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TV Junkie: Wave of Pornification? We Think Not.

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Anthony Bourdain takes "No Reservations" to Liberia tonight in a new episode on the Travel Channel.


Anthony Bourdain takes "No Reservations" to Liberia tonight in a new episode on the Travel Channel.
Some folks, including The Hollywood Reporter, are of the opinion that last week's appellate court ruling about obscenity on TV will unleash a floodgate of nudity, sex, and bad language. THR cites several program episodes that have either occurred or will premiere this fall, are they trying to say that Seth MacFarlane was clairvoyant by having Stan from "American Dad" give a handjob to a racehorse back in January?What's going on is that "the big four" are slowly catching up to what's been happening on basic cable for the past 10 years. Last week's court decision was about obscenity in live television programming, you know, when Vice President Cheney or Vice President Joe Biden say "fuck" in public and a live camera happens to be around - not in scripted or packaged programs. Forty-five years ago we couldn't see Barbara Eden's belly button on "I Dream of Jeannie" and seventeen years ago we finally got to see David Caruso's ass on "NYPD Blue". Fox still got fined for the "American Dad" jack-off and there's no indication that William Shatner will utter a single unbleeped expletive on "$#*! My Dad Says" this fall on CBS. It's doubtful that "shit" and "asshole" will migrate earlier than 10pm, nipples and ass-cracks will continue to be blurred - but the hope is that broadcasters will not be fined to death if their microphones happen to catch an inappropriate comment from a politician, musical performer, or anyone else who happens to be at a live broadcast. That's the victory we're talking about, unless the Supreme Court reverses it.

For more on the "progression" of sexual depictions on TV, you should check out “Sex on TV” which premieres Sunday, August 15 at 8:00pm on the TV Guide Network and watch "PBS NewsHour" for in-depth reporting of anything related to this and other constitutional matters.
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Drama-wise this weekend, the highlight was last night's "True Blood" which was a lot of fun, although we're not sure what to make of Rutina Wesley's performance as Tara Thornton in her new storyline - it seems a little cartoonish, but then again, we're talking about "True Blood". This summer heat is hitting the TV this week as there will be no new (major) premieres or finales. Essentially this provides AMC with a free reign to build up as much hype as possible for Sunday's premiere of "Mad Men". We've heard that SNL's Jason Sudeikis is dating January Jones, and lo and behold, Jon Hamm is hosting this week's SNL, what're the chances? AMC will be endlessly marathoning "Mad Men" between now and Sunday, giving you plenty of chances to catch up with the series as well as develop nicotine addiction and alcoholism.
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The TV Junkie Plan: "The Good Guys", Anthony Bourdain (Liberia), "Neighbors From Hell", "Chelsea Lately", Letterman (Rob Corddry, Robyn), Ferguson (Mary Lynn Rajskub).
Tuesday AM - Tour de France (Bangeres-de-Luchon to Pau: 3:30am!!)

8:00pm Lie to Me Fox - Torres is forced to revisit her troubled past when her half-sister is incarcerated in a juvenile corrections facility.

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9:00pm Last Comic Standing NBC - Seven comics perform in hopes of earning America's vote.

9:00pm History Detectives PBS/KCET - Cromwell Dixon; Bartlett Sketchbook; Duke Ellington Plates

9:00pm The Good Guys Fox - Dan and Jack question rumors about an upcoming bank heist that has the police department on high alert.

9:00pm The Closer TNT - Capt. Raydor accompanies Brenda on an investigation involving the disappearance of a nanny working for close friends of the mayor

9:15pm The Guns of Navarone TCM - (1961) Allied commandos (Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn) try to knock out a Nazi fortress over the Aegean.

10:00pm Neighbors From Hell TBS - Tina shows the town to the wife of a Japanese businessman; switched personalities threaten Hellman's mission.

10:00pm Rizzoli & Isles TNT - The squad investigates a possible copycat of the Boston Strangler; Jane clashes with her new boss

10:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel - Tony samples Liberia's traditional culinary offerings.

10:30pm Neighbors From Hell TBS - Tina tries to spend time with Mandy; Killbride entertains a Japanese executive.

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Nicolas Cage; Actress Dania Ramirez, Shorty Rossi.

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11:00pm Watch What Happens: Live Bravo - Jeff Lewis ("Flipping Out"); Danielle Staub ("The Real Housewives of New Jersey")

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Sylvester Stallone; actor Rob Corddry; Robyn performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Don Rickles; professional basketball player Dwyane Wade; KISS performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Jay Baruchel; N.E.R.D. performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan; actress Mary Lynn Rajskub.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Horatio Sanz; journalist David Gregory; Widespread Panic performs.

Tuesday AM

3:30am Cycling: Tour de France Versus - Stage 16 From Bangeres-de-Luchon to Pau.