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The 2009 Holiday Marathon and Specials Roundup

When you're exhausted from family time, wrapping paper, and dirty dishes, there's nothing like a good TV marathon or holiday special to give yourself a break. Check out our roundup of what to watch this holiday season (all times ET/PT unless otherwise noted: To Read More Click Here .

Bones: Will Zooey Deschanel Return?

Seeing how a double shot of Deschanels gave a boost to the ratings of Bones, it's not hard to imagine Zooey Deschanel returning to the procedural drama in the future. Last week's episode, "The Goop on the Girl," featured a guest appearance by Emily Deschanel's sister as Brennan's cousin Margaret--- which attracted 10.8 million viewers according to Nielsen's estimates. "We'd love to have you back any time," Emily Deschanel tells sister Zooey, who was quite unsure if she's ever going to return on Bones, in an interview with journalists. "I think it is open-ended and it's open-ended for a reason. It took us five seasons to figure out when Zooey could come on the show so it may take another five seasons for her to come back!" "We're so happy it worked out. It was something we have been trying to do from the beginning, it's just scheduling that is hard," added the Bones star, referring to the years of fans' pleading to get her and Zooey on the same screen. For now, though, Emily and Zooey, who is mostly busy with movie projects, including the upcoming comedy Your Highness, are content at doing their own thing as it gives them the chance to be admire each other's work. "We don't have anything lined up. Besides this experience, we have our own relationship that has nothing to do with business," the Bones star said. "We can be supportive but we don't have to work together." "It was so much fun to do Bones, but in a lot of ways it's just nice that I can stand back and see Emily and be proud of her without having to be in business. I just feel like it makes more sense for us to both have our own things that we do," Zooey added. Source Here

Bones: Preview of Episode 5.10 "The Goop on the Girl"

Family gatherings are always awkward and reunions on Bones are no different. Tonight, we finally meet Brennan's second cousin, Margaret, played by Emily Deschanel's real life sister Zooey Deschanel, and interestingly we get to spend the holidays with the whole Jeffersonian team. In "The Good on the Girl," the 10th episode of Bones' fifth season, Brennan's plans to spend Christmas in El Salvador are thwarted when her father (guest star Ryan O'Neal) convinces her to spend the holidays with him and newly discovered distant relative Margaret Whitesell. Unfortunately, this leads to an awkward first meeting between Brennan and Margaret, who apparently is a Benjamin Franklin expert. Meanwhile, the team investigates the case of a man dressed as Santa Claus who blows himself up during a botched bank robbery. Booth and Brennan work to identify the bomber and determine his motives. Source & Preview

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 - Featured

* CSI : Crime Scene Investigation (9/8c CBS) Nick, Greg and Hodges plan a special birthday outing for Henry (Jon Wellner), the lab's toxicologist, but their joy ride to obscure eatery Harry's Hog Hideout turns a bit more adventurous than they envisioned. At the rundown restaurant the guys uncover a body, a squirrelly raccoon, and some loco locals. * Bones (8/7c Fox) It's a family affair on tonight's episode when singer-actress Zooey Deschanel, Emily's younger sister, guest stars as Brennan's second cousin, Margaret. Margaret, who possesses a peculiar fascination with Ben Franklin, drops in out of the blue for Christmas, but since the distant relatives don't exactly hit it off, it wouldn't be surprising if Brennan turns to a "Poor Richard's" quote of her own: Fish and visitors smell in three days. Ryan O'Neal also guest stars as Brennan's father, Max. * The Jeff Dunham Show (9/8c Comedy Central ) Good ol' boy Bubba J may think he's got his drinking under control, but since it's really Jeff calling the shots, tonight's first-season finale finds our favorite pickled puppet trying to dry out with rehab expert Dr. Drew. Meanwhile, Achmed tries to bolster his ranks at a job fair, Peanut gets dating tips from a pick-up artist, and Walter apologizes to his wife for things he hasn't done - yet. * 30 Rock (9:30/8:30c NBC) It's Christmas at Rockefeller Center, and it might be Jack who receives the greatest gift of all. The tampering network exec fumbles around a new social-networking site, only to chance upon a former high-school flame (Julianne Moore). We then turn to Kenneth - the page who's all the rage - but there aren't many ho-ho-hos for him when he struggles to organize a holiday gift swap. In other holiday happenings, Liz sets out to buy a gift for the finicky Jack; and an aghast Jenna must share her yearly holiday solo performance. * It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10/9c FX ) Our sunny Philadelphians conclude their fifth season by doing one of the things they do best: drink to excess. It seems that they have been allowed to enter the City of Brotherly Love's flip-cup beer-drinking tournament (the Flipadelphia) after having been banned from it for 10 years. (One can only imagine why.) Unfortunately, their old rivals won't be competing. They have grown up. Guest stars include "Damages" murder victim Noah Bean and "Prison Break" alum Marshall Allman. Source Here

Interview with Emily and Zooey Deschanel of 'Bones'

Other than a passionate Booth and Bones kiss, Bones fans have looked forward to few things more than the possibility of Emily Deschanel's sister and fellow actress Zooey guest starring on the show. We may still be waiting on a Booth and Bones kiss, but the wait is over when it comes to Zooey guest starring. Zooey will be joining big sister Emily this Thursday on Bones' annual Holiday episode, "The Goop on the Girl." I had a chance to chat with both Emily and Zooey during a conference call about working together, their childhood Christmases, and more. The two are definitely sisters, Zooey and Emily spent the majority of the interview taking over each other, laughing at each other, and sounding virtually identical. It was difficult to keep them straight, but an absolute delight to listen to. Behold, the most adorable interview ever. To Read More Click Here .

Thursday Ratings: Fringe Improves, FlashForward Takes a Tumble - Featured

Fringe pulled in its highest ratings since the season premiere, according to early Nielsen estimates. The supernatural Fox procedural pulled in 6.9 million viewers and climbed in the adults 18-to-49-demo. Its lead-in, Bones (9.9 million viewers) was also way up compared to the last several weeks. Conversely, FlashForward 's final episode before a just-announced long hiatus slipped 8 percent in the demo to a new series low and pulled in 7.3 million viewers. ABC rebounded, however, with a two-hour Private Practice , which averaged 9.5 million viewers and helped ABC tie with CBS to win the night. CBS was led by a typically solid performance from Survivor: Samoa (12.8 million viewers), the night's most-watched show. Repeats of CSI and The Mentalist pulled in 9.9 million viewers and 10.7 million viewers, respectively. All of the NBC comedies improved, but The Office (8.1 million viewers) was up 11 percent and was the night's highest-rated show in the demo overall. Source: - Ratings: Fringe Improves, FlashForward Takes a Tumble

'Bones' 5.10 Preview: Zooey Deschanel, Naked Booth and More

Brennan literally undresses Booth when his clothes become an evidence. Next week on "Bones", when a man dressed as Santa Claus blows himself up during a botched bank robbery, Brennan and Booth work to identify the bomber and determine his motives. In the episode that celebrates the holiday spirit, "Bones" will welcome Zooey Deschanel aka the real-life sister of Emily Deschanel as a guest star. Brennan makes plans to spend Christmas in El Salvador, but her father (guest star Ryan O'Neal) convinces her to spend the holidays with him and Margaret Whitesell (Zooey), a newly discovered distant relative. "The Goop on the Girl" airs on December 10 as the last episode of this year. The show makes a return with new original episodes on January 14 being the lead of "Fringe". Later on February 18, "Bones" will change partner to "Past Life" before "Fringe" comes back on April 1. Source & Preview

Sneak Peek - Bones 5.09 "The Gamer in the Grease"

I'm currently watching this episode (which won't be airing in the US until December 3rd suckers!) and I can tell you that the sneak peek that FOX has released, which is posted below, features the single most disgusting body I have ever had the displeasure of seeing on this show. So enjoy! BRENNAN AND BOOTH PLAY TO WIN ON AN ALL-NEW 'BONES' ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, ON FOX Joel David Moore ('Avatar') Guest-Stars When the remains of a competitive gamer are discovered in a grease truck, Brennan and Booth are called to investigate the case. The victim, Steve Rifton, is the only active player known in the gaming community to have received a perfect score on a famous video game. Steve turned his success into a lucrative partnership with a gaming referee and charged fans to play on the very machine that gave him the perfect score. But between sour business deals and bitter competitors, the team at the Jeffersonian must work to narrow down the many suspects with motive for ending Rifton's reign as gaming king. Meanwhile, Hodgins, Sweets and Jeffersonian intern Colin Fischer (guest star Moore) take turns camping out for tickets to a movie premiere in the all-new 'The Gamer in the Grease' episode of BONES airing Thursday, Dec. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BON-509) (TV-14 D, L) Source & Preview

Bones: Preview Episode 5.9 "The Gamer in the Grease"

It's game on for Booth and Brennan. After two painstaking weeks, Bones returns tonight with a case that takes our favorite dynamic duo to strange new world--- a world that forces them to become freaks and fanatics in order to solve the mystery that is "The Gamer in the Grease." Brennan and Booth are called to investigate the remains of a competitive gamer discovered in a grease truck, and they eventually learn that the victim, Steve Rifton, is the only active player known in the gaming community to have received a perfect score on a famous video game. A little side note: Bones creator Hart Hanson reveals that they had to design their own retro game called Punky Pong, which you can see and play for yourself when the game is posted on FOX's website after the episode airs. Going into the episode, we learn that Steve turned his success into a profitable business with a gaming referee and charged fans to play on the very machine that gave him the perfect score. Now, the Jeffersonian teams must narrow down the many suspects with motive for ending Rifton's reign as gaming king, while looking into sour business deals and bitter competitors. Quite fittingly, this episode also finds Hodgins, Sweets and Jeffersonian intern Colin Fischer (guest star Joel David Moore) as they take turns camping out for the movie premiere of Avatar, which is set in a virtual reality world that co-stars Bones recurring player Moore as an on-ship technician overseeing avatar transference. "The studio wanted us to do some kind of cross-over," producer Stephen Nathan explained to us. "So we designed a whole story that kicks off with Sweets [John Francis Daley] meeting a girl in a movie line." Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 - Featured

* Bones (8/7c Fox) Since Zack's departure, the revolving nature of the Jeffersonian's interns don't always merit a second look. But keep an eye out for Joel David Moore when his character, lab assistant Colin Fisher, camps out for movie tickets with Sweets and Hodgins. It just so happens the film they're dying to see, James Cameron's upcoming sci-fi epic Avatar, includes Moore as one of its costars. Speaking of virtual reality, Brennan and Booth investigate the video-arcade scene when it's "game over" for a star player. * FlashForward (8/7c ABC) What if a confession was made and nobody listened? Or if everyone laughed? Those are two possible outcomes tonight, as Lloyd tries to come clean about his and Simon's possible role in the blackout. In other events, Mark and Demetri head to Hong Kong to find the woman who told Demetri the specifics of his death, and Zoey learns what her flash-forward means. * Private Practice (9/8c ABC) Last time, we met Addison's rich father (Stephen Collins) and learned that he's a cad. In the first part of tonight's two-hour episode, he acts like one, and it hits home. And if that's not enough dysfunction for one family, Addison's mom (JoBeth Williams) turns up in the second hour and divulges a family secret that no one wants to know. Meanwhile, Sam and Naomi realize that their little Maya isn't as little as they'd like her to be, and Dell and Heather's warm-and-fuzzies come to an explosive end. * 30 Rock (9:30/8:30c NBC) Look who's talking. It's Liz, and she gets down to biz when production finally gets underway on her brand-new talk show, Dealbreakers. But she'll be taking a talk on the wild side when meddlesome and nettlesome Jack, while tangling with nemesis Devin Banks (Will Arnett), schemes to make her program a runaway hit. In other developments, Rock star Tracy tries to prove his love to his wife (Sherri Shepherd) by participating in the ultimate Hollywood challenge. * It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10/9c FX ) If it's always sunny in Philadelphia, why does M. Night Shyamalan live in the area? It's a question you might want to ponder tonight, when Dee lands a role in a Shyamalan film on genocide in the former Yugoslavia. Actually, Dee's an extra, but she doesn't realize that until the assistant director starts treating her like dirt. As for Shyamalan himself, the Philadelphia-based horror maven is nowhere to be seen. He's gotta have too much sense to make a cameo on a sitcom. Source Here