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What’s on TV Friday – Television highlights.

At the Table | L’Apicio: Dining at L’Apicio on a Menu Inspired by George R. R. Martin’s Novels – Five friends from law school days gathered at the East Village restaurant to enjoy a special menu featuring dishes drawn from the “Game of Thrones” novels.

Comeback by Bill Cosby Unravels as Rape Claims Re-emerge – After Netflix delayed a stand-up special, NBC announced it was dropping plans to develop a new sitcom starring the comedian, the latest fallout from rape accusations.

Advertising: Jim Parsons, ‘Big Bang Theory’ Star, to Promote Intel as Innovator – Mr. Parsons, who portrays the genius nerd Sheldon Cooper on the comedy series, is featured in a campaign that is scheduled to begin on Monday.

ArtsBeat: ‘The Newsroom’ Recap: It’s ‘Godfather’ Trivia Night – The lawyer bests the news anchor — which may be surprising to a few.

What’s on TV Thursday – Television highlights.

'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore' Premieres Jan. 19 – “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” will debut Jan. 19 on Comedy Central and focus on underdogs.

Critic’s Notebook: Alcohol’s Sudden TV Renaissance – From “Barmageddon” on truTV to the National Geographic Channel’s “Chug,” the television industry is going on a bender.

Television News from the Seattle PI

The Biz: Celebrating the Life and Career of News Veteran John Palmer – If you were anywhere near a TV set on Jan. 28, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, chances are you learned the news of the tragedy from NBC News correspondent John Palmer. With NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw temporarily unavailable that afternoon, it was Palmer, the newsreader for Today, who broke in with a special report and stayed with the story for hours as it unfolded. In his recently published posthumous memoir, Newscatcher (KCM Publishing), Palmer recalls arriving at midnight at his Westchester home after that long day on the air. A tray of food was left on his front porch by a neighbor with a note that read: Watched you on television hour after hour on this tragic day and I know you didn't have time to cry like the rest of us. "Every interview he did was like sitting down on the back porch just chatting with someone over some ice tea," says CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan, who is married to Palmer's oldest daughter Molly, a producer for Today. During his tenure covering President Carter's White House, Palmer broke the news of the unsuccessful Marine mission to rescue Americans taken hostage by students supporting the Islamic revolution in Iran. [...] the one time Palmer became collateral damage was in 1989, when NBC execs decided to have Deborah Norville replace him on Today. Later he joined the cable network RLTV where he hosted a talk show until he became ill last year.
Melissa Archer Has a New Life to Live on Days of Our Lives – Melissa Archer, the flame-haired fan fave from One Life to Live, will hit NBC's Days of Our Lives Dec. 5 as Serena Mason, a globe-hopping medical journalist who had a romance with Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan) several years ago in Africa. [...] that he's been defrocked - thanks to that sordid incident where he was raped on tape by psycho-villain Kristen DiMera (Eileen Davidson)- he's one available heartthrob! TV Guide Magazine sat down with Archer to score some exclusive intel. Gosh, I can't remember if the script was specific about that because we shot my first scenes six months ago! [...] there was a lot of adrenalin flowing for them in Africa, a real fight-or-flight situation, and it drew them into a very close relationship. What if the powers-that-be in the Catholic Church decide to untwist their knickers and forgive Eric and want him back? TV Guide Magazine: A functional relationship in soaps? [Laughs] Because they have really good doctors in Salem - the best to choose from! Serena is a real adult. Because of her profession, she's not the type to wear her heart on her sleeve - otherwise she wouldn't be able to survive the work. Does Serena know about Eric's sex video? [Laughs] It's certainly not one of those soap-opera girly fights with a little slapping and hair-pulling.
Exclusive Covert Affairs Sneak Peek: Can Annie Find Auggie? – Annie (Piper Perabo) is going all in to find her kidnapped pal on Thursday's Covert Affairs - and she has her eye, literally, on one person: Duh! "If anyone knows where Auggie [Christopher Gorham] is, it's him," she tells McQuaid (Nic Bishop) in the exclusive sneak peek below as she follows the dirty diplomat in Frankfurt. Covert Affairs airs Thursdays at 10/9c on USA.
Jon Hamm Is Returning to Parks and Recreation - But for How Long? – Jon Hamm will return for one episode in Parks and Recreation's final season, Jon Hamm will return for one episode in Parks and Recreation's final season, E! "If I have it my way, when we show what led up to that final moment in the season finale, he'll be there to pop in doing something incredibly incompetent,"Schur told E! in April. In addition to Hamm, Megan Mullaly, Ben Schwartz and Billy Eichner will also reprise their roles in the NBC comedy. "If I have it my way, when we show what led up to that final moment in the season finale, he'll be there to pop in doing something incredibly incompetent,"Schur told E! In addition to Hamm, Megan Mullaly, Ben Schwartz and Billy Eichner will also reprise their roles in the NBC comedy.
On the Set: How Once Upon a Time Brought Frozen to Life – Everything was inspired by the animated feature, but is not a direct representation of it, Ginnifer Goodwin told us during a recent visit to Once's Vancouver set. Though the actress, who plays Anna, adds she "probably won't wear braids for a very long time after this."
On the Set of Once Upon a Time: Can Mary Margaret Let Go of Her Guilt? – Things are tricky for the Charming family right now. To find out what else Goodwin and Dallas have to say - including their feelings about Emma living with them and Charming's epic flashback wig - check out the full video below. Can Mary Margaret Let Go of Her Guilt? at
Ranking Sarah Braverman's Men on Parenthood – Sarah Braverman's love life has been quite the rollercoaster ride ever since Parenthood started. [...] will that remain true when Sarah's former fiancé, the beloved Mark (Jason Ritter), comes back into her life on Thursday's episode (10/9c, NBC)? To better prepare for this visit from a ghost of boyfriends past, decided to look back at Sarah's many romances one last time. When she was an intern at T&S Footwear, Gordon specifically choose her to accompany him to a shoe convention, where she kicked butt, which gave her a much-needed, confidence boost. (But did he do it because he had a growing crush on her?) Although he wore too much hair gel and drove a Porsche (so pretentious), he was "a lot better than some of those doozies you used to bring around," as Zeek told Sarah. [...] the most telling moment of redemption came when Amber told her estranged pop to stop getting in the way of Sarah's on-again romance with Mark, and Seth did just that, despite his persistent feelings for her. "Does anybody really make deadlines anymore?" was his golden nugget of advice. Thankfully, Hank talked some sense into Sarah, and she broke things off with Carl to get back on her "Year of Sarah" track. Jim Kazinsky (Mike O'Malley): Sarah's high school classmate may have been a fox back in the day, but he wasn't her most attractive conquest. (Yes, that's superficial, sorry.) However, he always seemed to have his heart in the right place. He's been preoccupied most of this season dealing with major family drama, most of which centers around his angsty daughter Ruby, who is giving Sydney serious competition for worst child on Parenthood. Mark Cyr (Jason Ritter): As much as this reporter is and has always been #TeamHank (blame the wonderful Men of a Certain Age), it's pretty hard to find fault with Mark Cyr.
SNL Books James Franco, Amy Adams, One Direction and Others – The Dec. 6 episode will mark James Franco's third time hosting along with Nicki Minaj's second appearance as musical guest. [...] SNL will take its final bow this year with host Amy Adams and musical guest One Direction on Dec. 20, three days before the boy band's NBC holiday special airs.

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