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Will Ferrell "Skates" to Downton Abbey

When Will Ferrell showed up for his guest spot on the new Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday, it was quickly clear that he had caught a strong case of Olympic fever. Instead of the usual casual, yet dressy wear favored by talk show guests, Ferrell was wearing a snazzy figure skating costume, replete with a bowler hat, as he began to bemoan his exclusion from Team USA’s figure skating squad.

But, as he graced the audience with a dry land version of his well-practiced routine, he also revealed another passion – Downton Abbey. Okay, passion is probably too strong of a word – “I’m a butler…” Ferrell said as Fallon prodded whether he was Carson. “I don’t know. I’ve never seen it. Is there a butler in it?” Nevertheless, as you’ll see, the routine was flawless (okay, we’ll just go with hilarious). I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t be seeing Ferrell on ice in Pyeongchang in 2018.

Before then, we can all look forward to the season finale of Downton Abbey at 8 this Sunday night on WPT.

Stay Classy, North Dakota: Ron Burgundy is Here

If your Thanksgiving holiday travel took you to North Dakota – specifically the Bismarck or Minot area – then you likely found a surprising treat when you tuned into the local CBS affiliate’s Saturday evening newscast. There was legendary newsman Ron Burgundy sitting at the anchor desk, ready to read all the local news – including exciting reports on Black Friday shopping and downtown holiday decorations – with the usual cast of anchors, sports reporters and meteorologists. If your travel plans didn’t include the northern plains, our colleagues at PBS NewsHour have the full 30-minute newscast streaming for you to watch on their Rundown Blog.

Sure, Will Ferrell’s unannounced appearance at the KXNews desk is an obvious marketing maneuver for his new film, Anchorman 2, which will be released at Christmas. But, with no explanation and a full half-hour of Ferrell playing Burgundy straight in his role as a seasoned anchor, this might just be my favorite viral ploy yet.

It’s also not the first time that Ferrell has taken to local media to drum up excitement. Just a couple years ago he agreed to make a series of TV advertisements for Old Milwaukee, with one caveat – the ads could only run in the local TV markets where he filmed them. The result was a collection of hilariously eclectic ads that started appearing on YouTube from viewers who were caught off guard by the SNL actor in their city – like this spot with Ferrell bicycling and singing the beer’s jingle in the streets of Milwaukee.

So, with Ferrell, err Ron Burgundy, on the loose and making unexpected visits to American newsrooms, perhaps Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff better watch their spot on the NewsHour anchor desk with this hot talent on the market. Maybe WPT should make a pitch to ask Ferrell to join Frederica Freyberg for Friday night’s Here and Now. We’ll head up to the studio right now and make room for him on the set!

Invite Curious George into your Thanksgiving

Watch Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas at 11 a.m. and the Curious George Movie at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24. The Curious George Movie repeats at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25, followed by Curious George: Follow That Monkey at 10:30 and A Very Monkey Christmas at noon.

This year, save room in your Thanksgiving plans for a little bit of monkeying around. Join Curious George for a holiday favorite in the morning and post-Thanksgiving feast enjoy the little monkey’s big screen smash hit film debut alongside funnyman Will Ferrell.

While you prepare the turkey (is it time to defrost it yet?) and bake those pumpkin pies, here are previews of A Very Monkey Christmas and the Curious George Movie to whet your — and your little ones’ — visual appetites.

A Very Monkey Christmas

Curious George Movie