SUNDAY
DECEMBER 16
2012

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

AMC, 8:00 p.m. ET

The best modern version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic is shown tonight on AMC, when George C. Scott steps into the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in this splendid 1984 CBS telemovie. Scott nails the part, from the first moments of humbuggery to the triumphant final Christmas goose. And yes, I meant that description to sound a little inappropriate. Ho ho ho.
 
  
 
 

NBC, 8:15 p.m. ET

Facing each other for the first time in four years, these two teams are having great seasons: The 49ers are 9-3-1, the Patriots 10-3. And it’s a quarterback duel with a lot of drama. The Patriots have imposing veteran Tom Brady, and the 49ers have impressive young replacement Colin Kaepernick, who’s stepped up big time since Alex Smith was sidelined with a concussion.
 
  
 
 

Showtime, 9:00 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE:  Last week, when Dexter (Michael C. Hall) learned that Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) had drugged his sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter), he gave Debra the evidence to put Hannah behind bars. But their story may not end there – and Dexter, thanks to evidence piling against him, may be headed for prison himself, unless he can do something drastic. Which, for Dexter, isn’t that much of a stretch.
 
  
 
 

TCM, 9:30 p.m. ET

Here’s a classic version of a classic: Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, in this 1951 adaptation of the Dickens story. This one manages to be scarier than most, and Sim’s performance is wonderful.
 
  
 
 

Showtime, 10:00 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE: Given the framework of this series, either Carrie (Claire Danes) or Brody (Damian Lewis) could die in this Season 2 finale – or they could both live. My guess is that Carrie’s character has become too valuable to lose, but Brody has served his purpose. Yet this series, at its best, confounds expectations – so let’s see what happens.
 
  
 
 
 
 
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420 Comments
 
 
AGpxUa I think this is a real great blog article.Much thanks again. Really Great.
Apr 18, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Sarah
Yes I'm not the only one who gets fustraded with CBS sports on Sunday night ruining my TV watching, football, college basketball and even maybe golf "sigh".
Apr 13, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Alan
David,

Why does it take so long to post your daily tv worth watching? Some days I can view the recommendations around 9 a.m. Other days I can't seem to get them until early afternoon. My preference is the earlier the better.
Apr 12, 2014   |  Reply
 
Casey
Alan, why not work your viewing of Best Bets into your own schedule later in the day so you won't be disappointed, or left hanging around the site waiting for an update? Put another way, no reason in the world why websites should be run according to the wishes of one patron.
Apr 14, 2014
 
 
 
Curtis
Die Hard - best Christmas movie ever.
Apr 9, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Dan Malloy
11:04 Eastern time Monday and the website is showing Sunday Listings. Adjust your clock!!!
Apr 7, 2014   |  Reply
 
Peggy
Seriously, again? Think of TVWW as a public service. Google is your friend.
Apr 9, 2014
 
 
 
HiK6IQ Wow, great article.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.
Apr 6, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
SharonGS
Final Four: Florida vs. UConn and Wisconsin vs. Kentucky
Apr 5, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
SharonGS
Elite Eight? Try Final Four!
Apr 5, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Peggy
Cry free parenthood!!
Apr 4, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Barry
No love for the series finale of Raising Hope?
Apr 4, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Eileen
Already left you a post under your Komical Kardashian Komments. Didn't remember it was April Fools until I started my comment, and then remembered a Revered TV Worth Watching Tradition - The April Fools Recommendations! Thanks, quite enjoyable. Forgot there was so much junk on tv.
Apr 1, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
dan
April fools day, got it.
Apr 1, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Bob
You asked, "What could possibly be more interesting than a TV show about arm wrestlers?" I am waiting for Celebrity Nerd Game of Arms. I want to see Sheldon Cooper vs Pee Wee Herman, or Alan Harper vs Niles Crane.
Apr 1, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Patrick
The Discovery Fitness one-hour special, THE MAN WITH THE 132-LB. SCROTUM' is a rerun. C'mon David.
Apr 1, 2014   |  Reply
 
NeilRWC
Besides, the South Park guys beat you to the punch, at least a couple years back , in an episode where Stan's father gets an "enlarged scrotum" from (or due to) medical marijuana.
Apr 1, 2014
 
 
 
Sarah
for my final words on HIMYM go to sarahwatches4u.blogspot.com
Mar 31, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
SharonGS
Thank you for pointing out the Craig Ferguson-Drew Carey job switch. Drew and Connie Schultz talking Cleveland should be a rare treat, too. I'll set my DVR for both Craig and 'The Price Is Right'.
Mar 31, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Mac
TCM's Mar. 28th celebration of movies, involving food, ended on a warped note with Soylant Green followed by Night of the Living Dead.But before those,yes,Big Night.Found a copy of this just a few weeks ago at the area's last remaining Blockbuster Going Out of Business sale.Just days left before closing and this gem was ignored-mine!This is food porn wrapped around a small story of two brothers that reaches epic importance.Timpano-lasagna on steroids.
Mar 29, 2014   |  Reply
 
vape lady
Computer broke and it's way too difficuct to type on this 2" cell phone. Buf had to chime in my opinion about this wonderfully fun and smart movie. Does anyone knowe there more movies by this writer? Way too frustrustrating for me to do a search to find out on a not smart cell phone
Mar 30, 2014
 
 
 
Bob Prestifilippo
Deliverance on 3/27 note Pudgy Bobby is Ned Beatty not Ronny Cox in a dual role.
Mar 27, 2014   |  Reply
 
David Bianculli
Ha! You're absolutely right. Bad typing on my part. Good catch on yours. I fixed it. Thanks...
Mar 27, 2014
 
 
 
Elise
I love the pictures of the lovely, lanky, blond cheerleaders when the NCAA tournament is a best bet. Not. Is the best bet about basketball or cheerleading? I am a little put off by what comes off to me as potentially sexist ...although you could be honestly appealing to the demographic.... (Chastising with affection and kid gloves, because you are my go to place for my tv viewing!)
Mar 27, 2014   |  Reply
 
Me again
THERES my basketball players!
Mar 30, 2014
 
 
Elise
Glad to make you laugh. I'll buy the gator story. And I'll respect your fifth amendment right.... ;-)
Mar 28, 2014
 
 
David Bianculli
This made me laugh. I'm from UF, and I chose the photo not for the "lovely, lanky, blond cheerleader," but for the gator mascot. My defense is that the photo choice, in this case, wasn't sexist at all. In many other cases, however, I plead the fifth...
Mar 27, 2014
 
 
 
jan
I know "Psych" is not the greatest TV show, but I've always found it enjoyable. Sorry it's leaving. That said, I've been disappointed in the last few episodes. I don't care for Mira Sorvino, and I miss Maggie Lawson and Kristen Nelson. Since it's the end of the series anyway, why didn't they just stay with the original cast?

And D Davis: I read that A&E pulled Those Who Kill but may be showing it later, or possibly reworking it. I kept trying to find it, too, and I had a hard time finding any information about it at all.
Mar 26, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
 
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David Bianculli

Founder / Editor

Behind David in the picture is the first TV owned by his father, Virgil Bianculli, a 1946 Raytheon. (The TV, not his father. His father was a 1923 Italian.) David Bianculli has been a TV critic since 1975, including a 14-year stint at the New York Daily News, and sees no reason to stop now. Currently, he's TV critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and is an occasional substitute host for that show. He also teaches TV and film history at New Jersey's Rowan University, and his most recent book, 2009's Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, has recently been purchased for film rights.  He's currently at work on another.