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Herc’s Thursday TV Talkback!! Drone On Here About X FACTOR, BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD, BONES, MENTALIST, BURN, SUNNY, CHARLIE BROWN And More!!

Published at: Dec. 15, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!

ABC trots out "A Charlie Brown Christmas" again at 8 p.m.

Beavis and Butt-Head tonight visit a homesteading community in the year 1832.

The Mentalist tonight loses his memory – or maybe just pretends to lose his memory to fight crime. Robin Tunney is hot stuff.

“It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” which I’m assured is more than 600 times funnier than FX’s superb  “Louie” (though “Sunny” doesn’t get quite as much hoity-toidy Emmy recognition as “Louie”), airs its season finale tonight.

“The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” are on hiatus until at least January, but here are some deleted scenes from previous weeks to keep us warm over the long winter months:

Thursdays, Sept. 15-Dec. 8, 2011
(18-49 finals; repeats in grey; last week in parentheses)
4.6 (3.0) (3.3) (5.3) (5.3) (5.4) (4.6) (5.1) (4.6) (4.5) (4.9) (5.0) (2.5) Big Bang Theory
3.0 (2.3) (2.2) (3.6) (3.5) (3.7) (3.3) (3.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Rules of Engagement
2.9 (2.9) (---) (2.9) (3.0) (3.2) (2.9) (1.5) (3.3) (3.2) (3.5) (3.9) (1.4) The Office
2.9 (3.1) (---) (3.1) (3.3) (3.7) (---) (---) (3.7) (4.0) (3.9) (4.3) (---) The X Factor
2.8 (1.6) (1.7) (2.6) (2.0) (2.7) (2.7) (2.7) (2.8) (2.6) (2.7) (3.1) (---) Person of Interest
2.7 (1.6) (1.6) (2.5) (1.9) (2.9) (2.5) (2.5) (2.5) (2.7) (2.6) (2.8) (1.5) The Mentalist
2.6 (2.4) (4.1) (2.9) (2.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) NFLN Football
2.4 (2.8) (---) (2.7) (2.6) (3.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (1.0) Bones
1.9 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) AFH Videos
1.9 (1.9) (---) (1.9) (2.1) (2.1) (2.0) (1.1) (2.0) (2.3) (2.5) (3.3) (---) Whitney
1.9 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (2.3) Wipeout
1.8 (1.8) (---) (2.0) (1.8) (2.1) (1.8) (1.1) (2.1) (1.9) (2.1) (2.1) (---) Parks and Recreation
1.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Grimm
1.5 (1.7) (---) (1.6) (1.5) (1.7) (1.4) (0.9) (1.7) (1.5) (1.8) (1.7) (0.6) Community
1.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Great/Auction
1.0 (1.2) (---) (0.8) (1.0) (1.0) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Burn Notice
0.9 (1.0) (---) (0.8) (0.8) (1.1) (0.9) (0.9) (0.9) (1.1) (1.3) (1.2) (1.4) It’s Always Sunny
0.9 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (1.0) Beyond Scared Straight
0.9 (2.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Santa Claus/Coming
0.8 (0.9) (---) (1.0) (1.0) (1.1) (1.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Beavis and Butt-head
0.8 (---) (---) (0.6) (0.7) (---) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.8) Children’s Hospital
0.8 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Year Without Santa
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Cranberry Christmas
0.7 (0.5) (---) (0.5) (---) (0.6) (0.6) (0.7) (0.7) (---) (0.6) (---) (---) The First 48
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Frosty’s Winter
0.7 (0.7) (---) (0.6) (---) (0.7) (0.6) (0.7) (0.6) (0.9) (---) (---) (---) The League
0.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) NTSF:SD:SUV
0.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Real Housewives BH
0.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Miser Bros. Christmas
0.5 (0.5) (---) (0.5) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Braxton Values
0.5 (0.5) (0.3) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (---) Conan
0.5 (0.6) (---) (0.5) (---) (0.6) (0.5) (---) (0.3) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (---) Colbert Report
0.5 (0.8) (---) (0.6) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.4) (0.6) (---) (0.6) (0.6) Daily Show
0.5 (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (0.5) (0.8) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.6) Impact Wrestling
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Weed Wars
0.4 (0.4) (0.5) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Big Shrimpin’
0.4 (0.4) (---) (0.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Chef Hunter
0.4 (0.4) (---) (0.4) (---) (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (---) (0.5) Chopped
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Cupcake Wars
0.4 (---) (---) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) Swamp People
0.4 (0.4) (0.3) (---) (1.4) (1.6) (1.5) (1.4) (1.4) (1.2) (1.3) (1.2) (1.5) Vampire Diaries
0.3 (---) (---) (0.3) (---) (0.4) (0.3) (---) (0.3) (0.3) (---) (---) (0.4) House Hunters
0.3 (0.3) (0.2) (---) (0.8) (0.9) (0.9) (0.9) (0.8) (0.8) (1.0) (0.9) (1.3) Secret Circle
0.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.3) Selling New York
0.3 (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) World’s Dumbest


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  • odd.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    I like that Sunny has tried some different things this season

    by Truxton Spangler

    I also like Louie. Burn Notice also airs its season finale tonight. Jere Burns has helped draw some attention away from the monotony. But, as in all USA shows, no matter how they try to puff up the stakes and create tension, the cliffhangers always ring hollow. Just like most regular network TV.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Not a damn thing on Thursday nights.

    by Shermdawg

    Swamp People can't come back soon enough.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Also On TV tonight

    by David Riches

    There are new episodes of Rules Of Engagement, Bones, Person Of Interest, The Mentalist, and Prime Suspect. Then there is Katie Couric copying BabaWawa with her "The Year With Katie Couric" which may actually be a nice look back at the year that was. AMC is running the original "Miracle On 34th Street" which has been aired about 5 other times on other channels since American Thanksgiving but is still a timeless treasure and slowly becoming the new "It's A Wonderful Life". As well you could support your local Public Broadcasting station who are nearing the end of their latest Pledge drive with their "Thursday is Viewer's Choice Night" to see what many will ignore the rest of the year as too cultured. Or tonight could be the night to clear the DVR of stuff you have been meaning to watch all season long. So there is stuff on TV that is new and some that is good. The choice is as always your to make.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    If you are bored with the regular offerings . . .

    by Doc

    Netflix currently has The Stuff on instant queu. Now there is an 80's "classic".

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Howard Stern to join "America's Got Talent"

    by Toe Jam

    Horrible news, as now Howard will devote hours of each radio show to this new endeavor. Fuck.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Sunny...what happened this year?

    by Disgruntled_Chinaman

    With the exception of the hurricane episode, what the hell is going on this season?

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    The new Beavis and Butthead episodes are great!

    by Judge Briggs

    Hope the show gets renewed for another season!

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Christmas Media is making me Insane

    by Ines5

    Few People have Money to spend This Year and Some People have NO Money to spend at All! I sorry if I am attacking Anyone's Favorite Time of Year but Sadly That is The Hard Truth of 2011.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Terrific Season of Sunny, Some Real Classics Mixed In

    by Crow3711

    There are one two mild "misses" (Frank's Brother), but not one really "bad" episode, in my opinion, and I reserve judgement on last weeks episode until seeing the conclusion, but, on top of all that, there are multiple undeniably classic episodes this season, of which I could not have enjoyed more. "The Gang Gets Trapped" being, of course, the highlight, followed by "Frank's Pretty Woman" "Frank Reynolds Little Beauties" "CharDee MacDennis" "How Mac Got Fat" "Jersey Shore" and "ThunderGun Express" are all examples of some of my favorite episodes they've ever done. And Dennis Reynolds has solidified himself as one of the funniest and most complicated characters on tv, and Glenn Howerton one of the funniest and most dedicated actors. He blew my mind this season with the psychological implications of some of the things Dennis says and does. Its brilliance. RUM HAM!

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Mannheim Steamer Office

    by Himbo

    The MS airband on last week's The Office nearly killed me. And of course, I can't go anywhere this week w/o hearing Steamroller, and remembering.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Sunny good, but nowhere as good as The League.

    by 2for2true

    It's overtaken every other show to become the most consistently entertaining comedy on Thursday night. Nick Kroll is a comic god.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Community is still on tonight

    by SifoDyasJr

    Yeah, it's a rerun, but Community is great for multiple viewings. Also it would be nice for a rerun get get decent ratings. I think it's supposed to be Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas, which was a great one.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    RUM HAM!!

    by thelordofhell

    RUM HAM!!

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Sunny

    by Cpt. Arnoldo

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Sunny has jumped the shark

    by Cpt. Arnoldo

    This season is barely watchable...I own seasons 1-5 and can't even make it through the most recent episodes. End it. Luckily THE LEAGUE is picking up the slack

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    It's Never Funny in Philadelphia

    by Laserhead

    That's all.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    ABC trots out "A Charlie Brown Christmas" again at 8 p.m.

    by TopHat

    No. Actually its "ABC finally airs an unedited version of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" ...but, then edits "Christmas Tales" afterwards". They've been doing this for years; You either lose A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS for the PREP & LANDING bullshit, or, you lose CHRISTMAS TALES for annoying Target commercials. Merry Captialism, Charlie Brown!

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    THE LEAGUE

    by Rob

    Is fantastic.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Person of Interest

    by warren bishop

    What started out as an interesting concept has become another CBS 'by the numbers' police procedural. From a business standpoint, since their network gets such good ratings - it's hard to argue with their approach. As a viewer though, I virtually never watch anything on CBS because everything on their network is homogeneous, safe and really really bland. When I learned that Johnathan Nolan and Bad Robot were producing this show - I thought it might be different and made an exception. Since this is a Bad Robot production, I assumed that they'd be telling a larger, more interesting story - but so far - not so much. I'm just about to give up on it. Is anyone else watching this? Is it going to improve or will it be more of the same?

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    the League is the FUNNIEST show on TV

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    it took Communitys spot. only thing funnier is South Park ps: someone give "ravi" a show.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Have to agree about The League

    by Xiphos_2

    It is the most consistently funny show on TV right now. Jeff Goldblum as Ruxins father was inspired.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Sunny

    by vondamage

    I think it still has some very funny moments, Louie is ok, sometimes too PC preachy...Loving the new Beavis n Butthead.....heheheheheheh

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    you can't compare "Sunny" and "Louie"

    by tlyel37

    Sunny is, plot-wise, a much more complicated show. All the humor comes from the different characters interacting with each other and intertwined storylines and all the traditional sitcom stuff. Louie only really has one character. You're experiencing the world filtered through Louie, and the plots are much less simpler. Nothing seems forced, things just happen and Louie reacts, searching for humor in minutae. Both are great, hilarious shows.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Has Sunny ever been funny?

    by MST3KPIMP

    I catch the last couple minutes of the reruns before the daily show and it just seems like a bunch of people trying way too hard to be edgy and outrageous. Kinda sad

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    "Americas Got Talent"...

    by maxjohnson1971

    just got a new viewer!!

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Watching Community Re-runs

    by DougMcKenzie

    I spent tonight watching the whole season so far, and the three episode run from 62 (Studies in Modern Movement), 63 (Documentary Filmmaking: Redux), and 64 (Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism) is probably the worst section of the show ever. Since it was on the bubble to begin with then, they could not have picked a worse time, to slide.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Sunny and The League

    by mongo126

    Easily the best 1-2 comedy punch on TV right now.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    man

    by Bobby Brown

    dennis reynolds is taking a seriously steep nose-dive into serial killer territory. hope they keep following that thread next year; could be wery interesting. come back soon, sunny. ooh! the league.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Wow, Tina Fey's rack is looking good in that promo

    by OutsideChance

    Oops. That's Megan Mullally.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Person of Interest

    by Charles Calthrop

    I'm fine with it being more episodic, as long as they keep channeling the Equalizer/Vengeance Unlimited vibe. I find it much more entertaining than all the CSI/NCIS/L&O-style procedurals. And they had the lovely Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker) guest starring this week.

  • I simply cant get enough of her while watching the show.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Rashida Jones and Aubrey Plaza

    by Charles Calthrop

    I can't believe nobody's making lewd comments about the deleted scene where Ann hugs April. Pulling her close, pressing up against her... I'll be in my bunk.