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TV Junkie: Starz Renews Series Before It Airs; '21 Jump Street'; Emmy Competitor? [UPDATE]

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evidently we are in one of the circles of hell: a big-screen version of "21 Jump Street" will be inflicted upon us in the future


evidently we are in one of the circles of hell: a big-screen version of "21 Jump Street" will be inflicted upon us in the future
Be sure to check out our write up and predictions for the SAG awards' TV nominees from earlier today.
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A vote of confidence: Starz is renewing it's new series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" before the first episode has even aired. The series stars Lucy Lawless among others - we'll be interviewing them at the beginning of 2010 for you.
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Dear lord no: A big screen version of "21 Jump Street" in the works? The horror.
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Word has it that several of the networks (perhaps the one walking away with fewer or no awards) are in talks with our friends at the Paley Center to produce an alternative to the Emmys.A spokesperson from the Paley Center for Media has provided us with this statement:

"We have been exploring the potential for giving an award for excellence in television, The Paley, and we are exploring how best to do this in a way that doesn’t compete with any other existing awards. We gave a Think Social award at this year’s International Council event last month, and we may continue those as well."
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Daytime notes: On "The Martha Stewart Show" (NBC, 2pm) this Tuesday, Martha and supermodel Heidi Klum will make an angel tree topper for your Christmas tree (my Christmas tree? awesome) and on Thursday Jennifer Esposito will make several varieties of Christmas cookies.
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While the death of Brittany Murphy is still under investigation we wanted to note her volume of work in TV: "Drexell's Class", "Almost Home", "Blossom", "Sister, Sister", "King of the Hill", and many other single episode appearances. With an already impressive list of work under her belt, it was obvious that the majority of her career was still ahead of her. A tragedy whose mystery is still unfolding.
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The TV Junkie Plan: "Top Gear", "The Closer", "Men of a Certain Age", Conan (Silversun Pickups perform!), Fallon

8:00pm Top Gear BBC America - The guys test dog against machine in an ambitious challenge.

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8:00pm The Sing-Off NBC - Season Finale

8:00pm X-Play G4 - Computers, video games news

9:00pm Little Chocolatiers TLC - Two little people who own a chocolate shop try to produce 600 chocolate dice for a casino night part

9:00pm The Closer TNT - Season Finale

10:00pm Men of a Certain Age TNT - Joe tries to teach his son golf; Owen tries to get his sales figures up; Terry gets into his character a little too much.

10:00pm The Jay Leno Show NBC - Actor Jeff Bridges; Adam Lambert performs.

10:00pm Make My Day TV Land - Back from hiatus

10:00pm World Chocolate Championship TLC - Nineteen pastry chefs assemble in Paris to compete in five categories in hope of impressing judge

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal; comic John Witherspoon; "Family Guy" character Stewie Griffin presents the Top Ten list.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien NBC - Actress Christina Applegate; journalist David Gregory; Silversun Pickups perform.

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12:35pm The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Renýe Fleming performs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - TV host Martha Stewart; comic Jeffrey Ross; Julian Casablancas performs.