Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special
Question:  What has Michael Buble, Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus, Hugh Jackman, Cookie Monster, Charles Barkley, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama?  Answer:  This week's lineup of holiday music specials!  If you enjoy seeing top names warbling about Santa, snow and sleigh rides, this is your week.
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As if Dr. Daniel Pierce didn't have enough on his plate, what with being a neuroscientist and university professor who helps out the FBI while coping with schizophrenia.  Now he's going to have a new thorn in his thorny life.  Scott Wolf has come aboard TNT's Perception to torment Eric McCormack's tormented genius a little more.
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If the doctor drama was a hospital patient, it would be listed in serious condition, especially after last week's low-rated debut of NBC's Do No Harm all but guaranteed another cadaver will soon be ushered into the doc show morgue.
Josh Henderson and Linda Gray
"Yes, he's physically gone. But I know he's pulling strings wherever he is, keeping us all on our toes."
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With so many trouble spots to worry about, you have to know the President needs a holiday break.  At least he was in the merry and bright zone for a little while the other night, tending to tradition at the annual Christmas in Washington concert at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.  Hosted by Conan O'Brien, with Diana Ross, "Smash" star Megan Hilty, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery, pop star Demi Lovato, "The Voice" favorite Chris Mann, and "Gangnam Style" sensation PSY, the event is being aired on TNT Friday, Dec. 21.
Tony Denison, Mary McDonnell
Now that the baton has been passed from "The Closer" to "Major Crimes," will the new show maintain good momentum, or fade as the weeks go by?   If we are to believe star Mary McDonnell, it will run its own race with lots of kicks ahead for fans.
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So, the long goodbye is almost over.  After a year of talking about the end of "The Closer" and the beginning of "Major Crimes" -- the departure of  Kyra Sedgwick and the promotion of Mary McDonnell -- the transition finally is taking place tomorrow night (8/13).  Beginning at 9 o'clock, "The Closer" ends with a  heartfelt finale, followed by " Major Crimes'" debut at 10. Will this old-cast-with-new-lead gambit prove a success, as in, say, Kirstie Alley coming aboard "Cheers" or the gang on "ER" moving forward without George Clooney?  Or is that the fin of a soon-to-be-jumped shark out there in the TNT waters?
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Gather your " Dallas" friends, plan your barbeque.  The season finale of TV's No. 1 new cable drama of 2012 gets unveiled Wednesday (8/8) and I can promise you a wealth of captivating  moments.
Kyra Sedgwick's "The Closer" returns to the TNT lineup for its final batch of six original episodes tomorrow night (7/9) - and they're absolutely must-see viewing for fans of the smart, bitingly funny police procedural.  Sedgwick's candy-gobbling Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson is well on her way to her day of reckoning for all those rules she's been bending, smashing and ignoring through these seven seasons of squeezing, tricking, cajoling and seducing confessions from her criminal quarry.
TNT's "Falling Skies" is getting fan and critical applause for its upgrade of the alien beings seen on the Steven Spielberg-produced show -- among the improvements made thanks to the budgetary increases in the wake of Season 1's success.  I asked star Noah Wyle his feelings about those earth-invading beings.  "You have to pay homage to the man you're working for.  You don't show the shark 'til the third act," he said with a laugh, referencing Spielberg's "Jaws."
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