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TV Junkie: Cronkite Ill; Conan vs. Letterman Gets Tight

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"The Soup" on E! at 10pm tonight

"The Soup" on E! at 10pm tonight
Weekend EditionOur thoughts are with the family of veteran newsman, Walter Cronkite, who is reportedly gravely ill. If you were a kid in the '70s, chances are that Cronkite is still the voice and face of the news to you.
The late night battle between Letterman and Conan is getting tighter. Conan still has a slight lead but this is rapidly closing and the two should achieve parity in the next few weeks but we're heading into summer which usually means viewers will spend a few less hours in front of the TV.
Don't forget that next week: "Jon and Kate Plus 8" have a major announcement to make on Monday; Jason Jones will be reporting from Iran all week; and on The Weather Channel it's Hurricane Week all week long. Over on E! Online, some "House" folks spill the beans on the upcoming season.
Tonight it's late night Lakers' night on Conan and Kimmel. Sunday we're psyched for another "True Blood" episode.

The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - Bill Maher, Jonathan Ross, "The Soup", Conan, Fallon. Saturday - "The Bad Seed", "Ashes to Ashes". Sunday - "Storm Stories: Hurricane Week", "True Blood".

Tonight [Check the full weekend schedule after the jump]

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7:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Meghan McCain; Hooman Majd, writer; Katty Kay, journalist; Paul Begala, political strategist; Joel Stein, writer

8:00pm The Chopping Block NBC - Returns from hiatus

8:00pm Don't Forget the Lyrics FOX - Season Finale

8:00pm Friday Night With Jonathan Ross BBC America - Ben Stiller; Ewan McGregor; Eminem; Charlotte Uhlenbroek

8:30pm The King of Comedy TCM - (1983) A desperate would-be comic (Robert De Niro) hounds a late-night talk-show host (Jerry Lewis) for a break

10:00pm The Soup E! - The week in pop culture, sodomized.

10:00pm SuperNews Current - It's Gotta Be Swexty

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Jada Pinkett Smith; actor Michael Cera; The Sounds perform.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien NBC - Actor Shia LaBeouf; Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson; Holly Williams performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Professional basketball players Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher.

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12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Bryan Cranston; actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Jeff Goldblum; comic Mike Birbiglia; director Tamra Davis.


7:15pm The Bad Seed TCM - (1956) Odd fatal accidents lead a woman (Nancy Kelly) to realize that her 8-year-old daughter (Patty McCormack) was born to kill.

9:00pm Ashes to Ashes BBC America - Season Finale

10:00pm Eli Stone ABC - Returns from hiatus


5:00-7:00pm Storm Stories: Hurricane Week Kick-Off The Weather Channel - "Hurricane Week" begins on The Weather Channel with in depth stories on Andrew, Ivan, and Ike and updates from the affected areas.

8:00pm Merlin NBC - Series Premiere

9:00pm True Blood HBO - Sookie and Bill contend with teen vampire Jessica; Jason impresses his Light of Day leaders

9:00pm Masterpiece Mystery! PBS/KCET - Poirot: Cat Among the Pigeons A princess is hidden away at a small girl's school, but the school may not be such a safe haven when teachers are found murdered.

9:00pm Web Soup G4 - Web culture, eviscerated

9:00pm Impact ABC - Original Miniseries