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TV Junkie: 'GasLand' Premieres on HBO - A Must-Watch
Film maker Josh Fox experiences the joy and convenience of flammable tap water in his documentary "GasLand" which airs on HBO at 9pm tonight.
Happy Summer EverybodyTonight the show to watch is "GasLand" on HBO at 9pm. This movie will disabuse you of the notion that there's anything "clean" about natural gas obtained by fracking which is pretty much the only way we can get it now that the easy sources of the fossil fuel have been depleted. Watch residents of polluted neighborhoods light their tap water on fire, see executives at drilling and energy companies squirm out of paying for polluted groundwater, etc. We're setting ourselves up for an on-shore drilling disaster as more permits for land-leases are extended to the gas companies. Urge your state and national reps to watch the movie and get educated.
["Treme" Spoiler Alert] The season finale of "Treme" last night brought us back to the beginning: the evacuation of New Orlenas during Hurricane Katrina where we got to see the characters in their "before" state. This did help explain a few things, we saw Ladonna's brother before he got arrested and disappeared into the system, and we got to see everyone in what was happier times despite the impending disaster. Perhaps the most shocking item in the finale was confirmation of Creighton Bernette's (John Goodman) suicide - it really happened and he's really gone and while there are plenty of other characters to follow, we're not sure how the show will fill that tremendous void. We did have some good set up for next season: Janette and Delmond went to NYC (separately), Davis is hooking up with Annie, and Sonny is entering what might be a death spiral. We're looking forward to the show's return but we somehow feel that the current disaster in the Gulf might eclipse that of Katrina and it's effects by the time season 2 rolls around.
The series finale of "The Tudors" aired last night and, well, it's about time. Jonathan Rhys Meyers was one of the most absurd choices for Henry the VIII and he never clicked for us - the show should have been billed as "The most svelte Henry ever!" Were the costumes sumptuous? Yes. Were the locations and sets beautiful? Yes. Was there historical accuracy? That's debatable. There's more to making a good show than those elements and a lot of it comes from the performances. Meyers provided us with a truly dislikable Henry and it's a bit of a bore to deal with a tyrant for four entire seasons. The show became a bit too predictable as we became aware that virtually every episode would feature some sex scene with whichever new actress appeared at the beginning of the hour. The addition of the excellent Joely Richardson towards the end of this season was too little too late. A good historical drama shouldn't require an explanation from the historian/screenwriter at the end of each episode - back to the drawing board for you Showtime.
Another disappointment from Showtime was last night's premiere of "The Real L Word". Is it the bare breasts and strap-on dildo sex that require this to be on Showtime? Remove the nudie bits and bleep out the cuss words and you've got something that should be on TLC. Congrats on confirming on camera that lesbians can be just as superficial, manipulative, and materialistic as heterosexual assholes - after that accomplishment would we need any additional episodes? We expected something of a bit higher quality from Showtime.
Smart Move: Today HBO renewed "True Blood" for a 4th season.
The TV Junkie Plan: Larry King's Gulf of Mexico Telethon, "X-Play", "Attack of the Show", "Lie to Me", "GasLand", Leno (Daniel Tosh), Ferguson.
5:00pm Larry King Live: Gulf of Mexico Telethon CNN - Larry needs you to call in and pledge some money to help deal with the BP oil disaster
6:30pm X-Play G4 - Gamers paradise
7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - News, product, humor, they do it all
8:00pm Lie to Me Fox - Lightman may have to testify when a beautiful woman is accused of murdering her much-older husband.
9:00pm History Detectives PBS/KCET - Space Exploration A scrap of metallic Mylar could be part of an early U.S. satellite; Andy Warhol's artwork could be on the moon
9:00pm GasLand HBOP - (2010) Natural gas companies lease land to drill for natural gas and cause environmental disasters.
9:00pm The Good Guys Fox - A series of dog poisonings leads Jack and Dan to a well-meaning but oblivious vigilante who has attracted the attention of a deadly visitor.
9:00pm Last Comic Standing NBC - Auditions continue.
10:00pm Saving Grace TNT - Series Finale.
10:00pm Unforgettable: The Korean War PBS/KCET - Veterans of the conflict recall America in the late 1940s and early '50s when U.S. troops were called to defend South Korea
10:00pm Inedible to Incredible TLC - Series Premiere.
10:00pm Neighbors From Hell TBS - Mandy starts to date Killbride's son and Balthazor uses this opportunity to get closer to Killbride.
10:00pm Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern Travel - Buenos Aires Andrew heads to Buenos Aires and explores the meat culture.
11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne; Jillian Michaels.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Salma Hayek.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Dakota Fanning; comic Daniel Tosh; Crystal Bowersox performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Seth Rogen; TV host John Henson; Dierks Bentley performs
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson NBC - Actress Maria Bello; author William Knoedelseder; actor Robert David Hall.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Jada Pinkett Smith; actress Miranda Cosgrove; Travie McCoy performs.