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TV Junkie: NBC Pits 'Loser' vs. 'Lost'; Poor Jay on Oprah; TV Writers' Settlement

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Tonight's episode of "Bones" looks promising - FOX @ 8pm. Then there's always the weird fun of "Fringe" after.


Tonight's episode of "Bones" looks promising - FOX @ 8pm. Then there's always the weird fun of "Fringe" after.
NBC is going to put "The Biggest Loser" against ABC's "Lost" when it premieres next week. Are they not going head-to-head with a drama because they have nothing to compete with?

We'll be watching Oprah late tonight (1:05am, ABC) to see how Jay Leno spins his re-take of "The Tonight Show". The promos show a very hangdog Leno saying that he really had nothing to do with it. We've also heard via Twitter that Leno felt "suckerpunched" by Jimmy Kimmel when Kimmel appeared on his show - who invited who here? Kimmel has always been vocal in his feelings about Leno both before and after this debacle. Aw jeez Jay, everyone should feel so sorry for you.

Showtime gave Peter Facinelli a Flipcam to make video diaries on the set of "Nurse Jackie" - see the results in the clips at the end of this post. "Nurse Jackie" resumes on Showtime on March 22nd at 10pm. [See the pics of Edie Falco we took at the SAGs]

We got word of the particulars in the TV Writers' Settlement against pretty much every network and production company out there. Even thought the accused parties aren't admitting fault, they will still be coughing up $70 million to settle. Here's the opportunity for them to rethink their strategy a bit: the United States has an aging population that is going to want entertainment created and produced by a peer group that shares their experiences and worldview - its an opportunity to create great TV for a very worthy (and wealthy) audience, hire writers over 40 and hire lots of them.

The TV Junkie Plan: @AOTS, "Bones", "Fringe", "Archer", "Chelsea Lately", Kimmel, Oprah.6:30pm Bob Hope & Bing Crosby Marathon TCM - Featuring back-to-back showings of Road to Zanzibar, Road to Morocco, Road to Utopia, etc.

7:00pm Attack of the Show G4 - Computers, Comics.

8:00pm Live for the Moment CBS - Special Presentation

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8:00pm Bones FOX - A human skeleton is found in the trenches of a Civil War battleground

8:00pm The Vampire Diaries The CW - Damon and Stefan try to identify the new vampire in town; Matt gets a job at the Mystic Grill

9:00pm Fringe FOX - When a group of wedding guests in Massachusetts suffocate from the inside out, the team must find out how the toxin was delivered and targeted.

9:00pm American Chopper TLC - The OCC guys create their first diesel-powered chopper for Monster Diesel;

10:00pm Archer FX - 2 new episodes!

10:00pm Burn Notice USA - Michael infiltrates an urban barrio to hunt down a child predator.

10:00pm Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew MTV - Season Premiere

10:00pm The Real Housewives of Orange County Bravo - New episode of ridiculousness

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor/rapper Ludacris; actress Elisha Cuthbert.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Round-table participants include Natasha Leggero, John Caparulo and Chris Franjola.

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12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Will Arnett; actress Kim Raver.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Radio personality Rosie O'Donnell; Wilco performs.

1:05am Oprah Winfrey ABC - Talk-show host Jay Leno reveals why he agreed to return as host of "The Tonight Show". "Agreed to return"? Now that's a positive spin on it.