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TV Junkie: NBC Day at the TCAs; 'Rubicon' Premieres On Sunday

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James Badge Dale stars in AMC's "Rubicon" which premieres on Sunday at 8pm


James Badge Dale stars in AMC's "Rubicon" which premieres on Sunday at 8pm
Weekend EditionToday was NBC presentation day at the Television Critics Association. The news of the day:

- "30 Rock" will be doing some live broadcasts with separate shows for both the East and West Coast.
- Rob Lowe will be joining "Parks and Recreation" as a regular cast member.
- None of the cast or producers of "Outsourced" has been to India or a call center.
- "Law & Order: Los Angeles" will have an episode that involves a surfer and the surf scene in Los Angeles, thus proving that it is a truly revolutionary and relevant show. Creator Dick Wolfe also said that celebrity crime will be a part of the show - remarkable!
- NBC says that it "learned from its mistakes of the last year" but no contrition or admission of what the mistakes were.

Check out our videos from the past view days, they're at the end of the post and include: Zeljko Ivanek (whom we ask about what happens to his character on "True Blood"), Scott Caan about how his comedy chops will be utilized in his role as Det. Danny ‘Danno’ Williams in CBS’ ”Hawaii Five-O”, Katy Mixon (who discusses her work on HBO’s “Eastbound & Down” and CBS’ “Mike and Molly”), and Dax Shepard (with a few words on working on "Parenthood").
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It's an AMC Sunday as the network premieres 2 hours of "Rubicon" at 8pm followed by "Mad Men" - thankfully HBO's lineup repeats throughout the evening. According to NPR's review of "Rubicon", it's not a show that you can multitask while watching - details and plot twists about.
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The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "Friday Night Lights", "The Neistat Brothers", "The Pillars of the Earth", Ferguson (Mary Lynn Rajskub). Saturday - "Being Human", "Kevin Pollak: The Littlest Suspect". Sunday - "Rubicon", "Rubicon", "Mad Men".

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Tonight

8:00pm Friday Night Lights NBC - Tensions in town run high as the Panthers-Lions game approaches; Coach has bad news for Luke; Tami considers a public apology

9:00pm The Neistat Brothers HBO - The brothers climb Mount Kilimanjaro

9:00pm Eureka Syfy - The Story of O2 Allison deals with trouble during Eureka's space week festival.

10:00pm The Pillars of the Earth Starz - Prior Philip and William find themselves in a standoff over access to the Shiring quarry. Jack's artistic talents take hold. Aliena starts a business to help earn money for Richard's chance to become a knight.

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10:00pm Flashpoint CBS - Meth dealers take Parker hostage when they mistake him for somebody else.

10:00pm Haven Syfy - Audrey follows up on clues to the infamous Colorado Kid crime scene.

10:00pm The Soup E! - Joel McHale and Co. rock the week's pop culture

10:00pm The Whitest Kids U'Know IFC - "Valentine's Day", "Simple Chore", "Pun Army", "Chad's Rad"

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Gabourey Sidibe; angler Jakub Vagner; comic Mike Vecchione.

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12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub; actor Christopher Gorham.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Paul Rudd; actress Jordana Spiro; Green Day performs

Saturday

8:00pm Persons Unknown NBC - Joe endures a series of flashbacks, dreams and hallucinations; McNair and Blackham confront their troubled past

9:00pm Being Human BBC America - Annie thinks she has found the perfect man, but he may not be what he seems; Mitchell realizes he's going to have to get his hands dirty.

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10:00pm Kevin Pollak: The Littlest Suspect HBO - The comic performs.

10:05pm The Graham Norton Show BBC America - Michael Sheen; Rhod Gilbert; Dame Shirley Bassey

Sunday

8:00pm Rubicon AMC - Series Premiere. Will suffers a shocking tragedy; Katherine questions her husbands unexpected suicide.

8:00pm Big Brother CBS - The nomination ceremony takes place.

8:00pm The Real L Word Showtime - It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To

8:30pm David Copperfield TCM - (1935) Dickens' Victorian orphan (Freddie Bartholomew) drifts until he finds a friendly aunt and the girl he will marry.

9:00pm True Blood HBO - Sookie goes to extremes in her attempt to save Bill; Sam infiltrates a dog-fighting ring; Jason tries to uncover the truth about Crystal; Summer makes a play for Hoyt's affections; Debbie vows revenge on Alcide; Eric tries to get information.

9:00pm Rubicon AMC - Will's first day as the boss; message left by David; Tom has a secret life.

9:00pm Scoundrels ABC - A questionable insurance company hires Cheryl; Mrs. Hong's pregnancy causes speculation.

9:00pm Ultimate Air Jaws Discovery - White sharks leap from the ocean after launching sneak attacks on their prey.

9:00pm Leverage TNT - The team enters the world of master car thieves in order to take down a crooked car dealer.

10:00pm Hung HBO - Tanya lands an important client for Ray; Damon's emergency threatens to derail Ray's date; Ray promotes Mike to co-manager of the baseball team; Jessica is annoyed with Ronnie.

10:00pm My Boys TBS - A movie producer is interested in Stephanie's book; Mike wants a surprise birthday party.

10:00pm Into the Shark Bite Discovery - Observing attacks at point blank range.

10:00pm Mad Men AMC - A last minute visitor threatens to spoil the agency's Christmas party.

10:30pm Entourage HBO - Vince is impressed by porn star Sasha Grey; Ari woos new clients; Turtle wants Vince to become the face of his new venture; Drama is anxious about his new series.