What’s Hot on TV Friday and Saturday – Mr. Magoo

Today's kids have missed out on a lot. They have never been introduced to Mr. Magoo. Tonight they get their chance to meet the near-sighted man in Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol from 1962. Catch up with your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

Friday

1. Blake Shelton's No So Family Christmas. Classic holiday music, new music, and comedy bits. 9:00 PM CT NBC

2. The Happy Elf. An elf's enthusiasm is tested when he tries to bring Christmas joy to a town called Bluesville. 8:00 PM CT CW

3. Christmas in Washington 2012. Diana Ross, Megan Hilty, Demi Lovato, Chris Mann, Scotty McCreery, and PSY perform. 8:00 PM CT TNT

4. College Football. Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl fro St. Petersburg, FL. Ball State vs. Centra Florida. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

5. Michael Bublé: Home for the Holidays. Bublé is joined by Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton, and Carly Rae Jepsen. 9:00 PM CT NBC

6. Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour. Historical sites important o Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. 8:00 PM CT ABC

7. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. Sure, this song is a fun one to sing once or twice a year, but did we really need an animated version of the story in this song? 7:00 PM CT CW

8. Fringe. Nina Sharp gives help t Peter, Olivia, Astrid, and Walter as they search for the answer to defeating the Observers. 8:00 PM CT Fox

9. Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids. In the first half hour, a bride invites her bridesmaids shopping and tells them to be quiet, then can't decide on a color, and another bride is worried she'll upset her five sisters. In the second half hour, a bride asking her future stepdaughter to model dresses instead of her own daughter leads to a teenage tantrum. 8:00 PM CT TLC

10. Ghost Adventures. The most terrorizing bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

11. Restless. Following the collapse of a crucial mission, Eva Delectorskaya is in jeopardy. 8:00 PM CT Sundance

12. Dateline NBC. Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Andy Cohen offer up does and don'ts for the holidays, and Nick Cannon discusses giving back during the holidays. 9:00 PM CT NBC

13. Brides of Beverly Hills. 9:00 PM CT TLC

14. The Dead Files. Paranormal activity in a Belvidere, Illinois, home is described by a mother. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests are Terry Bradshaw, Elle Fanning, and Chris Mann. 10:35 PM CT CBS

Saturday

1. College Football. R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

2. College Basketball. Gotham Classic, Syracuse vs. Temple. 11:00 AM CT ESPN 2

3. College Basketball. Texas at Michigan State. 1:00 PM CT ESPN 2

4. College Football. Maaco B owl Las Vegas, Boise State vs. Washington. 2:30 PM CT ESPN

5. College Basketball. Kansas at Ohio State. 3:00 PM CT CBS

6. College Basketball. Marshall at Kentucky. 3:00 PM CT ESPN 2

7. College Basketball. Illinois vs. Missouri. 5:00 PM CT ESPN 2

8. The Wizard of Oz. The yearly showing of a true classic. Watch out for those flying monkeys. It's honestly one of my scariest childhood memories. 6:00 PM CT TNT

9. Made in Jersey. In the first hour, a botched jewelry store heist gets a man's wife killed, and Martina's nephew gets caught stealing. In the second hour, Martina's client is a nightclub owner suspected of killing his friend and business partners, and Darlene tells Riley a secret. 7:00 PM CT CBS

10. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. Mr. Magoo plays the part of the man who doesn't believe in Christmas. 7:00 PM CT NBC

11. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice. Lanny and Wayne try to recover classified North Pole technology that is being held by someone on the naughty list. 7:00 PM CT ABC

12. Cops. A meth pipe is discovered while a man and woman are getting caught in lewd activity, and a a prostitution sting at a hotel. 7:00 PM CT Fox

13. Too Cute! A Sharpei, a cairn terrier, and a boxer. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

14. College Basketball. Florida at Kansas State. 7:00 PM CT ESPN 2

15. A Chipmunk Christmas. Alvin's group gets invited to perform at Carnegie Hall on Christmas. 7:30 PM CT ABC

16. NFL Football. Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

17. WWE Tribute to the Troops. Flo Rida and Kid Rock perform as well. 8:00 PM CT NBC

18. CMA Country Christmas. Jennifer Nettles hosts, with other country music stars sharing their favorite memories of the holiday. 8:00 PM CT ABC

19. Six Little McGhees. In the first half hour, Mia prays for less drama, and Ro is on cleanup duty, which leaves Mia alone with the kids. In the second half hour, Mia and Ro take the kids to the zoo, but Mia gets too fearful. 8:00 PM CT ABC

20. The Year in Pup Culture. Newsorthy moments from the past year presented by puppies. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

21. The Pirates! Band of Misfits. BAsed on the book The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists” by Gideon Defoe, and starring Hugh Grant. 8:00 PM CT Starz

22. 48 Hours. Updates on how Ann Rule helped a mother prove her daughter was murdered. 9:00 PM CT CBS

23. Wedding Band. Eddie does everything in his powers to continue to hide his secret when Mother of the Bride is booked to play his company's corporate event. 9:00 PM CT TBS

24. Iyanla, Fix My Life Reloaded. Evelyn Lozada is the guest. 9:00 PM CT OWN

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Final 3 Announced on X Factor

Tonight one more will be eliminated on The X Factor, leaving the final three who will be competing next week. If I were a betting woman, I'd be putting my money on Fifth Harmony to leave. Catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show Jamie Foxx, Rosemarie DeWitt, and One Direction are the guests today. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. NBA Basketball. Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Timberwolves 6:00 PM CT TNT

3. A White House Christmas: First Families Remember. The families of Presidents share their memories of Christmas at the White House, and the staff gets ready for the season. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown! Lucy and Linus' little brother looks for holiday cheer fro Snoopy and Spike. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. The X-Factor. The winner is announced, and One Direction and Pitbull will perform. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. CMA Country Christmas. Jennifer Nettles hosts, with other country music stars sharing their favorite memories of the holiday. 8:00 PM CT ABC

7. Burn Notice. Season finale. Michael tries to leave the country and bring his team as well, Sam and Jesse are captured, and Michael needs to figure out a rescue plan before it's too late. 8:00 PM CT USA

8. The First 48. An unarmed teen finds an untimely end at club night, and one of two college students lives through a shooting. 8:00 PM CT A&E

9. The Real Housewives of Miami. Stormy conditions keep the ladies stuck together on Bimini, and the women try to find some peace in while they wait it out. When they finally make it back to Miami, Marysol and Karent’s relationships are on the chopping block when they must face their husbands’ lies! 8:00 PM CT Bravo

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10. Four Weddings. Kathy plans a Coney Island-themed wedding, Stacyann feeds her guests Jamaican goat soup, Amanda gets a special Army salute during her nuptials, and Larissa has a butterfly theme. 8:00 PM CT TLC

11. Project Runway The designers create looks for one of three 1920s events and face off in pairs . 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

12. Mary Mary. pregnant Tina overdoes it with her daughter at an amusement park putting a Mary Mary concert in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Goo’s boyfriend, Justin and manager Mitchell nearly come to blows when Justin involves himself in a Mary Mary business matters. 8:00 PM CT WE

14. NBA Basketball. Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks. 8:30 PM CT TNT

15. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Stories include Richard Engel and crew discussing their time in Syria, acts of kindness, The Daniel Plan diet and fitness plan, James Patterson, and marriage proposals done at Rockefeller Center during the holiday season. 9:00 PM CT NBC

16. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Season finale. Frank and Dennis present their sides to the everyone at Paddy's. 9:00 PM CT FX

17. Impractical Jokers. The guys present uninspired inventions to focus groups, use people for pillows, and talk shoppers out of buying what they set out to get. 9:00 PM CT truTV

18. Beyond Scared Straight. The three troubled daughters of a Texas mom are sent to an overnight jail program in Richland County, SC. 9:00 PM CT A&E

19. Say Yes to the Dress: The Big Day. To have the ultimate pink wedding, fit for royalty, Tiffany fights her bridesmaids, fiancé, and future mother-in-law. 9:00 PM CT TLC

20. Project Runway Spotlight: Marchesa.Behind the scenes at the fashion house of Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, and Halle Berry and Eva Longoria interviews . 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

21. Jersey Shore. The roommates get ready to say their goodbyes. 9:00 PM CT MTV

22. The League. Andre and Trixie's relationship gets tested, Jenny and Pete make special offerings to Shiva, Rupert Ruxin gets his son a gift, and Taco challenges the Santa at the mall. 9:30 PM CT FX

32. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Jamie Foxx, Julie Chen, and DIIV. 10:35 PM CT CBS

Survivor: Philippines –Reunion – The Kissing Bandit

Denise has won, she celebrates with her husband and daughter and the group settles into their ranked seating. However, it must be stated that before the votes are read, Probst leads the cast, crew and audience in a moment of silence for the Newtown children and teachers murdered last week. One moment just doesn’t feel like enough respect – but that was a nice gesture by the show.

Denise is given just a cursory bit of attention from Probst – probably because she isn’t a dude or a 25-year-old hottie. She talks about having to constantly scramble as she bounced to three tribes and faced Tribal Council each time. Her toughest move to make was her betrayal of Malcolm – and betrayal is somewhat harsh, as he was moving to betray her at the same time. Probst asks her about her clients – a fair question, as the therapist-client relationship is pretty intimate. Especially a sex therapist. But she said that it has done wonders for her relationships – including frank talks on body image, religion and other deep feelings. And that’s all the attention our Sole Survivor gets in the reunion until she is handed a check at the end.

Why? Well, we surely needed to have Lisa Whelchel preach about herself, her religion, books she read and quote the friggin’ Facts of Life theme. I remember all of the past third place finishers getting such attention in the reunions – remember when Albert went on and on about philosophy? Or we learned just what Mick thought about religion? Or how Sugar planned on bringing about world peace? Or Becky’s thoughts on the designated hitter? Sigh.

Penner isn’t even given much to say or do. He talks about his inaction which led to his ouster and how he didn’t realize the end game was upon them. At the Final 7, he didn’t realize the end game was there. Maybe I overestimated Penner’s Survivor skills. He also jokes that he thought he and Jeff Kent were good to go early on – he shook his hand with five fingers twice. Heh. Kent explained that he was using Penner to deflect attention from him, and that the big problem was really Denise refused to go along with their plans. Her loyalties to Malcolm trumped her Kalabaw loyalties.
After Lisa/Blair jokes about Kent’s anti-Obama comments, and how the mil is really 600K, Kent doubles down by saying more now. How’s that Romney working out for you Jeff? Millionaires for billionaires – a great, winning political strategy. Whatever, he talks about competitiveness. Blah blah, I’m an athlete, blah blah, Barry Bonds sucks, blah blah I’m going back into obscurity unless I get voted into the Hall of Fame, which is doubtful because every baseball writer hates me.

Probst called Skupin “Mr. Magoo” which is hysterical. We see a montage of his accidents and speculate that if the fire incident hadn’t happened in Season 2, we may have seen more. He also gives Skupin the shattered mask from the early swim challenge – the one where Skupin dove in the water incorrectly and broke his own tribe’s mask in his face.

And then a huge section with Lisa. Religion. Blair Warner. A dubious remark about how her religion is about acceptance – which I am sure is news to the entire gay community. I’m officially done with Lisa, even if somehow Survivor fans thought she deserved the Player of the Season 100K. She wouldn’t have even made my Top 5 – Malcolm, Denise, Penner, Skupin, Abi.

Russell talks about how the rain was non-stop for three weeks, exactly as it was in Samoa. So, it’s HIS fault!! Dana mentions how she barely remembers her illness – she was foggy and delusional. Malcolm’s section includes him admitting that he knew once he saw it was the Micronesia balance challenge that he was toast. He could have had 100 chances and still lost. He gives us an explanation on how swagger is what everyone needs to catch fish. I don’t know, it was getting late and I was getting really, really bored with this reunion.

Abinormal actually appeared to be, well, normal. She jokes that if you were watching the show you saw why she needed a learning experience. She was abrasive and passive aggressive and needs to calm down. Speaking of needing to calm down, RC…let it go. You lost. Pete turned Abi against you and how were not able to recover from it. That’s happened in every season of Survivor. Except this all happened months ago – time to move on. I loved your laugh, your serious skills in challenges and well, the leopard bikini, but you really, really, really need to reel it in.

Probst hysterically leads into an Angie question by commenting on her heart, but as he does he reflexively puffs out his chest. Awesome. Zane said his proverbial car ran out of gas – perhaps due to the nicotine withdrawal. Roxy is yelling very loudly for no reason. Katie gently gets on Probst’s case for his constant callouts to her about bad challenge play. And might I add, why do the Survivor women always have to wear such insane amounts of makeup during the reunions? Is the lighting that harsh? Do they have amateur makeup artists working these shows? These are good looking women who turn the corner the other way sometimes due to makeup. And while I’m at it – didn’t it look like Penner was wearing Joker-levels of makeup too? But I digress.

Artis said he is not the angry black man he saw on TV. We’ll have to take his word for it. Carter was supposedly bubbly and talkative in his interviews. Again, we’ll have to take their word for it. Dawson did something that….WHOA she just rushed Probst!! This time, Dawson plants one right on the lips, and boy, she is really incredibly quick. That was incredibly funny. Probst feels obligated to mention his wife, which is not necessary. We all know that Dawson’s kiss didn’t put a magical love potion spell on him. And one hopes Mrs. Probst is not that insecure in her marriage that she found Dawson’s actions remotely threatening.

Next season will be called Survivor: Caramoan. It is also in the Philippines, but like many past repeat locations, it needed a new name. It is also going to be a Fans vs. Favorites season, a la Season 16. The 10 favorites’ names have leaked and I’ll mention them after the jump. If you don’t want to see them, we shall bid adieu now until February.

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Survivor: Philippines Finale – 25 Seasons, And A 24th Winner Is Named

Before I start – my mind has been just as distracted as everyone else’s in the last few days, and it has rendered my appreciation of reality TV muted. As the father of a six-year-old, my heart breaks every time I read a story or imagine the horrors felt by those beautiful children and their caregivers in their final moments, the lifelong wounds left on the minds of the boys and girls who walked away, and the untreatable tearing of the souls of the parents who have to come home to a room full of toys and no child. The whole nation hurts and it feels almost impossible to not hurt. As a dye in the wool Democrat, I couldn’t even watch my President deliver a beautiful speech last night because I knew I would be a bawling mess. I was stunned to see online the pathetic comments by some who wondered where their football was, or where Survivor was. Talk about priorities.

This is where my mind is and probably will be for a while. I can’t fathom the loss felt in Connecticut, only that I know if I was in their shoes, I would be ruined. But I am not. And you are not. And we need things like football games. We need things like Survivor to steer our minds away from evil acts and devastating loss and focus on who has won a million dollars by enduring 39 days on an island. We need to be distracted, because if we focus too much on those terrible moments in that school, well, it sure ain’t healthy. So, that said, I enjoyed three hours of Survivor last night and will now regale you with my pithy comments, sage insights and award-winning wit.**

**Never won an award

One thing is for sure after this finale…I was very wrong about the potential of a Final Two, but I was very right about a couple of other things. I thought up until that Reward Challenge that there would be a surprise twist Final Three. I really did. But once I saw a reward coming, I knew that the show had messed with the formula and would be spending two hours on one elimination and the jury vote. The rest was really just filler. To offset that, the Reward was going to not be food, or comfort, or the long-forgotten Car Curse Challenge (remember those?). It was an advantage in the final Elimination Challenge. I did not like that.

Personally, I am a purist with two challenges. The first post-merge challenge and the final challenge. To me, they should both be basic endurance challenges. I would prefer a classic Borneo hand-on-pole, or All-Stars hand-on-rock, or Palau balance on a buoy. I can live with the Tocantins ball challenge, or the Micronesia ball balance. This is good, because the Final Four here got to do the very challenge that ended Cirie’s chances for her likely win and earned Parvati the prize. However, thanks to his Reward win, Malcolm was going to have an advantage going into this challenge.

As it turns out, Malcolm suffers from shaky hands and really had no shot of winning this balance challenge. But that can’t be guaranteed. Someone, one day, is going to succeed thanks to the advantage if they keep this up, and I still think that this final ticket to the Finals should be a simple “how much do you want it” challenge. Not a “how much do you want it, but boy, it was lucky you won a different challenge” challenge.

So between this useless Reward, a seemingly-endless March of the Dead Survivors and a lot of camp filler, this episode dragged on and on and on – just as I suspected it would. Until the Jury vote, as this jury got its say. If you watched the Ponderosa videos, you knew this lot was going to be trouble. Usually Ponderosa is kind of fun for the jury – remember Coach/JT/Courtney starting a band? This group kind of just brooded. You knew it was going to be bitter, and everyone but Blair and Scoopin’ knew that they were not going to be well-liked.

You and I saw Blair and Scoopin’ huddling and doing strategizing and playing the game, but those scenes were not seen by the other Survivors. What did they see? Blair was crying every other minute and Scoopin’ wrecking his body every which way. How could they be considered a player like Boston Rob or Kim who manipulated events? Even if they really did in a lot of ways. Meanwhile, as every jury member saw coming, and which I (and many of you) correctly predicted, the third member of the Finals was going to win the money. Either Malcolm or Denise would win this game.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – The Voice Finale Performances

This has been a great season of The Voice. Each week, the people getting kicked off could have easily won. They all have great voice. But only one of them will win tomorrow night. Will it be Terry, Cassie, or Nicholas? Tonight they perform to get your votes. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Anne Hathaway and Cee Lo Green are the guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. How I Met Your Mother. Ted wonders if he should share with Robin Barney's plans to propose to Patrice, and Lily and Marshall meet up with a college acquaintance. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. The Voice. The top three perform. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The team builds a home for a family of adopted children so that they won't be separated. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. Gossip Girl. Series finale. Gossip Girl's identity is revealed, and cast and crew say goodbye and revisit memorable moments. 7:00 PM CT CW

6. DreamWorks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury. Right before the winter holidays, the dragons all leave, and Hiccup works on a way to get them back. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. Basketball Waives LA. Reunion part 2. 7:00 PM CT VH1

8. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. Manny has Sid believing his is on the naughty list, leaving Sid, Crash, Eddie, and Peaches to try to explain themselves to Santa Claus at the North Pole. 7:30 PM CT Fox

9. NFL Football. New York Jets at Tennessee Titans. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

10. 2 Broke Girls. Caroline and Max work with sketchy customers when they become desperate to pay their rent. 8:00 PM CT CBS

11. Happiness Is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown. The gang tries to help Linus give up his security blanket. 8:00 PM CT Fox

12. Hoarders. A mom's gets upset after it's suggested she get rid of useless items, and a privileged woman starts hoarding after her husband is murdered. 8:00 PM CT A&E

13. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The fallout from Brandi's revelation about Adrienne continues, and it is only getting uglier. Mauricio is angry the whole fiasco happened at his event and he doesn't want Brandi to come to Kyle's upcoming dinner party, but it's too late; she's already invited! At the party, Kyle's friend Faye demands to know why Brandi said what she did, and won't accept an explanation until Brandi departs in tears. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

14. Cake Boss: Next Great Baker. The bakers divide into two teams to make life-sized cakes of Judy Gould and Carol Leifer. 8:00 PM CT TLC

15. The Layover with Anthony Bourdain. Mexican takeout, handcut fries and cheese curds, and a peameal bacon sandwich. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

16. Mel Brooks Strikes Back! Appearing onstage with Alan Yentob, creative director for the BBC, this entertainment legend looks back on his remarkable career with the same trademark wit that earned him his success. 8:00 PM CT HBO

17. Mike & Molly. Mike gets frustrated over the money Molly spends on Christmas shopping, Molly's participates in the holiday atmosphere at home, and Mike and Molly go church on Christmas Even with his mom and his boss. 8:30 PM CT CBS

18. 1600 Penn. The president's son arrives at the White House, South American leaders discuss a trade agreement during their visit, and the First Lady tries to fix everything with her stepdaughter. 8:30 PM CT NBC

19. Hawaii Five-0. McGarret and Catherine meet a boy whose dad could be in serious danger and is missing. 9:00 PM CT CBS

20. Take It All. Final night of Howie Mandel's new game show. 9:00 PM CT NBC

21. Intervention. A 21-year-old woman won't admit to he problem, and her grandmother is looking for treatment with her addiction. 9:00 PM CT A&E

22. Cake Boss. In the first half hour, for the Rockettes' 85th anniversary, Buddy makes a cake of the Radio City Music Hall sign, and a teenager with a pilot dream gets a birthday cake surprise. In the second half hour, Buddy and the others make a cake for a new Children's Hospital in Chicago, and a couple wants a cake to match their gray invitations. 9:00 PM CT TLC

23. Hotel Impossible. The rooftop deck is remodeled in a n effort to save the resort. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

24. Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too. The guys spend money trying to show their feelings, and Dani and Camilla are after the same guy. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

25. Teen Mom 2. Leah and Jeremy make it official, Chelsea's friend has her convinced to give therapy a try, Jenelle meets someone new, and Kailyn wants to be with Jo. 9:00 PM CT MTV

26. Late Show with David Letterman. Tom Cruise and MNDR are the guests tonight. 10:35 PM CT CBS

Top Chef: Seattle – Episode 6 – You Had Me At Lamb-Stuffed Squid

For those who don’t know, my reference is not to Jerry Maguire, but to a great Ron Swanson/Andy Dwyer exchange as they discussed lunch options. Why the NBC synergy this week? Not just a huge love for Parks & Recreation, but because this week’s Top Chef centered its Elimination Challenge on the return home to the Pacific Northwest of Parks & Rec actor Chris Pratt (also in the new Zero Dark Thirty, and last year’s Moneyball), and his wife, comedic actress Anna Faris. I find it very hard not to think of Andy’s antics when Pratt is on screen, as that show is home to some of the best comedy you will see on TV these days.

And needless to say, we all need some nice comedy these days. I know I sure do.

Anyway, the task at hand is to talk about reality TV – and some delicious food. The Pratt/Faris family will be gathering for a huge party to celebrate the couple’s announcement of her pregnancy. The chefs had free reign as to what to use and cook, but they had to use the likes and dislikes laid our by Pratt and Faris during the few minutes of prep before the challenge.

Bottom line – the couple loves local Seattle cuisine and they are super adventurous with their eating habits. That is to be commended, but it sure makes it easy for the chefs to put together a menu and be creative. This is a good thing for them – especially after last week’s artisan debacle. It is less of a good thing for the viewer because it doesn’t really present that much of a challenge for them. However, whatever drama-less dynamic coming from the challenge was lessened by the fun which was had by the actors and their family.

We also saw how chefs should treat their Quickfire wins, even if few of them do so week in and week out. But first, let’s talk about the challenges some more

Quickfire Challenge – Padma and nice old lady great the chefs. She is Marilyn Haggerty, from the Grand Forks Herald. Who is she? Well, she is a small town food writer who wrote an infamous and viral column praising the authentic Italian cuisine of the Olive Garden. And now here she is with Padma Lakshmi on Top Chef. She seems like a nice granny – but seriously, maybe some folks should not be writing about food. You know, folks who can’t tell a tamale from a taco perhaps.

The challenge is to make a holiday dish using the chefs’ own heritage and traditions. However, the lot of them could only one knife. That led to the chefs finding creative ways of cutting – a grater, a pizza cutter, a spatula, scissors, etc. Micah called the knife an extension of the chefs’ arms – which is true, but also is the plot of Edward Scissorhands.

Lizzie has the tradition of beaches and fake snow for Christmas since she grew up in the Southern Hemisphere. Micah and Josie are both making tamales – although Micah’s come from his Blaxican or Mexigro heritage. The Thumb has decided not to use his own heritage for his dish but that of his two-time ex-wife. Brooke and Eliza are going for some traditional Americana – and Brooke is worried that it will be too safe of a choice. OTV’s family has the tradition of having the first up – often the men – make breakfast food on Christmas. The Latex Salesman is making a waffle – and OTV sarcastically expresses amazement that a Belgian would be making waffles.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Survivor Finale

It's been a good season of Survivor, but there hasn't been any big wowing moments. Maybe tonight's finale will provide that. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. NFL Football. Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears. 12:00 PM CT Fox

2. Action Sports. Winter Dew Tour, Part 2 of iON Mountain Championships. 12:00 PM CT NBC

3. NFL Football. Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys. 3:00 PM CT CBS

4. 60 Minutes. The covered stories include the salvage operation to remove Cost Concordia wreckage from the Italy coast, robotic prostheses development, and Judd Apatow. 6:30 PM CT CBS

5. The Cleveland Show. Cleveland finds that the food at a local shelter is better than at home, so pretends to be homeless, and Roberta gets hired to be a store elf and has to wear a sexy costume. 6:30 PM CT Fox

6. The Simpsons. Homer throws his back out when Grampa moves back in with him and the family, and them becomes addicted to a game while he recovers. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. William and Kate: A Royal Baby Story. Anticipating the birth of the Prince William and Kate' the Duchess of Cambridge's baby. 7:00 PM CT Fox

8. Big Rich Texas. Cindy finds out Leslie was spreading rumors about her, Kalyn mulls over running away with Paul, and Whitney looks to charge her wedding. 7:00 PM CT Style

9. NFL Football. San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots. 7:15 PM CT NBC

10. Survivor: Philippines. The final four have a reward challenge that offers them an advantage. Following this is the announcement of the winner and a reunion. 7:30 PM CT CBS

11. Bob's Burgers. Bob inherits a storage unit, and it turns out a man named Chet is living inside, and Linda invites the man to stay at the restaurant. Zach Galifianakis provides a guest voice. 7:30 PM CT Fox

12. The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.'s Wedding. Chris Harrison officiates the nuptials of Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum, with performances by Lisa Donnelly and Matt White. Also included is a preview of next season's The Bachelor. 8:00 PM CT ABC

13. Royal Pains. The wedding of Evan and Paige and secrets from the past are revealed. 8:00 PM CT USA

14. Oprah's Next Chapter. Jamie Foxx is the guest. 8:00 PM CT OWN

15. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. One of the housewives wants to get married in Anguilla, NeNe starts to question Kenya's behavior, and Porsha begins a feud. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

16. Sister Wives. In the first half hour, the wives fight for house bonus features, a pet is sick, and a compromise has everyone crying. In the second half hour, the family structure is falling apart, due to living separately for so long, the wives start a web business to help with finances, and Christine tries passing her real estate exam. 8:00 PM CT TLC

17. Sturgis. In part two of this special, stunt rider fly above Main Street, Miss Buffalo Chip girls compete for the crown, and the cops try to keep the party under control. In part three, a different look at the town as it transforms from a sleepy town into a motorcycle hangout. 8:00 PM Travel Channel

18. Snapped. The domestic drama of a couple ends with a deadly climax. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

19. Glam Fairy. Season finale. Alexa gets an opportunity to open a Glam Factory in Atlantic City, Briella thinks about leaving the company, and Danny makes a huge change to the wedding timetable. 8:00 PM CT Style

20. Dexter. Season finale. LaGuerta closes in on Dexter's secret. 8:00 PM CT Showtime

21. Top 20 Most Shocking: Holidays from Hell. Holidays that don't go as planned. 9:00 PM CT truTV

22. Golden Sisters. Series premiere. In the first half hour, Mary tries online dating. In the second half hour, the women realize they aren't ready for the apocalypse. 9:00 PM CT OWN

23. Shahs of Sunset. The crew is divided at the pool party because of GG's behavior, Asa comes up with an outrageous business plan, and GG and her sister fight. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

24. Sin City Rules Lori tries to get the air cleared between Lana and Alicia Amy looks up a medium after disturbances in her office, and Jen has a difficult time balancing family and poker. 8:00 PM CT TLC

25. Finding Bigfoot. Reports from the Sierras bring multiple sightings, and the team hopes the Bigfoots will be attracted to a past relic. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

26. Homeland. Season finale. Carrie needs to figure out where her heart lies, Brody and Faber share a drink, Saul leaves on a secret mission, and Quinn makes an important decision. 9:00 PM CT Showtime

 

Project Runway All-Stars 2: T’is the Season to be Designing…

Last week, on Project Runway, the designers had to make red carpet looks out of environmentally friendly fabrics.  Laura won and Althea was sent home.

The next morning, the designers go to the South Street Seaport to meet Carolyn and a special guest, Fawaz Gruosi, the founder and president of De Grisogono, which makes fine watches and jewelry.  Gruosi is offering one of these watches as a prize to the winner of the challenge, which turns out to be the ever popular “unconventional materials” challenge.  As Carolyn admits, the challenge is popular with the viewers, but not the designers.  Both Emilio and Casanova groan upon hearing what the challenge entails, since both of them had crashed and burned during the “unconventional materials” challenges of their seasons.  Emilio’s washer and pink string bikini is probably one of the more infamous designs in Project Runway history.  Since every season has this type of challenge, every designer has faced it, and some have happier memories of the experience than others.

Carolyn then tells the designers they will have a budget of $350.00 plus thirty minutes to spend in a so-far-unnamed store.  She also tells them the guest judge will be Kylie Minogue, an Australian performer.  Some of the designers practically swoon upon hearing this.

After following Carolyn’s directions on how to get to the mystery store, the designers find themselves at a shop that sells… Christmas ornaments.  Carolyn confirms that they will indeed be making clothes out of Christmas ornaments, and she warns them that the results shouldn’t look “Christmassy.”  They’re to make fashionable clothes, not costumes.  Anthony Ryan admits to being apprehensive about the challenge, since he hadn’t won it during his season, either.  Laura wants to make a 60’s mod dress out of every silver ornament she can find.  Emilio decides to avoid typical Christmas colors like red, green, and gold.  He ends up getting a lot of purple.

Back at Parson’s the designers take the usual thirty minutes to sketch.  Casanova and Ivy do even this together, and Uli comments they seem to be like “one person with two bodies.”  Joshua finds that the pretty royal blue fabric he’d grabbed wasn’t the roll of fabric he’d been hoping for, but a casing for a truly tacky Hanukkah decoration.  Ooops.

Uli decides on an “embellishment only” dress, with lots of silver and gold.  Emilio talks about how he considers the “unconventional materials” challenge to be his Achilles’ heel.  He knew there would be one, and he’d been dreading it.

Joanna comes in to make her rounds and starts with Joshua, who is making a red, blue, and gold “bra-let.”  Casanova tells Joanna that he is “building a dress.”  Emilio is using purple and pink materials to avoid any hint of Christmas in his look.  Anthony Ryan is using a lot of silver and mirrored glass to create a dress with a wintry look.  Uli is making a structured dress and Laura is using a lot of sparkly materials.  Joanna notes that the “girls” seem to be ahead this time.  Ivy is using garland to make a fringe for her look and Joanna wonders if she has enough.

After she leaves, Casanova decides to start over– even though he has only three hours left.  The models come in for their fitting.

The next morning, Emilio, realizing he’s behind, dispenses with any sewing and starts gluing his dress together.  Casanova, who is working on his third dress, begs his peers for materials he can use, and they give him some.  Joshua works on yellow and green shorts made out of ribbon.

The models come in for their final fitting, plus hair and make-up.  Joshua realizes his shorts are hideous– but hopes his top will be enough to save him.  Emilio also isn’t happy with his work and hopes to be safe.

On the runway, Carolyn introduces the guest judges, Kylie Minogue and the actor/producer LaLa Anthony.

Anthony Ryan is up first.  He made a sleeveless, sparkly dress of every silver and gold ornament he could get his hands on.  As usual, his outfit exposes a lot of the model’s back.

Ivy made a yellow dress with a gold fringe decorating the skirt.  The long sleeves and shoulders are made of a sheer yellow fabric, and there’s a keyhole in the front.

Joshua needs to stay away from shorts.  He made a pair out of sparkly, striped gold and light green material.  They are very abbreviated to the point of looking like swim suit bottoms or underpants.  In the back is a sort of tail.  There are large gold buttons across the front.  The model’s top is a multicolored “bra-let,” which looks like a bikini top  It is mostly gold and silver and studded with colorful jewels.

Uli made a sleeveless gold and silver dress decorated with every gold or silver embellishment that Uli could get her hands on.  The sides of the dress are sheer and look a bit like translucent chain mail.  She used a gold garland to decorate the collar.

Emilio made a sleeveless dress apparently made out of woven ribbons.  The dress is metallic and a very bright red-purple.

Casanova made a sleeveless, yellow-orange dress.  The top portion looks as if it were made of braided or woven yarn.  It’s attached to fabric of the same color, while the folded skirt looks a bit more orange.  In both the front and the back, Casanova added a pale yellow, crystal-studded band of fabric going down the middle– which just makes it look as if he’d run out of something else.

Laura made a sleeveless, sparkly white dress.  It’s decorated with what appears to be tinsel and the same brightly colored jewel pieces that Joshua used.  It also has a plunging back.

Carolyn then calls Casanova, Emilio, and Ivy and tells them that one of them is safe.  That fortunate turns out to a very relieved Emilio.  The other two have to face the judges along with their fellows.

The judges start with Anthony Ryan, who says he wanted to make a stage look that could be seen from the cheap seats.  Isaac says it looks expensive and he likes the color.  Georgina likes the embellishments– and the fact that he had “pauses” between the embellishments, that keep the dress looking clean and uncluttered.  Kylie assures Anthony Ryan that his dress would indeed be visible from the back of the theater.  LaLa, however, dings Anthony Ryan for using a giant snowflake in his look, saying that “reads Christmas.”

Laura tells the judges that she loves beading.  Kylie likes the pockets, but says some of the jewel droplets look “thrown on.”  Lala and Carolyn like the dress, but Isaac thinks the cut and proportions make the model look fat.

Casanova tells the judges about his struggles:  He’d gone through three designs and wound up borrowing material from his peers.  Georgina says she likes the dress even more now that she knows the story behind it.  She says he could tell that he’d made the best of a bad situation.  Even so, the dress feels heavy and the bust is a little too high.  Isaac advises Casanova to consider the age of a likely client and says the dress “goes very old lady.”

As for Joshua, Isaac says he wants to both congratulate him and slap him on the wrist.  He considers the top half “divine,” but says he could see inside the shorts as the model walked the runway.  Ooops.  “It doesn’t work to show your privates on the runway,”  Isaac tells him.  Kylie likes the top, but also dislikes the shorts.

Ivy talks about how she’d used garlands in her look.  Georgina likes the 60’s vibe of the dress, but thinks the proportions look boxy.  Carolyn says the look has no wow factor, while Isaac says it looks “junior.”

Last up is Uli, and Isaac calls her look “magic.”  Carolyn likes the “sneak peek” on the sides.  Georgina says it is a smart use of gold and silver, but dings Uli for the visible seam down the see-through sides.

The judges then have their chat, starting with the designers they’d liked best.  Anthony Ryan’s dress looks expensive and cool.  Uli’s dress has excellent proportions.  Laura’s dress seems to weigh the model down and makes the top three simply because it’s not as bad as the looks produced by the bottom designers.

Speaking of the bottom designers, Ivy’s dress is simply too safe and not very creative.  Joshua made a spectacular top– and awful shorts.  Casanova’s look is simply ill-conceived, and his problems were largely self-inflicted.

Carolyn then announces the judges’ decision.  Laura is safe.  Carolyn then asks Kylie to announce the winner, and it’s Uli.  Anthony Ryan is also safe.  Backstage, Fawaz Gruosi presents Uli with the luxury watch she’s just won.  Carolyn tells Joshua that he’s safe, leaving Ivy and Casanova in the bottom two.  Ivy is in and Casanova is out.

I think it’s safe to say that Ivy and Joshua will be the next two designers out.  Anthony Ryan and Uli all but have a lock on two of the spots in the finals, while Laura and Emilio are duking it out for the third spot.  The top four designers have all won at least once, while Joshua and Ivy have not.

Next week:  The designers confront a fashion face-off.

Interview with Killer Karaoke Host Steve-O

Steve-O became a household name back when Jackass started running on MTV and quickly worked his way into our hearts with his crazy antics. Now, however, the tables are turned in the new show Killer Karaoke, which is on TruTV every Friday night at. If you missed the first few episodes, make sure to catch it! The show is the perfect blend of American Idol and Jackass. Now, it's time to hear what the host, Steve-O, had to say in my exclusive interview about the show.

There's no better way to start off a Monday than forgetting your interview with Steve-O and getting the call when you're out and about. Needless to say, I was prepared anyway. Steve-O described Killer Karaoke as people, “attempting to sing while doing dumb shit.” When I asked Steve-O if it was a relief to see other people doing dumb stuff for once, he gave me this excellent simile. “It's kinda like an erection lasting more than 4 hours. In the beginning, you're like, 'Woah! This is awesome!' But afterwards it's just unnatural.”

Being the Steve-O Fan that I am, I made sure to bring up Amy Schumer's comment from the Celebrity Roast on how Steve-O was the one we all hoped would have died instead of Ryan Dunn, wondering if he was as shocked as his fans. He went on to say that, “She was one of the funniest people there, but that joke I didn't find funny.”

Also, as any true fan would, I brought up his Mötley Crüe story from his documentary, The Early Years. At the age of 13, Steve-O hunted down Mötley Crüe, harassed the manager, and was able to create long-lasting friendships with the band. I asked if he was planning on bringing out any Crüe songs for the show, which he then said he probably wouldn't, but if he did, it would be Wild Side, because that song means something is about to be awesome.

Next I had to ask about what is surely the biggest thing with our new host, his sobriety. Having my own problems, seeing someone like Steve-O drop the drugs and still be awesome, well, it means a lot to me. I made sure to mention this to him and see what he thought about the sobriety originally. “In the beginning, I did it to have this big impact on everyone, to be people's hero. On the way, I found out that I had to do it for me and no one else. That's the only way I was gonna do it right.” After this, I told him that he should be an inspirational speaker, in which he, in different words, responded with no way.

One thing you may not know about the stuntman is his credentials for being a stuntman. Steve-O graduated from Ringling Bros Barnum and Baileys clown college. I asked if our new show was going to have any clown skills, in which he said, “Yeah, I'll show off a little bit.”

If you've already seen part of the show, like myself, you may think that our host seemed a little out of his element. Steve-O explained that the show is scripted, but he gets the chance to change what he says for the TelePrompTer.

The final thing I asked our star was if he ever saw himself returning to tv on a game show. “While I didn't plan to be a game show host, I never ruled out anything as a possibility with me.” So, see if the possibility is good or not. If you have a heart, you'll think the show is funny! It seems to draw all crowds, so what are you waiting for? Go set that DVR!

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What’s Hot on TV Friday and Saturday – Paul McCartney on SNL

Paul McCartney is the musical guest on Saturday Night Light this weekend. He's joined by Martin Short coming back to the show as guest host. Will we see Ed Grimley? Catch up with your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

Friday

1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It's the Christmas special that makes being a dentist and having a red shiny nose cool. Tell the truth. How many of you are singing the song right now? 7:00 PM CT CBS

2. Last Man Standing. Mike wants to give Vanessa a holiday without family for Christmas, and Ed shoots a bald eagle accidentally. 7:00 PM CT ABC

3. Kitchen Nightmares. Chef Gordon Ramsay revisits prior restaurants he helped to see if they are still following his advice. 7:00 PM CT Fox

4. NBA Basketball. Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

5. College Football. NCAA FCS Division I, First Semifinal. Georgia Southern at North Dakota State. 7:00 PM CT ESPN 2

6. Malibu Country. Kim is chosen instead of Reba to sing a Christmas service solo, and June discusses her crisis of faith with Cash. 7:30 PM CT ABC

7. Yes, Virginia. An 8-year old girl in 1897 tries to figure out if Santa Claus is real or not, writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper. Stars Alfred Molina, Beatrice Miller, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. 8:00 PM CT CBS

8. Take It All. The fifth night of Howie Mandel's new game show. 8:00 PM CT NBC

9. Fringe. Walter tries to recall a plan to defeat the observers, and Peter and Olivia follow a signal to the woods and find a gruesome scene. 8:00 PM CT Fox

10. Joy Behar's Comics with Benefits. Larry David, Andy Borowitz, Wendy Williams, Colin Quinn, Sherri Shepherd, Dee Snider, Darrell Hammond, Susie Essman, Judy Gold, Mario Cantone, and John Fugelsang make appearances. 8:00 PM CT Current

11. Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids. The sister of the brides wants the bridesmaids wearing form-fitting dresses, and another bride argues with her mom over the necklines of the dresses. 8:00 PM CT TLC

12. Ghost Adventures. The most terrorizing hospitals, sanitariums, and asylums. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

13. Restless. Following the collapse of a crucial mission, Eva Delectorskaya is in jeopardy. 8:00 PM CT Sundance

14. The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story. Chippey the elf helps a boy who finds it hard to believe in the magic of Christmas. 8:30 PM CT CBS

15. CBS News Special Report. The latest on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. 9:00 PM CT CBS

16. Dateline NBC. The latest on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT.s to an investigation that moves from the widow to a possible serial killer. 9:00 PM CT NBC

17. 20/20. The latest on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. 9:00 PM CT ABC

18. Haven. Audrey and Nathan take a look into the past after Duke is mysteriously transformed into a teenager. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

19. Brides of Beverly Hills. In the first half hour, Hollywood body double helps her besty find a dress, and a master chef finds her dress. In the second half hour, a bride gets a lip procedure and finds her gown just before her wedding, and a bride admits to being pick, yet falls in love with every single dress. 9:00 PM CT TLC

20. The Dead Files. A restaurant owner's wife is attacked by evil entities. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

21. NBA Basketball. Memphis Grizzlies at Denver Nuggets. 8:30 PM CT ESPN

22. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests are Bette Midler, Judd Apatow, and Pentatonix. 10:35 PM CT CBS

Saturday

1. College Football. Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Arizona vs. Nevada. 12:00 PM CT ESPN

2. College Football. NCAA Division II Final from Florence, AL, Valdosta State vs. Winston-Salem State. 12:00 PM CT ESPN 2

3. College Basketball. Crossroads Classic from Indianapolis, Butler vs. Indiana. 1:00 PM CT CBS

4. Golf. First Day of PNC Father/Son Challenge from Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, FL 3:00 PM CT NBC

5. Boxing. Leo Santa Cruz vs. Alberto Guevara. 3:30 PM CT CBS

6. College Football. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Toledo vs. Utah State. 3:30 PM CT ESPN

7. College Basketball. Crossroads Classic: Notre Dame vs. Purdue. 3:30 PM CT ESPN 2

8. Elf. I caught this for the first time just a few years ago, surprisingly enough. I was surprised to find a really cute family holiday flick with Will Farrell. 7:00 PM CT CBS

9. Transformers. Blockbuster starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, based on the popular toys. 7:00 PM CT ABC

10. Cops. Season premiere. A woman claiming she was threatened by her boyfriend wielding a knife, a loose zebra, and a suspect chasing a man with a rock and a stick. 7:00 PM CT Fox

11. Help for the Holidays. Although she loves Christmas, Santa’s elf Christine wonders if there could be more to life than making toys in the North Pole. When Santa receives an emergency wish, he puts Christine on a special assignment to give the VanCamp family a holiday wake-up call. While the parents run their booming holiday store, the kids are often left unsupervised, yet long for a true family Christmas. Christine becomes the kids’ new nanny, hoping to secretly transform their sad Christmas spirit into a loving family celebration. 7:00 PM CT Hallmark

12. Welcome to Sweetie Pie's. In the first hour, Miss Robbie and the others share a behind-the-scenes look at the show, and in the second hour, Robbie arranges a tutor for Andre, the liquor license is set, and the Veteran's Hospital could be taking land away from Upper Crust. 8:00 PM CT OWN

13. Too Cute! A toyger kitten making friends with a larger animal, British shorthairs trying out to work the door at a vet's office, and a RagaMuffin gets out of household chores. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

14. College Basketball. Winter Hoops Festival, Michigan vs. West Virginia. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

15. My Fair Wedding with David Tutera: Unveiled. Season finale. Big Brother and The Amazing Race alums Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas finally tie the knot in an extravagant celebration organized by the one and only David Tutera. The nuptials will feature helicopter entrances, light shows, and circus acts. 8:00 PM CT WE

16. College Basketball. Kansas State at Gonzaga. 8:00 PM CT ESPN 2

17. 21 Jump Street. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star in this movie based on the Fox series, They're young cops who get sent undercover in high school to bring down a drug ring. 8:00 PM CT Starz

18. CBS News Special Report: Newtown. The latest updates in the Connecticut school shooting. 9:00 PM CT CBS

19. Wedding Band. Tommy's father makes an announcement about his upcoming sixth marriage, and Rutherford is shadowed by a blogger. 9:00 PM CT TBS

21. Six Little McGhees. Parents raising six toddlers. 9:00 PM CT OWN

22. Marry Me in NYC. Series premiere. A wedding under the Brooklyn Bridge and a rooftop wedding. 9:00 PM CT WE

23. College Basketball. Florida at Arizona. 9:00 PM CT ESPN

24. Saturday Night Live. Martin Short guest hosts, and Paul McCartney is the musical guest. 10:30 PM CT NBC