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TV Junkie: TV Ain't Goin' Away (Yet); FX vs FOX; 'White Collar' Premiere

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"White Collar" starring Tiffani Thiessen, Matt Bomer, and Tim DeKay premieres tonight at 10pm on USA

"White Collar" starring Tiffani Thiessen, Matt Bomer, and Tim DeKay premieres tonight at 10pm on USA
Weekend EditionThe prediction that TV was fading into the fog of yesteryear as a medium seems to not be true (for the moment). Overall viewership of TV is up by 4% and the departure of the coveted 18-49 demographic seems to have been arrested.The Hollywood Reporter offers a breakdown, network by network.
On Wednesday we discussed FX's drama offerings and today Variety has a long piece on how FX is competing directly with its parent, FOX, in this category.
Let's hope that the Angels disrupt programming for a few more days at least! In the meantime we have a lot of choices tonight but definitely check out "White Collar" (after watching our interviews from earlier this morning). Tonight also marks the final segment of IFC's excellent Monty Python documentary - a very worthy 6 hours of TV it was. Saturday looks bleak and Sunday has its usual too-much good stuff, too-little-time traffic jam. Have a great weekend! As usual, we appreciate your comments and please check out the full listings.

The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)", "White Collar", Kimmel. Saturday - Milk. Sunday - "Amazing Race 15", "Dexter", "Mad Men".


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9:00pm Dollhouse FOX - Belonging Sierra's connection to Rossum Corp. leads to murder and obsession.

9:00pm Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) IFC - Part 6 of 6. Finally! The Last Episode (Ever) (For Now ...)

9:00pm Friday Night With Jonathan Ross BBC America - Alesha Dixon; Vince Vaughn; Jack Dee; Paloma Faith

9:00pm Stargate Universe Syfy - The plan to abandon ship raises spirits until the crew discovers there is not room for everyone in the shuttle.

10:00pm White Collar USA - Series Premiere! See our red carpet videos and post earlier today!

10:00pm The Soup E! - More good stuff from Joel and the gang

10:00pm NUMB3RS CBS - The team searches for the daughter of a geneticist; a dark secret is revealed.

10:00pm The Jay Leno Show NBC - First lady Michelle Obama; actor Colin Firth; correspondent Ross Matthews.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Former NFL player Terry Bradshaw; actress Catherine Keener; Echo & the Bunnymen perform.


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8:00pm Milk HBO - (2008) In San Francisco, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) becomes the first openly gay man elected to a notable U.S. public office, before being assassinated by Dan White in 1978.

9:00pm Robin Hood BBC America - When Prince John blocks all the local wells during a heat wave the outlaws are forced to take desperate measures to save thousands of villagers.

9:00pm MythBusters: Knock Your Socks Off Discovery - Adam and Jamie test the physics theory of bullet dropped vs. bullet fired; Kari, Grant and Tory test if it's possible to knock someone's socks off with a punch.

10:00pm The Graham Norton Show BBC America - Jo Brand; Jackie Collins


8:00pm The Amazing Race 15 Discovery - During a detour, the teams begin to feel delirious when temperatures top 130 degrees

9:00pm Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO - Larry and Jerry Seinfeld consider incorporating Larry's latest real-life experience into the reunion show.

9:00pm Dexter Showtime - Dexter investigates the Trinity Killer; Debra blames herself; Rita realizes she knows little about her husband.

9:00pm Masterpiece Contemporary: Endgame PBS/KCET - Negotiations lead to the end of apartheid in South Africa.

9:30pm Bored to Death HBO - A married man hires Jonathan to retrieve a sex tape from a female escort.

9:30pm Nosferatu TCM - (1922) A real estate agent (Gustav von Wangenheim) discovers ugly Count Orlock's (Max Schreck) unearthly secret.

10:00pm Mad Men AMC - A former client returns; Betty goes on a trip with the kids; Joan and Greg plan for their future.

10:00pm The Girls Next Door E! - Crystal, Karissa and Kristina cause a scene on a Hollywood tour bus

10:00pm Storm Chasers Discovery - Sean and Reed chase monster twisters on the New Mexico border.

10:00pm Californication Showtime - Hank spends a bachelor weekend with an old buddy and shows him a good time

10:00pm My Antonio VH1 - Season Finale