TV critic's picks: Friday-Sunday

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 27, 2012 - 4:05 PM

"Fashion Police" year-end special, "United States of Bacon"

Oh, please!

You wouldn't think the raunchiest hour of the holiday season revolves around fashion -- until I told you that Joan Rivers was at the wheel. "Fashion Police's 2012 Year End Special" (9 p.m. Friday, E!) is supposed to be a roundup of celebrities' clothing choices, but it's really just a reminder that Rivers can still give you a shock to the system.

So they think they can dance

Did you know one of America's premier dance troupes got its start touring in a borrowed station wagon? That factoid is part of "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance" (9 p.m. Friday, KTCA, Ch. 2), an "American Masters" special hosted by Mandy Patinkin that takes an in-depth look at the Joffrey Ballet.

Bringing home the bacon

Watching Todd Fisher go stark raving mad every time he spies a bacon strip is what it must be like when Cookie Monster stumbles across a box of Thin Mints. In "United States of Bacon" (9 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Destination America), the chef goes overboard in his praise for everything pork in Milwaukee and Chicago.

Growin' up

Josh Shipp had it tough as a child, abused, addicted and suicidal. He uses his own hard-knocks life to inform his advice to others in "Teen Trouble" (9 p.m. Friday, Lifetime), a wakeup series for families on the road to disaster.


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