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TV Junkie: NBC's Partial Announcement; Fallon Not A Disaster According to WSJ

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"Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on NBC at 12:35am


"Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on NBC at 12:35am
Unless you are a Chicago Bulls or Boston Celtics fan (yeah!) this weekend's TV was kind of boring other than Sunday's "Breaking Bad" on AMC, which was excellent as usual. We wonder why the premiere of season 2 of "Ashes to Ashes" was pulled off of BBC America - it was a highlight for Saturday and pretty much the only alternative to basketball.News from Renewaland: At today's presentation, NBC officially picked up new dramas "Trauma," "Parenthood," "Mercy" and "Day One" as well as the new comedies "Community" (starring Joel McHale from one of our favorite programs, E!'s "The Soup"!) and "100 Questions." Beyond the six new shows, NBC also gave a go-ahead to "Southland," "Heroes," "Parks and Recreation" and another round of Thursday night "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update" episodes - although some are questioning the "SNL" segments since this fall will not have a presidential election.

What was weird about today's announcement from NBC is that several shows are still up in the air: "Law & Order", "Chuck", etc. - supposedly the fate of these will be worked out by mid-May.

Speaking of NBC, today's Wall Street Journal did a write up of how Jimmy Fallon's version of "Late Night" is officially not a disaster. The last 3 weeks of Fallon's show have averaged 1.9 million viewers, only 2.8% fewer than Conan O'Brien's audience. It's been interesting to watch Fallon's show make several adjustments over the past couple months - Fallon is definitely engaging and entertaining as an interviewer and while his monologues are better, that is still an area that needs improvement. What has been a lot of fun are the evenings in which Fallon reveals his technophile geekery and we get to see some new technology demonstrated or he interviews some web personalities. More of those please!

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The TV Junkie Plan: "How I Met Your Mother", "24", "Doing Da Vinci", Letterman, Fallon.

8:00pm House FOX - House and his team of doctors investigate a ballerina's case.

8:00pm Dancing With the Stars ABC - The remaining celebrities perform.

8:00pm Gossip Girl The CW - Blair pressures Georgina into helping her with a scheme; Chuck and Nate's rivalry comes to a head

8:00pm Deal or No Deal NBC - Back from hiatus

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8:30pm How I Met Your Mother CBS - Ted ponders how being in the right place at the right time can impact a person's life; Barney celebrates his 200th female conquest.

9:00pm American Experience - We Shall Remain: Geronimo PBS/KCET - Born around 1820, Geronimo eventually established himself as a leading Chiricahua Apache warrior and healer.

9:00pm I Love Money VH1 - Season Finale

9:00pm 24 FOX - Day 7: 4:00AM - 5:00AM Chloe deals with the declining situation; the administration is cornered.

9:00pm In Treatment HBO - Oliver, followed by Walter

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10:00pm New York Goes to Work VH1 - Series Premiere

10:00pm Doing Da Vinci Discovery - The team cautiously builds a multi-cannon machine gun.

10:30pm Gimme Green Sundance - The American obsession with the residential lawn.

11:30pm The Colber(t) Repor(t) Comedy Central - J.J. Abrams, Filmmaker, Star Trek

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Chef Gordon Ramsay; actor Chris Pine; Keri Hilson performs with Kanye West

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12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Jennifer Aniston; actor Donald Faison; Adele performs.