The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Week

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29
8 pm Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (ABC) | The Peanuts gang is set to ring in 1986, and Chuck has big plans for the night: reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

8 pm Community (NBC) | “I am Jehovah’s most secret witness!” Journey back multiple weeks to revisit the time the study group subbed for Greendale’s glee club.

9 pm Three Inches (Syfy, pictured) | In this rejected pilot-turned-TV movie, Noah Reid plays an underachiever who, after being struck by lightning, develops the ability to move objects with his mind… by a distance of three inches. He then joins a team of similarly empowered individuals. The cast includes James Marsters (Angel), Stephanie Jacobsen (Melrose Place), Brandon Jay McLaren (The Killing) and Alona Tal (Veronica Mars).

9 pm Bones (Fox) | This repeat of last season’s finale features a certain baby bombshell dropped by one Temperance Brennan. Change in the game, indeed.

9 pm The Secret Circle (The CW) | Series pilot: Hey, remember that Nick guy who lived next to Cassie…?

9 pm NY Ink (TLC) | Season 2 premiere: The Wooster Street Social Club is now the hottest tattoo shop in NYC, but more success means more problems for Ami.

10 pm Hook, Line and Sisters (TLC) | A series premiere worth noting if only (and I mean if only) because of its trying-so-hard title. (It’s about a family of commercial fishermen, fronted by two daughters.)

10 pm Beavis and Butt-Head (MTV) | The boys visit a brothel, but all is not as it seems.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30
8 pm Chuck (NBC) | As we explore the fallout of last week’s episode-ending reveal, Tim DeKay (White Collar) guest-stars as Sarah’s very first handler, while Cheryl Ladd (Charlie’s Angels) plays her mother. (Get more preview here.)

9 pm The Life & Times of Tim (HBO) | Tim competes in a “caddy-off” with a 14-year-old; to impress Amy’s dad, Tim claims to have a lucratve career shilling sausages.

10 pm Sanctuary (Syfy) | Season finale, Part 2: Will Magnus’ plan be the salvation of Abnormal-kind… or its doom?

COMING LATER THIS WEEK: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS, INCLUDING NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND MARATHONS AND SPECIALS!

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Comments (39)

  • Why use an image from Sanctuary on the front page but not actually mention it in the article?

    Comment by Michael Sacal – December 26, 2011 08:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • oops, there’s a second page, lol. Sorry.

      Comment by Michael Sacal – December 26, 2011 08:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • There, I made the call-out a smidgen bigger for you, Michael.

        Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – December 26, 2011 08:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sorry, but there’s only one thing that will ever get me to watch Sanctuary again, and since they’ve made it pretty clear they have no intention of it happening, looks like Sanctuary ended for me with Eulogy, much like I acknowledge no Angel episodes after Smile Time.

      Comment by Carmichael – December 26, 2011 08:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Then you missed Ashley’s brief appearance in a recent episode (it wasn’t the real Ashley, but the actress who played the character reprised the part for about three seconds of screen time, heh).

        Comment by Michael Sacal – December 26, 2011 09:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • When was this?? There’s no credit listed for the actress other than the first two seasons.

          Comment by Carmichael – December 26, 2011 10:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I have friends who still watch so I hear about things. If it’s not her, it doesn’t count.

          Comment by Carmichael – December 26, 2011 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • The name of the episode was Chimera. In it, Magnus and Tessla are trapped inside a virtual reality realm where the bag guy shows Magnus a virtual duplicate of Ashley. It’s a blink and you’ll miss it shot, but it seemed like a new shot to me (i.e. not recycled from another episode).

            I could be wrong, though.

            Comment by Michael Sacal – December 26, 2011 11:12 AM PDT  
          • > but it seemed like a new shot to me (i.e. not recycled from another episode). I could be wrong, though.

            What I can’t wrap my head around is why if they wanted her gone so badly they’d bring her back for something like that. They claimed, at first, to have a plan to bring her back and said it was the network that wanted her out. Then they said they felt she was too much a part of the world or something and needed to go, so, I don’t know what to believe. Granted there was the issue with her surgery and what not, but they’ve had plenty of time since.

            Comment by Carmichael – December 26, 2011 11:42 AM PDT  
          • This season, her replacement, Kate, has only shown up twice.

            That’s adding insult to injury for fans of Ashley.

            Comment by Michael Sacal – December 26, 2011 11:49 AM PDT  
  • I miss Cuddy like crazy. I wanna her back

    Comment by Lucille – December 26, 2011 08:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Cuddy’s back!… ”

    That was just mean.

    Oh, well, I suppose it means I don’t have to start watching House again.

    Comment by Danielle – December 26, 2011 08:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thanks, Matt (and Happy Holidays, while we are at it). We miss Cuddy too, though it is not a good enough reason to relive that craptastic season. For me House has ended after the 6th. YMMV, of course.

    Comment by Happy Holidays Everyone! – December 26, 2011 08:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish your website had a like button for comments. Well done, sir.

    Comment by jess – December 26, 2011 08:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So, just R&I then.

    Comment by Stormy – December 26, 2011 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s Candice, not Candace.

    Comment by Hermit – December 26, 2011 11:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The positive thing in all of this: we’re already getting new episodes back starting next week! Huzzah!

    Comment by Julie – December 26, 2011 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll be watching The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Chuck and Sanctuary this week.

    Comment by Justin – December 26, 2011 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No more House for me since last season. I finally got fed up with his behavior. Plus the casting changes were just too much. I don’t like Billy Burke as Agent Dean in R & I. Still, for me there is only The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles. They pretty much make the winter season for me. I really wish that Kyra would reconsider her decision to end TC. Oh, I will also be watching Hot in Cleveland. Love me some Betty White….

    Comment by Babygate – December 26, 2011 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What a perfect way to show how fans of a show can have totally different takes on it. Cuddy’s back on House at 8, so I can spend that hour getting caught up on my emails and be there at 9 for the amazing After Hours.

    Glad you’ll have it to enjoy, but personally glad its only for one hour.

    Comment by sara – December 26, 2011 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ” Cuddy’s back!…” I wish! On a happier note, I’m so looking forward to “The Closer” this week. I expect epicness. Thanks for all the hard work collating this list for us, Matt. :)

    Comment by Nadia – December 26, 2011 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ahahahahahaha Natural Disaster porn XD. I’m so gonna watch that!

    Comment by l – December 26, 2011 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I will Prob watch the rerun of new girl since that’s my new favorite show

    Comment by laur222@ – December 26, 2011 09:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My DVR is listing a new episode of Bones Thursday.

    Comment by Anna – December 27, 2011 12:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thanks for the list! It’s very handy

    Comment by Sadie – December 27, 2011 04:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thanks for the info on which Glee episode is on repeat. As Grilled Cheesus makes me vomit I will definitely be passing on that one!

    Comment by James – December 27, 2011 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SPIKE AWESOMENESS

    Thursday, Dec. 29 – Three Inches (Syfy) 10 p.m. – “Pilot” featuring James Marsters (Spike from Buffy)

    In this potential series, daydreamer and underachiever, Walter Spackman (Noah Reid) develops a strange superpower when he’s struck by lightening. He can move any object using his mind, but only by three inches. Buffy’s James Marsters plays Troy Hamilton, an ex-government agent who tries to recruit Walter into a group of ordinary people with odd abilities who are working to battle evil. The pilot also stars Andrea Martin, Stephanie Jacobsen, Antony Del Rio, Naoko Mori, Kyle Schmid and Brandon Jay Mclaren.

    Comment by Lisa – December 27, 2011 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Good eye! Wow, that’s well buried (not even on Syfy’s press site). Added!

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – December 27, 2011 12:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thanks, Matt :)

        Comment by Lisa – December 27, 2011 05:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Syfy is airing the Pilot as a 2-hour made for TV movie and it actually starts at 8pm PST.

      Comment by Lisa – December 27, 2011 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was really looking forward to Rizolli & Isles, but after ten minutes of the very first episode I was finished with it. Don’t know who was responsible for casting, but they were WAY off with Rizolli. Don’t know the actresses name, but she was crap, just not strong enough for the part. Haven’t watched since. I’ll stick to the books.

    Comment by margaret anderson-steven – December 27, 2011 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ….seriously though?

      Comment by Chelsey – December 28, 2011 07:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Danggit. I was hoping there’d be a tad more info on the next episode of CHUCK. But that’s okay, just uber anxious to see this Sarah-centric hour. Guess I’ll just have to tune in. Only show with brand new episodes this holidays and I’m enjoying the heck out of it.

    Comment by Aiden – December 27, 2011 05:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’ve got at least one big ol’ CHUCK preview piece coming later this week, no worries….

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – December 27, 2011 06:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cheryl Ladd on CHUCK this week. She’s been on quite the roll as of late dating back on her guest starring stint on NCIS and she was more than disappointing about the new Charlie’s Angels getting canceled but hey she’ll always be Kris Munroe in our “heavenly” hearts. :)

    Comment by kevin – December 28, 2011 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Kevin, I asked Cheryl Ladd about the new ANGELS and trust me, she is not disappointed about anything.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – December 28, 2011 10:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So, did Three Inches inspire Alphas?

    Comment by Stormy – December 29, 2011 12:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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