TV Junkie: 'Mad Men' Season Premiere on Sunday, no duh

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"Mad Men" season premiere on AMC, Sunday @ 10pm
Weekend Edition

What we can't ignore, even if we wanted to, is this Sunday's season premiere of "Mad Men" on AMC at 10pm. The "Mad Men" hype machine has been in overdrive for over a month with Banana Republic promotions, avatar generators, Esquire pictorials, Wall Street Journal profiles, Jon Hamm et al appearances on Conan/Fallon/etc. and tonight cast members of "Mad Men" will make a (doubtless hilarious and self-deprecating) appearance on E!'s "The Soup" at 10pm. We're going to be watching the premiere on Sunday - watch for the trending topic on Twitter fo sho. We also thank Jah there is no programming conflict between "True Blood" and "Mad Men".
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The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - Bill Maher, Neil Diamond, "Friday Night With Jonathon Ross", "The Soup", Conan, Fallon, Ferguson. Saturday - "Being Human". Sunday - "Big Brother 11", "True Blood", "Mad Men".

[Please click through to full listings - there's a lot of choices for Tonight and Sunday]

Tonight

7:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Journalist Ross Douthat; actor Ashton Kutcher; Gen. Anthony Zinni; comic Dana Gould with special guest Brad Pitt.

8:00pm Neil Diamond: Hot August Night: NYC CBS - Neil Diamond sings classic hits like "America" and "Sweet Caroline" in footage from recent concert performances

8:00pm Mental FOX - Season Finale

8:30pm The Goode Family ABC - Season Finale

9:00pm Friday Night With Jonathan Ross BBC America - Tom Cruise; Stephen Fry; Lee Evans; Franz Ferdinand.

9:00pm Monk USA - While investigating the high-profile murder of a maid, Monk finds himself increasingly drawn to a case involving a visiting African man

9:00pm Bill Moyers Journal PBS/KCET - David Frum, former special assistant to George W. Bush, calls on Republicans to come up with a health care plan; messages in health care advertisements.

9:15pm The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai IFC - (1984) A space hero (Peter Weller) and his team of do-gooders battle Dr. Lizardo (John Lithgow) and his army of Red Lectroids. This movie is awesome!!!

10:00pm The Soup E! - "Mad Men" cast members will make an appearance!

10:00pm Psych USA - When Shawn and Gus search the wreckage after a billionaire crashes his plane in the woods, they arrive in time to hear his last words.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien NBC - Professional basketball player Shaquille O'Neal; comic Demitri Martin; Jack Ingram performs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress January Jones; comic Neal Brennan.

1:05am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Singer Liza Minnelli; Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney.

Saturday

8:00pm Gymnastics: 2009 Visa Championships NBC - From Dallas.

9:00pm Being Human BBCA America - Mitchell puts his secret identity at risk after becoming friends with a neighbor; Annie lusts for revenge.

Sunday

7:00pm Easy Money The CW - Series Finale

8:00pm Big Brother 11 CBS - The nomination ceremony is held.

9:00pm True Blood HBO - Eric is able to get inside Sookie's head; Lafayette and Lettie Mae try to figure out how to get Tara away from Maryann

9:00pm Two Months. Two Million. G4 - Series Premiere. Poker players and Playboy Playmates.

9:00pm Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew MTV - Beyonce hands out the challenges for the crews.

10:00pm Mad Men AMC - Season Premiere

10:00pm Hung HBO - Ray begins to develop feelings for Jemma; Tanya meets someone who sets out to help her get through her writer's block

10:00pm Defying Gravity ABC - The crew faces its first major crisis when a series of system failures plunges everything into chaos, as power, heat and gravity-control are lost.

10:00pm P. Diddy's Starmaker MTV - Fourteen artists move into a Beverly Hills mansion in hopes of being signed to Bad Boy Records.

10:30pm Entourage HBO - Eric considers the offer while trying to patch things up with Ashley; an appearance by Mrs. Klein tests Ari's resolve at work