What to Watch for Dec. 9-15
The New Girl gang end up in the hospital while juggling multiple Christmas parties. (Fox)
Each week, MSN.ca’s team of editors will be bringing you our five best bets for the upcoming TV week. Here are our picks for the week of Dec. 9 – 15, 2012:
Happy Endings (Monday, December 10 – 8:30 p.m ET/PT., Citytv; Tuesday, December 11 – 9 p.m. ET/PT, ABC)
As Jane (Eliza Coupe) and Alex’s (Elisha Cuthbert) parents celebrate the 20th anniversary of the family mattress business, Jane struggles to crack a joke for her humorless father (played by Christopher McDonald, Happy Gilmore, Harry’s Law). Mr. and Mrs. Kerkovich’s also have no idea that Alex has gotten back together with Dave (Zachary Knighton). Meanwhile, Max (Adam Pally) begins his search for a replacement BFF now that Penny’s too busy with her new boyfriend (Nick Zano).
New Girl (Tuesday, December 11 – 9 p.m. ET/PT, Citytv and Fox)
The roommates attempt to juggle multiple holiday parties in one night as Jess (Zooey Dschanel) does her best to avoid Sam (David Walton) while Nick (Jake Johnson) tries to keep up with an daring Angie (Olivia Munn). What we’re looking forward to the most is more Winston (Lamorne Morris), who’ll get a cranberry stuck in his ear.
Arrow (Wednesday, December 12 – 7 p.m. ET/PT, CTV; 8 p.m. ET/PT, The CW)
Upon learning that his mother (Susanna Thompson) and sister (Willa Holland) stopped celebrating Christmas after he and his father were presumed dead, Oliver (Stephen Amell) decides to throw the family a Christmas party. Tommy (Colin Donnell) asks Lauren (Katie Cassidy) to spend Christmas with him, but she’s uneasy to leave her father’s side (Paul Blackthorne) as it would have been her sister’s birthday.
Up All Night (Thursday, December 13 – 8 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, NBC)
NBC airs the last two single-camera shot episodes of the sophomore comedy this week. The show will undergo another retooling for the last five episodes of the season (that will air in the spring), with a laugh track, multiple cameras and a studio audience. The second episode is our best bet as it flashes back to Chris (Will Arnett) and Reagan’s (Christina Applegate) 2004 wedding. Blythe Danner returns as Reagan’s mother, while we’ll meet Chris’ parents (played by Mimi Kennedy and Bob Gunton) as well as his inappropriate uncle Dennis (Allan Havey). Ava (Maya Rudolph) attempts to steal the focus while Sea Hayes will also guest star as Ava’s former music partner. The episode also features Will Arnett in a kilt.
Saturday Night Live (Saturday, December 15 – 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, Global and NBC)
While SNL hasn’t been the strongest this season (even with the U.S. election), there’s still hope that the Christmas episode can deliver a comedic miracle…it usually does as Jimmy Fallon picked up an Emmy for hosting duties last year and NBC compiles a series of best-of skits each year for the holidays. Martin Short returns to host with musical guest Paul McCartney. Short starred on the show during the 1984-1985 season and has hosted twice before, in addition to a few cameo appearances throughout the years. McCartney last appeared in December 2010 alongside Paul Rudd. Here’s hoping Short revisits the Ed Grimley character (which got its start on SCTV)!