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TV Junkie: 'Pacific' Finale; Tour of California Premiere

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Last night marked the series finale of "The Pacific", and while we've expressedfrustration with accuracy, and a general feeling of apathy for the characters, last night's episode was probably the best one - without a shot being fired. [Spoiler Alert] As we saw these men return to the States, reintegrate (or not) with their families, we finally felt some real empathy for them. It was very well done with the exception of the myriad of post-scripts preceding the credits.

Refresh our memory: did "Band of Brothers" save all the postscripts of all of their players for the very last episode, or did they issue a post-script when a character left the series? We think it was the latter as we had a pretty good idea who was who at the end of "Band of Brothers" whereas we were left scratching our heads repeatedly at the end of "The Pacific" - we had no clue who some of those minor characters were and while we might be chastised for not taking copious notes, characters who exited 7 episodes ago should have had their postscripts issued then, not 2 months later.

Yesterday also marked the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California which was broadcast on Versus. This event is a big deal not only because it is broadcast worldwide but it will also feature 2 stages in/near Los Angeles, including the pivotal time trial which will happen in downtown LA this coming weekend. Unfortunately for Versus, the broadcast started with some technical problems involving multiple audio tracks which we hope won't be repeated for the rest of the week. Otherwise it was the very capable commentary of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen bringing us the race with a few interview clips from the start in Nevada City but not much more than that - we would have thought that there would have been more opportunities to get some footage but we guess not. It was also a shame not to get more footage of the start town of Nevada City, which is a pretty cool place. Stage 2 starts at 2pm today on Versus - check their schedule to set your DVRs.
Tonight MTV premiere's it's new series, "Hired", at 6:30pm. While we haven't seen any screeners of it, we're pleased that MTV is providing a documentary-like show about the dire situation recent college grads are facing as they attempt to join the workforce. Tonight's premiere is well-timed as we're entering graduation season and graduates can see what the actual hiring process is like and how to not repeat the mistakes that the subjects make in the series.
NBC has unveiled its 2010 Fall lineup including planned new shows. Interestingly, NBC is moving "30 Rock" to 8:30pm on Thursdays - we wonder if the show will change, becoming a bit more PG perhaps?
The TV Junkie Plan: Tour of California, "Hired", "House", "24", "Nurse Jackie", "United States of Tara", "Chelsea Lately", Leno (Bill Cosby, Ricky Gervais), Ferguson (Archbishop Desmond Tutu), then change over to Fallon for PIL performance.

2:00pm Tour of California Verusus - Stage 2: From Davis to Santa Rosa.

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6:30pm Hired MTV - Series Premiere. American Rebel PR searches for a new junior account executive.

8:00pm How I Met Your Mother CBS - When Ted takes a date to see a movie, he learns the story is loosely based on his life.

8:00pm House Fox - Season Finale. The team heads outside the hospital to help provide medical attention at the scene of an emergency.

8:00pm Chuck NBC - Chuck asks Morgan to assist him with a side mission; Chuck's father (Scott Bakula) returns.

8:00pm Dancing With the Stars ABC - The final four couples perform.

8:30pm Rules of Engagement CBS - A new employee with a grudge files a sexual-harassment charge against Audrey.

9:00pm 24 Fox - Day 8: 1:00PM- 2:00PM Jack remains determined to uncover the truth; President Logan is faced with a formidable foe.

9:00pm Gossip Girl The CW - Blair must decide if she wants to have a future with Chuck; a gossip bomb involving Dan causes problems for Nate and Serena

9:30pm The Big Bang Theory CBS - Leonard tells Penny about how he met Sheldon and what happened to the elevator.

9:55pm Castle ABC - Season Finale. Castle and Beckett investigate what seems to be an intelligence operative's assassination; Beckett's relationship with Demming strains her relationship with Castle.

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10:00pm Nurse Jackie Showtime - Jackie sets up a P.O. box to receive bills for her secret credit card; Akalitus decides to bring Eddie back; Coop's ailment reappears.

10:00pm Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern Travel - Andrew explores unique food traditions in Arizona influenced by its history and people.

10:00pm World Chocolate Championship TLC - Nineteen pastry chefs assemble in Paris to compete in five categories in hope of impressing judges and winning the prestigious trophy

10:30pm United States of Tara Showtime - Tara hopes a family portrait will heal the family; Max distances himself from Pammy; Kate meets a man online.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - TV personality Carson Kressley; round-table participants include Adren Myrin, Chris Franjola and Matt Braunger.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Matthew Fox; Zac Brown Band performs; magician Jason Randal; eliminated "American Idol" contestant Michael Lynche.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Comic Bill Cosby; actor Ricky Gervais; Taio Cruz performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - TV personality Randy Jackson; actor David Boreanaz; the final three "Survivor" contestants; Public Image Ltd. performs.

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