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TV Tonight: A Little Something For Everyone

Considering it's the Sunday before a major holiday, tonight's a pretty big one for TV. In addition to the Stephen Colbert Christmas special, Fox is pulling out all the stops for a special 24 event, and HBO bids a first-season farewell to a new hit drama.

24's movie, 24: Redemption, has been a long time coming. The show's been off the air seemingly forever, but it takes its first steps back with tonight's two-hour movie. The prequel to the show's upcoming seventh season picks up with Jack Bauer in Africa, battling an existential funk (and a government investigation) in the midst of a fictional country that's about to plunge into civil war. There's a conspiracy, of course, and a new administration in Washington, led by the show's first female president (Cherry Jones). By the end, I hope we'll have a sense of where 24 wants to go in the months ahead.

Meanwhile, I've also been totally captivated by HBO's True Blood, the Southern Gothic tale of vampires out of the closet brought to you by Alan Ball. The series received tepid reviews in the beginning (including from me), but now I don't miss an episode — and I'm not the only one. To read more about the finale and see a preview of both it and 24: Redemption, just


Over the course of this season, True Blood has become HBO's "most popular series since The Sopranos and Sex and the City." What started as a straightforward metaphor of vampires-as-persecuted-minorities has become something bigger, with a murder mystery haunting the town of Bon Temps and its complicated, well-drawn characters. Last week set us up with a big ol' clue about the murderer's identity, and I have my guesses, but I'm impressed enough with this show that I suspect the finale will have more twists than I could possibly predict.

Will you be watching any of these shows? Here are the previews:

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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
True Blood is amazing, sad to see it go for now.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
that's okay Buzz I hadn't finished all of episode 11 so now I'm totally thrown off! I'm in the middle of 12 right now!
Myst Myst 8 years
24 baby!!!!!! wohoo once January comes, my life will be complete :D
radarkitty radarkitty 8 years
It's about damn time! Jack's back! :woohoo: :love: :kiss:
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
amloveaffair - I can't speculate here because I don't want to be too spoilery so we'll chat after tonight!!
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Buzz who do you think the killer is? I can't watch tonight's episode until 11-ish because I don't have HBO but I think it might be Lafyatte!
siren6 siren6 8 years
I wait all week for True Blood. I'm going to be heartbroken when I don't have a new episode to look forward to!
angelinemarie angelinemarie 8 years
ohmy i actually lover her as a blond!
supertramp supertramp 8 years
yay. i love true blood. I'm rooting for Bill & Sookie. & i think the killer might be a cop or one of jason's friends to be honest.
annalisa annalisa 8 years
I don't want True Blood to end, it's too soon! I want to see more!
Melo-D Melo-D 8 years
24!!!! Wooooohooooooooo!!!! This loyal fan has been waiting for some Jack Bauer action!
pinkmystic pinkmystic 8 years
:-) I'm so happy the season finally of True Blood is today!! Finals are coming and I should really concentrate on my work...
pinkmystic pinkmystic 8 years
:-) I'm so happy the season finally of True Blood is today!! Finals are coming and I should really concentrate on my work...
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I love true blood! The books that it's based on are SOO GOOD!! So fun to read!! I can't wait for Sunday!! Anyone interested we have a True Blood group on here that talks about the episodes each week! BEst show!!!
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Crap! I just started watching True Blood yesterday!
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