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TV Junkie: FCC Indecency Rules 'Vague & Chilling'

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There's a new episode of "Burn Notice" tonight on USA - should be good.

There's a new episode of "Burn Notice" tonight on USA - should be good.
Yesterday it was announced that U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York labelled the Federal Communications Commission's indecency rules"unconstitutionally vague and chilling." Between the arbitrary identification of obscenity and the random assessment of fines, from a couple thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands, broadcasters of live events have been on tenterhooks until this ruling. Smaller broadcasters, in particular, were in danger of being shut down if even a violation was filed against them as either paying the fine, or funding a lawyer to fight the fine.Initially when we read about the appellate decision we thought, of course, if this goes to the Supreme Court, they would reverse it because wouldn't they just love to put a nail in the coffin for the "liberal media". But the Supreme Court is on the horns of a dilemma as the broadcaster referred to in the appellate case is none other than Fox. Would the Republican-controlled Supreme Court really shut down the Republican mouthpiece? Unlikely. Now we just have to get our heads around the idea that corporations have the same rights as individuals, yet none of the responsibilities, like reporting their political spending.
Stuff We've Been Watching Lately: Rough Cuts: Fox's new Fall lineup (pretty good, especially with the comedies); CBS' new Fall lineup (needs some work, but am hopeful - "Hawaii Five-O" is ridiculous but entertaining); "Pillars of the Earth" from Starz which premieres on July 23rd (surprisingly good!); Nick Nolte's new self-documentary, "Nick Nolte: No Exit", on Sundance which airs on August 2nd (hilarious _and_ informative).
The TV Junkie Plan: "Attack of the Show", "Penn & Teller: Bulls...!", "The Green Room With Paul Provenza" (Tommy Smothers, Martin Mull, Penn Jillette), "Burn Notice", "Boston Med", Letterman (Jimmy Cliff), Fallon.
Friday AM: Tour de France

7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - "Inception" stars; trends; alcohol.

8:00pm Penn & Teller: Bulls...! Showtime - UFO hunters search for mysterious aircraft flying over Area 51.

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8:00pm Big Brother CBS - One houseguest is evicted; the head-of-household competition takes place.

8:30pm The Green Room With Paul Provenza Showtime - Panelists include Tommy Smothers, Martin Mull and Penn Jillette.

9:00pm Rookie Blue ABC - Andy goes under cover as a prostitute during a citywide sting operation; Dov and Andy's attempt to impress Sgt. Boyko backfires.

9:00pm Burn Notice USA - Entry Point

9:00pm So You Think You Can Dance Fox - Christina Perri performs; a contestant is eliminated.

10:00pm Paranormal Investigators SyFy - Season Premiere.

10:00pm Boston Med ABC - A beloved teenager and her brother both have a life-threatening congenital heart disease; two confident interns are hazed by doctors.

10:00pm Futurama Comedy Central - The Duh-Vinci Code. The crew races to future Rome to unearth the shocking secret of Leonardo da Vinci.

10:00pm Royal Pains USA - In Vino Veritas

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Terrell Owens; Lifehouse

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11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Kyra Sedgwick; singer Bret Michaels; Jimmy Cliff performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Ellen Page; TV personalities Austin "Chumlee" Russell and Corey Harrison; Grace Potter and the Nocturnals perform.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Nicolas Cage; Marina & the Diamonds perform.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt; professional soccer player Thierry Henry; a performance from Broadway's "Million Dollar Quartet."

Friday AM

5:30am Cycling: Tour de France Versus - Stage 12 From Bourg-de-Peage to Mende.