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TV Junkie: Tour of California Finale; 'Lost' Finale
As if you didn't know, the "Lost" series finale is 9pm on Sunday on ABC. So, uh, what to we do now?
Weekend EditionSupposedly the cycling world was "rocked" by the allegations of doping that ex-Tour de France winner Floyd Landis made about his former teammates at US Postal Service. This weekend not only marks the finale of the Amgen Tour of California (be sure to watch today through Sunday as all these stages will be going through the greater-Los Angeles area) but it also marks the finale of Floyd Landis' credibility. Whether or not he participated in a doping regimen and whether or not he did so with the help of Lance Armstrong and Johann Bruyneel, Floyd Landis is a confirmed liar who took hundreds of thousands of dollars of donations from people who believed in him. He is a fraud, he has problems, and we feel sorry for him. There's great cycling going on this weekend and whether or not there are dopers in there, at least cycling has a valid testing program and punishments to go along with it which is more than can be said about the charade that is made by popular "American" sports.
The "Lost" Weekend: Saturday will feature a replay of the pilot episode of "Lost" and at 7pm on Sunday there will be a rehash episode preceding the 2 1/2 hour finale of the series. It should be obvious that the series finale is going to leave a lot of people frustrated and disappointed as the finale of _any_ show will, with, perhapsthe series finale of "Newhart" which celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend. The point is that the creators of "Lost", Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams, and Damon Lindelof, never set out to satisfy "everybody" as it's an impossible task. Longtime fans have experienced frustrating episodes every single season but that goes hand in hand with a show that has refused to conform to any stereotype.
A lot has been made of the fact that the creators "never knew how the show was going to end" and that they were "making a lot of it up as they went along" - how is this different from any other TV show ever produced? An exception might be, perhaps, "The West Wing", since the show was limited by 2 terms of office, the logical ending is when the president leaves the White House. Give these guys a break, it's a TV show, enjoy the show, enjoy your "Lost" parties, enjoy your friends, it doesn't matter what happens. Thank you ABC for putting this show on TV, the public obviously want to be challenged like this, so give it to them. [We'd love to see Mr. Eko get a spinoff but, um, he's dead.]
The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - Tour of California (a must-watch stage today with over 10,000 ft. of climbing from Pasadena to Big Bear), Bill Maher, "Stargate Universe", "Party Down", Kimmel (Massive Attack). Saturday - Tour of California, "Lost" (the pilot), "48 Hours Mystery" (LAPD investigation). Sunday - Tour of California (finale in Thousand Oaks), "Lost".
2:00pm Tour of California Versus - Stage 6 From Pasadena to Big Bear Lake.
8:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali; professor Michael Eric Dyson; journalist John Fund; comic Patton Oswalt; economist Nouriel Roubini.
8:00pm Friday Night Lights NBC - Coach betrays Tami's trust over a financial decision; tensions between Vince and Luke threaten the team's chances on the field
9:00pm Stargate Universe Syfy - Rush returns to Earth to find a way to prove Telford is a spy.
9:00pm Kitchen Nightmares Fox - Season Finale.
9:30pm The Ricky Gervais Show HBO - Karl worries about aliens trying to read his mind; Karl's top five freaks.
9:55pm Party Down Starz - This is an excellent episode! Actor Steve Guttenberg volunteers to turn his birthday party into a writing workshop when he overhears Roman and writing partner Kent discussing their script.
10:00pm Private Chefs of Beverly Hills Food - A high-school homecoming dinner becomes a descent into madness; a bachelorette party threatens to get unruly
10:00pm The Soup E! - We get post-"Community" finale Joel McHale and posse
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Ashton Kutcher; comic Larry Miller; magician Michael Ammar; Brooks & Dunn perform with Reba McEntire.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Kiefer Sutherland; TV personalities Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli; Adam Lambert performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Teri Hatcher; producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse; Massive Attack performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Ben Kingsley; Court Yard Hounds performs.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Entrepreneur Donald Trump; actor Jorge Garcia; Robbie Dupree performs.
3:30pm Tour of California Versus - Stage 7 The individual time trial in downtown Los Angeles!
8:00pm Lost ABC - A rerun of the pilot! The 48 survivors scavenge what they can from the wreckage of their plane; the survivors' pasts threaten their ability to survive as a group; a transceiver is discovered in the wreckage and hopes for rescue soar.
9:15pm On Borrowed Time TCM - (1939) An old-timer (Lionel Barrymore) postpones Death by trapping its messenger, Mr. Brink (Cedric Hardwicke), in an apple tree
10:00pm 48 Hours Mystery CBS - A cold case turns hot when police charge one of their own - this happens to be an LAPD cop!
3:30pm Tour of California Versus - Stage 8 (Finale) Westlake Village Agoura Hills Circuit Race, from Thousand Oaks, Calif.
7:00pm Lost ABC - Review Episode. Reviewing the events of the series; past and present cast members discuss their experiences.
7:00pm America's Funniest Home Videos ABC - strong>Season Finale.
8:00pm The Simpsons Fox - strong>Season Finale.
8:30pm Cleveland Show Fox - strong>Season Finale.
9:00pm Lost ABC - strong>Series Finale.
9:00pm The Tudors Showtime - Henry marries Catherine Parr; Catherine stabilizes Henry's household.
9:00pm The Celebrity Apprentice NBC - strong>Season Finale.
9:00pm Family Guy Fox - strong>Season Finale.
10:00pm Breaking Bad AMC - Walt, obsessed with a contaminant, refuses to cook; Jesse tries to get Walt on track.
10:00pm Treme HBO - A judge's ultimatum gives hope to LaDonna and Toni; Albert makes a stand; Antoine gets an airport gig; Janette takes her cooking skills on the road
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