Morning Static: THE SIMPSONS, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, COLBERT REPORT & More!

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• ‘The Simpsons’ at 25: Still going strong and rolling in the d’oh
• Much Adieu About Something: 49 Stars, Musicians, Authors, and Other Celebrities Say Farewell to Stephen Colbert
• ‘B.S. Report’: Larry David on the Future of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and the ‘Seinfeld’ Finale
• And You Thought Traffic Was Bad Now! Walking Dead Spinoff Setting Revealed.
• This Week in Tech: NBC to Live Stream Network Shows
• The Business of Show: Coca-Cola Ends Sponsorship Of ‘American Idol’
• WATCH: Comedy Central Promos ‘The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore’
• The year in comic book TV: Go small or go home?
• Funny Business: After decades, NBC scraps Thursday night comedies

On TV Tonight: Wednesday December 17, 2014

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ABC The Middle (R) The Goldbergs (R) Modern Family (R) blackish (R) blackish (R) blackish (R)
CBS Survivor: San Juan del Sur
CW Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown The 100
FOX Hell’s Kitchen American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
NBC Michael Bublé’s Christmas in new York The Sing-Off
MISC WWE Tribute to the Troops (USA) Ascension (Syfy) Top Chef (Bravo)
Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)

Morning Static: GLEE, ARROW, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER & More!

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• Super News: Marc Singer joins ‘Arrow’
• The year late-night got it right… and dodged another meltdown
• Scoop: Cicely Tyson lands mystery role on ‘How to Get Away with Murder’
• Gracepoint: No Season 2 for Fox’s Mystery-Drama
• Casting Coup: Christina Hendricks Joins Roadies in Cameron Crowe’s Showtime Pilot
• Yes Please: Study Shows That Consumers Want a TV Guide
• This fall’s real TV winner: The DVR
• Prepare to Let It Go: Your First Look at the Final Season of GLEE.
• Cannot Wait. BETTER CALL SAUL Poster Revealed.
• Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow: 25 Best ‘Stephen Colbert’ Moments

On TV Tonight: Tuesday December 16, 2014

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC Charlie Brown Christmas Disney’s Prep & Landing Forever (R)
CBS NCIS NCIS: New Orleans Person of Interest
CW The Flash (R) Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (R)
FOX MasterChef Junior New Girl (R) The Mindy Project (R) Sons of Anarchy (FX)
NBC Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas The Voice
MISC Girlfriends Guide to Divorce (Bravo)
Benched (USA)

The Cast of ASCENSION Convinces Me to Tune Into Tonight’s Premiere

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By: Rae Hanson, Special to theTVaddict.com

ascension_andrearothASCENSION premiere’s tonight at 9/8c on Syfy and, back in October, I met the cast. Let’s just get that humble brag out of the way first thing. I kid, I kid. Also, I didn’t so much meet the cast as I was in their vicinity for two days. Well, I did share a bowling lane with Andrea Roth and she did call me her bowling guru on Twitter. And she’s sweet and kind of great so I’m good with bragging about that part. But, now that the legitimate humble brag is out of the way, let’s get to my point.

Before listening to the cast talk about it in person, I had no interest in ASCENSION. Not even an inkling. Odd, since I’m addicted to THE 100 and I’d be all over a show about life on the Ark. Which is basically what ASCENSION sounds like, no? Sure their reasons for leaving Earth are different and more historically based but the premise is practically identical. And, frankly, that thought is one of the reasons I will be tuning into the three night event. [Read more...]

The Top 10 TV Shows of 2014

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Though each year presents itself with more misses than hits, television seems to get better and better. Narrowing down a list of 10 shows that represent the best a year had to offer is damn near impossible, not just because there are far more than 10 fantastic television shows, but because it’s absurd to think it’s possible for any one person to watch everything. Alas, here are my top 10 picks for 2014. [Read more...]

THE MENTALIST Redux: Our Top 5 Favorite Moments From “Orange Blossom Ice Cream”

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This week we get right down to it. I guess with limited episodes, the show doesn’t want to waste any precious time they have left. Since good ol’ Erica Flynn is in the previews and was the cliffhanger at the end of last week’s episode, it’s a good bet she’s going to play a big part in this one. Hang on tight. Here are your Mentalist Top Five Moments! [Read more...]

Morning Static: CRIMINAL MINDS, AMERICAN IDOL, PARKS AND REC & More!

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• Ryan Seacrest: ‘American Idol’ to Be Reduced to One Night.
• Groan: New Criminal Minds Spin-Off in the Works, to Follow Globe-Trotting Team
• Pilot Watch: Donald Glover’s Rap Comedy Atlanta Gets Pilot Order from FX Networks.
• Mark Your Calendars: NBC Sets All-Drama Thursday, Tuesday Multi-Camera Comedy Block In Midseason
• James Corden’s CBS Late-Night Show Names Reggie Watts Bandleader, Sets Producing Team, Gets New Premiere Date.
• Awwwww Alert: ‘Parks and Rec’ showrunner shares heartbreaking photos on final day of filming.
• Must Read TV: The Year in Shonda Rhimes
• Sony Hack: Ripping the Veil Off Hollywood’s Secrets
• News Alert: How Brian Stelter Turned Reliable Sources into the Smartest Sunday Show
• Stocking Stuffer Alert: Huge savings on Complete Seasons on DVD and Blu-ray via Amazon.