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Jon Hamm Stars in ‘Black Mirror’ Christmas Special – “Black Mirror,” the British anthology drama that mines cautionary, “Twilight Zone”-style narratives from our obsessions with gadgetry, returns to American television on Thursday.

What’s on TV Sunday – Television highlights.

The Week Ahead: An ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Episode Targets Baby-Boomers – Serving up a holiday present that hits its viewership right in its sweet spot, “Antiques Roadshow” offers a special episode called “The Boomer Years” on Monday night.

What’s on TV Saturday – Television highlights.

Television Review: ‘Christmas Icetastrophe’ on Syfy Defies Tradition – Asteroids are on their own schedule and may disrupt Christmas in this holiday disaster movie.

Recalling the Imperfect Radio and TV Reception of the Past – Recalling the days when radio and TV reception were so imperfect, and so much better.

The TV Watch: As Colbert Moves On, ‘Colbert’ Ends – The final episode of “The Colbert Report” was a reminder of what an anomaly that late-night comedy series really was.

What’s on TV Friday – Television highlights.

Television News from the Seattle PI

Lance Bass Marries Michael Turchin – Bass and Turchin, who have been dating since 2011, tied the knot at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday, Us Weekly reports. The couple's wedding will be featured in a special on E!, which will air in 2015.
SNL Mocks Sony Hack - With Dr. Evil! – [...] demonstrating that they really are good sports (though maybe not the best comedians), musical guests One Direction also appeared in a sketch. Taran Killam does a literally pitch-perfect impression of Sam Smith, who's hosting the special "A Very Somber Christmas with Sam Smith" ... until it's interrupted by Dr. Evil (Myers), who mocks the group claiming responsibility for the recent hacks into Sony Pictures Entertainment. Kristen Wiig crashes Amy Adams' opening monologue, bringing with her a group of "Christmas hunks" (and a Christmas tree hat) to spread a little a lot of holiday cheer. Probably the best sketch of the night features Cecily Strong as NPR podcast host Sarah Koenig, who's conducting a special investigation into "Kris," a mysterious figure who claims to deliver packages to millions of households around the world in a single night.
Muhammad Ali Hospitalized with Pneumonia – Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia, The Associated Press reports. The best TV shows of 2014 Ali, 72, was in stable condition as of Sunday, a family spokesperson told the AP. The illness was caught early and "the prognosis is good," the spokesperson added. Ali is also battling Parkinson's disease. No further details - including where Ali is hospitalized - have been released. View original Muhammad Ali Hospitalized with Pneumonia at Other Links From Muhammad Ali View the original article on
Tom Brokaw: My Cancer Is in Remission – Tom Brokaw told his NBC colleagues Sunday that his cancer is in remission, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "A year ago my future was more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge but now I face the New Year with very encouraging news," Brokaw wrote in an email obtained by THR.
Elton John Marries David Furnish – Sir Elton John and his longtime partner David Furnish are officially married. John, 67, and Furnish, 52, were married at the singer's home in Englandon Sunday, Us Weekly reports. "Sir Elton John and David Furnish request the pleasure of your company to celebrate their wedding on Sunday the 21st of December," the post read.
Box Office: The Hobbit Dominates – The Battle of the Five Armies proved unconquerable at the box office this weekend, opening in first place with $56.2 million, Box Office Mojo reports. [...] that's the lowest debut weekend of any of the films in the Hobbit franchise. [...] the third movie in the Night at the Museum franchise - Secret of the Tomb - opened in second place with a modest $17.3 million, edging out Annie, which earned $16.3 million in its debut. After opening wide, Wild jumped from 10th place to No. 6 with $4.1 million. View original Box Office:
See What Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick Named their Baby – Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick revealed this weekend that they've named their week-old son Reign, according to apost on Instagram. Reign, who was born on Dec. 14, joins big brother Mason, 5 (with whom he shares a birthday), and sister Penelope, 2. Check out the 8 best TV and movie performances of the year:
VIDEO: Craig Ferguson Bids a Quirky Farewell to The Late Late Show – "If they had done more of that, I probably wouldn't have quit," he said after he received a rousing applause from the in-studio audience and thanked the fans for their support. A night after Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report with a splashy musical number, Ferguson also assembled some of his nearest (and most famous) friends for a rousing, pre-taped musical number set to the tune of "Bang Your Drum" that also included clips from his show over the years. A big part of the episode was Ferguson's lengthy interview with ex-Tonight Show host Jay Leno, who are both now "just two guys with nothing to do," as Ferguson pointed out. In a nod to the series finale of Newhart, Ferguson then woke up in bed next to Drew Carey, his thick Scottish accent replaced with an English one, and Ferguson was once again known as Mr. Wick, his character from the long-running Drew Carey Show. After Carey calmed him down and contemplated whether to lose that weight in real life - but skinny people aren't as funny! - the two went back to sleep and, in a nod to the series finale of St. Elsewhere, a snow globe sat on his nightstand with Ferguson, Secretariat and Geoff inside.

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