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TV Junkie: Time to 'Party Down'; 'You Don't Know Jack' is Saturday's Pick
"Party Down" returns to Starz at 10pm tonight and it's great!
Weekend EditionSome great things are happening on TV this weekend, namely the return of "Party Down" to Starz tonight - we've seen the first 1/2 dozen episodes and it's a lot of fun - the addition of Megan Mullally, which we initially feared, is actually fantastic! Tomorrow marks the premiere of HBO's film, You Don't Know Jack, with Al Pacino portraying Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian, and it's an incredible film - this will win some Emmys, no doubt about it. We'll be interested to see what "fat" jokes Gabourey Sidibe will join in on with the crew from "SNL" since she said "anything goes" when picked to host a month or so ago. Sunday night's TV Land Awards is a must for any true TV aficionado but we will have to break away at 10pm to watch "Breaking Bad".
Other remarkable possibilities are "Doctor Who" on Saturday (see our cast interviews at the end of this post), and the debut of a new Discovery series featuring brainiac Stephen Hawking on Sunday.
The World of Illness: reality TV star Bret Michaels suffered a major brain hemorrhage today (but has been stabilized) so look for some special footage/shout outs on Sunday's "Celebrity Apprentice". On the good news front, word has it that Michael C. Hall of "Dexter" is reportedly completely cancer free.
The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - Bill Maher, "Funny or Die" (Will Ferrell!), "The Ricky Gervais Show", "Party Down", "Gravity", Letterman, Ferguson (Drew Carey). Saturday - You Don't Know Jack, "SNL" (Gabourey Sidibe, MGMT). Sunday - Cycling (La Fleche Wallone), "TV Land Awards", "Breaking Bad", "Treme" (late rerun).
8:00pm Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Cartoon Network - Series Premiere. We've seen this and it's pretty darn watchable if you've got kiddos.
8:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Journalist Matthew Continetti; international security expert Susan Eisenhower; Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.); counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke
8:00pm Who Do You Think You Are? NBC - Season Finale
8:00pm Live From Abbey Road Sundance - The Enemy, Antony and the Johnsons
8:30pm Generator Rex Cartoon Network - Series Premiere
9:00pm Funny or Die Presents HBO - Will Ferrell returns!
9:00pm Stargate Universe Syfy - Dr. Rush links himself directly to the destiny's computer hoping it will reveal the code needed to control the flight path.
9:00pm Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution ABC - Season Finale. Jamie's accomplishments in Huntington begin to unravel when he leaves the city
9:00pm Say Yes to the Dress TLC - Season Premiere
9:00pm Bill Moyers Journal PBS/KCET - FCC Commissioner Michael Copps discusses the fight for more democratic media; William K. Black discusses financial reform.
9:00pm Chandon Pictures Sundance - 2 new episodes
9:30pm The Ricky Gervais Show HBO - Karl is asked which animal he would like to talk to; passages from Karl's diary; "Monkey News."
10:00pm The Soup E! - Thanks be to Joel
10:00pm Friday Night With Jonathan Ross BBC America - Idris Elba; Kiefer Sutherland; Gemma Arterton; Alphabeat
10:00pm Party Down Starz - Season Premiere. Henry struggles as the new team leader; Casey joins the team; Ron Donald returns.
10:00pm American Loggers Discovery - Season Finale. The Pelletiers try to double production to stay afloat during the big winter push.
10:00pm The Life & Times of Tim HBO - Tim's Halloween costume is misinterpreted; Stu uses a table tennis talent to attract women.
10:30pm Gravity Starz - Series Premiere. Lily, Robert and Miller find themselves in a support group for people who attempted suicide.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Kelsey Grammer; comic Jeff Altman; Hanson performs.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse; White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod; Creed performs
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - TV host Drew Carey; Jason Aldean performs.
7:00pm The Wild Girl Hallmark - Special Presentation. In 1932 a photographer (Brian Austin Green) joins an expedition to find a child kidnapped by American Indians
9:00pm Doctor Who BBC America - The Doctor and Amy travel to Britain of the future, where people live in a giant spaceship
9:00pm Mothman Syfy - Special Presentation. An evil entity stalks unsuspecting victims. Really? That's the best Syfy could come up with for a synopsis?
9:00pm You Don't Know Jack HBO - Special Presentation. Controversy and legal problems follow Dr. Jack Kevorkian (Al Pacino) as he advocates assisted suicide.
10:00pm The Dish Style - Snark, style, celebs
10:00pm The Graham Norton Show BBC America - new episode
11:00pm The Wanda Sykes Show FOX - Season Finale. Actor Bryan Cranston; actress Regina Hall; musician Tommy Lee.
1125pm Saturday Night Live NBC - Host Gabourey Sidibe; MGMT performs.
11:00am Cycling: La Fleche Wallone Versus - Another of the Spring classic road races
8:00pm The Amazing Race 16 CBS - The teams must complete two roadblocks; two teams deal with confused cabdrivers.
8:00pm Minute to Win It NBC - Season Finale
9:00pm America: The Story of Us History - Series Premiere. Early settlers fight for survival; tobacco sows the seeds of opportunity; the North becomes a powerhouse of trade; the Revolutionary War spawns a new nation.
9:00pm Celebrity Apprentice NBC - Doubtless some kind of homage to Bret Michaels is due.
9:00pm Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking Discovery - Series Premiere. Searching for alien life, what aliens might look like and the odds of making contact (2 episodes back to back).
9:00pm River Monsters Animal Planet - Season Premiere. Jeremy Wade heads to the Mekong River in Thailand in search of the giant freshwater stingray.
9:00pm 2010 TV Land Awards TV Land - Special Presentation. Musical performances and iconic TV cast reunions - great line up of shows and presenters, this should be a treat.
9:00pm The Pacific HBO - The Marines are determined to fight to the last man; Sledge veers to the edge of a moral collapse.
9:00pm Desperate Housewives ABC - The Fairview strangler's past includes a time when Bree offered him a job and dating advice, when Susan encouraged his interest in art,
9:00pm When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story CBS - Special Presentation. William G. Borchert's biographical story profiles Lois Wilson (Winona Ryder), co-founder of Al-Anon, and her husband, Bill (Barry Pepper), co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
9:00pm Masterpiece Classic: Small Island PBS/KCET - The lives of two couples intertwine in post-World War II Britain.
10:00pm Breaking Bad AMC - Walt settles into his new surroundings; Walt, Jr. wants answers about his parent's relationship; Hank's investigation causes problems for Walt and Jesse.
10:00pm Treme HBO - Albert makes a shocking discovery; Davis barters freedom for piano lessons; Antoine hits rock bottom; Annie gets a birthday gig.
10:00pm Girl Meets Gown We - Series Premiere. Sisters Lindsay and Lauren pool their dress budgets; free-spirited Jessica is planning a ceremony in the woods.
"Doctor Who" is still pretty hot stuff on Saturdays at 9pm: