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TV Junkie: TV on DVD Pick is 'Tales of the Gold Monkey'; TNT Didn't Find Rhythm With 'Memphis Beat'

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"Tales of the Gold Monkey: The Complete Series", a one-season show from ABC in 1982 surprised us.


"Tales of the Gold Monkey: The Complete Series", a one-season show from ABC in 1982 surprised us.
We're entering a period of the summer doldrums when it comes to TV so we've been checking out some DVD sets:In the past we've received a few individual seasons of the classic series "Leave It To Beaver" which never really made sense to us but now that we have "Leave It To Beaver: The Complete Series" (available June 29) we can finally check out the pilot, which we've never seen, as well as some great interviews with the surviving cast members as well as the option to go to any episode in the six seasons. When we were a kid, the only time we saw the Beaver was when we were sick and home for the day, this package is an embarrassment of riches for any classic TV fan and we've had a great time with it.

A little gem also showed up on our doorstep: "Tales of the Gold Monkey: The Complete Series" - the complete series being one season on ABC in 1982. Because of its exotic 1940s settings and adventure-y theme, "Tales of the Gold Monkey" was often accused of trying to rip off the then-contemporary Raiders of the Lost Ark when nothing could be further from the truth. The show much more closely adheres to 1940s era film capers with a great mix of spies, airplanes, noir, and humor all set in the South Pacific. Not only is the show (starring Stephen Collins, Jeff MacKay, Caitlin O'Heaney, and Roddy McDowall) well-written, but is also looks really great and it was the high-production values that most likely lead to the downfall of the show - it cost too much to develop an audience over a necessary 2 or 3 seasons and so it was discontinued. It's well-worth a rental and if you have a friend who collects TV shows, a great gift.
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So both Kimmel and Fallon have had studio power outages this week - what's going on? Kimmel ended up getting his show started using webcams which was a pretty smart dedication to "the-show-must-go-on" ideal.
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Did any of you watch "Memphis Beat" last night? What did you think? We like Jason Lee but this felt like a cynical pick-off of FX's "Justified" but without the balls or even the humor, and dear lord, save us from the ever-present twangy "Memphis" guitars. The show had better make some changes by mid-season or we won't be going back to it.
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The Hollywood Reporter has a great interview with John Lithgow who's up for an Emmy with his role is last season's "Dexter".
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Do you want to go to Comic-Con for free? With $20,000 in your pocket? G4 and the Butterfinger Defense League are hosting a contest to audition a 4th member of the league. Submit a video by tomorrow for a chance to get in there with Erik Estrada, Lou Ferrigno and Charisma Carpeneter.
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The TV Junkie Plan: "Attack of the Show", "World Cup", "MythBusters", "Hot In Cleveland", "Tosh.0", Leno (Louis C.K.), Fallon (Heidi Klum, Macy Gray)

7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Our buddy @kpereira went to the BP oil disaster and got some great footage - you should check it out

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7:00pm MLB Baseball KCOP - Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

7:00pm World Cup Soccer ESPN Classic - Group Stage: England vs. Slovenia From Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

7:15pm Killer of Sheep TCM - (1977) Charles Burnett's neorealistic look at the daily lives of a poverty-stricken black family in South Central Los Angeles.

8:00pm So You Think You Can Dance Fox - The top 10 contestants perform.

9:00pm MythBusters Discovery - Car conundrum myths.

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9:00pm Throwdown With Bobby Flay Food - Chicken Tikka Masala

9:00pm Top Chef Bravo - Outside the Lunch Box

10:00pm In Plain Sight USA - Witsec Stepmother

10:00pm Curb Your Enthusiasm / Curb: The Discussion TV Guide - The Beloved Aunt episode followed by panel discussion

10:00pm Through the Wormhole Science - Is time travel possible?

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10:00pm Work of Art: The Next Great Artist Bravo - The artists must create innovative cover art for a classic novel.

10:00pm Dinner: Impossible Food - Robert has 9 hours to make a meal for 150 loyal customers using coffee and tea in every dish.

10:00pm Hot in Cleveland TV Land - Joy dates a much younger man; Melanie encourages Elka to date again; Victoria gets hooked up on Big N Easy.

10:30pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - The guy who was stuck in an elevator for 41 hours gets his "Web Redemption".

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Comic Bill Coxby; Kid 'N Play performs

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11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Adam Sandler; Bettye LaVette performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Jeremy Piven; comic Louis C.K.; Drake performs

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Chris Rock; actress Ashley Greene; Minus the Bear performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Julia Ormond; chef Josý Andrýs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - TV host Heidi Klum; TV show host Joshua Topolsky; Macy Gray performs.