TV tonight: 'Dragons,' 'Gossip Girl,' '1600 Penn'
Posted December 16, 2012
DreamWorks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury
Fox, 8 ET/PT
When is a December holiday special not a Christmas special? When it's an extension of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise that follows the dragons as they make a sudden exit from the village of Berk, and just as the villagers were planning their big winter festival. Still, if you're unlikely to get an explicit Christmas message out of this unpreviewed holiday cartoon, it's almost certain some general seasonal themes (friendship, faith, forgiveness) will work their way in. Considering that not every TV viewer celebrates Christmas itself, let that be enough.
CW, 8 ET/PT
TV being a business, the networks are naturally prone to keep a show's business going as long as it's making them money. The downside of that for the shows themselves these days is that they often linger on way past their creative peaks and past any great public interest in their continued existence. So while there was a time when the last episode of Gossip Girl, and the revelation of the Girl's identity, would have been big TV news indeed, that time, alas, expired before tonight.
NBC, 9:30 ET/PT
NBC is giving a sneak peek to this upcoming mid-season series, a sweet, silly comedy that represents NBC's attempt to shift toward sitcoms with broader popular appeal. Whether the show or the shift works remains to be seen, but Penn is worth trying for the cast alone: a group that includes Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman and Josh Gad, who follows his Book of Mormon co-star and fellow Tony nominee Andrew Rannells to NBC.
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