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TV Junkie: NBC Plan Could Undermine Conan

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So everyone's seen that NBC is offering Leno a 10:00pm program after he hands off "The Tonight Show" to Conan in the Spring. NBC is trying to protect an aging segment of its audience by doing this and the end result is that they are going to undermine Conan O'Brien's takeover of "The Tonight Show". Since a good percentage of viewership can get Leno at 10pm, NBC is creating a disincentive for viewers to try out the new version of the show as helmed by Conan. This begs the question: don't Republicans have enough late night TV options? Isn't that what Glenn Beck is for?

BTW - last night Jimmy Fallon intro'd his house band for the new "Late Night" next year.

It's a Hugh Laurie kind of night.

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The TV Junkie Plan: "House" (a very special, holiday-theme, Dr. House will melt your heart - Hugh Laurie on Conan later), Samuel Jackson AMC Tribute (he follows the path of the righteous man), Conan

8:00pm House FOX - House and the team treat a teenager who collapsed during her high school Christmas program

9:00pm Dirty Jobs Discovery - Mike cleans out a Connecticut lake and then travels to Pennsylvania to a gourd farm.

10:00pm The Real Housewives of Orange County Bravo - Tamra and Simon celebrate their ten-year wedding anniversary; Jeana attempts to re-build her life after her separation

10:00pm The Bad Girls Club Oxygen - Despite getting off to a rocky start, the girls band together for a night of speed dating. Did we mention these bad girls are living in an LA mansion?

10:00pm Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force A&E - Series Premiere.

10:00pm Samuel L. Jackson: An American Cinematheque Tribute AMC - Snakes on the muthaf***in' plane!!

10:00pm Leverage TNT - New time slot premiere

10:00pm A Shot at Love MTV - Season Premiere

11:00pm Frank TV TBS - Season Finale

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12:35am Late Night With Conan O'Brien NBC - Actor Hugh Laurie; comic Joel McHale; the Gaslight Anthem performs.

Hugh Laurie as Dr. House via FOX