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TV Junkie: 'Monk' Finale; White House Crashers Part of Bravo?

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Yeah, that's right Tony, Part I of the "Monk" season finale airs tonight on USA at 9pm

Yeah, that's right Tony, Part I of the "Monk" season finale airs tonight on USA at 9pm
Weekend EditionThe couple who crashed a state dinner at the White House earlier in the week were filmed by Bravo for their "Real Housewives of D.C." production according to the Wall Street Journal. Bravo says that they didn't know the couple hadn't been invited to the event - the details of which will come out in the upcoming Secret Service investigation. The couple is getting their wish for celebrity to come true as they will be on Larry King this Monday.
Tonight at 9pm on USA part one of the series finale of "Monk" will be broadcast. For 125 episodes over the last 7 years, Tony Shalhoub's Adrian Monk has remained weird, original and very funny. We've had the chance to speak to the unique Tony Shalhoub at this year's SAG(at :15) and Emmy(at 7:55) awards and we can't wait to see him back in a leading role on TV and film. Also, Ed Begley Jr., whom we interviewed this week, will be in both parts of the finale.
It looks like NBC has staunched the flow of viewers abandoning the network when "The Jay Leno Show" comes on. For the past couple weeks the show has maintained its viewership or increased it slightly. Not really a reversal of the slide the show has experienced since it began airing, more like a bottoming out. It will be interesting to revisit these numbers when new programming begins airing in January.

One thing NBC has really been smart about is continuing to shoot new episodes for late night shows as other networks take a break. For example, this week there will have been all new episodes of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" as well as four new episodes of "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" - both shows grabbing viewers searching for new content in an otherwise empty network landscape.
Something that should buoy all broadcasters just in time for the holidays is that advertisers are stepping up to the plate to pay significantly more for airtime than they were just a few months ago. According to the LA Times retailers trying to boost holiday sales are making up for the void left by automakers. Again, let's see what happens in the new year.
The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "Monk", "The Soup", Charlie Rose, Fallon. Saturday - The Picture of Dorian Gray. Sunday - "Amazing Race", "Dexter", "Californication"


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9:00pm Monk USA - Series Finale Part I. Monk is called to a crime scene where he first heard the news of his wife's murder and starts the most important investigation of hi

9:00pm Ugly Betty ABC - Betty is alarmed when Bennett promises that Daniel will be reunited with Molly; Marc digs deeper into Nico's mystery.

10:00pm The Soup E! - We hope it's a new one this week

10:00pm White Collar USA - Thrust into the seedy underbelly of New York City's Chinatown, Peter and Neal must navigate vicious Triads, mysterious Interpol agents and a game of Pai Gow as they try to nail their target.

10:00pm Crash Starz - New episode

11:00pm Charlie Rose PBS/KCET - Maziar Bahari, Newsweek; director John Woo.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Fred Armisen; actress Carey Mulligan; chef Daniel Boulud.


9:00pm The Picture of Dorian Gray TCM - (1945) Corrupted by a lord (George Sanders), Oscar Wilde's London aristocrat (Hurd Hatfield) stays young, but his portrait begins to age

9:00pm Robin Hood BBC America - Season Finale. Robin focuses on talking the castle and holding it for King Richard; Archer's traps catch Robin, Gisborne and Much in the castle tunnel.

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8:00pm The Amazing Race 15 CBS - Unable to complete a roadblock, one team decides to take a four-hour penalty

8:00pm The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert HBO - Concerts at Madison Square Garden commemorate the institution; performers include Jeff Beck Band, Aretha Franklin, Metallica, Simon & Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, U2, Stevie Wonder, and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

9:00pm Dexter Showtime - Dexter follows Trinity even closer, even though Trinity knows who he is

9:00pm Storm Chasers Discovery - Season Finale. Sean Casey's meteorologists finally put him in a position for the shot of a lifetime.

9:00pm Desperate Housewives ABC - Following another attack, Angie decides it is time for her family to leave Wisteria Lane

10:00pm Californication Showtime - Hank tries to console Charlie by taking him on a bender; Karen takes Becca and Marcy on a girls' night out.

10:00pm Blackadder's Christmas Carol BBC America - A spirit shows kindhearted Ebenezer Blackadder the folly of his ways in a spoof of Dickens' tale.

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