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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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20 Wishes For TV This Holiday Season

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for wishes to come true.

As the holidays are upon us, we’re making lists and checking them twice, raiding stores for sales and keeping our fingers crossed for the perfect present.

I like to think I’ve been a good TV watcher this year, so hopefully all of my TV wishes will be fulfilled. I may be a little greedy, but they’re worthwhile — I promise.

So sit back with some fruit cake, latkes or what have you, and take a look at my 20 TV wishes this holiday season.

20. ABC’s Nashville keeps producing such hits as “Wrong Song” and “If I Didn’t Know Better.” Music producer T Bone Burnett is a gift to TV.

19. ABC’s Suburgatory gets more attention for its improved second season. Malin Akerman, who plays Tessa’s (Jane Levy) mom, is welcome back anytime she wants, for that matter.

18. The new season of Fox’s American Idol shakes things up aside from hiring new judges Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. As much as I like the most recent winners, it’s time for one that doesn’t fall under the “guy with a guitar” category.

17. Despite low ratings, ABC’s Don’t Trust The B—- in Apt. 23 gets another season at the alphabet network. If not, then I hope the cast, especially lead Krysten Ritter, can find other projects worthy of their talents.

16. CBS’s The Good Wife recovers from its Nick (Marc Warren) and Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) plot and spices up as the gubernatorial election winds down. Maura Tierney and Matthew Perry are wonderfully evil as Peter’s (Chris Noth) competitors.

15. Fox’s The Mindy Project finds its footing and turns into the comedy I know it can be. A new theme song would probably be the best place to start.

14. The CW’s The Vampire Diaries forgets the siring storyline and gives us a legitimate romance between Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev). I’m not the biggest Damon fan, but we’ve waited three seasons for this — it’s time to stop messing around and get down to business.

13. The second season of HBO’s Girls turns out to be just as fun and promising as its trailer. Anything could happen, right?

12. AMC’s The Walking Dead continues to shock and awe when it returns in February. Maybe the cat of Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, can make a cameo?

11. The under-watched but beloved Fox’s Fringe and NBC’s 30 Rock end their series runs in satisfying ways. Fringe concludes Jan. 18, whereas 30 Rock wraps up Jan. 31.

10. The first season of Fox’s new drama The Following is as fantastic as its pilot and finds ratings success. If it does well, maybe NBC will finally set a premiere date for its similarly eerie drama Hannibal.

9. ABC’s Revenge gets back to the basics. Remember that show about an angry woman with a red marker and the upper hand? I really miss it. Also, more Emily (Emily VanCamp) and Nolan (Gabriel Mann) scenes, please.

8. NBC’s Parenthood receives a fifth season renewal following a fantastic year. Monica Potter has blown me away with every episode, and there’s no other drama on TV that tackles the joys and struggles of family life with such grace.

7. TBS’s Cougar Town keeps the same wacky, hilarious tone despite a change in network and showrunner. Penny Can!

6. Dan Stevens decides to not leave Masterpiece Theatre’s Downton Abbey, as has been rumored. Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) cannot be without Matthew Crawley (Stevens) — I and many middle-aged women won’t accept it.

5. NBC’s Community returns Feb. 7  and is just as crazy and amazing as when creator Dan Harmon oversaw it. #sixseasonsandamovie.

4. CBS’s How I Met Your Mother solves the titular mystery and wraps up this year. I love the comedy, but this season is further proof of how stretched the premise is getting. Let’s make a gentleman’s agreement to end on a high note — huzzah!

3. Showtime’s Homeland concludes its second season with a smart twist that no one sees coming. I’m still undecided if Brody (Damian Lewis) can or should live, but I’d love to see another sad Chris (Jackson Pace) moment.

2. Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) have the most perfect, tear-inducing and nerdy wedding ever on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Can Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) please officiate?

1. The world doesn’t end Dec. 21 because I’d really like to see how AMC’s Breaking Bad ends (Is that okay with you, Mayans?!).

What are your TV wishes? Did I miss any of your favorite shows? Let me know!

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