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TV Junkie: What Fall TV Will Look Like; 'Idol' Finale

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Season finale of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" at 8pm on CBS.


Season finale of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" at 8pm on CBS.
Upfront Day News: This week is when the networks roll out the programs they are planning to release for the Fall - or, at least, its the programs they "say" they are going to roll out for the Fall. They might announce these programs but it doesn't mean they will be given budgets to adequately promote them; it doesn't mean that some of these programs aren't "filler" to be shifted around the schedule before they are ultimately canceled; it doesn't mean that some of these programs aren't feints to throw the other networks off.OK, enough conspiracy theory - with today's news, it's obvious that ABC is making a major investment in order to own Wednesday nights, with comedies "Modern Family"; "Hank," with Kelsey Grammer; "The Middle," with Patricia Heaton"; and "Cougar Town," with Courteney Cox.

NBC's unveiling highlights their twin programming problems: a. Jay Leno's new 10pm nightly show destroying valuable schedule real estate, and b. broadcasting the Winter Olympics. They are addressing this by ordering less episodes of their existing series and splitting the season between them as well as ordering only a few new shows (4?) and canceling "My Name is Earl" and transferring "Medium" over to CBS.

9:00pm World War II: Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West PBS/KCET - Unknown forces tore the Alliance apart just as victory in Europe was getting closer.

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10:00pm Smith DirecTV - Series Finale

Over at the very stable CBS (the only big network to actually gain viewership over the last year), other than getting "Medium", the Big Eye is cutting "Without A Trace", "The Unit", and "Eleventh Hour". They will also be launching a comedy with Jenna Elfman (oh no!) who plays yet another quirky San Francisco-based character in "Accidentally on Purpose" and on the drama side, a Juliana Margulies vehicle, "The Good Wife", and a medical drama, "Three Rivers".

Does anything in the above listings jump out at you? It looks like more of the same from the big 3 which probably won't stem the flow of viewers to cable.

The TV Junkie Plan: "The New Adventures of Old Christine", "MythBusters", "RENO 911!", "The Daily Show", Letterman, Kimmel.

8:00pm American Idol FOX - Two-Hour Season Finale

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8:00pm The New Adventures of Old Christine CBS - Season Finale

8:30pm Gary Unmarried CBS - Season Finale

9:00pm Criminal Minds CBS - Two-Hour Season Finale

9:00pm MythBusters Discovery - The whole team tackles the improbable myth of a skydiver hitting a playground seesaw and sending a small girl flying seven stories

10:00pm Pitchmen Discovery - Sully is ready to shoot an infomercial, but it could fall apart when Billy makes a deal without him.

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10:00pm The Cougar TV Land - Down to the final four

10:00pm Make Me a Supermodel Bravo - The models have an outdoor winter photo shoot in New York City; the models wear fashions from the design team "The Blonds."

10:30pm RENO 911! Comedy Central - Helping Mayor Hernandez

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Elizabeth Edwards

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - TV personality Stephen Colbert; GM executive Bob Lutz; Grizzly Bear performs.

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11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - TV show host Bill Maher; TV show host Adam Richman; Mandy Moore performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Ben Stiller; the winner of "Dancing With the Stars"; No Doubt performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Guy Pearce; comic Hattie Hayridge; Hensley performs.