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TV Junkie: 'True Blood' Drops Tonight; Discovery Celebrates 25 Years

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"Deadliest Catch" is on Discovery at 9pm. Tune in as the final episodes featuring now-deceased Captain Phil Harris will begin airing.

"Deadliest Catch" is on Discovery at 9pm. Tune in as the final episodes featuring now-deceased Captain Phil Harris will begin airing.
"True Blood" fanatics might want to check out a nifty Twitter-based social theater. Every Thursday at 6pm Pacific "Drop of True Blood Thursday" begins by bringing to life a scene we didn't see, but might have wanted to in Sunday night’s episode. Maybe it’s Bill being shoved into the car by the Fuck You Crew and speeding off into the night. Maybe it’s Andy crawling through the window into Jason’s house before they have their man-to-man talk. It's live interactive social theater, a space where one can not only watch the story play out, but get into the action. Every response and comment will become part of the storyline and may eventually affect the outcome of Thursday night storylines to come. To be a part of Drop of True Blood Thursday, viewers will be directed to where they can log in and join in the fun.
The Hollywood Reporter got a first look at ABC's "No Ordinary Family" starring Julie Benz and Michael Chiklis (see embed at the end of this post). THR didn't exactly give the show flying colors but we'll reserve judgement until we get the pilot plus a few episodes. What did catch our eye is their comment about the "breakneck pacing" and we agree - why the heck are TV shows getting paced at 200 mph? A point of the medium is that plot and characters have time to develop, it's not something that needs to be resolved in 90 minutes like a movie.---
The Discovery Channel is celebrating 25 years of being on the air and they sent us a bunch of stuff for Shark Week (starts August 1st). See our video at the end of the post of the goodies. Be sure to check out "Deadliest Catch" tonight at 9pm. We can't believe it's been a quarter century since Discovery Channel hit the airwaves: where would we be without "MythBusters", "Shark Week", Bear Grylls, and "Deadliest Catch"? Also, as an aside, we know that Discovery dropped its major sponsorship of cycling but it would be considerate of them to be a media partner sponsor of some cycling team out there - just an idea since we see tons of their (very popular) jerseys on punters out there on both coasts. Happy 25th Discovery!
So we voted on the Television Critics Association awards but we won't be voting in the Emmys since we're not an Academy member (yet) but we invite you tovote on a bunch of TV Guide covers with us.
The TV Junkie Plan: Tour de Suisse, Celtics vs Lakers, "The Green Room With Paul Provenza", "Deadliest Catch", "Colbert Report" (David Mamet), Ferguson (Chris Hardwick, Virginia Madsen)

4:00pm Cycling Versus - Tour de Suisse, Stage 6 From Meiringen to La Punt.

5:00pm World Cup Soccer ESPN Classic - Group Stage: Greece vs. Nigeria

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6:00pm NBC Basketball ABC - Finals, Game 7: Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers

7:00pm World Cup Soccer ESPN Classic - Group Stage: France vs. Mexico

8:00pm Penn & Teller: Bulls...! Showtime - The boys take apart Fast Food

8:30pm The Green Room With Paul Provenza Showtime -

9:00pm Burn Notice USA - Michael and Jesse find a port worker being threatened by dangerous mobsters.

9:00pm So You Think You Can Dance Fox - A contestant is eliminated; Usher performs; Karine Plantadit and Keith Roberts perform.

9:00pm Deadliest Catch Discovery - Three of America's fisheries experience harrowing rescues, fiery decks and violent weather.

9:00pm Royal Pains USA - Hank treats the star of a popular film franchise; Eddie informs Hank and Evan that he is staying in the Hamptons.

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Rob Schneider; Crash Kings.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - David Mamet

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11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Miley Cyrus; TV personality Rick Harrison.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Jonah Hill; actor Quinton "Rampage" Jackson; Punch Brothers perform.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Josh Brolin; actress Lizzy Caplan; Broken Bells perform.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Virginia Madsen; TV show host Chris Hardwick; Justin Currie performs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Comic Seth Meyers; author Bethenny Frankel; Blitzen Trapper performs.