TV Junkie: #SonsOfAnarchy Season Extended; 'At The Movies' Might Disappear
Weekend Roundup: Didn't find "Real Time With Bill Maher" that inspiring from Friday and the good ratings numbers for "Saturday Night Live" hosted by Charlie Day were more about the popularity of FX's "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" than a spectacularly performed/written edition of "SNL." Sunday's premiere of AMC's "Hell On Wheels" was interesting and the show has potential [disagree? please comment below] but the standout show of the night was "The Walking Dead" [Steven Yeung kicks ass!]. "Boardwalk Empire" was pretty good but I feel that the show is constrained by Michael Pitt's subdued acting style. The big disappointment for me was Showtime's "Homeland" [spoiler alert!] - why oh why did Carrie have to fool around with Brody? While I understand that this might be a way to illustrate how "unstable" Carrie is, I don't think she could be this unscrupulous and still be able to operate as an agent. Unless there is some kind of counterbalance to this I might be done with this show, I just can't suspend my disbelief with the character.
Tonight on late night you'll want to check out Anthony Bourdain on Letterman and on "Chelsea Lately" we'll have a reciprocal appearance by comic Dave Attell who had Handler on his "Dave's Old Porn" show a week ago. On the "Lately" panel will be the very capable combo of Michael Yo, Jen Kirkman and Gary Valentine. The very funny spinoff "After Lately" returns on November 27th at 11pm, check out the preview above.
"Sons of Anarchy" fans should be elated that this season will be extended by an episode and the finale will now air on December 6th. Not to look a gift horse in the mouth but I wonder how this happened? Was there a script that was running long that could be extended into two episodes? Are they in the process of editing now and figured that this could be done? It's a testament to the flexibility of programming on basic cable that this event could come about and I'm elated that this is the result.
While I haven't always agreed with Roger Ebert's movie reviews, his PBS show, "At The Movies," has provided in-depth analysis and discussion of current films that trumps anything else on television. The problem is that the current iteration of "At The Movies" has been personally underwritten by Ebert himself and he can't afford to do it anymore. He needs to find funding or the show won't be back next year and that's a shame for everybody. If he can't find major sources of cash he says he might consider crowdsourcing but he will have to tell PBS this month if the show is coming back.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Adventure Time," "Regular Show," "Bored To Death," "Enlightened," "Hawaii Five-0," "Chelsea Lately," "Late Show With David Letterman," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"
8:00pm Adventure Time Cartoon Network - I love Finn and Jake
8:15pm Regular Show Cartoon Network - Cool Bikes
8:30pm 2 Broke Girls CBS - And Hoarder Culture Max and Caroline take a job cleaning a hoarder's apartment; Max learns that Johnny has a secret.
9:00pm Bored to Death HBO - I Keep Taking Baths Like Lady Macbeth Jonathan and George see a counselor; George takes singing lessons; Ray becomes irresistible.
9:30pm Enlightened HBO - Not Good Enough Mothers Amy tries to generate interest in a woman's group at work.
10:00pm Rock Center With Brian Williams NBC - Greece's impact on the world economy; a woman was sterilized against her will at age 13; actress Tina Fey.
10:00pm Hawaii Five-0 CBS - Lapa'au The investigation into a plane crash reveals the customs agent on board was dead before takeoff; Danny cares for an orphaned dog.
10:00pm Castle ABC - Heartbreak Hotel When a casino owner is murdered at an abandoned warehouse, suspects emerge in New York and Atlantic City
10:00pm Looking for Lincoln PBS SoCal/KOCE - Henry Louis Gates Jr. investigates myths surrounding Abraham Lincoln.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Comic Dave Attell; comic Michael Yo; comic Jen Kirkman; comic Gary Valentine.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Clint Eastwood is guest
11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Adam Sandler; chef Christina Tosi; Joe Jonas performs.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Melissa McCarthy; chef Anthony Bourdain; Joan Baez and Kris Kristofferson perform.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Ellen Barkin; actor Henry Cavill; a performance from Cirque du Soleil's "IRIS."
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Taylor Lautner; GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain; Junip performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan; comic Jeff Cesario.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - TV host Anderson Cooper; actor Armie Hammer; St. Vincent performs.