Feed Your DVR: 12/28/14 to 1/3/15
Sunday, December 28th – If you haven’t watched The Comeback‘s stellar second season, you’ve been missing out on one of the most heartfelt, bittersweet, brutal comedies on TV. In tonight’s season finale, Valerie Cherish (a brilliant Lisa Kudrow) basks in her newfound professional respect stemming from her gritty performance in “Seeing Red”. However, as her professional star continues to rise, the distance between Valerie and her husband Mark becomes more insurmountable. (HBO, 10pm)
Monday, December 29th – At Major Crimes, actor and recurring guest star Jon Tenney steps behind the camera this week for his third directing stint for the show. TNT promises this episode, titled “Leap of Faith,” will be one of the most explosive yet, as Flynn stops a bridge jumper from committing suicide only to discover he’s a sex offender who may have graduated to murder. (TNT, 9pm)
Tuesday, December 30th – Do you miss The Colbert Report already? Here’s your chance to see Stephen Colbert take on hosting duties again when the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony airs tonight. Filmed on December 7th, this gala recognizes individuals who have made outstanding cultural contributions to the arts. President and Mrs. Obama were on hand to help honor this year’s list of nominees: Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin, Sting, Patricia McBride, and Al Green. (CBS, 9pm)
Wednesday, December 31st – Pick your New Year’s poison tonight. On ABC, you have the traditional choice: Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy hosting Dick Clark’s Rocking New Years Eve with musical guest including Taylor Swift (8pm). If you prefer New Year’s Eve in Miami, you can turn to FOX and Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, which should be heavier on the music and lighter on the awkward banter (8pm). Lastly, you could try New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly on NBC (9pm).
Thursday, January 1st – Television on New Year’s Day is all about college football. Kick things off at 11am on ABC with the 126th Rose Bowl parade. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Stories” and features Louis Zamperini honored as the Grand Marshall posthumously. Then, stick around for the two big games: the Rose Ball features a showdown between #2 Oregon and #3 Florida State (ESPN, 4:30pm). The evening’s marquee game is the showdown between #1 SEC powerhouse Alabama and #4 Big Ten team that could, Ohio State. Writing on the 4th Wall strives for journalistic integrity and impartiality, but in this case it’s being waived: Go Buckeyes! O-H-I-O!
Friday, January 2nd – Animal Planet’s Whale Wars returns to the air for a three-episode second season, once again without founder Paul Watson. Still, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society heads back out to the waters, using often controversial tactics to help put an end to the legal and illegal whaling practices that decimate the world’s whale population. (8pm, 9pm, & 10pm)
Saturday, January 3rd – When stars go on Graham Norton’s eponymous UK talk show, they almost invariably become the funniest and more charming versions of themselves, coaxed to hilarious perfection by their skilled host. Tonight, you can watch The Graham Norton Show‘s New Year’s Eve broadcast stateside on BBC America. Featuring stars of the moment like Eddie Redmayne, Liam Neeson, and Anna Kendrick, along with Eurovison winner Conchita Wurst, it promises to be a rollicking bloody good time. (BBC America, 10pm)
Streaming Pick of the Week – You can now indulge your 90’s nostalgia to the fullest as all ten seasons of NBC’s sitcom powerhouse Friends head to Netflix on January 1st. Return to a more innocent time in American TV by revisiting Central Perk, Smelly Cat, and “The Rachel”. Together with Seinfeld, Friends came to epitomize the “hangout sitcom” and inspired a wave of copycat sitcoms that still haunt the airwaves. Check out this fan supercut of the 15 funniest moments on Friends below.