There's a lot of TV options to choose from. Too much for any one person to completely monitor, but that doesn't mean we're not going to do our best to sift through all the listings and figure out what you should be watching every week...with all the highlights, lowlights and guilty pleasures you can stand.
Monday, Dec. 13th
9:00 p.m. American Pickers (History Channel)
How long to you think it took Pickers producers to realize it would be a good idea to get the show's hot alterna-chick Danielle more screen time by having her go out and dig through peoples' belongings? Well, she's finally getting her chance this week, and we fully support the decision. Frank looks like he could use a snack break, anyway.
Wednesday, Dec. 15th
9:00 p.m. Mythbusters (Discovery)
It might not seem like it because they make things look pretty easy, but mythbusting's a tough gig. Those experiments have all kinds of moving parts both literally and figuratively, which means shit can get ugly, and fast. Luckily, like the pre-show warning says, they're experts and they know what they're doing. So what can we expect when the 'Busters bring Green Hornet star Seth Rogen (above) in to assist with a bust? No idea, but we're guessing either resulting superpowers or massive injury.
Also on Wednesday
10:00 p.m. Conan (TBS)
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros might look like a small band of crazy hillbillies, but we're digging their melodic sound lately and look forward to their appearance on Conan along with the always lovely Amy Adams and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters (who’s there to gab, not perform). Maybe he'll announce a Floyd reunion. Conan could always fill in for David Gilmour, right? We're not going to hold our breath, but we'll be glued to our screens just in case.
Thursday, Dec. 16th
10:00 p.m. Pranked ( MTV)
Remember before each episode of Jackass when MTV told the viewers not to submit videos of them doing stupid crap? It seems nary a single person followed those rules because MTV now has seasons' worth of nonsense on Pranked, a show filled with viewer-submitted practical jokes played on friends and family. This week's episode boasts someone getting hit with a bag of milk. Yeah, we want to see that. How do you get milk in a bag, anyway?
Saturday, Dec. 18th
10:00 p.m. Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2—The Stand-Up Special (HBO)
The comedic genius that brought us The Office and Extras (and a couple of great movies that tanked but really shouldn’t have) brings the funny to the States once again. We could list some of the topics Gervais will cover and skewer during the hour-long special, but does it really matter? He could riff on his brand of mic stand for 60 minutes and still have us braying like jackasses. (In a good way.)
THE SILVER LINING
Thursday, Dec. 16th
11:00 p.m. Cathouse (HBO)
Who couldn’t use another look at the inner workings of the world-famous Nevada whorehouse, the Moonlite Bunny Ranch? Oh HBO, you’re like that awesome older cousin who used to sneak us old nudie mags. This week's episode takes a look at the interview process for new working girls, which sounds ridiculous, fascinating and quite possibly downright boring, all at the same time. “What do you feel is your greatest weakness?” should generate some interesting responses…
NOT EVERYONE NEEDED A REALITY SHOW
What Would’ve Been Sunday, Dec. 19th
10:00, 10:30 p.m. The Hasselhoffs (A&E)
Sweet Christmas. Since when did a daughter video taping her drunk dad eating a cheeseburger off the floor become an audition tape for a reality show? Especially one in which the star now claims to be all about his family, yet episodes revolve around him discovering he's the villain in a commercial and double-booking events. These “stories” smack of scripted unreality, but what else do you expect from David Hasselhoff? Wait, what’s that you say? This series has already been canceled after airing a mere two episodes?! There is justice in the world…