Watch the first episode of Syfy’s teen assassin series, ‘Deadly Class.’ (And why not? You know you’ve already mentally checked out for your holiday vacation.)

Looking for a way to pass the last few hours before your holiday break? Here’s the pilot of Syfy’s Deadly Class. Merry Christmas.

Well, here’s just a very sad list of all the TV people we’ve lost this year.

In happier news, ZOMG ANDY COHEN IS GOING TO BE A DADDY! I MEAN A REAL DADDY! HE’S ALREADY A “DADDY,” BUT IN SIX WEEKS HE’S GOING TO BE A FATHER!

It may not be a reboot that you want, but all seven seasons of Parks and Rec are coming to Comedy Central.

Here’s another list that reminds us that everyone loves Friends. Interesting: Money Heist comes in at number four of most streamed series…

And if you’re wondering what your state’s favorite show on Netflix is …

And here is the list of the best shows on TV according to Rotten Tomatoes certified fresh list. Fun fact, of the shows that received a 100% rating, only two made it onto my Best of the Year list!

Timeless is dead. Long live Timeless.

Darren Criss has announced that despite being one of Ryan Murphy’s favorite go-to actors for just these roles, he will no longer play gay characters because he does not want to take those roles away from gay actors.

The Game of Thrones guys are going to be honored by special effects nerds.

In case you haven’t already received the message, for the thousandth time: the security for the last season of Game of Thrones was INTENSE.

Here’s a reminder that NOS4A2 is coming to AMC soon.

Here’s a reminder that the Spanish Princess is coming to Starz soon.

io9 celebrates a very good year for horror on television. I can’t disagree with anything on here. And there’s a whole essay in here somewhere about why horror is having such a moment (POLITICS) but I don’t have time to write it.

The Bachelor Fantasy League is now open.

What we know about the upcoming Downton Abbey movie: It takes place 18 months after the show’s finale; Tom will probably have a love interest; Carson and the Dowager Countess will appear in it.

Travis Scott has agreed to join Maroon 5 during the Super Bowl Halftime Show and may propose to whichever Jenner he’s dating.

Roma is receiving a limited run in 70 mm in certain theaters. (The one closest to Houston is in Austin, btw.)

Oprah made a Christmas miracle happen for Busy Philipps, and it is very sweet.

Upon signing the Farm Bill, Trump tweeted this out yesterday:

Megan Mullally was understandably mortified:

In cable news news: to say yesterday was a crazy day in political news is to understate the fact. As a result, complete insanity broke out on cable news:

Wolf Blitzer yelled at Stephen Miller to calm down.

Fox & Friends yelled at Sarah Sanders this morning that Trump is refounding ISIS.

Senator Mazie Hirono didn’t yell but did literally call bullshit on Trump and the GOP’s effort to blame the Democrats for the shutdown on Chris Hayes’ show.

And Sean Hannity deleted everyone but three people — Donald Trump, Gregg Jarrett, and¬†Dan Bongino — on his Twitter account. Lol.

Renewals

  • Ray Donovan has been renewed for a seventh season at Showtime.

Ratings

I’ve been inconsistent with posting about ratings in part because my source for information, Cancelation Bear, has been inconsistent with their posts this season and, frankly, I’m too lazy to do the math myself. Anyway, a quick look at where things stand at the midseason break:

  • Based on numbers alone, Bull is likely to be renewed according to the Bear, in large part because of the third season rule (which says that the series has reached enough episodes to be syndicated). However, keep an eye on this one considering the outrage the Elize Dushku story has created along with the tumultuous period that CBS is currently going through.
  • ABC will probably renew Speechless, despite middling ratings, and Modern Family edges closer to an 11th season pickup.
  • Bob’s Burgers is safe. REL, not so much.
  • Pretty much everything at The CW looks safe.

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • The Walking Dead will return on February 10 and this trailer is FUCKING CREEPY.
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns on February 9 and you need to click through for the trailer which is completely insane.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns on Netflix on January 25 for its final season. The trailer pays tribute to Living Single and it is amazing.
  • PEN15 debuts on Hulu on February 8 and it kinda looks amazing:
  • Standup and Away! with Brian Regan will premiere on Netflix on December 24.

R.I.P.

Donald Moffat, Actor in The Thing and The Right Stuff, but also countless TV roles including One Life to Live, Bull, Tales of the City, and the Logan’s Run series that I did not know existed but HEADS UP, HOLLYWOOD, Y’ALL SHOULD LOOK INTO REBOOTING THIS.

Peter Masterson, Writer who adapted Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, actor who appeared in many shows and movies including¬†Ryan’s Hope and The Exorcist (the movie, not the series), and director of A Trip to Bountiful among others

WATCH THIS

FRIDAY

Bird Box: Sandra Bullock stars in this horror/thriller film about a woman trying to raise a set of toddlers during an apocalyptic event. Netflix

Marvel’s Runaways: Second season.¬†Hulu

Life Itself: Hey, it’s that widely panned movie from the guy who made This is Us.¬†Amazon

7 Days Out: This documentary series looks at what goes into the week ahead of some of the biggest events in the world, like a gaming championship or Westminster dog show.  Netflix

Derry Girls: A Northern Irish comedy about a group of teens in the 1990s. I could show you a trailer, but it’s super boring. Instead, this clip is what you need.¬†Netflix

Perfume: A serial killer is making perfume out of people in this German series because of course this is a German series. Netflix

Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski: A documentary about an artistic genius living right under everyone’s nose.¬†Netflix

Vanity Fair: Olivia Cooke stars in the most recent version of William Thackeray’s tale of social climbing. Amazon

A Home for the Holidays: CBS’s annual celebration of adoption and foster care will feature performances by¬†Gwen Stefani, Train, and Lukas Graham.¬†7 p.m., CBS

Christmas Movies

  • A Christmas Kiss: 7 p.m., Lifetime
  • Christmas at Grand Valley: 8 p.m., HMC

SATURDAY

Isle of Dogs: DOGS! (Fun fact: I keep wanting to write this as “Aisle of Dogs” which is an entirely different movie.)¬†7 p.m., HBO

The Alec Baldwin Show:¬†Baldwin’s guests are — and I am not making this up —¬†RuPaul and Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg.¬†9 p.m., ABC

The Wizard of Oz: Because.  7 p.m., TNT

Harry Potter marathon:  8 a.m., USA

Christmas Movies

  • Jingle Around the Clock: 7 p.m., Hallmark
  • Christmas Bells Are Ringing: 8 p.m., HMC

SUNDAY

Watership Down: The darkest story about bunnies ever. Netflix

The Year 2018: It was a mixed bag, honestly. 8 p.m., ABC

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby: Because “I’m gonna come at you like a spider monkey” will never not be hilarious¬†6:25 p.m., Comedy Central

Christmas Movies

  • Hometown Holiday: 6 p.m., Up
  • 2 Holiday Tales: 7 p.m., Lifetime
  • Christmas Made to Order: 7 p.m., Hallmark

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Best of 2018 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): Laura Benanti, Jon Stewart

 

FRI. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown The Great Christmas Light Fight 20/20
(new)
CBS A Home for the Holidays
(new)
Hawaii Five-0
(repeat)
Blue Bloods
(repeat)
CW Dynasty
(new)
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
(repeat)
Local
FOX Last Man Standing
(repeat)
The Cool Kids
(repeat)
Hell’s Kitchen
(repeat)
Local
NBC Midnight, Texas
(new)
America’s Got Talent
(repeat)
Dateline
(new)

SAT. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
ABC CMA Country Christmas
(repeat)
The Alec Baldwin Show
(new)
News/Local
CBS NCIS
(repeat)
FBI
(repeat)
48 Hours
(repeat)
News/Local
FOX PBC Fight Night
(live)
News/Local
NBC Dateline Saturday Night Live
(repeat)
News/Local Saturday Night Live
(repeat)

SUN. 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos
(repeat)
Disney Prep & Landing The Year 2018
(new)
CBS NFL Football
(live)
Madam Secretary
(new)
God Friended Me
(repeat)
NCIS: Los Angeles
(repeat)
The CW Local Masters of Illusion
(repeat)
Charmed
(repeat)
Local
FOX Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special Bob’s Burgers
(repeat)
The Simpsons
(repeat)
Bob’s Burgers
(repeat)
Family Guy
(repeat)
Rel
(repeat)
Local/News
NBC Sunday Night Football: Chiefs at Seahawks
(live)

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