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TV Junkie: Good Movies Tonight; Great Sports Tomorrow AM

On this lazy (observed) 4th of July, we're not too motivated to check out the pseudo-comedians of the "Last Comic Standing" so we'll be enjoying a classic (classic) and classic (modern) pair of movies: To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck, and the Coen Brothers' Barton Fink.

TV Junkie: A Lazy 4th of July Weekend Features Tour de France

Weekend Edition With a weekend of repeats and series marathons (we find only the HBO "John Adams" marathon timely enough) we have plenty of sporting events, most of them "non-American" despite the fact that a lot of Americans enjoy participating in them: soccer, cycling, and tennis. On Saturday we advance further with the FIFA World Cup with two games (Argentina vs Germany and Paraguay vs Spain) as well as the prologue time trial of...

TV Junkie: Starz Drops 'Party Down'

It's really a shame that Starz has dropped "Party Down" - great cast, great writing, really funny situations based on the reality of surviving in LA while being creative It's with more than a bit of sadness that we note that Starz has opted to not renew its comedy "Party Down". We know that we'll soon see the very talented cast members in other shows, particularly Adam Scott and (the beautiful) Lizzy Caplan (remember...

TV Junkie: 'Louie" Premieres - Don't Miss It; 'Food Party' Season Finale Is Fun & Bizarre

"Louis" premieres on FX at 11pm tonight - it's the must-watch show of the evening. Louis C.K.'s "Louie" premieres at 11pm on FX tonight and the show eclipses any other offerings at that hour. If you've been fortunate enough to see C.K.'s stand-up act or his short-lived HBO show, "Lucky Louie", you know that he is one incredibly talented performer and creator. The Emmy-award winner is getting another chance to do his thing on...

TV Junkie: With USA Out How Much Will World Cup Viewership Drop? 'Dexter' Writer Gets Own Gig

"Neighbours From Hell" on TBS at 10pm will guest-star Jane Lynch Saturday's USA vs Ghana soccer match was the most watched World Cup game in US history, but now that the US has been eliminated, along with another US fave, England, will you continue to watch the World Cup? Methinks that the more casual viewers are going to have a hard time getting excited about tomorrow's Japan vs Paraguay match. --- Former "Dexter" producer/writer...

TV Junkie: HBO Begins Ruling Sundays

Weekend Edition Sure, this weekend is all about the World Cup (USA vs. Ghana tomorrow at 11am!) but Sunday is all about HBO. With its premieres of both "Hung" and "Entourage", HBO pretty much seals the deal as the Sunday night TV destination from now until the end of July when "Mad Men" premieres on AMC.

TV Junkie: 'Boston Med' Premieres; Definitely Check Out 'The Green Room'

"Boston Med" premieres at 10pm on ABC - it's tonight's Must-Watch program. Tonight's Must-Watch: There's an interesting premiere on ABC tonight at 10pm: "Boston Med". The ABC News-led series will visit Massachusetts General, Brigham and Womens Hospital, and Childrens Hospital over 8 episodes. This is a medical reality show that's done with style, without going for the cheap heartstrings or tawdry sensationalism that you'll see on shows like TLC's "Mystery Diagnosis: The Woman Who...

TV Junkie: TV on DVD Pick is 'Tales of the Gold Monkey'; TNT Didn't Find Rhythm With 'Memphis Beat'

"Tales of the Gold Monkey: The Complete Series", a one-season show from ABC in 1982 surprised us. We're entering a period of the summer doldrums when it comes to TV so we've been checking out some DVD sets: In the past we've received a few individual seasons of the classic series "Leave It To Beaver" which never really made sense to us but now that we have "Leave It To Beaver: The Complete Series"...

TV Junkie: North Korea Broadcasts World Cup; JB Smoove Speaks Here

Tonight at 6pm comedian JB Smoove will be hosting a live chat (accessible on this LAist post) to talk about his work on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Been following the World Cup? So have the North Koreans - in what is believed to be a first, the North Korean government has been broadcasting their games in their entirety. I guess we should consider the government that much more open since the two matches they...

TV Junkie: 'GasLand' Premieres on HBO - A Must-Watch

Happy Summer Everybody Tonight the show to watch is "GasLand" on HBO at 9pm. This movie will disabuse you of the notion that there's anything "clean" about natural gas obtained by fracking which is pretty much the only way we can get it now that the easy sources of the fossil fuel have been depleted...

Movie Review: 'Toy Story 3'

"Toy Story 3" opens today nationwide. To tell the truth, we didn't even remember what the heck "Toy Story 2" was about when we agreed to take our 5 year-old son Calvin to an advanced screening of "Toy Story 3" this week but in doing a bit of research we thought it was nuts that there hasn't been a "Toy Story" movie since 1999! That being said, we were less than sanguine when we...

TV Junkie: Snoop Loves Sookie; 'Treme' Season Finale Sunday

Wendell Pierce stars in HBO's "Treme" which has its season finale on Sunday at 10pm. Weekend Edition Evidently Snoop Dogg is a big fan of "True Blood" and Sookie Stackhouse in particular. He penned a little ditty for her and made a video which we've embedded at the end of this post: "Oh Sookie". --- Last night's game 7 of the Lakers vs Celtics gave the NBA their biggest TV audience in over 12...

TV Junkie: 'True Blood' Drops Tonight; Discovery Celebrates 25 Years

"Deadliest Catch" is on Discovery at 9pm. Tune in as the final episodes featuring now-deceased Captain Phil Harris will begin airing. "True Blood" fanatics might want to check out a nifty Twitter-based social theater. Every Thursday at 6pm Pacific "Drop of True Blood Thursday" begins by bringing to life a scene we didn't see, but might have wanted to in Sunday night’s episode. Maybe it’s Bill being shoved into the car by the Fuck...

TV Junkie: 'Web Soup' vs. 'Tosh.0'

Who get's the thumbs-up? Daniel Tosh's "Tosh.0" on Comedy Central or Chris Hardwick's "Web Soup" on G4? It's Wednesday which means "duelling" web clip comedy shows "Web Soup" on G4 at 9pm tonight and "Tosh.0" on Comedy Central at 10:30pm. Which show do you prefer? Yes, they both show web clips but they have some differences: "Web Soup" will grab content that's not just from the web, anything is fair game to them. "Web...

TV Junkie: How You Likin' NBA Finals Coverage? Reality TV Winners Burned

Hey Spuds, DEVO plays Letterman tonight! [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis] Tonight we'll have the 6th Lakers vs. Celtics game in the finals: what's your assessment of how ABC has been in their broadcast of the series? We haven't been blown away by the lackluster game calling but how could it have been improved? --- Atom.com's got a couple of new web shows going including "Johnny B. Homeless" starring SNL's Kenan Thompson (see the...

TV Junkie: Last Night's Recap

Warren the Ape has fled the clutches of Greg the Bunny and now has his own show which premieres tonight on MTV at 10:30pm What a weekend. The sports events were pretty engaging but let's fast-forward to Sunday's "True Blood" premiere. What did you guys think? It was a no-holds-barred premiere as far as we could tell: vampire political intrigue, a bit of gore, and the typical sexy stuff found around Bon Temps. It...

TV Junkie Interview: Betsy Brandt from 'Breaking Bad'

Betsy Brandt (right) plays Marie Schrader, sister-in-law to Bryan Cranston's Walter White in AMC's "Breaking Bad". Season finale is tonight at 10pm. Tonight marks the season finale of AMC's "Breaking Bad" at 10pm. We've been very fortunate over the last year in having been able to interview all the regular cast members of this incredibly compelling series: we talked with series stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul a the 2009 Emmys Nominated Performers Reception,...

TV Junkie: Thankful That the 'True Blood' Premiere and 'Breaking Bad' Finale Don't Conflict

They're comin' to getcha - "True Blood" restarts on Sunday at 9pm on HBO Weekend Edition We've got a jam-packed weekend of TV ahead of us what with the FIFA World Cup starting up today, the Lakers vs Celtics on Sunday, and the premiere of "True Blood" and the finale of "Breaking Bad". LAist has some great sports writers so we won't pepper you with our ill-educated musings about the Lakers or how the...

TV Junkie: Paul Provenza's Comedy Show Premieres after Penn & Teller

Tonight at 10:30pm Showtime's "The Green Room With Paul Provenza" premieres - Provenza (center) brings in a variety of comedian friends to discuss their craft. Tonight at 10:30pm marks the premiere of Showtime's "The Green Room With Paul Provenza" - a show that will provide some intimate and hilarious insights on the business of comedy. We grew up watching Provenza do his stand-up all over San Francisco as well as hearing him on the...

TV Junkie: John Oliver to South Africa; Susie Essman Live Chats; MTV Movie Awards Viewership Drops

Kelly Choi of "Top Chef Masters" brings us another episode on Bravo at 10pm. Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" will debut its FIFA World Cup Soccer programming tomorrow and featured in it will be correspondent John Oliver who has travelled to South Africa to cover events there (see our vid of John Oliver at the 2009 Emmys). --- We participated in last week's livestream webchat with Susie Essman and it was...

TV Junkie: 'Glee' & 'Justified' Season Finales; TV Prop Auction; Comedy Roundtable

Lea Michele, Jenne Ushkowitz, and Dianna Agron from Fox's "Glee" at the 2010 SAG Awards. "Glee" wraps up it's season tonight, wonder if we'll be seeing these ladies rake in the awards for this most recent set of episodes as the year rolls forward. [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis] Today The Hollywood Reporter posted a great roundtable of comedic actors discussing TV comedy. The group included Ted Danson, Aziz Ansari, Ed Helms, Ty Burrell,...

TV Junkie Interview: Bob Odenkirk of AMC's 'Breaking Bad'

Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman in AMC's "Breaking Bad". The season finale airs this coming Sunday at 10pm. If you've watched TV over the past 20 years, chances are you've seen a lot of Bob Odenkirk's work. He's been a writer on "Saturday Night Live" (Chris Farley's "Matt Foley, motivational speaker who lives in a van down by the river" is one of Odenkirk's "SNL" creations), he was the co-creator and co-host with David...

TV Junkie: 'Jackie' & 'Tara' Season Finales; 'Breaking Bad'; MTV Movie Awards

Edie Falco and most of Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" cast at their premiere event in NYC on March 18th, 2010. [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis] Tonight marks the season finales of a couple of Showtime's "Anti-Mom" sereis, "Nurse Jackie" and "United States of Tara" starting at 10pm. Both are wrapping up excellent seasons but we're wondering if you have a favorite? "United States of Tara" won several awards for last season while "Jackie" only made...

TV Junkie Interview: RJ Mitte from 'Breaking Bad'

RJ Mitte play Walt Jr. on AMC's "Breaking Bad". Part 1 of the two-part season finale airs tonight at 10pm. RJ Mitte plays Walt Jr., the son of former chemistry teacher now crystal meth wizard Walter White in AMC's "Breaking Bad". The critically acclaimed show will have the first of it's season 3 ending two-part finale air tonight at 10pm. Despite the role of Walt Jr. being his first major role as a series...

TV Junkie: TCA Ballot Now Available; MTV Movie Awards Sunday

Aziz Ansari will be hosting the 2010 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday at 9pm. We kind of can't believe it won't be shown live but that's what the schedule says. Yesterday you saw some of our nominees for the Television Critics Association awards and last night we got the ballot for the voting round. We've attached the ballot to the end of this post. What do you think of it? Most of our nominees...

TV Junkie: Our TCA Nominations; ThunderCats HO?!

This week the TV Junkie submitted his nominations for the annual Television Critics Association awards. This week we submitted out Television Critics Association awards nominations and here are some of our picks (we'll see what makes it to the actual voting round). Most of our selections aren't what gets the most viewership or is the most "fun", we went for quality and innovation, which we think should be the entire point of the TCAs:...

TV Junkie: 'Curb' on TV Guide Starts Tonight; Christian Extremists Target Comedy Central

Guitarist Dave Navarro argues/discusses an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" with series star Susie Essman on an episode of "Curb: The Discussion" which begins airing tonight at 10pm on the TV Guide network. MuslimChristian extremists have united to combat rumored Comedy Central animated Jesus project. About 6 weeks ago American Muslim extremists targeted Comedy Central's "South Park" creators for death after their portrayal of Muhammad in an episode and now their Christian counterparts are...

TV Junkie: TV Enters Summer Doldrums; HBO Hosts Fantastic Doc on John Cazale Tonight

HBO has a spectacular documentary on actor John Cazale tonight at 8pm. The Summer doldrums are setting in but we'll try to keep things interesting for you (watch for our TV on DVD reviews starting this week). If you have HBO, tonight you must absolutely check out "I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale". Cazale was the brilliant actor whose every film was nominated for an Oscar (from Dog Day Afternoon to The...

TV Junkie: Sunshine In A Bag Wraps Up The Weekend

It should be noted that Comedy Central is now re-running "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" on Monday nights starting tonight | If you're going to tune into tonight's Clint Eastwood-fest on TCM, keep an eye out for character actor Eddie Garrett who plays a cop in Dirty Harry. Garrett was a regular on the TV series "Quincy" and "The Odd Couple" and was an accomplished photographer as a kid who published a book of his photos...

TV Junkie Interview: Alaina Huffman of Syfy's 'Stargate Universe'

Alaina Huffman as Lt. Tamara "TJ" Johansen - photo credit: Carole Segal Alaina Huffman (@alainahuffman) plays 1st Lt. Tamara "TJ" Johansen on the Syfy channel's hit series, "Stargate Universe" aka "SGU" to those in the know. You have also seen Huffman as the Black Canary in The CW's "Smallville" for the past couple seasons. Huffman splits her time between the Vancouver soundstage where "SGU" is shot and Los Angeles. We had a chance to...

TV Junkie: War Movie Weekend; We Wait for Sunday's 'Breaking Bad'

Weekend Edition It's Memorial Day weekend which means lots of war movies on TV, we've picked the best of the bunch for the schedule below. We'll stick with original programming tonight with Bill Maher, "Party Down" (which has been excellent this season), and "The Soup". Then we wait for Sunday's must-watch episode of "Breaking Bad" - yesterday series star R.J. Mitte told us that...

TV Junkie: 'Lost' Epilogue on DVD Set; More Fallon Ustreaming

"Lost" epilogue in the DVD set that will explain a few things. See the interview clip of him on G4's "Attack of the Show" at the end of this post. Speaking of G4, you are cordially invited to vote on their E3 '10 Booth Babes between now and June 4th - winner to be announced on June 15th on "Attack of the Show".

TV Junkie: Fallon Ustreams; Boring 'Idol'

Jimmy Fallon did something pretty cool last night, he Ustreamed a live session of him and almost his entire staff while "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" was being broadcast on the East Coast in an online service called "Watch Jimmy With Jimmy".

TV Junkie: Farewell 'Law & Order', We Knew Ye A Bit Too Much, Perhaps

It wasn't our intention yesterday to gloss over the "series" finale of "Law & Order" - with series in quotes because with so many spin-offs we're not really sure that "Law & Order" is over with, particularly for LA denizens as "Law & Order: Los Angeles" will be launching this Fall. There's also been talk of a big made-for-TV movie as well as cast members of the original making regular appearances on each of...

TV Junkie: The '24' Finale

Au revoir Jack, until the big screen - the series finale of "24" airs at 8pm on Fox. Tonight we will stagger from last night's series finale of "Lost" to tonight's series finale of "24". In the 8 1/2 years since the premiere of "24" the show has gone from being an avant-garde, in-your-face morality play about terrorism, torture, and politics, to something formulaic and predictable. "24"'s combination of raw action and comical xenophobia...

TV Junkie: Tour of California Finale; 'Lost' Finale

Supposedly the cycling world was "rocked" by the allegations of doping that ex-Tour de France winner Floyd Landis made about his former teammates at US Postal Service. This weekend not only marks the finale of the Amgen Tour of California (be sure to watch today through Sunday as all these stages will be going through the greater-Los Angeles area) but it also marks the finale of Floyd Landis' credibility.

TV Junkie: Season Finale Night for NBC Comedy Block; Did You Watch 'Good Guys'?

Senor Chang demands that _you_ watch the season finale of "Community" at 8pm on NBC Who watched "Good Guys" last night and what did you think? --- It's season finale night for NBC's comedy block, we'll be watching "Community" in particular since series creator Dan Harmon refers to its epic-ness when we interviewed him at PaleyFest (see video at the end of the post). Also featured in the evening will be Rob Lowe's guest...

TV Junkie: Versus #epicfail; 'Modern Family' Season Finale Tonight

Eric Stonestreet is Cameron Tucker in ABC's "Modern Family" which has it's season finale tonight at 9pm. Be sure to check out our interview with Stonestreet at the end of the post. [Photo courtesy of ABC] Yesterday we expressed our frustration with Versus' complete lack of content in Monday's broadcast of the Amgen Tour of California - we had deluded ourselves that things couldn't get any worse. Tuesday's broadcast of stage 3 from San...

TV Junkie: '24' & 'Lost' Finales Get Set Up; Versus #fail Tour of California

In last night's penultimate episode of "24" we (finally) experienced some of the uncompromising action that made the series so exciting when it first debuted almost nine years ago. Now the stage has been set for next Monday's finale, it's official: it's Jack Bauer vs. the World. We're tuning into "Lost" tonight to see how they're setting up for Sunday's finale.

TV Junkie at the 69th Annual Peabody Awards

We went to the 69th Annual Peabody Awards held at the historic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York yesterday to see 36 recipients pick up the awards that they were chosen for in 2009. The Peabodys are interesting as they narrow the recipients down to any number of winners from over 1000 submissions - see the complete list of recipients here. The recipients can be in virtually any medium, from the web to film, but...

TV Junkie: 'Pacific' Finale; Tour of California Premiere

Last night marked the series finale of "The Pacific", and while we've expressed frustration with accuracy, and a general feeling of apathy for the characters, last night's episode was probably the best one - without a shot being fired. [Spoiler Alert] As we saw these men return to the States, reintegrate (or not) with their families, we finally felt some real empathy for them. It was very well done with the exception of the myriad...

TV Junkie: Networks Clean House; Baldwin Hosts 'SNL'

Alec Baldwin enjoying himself on "SNL" - he will host the show again tomorrow night, 11:25pm @ NBC Last night we observed an interesting phenomena as Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) learned of tweets by "Entertainment Weekly" columnist Michael Ausiello (@MichaelAusiello) announcing the cancellation of her show "Romantically Challenged" (@RomChallenged). Officially, ABC has said nothing (as of 11am Pacific today) about canceling "Romantically Challenged" - it would be interesting to know who Ausiello talked to at...

TV Junkie: Spock on 'Fringe'; Huge Giveaway on G4's @aots Tonight

Leonard Nimoy appears in the first of a two parter on "Fringe" tonight, Fox @ 9pm We're be taking a break from the second hour of NBC's comedy block tonight to check out "Fringe" which will feature Leonard Nimoy! We'll be able to catch Alec Baldwin on Letterman later in the evening. --- We like G4's "Attack of the Show" for lots of reasons: they are a great news source, the comedy is timely...

TV Junkie: 'Lost' Auction; Daytime Emmy Noms

Tonight's "Modern Family" continues its trek to Hawaii - ABC @ 9pm. The show will be receiving a Peabody Award next Monday, look for our on-scene reports of that event. "Lost" fans/self-abusers should be psyched about the auction of 10 pages of props, costumes, and set pieces from the show. A date hasn't been set for the auction yet, other than it will be during "the summer". Speaking of "Lost" [Spoiler Alert], in our...

TV Junkie: Ending of '24' Even More Obvious; Another Emmy for 'Amazing Race'?

Spoiler Alert for "24," Another "True Blood" minisode, about the "Amazing Race" finale, pilot season, a Carol Burnett Facebook campaign to bring her to Saturday Night Live and your daily TV Listings...

TV Junkie: White Does Right

NBC promo pic of "Saturday Night Live" star Kristen Wiig and guest host Betty White In case you missed Betty White's appearance on "SNL" Mashable's got all the clips including the dress rehearsal skits that didn't make it to the live broadcast. The show was also a reunion for former regulars including Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon. The Facebook movement to get White on the show as host...

TV Junkie: The Egyptian Tonight; Betty White Hosts 'SNL' Tomorrow; 'Breaking Bad' Sunday

Weekend Highlights: Saturday - We've eagerly been anticipating Betty White's hosting of "Saturday Night Live" since we reported on it in March. She was great on Jimmy Fallon last night and we feel pretty confident that the comedy veteran will have elicited the best writing and performances the "SNL" crew can muster.

TV Junkie: 'This Old House' Coming to LA; Gandolfini Back to HBO?

The supremely awesome "This Old House" is coming to LA! They might feature your project (details to the left). Are you a homeowner with a "historic" home in the LA area with a renovation project? For the first time ever, Emmy Award-winning television series "This Old House" is looking for a historic home to renovate in Los Angeles County. The project's scope must be "just right" - not a whole house, but more than...

TV Junkie: Lost...

"Lost" Spoiler Alert: We could write about "Lost" all day, every day and not come close to the amount of theories the uber-pundit megafans seem to spew 24/7 so we won't even try to compete but last night can't pass without us saying something about it: holy shit. Is it good news or not that the "Lost" series finale will now run from 9-11:30pm on May 23rd? Does this extension mean that we will "lose" everyone?

TV Junkie: Fallon to Host Emmys; Jack Bauer's Broken Moral Compass? New 'True Blood' Minisode

Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins get into it again in a new episode of "Justified" tonight on FX at 10pm. "Justified" has just been renewed for another season. Jimmy Fallon has been picked to host the 2010 Primetime Emmys which will finally be shown in real time on the West Coast on August 29th, on NBC. We think Fallon can pull it off but hopefully someone other than his monologue writers will be coming...

TV Junkie: Conan's Interview; 'The Pacific' Not So Accurate; 3D TV in Germany

Another great episode of "Nurse Jackie" will be on Showtime at 10pm If you missed Conan O'Brien on "60 Minutes" last night, here's your chance to see it. O'Brien revealed quite a bit, further detailing what a horrible job NBC did with their mismanagement of their late night schedule. --- Spoiler Alert: For all the fanfare describing Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's adherence to accuracy and eye for detail in their series "The Pacific",...

TV Junkie: 'Chuck' Flashmobs Organizing; Conan on '60 Minutes'; Alice Waters on Martha

"Chuck" fans will be uniting to flashmob various cities this Monday. "Chuck" fans should know that a fansite is organizing flashmobs in an attempt to save the show this Monday. The cities to be mobbed are (at least): San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Seattle. Nothing yet planned for LA but if you like the show, spread the word to your friends in the target cities. --- As LAist reported earlier this week, Conan O'Brien...

TV Junkie: All New Eps on NBC Tonight; Cable Earnings Scary Strong

We're getting both barrels from NBC tonight as all their primetime comedy shows have new episodes this evening. Granted, if "The Office" or "30 Rock" seem less than stellar we'll have no problems shifting over to watch "Fringe" on Fox but it will be difficult not to do some switching back and forth. NBC will also be tempting us back as they will have the irrepressible Sarah Silverman on "The Marriage Ref".

TV Junkie: 'Glee' Meh? More for 'Californication'

"South Park" concludes its season with a very special episode of Timmy and Jimmy going to camp. Comedy Central at 10pm With no new "Lost" last night we were forced to scout around for other entertainment, and while doing that we saw a lot of complaints in the Twitterverse about some #Gleeks who were extremely unhappy with last night's episode. What did you think of "Glee" last night? --- Curious about ABC's "Happy Town"...

TV Junkie Interviews: Thu Tran of 'Food Party' and Sam Mason of 'Dinner With The Band'

Tonight IFC is launching its "Dinner Party" hour which will be every Tuesday starting at 10pm with two back-to-back episodes of Thu Tran's "Food Party", followed at 10:30pm by "Dinner With The Band" hosted by chef Sam Mason. We had the chance to talk to the two hosts about their shows at the IFC kick-off party at Andrew W.K.'s club, Santo's Party House, in NYC a couple weeks ago.

TV Junkie: A Drop of 'True Blood' Begins; Discovery Deaths

"True Blood" fans, the first of five minisodes have begun running on TV.Yahoo.com, where they will run initially before being distributed to HBO.com and the "True Blood" Facebook page. The minisodes are entirely new, with scenes that can’t be found in past or future seasons and are part of the (incredibly successful) effort at building anticipation for the premiere of the new season on June 13.

TV Junkie: 'SouthLAnd' Will Return! Stephen King's Project Moves Forward; Future of TV News

Toni Collette shines in an excellent episode of "The United States of Tara" tonight at 10:30pm on Showtime It was with much excitement that we read TNT's announcement that "SouthLAnd" will be returning for a 3rd season. This is great news for TV and even better news for LA as the show has so many location shoots which means more work for local crews as well as realistic portrayals of the city. Be sure...

TV Junkie Interview: Dean Norris from 'Breaking Bad'

Dean Norris stars as DEA agent Hank Schrader in AMC's "Breaking Bad" - Tonight at 10pm Dean Norris is currently thrilling us as ultra-macho DEA agent Hank Schrader on AMC's "Breaking Bad" but we've been watching this great actor for over 25 years. From "N.Y.P.D. Blue" to the "X-Files" to "The Unit" and beyond, Dean Norris has just kept popping up so we've been very pleased to get so much of him so regularly...

TV Junkie: Time to 'Party Down'; 'You Don't Know Jack' is Saturday's Pick

Weekend Edition Some great things are happening on TV this weekend, namely the return of "Party Down" to Starz tonight - we've seen the first 1/2 dozen episodes and it's a lot of fun - the addition of Megan Mullally, which we initially feared, is actually fantastic! Tomorrow marks the premiere of HBO's film, You Don't Know Jack, with Al Pacino portraying Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian, and it's an incredible film...

TV Junkie: Earth Day Options; NBC's Comedy Block Returns Tonight

Elizabeth Banks is back on "30 Rock" tonight to tempt Alec Baldwin at 8:30pm on NBC On this Earth Day: Variety has a story about how studios are attempting to become more environmentally responsible (the efforts seem a little week IMHO); from 6-10pm the Disney Channel will feature environment-focused episodes of "Phineas and Ferb," "Hannah Montana," "The Suite Life on Deck," "Wizards of Waverly Place" and the film Minutemen; of course, you could just...

TV Junkie: 'Ugly Americans' To Return! New Shows + A Couple More Years (at least) of Stewart & Colbert

We're psyched to see that "Ugly Americans" has been picked up for at least 7 more episodes starting this fall. Check out the promo clip at the end of this post for a peek at tonight's Twilight parody - also check out our interview with the creators.

TV Junkie: TCM Classic Film Fest; New Web Series;

TCM's Classic Film Festival happens this week and LA is ground zero In less than two days, the TCM Classic Film Festival begins with more than 50 screenings, panel discussions, Q&As, and parties slated. With everyone from Eve Marie Saint and Martin Landau, to Tim Roth and John Carpenter introducing and discussing the creation of and influence of classic films, it's a festival that shouldn't be missed. If there isn't any decent new television...

TV Junkie Interview: Patrick Warburton - 'Rules of Engagement'

Patrick Warburton stars in "Rules of Engagement" - Mondays at 8:30pm on CBS Believe it or not, we've been watching Patrick Warburton on TV for over 20 years. From a bit part on the venerable series, "The Paper Chase", to Elaine Benes' perfect counterpoint, David Puddy, on "Seinfeld", to the ultracult fave "The Tick", Warburton has been a reliable source of comedy and entertainment in a wide range of shows and roles. Currently Warburton...

TV Junkie: 'Damages' Season Finale; 'SNL' Griping

Somebody please confirm for us that they also thought the Ryan Phillippe/Ke$ha edition of "Saturday Night Live" was a bit of a chore to watch. Certainly, the Shake Weight DVD commercial was very funny (see embed at end of post), but the rest, other than some moments during Weekend Update, felt somewhat lacking. What did Phillippe contribute other than a pretty face - and doesn't Ke$ha's "Your Love Is My Drug" sound more than a little derivative of "Tik Tok"?

TV Junkie Interview: The New Doctor Who and his Companion

Interviews with Doctor Who #11 and Companion Amy Pond from Thomas Attila Lewis on Vimeo. We've professed our geekery here before many times and perhaps there's nothing more incriminating than admitting a multi-decade appreciation of the venerable BBC series, "Doctor Who", which was, thankfully, capably resurrected by Russell T. Davies in 2005 and is now run by Steven Moffat. Firmly established as the longest-running and most successful science fiction series of all time, follows the...

TV Junkie: 'Doctor Who' on Saturday; 'LIFE' Ends... On Sunday

Weekend Edition This weekend marks the season premiere of "Doctor Who" tomorrow night at 9pm on BBC America, so check out our interview earlier today with the series star Matt Smith and his sidekick, Karen Gillan.

TV Junkie: 'Glee' App on iTunes; Oswalt In/Oswalt Out

Gleeks rejoice: there's a "Glee" app for the iPad, iPhone & iTouch Thank goodness it's Thursday which means we've got new episodes of "FlashForward" and "Fringe". A '00s retrospective of "SNL" is taking up most of NBC's time tonight so their comedy-block is otherwise derailed. Thanks for reading, please follow both LAist and TheTVJunkie on Twitter. --- Gleeks should be interested in this interview with series music producer Adam Anders. They should also be...

TV Junkie: 'Ugly' Finale; 200th 'South Park'; Lopez's Move Was Smart

We're stunned too - tonight the series finale of "Ugly Betty" airs at 10pm on ABC We sensed that viewers got a bit more frustrated with "Lost" last night and we bet the numbers will show that a lot of people switched over to the "Glee" season premiere. Tell us, are you sticking to the bitter end with "Lost"? We feel that we have to. --- Tonight marks the 200th episode of "South Park"...

TV Junkie: Its Name is 'LOLA'; 'Glee' Returns

It's been a rumor for months but now it's confirmed, NBC is moving ahead with "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (aka "LOLA"?) - that makes 4 series concurrently running on television which seems like more original programming than The CW produces so why not get it over with and have a "Law & Order" network?

TV Junkie: Conan to TBS-It-Up; Pilot Production Leaving LA

The delightfully evil ex-President Logan (played by Gregory Itzin) returns to "24" tonight at 9pm on FOX Earlier we had written about Conan O'Brien starting his comedy road show this week while continuing negotiations with Fox who had wanted him as a show host for the 11pm-12am slot but that is obviated as today's announcement by TBS means that Conan's show now has a home. The new show will bump "Lopez Tonight" from 11pm...

Movie Review: 'Date Night'

Tina Fey and Steve Carell star in "Date Night" As part of the target demographic for Shawn Levy's Date Night we felt that the set up of the movie humorously and effectively communicated what it is about the daily grind of marriage-with-children that can drive couples apart. The compromises one makes and the minor inconveniences can amount to something that isn't so minor. In recognition that their marriage might be in danger, Phil and...

TV Junkie: Interview with Anna Gunn of 'Breaking Bad'

Anna Gunn stars as Skyler White on AMC's "Breaking Bad" on Sundays at 10:00pm Anna Gunn currently stars as Skyler White on AMC's Emmy and Peabody award-winning series "Breaking Bad" (Sundays at 10pm) but it was her portrayal of Martha Bullock on HBO's "Deadwood" a few years ago that cemented her as a leading lady in cutting edge television. We had the chance to speak with Anna Gunn over the phone as she was...

TV Junkie: Tina Fey to Host 'SNL'; 3D TV

Weekend Edition The National Association of Broadcasters convention opens this weekend in Las Vegas and one of the biggest topics at the show will be 3D TV. While we don't have a problem donning some uncomfortable plastic shades for a couple hours in the movie theater, we really wonder if photos of the American family enjoying a night of television will feature them with giant...

TV Junkie: New 'FlashForward' and 'Fringe' Tonight

Comedy Central had another great hour of animation last night, who caught the ridiculously funny and accurate Facebook-Tron episode of "South Park"? "Ugly Americans" also delivered excellent weirdness, explaining in further detail more reasons why New Jersey is such a bizarre place.

TV Junkie: Last Night's Great Eps of 'Lost' and 'SouthLAnd'; More Awards for KCET; Hang With Tony Bourdain

More door shenanigans in "Ugly Americans" on Comedy Central at 10:30pm The consensus is that last night's episode of "Lost" was excellent and we agree that the focus on Henry Ian Cusick's Desmond Hume was very compelling. The "SouthLAnd" season finale was very very good, we hope that TNT makes the right decision and brings the show back - be sure to check out yesterday's interview with series star Ben McKenzie. --- Book Soup...

TV Junkie Interview: Ben McKenzie of 'Southland'

Ben McKenzie stars as Officer Ben Sherman in TNT's "Southland" (tonight at 10pm) Before Ben McKenzie took the role of rookie Patrol Officer Ben Sherman on formerly NBC's and now TNT's "Southland", we all became familiar with him for his portrayal of the conflicted Ryan Atwood in Foxs "The O.C." Tonight the season finale of "Southland" airs at 10pm on TNT - we hope that this series, one of the best that premiered in...

TV Junkie: Friday Nights Are Back on Network Radar; 'Southland' Season Finale

Tune in to TNT's "Southland" season finale at 10pm According to this story on The Hollywood Reporter, finally Friday nights are getting a second look by the networks. As a kid of the '70s and '80s, we remember Friday nights being a big deal only to see the night turn into reruns sometime in the '90s. We don't really see a lot of value in "Ghost Whisperer" and "Medium" and neither do viewers as...

TV Junkie: G4's 'Attack of the Show' will have 'Epic April'

G4's "Attack of the Show" is going to be incredible this month. Easily one of our favorite shows, "Attack of the Show" aka @aots has always been an entertaining amalgamation of news, interviews, tech geekery, pop culture, and comedy fronted by the always lovely Olivia Munn and the infinitely capable Kevin Pereira, a guy with legit tech cred as he ran his own ISP company as a teenager and is an...

TV Junkie: The Pitch - Creator/Writer/Producer Brad Wright for 'Stargate Universe'

"Stargate Universe" has its season premiere tonight at 9pm on Syfy We didn't have the chance to interview Brad Wright, the creator of Syfy's "Stargate Universe" but he was kind to give us The Pitch via email. "Stargate Universe" returns for season 1.5 on SyFy on April 2nd at 9pm and stars Robert Carlyle, Ming-Na, Louis Ferreira, Elyse Levesque, Alaina Huffman, Lou Diamon Phillips and David Blue, among others. The series follows a band...

TV Junkie: ABC's iPad App; MLB Season Opener Live in China

Another great episode of "Breaking Bad" airs Sunday at 10pm on AMC Weekend Edition ABC has announced the launch of an app for the iPad for viewing of their programming. This was after the iPad received some prime placement in Wednesday's episode of "Modern Family", not that it wasn't skillfully and appropriately done. David Letterman fooling around with the iPad on his show last night was definitely less than ideal for Apple. --- Check...

TV Junkie: Fox News/Palin Hit Integrity Lows

"Fringe" explores the past in tonight's episode (9pm on FOX) We were "shocked" to learn Fox News and Sarah Palin misrepresenting who will be involved with her planned program on the network. So far LL Cool J and Toby Keith have been caught unawares that interviews with them, some a couple years old, were to be edited into the show without their permission. Neither Fox News nor Sarah Palin are known for their integrity...

TV Junkie: The Pitch - The Creator & Producer of Comedy Central's 'Ugly Americans'

Randall, Leonard, Mark, Callie, Twayne, Grimes from Comedy Central's "Ugly Americans" (tonight at 10:30pm) We had the chance to speak with series creator Devin Clark and executive producer David M. Stern about "Ugly Americans" (Wednesdays/Tonight at 10:30pm on Comedy Central). They gave us The Pitch: LAist: Give us your Top 3 reasons why someone should watch "Ugly Americans" at 10:30pm vs. not watching it or watching it later online or Tivo'd. Devin Clark: Do...

TV Junkie: KCET Wins Peabody; 'Ultimate Gamer' Casting Call

ABC's "Modern Family" won a 2009 Peabody today and Ty Burrell (above) will be a presenter at the College Television Awards on April 10th in LA. A new episode of "Modern Family" airs tonight at 9pm. Who else was annoyed by the "V" countdown clock on ABC? It was intrusive to say the least and it distracted us considerably during the 2nd half of "Lost". For all the countdown-ing the premiere episode of "V"...

TV Junkie: 'V' Season Premiere; WE tv Rollout; Kiefer Speaks; What's On Your Plate + Ed Begley Jr. = teh awesomeness

"V" returns tonight at 10pm on ABC Just when we were getting into a set weekly schedule everything gets tossed around and tonight is no exception with the return of "V" on ABC at 10pm. We've heard that the show does push some extremes in the 10pm slot which is reassuring as we didn't want another milquetoasty prime time show. Fortunately we'll be able to catch "Southland" and "Justified" on repeat later in the...

TV Junkie: '24' No Mo; Final Season of 'Saving Grace' Premieres; E!'s 'Save One Show' is Back

We're definitely going to miss Chloe when "24" disappears from Monday nights. On Friday FOX announced that it was canceling Kiefer Sutherland's "24" meaning it's last episode will air on May 24th - talk about serendipity. The demise of the show is no great surprise to us as the series has begun to feel a bit formulaic over the last couple seasons(c'mon, another mole?!). In its 8th season, Sutherland's Jack Bauer is saving the...

Movie Review: 'Hot Tub Time Machine'

Rob Corddry is the primary reason to see "Hot Tub Time Machine" and it's more than enough of a reason. The trailers for Hot Tub Time Machine have been all over the TV for a couple months and the cast members have been making the rounds on late night shows for the last two weeks in anticipation of this weekend's opening. We had the chance to see the movie earlier this week and we...

TV Junkie: 'True Blood' Posters; 'Minute to Win It' Casting Call; 'Life'/'Breaking Bad' Sunday

Weekend Edition Other than March madness we'd like to try to direct your eyeballs to Sunday's offerings of both "Life" on Discovery and "Breaking Bad" on AMC which win out over Spielberg's TV version of Hell In the Pacific for another week in the row. Note that "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston will be on Jimmy Fallon tonight. For more background on this season be sure to check out our video interviews with principals Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul as well as series creator Vince Gilligan.

TV Junkie: 'Vampire Diaries' Returns; Rob Corddry on Fallon

Like it or not, the CW's insanely popular "The Vampire Diaries" is back tonight where we'll see it continue until the season finale in a couple months. It's gained an amazing amount of attraction despite only being on the air since last September. We shot the above video at PaleyFest a few weeks ago and were very pleasantly surprised at how well-spoken series star (and enthusiastic Canadian) Nina Dobrev was. --- We were happy...

TV Junkie Interview: Brittany Curran Give Us The Inside Scoop on PaleyFest's 'Men of a Certain Age' Night

Brittany Curran outside the Saban Theatre during PaleyFest2010's "Men of a Certain Age" night [Photo provided by Brittany Curran] Brittany Curran plays Lucy Tranelli, the daughter of Ray Romano's character, Joe Tranelli, in TNT's excellent "Men of a Certain Age" (aka #MOACA) which just finished its first season a few weeks ago. We met and interviewed Curran just after the SAG awards and were very happy to see that she was going to be...

TV Junkie: Letterman's Show of Shows Tonight

The delightfully enigmatic Crispin Glover will be on E!'s "Chelsea Lately" tonight at 11pm. [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis] Who watched "Lost" last night? Did you feel as if there was a bit of closure and/or explanation finally? Give us your thoughts please. --- Late Night Notes: Crispin Glover will be on "Chelsea Lately" (11pm on E!) and we can't wait! He has a hilarious part in Hot Tub Time Machine and we're still...

TV Junkie: Palin-vision on Discovery @ $1.2 million/episode

Discovery Communications is the network supposedly in the lead for capturing Sarah Palin's "Alaska" travelogue. Palin has reportedly demanded $1.2 million per episode which would make the series the most expensive nature series ever produced - and the Republicans want to complain about the cost of health care reform?

TV Junkie: 'Nurse Jackie' Season 2 Premiere Event - Interviews with Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, & Cast

To kick off the second season of their popular series "Nurse Jackie", Showtime held a charity fundraiser in NYC's Gotham Hall. The "Nurse Jackie" Rx Games was an invite to watch real nurses from NY Presbyterian, Mt. Sinai, Sloan Kettering, NYU Medical Center and St. Vincent's and nursing students from Columbia Medical School...

TV Junkie: Showtime Premieres 'Nurse Jackie' & 'United States of Tara'

"The United States of Tara" season premiere is tonight at 10:30pm on Showtime after "Nurse Jackie". There's a lot of new TV on tonight with plenty of premieres and finales. Foremost among the premieres are Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" (see today's interviews w/Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, etc.) and "The United States of Tara" - both half-hour dramedies with more of an emphasis on drama than comedy. With "Nurse Jackie" (10pm) you have the incomparable multi-Emmy...

TV Junkie: An Interview with Len Lesser - Uncle Leo, is that you?

It's not very often that one gets to sit with a legend (ok sure, we did just get to hang out with Betty White a few weeks ago), so we were thrilled to have a chance to speak with veteran character actor Len Lesser who has been in hundreds of TV and film productions in his 60+ year career. Lesser is featured in the play "Awake and Sing!" at Glendale's A Noise Within theatre...

TV Junkie: Two Incredible Premieres on Sunday - 'Life' on Discovery / 'Breaking Bad' on AMC

This weekend has two highly anticipated premieres on Sunday night. Discovery begins airing its miniseries "Life" - an incredible and lushly filmed nature series that took more than 4 years to complete. We've seen the first several episodes and they are jaw-dropping...

TV Junkie: 'Breaking Bad' Season 3 Premiere Event - NYC

AMC's 'Breaking Bad' Season 3 Premiere Event in Times Square NYC from Thomas Attila Lewis on Vimeo. We missed the "Breaking Bad" season 3 premiere event in LA on March 9th, which featured the "meth lab trailer" but we caught up with them today in Times Square in NYC where the team completed their cross country trip. We spoke with Aaron Paul ("Jesse Pinkman"), Bryan Cranston ("Walter White"), and series creator and executive producer Vince...

TV Junkie: 'Archer' Finale; Conan Talking to Fox; 'Breaking Bad' Plans

The season finale of "Archer" airs at 10pm on FX The rumor had always been that Fox was interested in Conan O'Brien coming on board and now there's some proof that negotiations are ongoing. --- The AP has an excellent interview with Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad" (who we got a quick word with at an Oscars party). Tomorrow afternoon we'll be interviewing Aaron Paul and co-star Bryan Cranston in the meth lab trailer...

TV Junkie: Happy St. Patrick's Day; Betty Gets Regular Gig; Food Network Wants Worst Cooks in LA; Dick Towel

"Ugly Americans" premieres tonight on Comedy Central at 10:30pm Happy St. Patrick's Day: Over at the Archive of American Television's blog they've written a wonderful post complete with video clips of about 20 TV actors, writers, directors of Irish descent each touching on what makes them Irish. --- Our friend Betty White has not only landed the May 8th "SNL" hosting gig but will also be a regular co-star of TV Land's "Hot In...

TV Junkie: 'Justified' Premieres; 'The Pacific' Slow on Both Plot and Viewers

Timothy Olyphant sports a cowboy hat and a lot of 'tude in tonight's premiere of "Justified" on FX at 10pm Tonight's big premiere is "Justified" on FX at 10pm. We love Timothy Olyphant and Walter Goggins and we wish that FX had sent us some screeners because all we've got to go on is the promo which looks heavy on 'tude and low on plot. That being said we're going to go with "Southland"...

TV Junkie: What Thinkest Thou of 'The Pacific'? GDC Coverage on G4;

"Secret Diary of a Call Girl" season finale on Showtime at 8pm (or 10pm on HD) What'd you think of HBO's "The Pacific"? We thought it was shot in adequate "epic-style" but the soundtrack makes us think of just about anything on the History Channel. Also, we didn't feel an immediate engagement with the characters that we felt with "Band of Brothers", or more recently, "Generation Kill". Perhaps by the 2nd or 3rd chapter...

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