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TV Junkie: '24' No Mo; Final Season of 'Saving Grace' Premieres; E!'s 'Save One Show' is Back
We're definitely going to miss Chloe when "24" disappears from Monday nights.
On Friday FOX announced that it was canceling Kiefer Sutherland's "24" meaning it's last episode will air on May 24th - talk about serendipity.The demise of the show is no great surprise to us as the series has begun to feel a bit formulaic over the last couple seasons(c'mon, another mole?!). In its 8th season, Sutherland's Jack Bauer is saving the world from an undisclosed location in New York City. A huge opportunity was lost by not filming the series in New York. We understand that it's probably an expensive place to shoot but perhaps some gritty on-location action would have rejuvenated the series.
We understand that "24" isn't everybody's cup of tea but to deny that the series didn't grip America's attention for several seasons would be untruthful. Torture by the US government was brought to TV screens every week and the series was, ironically and chillingly, a favorite of the Bush Administration. Plenty of unforgettable characters were introduced and we don't think we'll ever forget the ringtone of CTU's phones. 68 Emmy noms and 2 wins later, the show will be ending and Kiefer Sutherland is talking about a "24" movie being brought to the big screen.
Tell us: When did "24" lose it's luster?
On another note of finality: Tonight the final season of Holly Hunter's "Saving Grace" (TNT @ 10pm) begins. This is a show that has had plenty of spectacular performances from Holly Hunter, and in particular, Kenny Johnson, but we're not sure what exactly about the show didn't gel with viewers. The much more sedate and pedestrian "The Closer" has been much more popular among TNT's audience - did "Saving Grace" go too far or not far enough? We will definitely take advantage of the chance to enjoy this great cast for one more season.
If you have a show that you want to save from cancellation, we suggest you hit upE!'s "Save One Show" website where polling begins today. In the past E!'s "Save One Show" campaign has extended the broadcast lives of "Felicity", "Veronica Mars", "Angel" and "One Tree Hill" (to name a few).
Last week Dennis Hopper finally got his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame and The Hollywood Reporter has a nice but concise interview with him.
Monday night's are getting pretty stacked now - thank goodness shows like "Damages", "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations", etc. are repeated throughout the night. For late late night, we will be checking out our friend Joel McHale ("Community", "The Soup") on Craig Ferguson's show.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Attack of the Show" (Snoop!), "Chuck", "24", "Nurse Jackie", "Unites States of Tara", "The Daily Show" (Ben Stiller), Letterman (Robin Williams), Ferguson (Joel McHale!)
All Day Long V Syfy - Marathon of the original "V" series
7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Snoop Dogg; sex advice; Internet tools.
8:00pm Chuck NBC - Casey, Morgan and Awesome try to help Chuck win Sarah back.
8:00pm 10 Things I Hate About You ABC Family - Season Premiere
8:00pm Dancing With the Stars ABC - All the contestants return to perform for a second time.
9:00pm Gossip Girl The CW - Chuck is again at odds with Jack Bass (Desmond Harrington); Eleanor puts Blair in charge of making sure the fashion show is a success
9:00pm Trauma NBC - Glenn and Nancy are caught in the crossfire when San Francisco is taken hostage by a sniper
9:00pm 24 FOX - Day 8: 5:00AM- 6:00AM As the threat of mass destruction clarifies, President Taylor tasks Jack with a crucial mission.
9:00pm A Night at the Opera TCM - (1935) Groucho, Chico and Harpo (Groucho Marx) go to Italy and bring opera and its patrons down to their level.
10:00pm Damages FX - Patty's clients want her thrown off the Tobin case; Tom Shayes makes a risky move that jeopardizes Ellen's job with the district attorney.
10:00pm Saving Grace TNT - Season Premiere. Grace decides to have it out with God, but a mysterious stranger has something to say about it
10:00pm Nurse Jackie Showtime - A family is sent home with false hope; Jackie covers for O'Hara; Eddie continues his secret friendship.
10:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel - Tony explores the culture and cuisine of Vietnam's Central Highlands.
10:00pm Greek ABC Family - Season Finale
10:00pm Kell on Earth Bravo - Season Finale
10:30pm United States of Tara Showtime - Tara keeps her condition a secret; Max decides to flip the house; Charmaine asks to move in.
11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Rapper Snoop Dogg, Actress Annie Wershing, performance by Foreigner.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - If anyone can get Ben Stiller to loosen on a talk show it's Jon Stewart, tonight he gets his chance, we'll be watching.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Recording artist Ludacris; round-table participants include Guy Branum, Natasha Leggero and Ben Gleib.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Robin Williams; eliminated "American Idol" contestant Paige Miles; Usher performs.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Lauren Graham; author Karl Rove; Joss Stone performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Elizabeth Mitchell; actor Liam Hemsworth; comic Kevin Nealon.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Joel McHale; actor Ben McKenzie.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Jeff Goldblum; actress Jennifer Morrison; Julian Casablancas performs.