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TV Junkie: WGA Noms; 1000th Episode of Ferguson; 'Dexter' Finale + Noms

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Tonight marks the 1000th episode of "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" @ 12:35am on CBS - a must-watch!


Tonight marks the 1000th episode of "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" @ 12:35am on CBS - a must-watch!
The Hollywood Reporter has a summary of all the Writers Guild Awards nominees in which we are happy to see ABC's "Modern Family" achieving recognition even though it is a brand new show. There are a lot of repeats from the Emmys and none more repeated than "The Simpsons" who have swept the animation nominations. Not even mentioning the WGA noms is this CNN article which raises the question of whether it's time time to put the show down as it reaches its 20th anniversary.
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Speaking of anniversaries, tonight marks the 1000th episode of "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson", a show that does so much with (comparatively) so little. But this 1000th episode will have resources galore what with the puppets taking over the show and guests including actors Kristen Bell, Maria Bello, Jason Schwartzman (see our interview with him), and Jason Segel, performing with his puppet Dracula (a la Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and The Broken West.
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Last night we used TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" to get over the blue funk we were in from the finales of Showtime's "Dexter" and "Californication". "Men of a Certain Age" is the best thing to happen to Monday nights in a very long time - spectacular writing in last night's episode with another great performance by Andre Braugher whose character is at least as much of a story-driver as Ray Romano's Joe.At the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, the very dark season enders for "Dexter" and "Californication" potentially foretell that next season's openers won't be the light-hearted variety that started off this season. These two great shows had excellent seasons and enjoyed a surge in viewership as well - but despite a record-smashing number of viewers for the finale, "Dexter" still lost to the season premiere of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" (2.9 vs. 4.1 million). But on the flip side, you won't see the Kardashians nominated for any Golden Globes like Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow. "Californication"'s David Duchovny also received a nom. [Minor Spoiler Alert] We were very sad to see Julie Benz's (potential/probable) departure from "Dexter". We always thought her performance of Rita, the controversial wife of Dexter Morgan, brought a lot of realism to an improbable pairing. We spoke to her oh-so-very-briefly at the '09 SAG awards and we hope to see her on TV again very soon.
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The TV Junkie Plan: "X-Play", "Scrubs", "Better Off Ted", Lopez, Ferguson.

8:00pm e2 Design Sundance - Season Finale

8:00pm So You Think You Can Dance FOX - The top six contestants perform.

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8:00pm X-Play G4 - Best of 2009 Awards

9:00pm Dirty Jobs Discovery - Season Finale

9:00pm Scrubs ABC - While their wives are out of town, J.D. and Turk attend a med student's party; Kelso says goodbye to Ted and Gooch

9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS - The team tries to track down a Marine's old unit after he is murdered by an exploding cell phone.

9:00pm Psychic Kids A&E - Season Premiere

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9:00pm Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live FOX - The famed chef provides step-by-step instructions for cooking a three-course meal

9:00pm Britain's Missing Top Model BBC America - The five remaining disabled models face the catwalk.

9:30pm Better Off Ted ABC - Veronica tries to pump Rose for information when a wave of layoffs hits Veridian

10:00pm The Jay Leno Show NBC - Actress Christina Applegate; singer Nick Lachey.

10:00pm Full Throttle Saloon - TruTV - Season Finale

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10:00pm Paranormal State A&E - Season Premiere

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - "George Lopez Show" reunion with cast members Constance Marie, Belita Moreno, Valente Rodriguez, Luis Armand Garcia, Masiela Lusha, and Aimee Garcia

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Alicia Keys guests

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Sarah Jessica Parker; Leona Lewis performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien NBC - Norah Jones performs.

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12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Zach Braff; TV personality Nigel Lythgoe; Michael McDonald performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - The "Late Late Show" Puppets take over the show for a celebration of the show's 1,000th episode; guests include actors Kristen Bell, Maria Bello and Jason Schwartzman; Jason Segel, his puppet Dracula and The Broken West perform.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Director Jason Reitman; chef Anne Burrell.