TV Junkie: FX 'wins' Charlie Sheen Series; Cast of 'The Wire' In Livestream Tomorrow

Weekend Edition

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Are our survivors ever going to get off this damn highway? The series goes from one cliffhanger to another and last week was no exception — we're addicted.

I'm not a fan of FX buying Charlie Sheen's new show "Anger Management." While FX has brought over mainstream/broadcast TV stars in the past there is something galling about having the spokesman of lowest-common-denominator TV getting onto a network that has such outstanding programming. As someone who literally watches every FX show, there is now a show I won't be watching. It's not the end of FX being a great network and I definitely think they should get programming that makes them enough money to do all the quality shows but there's something unsavory about Sheen so hopefully this will amount to nothing more than a temporary mistake.
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Fans of HBO's "The Wire" will definitely want to check this out: PBS newscaster Judy Woodruff will be interviewing the cast of "The Wire" live this weekend for TED. Cast members in the panel are Michael K Williams (Omar Little), Sonja Sohn (Detective Kima Greggs), Jamie Hector (Marlo Stanfield), Gbenga Akinnagbe (Chris Partlow), as well as Donnie Andrews, who was the basis for Omar's character. This live session is tomorrow, Saturday, October 29th, and lucky for you it will be live-streamed HERE with "The Wire" segment beginning at around 2:15pm Pacific.
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Want more Halloween content? Check out FEARnet's "Psychoville Halloween Special" which will air/be available on Sunday, October 30th. On Saturday we've got a Boris Karloff marathon on TCM — don't forget the classics!
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For your listening pleasure consider downloading the most recent Long Shot Podcast which features Paul Provenza, creator/host of the best comedy insider TV show on the air, "The Green Room With Paul Provenza" (Showtime).
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OK, so maybe you don't want even more Halloween content, how about a stage show based on a TV show? "I Love Lucy" Live On Stage is being held now through the end of the year at the Greenway Court Theatre. "I Love Lucy" has been honored this year at the Paley Center for Media and is seeing a resurgence in interest and now you have the chance to see a couple episodes of the classic series being performed live, just the way they were done over 55 years ago. This adaptation of the show, starring Sirena Irwin as Lucy, premiered in LA in September and has now been extended through the end of the year due to rave reviews.
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight "Real Time With Bill Maher," "The Soup," "Fashion Police," "Late Show With David Letterman," "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson." Saturday - The Body Snatcher, Isle of the Dead. Sunday - "America in Primetime," "The Walking Dead," "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire" (on late rerun), "Dexter" (on late rerun), "Hung" (on late rerun).

Tonight

8:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Journalist Michelle Goldberg, journalist Michael Ware and educator Cornel West; political strategist Ron Christie and Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform, are interview guests.

8:00pm Chuck NBC - Season Premiere. Chuck Versus the Zoom Carmichael Industries takes on a thief and a conniving investor; Morgan helps Chuck put together a surprise for Sarah

8:00pm Nikita The CW - 343 Walnut Lane While looking for information on the black box, Birkoff finds Nikita's birth certificate; Michael helps Nikita track down her father

8:15pm The Other TCM - (1972) Based on Thomas Tryon's novel about twin brothers whose macabre game of life and death extends beyond the grave.

8:30pm SoCal Connected KCET - Ambassador of Jazz: Herbie Hancock SoCal Connected takes you on a journey from the origins of Hancock’s career as a musical prodigy when he played with legendary trumpeter Miles Davis, to his time recording hit songs for commercials and TV, to the present as he spearheads the LA Philharmonic & Hollywood Bowl jazz programs

9:00pm Grimm NBC - Series Premiere. Detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he is part of a line of profilers charged with keeping the balance between humanity and mythological creatures

9:55pm Boss Starz - Reflex Kane and his crew flex their political muscles; Meredith suspects Tom is keeping something from her.

10:00pm The Soup E! - Joel McHale and Co. massacre pop culture and the media

10:30pm Fashion Police E! - Joan Rivers and Co. in a Halloween-themed episode of trashing fashionistas (and whores)

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Journalist Tom Brokaw; comic Myq Kaplan; The Head and the Heart perform.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Adam Sandler; TV personality Rob Kardashian; AWOLNATION performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Olivia Munn; comic Judy Gold; Duran Duran performs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Justin Timberlake; actor Michael Peña; Kelly Clarkson performs; Nile Rodgers performs with the Roots

Saturday

8:00pm Corwin KCET - The career of Norman Corwin, writer, director and producer during the golden age of radio.

8:00pm The Body Snatcher TCM - (1945) A carriage cabby (Boris Karloff) sells cadavers to a medical-school doctor (Henry Daniell) in 19th-century Edinburgh.

9:15pm Norman Corwin's The Plot to Overthrow Christmas KCET - Special, Entertainment.

9:30pm Isle of the Dead TCM - (1945) A Greek general (Boris Karloff) in the 1912 Balkans finds his wife's grave robbed and fights a plague

10:00pm The Stash Playboy - Laughs abound on the Internet.

10:00pm The Graham Norton Show BBC America - Actress Kate Winslet; actor Rob Brydon; actor Jamie Bell; Noah and the Whale performs.

Sunday

7:30pm A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum TCM - (1966) A con-man slave (Zero Mostel) and his sidekick (Jack Gilford) fake a courtesan's funeral to fool a pimp (Phil Silvers) in ancient Rome.

8:00pm America in Primetime PBS SoCal/KOCE - Independent Woman Women have transformed from model housewives into complex characters.

8:00pm The Simpsons Fox - Treehouse of Horrors XXII A boulder traps Homer's arm when he takes a drive through a canyon; a spider bite paralyzes Homer; Flanders becomes a vigilante by night; Bart and Milhouse travel to a distant planet to obtain an extract.

8:00pm Once Upon a Time ABC - The Thing You Love Most Regina tries to push Emma out of Storybrooke and Henry's life; information about the Evil Queen's curse comes out.

8:30pm Allen Gregory Fox - Series Premiere. When pretentious 7-year-old Allen Gregory begins the first grade in a public school, he struggles to fit in with his peers; Allen has in interesting first meeting with his principal.

9:00pm Boardwalk Empire HBO - The Age of Reason Nucky arranges a risky liquor delivery; complications arise in Nucky's federal case; Jimmy finds a new mentor; Margaret makes a confession; Lucy struggles in solitude; Van Alden wrestles with his conscience.

9:00pm Dexter Showtime - The Angel of Death

9:00pm The Walking Dead AMC - Save the Last One The group awaits Shane's return; Shane finds himself trapped in a school; Daryl and Andrea search for someone in the woods.

9:00pm How Evil Are You? Discovery - Film director Eli Roth conducts a series of experiments into what causes people to perform evil acts.

9:00pm Masterpiece Mystery! PBS SoCal/KOCE - Case Histories: Episode 3 Jackson acquires a teenage sidekick after getting injured in a train wreck.

10:00pm Hung HBO - We're Golden; Crooks and Big Beaver Ray tells Lydia that he is leaving the business; Darby threatens to leave home; Lenore confronts Jason.

10:00pm Pan Am ABC - The Genuine Article Despite being close to losing her job, Maggie manages to make it onto a flight to Rio de Janeiro; Kate is unsure of herself after getting a difficult mission involving a Yugoslav diplomat; Ginny's games don't sit well with Dean.

10:00pm Homeland Showtime - Blind Spot Brody confronts his surviving jailor; the agency is on the trail of Aileen and Faisel.

10:00pm Storm Chasers Discovery - Too Close to Home A tornado outbreak hits team Dominator close to home; the TIV team follows its navigator's prediction; tensions escalate on the TWISTEX team.

10:30pm How to Make It in America HBO - Mofongo Ben and Cam charm two young buyers; Rene tries to make amends with Debbie; Rachel turns her life around in a single day.