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TV Junkie: Leno Back Tonight; PaleyFest2010 In Full Effect

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The Roots play the Whistler Medals Plaza at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Winter Games from Thomas Attila Lewis on Vimeo.

We are already suffering from Olympics withdrawal but we will forge ahead and catch up on as much TV as we can - look for our Olympics summary tomorrow. Today, check out our fan video (above) of The Roots playing Olympic Plaza last Thursday - hopefully Jimmy Fallon will show some of that great show tonight at 12:35am since he was there to get the crowd pumped up before they went on.

Tonight the big news, other than "The Bachelor" finale, is Jay Leno's return to "The Tonight Show", which NBC is calling a "series return". While we won't be watching, as we don't think NBC should receive any support for their mishandling of this debacle over the past year and a half, it's interesting to see who Leno lined up as guests for his show relaunch. Similarly to George W. Bush's constant appeals to his "base", Leno is doing the same thing and their "bases" are remarkably similar - if you ever wondered about Leno's political leanings, wonder no more. The keynote guest for tomorrow evening is (how much was she paid this time?) Sarah Palin.
Also, tonight on IFC, the nominees for this Friday's broadcast of "The Independent Film Spirit Awards" will be broadcast at 9:30pm. We will be covering the awards this Friday so look for posts from us about that event. In other awards news, this morning the nominees for this year's Streamys were appropriately streamed live at 9:30am.
A reminder to everyone that the incredible PaleyFest2010 started last week and continues for the next 2 weeks. Tickets are still available for this weeks events which include panels of creators and actors from "NCIS", "Community", "Dexter", "Cougar Town", and "The Vampire Diaries".
The TV Junkie Plan: @aots, "La La Land", "Secret Diary of a Call Girl", "24", "Damages", "Chelsea Lately" (Chris Hardwick), Letterman (Bill Murray), Fallon (Robert Pattinson and Judah Friedlander)

6:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Gadget Pron; Webtools; Galactapedia.

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8:00pm How I Met Your Mother CBS - The gang tries to convince Ted that Tiffany (Carrie Underwood) is stringing him along.

8:00pm The Bachelor ABC - Season Finale

8:00pm Chuck NBC - Chuck must assume the identity of a dangerous assassin; Sarah tries to maintain a strictly professional relationship with Shaw.

8:00pm La La Land Showtime - Season Finale

8:30pm Rules of Engagement CBS - Season Premiere

8:30pm Secret Diary of a Call Girl Showtime - Belle resists the notion of a serious relationship; Bambi becomes engaged.

9:00pm Two and a Half Men CBS - Watch it while you can until it goes on hiatus due to Charlie's rehab.

9:00pm Celebrity Fit Club VH1 - A teamwork challenge brings out the worst in Tanisha and Sebastian; Tanisha faces her fear of water.

9:00pm 24 FOX - Day 8: 1:00AM - 2:00AM Turmoil with the Hassan family fans the flames of the increasingly urgent situation; Bauer closes in on a person of interest

9:00pm Ultimate Cake Off TLC - Masters compete to create the biggest cakes in the series' history with the winner's to be served in front of 40,000 fans at a monster truck rally

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9:00pm American Experience: Dolley Madison PBS/KCET - As wife of the fourth president, first lady Dolley Madison adopts social causes of her own, including advocating for the orphans of the War of 1812.

9:30pm 2010 Spirit Award Nomination Special IFC - Nominees for this Friday's Spirit Awards are profiled.

9:30pm The Big Bang Theory CBS - Sheldon ends up in traffic court after getting a ticket because of Penny.

10:00pm Damages FX - Patty is under pressure to make progress in the Tobin case; Ellen uncovers new evidence about Louis Tobin's death.

10:00pm NFL Full Contact TruTV - For the first time, the Pro Bowl is moved to the same site as the Super Bowl one week before the championship game.

10:00pm The Real Housewives 25: The Early Years Bravo - Special Presentation

10:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel Channel - Tony samples simple stews, roasted meats, fresh fish and exotic fruits from Ecuador's eateries and street vendors

10:05pm The Bachelor: After the Final Rose ABC - Special Presentation

10:30pm Let's Talk About Pep VH1 - Season Finale

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actor Seann William Scott; round-table participants include Chris Hardwick, Randy Sklar and Jason Sklar.

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Dax Shepard; singer Ray J; performance by New Boyz featuring Ray J.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Bill Murray; Ludacris perform

11:35pm The Tonight Show with Jay Leno NBC - Series Return

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - A contestant from "Dancing With the Stars"; the new "Bachelorette"; Josh Turner performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Lauren Graham; actor Simon Helberg.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Robert Pattinson; actor Judah Friedlander.


The Roots played at Whistler Medals Plaza last Thursday, unbeknownst to most Americans who followed the games. We hope that Jimmy Fallon plays some footage of their show tonight or he can feel free to grab some of the fan video I shot above. Cheers Jimmy.