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'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' and PopWatch Planner

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Dark Knight Rises
Ron Phillips

In a way, Batman is sort of like Santa Claus. He’s cloaked in mystery, sorts through the naughty and the nice at night, and has helpers who build his magnificent toys. Also — little known fact — the real Santa delivers his “Ho, ho, ho’s” in an Eastwoodian whisper. So it makes some sense that The Dark Knight Rises arrives on Blu-ray just in time for it to become the stocking stuffer of the holiday season. (Yeah, like you’re going to wait that long to watch it again.)

Check out what else this week has in store.

SUNDAY, Dec. 2

Boardwalk Empire season finale, HBO, 10 p.m.

Empire has demonstrated that it knows how to close. Every season, HBO’s gangster prohibition drama eases into the action, patiently setting up the game’s pieces during the first few episodes, before thundering towards an emotional climax. Expect more fireworks tonight.

MONDAY, Dec. 3

Led Zeppelin visits David Letterman, CBS, 11:35 p.m.

Zeppelin have routinely shot down reunion rumors, but the legendary band’s three surviving members — Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and Jimmy Page — visit The Late Show With David Letterman for a joint interview. They’re promoting their concert film, Celebration Day, and will likely leave their instruments at home. But you never know…


The Dark Knight Rises arrives on Blu-ray

The Dark Knight Rises was a summer blockbuster, not a Christmas movie. But there’s snow in Gotham this time around, a Grinch of sorts, and Michael Caine once played Ebenezer Scrooge, so… consider it a new holiday classic. Months after the movie’s release, the trailer still gives me chills:


The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, CBS, 10 p.m.

The Grammy Awards come to Nashville to announce their nominations in between live performances from Maroon 5, the Who, and Dierks Bentley, among others. Taylor Swift and LL Cool J are co-hosting; one of them can expect to hear her — or his! — name called a few times.


Andy Serkis visits Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central, 11 p.m.

Peter Jackson called Colbert the biggest Tolkien geek he’s ever met, and the faux pundit will prove it with an entire week dedicated to the upcoming movie, The Hobbit. Serkis’ appearance concludes a week of shows featuring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, and Jackson himself. Surely by Thursday we’ll learn if the rumors about a Colbert cameo in The Hobbit are true. How precious.

FRIDAY, Dec. 7

Hyde Park on Hudson in theaters

Bill Murray stars as President Franklin Roosevelt, hosting the wobbly new king of England at his bucolic upstate New York retreat while the sounds of war grow louder from Hitler’s Germany. The film is only opening in select theaters this weekend, but even if you have to wait a few more weeks for the movie to expand, be sure to catch Murray’s appearance on David Letterman from Thursday night. That’s bound to be a “fireside chat” worth watching and re-watching.


Saturday Night Live with Jamie Foxx, NBC, 11:30 p.m.

The former In Living Color star last hosted SNL 12 years ago, when he was promoting Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday. Since then, he’s won an Oscar, become one of Michael Mann’s go-to guys, and scared the crap out of Jason Sudeikis in Horrible Bosses. Oh, and he’s the star in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Christmas Day spectacular, Django Unchained. Ne-Yo is the musical guest.

SUNDAY, Dec. 9

The Amazing Race season finale, CBS, 8 p.m.

After messing with the bulls in Spain, the four teams race for the finish line in New York City.