Yvonne Strahovski and Zachary Levi
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.
Here are Episodes 15-11. (Catch up with Episodes 25-21 and Episodes 20-16.)
Claire Danes, Damian Lewis
In selecting a top-10 list for this year in TV, I found myself focusing on shows that made noise. Not every show on this list is a niche critic's darling, although a few certainly are. Some have a more populist appeal, not that there's anything wrong with that. This may also help explain why there's no new representation from the dismal fall season we just endured. (I like Elementary, Nashville and The New Normal, and will miss Last Resort, but none jumped out as being particularly significant.)
If I had a second 10, I might have included...
Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
There was no Homeland-sized snub or Patrick J. Adams-esque shocker with the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations this year, but there were still some pleasant and unpleasant surprises among the pretty run-of-the-mill list. Check out our picks below and then tell us yours.
Claire Danes, Louis C.K.
Homeland and Louie are among AFI's top ten TV shows of 2012, the organization announced Monday, along with its top 10 films of the year.
Other TV series honorees included...
Louis C.K. took on a tough task hosting Saturday Night Live just days after Hurricane Sandy ripped through much of the show's home city. But from his opening monologue, the comedian wasted no time in addressing the disaster and then immediately (but also tastefully) poking fun at the city's residents.
"Today they turned the power back on which is great because we can go back to using way too much electricity, like insane amounts of electricity," he joked.
He may not have gotten the job as David Letterman's replacement, but Louis C.K. has been tapped for another big late-night gig: Saturday Night Live.
Louie is taking take an extended hiatus until 2014.
Emmy winner Louis C.K. — who writes, produces, stars in, directs and edits the show — requested the delay between the third and fourth seasons to ensure the show's quality continues to live up to its standards, he said in a conference call Tuesday, according to Variety.
Modern Family, Homeland and Game Change dominated Sunday's 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, each winning four awards, with the Showtime drama ending Mad Men's four-year reign as Best Drama Series.
Homeland also claimed the lead drama trophies for Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, and the ...
F. Murray Abraham
Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham is joining the cast of Homeland for Season 2, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Abraham will play Dar Adul, a brilliant operative from the CIA's Special Activities Division, on Showtime's terrorism drama, according to EW.
Jake Johnson, Maria Thayer
The one that got away is coming back into Nick's life on New Girl.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall's Maria Thayer has been cast to play Nick's college girlfriend, Amelia...