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TV Junkie: SNL-Alum Al Franken Wins Senate Seat; SAG Strike Yea/Nay?

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The TV Junkie says "welcome back" to you all, to a new year and a new "Winter Season" of TV. Premieres we are looking forward to this month are "Nip/Tuck" (FX 1/6), "Damages" (FX 1/7), "24" (Fox 1/11), "Battlestar Galactica" (SciFi 1/16), "Big Love" (HBO 1/18), and "Lost" (ABC 1/21). In terms of TV news there's not an incredible lot to report other than "SNL"-alum Al Franken winning a Senate seat (woot!) and the never-ending SAG-strike drama (will they/won't they? Go fish or chop bait yo). Do you have any TV news items to share with us? Do you think the SAG should strike?

The TV Junkie Plan: "Top Gear", "The Story of India", Letterman, Conan.

8:00pm Top Gear BBC America - Jeremy races the Nissan GT-R against Japan's ultra-efficient public transport.

8:00pm Gossip Girl The CW - Season Premiere. Uncle Jack Bass arrives in town to try and help Chuck pick up the pieces.

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8:00pm The Bachelor ABC - Season Premiere

8:00pm The Secret Life of the American Teenager ABC Family - Season Premiere

8:00pm Superstars of Dance NBC - Season Premiere

9:00pm The Story of India PBS/KCET- Michael Wood's journey through the history of India reveals the richness and diversity of its people, culture and landscape. Part II follows!

10:00pm True Beauty ABC - Series Premiere

10:00pm Momma's Boys NBC - New Time Slot

10:00pm Diettribe Lifetime - Series Premiere

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Comic Ricky Gervais; actress Kate Hudson; Glasvegas performs.

12:35am Late Night With Conan O'Brien NBC - Actor Benicio Del Toro; actress Sarah Chalke; Doyle & Debbie perform.

In this June 7, 2008 file photo former comedian Al Franken after he accepted the Democratic endorsement for U.S. Senate Senate from Minnesota at the party's state convention in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)