TV Junkie: 'The Office' To Head to China? Buy Dharma Beer; Submit Your Flick to CMJ
Ricky Gervais practicing Tai Chi as he prepares a Chinese edition of "The Office"
Weekend EditionWe're already hearing complaints from baseball-loving readers about tomorrow's preseason NFL game intruding upon their viewing schedules. It does seem a little ridiculous to be watching football during the heat of summer but we look at it as though we're getting our money's worth as football players seem to be the highest compensated per game.
Just as the United States' edition of "The Office" was starting to get long in the tooth, long enough in the tooth for series star Steve Carell to announce his departure, it looks like a couple billion more people will be exposed to the phenomenon of the series. Yup, "The Office" is heading to China - Ricky Gervais has started work on the Chinese edition according to one sentence on his blog.
A few days ago we mentioned the "Mad Men" auction and we wanted to remind you that you can view items in the "Lost" auction which runs August 21st and 22nd. You can bid on everything Dharma, from the VW van to six packs of beer, or on items as iconographic as Desmond's photo of himself and Penny.
Attention Filmmakers: The CMJ Film Festival (October 19-22) is accepting submissions until August 31st. You can submit via Withoutabox.
The TV Junkie Pan: Tonight - "The Soup", Fallon (Bobby Slayton). Saturday - G4's Ninja Warrior extravaganza, "Being Human". Sunday - "True Blood", "Mad Men".
9:00pm Eureka Syfy - Momstrosity
9:00pm Cropsey Investigation Discovery - Special. This documentary takes a look at the story of 5 missing children on Staten Island near the abandoned mental institution, Willowbrook.
10:00pm The Soup E! - Joel McHale and his merry band of writers dissect the week of pop-culture
10:00pm The Pillars of the Earth Starz - Waleran and Regan engineer the prisoner exchange so that they remain on the winning side of the war. Tom wants Jack and Alfred to be friends, but their rivalry over their work lives and Aliena is too intense.
10:00pm The Whitest Kids U'Know IFC - "Halloweiner"; "Things We Need"; "Landmine Factory"; "Job Interview Mess Up"
10:00pm Flashpoint CBS - Two brothers become involved with a white supremacy group planning a terrorist attack.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Justin Long; Alejandro Escovedo performs.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Gabourey Sidibe; actress Aubrey Plaza; Bobby Slayton performs
1:10am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Alfred Molina; TV show host Chris Hardwick; actress Anna Kendrick.
6:00pm 25 Reasons to Worship Ninja Warrior G4 - Counts down all the elements that make this the world's most unique and toughest, physical challenge
6:00pm Chicago Bears at San Diego Chargers CBS - Pre-season NFL football
7:00pm Ninja Warrior All-Star Special G4 - Focuses on the friendship and training partnership between Makoto Nagano, Grand Champion of "Ninja Warrior 17," and Levi Meeunwenberg, an American athlete who first met Nagano when they competed against each other in Japan at "Ninja Warrior 20"
7:30pm Ninja Warrior 25 G4 - 5 back-to-back episodes!
8:00pm Gymnastics NBC - 2010 Visa Championships From Hartford, Conn.
9:00pm Being Human BBC America - George embraces humanity in a desperate attempt to contain the werewolf; Annie meets an enigmatic ghost who offers to help her keep Death at bay.
9:00pm Rubicon AMC - The team must make an important decision while Will is in DC; a suspicious voicemail on Tom's cell phone.
9:00pm True Blood HBO - Eric is confronted about the Magister's disappearance; Russell vows revenge against his foes; Bill uncovers the truth about Sookie's identity; Sam is distressed by Tommy's attitude; Tara encounters a new ally; Hoyt confronts his true feelings.
9:00pm Scoundrels ABC - Logan finds evidence to prove Wolf's innocence; Wolf makes a stunning discovery.
10:00pm Mad Men AMC - The Rejected
10:00pm Hung HBO - Ray must choose sides between Yael and a new client; Tanya turns to Charlie for stress relief; Lenore learns of Tanya's duplicity; Liz surprises Ray with a revelation about her personal life.
10:00pm The Gates ABC - Nick tries to defuse a possible turf war between werewolves and vampires; Brett and Andie's relationship rekindles
10:00pm The Comedy Central Roast Comedy Central - The Comedy Central Roast of actor David Hasselhoff.
10:00pm The Great Food Truck Race Food - The journey for the seven best Food Trucks starts in Southern California; the first city is over 100 miles away.
10:30pm Entourage HBO - Vince parties too hard the night before a meeting with director Randall Wallace; Ari agrees to help Lizzie find a new job; Turtle promises a retailer more product than he can deliver; Eric is intrigued by Billy Walsh's latest pitch.