As we face our first winter without the prospect of a new season of 24 and Lost to look forward to — and debate — here's my list (expanded somewhat from the magazine version) of the shows, and in some cases networks, that made 2010 a TV year to remember.
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On the morning that the Golden Globe nominations are announced, at 5:38 am PT, most people await the good news in their pajamas. But The Event's Blair Underwood woke up long before dawn to bring an early Christmas present to this year's nominees. Before he headed back to bed, TV Guide Magazine caught up with the fictional president about what's coming up when his show returns next spring.
Nobody needs a Christmas miracle more than All My Children's Kendall Hart (Alicia Minshew). She's about to receive one — but it's not the one she's hoping for. On the soap's December 27 episode, the Pine Valley heroine, still in deep mourning over the plane-crash death of her husband Zach (Thorsten Kaye), has a visit from Father Clarence, the magical, mystical priest who always appears on the show at holiday time to help those in need. (The terrific Malachy McCourt who played the role for many years had to bow out this time. He's replaced by Michael McCarthy).
Some furry red monsters have all the luck! Ellen Pompeo is the latest big-name celeb to make a playdate with Elmo, Sesame Street's forever 3-and-a-half-year-old Muppet. The Grey's Anatomy doc shows her silly side as she demonstrates habits that help keep kids shipshape.
"She knows a lot about being healthy," says Elmo — aka actor Kevin Clash, who spoke to TV Guide Magazine in character, of course — with his trademark giggle...
As Renee Walker on 24, Annie Wersching was all business — at least until a final, fateful clinch. But on tonight's episode of NCIS (8/7c, CBS), Wersching is only part business as Deputy DA Gail Walsh. Her character in the episode titled "False Witness" is "very ambitious and hardworking," says Wersching, "yet she also has some drive to get part of her personal life going. So she's interested to see if anyone at NCIS is a prospect"—like, specifically, Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly).
Since Wersching's only signed on for one episode...
After their whirlwind adventure around the world, Amazing Race 17 winners Nat Strand and Kat Chang visited TV Guide Magazine's Cubicle Confessions to share their craziest travel stories. The globetrotting duo reflect on being the first all-female team to win the Race, tough language barriers and learning to push through their fears to collect the million dollar prize. Check out our exclusive video interview after the jump...
Not again! The trouble-plagued city of Port Charles has seen many epic disasters in recent years — a killer virus, a towering inferno, colliding passenger trains — and now it's time to put the kiddies in some holiday jeopardy. ABC's General Hospital will kick off the new year by sending its young ones — ranging in age from tots to teenagers — on a Christmas vacation bus trip to snow country. That bus is forced to take an unplanned route due to weather trouble and will skid on black ice and flip over during the December 29 cliffhanger. When the show returns January 3, the bus will plummet down a steep ravine, thanks to some cool CGI tricks.
"Every once in a while we like to put the opera back in soap opera," says exec producer Jill Farren Phelps. "It's a dangerous and terrifying incident and the emotional ramifications will roll out for some time to come because this affects every family in town." Kids involved include...
How I Met Your Mother
OK, so the Saturday Night Live spoof of Oprah's Favorite Things will always be the champ, but How I Met Your Mother did a pretty winning riff on the salute to screaming excesses last night, too. In fact, one might say it was HYS-TER-I-CAAAAALLLLLLLL.
Inspired by Marshall and Lily's (almost) happy baby news and terrified that he wasn't doing anything important with his life, Barney decided to use his holiday bonus to gift the MacLaren's crowd with his favorite things. Bellowing a la O, he handed out velour tack suits, remote-controlled helicopters and condoms to the sort of fanfare usually reserved for a Harpo Studio full of volunteer workers being traumatized into incontinence by the annual bounty of freebies from the Queen...
All My Children
ABC's flagship soap All My Children hasn't had a new opening credits sequence in ages — in fact, not since Julie Hanan Carruthers took over as executive producer in the 2002-03 season. But a brand new opener is set to debut Wednesday, December 22. Gone are the archival scrapbook photos seen in the current credits, as well as images of David Canary (Adam) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), who have retired from the show, and James Mitchell (Palmer), who died early this year. That's not all that's missing: Carruthers decided to drop those stagey glamour shots of the AMC stars and replaced them with actual AMC clips for a fresher, more natural look. "The thought was to be more true to the characters and make their environments and lifestyles more specific in order to give the audience a window into Pine Valley," says Carruthers. TV Guide Magazine brings you this exclusive first look, after the jump...