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TV Junkie: Steve Levitan's Problem With Hulu is What The Next Strikes Will Be About

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Elmo (Kevin Clash), Sofia Vergara, and Steve Levitan (right) at the 2010 Peabody Awards [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis]
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Weekend EditionIt was interesting to watch "Modern Family" creator Steve Levitan's Twitter stream Wednesday as the showrunner voiced concern that Hulu isn't monetized and the fact that the Nielsen system as of yet doesn't include digital/online viewers in its benchmark ratings. It is kind of ridiculous to have millions of viewers of TV content that are neither counted nor contribute to residual fees for the producers, writers, and cast. This will definitely be the meat of future union strikes so gird your loins. [Also check out the video of our interview with Levitan at the Peabody Awards at the end of the post - he's a smart chap]
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Lance Armstrong and Michael C. Hall are among the celebrities who will be a part of the "Stand Up To Cancer" broadcast on September 10 at 5pm on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, as well as on a number of cable channels.
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Comedienne Whitney Cummings will have a Comedy Central special on Saturday night at 11:30pm - check out her promo clip at the end of this post. If there was a highlight to the David Hasselhoff roast, she was it.
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The anchor of the weekend is again Sunday night's "True Blood" and "Mad Men" pairing. Again we are thankful for HBO and AMC's policy of immediately rerunning their programming, allowing us to catch up on "Hung", "Entourage", and "Rubicon". Also, on Friday, don't forget ABC's "20/20" has a profile of the daughter of serial killer Keith Jespersen.
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The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "Need to Know", "The PIllars of the Earth". Saturday - Cool Hand Luke, "Being Human", "Whitney Cummings: Money Shot". Sunday - The Rocking Horse Winner, "True Blood", "Mad Men".