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TV Junkie: 'Hawaii Five-0' Blessed; Slow TV Week Ahead
Thomas Jane stars as Ray Drecker in HBO's "Hung" - new episode on Sunday, the show's on a roll. [Photo at 2010 SAG awards by Thomas Attila Lewis]
Weekend EditionWe're heading into a sloooww TV weekend and an even slower TV week with no new premieres or finales. What the week will be building up to is the premiere of "Mad Men" on the night of July 25th - the hype has already started, it seems, with the "news" that Mrs. Draper, January Jones, is now an item with "Saturday Night Live" ombudsman Jason Sudeikis. Sudeikis is a very nice guy, so if it's true, more power to him, but this "reveal" seems a little too convenient.
This Sunday, the Tour de France heads to the Pyrenees where sparks will fly - you'll have to get your espresso maker going as the coverage begins airing at 4:30am on Versus. We also enjoy having a live feed on ProCyclingLive.com going as it covers the gaps in the US broadcast.
"Hawaii Five-0", the show, has been blessed in a traditional Hawaiian ceremony. We watched the first episode, which premieres on September 20th, with zero expectations, and were pleasantly surprised - the action was good as were the performances of Scott Caan and Daniel Dae Kim. Since it wasn't a final cut we're not going to do a full review but suffice it to say, if the series holds up to the production standards set in the premiere, it will be more than entertaining enough.
Irony Alert: Robert Halderman, the "48 Hours" producer who attempted to extort David Letterman and ended up going to prison for it, has been nominated for an Emmy.
The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "The Neistat Brothers", "The Whitest Kids U'Know", Leno, Fallon. Saturday - Tour de France, "Doctor Who", "The Graham Norton Show". Sunday - Tour de France, "True Blood", "Hung", "Entourage". Monday AM - Tour de France
8:00pm Berserk TCM - (1967) Scotland Yard looks into spiking, buzzsawing and knifing at ringmaster Monica's (Joan Crawford) traveling circus
9:00pm The Neistat Brothers HBO - The Neistat brothers take a trip to Jackson Hole with their younger brother; Casey, Van and their best friend go to the Super Bowl.
9:00pm Man, Woman, Wild Discovery - Stranded in the Amazon, Mike and Ruth fight to survive.
9:00pm Eureka Syfy - Carter and his travelers realize the startling implications of their return to Eureka.
10:00pm The Whitest Kids U'Know IFC - John Cleese; "50 Cal Bar"; "Juror."
10:00pm Dual Survival Discovery - Cody and Dave take on a 1,000 square mile labyrinth of water channels and bogs in the Louisiana bayou.
10:00pm Haven Syfy - Audrey tries to settle in as Haven's new police officer, Nathan and her investigate the destruction of a local bar.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - TV show host Craig Kilborn; actor Stephen Moyer; Swell Season performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Ellen Page; Julie Gribble performs.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt; actress Piper Perabo; comic Kurt Metzger.
5:30pm Cycling: Tour de France Versus - Stage 13 From Rodez to Revel.
8:00pm The Bridge CBS - Frank must play by the bad guys' rules when a retired cop is murdered.
8:00pm Persons Unknown NBC - The group is alarmed when Joe becomes violently ill; Kat and Renbe go to Rome for Tori's funeral.
9:00pm Doctor Who BBC America - A message on a cliff; a puzzle box that opens from the inside; the fates draw closer for the TARDIS.
10:05pm The Graham Norton Show BBC America - Janet Jackson; Tyler Perry; Marcus Brigstocke.
4:30am Cycling: Tour de France Versus - Stage 14, Revel to Ax-3 Domaines
8:00pm Big Brother CBS - The nomination ceremony takes place.
8:00pm The Real L Word Showtime - Free Pass
9:00pm Masterpiece Mystery! PBS/KCET - Poirot X: The Third Girl A Belgian teams with a crime novelist to solve a murder.
9:00pm Scoundrels ABC - Logan agrees to represent Wolf during the appeals process; Cheryl realizes her marriage to Wolf is in trouble.
9:00pm Leverage TNT - In order to take down a corrupt record executive, the team must infiltrate the world of country and western music.
9:00pm True Blood HBO - Alcide and Sookie turn to a packmaster for advice on how to deal with Russell's minions; Tara considers a proposal from Franklin; Joe Lee breaks his promise to Sam and Tommy; Jason meets a mysterious girl; an heirloom reminds Eric of his past.
9:00pm Powering the Future Discovery - Global warming, geopolitics and geology offer reasons for change.
10:00pm Hung HBO - Ray tries to prove to Darby and Damon that he is not an insensitive ex-jock; Tanya turns to Charlie for advice; Jessica feels the pinch of the economic downturn.
10:00pm The Gates ABC - A missing hunter casts unwanted attention on Brett; Nick and Dylan try to put their differences aside during a father-daughter dance
10:30pm Entourage HBO - Eric and Phil try to convince Drama that he has talent on the sitcom front; Ari resists Barbara's urgings to have Lizzie promoted; Turtle is intrigued by a business proposal from Alex; Scott Lavin continues to ingratiate himself with Vince.
4:30am Cycling: Tour de France Versus - Stage 15 From Pamiers to Bagneres-de-Luchon