TV Junkie: Betty on 'Community'; TCM's War and Westerns Collections
Keith Johnson's "Man Shops Globe" on Sundance has a new episode tonight
We're psyched to see one of our favorite people, Betty White, appearing on the season premiere of one of our favorite shows, "Community", this Fall. White will be playing a "somewhat unhinged" anthropology professor.
Kudos: Starting in August, Christiane Amanpour will replace George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week". It will be refreshing to have the very sharp Amanpour knocking around all the old white guys on Sunday mornings.
TV on DVD: More like "movies on TV on DVD", we are of course, referring to TCM's ever expanding "Greatest Classic Films Collection" which now includes "Westerns" and "War". These collections include trailers and other promotional clips and sometimes commentary for each movie - "Westerns" includes The Stalking Moon (1968 with Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Forster), Ride the High Country (1962, directed by Sam Peckinpah, with Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley), Pat Garrett and BIlly the Kid (1973, directed by Sam Peckinpah, with James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson) and Chisum (1970, with John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Christopher George) and it's a worthy collection, particularly if you are a Sam Peckinpah fan as there is commentary by a couple of his biographers, and pretty affordable at around $25."War" is composed of Battle of the Bulge (1965, with Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan), The Dawn Patrol (1938, with Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven), Gunga Din (1939, with ary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.), and Operation Pacific (1951, with John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond) and is probably the less valuable of the two sets as TCM seems to always have both Gunga Din and Operation Pacific in such heavy rotation that sometimes we find ourselves avoiding our favorite film refuge. Both sets have iconic performances that hold true across generations, they are well produced and look terrific but as with most collections of this type, you really have to make a decision based on wether or not you really want the specific movies included in them. Our take is that if there is just one movie per set that you are truly interested in, the price is right and you get 3 "bonus" movies. We look forward to seeing more from TCM in the near future.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Top Chef", "Man Shops Globe", "Tosh.0", Letterman (Laurie Anderson?!), Fallon
8:00pm Big Brother CBS - The veto competition takes place.
8:00pm So You Think You Can Dance Fox - The top seven contestants perform two routines each.
9:00pm America's Got Talent NBC - Four acts are chosen to be a part of the top 24.
9:00pm MythBusters Buster's Cut Discovery - The team tests an age-old physics theory.
9:00pm Ghost Hunters International SyFy - Season Premiere.
9:00pm Top Chef Bravo - Cooking with blue crab; chefs cook with fresh ingredients at a Virginian farm
9:00pm REAL Sports With Bryant Gumbel HBO - Exploring the world of women's bodybuilding; profile of professional golfer Erik Compton; interview with sports agent Lloyd Lake
10:00pm Psych USA - Shawn and Gus search for the abducted daughter of the leader of a Chinese Triad family.
10:00pm Man Shops Globe Sundance - Art search in Australia
10:30pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - Comedy Central's #1 host brings it
11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Vivica A. Fox; Big Boi
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Summer toy demonstration; actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Laurie Anderson performs
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Tracy Morgan; professional football player Drew Brees.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Alfred Molina; comic Cathy Ladman.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - TV show host Martha Stewart; actor Jack McBrayer; Paper Tongues perform.