TV Junkie: Lucy Liu A Big Part of 'SouthLAnd'; SF Sketchfest on Podcast

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Lucy Liu is a fantastic addition to the "SouthLAnd" team this season - be sure to check out the show tonight at 10pm on TNT.
We've got a great (and conflicting) late prime time lineup tonight after the POTUS does his State of the Union speech. Last week we talked a lot about "Justified" because we'd been to the premiere and got a ton of interviews with the cast and lamented how "Justified" is also up against "SouthLAnd" and "White Collar."

I'm happy to report that I scored a great interview with the very friendly and web-savvy Michael Cudlitz who plays Officer John Cooper and I'll be posting that before next Tuesday. Cudlitz has been teamed with Lucy Liu this season and she's "become a part of the team" according to him, no superstar scene-stealing dialogue or posturing from her for this series - just more of the realistic, yet character-driven storytelling we're used to (and demand!) from "SouthLAnd." Thankfully we can catch all the late primetime shows because these cable networks are smart enough to repeat them up to 3 times between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning so set your DVRs. For more "SoutLAnd" related content, be sure to check out Cudlitz's co-star Ben McKenzie who will be on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on ABC at 12:05am. I interviewed Ben a couple years ago for LAist and he's another modest yet supertalented member of the "SouthLAnd" team that deserves your eyeballs every Tuesday.
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Last week I posted my interview with SF Sketchfest co-founders Janet Varney and Cole Stratton. Here is the Channel Zero podcast with more of the interview which is a must-listen if you are into comedy festivals, sketch and improv:



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Check out the SF Sketchfest schedule, you are guaranteed to find something that you will want to go up to see and/or tell your Bay Area friends about. Highlights this week through Sunday are: Eddie Izzard, SF Sketchfest Comedy NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences, Set List: Comedy Without a Net, Jon Benjamin Has a Van Live, The Spanglers, The Meltdown, Harmontown (Dan Harmon - creator of "Community").
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Attention LA-Area Ninjas: G4's "American Ninja Warriors" is coming back and they'll be holding tryouts locally, apply here.
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While the Oscar nominations were announced this morning, TV has the potential to win as well with 2 films that are part of PBS's "POV" (Point of View) series" Marshall Curry's If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, which premiered on POV in 2011, is nominated for Best Documentary (Feature), and Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin's The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, premiering on "POV" in 2012, is nominated for Best Documentary (Short Subject). Congrats to PBS.
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: State of the Union, "Hidden City," "SouthLAnd," "Chelsea Lately," "The Colbert Report," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Justified" (late repeat)

6:00pm State of the Union - 2012 President Barack Obama addresses Congress and the nation.

9:00pm Hidden City Travel - Florida Keys: Pirate's Life Black Caesar, Who Killed Bum Farto, Edgar Watson and Dutchy M Marcus explores the mystique of the Florida Keys by treasure hunting

10:00pm SouthLAnd TNT - Underwater Tang and Cooper are attacked on the street; Lydia and Ruben investigate a convenience store murder; Ben and Sammy ride with another officer; Joel Rucker takes over as the new captain.

10:00pm Justified FX - Cut Ties The murder of a fellow Marshal throws Raylan together with a woman from his past; Boyd engineers a showdown with Dickie Bennett.

10:00pm White Collar USA - Upper West Side Story Neal poses as a substitute teacher to investigate missing scholarship funds.

10:00pm Ragin' Cajuns Discovery - Shrimping, Storming, and Stabbing The fleet has one of the worst opening days in history; a storm threatens to end the season just as it begins.

10:00pm Chopped Food - Redemption Competition Four Chopped runners- up compete to win; sweetbreads; root beer schnapps in the entree round.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Dot-Marie Jones; comic Fortune Feimster; comic Jo Koy; comic Joe Matarese.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Sam Worthington; Adam Winrich; Julia Nunes performs.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Interview guest Placido Domingo

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Elizabeth Banks; actor Ben McKenzie; Mindless Behavior performs.