Chyler Leigh and Eric Dane
Deaths! Interrogations! Plane crashes! Breakups! Weddings! Catfights! Sex dreams! TV had it all this year. From Desperate Housewives' fitting farewell to Fringe's powerful flash-forward, 2012 served up some remarkable hours of television, and we've assembled the top 25 episodes. Which ones made the cut? Tune in all week to see the full list.
What were the best TV shows of 2012?
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Kenan Thompson may be ready for primetime. NBC and Lorne Michaels are developing a comedy script that would serve as a starring vehicle for the Saturday Night Live cast member.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
One of this fall's big programming events wasn't actually broadcast on TV. Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a live-action series geared toward the launch of the new Xbox 360 video game, has become a hit for YouTube, where it runs on the young male-oriented Machinima Prime channel.
YouTube is taking on the traditional TV model in a big way, with the help of major stars, original programs like Halo 4 and big events like Felix Baumgartner's space jump, which broke YouTube user records on Oct. 14. A year after YouTube parent Google unleashed an aggressive $100 million initiative to launch around 100 original programming channels (and committed $200 million to market the channels), viewership on the platform was up 11 percent year-to-year in September.
It's a slow build, and so far YouTube's original programming initiative hasn't produced a hit that was big enough to enter the public consciousness. But according to newly released comScore data, YouTube users spent an average of 419.1 minutes watching video in September, compared to 378 minutes in Sept. 2011.
Will Arnett, Christina Applegate
NBC may be on the rise this season, but comedy — traditionally one of the network's strong suits — hasn't played much of a role in its recovery. Freshman half-hour Go On is showing promise, but NBC's Thursday night block, once the home to "Must See TV," now limps along.
That's why execs are taking a long, hard look at its comedy brand to decide in what direction to steer the laughs next year. NBC introduced the new slogan "We Peacock Comedy" this fall, but what kind of comedy does NBC actually "Peacock"?<
Christina Applegate, Will Arnett
NBC's Up All Night will halt production next week and return next spring as a multi-camera comedy filmed in front of a live audience, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
The show will take a three-month break after wrapping production on its 11th episode next week, in order to convert the stage and set to the new format, NBC said Monday. The existing episodes will air into December, and production will resume in February.
Move over, Fred Armisen: There's a new Barack Obama in town.
Featured player Jay Pharoah will be taking over doing the impressions of the POTUS on Saturday Night Live this season, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharoah debuts Obama impression
Pharoah, who joined the show in 2010, has...
Seth Meyers and Lorne Michaels
Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers and Lorne Michaels are teaming up to produce a comedy about two brothers for NBC's 2013-14 season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Also on board is Meyers' younger brother, Josh Meyers, and The Colbert Report's Peter Grosz. The trio will act as writers and executive producers for the untitled project. Michaels will also executive-produce.
Jimmy Fallon is in talks to host the 2013 Academy Awards, with his former Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels producing the broadcast, according to the Los Angeles Times.
But executives from ABC, which broadcasts the Oscars, are not happy about the choice, the paper says. The reason? Fallon's late-night talk show, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, which is also produced by Michaels, airs on rival network NBC.
Tom Davis, who was one of the original writers for Saturday Night Live and the longtime partner of comic Al Franken has died, The New York Times reports. He was 59.
Davis died in his home in Hudson, N.Y. after battling...
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas
30 Rock star Alec Baldwin married Hilaria Thomas Saturday in New York City, People reports.
Baldwin, 54, and Thomas, 28, exchanged "I do's" at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in front of guests including...