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TV Junkie: Monday Night Football Beats Election Coverage in Ratings

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With very few TV news gems today, it should be noted that Tony Dow, the Beaver's brother Wally on "Leave It To Beaver", is having a figurative sculpture shown at the Louvre.

In other news, no good deed goes unpunished as evidenced by the promotion of Charlie Collier to president of cable network AMC. Collier, as VP and GM, was responsible for pushing the network to take on the scripted series' "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad". Maybe as president he could finally fire the programming directors who select such films as "Return to House on Haunted Hill", "Ladder 49", "Missing In Action 2: The Beginning", and "Road House" as examples of classic American cinema. However, we are psyched about the 2009 premiere of the remade series, "The Prisoner".

Remember how high we were last week, on the ratings of election night programming? Despite all that hype, "Monday Night Football" was still more watched than any other individual program.

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The TV Junkie Plan: "House", "Frontline" (suffering from politics withdrawal), "The Shield", Letterman (Rickles!), Conan (Seth Green!)

8:00pm Frank TV TBS - Frank Caliendo sketches include Donald Trump's parenting tips, William Shatner auctioning his kidney stones for charity, and a "Mary Tyler Moore Show" parody.

8:00pm 90210 The CW - An unexpected guest shows up to Annie's 16th birthday party; Kelly returns from her trip and confronts Ryan about some allegations or something, maybe they'll have sex afterwards?

8:00pm House FOX - Cameron and Chase and try to work through some kinks in their relationship.

9:00pm Frontline - Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story PBS/KCET - Republican consultant and strategist Harvey Leroy "Lee" Atwater's rise to the White House and his battle with cancer.

9:00pm Fringe FOX - A strange parasite attaches itself to the internal organs of a dying FBI agent.

9:00pm Lincoln Heights ABC Family - Season Finale

10:00pm Law and Order SVU NBC - Former teen heart-throb Jesse McCartney guest stars.

10:00pm Extreme Loggers Discovery - Series Premiere

10:00pm Blush Lifetime - Series Premiere

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10:00pm Cha$e Sci Fi - Series Premiere

10:00pm The Shield FX - The Strike Team must cut corners to get quick cash; Claudette and Dutch set up a secret sting; Billings does intel work inside the Barn. Love how this series shows LA at its best.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Sen. John McCain; the Kaiser Chiefs perform.

11:35pm The Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Comic Don Rickles; actress Amy Brenneman; Alicia Keys performs.

12:35am Late Night With Conan O'Brien NBC - Actor Seth Green; comic Artie Lange; Conor Oberst performs.

Pic from "The Shield" via FX