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The TV wasteland continues, but at least we have The Comeback

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, December 28th. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

The Comeback (HBO, 10 p.m.): It’s been a long, weird road for both Valerie Cherish and the show within a show within a show that made her an icon. The Comeback‘s abbreviated first season seemed destined to linger on lists like our own “One Season Wonders” until HBO realized the mock reality series was less prescient now than wholly relevant and revived it for a second season. We’re not sure what’s going to happen to it next, but we hope tonight’s second season finale isn’t another series finale after all.


Also noted

A&E Special: The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables (A&E, 12 and 1 p.m.): As winter deepens and awards season begins, we brace ourselves for the deluge of retrospectives, publicity junkets, and behind the scenes anecdotes (celebrities love and prank each other sometimes, unless they’re in a drama, in which case they’re appreciating this great gift of a role). While you can see The Hollywood Reporter series highlighting performances The Hollywood Reporter found noteworthy online, A&E will also be airing the roundtables for the actors and actresses.

The Great British Baking Show: Cake (PBS, 8 p.m.): The popular British cooking show bent on positivity makes its way across the pond to our shores, where we can watch reality television and pretend like it’s intellectual, because it’s on PBS and they have British accents.

Nanny Cam (9 p.m., Lifetime): In case you were wondering whether post-holiday TV really is as desolate a hellscape as you thought it might be, here is a new Lifetime Original movie entitled “Nanny Cam.”


What else is on?

The aforementioned Desolate TV Hellscape, in ascending order of horror:

Cutthroat Kitchen: The Cone Ranger (Food Network, 10 p.m.):

Spy World: Hunting Hezbollah’s Phantom, Nazis in New York, Mole in a Blanket (Travel Channel, 9 p.m.)


Undercover Boss: Bikini Sports Bar & Grill (CBS, 8:30 p.m.)

TLC Special: Sidehugs to Happily Ever Afters: TLC’s Year of Love (TLC, 10 p.m.)

90 Day Fiance: The Couples Tell All (TLC, 9 p.m.)

Hawaii Life: A Yogi And Her Chef Partner Search for a Peaceful Retreat in the Puna District on the Big Island (HGTV, 8:30 p.m.)


But okay, also:

There is a Harry Potter movie marathon going all day on ABC Family, and Sunday Night Football has Cinnicinati taking on Pittsburgh.


But seriously:

Hawaii Life: A Yogi And Her Chef Partner Search for a Peaceful Retreat in the Puna District on the Big Island (HGTV, 8:30 p.m.): Desolate. TV. Hellscape.


In case you missed it

Mozart In the Jungle (Amazon): As much of TV Club takes a break for relaxation or whatever, Vikram Murthi’s coverage of Amazon’s latest continues apace.


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