TV Junkie: Emmy Snub of Len Lesser Inexcusable; 'Raising Hope' & Other Premieres
Sure, Louis C.K., "The Killing," "Game of Thrones," Kristen Wiig, and Jon Hamm were snubbed at Sunday's Emmys, but even the dead didn't escape disrespect. Most poignant was the omission of Len Lesser, aka Uncle Leo from "Seinfeld," from the annual In Memoriam montage. Sure, most people remember Lesser for this semi-regular role on the popular sitcom but if you check out Lesser's IMDB entry you'll see that his credits go back to the earliest days of television, particularly when production began migrating to Hollywood.
Lesser was in everything from "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "The Jack Benny Program," "My Favorite Martian," "Get Smart," "Kojak," "Simon & Simon," "Everybody Loves Raymond," to "Castle," ensuring that he's been a performer familiar to several generations of TV viewers. But Lesser's early work on the theatrical style productions are what helped bring an audience to the new medium. It's infuriating to see today's TV executives deny this honor to somebody who helped establish the industry they currently exploit.
Above is our interview with Lesser, probably his last in-depth interview on camera, done less than a year before he died.
More premieres of note tonight: Zooey Deschanel's "New Girl" (dear lord I hope she stops 'singing' her lines by the 2nd episode), CBS' "Unforgettable," the season premiere of the awesome "Raising Hope," PBS' docu film series "POV," and KCET's annual student film program "Fine Cut."
Props to Ted Turner for telling Rupert Murdoch to resign.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Paths of Glory, "New Girl," "Raising Hope," "Sons of Anarchy," "Chelsea Lately," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"
7:15pm Paths of Glory TCM - (1957) A World War I French colonel (Kirk Douglas) defends three soldiers picked to be shot for a general's blunder.
8:00pm NCIS CBS - Season Premiere. Nature of the Beast After months of tracking his target, Tony needs Gibbs to help him find answers.
8:00pm 90210 The CW - Rush Hour Naomi and Annie participate in games at a popular sorority; Liam makes a decision about the bar he bought; Silver begrudgingly involves Adrianna
8:00pm Glee Fox -Season Premiere. The Purple Piano Project Mr. Schuester starts the school year by assigning the glee club kids a project to get them back on track
9:00pm New Girl Fox - Series Premiere. Pilot After a sudden breakup with her long-term boyfriend
9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS - Season Premiere. Lange, H. The team searches for Hetty in Romania; Callen uncovers information about his past.
9:30pm Raising Hope Fox - Season Premiere. Prodigy Jimmy learns he was a musical prodigy until an accident ruined his talent, and asks Burt, Virginia and Maw Maw to help him recover his abilities.
10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX - Dorylus SAMCRO encounters an unlikely foe when some of their business goes missing.
10:00pm Unforgettable CBS - Series Premiere. Pilot A murder reunites former detective Carrie Wells with her ex-boyfriend and colleague; Carrie must use her rare ability to help solve the case.
10:00pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - Season Premiere. Daniel hosts a tweet-and-greet; Daniel invades Arizona State University and tries to experience four years of college into one day; rapper Eli Porter gets a web redemption.
10:00pm POV PBS SoCal/KOCE - The Learning Four Filipino women reluctantly leave their families and schools to teach in Baltimore.
10:00pm Parenthood NBC - Hey, If You're Not Using That Baby... Kristina worries about Max attending a mainstream public school; Sarah and Mark define their relationship
10:00pm Fine Cut KCET - KCET's Festival of Films Documentaries, comedic, dramatic and animated short films by filmmakers from California schools.
10:00pm Body of Proof ABC - Season Premiere. Love Thy Neighbor The investigation into a fatal car crash reveals the seedy underbelly of a perfect-looking neighborhood.
10:30pm Workaholics Comedy Central - Season Premiere. Heist School The guys go undercover at a high school.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actor Anthony Mackie; comic Moshe Kasher; TV personality Ross Mathews; comic Sarah Colonna.
11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Simon Baker; actress Bryce Dallas Howard; Matt Nathanson performs.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Jonah Hill; TV personality Paula Abdul; Coldplay performs.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Gerard Butler; actress Whitney Cummings; Kelly Clarkson performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - TV personality Simon Cowell; the latest couple eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars"; Gavin DeGraw performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Harry Connick Jr.; actress Kathryn Hahn.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Dana Carvey; singer Demi Lovato; Clap Your Hands Say Yeah performs.