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TV Junkie: LL Cool J Gives Us the 'NCIS LA' Scoop; Madeline Zima of 'Californication'

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"$#*! My Dad Says" William Shatner w/creator Josh Radnor at the 2010 Television Critics Association, summer session yesterday
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We talked to LL Cool J last night at the TCA after-party and he gave us some inside info about the next season of "NCIS: Los Angeles": "I've been doing a ton of training. My tech advisor is a Master Gunner so I've been learning a lot. I can 'consciously aware' put my weapons together in the dark, but I'm not 'self-consciously' aware yet - I can't play the piano blindfolded yet. I went down to Camp Pendleton to do some training with the Marines, they've got their own Special Ops group now. There's going to be a _lot_ of action this coming season, it was a lot of fun."We took the opportunity to ask LL Cool J about if he was aware that way back in the day, we're talking 1990, about Sonic Youth's song "Kool Thing" which was inspired by an interview that bassist Kim Gordon did with LL Cool J for Spin magazine. The song is all about her artistic obsession with him despite not mentioning him by name. An intrigued LL Cool J said he didn't know about it but that he would grab it when the next time he boots up iTunes.

We also had a great conversation with Madeline Zima, aka Mia Lewis from Showtime's "Californication". She told us that Mia will be in the season in a couple ways this season, played both by herself and then a movie version of the character will be played by another actress since Mia has sold the movie rights to her book that was a plagiarization of Hank Moody's manuscript. Zima will be appearing in a play in Los Angeles sometime later this year - we're looking forward to getting details on that soon.
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Tonight: You saw clips of it in the last season of "Mad Men", watch the entire movie tonight: Bye Bye Birdie at 8pm on TCM. Paul Lynde is awesome as usual.

Late night TV is pretty good tonight - we're placing our bet on seeing what looks like a great Letterman with Paul Rudd, the incredible comedian Bill Burr, and then Interpol plays their brand new single.
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The TV Junkie Plan: Bye Bye Birdie, "Boston Med", "Chelsea Lately" (Ron Livingston), Letterman (Paul Rudd, Bill Burr, Interpol!!), Ferguson (Neil Patrick Harris)