By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
1:53 PM CST, December 16, 2013
The new year kicks off with new seasons of "Community," "Downton Abbey" and "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," the new ABC spy miniseries "The Assets" and a special "House of Lies Live!" improv special. These are your TV picks for Dec. 30 to Jan. 5.
Monday, Dec. 30
Being Human Season 3 marathon
7 a.m. Monday, Syfy
Catch up with the series about a ghost, a wolfman and a vampire who live together before Season 4 begins Jan. 13.
House of Lies Live!
Monday on sho.com and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Showtime
Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell perform long-form improv with Season 3 guest stars Lauren Lapkus, Ryan Gaul and Eugene Cordero at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.
Cake Boss Kick-Off Live
7 p.m. Monday, TLC
TLC airs a special "Cake Boss" event beginning at 7 p.m., with back-toback-episodes of the reality series premiering at 8 p.m., including on in which Buddy and the Carlo's Bakery team make a guitar-shaped cake for Willie Nelson's 80th birthday. At 9 p.m., a new episode of "Bakery Boss" airs.
8 p.m. Monday, TNT
When a used car lot schedules its year-end blowout sale, a bomber takes the literal meaning and blows up one of the owners.
Tuesday, Dec. 31
Twilight Zone marathon
7 a.m. Tuesday, Syfy (through 3:30 a.m. Jan. 1)
Watch about 50 episodes of the series while playing "Twilight Zone" trivia at facebook.com/Syfy and @Syfy on Twitter.
The Walking Dead marathon
8 a.m. Tuesday, AMC (through 4 a.m. Jan. 2)
Relive the horrors from the very beginning of Season 1 up to the latest episodes of Season 4. Great chance for newbies to catch up before the show returns in February.
The Mindy Project marathon
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Bravo
All 11 Season 2 episodes to date air back-to-back.
New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents 30 Greatest Women In Music
7 p.m. Tuesday, ABC
Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy and Fergie count 'em down.
New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin
8 p.m. Tuesday, CNN
Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin co-host CNN's annual coverage of New Year's Eve in Times Square for the seventh time. So nothing Griffin does will shock, right? Hmmm.
Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014
9 p.m. Tuesday, ABC
Ryan Seacrest spotlights the year's hottest artists, groups and songs.
New Year's Eve with Carson Daley
9 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, NBC
Carson Daly and co-host Jane Lynch are ringmasters as Mariah Carey and Blake Shelton perform. Natasha Leggero and Anthony Anderson guest in the annual broadcast from Times Square.
New Year's Eve Live
10 p.m. Tuesday, Fox
Mario Lopez hosts the celebration from Las Vegas with musical guests J. Cole, Krewella, New Politics and Panic! At The Disco. Fox also will report from the New Year’s Eve Ball drop in New York’s Times Square.
TeenNick Top 10: New Year’s Eve Countdown
10 p.m. Tuesday, Nickelodeon networks
Nick Cannon counts down 2013’s top music videos and introduces musical acts 4Count and Echosmith.
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014
10:30 p.m. Tuesday, ABC
Ryan Seacrest counts it down from Times Square.
Other New Year's Eve marathons:
8 a.m. "Doctor Who," BBC America
10 a.m. "The Fosters," ABC Family
6 p.m. "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," FXX; "Modern Family," USA; "Storage Wars," A&E
7 p.m. "Happy Endings," VH1
Wednesday, Jan. 1
8 p.m. Wednesday, Lifetime
Abby's back for a fourth season of yelling.
Kim of Queens
9 p.m. Wednesday, Lifetime
Pageant coach Kim Gravel makes polished winners out diamonds in the rough.
New Year's Day marathons:
3 a.m. "Law & Order: SVU," USA
5 a.m. "NCIS," USA; "Best Ink," Oxygen; Eminem takeover, FUSE
5:15 a.m. "Malcolm in the Middle," IFC
6 a.m. "Watch What Happens Live," Bravo
7 a.m. "Ancient Aliens," History; "Dance Moms" Lifetime
7:30 a.m. "Looney Toons," Cartoon Network
8 a.m. "Girlfriends," Centric; "The Tudors," BBC America
9 a.m. "Law and Order," WeTV
10 a.m. "Cops," Spike TV
10:30 a.m. "Futurama," Comedy Central
11 a.m. "Ravenswood," ABC Family; "Love That Girl" & "Everybody Hates Chris," TV One; "Cops Reloaded," CMT
noon "Dual Survival," Discovery Channel
1 p.m. "Burn Notice," ION
3 p.m. "Home Improvement," Hallmark Channel; "For Better or Worse," OWN
6 p.m. "Duck Dynasty," A&E
Thursday, Jan. 2
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
11 a.m. Thursday, Crackle & comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com
Tina Fey, Louis CK, Howard Stern, Jay Leno, Patton Oswalt and Todd Barry join Jerry Seinfeld cars and coffee houses during Season 3.
7 p.m. Thursday, NBC
Jeff Winger and the Greendale gang return to college to save it, or something like that.
9 p.m. Thursday, ABC
CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille search for a CIA mole during the Cold War in 1985. Based on true events, this eight-part miniseries focuses on notorious spy Aldrich Ames.
Friday, Jan. 3
Star Wars marathon
1 p.m. Friday, Spike TV
All the "Star Wars" movies, back to back.
Sex Sent Me to the ER
9 p.m. Friday, Discovery Fit & Health
A woman goes to the ER after experiencing a two-hour orgasm that won’t stop. Yes, this "Untold Stories of the ER" spin-off will tell some fascinating tales. Repeats air at 9 p.m. Saturdays on TLC.
Saturday, Jan. 4
7 p.m. Saturday, Discovery
Could Luke realy swing across the Death Star with Princess Leia on his back? In the season premiere, the team and guest Sophia Bush test the physics of “Star Wars.”
7 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime
Michelle Monaghan, Michael Keaton and Rena Sofer star in this made-for-TV thriller about a blind photojournalist stuck in a house with the man who killed her boyfriend.
10:30 p.m. Saturday, Adult Swim
Pompadour-wearing adventurer travels through space in search of never-before-seen aliens in this new anime airing as part of the Toonami block.
Sunday, Jan. 5
8 p.m. Sunday, PBS
After the shocking death of her husband, Lady Mary is in a bad way as Season 4 begins.
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