THE SURF REPORT: Tom Hardy stars in THE TAKE tonight, Steve Buscemi hosts SNL Saturday–12/2/11

SNL IS ALL-NEW TOMORROW NIGHT: Steve Buscemi hosts with musical guest The Black Keys.

EARLY HEADS UP FOR MONDAY – THE MORTIFIED SESSIONS: Premieres Monday 12/5 at 8pm on Sundance Channel: Here’s the logline from Sundance PR: “THE MORTIFIED SESSIONS provides a forum for stars including Ed Helms, Jennifer Grey, Eric Stonestreet, Mo’Nique, Cheryl Hines, and husband and wife team Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, among others, to enjoy a new platform for candidness. Sharing the sometimes mortifying, sometimes side-splitting revelations about themselves helps to remind us what we all have in common – a shoebox full of memories and laughter which longs to be taken down from the top shelf of the closet.” MORTIFIED was also done as a series of stage readings in LA (and NYC too I think). I love the idea and I’ll definitely tune in to check it out.

DVR ALERT: Also on Sundance Channel next Saturday 12/10: APPROPRIATE ADULT starring Dominic West playing a creepy killer named Fred West and the story sounds fascinating so I’ve already set my DVR for it. Take a look at Mo Ryan’s post about it: http://www.aoltv.com/2011/12/02/dominic-west-on-appropriate-adult-role-emily-watson/

COMMUNITY: Who ever thought an episode involving foosball would turn out to be one of the more touching episodes of the season? But it was and it was due in large part to the performances by Yvette Nicole Brown and Joel McHale as Shirley and Jeff discovered they had a bond that went back to well before their days at Greendale. There was also the return of Abed as Batman which never fails to make me smile; in fact, Danny Pudi never fails to make me smile as Abed the savant. I’m also liking the Abed / Troy / Annie roommate business. Alison Brie is adorable with the two guys.

PARKS AND REC: And speaking of adorable: Leslie and Ben are quite possibly my favorite TV couple; any scene they’re in together makes me smile and feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Last night’s episode, “The Trial of Leslie Knope,” proved this all over again as Chris Traeger tried to make it seems as if Leslie had acted dishonorably and Ben came to her defense and resigned so she wouldn’t suffer any career or campaign setbacks. Chivalry is not dead and I look forward to finding out what Ben’s new role will be. They’re sure to figure out some way to keep him involved in the department.

ENLIGHTENED: This show continues to fascinate me in very quiet ways. Laura Dern’s performance as Amy is never false and I love that she goes to some not-nice places. The entire cast is strong too with EP/writer Mike White also turning in a nuanced performance that evokes sympathy for dealing with someone as unsteady as Amy. This past Monday’s episode featured some great moments by Timm Sharp as Dougie, the head of the Cogentiva department and a human wild card in every respect. His clash with Amy in the episode was a real sight to behold as Human Resources got involved and Amy dragged the entire department into the matter in order to save her job. Sarah Burns is also very good as Krista, Amy’s former assistant and the person who got Amy’s job when Amy had her meltdown. I’m particularly taken with the way the show deals with the issues of mothering, anger and how we control (or don’t control) our emotions. New episodes of ENLIGHTENED air Monday night on HBO.

A MUST SEE DOCUMENTARY: BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK: I went to a screening of this wonderful documentary at the Getty Center earlier this week. Richard Press directed the film, which is all about Bill Cunningham, the fashion photographer for the New York Times. His life before the NYT is a fascinating story and his obsession with fashion and clothes is a wonder to see. I highly recommend this film because it not only tells a story about one man, it shows how important documentation is; Bill Cunningham has single-handedly documented a lot of fashion history over the past five decades and he’s also documented a lot of New York society wearing those fashions.
Here’s a link the film’s website – it’s available on DVD and digital: http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/billcunninghamnewyork/index.html

TODAY’S SURF WRITTEN WHILE LISTENING TO: The Shangri-La’s – “Give Him a Great Big Kiss” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pnb4CPt0ork

Tonight: Friday, December 2

ABC: 8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 9:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 10:00 p.m. 20/20 – Katie Couric interviews Beyonce

CBS 8:00 p.m. A Gifted Man 9:00 p.m. CSI: NY 10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods

NBC 8:00 Movie: Game of Your Life 10pm: Dateline

Fox 8:00 p.m. Pac-12 Football Championship

CW 8:00 p.m. Nikita 9:00 p.m. Supernatural

Sundance Channel: 930pm: ALL ON THE LINE WITH JOE ZEE – Joe Zee works with a plus size designer in this week’s episode.

Encore: 9pm: THE TAKE – Tom Hardy (WARRIOR, INCEPTION and the upcoming TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY film) stars in this four-part British miniseries as ex-con Freddie Jackson as Jackson returns to London hoping to make a name for himself after he reunites with his cousin.

Saturday, December 3

ABC 8:00 p.m. Saturday Night Football: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

CBS 8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (R) 8:30 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (R) 9:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery 10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery

NBC 8:00 p.m. Movie: It’s A Wonderful Life (R) 1130pm: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE is new with host Steve Buscemi

Fox 8:00 p.m. Pac-12 Football Championship

Sunday, December 4 – THE GOOD WIFE is back with a new episode with guest star Michael J. Fox.

ABC 7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos 8:00 p.m. Once Upon a Time 9:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives 10:00 p.m. Pan Am

CBS 7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes 8:00 p.m. The Amazing Race 9:00 p.m. The Good Wife 10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami

NBC 7:00 p.m. Football Night in America (90-minutes) 8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (Detroit at New Orleans)

Fox 7:00 p.m. The OT (one hour) 8:00 p.m. The Simpsons 8:30 p.m. Allen Gregory 9:00 p.m. Family Guy 9:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show

HBO: 9pm: Boardwalk Empire 10pm: Hung

Showtime: 9pm: Dexter 10pm: Homeland

That’s a wrap for this week.

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