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With December upon us the only TV I really care about is catching A Garfield Christmas at some point and probably getting misty eyed.

Odie makes him a backscratcher. It gets me every time.

Aside from adorable Christmas specials, winter is also a time for the miniseries, and 2013 is no exception, with the two-part retelling of Bonnie & Clyde airing on A&E, Lifetime and History on Dec. 8 and 9.

With a cast including William Hurt, Holly Hunter and Emile Hirsch, I’m excited, although Arthur Penn’s 1967 film of the same name is hardly in need of an update. And the multi-network approach is a pretty neat idea.

There are a few new shows which are doing rather well. Against all odds, and my predictions, Sleepy Hollow, the modern day Det. Ichabod Crane series, is one of the first to get picked up for a second season.

Luckily, the fact Masters of Sex has also had a second season ordered perhaps balances that out.

Under the category of good news, The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Blacklist, all enjoyable shows, all have full season orders, which is a good start.

Also picked up for a full season, inexplicably: Dads. Nobody seems to like this show, yet it remains on air. Baffling.

Other shows with full season orders include Agents of SHIELD, The Crazy Ones, The Millers and Mom.

Shows to hit the old chopping block so far are ABC’s Lucky 7 and Back in the Game (which will air the remaining episodes), CBS’ We Are Men (I watched one of the two aired episodes, it was pretty mundane) and NBC’s Ironside and Welcome to the Family. More are sure to follow.

Turning to the web, if you’re like me, the only thing you enjoy as much as video programming in the winter is craft beer. Well, luckily the two have joined forces in the San Francisco-based Brew Age web series focusing on the best in home and craft brewing in the Bay Area.

Sure, we may not be able to go out and taste the tipples they tackle, but for anyone interested in the process and spirit behind a proper pint, the beautifully-filmed shorts are delicious. Check out brew-age.com.

And if anyone is looking to get me a Christmas present, a homemade backscratcher would be lovely.

TV on DVD

Breaking Bad, Final Season - Nov. 26

Justified, Season 4 - Dec. 1

 

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