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TV Junkie: Thankful That the 'True Blood' Premiere and 'Breaking Bad' Finale Don't Conflict

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They're comin' to getcha - "True Blood" restarts on Sunday at 9pm on HBO

They're comin' to getcha - "True Blood" restarts on Sunday at 9pm on HBO
Weekend EditionWe've got a jam-packed weekend of TV ahead of us what with the FIFA World Cup starting up today, the Lakers vs Celtics on Sunday, and the premiere of "True Blood" and the finale of "Breaking Bad". LAist has some great sports writers so we won't pepper you with our ill-educated musings about the Lakers or how the USA will fare against England in tomorrow's match but we would suggest you check out the Tour de Suisse on Versus to see how Lance is shaping up for the Tour de France which starts in less than a month.

Sunday will feature the return of HBO's "True Blood" and there probably isn't a more anticipated event in the twitterverse/blogosphere/technorati - we've seen the first 3 episodes and can tell you that if you are a fan of the show, the wait was worth it. Intrigue from the outset and some pretty amazing new characters will justify the hype around this upcoming season. [We've included the video interviews with cast members that we've done this winter and spring at the end of this post.]

Sunday also brings about the season finale of AMC's "Breaking Bad". Creator Vince Gilligan has brought us yet another incredibly well written, superbly performed, and cinematically shot season of what we think is one of the best shows ever put on TV. If you thought last Sunday's episode was extreme, the finale takes it to another level. Gilligan brings us literally to "the beginning" of the White family's experiences in Arizona, when Walter and Skyler were young, happy, and full of hope and as the episode flash-forwards to the present, we wonder how something so pure could become so twisted, violent, and extreme. There is a somewhat anticipated confrontation with Walt's employer, the Chicken Man, but it's resolution results in a masterful set up for next season. We can't wait for it and we can't wait to see this show get some of the honors it deserves at the upcoming Emmys.
The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - Bill Maher, "Stargate Universe", "The Soup", Letterman, Fallon. Saturday - World Cup Soccer: England vs United States, Cycling: Tour de Suisse, "Doctor Who", "The Graham Norton Show". Sunday - World Cup Soccer: Australia vs German, Cycling: Tour de Suisse, Lakers vs. Celtics, "The Tudors", "True Bood", "Breaking Bad", "Treme"

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8:00pm Friday Night Lights NBC - Coach searches for a strategy to shut down their toughest opponent yet; Tim reconnects with Lyla; Vince discovers he has a gift for car theft;

8:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Bill Frist, Rachel Maddow, Jon Meacham, Queen Noor, Oliver Stone

8:00pm 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert ABC - Soccer

9:00pm Stargate Universe Syfy - Season Finale. See out interview with series star Alaina Huffman.

9:00pm I Am Comic Showtime - (2010) Comics reveal the art and hazards of their profession.

9:00pm Flashpoint CBS - A delusional man kidnaps a waitress who resembles his missing daughter

9:00pm Need to Know PBS/KCET - BP's Safety Record; the Public Relations Tactics of BP; Juvenile Justice; Heart of Jenin

10:00pm Dual Survival Discovery - Cody and Dave must use items salvaged from a life raft to find shelter, food and water on a deserted island off the coast of Nova Scotia

10:00pm The Soup E! - Joel McHale & Posse got velocity

10:00pm The Whitest Kids U'Know IFC - "Grandma's Cookies"; "My Mouth Stuck Open"; "Alien Autopsy."

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10:20pm Friday Night With Jonathan Ross BBC America - Andy Roddick; LL Cool J; Christina Aguilera; Eminem

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Sean Hayes; comic Robert Klein; Allison Moorer performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Tim Allen; 13-year-old mountain climber Jordan Romero; Against Me! performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Denis Leary; comic John "Hippieman" Novosad.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Bradley Cooper; choreographer Robin Antin; culinary educators Dave Arnold and Nils Norýn.


10:30am World Cup Soccer ABC - Group Stage: England vs. United States From Rustenburg, South Africa.

2:00pm Cycling Versus - Tour de Suisse, Stage 1 Starting point Lugano.

9:00pm Doctor Who BBC America - Scientists discover something isn't right beneath the earth crust while drilling.

10:00pm The Graham Norton Show BBC America - Usher; Miley Cyrus


11:00am World Cup Soccer ABC - Group Stage: Australia vs. Germany From Durban, South Africa.

2:00pm Cycling Versus - Tour de Suisse, Stage 2 From Ascona to Sierre.

5:00pm NBA Basketball ABC - Finals, Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics From TD Garden in Boston.

8:00pm The 64th Annual Tony Awards CBS - The annual ceremony honors excellence on Broadway; features performances by Green Day, Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison, and cast members from "Come Fly Away" and "Promises, Promises"; at Radio City Music Hall in New York; Sean Hayes hosts.

8:00pm The Tudors Showtime - Accusations of heresy are made against the queen; Lord Surrey faces the ultimate penalty.

9:00pm True Blood HBO - Season Premiere Sookie turns to Eric for help finding Bill; Andy urges Jason to stay the course; Sam reconnects with his past.

9:00pm Bridezillas We - Bridezilla Ivy is the strict wedding coordinator who is finally having her own big day—but is it all about to come crashing down? Meanwhile, Bridezilla Shandra has a serious case of sibling rivalry on her hands.

10:00pm Breaking Bad AMC - Season Finale. With Jesse on the run, Walt negotiates a bargain with Gus to provide for his and Jesse's safety.

10:00pm Treme HBO - Season Finale. Davis concocts a remedy for the blues; Annie makes a decision; Antoine becomes LaDonna's unexpected benefactor.

10:00pm Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami E! - Season Premiere.

10:00pm My Fair Wedding We - Every bride has her wedding wish list, but David may have met his match in Jayme whose controlling nature makes other brides seem complacent.

10:30pm Holly's World E! - Series Premiere.