What to Watch This Weekend: It's a Wonderful Life, Boardwalk Empire, and The Walking Dead

By Andy Daglas

Nov 30, 2012

What to watch on Friday, November 30...

8pm, NBC
Christmas in Rockefeller Center
Catch an encore presentation of the lighting of Manhattan’s iconic Tannenbaum, which earlier this week capped NBC’s triumphant November by scoring a four-year ratings high in the 18–49 demo. And with guest appearances by Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, it’s not hard to see why!

8pm, The CW
Hey, it's not every day that you discover one of your rogue former colleagues who you haven't seen for six years has been elected president of Uzbekistan and is planning to kill the President of the United States! But that's what happens to Division tonight in "The Sword's Edge."

9pm, truTV
Killer Karaoke
Contestants sing pop songs while being subjected to all manner of physical abuse and humiliation by Steve-o from Jackass in week two of this real, actual series that will really, actually be broadcast on a professional television network that you can access on your television. For real.

9:30pm, Disney
Gravity Falls
“Irrational Treasure” may be a rerun, but it's also one of the highlights of Gravity Falls’ recently concluded first season. Hey, you’re home watching TV at 9:30pm on Friday night; don’t act like you’re too good to check out one of the funniest new shows of 2012 just because it’s a cartoon on Disney Channel.

– Marisa Tomei, Carson Daly, and Il Volo on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Jack Hanna and Max Greenfield on Late Night with David Letterman, 11:35 am, CBS
– Tim Allen, Manny Pacquiao, and Flo Rida on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 12am, NBC
– Taylor Lautner, Kevin Pollak, and The Wallflowers on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, CBS
– Tim Meadows and Mayim Bialik on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


What to watch on Saturday, December 1...

8pm, CBS
Made in Jersey
Look, CBS is just going to leave this new episode of this canceled show right here, and maybe if you happen across it you’ll stop and watch for a bit, hm? Made in Jersey would watch you, if you were stuck in a Saturday-night burn-off slot. This episode is called “Payday.” Maybe it’s about candy bars. You like candy, don’tcha?

8pm, NBC
It's a Wonderful Life
Back in my day, the heartwarming Jimmy Stewart classic was on TV at least 75 or 80 times in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Now, you only get two shots at it: tonight and on Christmas Eve. So fire up that DVR and try to think of an “every time a bell rings” joke that no one’s made in the last 66 years.

9pm, TLC
My Crazy Obsession: Christmas Collection
The network dedicated to making you feel better about your own sanity brings you a special holiday installment of its “extreme collectors” showcase, featuring a woman with 120 Christmas trees and a man who’s blanketed his property in one million Christmas lights. No word on how many maids a-milking or lords a-leaping either of them currently has stashed in the attic.


What to watch on Sunday, December 2...

8:30pm, Fox
Bob’s Burgers
Warm up for your weekly Sunday gauntlet of 14 hours of gritty drama and moody protagonists by enjoying some lighthearted, mildly demented family fun. “Tina-rannosaurus Wrecks” features Tina totaling the Belchers’ car, Gene blurting out hilarious non-sequiturs, and Louise reveling in gleeful sociopathy.

The Walking Dead
The mid-season finale brings tensions at Woodbury to a head... and then, probably, dismembers that head and blows twelve gauges' worth of powder straight through the wobbling torso that remains. This is a kind of a gory show, is what I’m getting at.

9 pm, ABC
In “Revelations,” according to the episode synopsis, “Nolan must face an element from his past.” I hope that element is strontium! Wily, duplicitous strontium, always skulking about and stirring up mischief.

Boardwalk Empire
Nucky and Al Capone join forces for a showdown against Gyp Rosetti in the season finale. At stake: control of Atlantic City and the right to star in the fourth season next fall.

9pm, Showtime
We can all relate to the premise of “The Dark... Whatever,” in which Dexter meets his new girlfriend’s dad. The pressure to impress, the fear of looking foolish, the unrelenting urge to sneak away so you can strap down an arsonist and plunge a gigantic blade twixt his sternum and ribs. Who hasn’t been there?

10pm, Showtime
Mandy Patinkin and F. Murray Abraham square off in “Broken Hearts,” and if that isn’t enough to convince you to watch this episode then you and I simply can’t be friends anymore.


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