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TV Junkie: 'The Pacific' on Sunday; 'Men of a Certain Age' @ PaleyFest Tonight

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[NOTE: Please double check broadcast times, particularly on Sunday's shows. Since we move the clocks ahead 1 hour at midnight on Saturday, we aren't sure that this time change has made it through the broadcast feeds we are monitoring.]
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This weekend is all about HBO's new mini-series, "The Pacific" (see the promo above), which is also being renamed by some as "Band of Brothers - Part Deux". What made "Band of Brothers" so compelling was that we followed the same group of guys, Easy Company, throughout Europe, which made the storyline somewhat easier to follow. It was also incredibly interesting because these were true stories about real people, many of whom are still alive.

We wonder if "The Pacific" will be as engaging since we understand that some of the characters, while based on real people, were in different units, it might not be as easy to follow. What will be true is that HBO has spent a lot of money to get this series and it is a quality production - heck, Steven Spielberg is running the show, so we know it will look great. We will definitely give this series as many chances as we can and if you have HBO and are choosing not to watch this, please explain yourself.
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PaleyFest2010 continues with one of our favorite new shows being honored tonight: TNT's "Men of a Certain Age", the event begins at 7pm and it's well worth going. Tomorrow night "Glee" gets the treatment!
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Other Notes: Late night tonight looks very good, Saturday looks weak, and Sunday, while it has plenty of premieres, they all look cheap in anticipation of "The Pacific" - who would choose "Celebrity Apprentice" over "The Pacific", it defies logic. What also defies logic is watching a comedy like "How To Make It In America" immediately after so we're a little mystified at HBO's programming choice. E! has some shows premiering at 10pm on Sunday, more on those later this weekend. Please check out the full listings though, as we slave over these for you.
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The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "Ricky Gervais Show", "Life & Times of Tim", Bill Maher, "Caprica", "The Soup", "Comedy Central Presents", Letterman (Liev Schreiber & Jim Gaffigan), Fallon (Parker Posey, Jason Sudeikis, Vampire Weekend). Saturday - "The Big Heat", SNL (Jude Law & Pearl Jam). Sunday - "The Pacific"

Tonight

6:00pm The Ricky Gervais Show HBO - Karl admits that he is getting a face rub at a spa; the customs of undocumented tribes in New Guinea; Ricky and Karl's trip to an antiquities store; a fan's e-mail warns of dangerous dolphins.

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6:30pm The Life & Times of Tim HBO - Tim finds a way for a scout troop to make money; Rodney suspects his wife of cheating on him with a hockey player.

7:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.); journalist John Heilemann; actor Hill Harper; commentator Amy Holmes; former N.M. governor Gary Johnson.

8:00pm The Monster That Challenged the World TCM - (1957) A Navy commander (Tim Holt) leads a desert search-and-destroy mission for prehistoric sea snails.

8:00pm Who Do You Think You Are? NBC - Intrigued by a rumor about his ancestry, football legend Emmitt Smith explores his family roots.

9:00pm Supernanny ABC - 100th episode, Season Finale

9:00pm Caprica Syfy - The Imperfections of Memory

9:00pm What Not to Wear TLC - An unexpected twist arises while trying to dress a breast cancer survivor who lost 90 pounds and decided to not have reconstructive surgery

9:55pm Spartacus: Blood and Sand Starz - Batiatus buys new slaves and contemplates selling Crixus; IIythia wants someone to kill Spartacus.

10:00pm The Soup E! - Gabourey Sibide is slated to show

10:00pm Friday Night With Jonathan Ross BBC America - Lady Gaga; Stephen Moyer; Michael Ball

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10:00pm Numb3rs CBS - Season Finale

11:00pm Comedy Central Presents Comedy Central - Julian McCullough and Shane Mauss

11:30pm Charlie Rose PBS/KCET - Author Karl Rove, former adviser to President George W. Bush.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Liev Schreiber; comic Jim Gaffigan; Drive-By Truckers perform.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Dakota Fanning; director Judd Apatow; Katharine McPhee performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor George Hamilton; astronaut Mike Massimino.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Parker Posey; actor Jason Sudeikis; Vampire Weekend performs.

Saturday

8:00pm The Big Heat TCM - (1953) A gun moll (Gloria Grahame) helps a detective (Glenn Ford) find the gangsters who killed his wife.

8:00pm What I Hate About Me Style - A newly divorced woman who also lost her job needs to face the future with confidence.

8:00pm Dinoshark Syfy - Special Presentation

9:00pm The Dish Style - Celebs, snark, gossip, and fashion

11:25pm Saturday Night Live NBC - Host Jude Law; Pearl Jam performs.

Sunday

8:00pm Minute to Win It NBC - Series Premiere. This looks completely idiotic.

8:00pm Killer Aliens Animal Planet - Special Presentation

9:00pm Undercover Boss CBS - Churchill Downs Executive Bill Carstanjen faces his fear of horses while working under cover at Churchill Downs.

9:00pm Desperate Housewives ABC - Gaby has a chance encounter with supermodels Heidi Klum and Paulina Porizkova in New York

9:00pm Celebrity Apprentice NBC - Season Premiere

9:00pm The Pacific HBO - Mini-Series Premiere

9:00pm Ultimate Recipe Showdown Food - Season Premiere

9:30pm Sons of Tucson FOX - Series Premiere

10:00pm America's Worst Driver Travel - Series Premiere

10:00pm How to Make It in America HBO - Ben and Cam meet with a Japanese buyer; Rene tries to locate a pile of stashed cash; Rachel hopes to bring some fresh energy into her relationship with Darren.

10:00pm The Antonio Treatment HGTV - Series Premiere

10:00pm Fatal Attractions Animal Planet - Series Premiere

10:00pm Kendra E! - Season Premiere

10:00pm Hoarding: Buried Alive TLC - Special Presentation

10:30pm Pretty Wild E! - Series Premiere

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"The Pacific" premieres at 9pm this Sunday on HBO