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TV Junkie: 'Doctor Who' on Saturday; 'LIFE' Ends... On Sunday

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The new season of "Doctor Who" starts with a new Doctor played by Matt Smith - Saturday at 9pm on BBC America

The new season of "Doctor Who" starts with a new Doctor played by Matt Smith - Saturday at 9pm on BBC America
Weekend EditionThis weekend marks the season premiere of "Doctor Who" tomorrow night at 9pm on BBC America, so check out our interview today with the series star Matt Smith and his sidekick, Karen Gillan. This weekend also marks the close of Discovery's nature mini-series "LIFE" which has been excellent. We've found ourselves lining up friends with HD TVs to get the full effect of the beautiful footage captured in each episode.
They're shooting the 8th Annual TV Land Awards this weekend and Betty White will have a featured appearance there (see our interview with Betty at the SAG Awards) - in honor of that appearance as well as the demise of "Ugly Betty" please see the "Ugly Betty White" spoof vid at the end of this post. The TV Land Awards will air on April 25th - we will remind you.
It's official, NBC lost $223 million on the Winter Olympics. After bearing witness, in person in Vancouver, to NBC's mismanagement of the broadcast of the games, we think it's time to let someone else take a swing at it. Hopefully when Comcast takes over NBC next year, they will but the kibosh on NBC's rumored plans to bid for control of the games through 2030.
Our friend Greg Proops will have a new EP in June out on the A Special Thing where he currently has "Greg Proops: Elsewhere" available. We understand that the new disc, "Proops Digs In, is "Vintage Proopage" which is great because you'd normally have to go hunting for that stuff on La Rive Gauche in Paris.
The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "Attack of the Show", Bill Maher, "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution", "The Soup", Fallon (Tracy Morgan, "Diggnation", The Flaming Lips!). Saturday - "Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide", "Doctor Who", Graham Norton (Christina Ricci, Ricky Gervais), "SNL" (Ryan Phillippe hosts, Ke$ha performs). Sunday - "Life" x 2, "Breaking Bad", "Treme" (rerun).


7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Set visit to "Big Bang Theory"; MMA news.

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8:00pm Secrets of the Mountain NBC - Special Presentation. A woman (Paige Turco), her three children and an attorney (Shawn Christian) search for treasure on a mountain.

8:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Journalist Laura Flanders; economist Simon Johnson; "The New Yorker" editor David Remnick; movie producer Lawrence Bender; former Gov. Jesse Ventura

9:00pm Bill Moyers Journal PBS/KCET - Authors Simon Johnson and James Kwak discuss financial reform; FCC Commissioner Michael Copps.

9:00pm Funny or Die Presents HBO - "Casual Sex: A Pregnant Woman's Search for the Ultimate Threesome"; "Holdup"; "Magical Balloon."

9:00pm Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution ABC - Jamie asks high school students to choose between a lunch menu of fresh fare or processed junk food

9:00pm Chandon Pictures Sundance - Season Finale. Nick delivers an ultimatum; Tom and Lucy pitch to the bank.

9:00pm Stargate Universe Syfy - Dr. Rush tries to determine why destiny has no record of this new star system. A small team shuttles down to the planet's surface.

9:30pm The Ricky Gervais Show HBO - Karl discusses who he would save if he were on a sinking ship with Ricky and Stephen; the extinction of hedgehogs; kidney transplant; "Monkey News"

9:55pm Spartacus: Blood & Sand Starz - Season Finale. Spartacus enlists an accomplice in his pursuit for revenge.

10:00pm The Soup E! - TGIF + this show

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10:00pm The Life & Times of Tim HBO - Debbie, as a palm reader, makes predictions for Tim; Tim ruins an escape artist's career.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Ellie Kemper; Willie Nelson performs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Tracy Morgan; the cast of "Diggnation"; football player Ndamukong Suh; The Flaming Lips perform!


8:00pm Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide BBC America - Special Presentation. The Doctor, his universe and the mythology of the series.

9:00pm Strikeforce CBS - Special Presentation. Mixed martial arts, Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields, middleweight title bout; Gegard Mousasi vs. "King Mo" Lawal, light heavyweight title bout; Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki, lightweight title bout. From Nashville, Tenn.

9:00pm Doctor Who BBC America - Season Premiere. The newly regenerated Doctor and Amy Pond must save the world in less than 20 minutes from galactic policemen known as the Atraxi.

9:00pm Patricia Cornwell's: The Front Lifetime - Special Presentation. A district attorney (Andie MacDowell) and an investigator (Daniel Sunjata) reopen the case of a brutal, 40-year-old murder

10:00pm The Graham Norton Show BBC America - Season Premiere. Christina Ricci; Ricky Gervais; Stephen Merchant; Pixie Lott

10:00pm America's Worst Driver Travel - The worst drivers in Los Angeles

10:00pm The Dish Style - Celeb snark and fashion

11:25pm Saturday Night Live NBC - Host Ryan Phillippe; Ke$ha performs.


7:00pm Riverworld Syfy - Special Presentation. Killed on Earth, a journalist (Tahmoh Penikett) and his fiancee (Laura Vandervoort) awake in a strange new world where the human soul is reborn.

8:00pm LIFE Discovery - Plants. Plants depend on sunlight, water and nutrients for survival as well as being fiercely competitive and cunningly opportunistic.

8:00pm Beauty & the Briefcase ABC Family - Special Presentation. A fashion journalist (Hilary Duff) lands a corporate job for an undercover story about dating co-workers

8:00pm The 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards CBS - Special Presentation

8:00pm The Emeril Lagasse Show Ion - Series Premiere

8:00pm Accidental Fortune TLC - Special Presentation. A nurse finds a priceless cello in trash; two brothers hunt for a work of art that has disappeared.

9:00pm Masterpiece Classic: Small Island PBS/KCET - The lives of two couples intertwine in post-World War II Britain.

9:00pm LIFE Discovery - Primates. Intelligence, adaptability and resourcefulness have enabled primates to thrive in a diversity of habitats.

9:00pm Steamboat Bill, Jr. TCM - (1928) A college wimp (Buster Keaton) tries to please his burly riverboat-captain father (Ernest Torrence)

9:00pm The Pacific HBO - The Marines attempt to capture the Peleliu airfield; Leckie is evacuated from the island

9:00pm Ultimate Recipe Showdown Food - Season Finale. Four amateur cooks show off their hometown cooking by creating local favorites.

10:00pm Chefs vs. City Food - Season Premiere. Chris and Aaron go up against Claire Robinson for a rematch.

10:00pm Breaking Bad AMC - Gus tries to lure Walt back into the business; Skyler doubts her new relationship; Marie is concerned for Hank's well-being.

10:00pm Treme HBO - Albert takes the law into his own hands; LaDonna receives news about her missing brother.

10:00pm LIFE Discovery - Season Finale Making of Life. The efforts undertaken to bring images of animal and planet behavior to the screen.

10:00pm On the Case with Paula Zahn ID - Season Premiere. A young woman is abducted in broad daylight.

Ugly Betty White skit from the TV Land Awards
See Betty White in Hot in Cleveland premieres June 16 at 10P/9C on TV Land
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