TV Junkie: The Battle For Sunday Night Begins in Earnest - Showtime Takes It (for now)
Season 4 of "Dexter" premieres on Sunday at 9pm on Showtime
Why are we saying that Showtime takes Sunday night? Look at the scheduling. "Mad Men", while a darling of the critics (oursElvis included), has been even more slow-paced than usual this season and will be winding up soon. HBO has "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and the admirable "Bored To Death", but they are personality-driven comedies that almost require you to be a fan of Larry David and Jason Schwartzman, and while we are fans of theirs a comedy can't hold a stick to the visceral and compelling (and humorous in its own right) "Dexter" in the same time slot. Thank goodness for HBO OnDemand so that I can watch "Curb" and "Bored" later.
We've watched the first four episodes of "Dexter" and can tell you that every single one ends with you feeling as if there's no way the series can go on. For more insight on this season check out our video from the "Family Guy" pre-Emmy party where we talked to C.S. Lee and David Zayas from the show.
Now let's look at the 10pm slot. AMC's "Mad Men" (see our video of the cast at the Emmys press room) is the ranking drama at that hour, no doubt, but the series requires concentration and dedication in order to get the most out of it and while there are committed viewers, there aren't many who would be able to jump into the saddle and start watching the series as newbies. Let's look at Showtime's "Californication" which as a 1/2 hour comedy has a lot going for it for late Sunday night viewing: humor, drugs, drunkenness, and nudie bits. If you don't have Showtime, do your best to get to a friend's house for the season premiere as Ed Harris has a cameo that simply can't be missed. Also, be aware that David Duchovny's Hank Moody has penned a novel for real-life bookstores called "God Hates Us All".
If you've got a kid and/or are a Wilmer Valderrama fan, you should know that tomorrow there will be an exclusive premiere of "Handy Manny Motorcycle Adventure" at the Arclight. Wilmer, the voice of Handy Manny, will be there along with other celebs starting at 10:30am. The special will air on the Disney Channel on October 4th at 7pm.
There's a ton of premieres this weekend with actors and performers who we interviewed at the Emmys last weekend. We have videos that include cast members from "Mad Men", for "Dexter" check here and here, for "Family Guy", "Amazing Race", "The Cleveland Show",
The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - Bill Maher, "Monk", "The Soup", Letterman, Ferguson. Saturday - "Robin Hood", "SNL". Sunday - "The Cleveland Show", "Dexter", "Californication", "Entourage",
7:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Economist Paul Krugman; former N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer; filmmaker Michael Moore; filmmaker John Waters.
8:00-11:00pm The Prisoner IFC - A mini-marathon of the incredible series!
8:00pm Brothers FOX - Series Premiere
8:00pm Smallville The CW - Season Premiere
8:00pm Law & Order NBC - Season Premiere
8:00pm Ghost Whisperer CBS - Season Premiere
8:30pm 'Til Death FOX - Season Premiere
9:00pm Monk USA - A voodoo curse seems to be at work when dolls sent to San Francisco residents accurately predict inexplicable deaths
9:00pm Dollhouse FOX - Season Premiere
9:00pm Friday Night With Jonathan Ross BBC America - Sir David Attenborough; Eva Herzigova; Jay-Z; Peter Andre
9:00pm Southland NBC - Season Premiere
9:00pm Medium CBS - Season Premiere
10:00pm The Jay Leno Show NBC - Actor Hugh Laurie.
10:00pm The Soup E! - Joel McHale on TV twice a week, we are blessed
10:00pm Anderson Cooper 360 CNN - If you didn't get enough Bill Clinton on Letterman, watch Andersoon Cooper have a talk with President Clinton
10:00pm NUMB3RS CBS - Season Premiere
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Bruce Willis; actor LL Cool J; Noisettes perform.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien NBC - Actress Teri Hatcher; actor Seth MacFarlane; Rodrigo y Gabriela performs.
12:00am Jeff Garlin: Young and Handsome Comedy Central - The comic performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - NBA player LeBron James and his high school basketball coach Dru Joyce and teammate Willie McGee; chef Chris Bianco; Esther Dean performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Ted Danson; writers and directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Julianna Margulies; actor Kevin Smith.
9:00pm Robin Hood BBC America - The sheriff forces the abbot to accuse Robin of stealing from the church; Tuck attempts to clear Robin's name.
10:00pm 48 Hours Mystery CBS - Season Premiere
11:30pm Saturday Night Live NBC - Season Premiere
7:00pm Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC - Season Premiere
8:00pm The Simpsons FOX - Season Premiere
8:00pm The Amazing Race CBS - Season Premiere
8:30pm The Cleveland Show FOX - Series Premiere
9:00pm Dexter Showtime - Season Premiere
9:00pm Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO - Larry deliberately tries to annoy Loretta; Larry profits from Leon's indiscretion with the wife of a depressed friend.
9:00pm Desperate Housewives ABC - Season Premiere
9:00pm Family Guy FOX - Season Premiere
9:30pm Bored to Death HBO - While trying to win back Suzanne, Jonathan is hired to follow a man and discover if he has been unfaithful.
9:30pm American Dad FOX - Season Premiere
10:00pm Californication Showtime - Season Premiere
10:00pm Mad Men AMC - Betty tries her hand at politics; Don thinks about the future; Peggy receives a luxurious gift.
10:00pm Brothers & Sisters ABC - Season Premiere.
10:00pm Cold Case CBS - Season Premiere
10:30pm Entourage HBO - Eric gets news from Drama about his latest fling; Terrance offers to sell Ari his share of the agency
Did you catch "Community" last night? Time for some Spanish rap from Los Chicos