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TV Junkie: 'Walking Dead' Sneak Peek; PTC Condemns 'Toddlers & Tiaras', So What?
"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on October 16th - check out the behind-the-scenes video above explaining the creepy zombie eyes we'll be seeing this season.
It's no secret that we don't really cover TLC programs in this column as most of them are horrific examples of pandering to our worst impulses to stare at the train wrecks of peoples' lives. Sure, the network has some cooking and fashion shows but networks like Food, Travel, Sundance, and Style are producing better programs in most cases. What we avoid listing and writing about are the exploitive "Hoarding: Buried Alive," "Toddlers & Tiaras," "19 Kids and Counting," "Sister Wives," and those of that ilk. We've written about the Parents Television Council's attempts to censor programing a number of times and they're at it again with TLC's "Toddlers & Tiaras." "Toddlers & Tiaras" is a late primetime show and is not a show for children and therefore the PTC should stay out of commenting about it. I never thought I'd defend TLC's programing but "Toddlers & Tiaras" is a show that exploits children but it's meant for adults - butt out PTC, let some other group take down the show.
TBS has ordered a half-hour comedy from Conan O'Brien's production company Conaco. The show will be about a man who quits his job and returns in his childhood home - no word on when the show will air.
Tomorrow night Greg Proops will be recording his "Smartest Man In The World" podcast live at the Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson Theater, 6539 Santa Monia Boulevard, at 8pm. It's free but you've got to RSVP at 323-960-5519
Podcast Roundup: Marc Maron's WTFpod has great episodes with Doug Stanhope who was a revelation in FX's "Louie," SNL's Jason Sudeikis, and from FX's "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton. Chris Hardwick's Nerdist Podcast has Bill Burr and Reggie Watts. Greg Fitzsimmons has an amazing 2 part podcast with Norm Macdonald, the first one is with Mark McGrath and the 2nd is mostly Macdonald.
Speaking of Bill Burr, go see him tonight at the Largo at the Coronet at 8pm if you can score a ticket. He's working on some new material for his road show and you have a chance to see it first.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Ace In The Hole, "Frontline," "Sons of Anarchy," "Chelsea Lately," "The Colbert Report," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"
7:00pm Ace in the Hole TCM - (1951) A New York newsman (Kirk Douglas) in New Mexico delays a cave-in victim's rescue to milk the story.
8:00pm 90210 The CW - Season Premiere.
8:00pm Web Therapy Showtime - Whistle While You Work Fiona's principal investor goes out of business.
9:00pm Frontline PBS SoCal/KOCE - The Interrogator FBI agent Ali Soufan discusses Sept. 11; reporter Dana Priest explores homeland security, fusion centers, battlefield technol.
9:00pm Ringer The CW - Series Premiere. Fearing for her life after witnessing a murder, Bridget Kelly secretly flees to New York to see her estranged twin sister, Siobhan
10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX - Booster The crew is forced to make a decision that could challenge the future of the club.
10:00pm Parenthood NBC - Season Premiere. I Don't Want to Do This Without You Sarah leans on Mr. Cyr for support as she celebrates her 40th birthday; Amber seeks independence; Adam considers a new business venture with Crosby.
10:00pm POV PBS SoCal/KOCE - If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front A former member of a radical environmental group faces life in prison for arson against Oregon timber companies.
10:00pm Chopped Champions Food - Champions' Tournament: Part 3 Pretty fruit and seafood product in the appetizer round.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Comic Nick Swardson; comic Jo Koy; comic Joe Matarese; comic Heather McDonald.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Jim Lehrer interview guest
11:00pm Conan TBS - Actress Roseanne Barr; reality TV star Pauly D; Baron Vaughan performs.
11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Environmental activist Al Gore.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres; personal trainer Bob Harper; Cobra Starship performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Judge Judy Sheindlin; actress Emily VanCamp; Givers performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor James Woods; actress Kathryn Hahn.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Will Arnett; entrepreneur Richard Branson; Girls perform; John Pizzarelli performs
Donald Trump was a fading TV presence when the WGA strike put a dent in network schedules.
Pickets are being held outside at movie and TV studios across the city
For some critics, this feels less like a momentous departure and more like a footnote.
Disneyland's famous "Fantasmic!" show came to a sudden end when its 45-foot animatronic dragon — Maleficent — burst into flames.
Leads Ali Wong and Steven Yeun issue a joint statement along with show creator Lee Sung Jin.
Every two years, Desert X presents site-specific outdoor installations throughout the Coachella Valley. Two Los Angeles artists have new work on display.