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TV Weekend: A Little Louie, a Little Luck, a Little More Debating

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Earlier this week, I posted my Top 10 TV series of 2011 list, with Louis CK‘s remarkable first-person show Louie at #1. You’ll have to wait until next year for the next season, but in the meantime, there’s a Louis CK special this weekend—and in the DIY spirit of his one-man show, the comedian is selling it himself, making it available for download from his website starting tomorrow. “Live at the Beacon Theater,” his fourth hourlong special, will be downloadable and streamable for $5 starting at noon Eastern. I have not seen the special, so can’t vouch for it one way or another—though his past ones have been searingly brilliant—but it at least promises the experience of a comedy performance without the troublesome drawback of human interaction with other concertgoers.

For those of you who prefer to get their TV on the television, as God intended—and who subscribe to HBO—the channel will air a one-time-only sneak peek of the pilot for its new horseracing drama Luck Sunday night, after the finale of Boardwalk Empire. Not vouching for that either, as HBO has not sent out review screeners, but the network is shortly sending critics the entire nine-episode season, which should give me plenty to do over my holiday.

Oh, and speaking of horseraces? There’s one more GOP debate Saturday night on ABC. No, this one will not involve Donald Trump—wrong network—but I’m still hoping ABC will work in a cross-promotional Winter Wipeout element.

Update: Here’s an outtake from the Louis CK special. Warning: Really NSFW. Just look what he’s doing with his hand.