so be sure so join us starting at 1PM Eastern!

Kathy Griffin: Record Breaker (Bravo) 8:00 PM ET
Kathy‘s entering the Guinness book of World Records for having the most stand-up specials for a comedian so why not call her latest special Record Breaker? As usual, Kathy mixes pop culture and politics with aplomb mixing Justin Bieber with Rick Perry (which seems unfair to Justin Bieber). Let’s just hope she and Bravo weren’t just working for the World Record. It’d be a shame to stop now.

Kathy Griffin

The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013 (CW) 8:00 PM ET
The CW is broadcasting New York radio station Z100′s holiday concert with performances by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Enrique Iglesias and enough more that its hard to imagine them all fitting in a two hour time slot.

Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
It’s time for the 21st and final time for Barbara Walters to list her take on the most interesting people of the year. This year’s list includes Edward Snowden, Robin Roberts, Pope Francis as well as Prince William and Dutchess Kate. Don’t worry, there’s at least one entry to make you question Walters’ definition of “fascinating” with “KimYe”, otherwise known as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

Kirstie (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
Having Arlo around disrupts Maddie, Thelma and Frank‘s Christmas tradition of cashing their bonus checks and going their separate ways. He expects them to exchange personalized presents, bake cookies and wear hideous matching Christmas pajamas. And to help make the season truly dysfunctional, he arranges a reunion between Maddie and her estranged, cruel mother (Cloris Leachman).

Kirstie Alley and Cloris Leachman in "Kirstie"

Michael Buble’s 3rd Annual Christmas Special (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
This year, the crooner is celebrating the holidays with visits from Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and the one and only Cookie Monster.

The Exes (TV Land) 10:30 PM ET
Tonight’s Christmas episode delivers the friends as family theme when Holly convinces everyone to stay in town for Christmas so they can celebrate together. Then it delivers the homoeroticsm when Stuart walks in on a naked Phil. Finally, Holly decides to throw things out the window when she meets a really hot guy (Ben Lawson) who makes her want to ditch the rest of the gang.

David Alan Basche and Donald Faison naked in "The Exes"

Key & Peele (Comedy Central) 10:30 PM ET
The third season of Key & Peele has kept up the gay content with the usual brilliance and tonight that season wraps. Here’s hoping the finale has more gay characters, more football players and a bonus 30-minute rant from Luther, President Obama‘s rage translator.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
Christmas week continues with Aaron Neville.

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

 

Tomorrow’s Preview

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
There’s no mention of WilSon tomorrow but there’s more Gabi‘s nervous glances. That might relate.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
After making guest-host Mario Cantone share a set with Bill O’Reilly today, The View makes things up to him by letting him talk with Judy Gold and Meryl Streep.

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