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TV Junkie: Chris Isaak to 'Idol'? 'True Blood' Comics? New Stuff from Showtime

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Alan Ball launches "True Blood" comic series at Comic Con


Alan Ball launches "True Blood" comic series at Comic Con
While the latest edition may have been "the worst 'Idol' ever", most networks would kill for the show's ratings on it's worst days so Fox will have to continue the show, the question is, who will helm the show when Simon Cowell leaves to head the US version of his show, "The X Factor"? Crooner Chris Isaak has reportedly met with studio execs a couple times as a candidate for the position. We love Chris Isaak and had a great chat with him last year regarding his Biography Channel show, "The Chris Isaak Hour", which lasted for a season. While we think that Isaak would bring some class, sophistication, and legitimate music chops to the show, he's not as pervasively known as Cowell now is, which is what "American Idol" is going to need in order to maintain its status as a place where "stars" create "stars". If Chris gets it, kudos to him and the viewers, who will be more educated and entertained if they stick with a show helmed by somebody they don't know, but we're not so sure that it's going to happen.
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Hey Truebies, yesterday "True Blood" creator Alan Ball launched a comic book series at Comic Con and it's available in digital format from the Apple app store. If you have a thing for Stephen Moyer, be sure to check out this fundraiser where you can send him a message and earn the chance to win some autographed swag.
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We got Summer/Fall screeners from Showtime and we're really excited to see: "The Big C" with Laura Linney (potential SAG nomination?); "Weeds" - because we're interested in finding out what kind of show this is since it stopped being a comedy last season; and reading the 2 scripts of Matt LeBlanc's new show, "Episodes" that were in the box.
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The TV Junkie Plan: "Attack of the Show", "Burn Notice", "Boston Med", Letterman, Fallon (Christina Hendricks). Friday AM - Tour de France4:00pm Attack of the Show G4 - Chris Gore interviews Angelina Jolie about her new Columbia Pictures movie Salt.

9:00pm Rookie Blue ABC - Andy and Traci are among the first responders to a home invasion at an upscale address; when the crisis appears to be over

9:00pm Burn Notice USA - Past & Future Tense

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9:00pm So You Think You Can Dance Fox - A contestant is eliminated; Enrique Iglesias performs; Pitbull performs.

10:00pm Boston Med ABC - A second-year resident has career doubts; a cardiologist becomes emotionally involved with a heart transplant patient.

10:00pm Futurama Comedy Central - Bender deals with the discovery that he might not be perfect after all.

10:00pm Penn & Teller: Bulls...! Showtime - Criminal Justice America's criminal justice system.

10:00pm Royal Pains USA - Comfort's Overrated

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Actress Tiffani Thiessen; Enrique Iglesias performs.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Comic Joan Rivers; Steve Winwood performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Comic Wanda Sykes; director Ben Steinbauer and documentary subject Jack Rebney; 3OH!3 performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Wilmer Valderrama; professional basketball player Dwyane Wade; Keane performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Michael Clarke Duncan; actress Daniela Ruah.

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12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Kevin Connolly; actress Christina Hendricks; Sheryl Crow performs.

Friday AM

5:30am Cycling: Tour de France Versus - Stage 18 From Salies-de-Bearn to Bordeaux.