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TV Junkie: World Cup on Big Screen + Free Food & Drinks? Count Us In; Tour de France Hits Alps on Sunday; 'True Blood' Returns!

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Name your poison - "True Blood" returns from 4th of July hiatus on Sunday


Name your poison - "True Blood" returns from 4th of July hiatus on Sunday
This weekend brings about the conclusion of the World Cup and if you're into it, consider heading to the Paley Center for Saturday and Sunday's games where they will be showing the broadcast on the big screen and serving food and drinks, all for free, RSVP required.As the World Cup winds down, the Tour de France is heating up with an epic first stage in the Alps set for Sunday - you'll have to get up early though as expanded coverage begins at 4:30am on Versus. Tip: Use your DVR, get up at 6am and fast forward through the endless commercials and idiotic NBC-style fluff bits that Versus thinks is necessary for broadcasting the Tour de France in the USA.

Sunday also brings the much anticipated return of "True Blood" after its 4th of July hiatus - many people are still in shock at the "twisted" (har-dee-har-har) conclusion of the June 27th episode and are wondering how the series can top that. We'll soon find out.
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The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "PBS NewsHour", "Friday Night Lights", "The Neistat Brothers", "The Soup", Leno (VP Biden, Chris Isaak). Saturday - Tour de France, World Cup: Germany vs Uruguay, "Doctor Who". Sunday - Tour de France, World Cup: Netherlands vs Spain, "True Blood", "Hung", "Entourage".

Tonight

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6:00pm PBS NewsHour PBS/KCET - Part 1 of 5 part series: Six Months After the Earthquake PBS Newshour Senior Correspondent Ray Suarez Returns To Haiti to Report On Efforts To Rebuild And Recover

8:00pm Friday Night Lights NBC - Big Mary urges Eric to find a new way to coach; Tim puts Tami in an uncomfortable situation; Vince's mother has a medical emergency

9:00pm The Neistat Brothers HBO - Van explores a wide range of topics in 15 one-minute films; Casey documents different excursions.

9:00pm Flashpoint CBS - A highly trained sniper booby-traps an arena that is slated to be destroyed.

9:00pm Need to Know PBS/KCET - Uniform Justice; Conversation -- BP's Other Disaster; Outside the Wire; Newsmakers Interview

9:00pm Eureka SyFy - Season Premiere.

10:00pm The Whitest Kids U'Know IFC - New sketches: "Jumbo Tron"; "Kid Mechanic";"`Bananas."

10:00pm The Soup E! - Joel & Co. wreck it

10:00pm Haven SyFy - Season Premiere.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Vice President Joe Biden; actor Adrien Brody; Chris Isaak performs.

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Saturday

4:30am Cycling: Tour de France Versus - Stage 7 From Tournus to Station des Rousses

11:00pm World Cup Soccer ABC - Third Place: Germany vs. Uruguay From Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

8:00pm The Bridge CBS - Season Premiere.

9:00pm Doctor Who BBC America - The Doctor investigates a mysterious staircase in a building where people can go up, but never down.

Sunday

4:30am Cycling: Tour de France Versus - Stage 8 From Station des Rousses to Morzine-Avoriaz.

10:30am World Cup Soccer ABC - Final: Netherlands vs. Spain From Johannesburg, South Africa.

9:00pm True Blood HBO - Sookie joins Alcide at an engagement party for his former fiancýe; Eric is given a deadline to locate Bill; Andy gets a promotion; Franklin takes Tara on a road trip; Sam brokers a deal with Tommy; Bill procures dinner for Russell and Lorena.

9:00pm Scoundrels ABC - A threat forces Logan to show his true West family colors; a local strip club hires Heather.

9:00pm Leverage TNT - Nate and the team try to take down a corrupt CEO before he can release a drug that will kill thousands.

10:00pm Hung HBO - Ray risks losing a client by giving Claire marriage advice; Tanya tries to prove that she can land a big fish for Ray; Ray pays for the school baseball team's transportation to away games; Jessica embarrasses Darby.

10:00pm The Gates ABC - A series of mysterious robberies occurs around town; Brett tries to get his relationship with Andie back on track

10:00pm The Real L Word Showtime -
Gambling With Love

10:30pm Entourage HBO - Ari must face a public relations crisis over Vince's movie while meeting with top NFL executives; Eric agrees to help Drama find the perfect script; Turtle accuses Alex of maxing out his corporate credit card.