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'Doctor Who' star Jenna Coleman will remain for another season

Good news for fans of Jenna Coleman, who has played companion to the Doctor on the last season and a half of "Doctor Who": She's not going anywhere. At least for now.

Beginning in the fall, rumors began cropping up online that Coleman was about to leave her role as Clara Oswald, the schoolteacher-turned-space-time-traveler. Coleman herself did nothing to dispel those rumors when she told Radio Times in September that she would be in the Christmas episode, but wouldn't confirm any involvement in the series after that.

When the title of the Christmas episode was announced, "Last Christmas," it seemed that this might indeed be the end of the road for Coleman.

And even for viewers of the special, which aired on Christmas Day, it seemed as if this was Coleman's final adventure with the Doctor. Right up until the final moments of the episode. And then it was revealed that, despite rumors of her departure, Coleman would continue to travel with the Doctor for a little while longer.

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TV This Week, Dec. 28-Jan. 3: 'The Kennedy Center Honors' and more

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SUNDAY

Batter goes in the pan, pan goes in the oven, and then Bob's your uncle, it's "The Great British Baking Show." 8 p.m. KOCE

Secrets are revealed by the "Nanny Cam" in this new thriller. 9 p.m. Lifetime

She came back, she saw, she conquered: Lisa Kudrow's "The Comeback" ends its second season. See you in another nine years, Ms. Cherish. 10 p.m. HBO

MONDAY

Behold a pale horse, and his name that sat on him was Death, and the two-night miniseries "Revelation: The End of Days" followed with him. 9 p.m. History Channel; also Tue.

Meltdown alert! "Restaurant: Impossible" looks back at some of the show's most dramatic moments in this special episode. 10 p.m. Food Network

There's famous, and then there's "Branson Famous." This new reality show focuses on a family-run musical revue in the...

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Friday's TV highlights: A Paley Center for Media sitcom special and more

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SERIES

Say Yes to the Dress: Since the Big Day This new spinoff checks back in with couples featured in past episodes of the wedding-themed reality series. 9 p.m. TLC

Wake Up Call Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson enlists chef Rocco DiSpirito to help turn around a failing family-owned pizzeria in this episode. 9 p.m. TNT

The Soup Host Joel McHale looks back on the year in pop culture and celebrity news in the first installment of a two-part special. 10 p.m. E!

SPECIALS

Now That's Funny! On Set With TV's Hottest Comedies: A Paley Center for Media Special The stars and creators of "The Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family," "Parks and Recreation," "New Girl" and other hit sitcoms offer viewers a backstage peek in this new special hosted by Aisha Tyler. 8 p.m. CBS

The Next Mega Tsunami This new docu-special considers the...

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Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Call the Midwife Holiday Special' and more

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Yule Log Holiday music accompanies images of a blazing hearth. 4 a.m. KTLA; 6 a.m. KCAL

Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration The hit animated musical "Frozen" serves as the theme for this special that features performances by Ariana Grande, Trey Songz, Trisha Yearwood and "Pretty Little Liars'" Lucy Hale. 9 a.m. ABC

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas The green meanie is up to his old tricks in this classic animated tale. Boris Karloff narrates, and Thurl Ravenscroft performs the theme song. 8 p.m. ABC

Call the Midwife Holiday Special Vanessa Redgrave, who serves as the narrator for the 1950s-set British drama, makes an on-screen appearance in this special Christmas episode. 8 p.m. KOCE

Doctor Who The Time Lord (Peter Capaldi) teams up with Santa ("Shaun of the Dead's" Nick Frost) in the...

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Steven Moffat on 'Doctor Who': Space, time and Christmastime

Head writer Steven Moffat has been determining the course of "Doctor Who" since 2010, when show runner Russell Davies handed him the keys to the TARDIS and Matt Smith became the 11th Doctor, a dark and madcap traveler in time and space.

He has written five Christmas episodes for the Doctor, four for Smith and the latest, "Last Christmas," which airs Christmas Day on BBC America, for Peter Capaldi, the current inhabitant of the role. (The Doctor regenerates, you see.) Earlier stories have made reference to Dickens ("A Christmas Carol," 2010) and C.S. Lewis ("The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe," 2011); the new one includes Santa Claus and is set at the North Pole. Moffat has described it both as "Miracle on 34th Street" meets "Alien" and "Miracle on 34th Street" meets "The Thing."

Last known companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) is again aboard. Nick Frost ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz") plays Santa. As is traditional, there is snow.

I spoke with Moffat, transatlantically, about "Doctor...

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Jerry Seinfeld reveals who does his favorite Seinfeld impression

Jerry Seinfeld's distinctive cadence and nasal voice are easily imitated. In the course of his decades as a stand-up and sitcom star, he's doubtless encountered dozens if not hundreds of would-be Seinfeld impressionists. He doesn't immediately seem like the kind of guy who enjoys seeing people try to talk like him.

But it turns out there's one impression Seinfeld enjoys so much that he actually changes his voice to imitate the impression.

The comedian appeared "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday and disclosed that Fallon's impression of him is the only one he likes.

"I love having you next to me," Fallon said. "I end up turning into you."

"You're the only impression of me that I really like," Seinfeld said. "It doesn't sound like me."

Seinfeld also did the classic five minutes of stand-up on "The Tonight Show," something he hasn't done in a long, long time. It was doing five minutes on "The Tonight Show" that gave Seinfeld his major career boost in the 1980s, so it only...

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