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Friends Isn’t the Only Goodie Coming to Netflix This January

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In this handout photo provided by NBC, the cast of "Friends", actors Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox-Arquette, David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston sat down with Jay Leno for a special "Tonight Show," on the set of Central Perk Getty Images—Getty Images

Mean Girls also headed to a laptop screen near you

Netflix will begin streaming Friends in all of its 236 episode glory starting Jan. 1 — but that’s not the only new treat to be coming to the service in the new year.

Netflix released a list of its biggest films and TV shows that will be coming to a laptop screen near you:

Jan. 1
101 Dalmatians
Bad Boys 2
Bruce Almighty
Cast Away
(season 3)
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
The French Connection

Fort Bliss
Mean Girls
Shall We Dance
To Be Takei
Wayne’s World 2

MORE: Netflix Wants New Original Content Every Three Weeks

Jan. 3
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
White Collar (season 5)

Jan. 8
Psych (season 8)

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Jan. 9
Z Nation (season 1)

Jan. 16
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Jan. 28

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Criminal Minds Gets a New Spinoff

Jennifer Love Hewitt as Kate Callahan and Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan in the "Amelia Porter" episode of Criminal Minds on Dec. 10, 2014. CBS Photo Archive—CBS via Getty Images

The new spinoff will focus on FBI agents helping American citizens in trouble abroad

CBS is once again looking to spin off one of its major crime drama franchises: EW has learned that Criminal Minds will have a new planted spinoff episode later this season.

The as-yet-untitled project focuses on a “division of the FBI that helps American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad.” We’re told the show is likely to have an entirely different cast than the original series, which is on its 10th year, but sources say that factor has yet to be determined.

Adding a more international angle to the series makes sense in light of the recent success NBC has had with global thriller The Blacklist, and Showtime with its acclaimed overseas-set current fourth season of Homeland.

CBS will shoot the spin-off pilot in February and will air the episode in the Criminal Minds slot later this season. Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer will write the pilot, with Messer, Mark Gordon, and Nick Pepper serving as executive producers.

Unlike the sprawling CSI and NCIS franchises, the FBI-based Minds has proved trickier to expand. In 2011, CBS launched another spinoff attempt, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, which had a single short-lived season.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.

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Here’s What Critics Said About The Colbert Report When It Premiered

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When skepticism gave way to praise

When The Colbert Report began it’s nearly decade-long run in 2005—the show rolls its final credits on Dec. 18—viewers and critics were excited but nervous. Colbert’s blowhard persona had been a mainstay of The Daily Show, but many worried that, given a whole half-hour to anchor, the character would grow tiresome.

Even in the first few weeks, the jury was out.

“Unfortunately, in just two weeks on the air, this half-hour spoof of a no-spin-zone type show has already stretched Colbert’s character and the artifice that supports it past its natural breaking point,” wrote USA Today. “Colbert was an invaluable part of the Daily Show, but as the whole show, he’s not enough and too much simultaneously.” And New York magazine decided that one of Colbert’s rivals at Comedy Central, David Spade’s The Showbiz Show, was the better of the two. The Colbert Report, wrote critic Adam Sternbergh, “has problems so intrinsic as to be potentially unfixable.” (The Showbiz Show ended in 2007.) Even critics who liked the show, like Heather Havrilesky at Salon, found the show “foolish, bizarre, idiotic fun,” mostly interesting in regards to his characters spoof of Bill O’Reilly.

Still, when the consensus emerged, it was one that stuck: The show was great. “[H]e packs more wit and acid commentary in 22 minutes of his one-man show than multiple skits by the entire cast of ‘SNL,’” declared The New York Times, and the The Los Angeles Times said that “Colbert, with his young Republican haircut and dead-serious eyes, is a terrifically artful speaker; there may be no better reader of writing on TV than him.”

TIME’s James Poniewozik concurred:

Many people, Colbert included, were worried that that guy would be too much to take for 30 minutes. (Then again, people blow a full hour on Bill O’Reilly.) But Colbert inhabits his pose so lustily–“I’ve just swallowed 20 condoms full of truth, and I’m smuggling them across the border!”–that his glee is infectious. Like the band Weezer or The O.C.‘s Seth Cohen, he is in the grand modern tradition of the swaggering nerd.

And here’s another reason to swagger: His legions of fans would say that the question of whether he’s too much to take—for 11 seasons, much less 30 minutes—seems as “foolish, bizarre, idiotic” as the character to whom they’re saying good-bye.

Read James Poniewozik’s full Nov. 14, 2005, piece on The Colbert Report: The American Bald Ego

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Ashon Kutcher Hints Charlie Sheen Will Return for Two and a Half Men Finale

He said nothing to Ellen Degeneres—but his horrible poker face suggested yes

The CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men won’t end until February of next year, but star Ashton Kutcher may have already given away some of the series finale’s plot.

During an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Kutcher revealed that while the show hasn’t filmed its final episode, he has been pitched the plot and is “a little terrified.”

The actor squirmed and was left speechless when Degeneres asked whether the finale would involve the return of former star Charlie Sheen, whose character was killed off in the beginning of season nine after Sheen was fired from the show. When Degeneres concluded from his reaction that his return was in fact in the works, Kutcher didn’t exactly deny it.

“Here’s the thing,” Kutcher said, “if you’re working on the Warner Bros. lot, if there are sirens, come save me.”

Watch the exchange, above, and watch the full clip here.

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4 Enemies of Stephen Colbert Bid Him Farewell

From Jimmy Fallon to Google

Stephen Colbert has accumulated a lot of enemies over the years, both real and fake.

On The Colbert Report nobody was safe—not politicians, not massive companies and not other comedians. As the show winds to a close on Dec. 18, TIME checked in with some of Colbert’s biggest nemeses to see how they felt about the end of the Report and the end of the intensely vain right-wing personality created by comedian Stephen Colbert.

Jimmy Fallon

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Colbert and Fallon have had a roller coaster relationship. The two declared themselves best friends for six months in 2011, which was naturally followed by six months of being “eternal enemies” before the two comedians faced off at the Emmys for their competing late night shows. In spite of their ups and downs, Fallon tells TIME:

“Stephen Colbert is without a doubt the funniest and most talented person to ever host The Colbert Report. Period.”


In October, Colbert called Google out for listing his height as 5’10” when he was really 5’11″—like Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and, according to Google, Google CEO Larry Page. “Fix it or I will fix you Page,” Colbert said. “And yes, that is a physical threat.”

Google responded accordingly:

When asked to reflect on its tense relationship with Colbert, Google told TIME, “We respect Stephen and his show very much. It’s always hard to know the true measure of a man—and we’ve certainly had our differences—but we can say without an inch of a doubt, he’s reached new heights in comedy.”

Suey Park, who began the #CancelColbert hashtag

In March, Colbert found himself on the receiving end of a negative hasthag campaign. To play off the Redskins’ organization “The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation,” Colbert satirically tweeted, “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” This angered the activist, who started the hashtag #CancelColbert, which quickly gained viral steam.

Suey Park, who began the hashtag and explained its importance in a TIME column this spring, tells TIME:

“I never had a desire for the show to be cancelled. I simply saw it as a useful incident to frame a larger conversation on how we cannot flatten/compare how various communities of color have been racialized. False equivocacies [stet] blur the various logics of racism that work in tandem to uphold white heteropatriarchy. By pointing out both the weakness of white liberalism and representation politics, I was hoping we could have a more nuanced conversation on structural racism. It seems the media and liberal America are more concerned with pop culture critiques and the freedom of speech otherwise known as liberal humor than the very subject undergirding the name change debate: genocide.

I feel like people expect me to be angry about the success of a humorous white man as if it is new to me. I wish Stephen well and hope we can move past this ordeal, mainly for selfish reasons. I no longer want to ruminate on how #CancelColbert impacted my health and safety.”

Gene Hobgood, Mayor of Canton, Georgia—i.e. “the crappy Canton”

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In 2008, Colbert started a one-man campaign against towns named Canton—in Texas, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Ohio.

Gene Hobgood, the mayor of Canton, tells TIME:

After Colbert’s comments, referring to our City as “the crappy Canton,” several residents of our City called to complain. My response to most were that he is a “comedian” and his comments were not to be taken too seriously. Our City enjoyed the brief attention and was flattered to be singled out on The Colbert Report. Canton did appreciate his apology.

I have enjoyed almost every episode for many years. The Colbert Report and Mr. Colbert’s unique perspective will be missed. Count me among the crowd who will be following Colbert in his new adventure!

Read next: Here’s What Critics Said About The Colbert Report When It Premiered

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Watch SNL Take The Office to Middle Earth

Bilbo Baggins, Gollumn and Gandalf are back working for a paper company

Martin Freeman, of Lord of the Rings and The Office fame, combined his two most iconic roles into one epic sketch as host of Saturday Night Live this weekend.

All the characters from Rings are back, but with Middle Earth saved, they now work at a paper company — with Gandalf as general manager and Gollum as the annoying desk mate.

Saturday’s episode also featured musical guest Charli XCX, a bit mocking Charlie Rose and several holiday-themed sketches.

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George R.R. Martin Is Tweeting Game of Thrones Christmas Memes

For each house in Westeros

Not to be outdone by J.K. Rowling‘s stories or Santa Claus’s beard, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is also getting into the Christmas spirit.

The author has been tweeting a Game of Thrones-themed Christmas meme for each major house in Westeros with the hashtag #12daysofwesteros

Because in case you haven’t noticed, winter is coming.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon Sing Hilarious Hannukah Songs Written by Fans on Twitter

"All I do is spin, spin, spin, no matter what. Got dreidels on my mind, Manischewitz in my cup."

This week, Jimmy Fallon decided to play a little game and ask his fans to tweet song lyrics re-imagined as Hannukah tunes:

Well, the people really delivered. Watch as he sings his favorites on The Tonight Show with the help of the Roots. For example: “Hold me Kosher, tiny dancer and “Ra ra Hannukah, ra ma Menorah, Ga Ga yarmulke, don’t want your Christmas.”

Now, some of these lyrics reference Jewish holidays that are not Hannukah, but we’re feeling generous so we’ll let it slide.

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Watch Stephen Colbert Interview Smaug From The Hobbit

One of the show’s final interviews was easily one of its best

Over the years The Colbert Report has hosted some pretty stellar guests but few if any rival the awesomeness of Thursday night’s interview with The Last Great Fire Drake of the Third Age, Smaug, the dragon from The Hobbit movies.

Tolkien superfan Colbert, whose show ends Dec. 18, pointed out to his guest that they have a couple things in common.

“We both live in gated communities and we’re both fiscal conservatives who sleep on giant piles of gold,” Colbert said.

Smaug agrees. We also learn Smaug is a Rand Paul supporter—no response yet from the Kentucky Senator and likely presidential candidate on his latest high-profile endorsement.

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