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TV Junkie: 'Damages' Season Finale; 'SNL' Griping

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Rose Byrne stars as Ellen Parsons in "Damages" - Season Finale tonight at 10pm on FX

Rose Byrne stars as Ellen Parsons in "Damages" - Season Finale tonight at 10pm on FX
Somebody please confirm for us that they also thought the Ryan Phillippe/Ke$ha edition of "Saturday Night Live" was a bit of a chore to watch. Certainly, the Shake Weight DVD commercial was very funny (see embed at end of post), but the rest, other than some moments during Weekend Update, felt somewhat lacking. What did Phillippe contribute other than a pretty face - and doesn't Ke$ha's "Your Love Is My Drug" sound more than a little derivative of "Tik Tok"? These bad choices weren't made up for by any sketch that was particularly remarkable. We're fans of the show so we know that things will come together for the Betty White-hosted May 8th episode, if not before then. You win some, you lose some. [We also embedded "Funny or Die"'s short of Wikus from District 9, trying to track down fellow South African Charlize Theron - at the end of this post!]
Tonight: The big highlight is the "Damages" season finale (FX at 10pm). The big talk is about how convoluted "Lost" is, but that's a show that relies on metaphysics to pull off its whoppers - "Damages" has yielded multiple surprises per episode this season while staying in the same dimension. We hope this means a season 4.
Please check out our interview with Patrick Warburton who will have a new episode of "Rules of Engagement" tonight at 8:30pm on CBS.
WTF: CBS is developing a hidden-camera show starring Drew Carey called "WTF!", which stands for: "WOW That's Funny!" It's supposed to be like "Punked" except that the pranks are "benevolent".
The TV Junkie Plan: "Attack of the Show", "How I Met Your Mother", "Rules of Engagement", "24", "Damages", "Chelsea Lately", "The Colbert Report", Kimmel (Brendan Fraser)7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Epic April; mud run; stoner DVDs.

8:00pm How I Met Your Mother CBS - When Ted attends his mother's wedding, he is disturbed by her overly affectionate relationship with her fiance.

8:00pm Top Gear BBC America - The guys face rivers and vegetation, drug lords, the effects of high elevation and the world's most perilous highway in the Bolivian rainforest.

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8:00pm Untamed & Uncut Animal Planet - Season Premiere. A man is leveled by a bison; a man is bitten by a miniature horse; an elephant is found impaled by a spear.

8:00pm Dhani Tackles the Globe Travel - Season Premiere. Italy Dhani trains with Olympic and professional cyclists to prepare for an attempt to conquer Monte Grappa in Italy.

8:00pm Dancing With the Stars ABC - The remaining celebrities and their dance partners perform popular songs from films.

8:00pm House FOX - House and the team treat a knight from a community of men and women living according to the ideals of the High Renaissance

8:30pm Rules of Engagement CBS - Jeff tries to find time alone after Audrey's girls' night out is canceled; Russell learns that Timmy has pent up aggression toward him.

9:00pm Trauma NBC - Glenn discusses unusual calls with his colleagues; Tyler's dad (Glenn Morshower) visits.

9:00pm 24 FOX - Day 8: 9:00AM-10:00AM After learning of a devastating development, Jack heads to CTU for an intense meeting; President Taylor is conflicted when former President Logan gets more involved

9:00pm Shark Island with Enric Sala National Geographic Wild - Special Presentation. An international team of explorers and scientists heads to Cocos Island to discover why so many marine predators make their home there.

9:30pm Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Top Gear Special BBC America - Special Presentation

9:30pm Romantically Challenged ABC - Series Premiere. Rebecca decides to start dating after hearing about her ex-husband's impending wedding; Perry thinks he has met the perfect girl. [Alyssa Milano's new series]

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9:55pm Castle ABC - Castle and Beckett find that Esposito has a personal connection to a suspected killer; Beckett connects with an attractive new detective.

10:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel - Food Porn 2 Tony serves up a steamy round of ``food porn'' with help from friends, including porn film actor Ron Jeremy

10:00pm Damages FX - Season Finale. Ellen and Tom take matters into their own hands in an attempt to win the Tobin case; Patty Hewes is haunted by the price of her success

10:00pm Nurse Jackie Showtime - Coop is selected for a marketing campaign

10:00pm Ultimate Cake Off TLC - Three past champions compete to create the winning cake for a swimwear fashion show and $10,000.

10:30pm United States of Tara Showtime - Max's outburst comes back to haunt him; Tara discovers that she is aware while Shoshana takes over; Kate's music video is an Internet hit; Charmaine gets surprising news.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Singer Gretchen Wilson; round-table participants include Wil Anderson and Guy Branum.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - George Will guests

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Jennifer Lopez; radio hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg; eliminated "American Idol" contestants Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Brooke Shields; Phoenix performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Tim Allen; actor Alex O'Loughlin; Cypress Hill and Tom Morello perform

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Brendan Fraser; actress Amanda Righetti; comic Brian Scott McFadden.

The Shake Weight DVD from "SNL":

Funny or Die's Wikus & Charlize:

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