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The Weekend Playlist: HBO's Family Tree, SNL Flips Its Wiig, Finales

Chris O'Dowd and Tom Bennett

It can't be easy to learn that one's ancestor is a literal horse's ass. But sad-sack Londoner Tom Chadwick takes such news in stride, again quite literally, as he acquires his great-grandfather's horse costume from a long-ago pantomime show, and after trying the rear end on for size, adds it to his collection of quirky family keepsakes.

HBO's droll-to-the-point-of-precious and occasionally delightful Family Tree (Sunday, 10:30/9:30c) follows Tom on an offbeat personal odyssey into his cloudy lineage. "In our clan, family is what disappears when you're not looking at it," says his retired dad, who keeps busy inventing useless objects like a fan for shoe trees. The dad is played by Michael McKean, who like the rest of the cast often talks directly into the camera, mock-documentary/improvisation style. The casting and the format are two of the more obvious signs that Tree is a Christopher Guest production.

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The Weekend Playlist: Maron on IFC, Diana Rigg on Doctor Who, Bletchley

Diana Rigg in Dr. Who (l), Game of Thrones(r)

"You're just not for everybody," comedic curmudgeon Marc Maron is told — by the more popular TV clown (at least among a comic-store backroom of Twitter nerds) Dave Foley, who plays a rather unflattering version of his real self, as does Maron, in IFC's new dark-side-of-laughter comedy series Maron (Friday, 10/9c). Sunnier than FX's Louie if only by virtue of being filmed in California, the sardonically squirm-inducing Maron alternates between slice-of-rant sitcom and self-obsessed podcast from the comedian's garage, where he vents on his unhappy personal life, his diarrhea-prone cats and his unruly, taunting Twitter following: "Who are these people? Don't they have lives?" You might well ask the same about Maron, although if he was happy (shades of Louie) there'd be no show.

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Happy Endings Boss on "Satisfying" Finale, Show's Future and the "Ultimate Kerkovich Alpha"

Eliza Coupe, Damon Wayans Jr., Elisha Cuthbert

Will Happy Endings get its happy ending and a Season 4 renewal?

That remains to be seen, but should you fail to "Save Happy Endings" like ABC wants you to, executive producer Jonathan Groff thinks they have crafted a Season 3 finale (Friday, 8/7c) for the kooky, GIF-tastic, ratings-challenged sitcom that would leave you, well, "happy." "Obviously, we want to go on, but if this is it, I don't think any Happy Endings fan would be disappointed," Groff tells TVGuide.com.

Fall TV 2013 Scorecard: Which shows are returning? Which aren't?

Find out what else you can expect from the back-to-back episodes, the latter of which features the wedding of Jane (Eliza Coupe) and Alex's (Elisha Cuthbert) heretofore unmentioned older sister Brooke (Stephanie March), what he really thinks of ABC's "Save Happy Endings" campaign, if USA will pick up the show and more.
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Thank God It's Friday...Happy Endings is Back!

Eliza Coupe, Zachary Knigthon

The grumbling you've been hearing for the past two months has been the unhappy Happy Endings fans who have been waiting for the comedy's return to ABC's schedule. Yes, it's now on Fridays at 8/7c and yes, like a Xela dress, a move like that can turn a good girl bad. But according to executive producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff, the show is coming back with a bunch of new episodes that are worth the wait. So spread the word, set your DVR, and tell your friends. Because it would totally sooook to lose this one now.

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Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Ed Begley Jr. Join Christopher Guest Series

Fred Willard

It's a reunion for Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Ed Begley Jr. who have all joined Christopher Guest's upcoming HBO series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Michael McKean Suffers Broken Leg After Being Hit by Car in Manhattan

Michael McKean

Laverne & Shirley star Michael McKean suffered a broken leg after being hit by a car while walking on a sidewalk in Manhattan Tuesday, the New York Post reports.

McKean, who is also known for his roles in This Is Spinal Tap and Best In Show, was struck at the corner of 86th and Broadway on the Upper West Side of Manhattan just before 3 p.m.
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Keck's Exclusives: Laverne and Shirley To Be Honored at TV Land Awards

Laverne & Shirley

Schlemeel. Schlemazel. Hasenfeffer, incorporated. Crack open a can of Shotz brew!

I'm excited to announce the first honoree for the upcoming 10th Annual TV Land Awards — The Fan Favorite Award will go to the iconic 1976-83 sitcom Laverne & Shirley. Accepting the award will be four cast members: Penny Marshall (Laverne), Cindy Williams (Shirley), David L. Lander (Squiggy) and Michael McKean (Lenny).

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Cheers & Jeers: SVU: Like Father, Like Son?

Micheal McKean

Cheers to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for a multigenerational tour de force from Michael McKean and Cameron Monaghan.

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Spinal Tap funnyman McKean turned in his scariest dramatic performance ever as a reality-TV producer who drugs and... read more

Exclusive: Miranda Lambert Previews Her "Nerve-Racking" SVU Acting Debut

Law & Order: SVU, Miranda Lambert

In her acting debut on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Miranda Lambert not only had to play a struggling artist desperate to make ends meet, but a timid one at that.

"I had to really pull from my gut on this whole role I was playing because I'm a very, strong confident person," the country star says, noting that she was portraying " a more subdued, naïve character" than herself. "I really had to really transform my personality which I wasn't sure I could do until I got on the set and sort of just tried to put... read more

Wednesday TV Overview: SVU, Idol Goes to Hollywood, Revenge Is Back, and More

Mariska Hargitay

One of the better things about a good episode of NBC's stalwart Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is that you can rarely tell where it's headed. Is tonight's cameo-heavy hour (10/9c) the latest condemnation of reality TV's sordid excesses? Sure looks that way at the start, as we encounter an especially slimy Michael McKean (relishing his repulsiveness) as the predatory producer of a crap-tastic train wreck titled Showgirls, featuring young hopefuls who would do "whatever it takes" to land the starring role in a Broadway musical. (No small irony this is airing the week of the all-important-to-NBC Smash premiere, where such things could never happen!) As he liquors up a nervous contestant for her "audition," he leers for her to "seduce the audience. Let them know you want this." Doesn't take a genius to know where this is going.

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