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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]


Elmo (Kevin Clash), Sofia Vergara, and Steve Levitan (right) at the 2010 Peabody Awards [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis]
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".

Tonight

9:00pm Bringing Up Baby TCM - (1938) A paleontologist (Cary Grant) loses a dinosaur bone to a dog whose heiress owner (Katharine Hepburn) also has a pet leopard, called Baby

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9:00pm Need To Know PBS/KCET - Juan Cole discusses the U.S. military pullout from Iraq; whether the risks of transfusions outweigh the benefits.

9:00pm Eureka Syfy - Carter and Zoe find Thurgood encased in stone; Allison tries to cure Thurgood.

9:55pm The Pillars of the Earth Starz - Richard returns from war to find no money to support his knighthood. Aliena has to choose between her love for Jack and her oath to her father. Waleran uses a disaster at Kingsbridge against Prior Philip.

10:00pm The Soup E! - Thanks be to Joel McHale & Co.

10:00pm Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town IFC - Mini-series premiere.

10:00pm 20/20 ABC - Melissa Moore discusses being the daughter of serial killer Keith Jespersen; in a prison interview, Jespersen describes his killing spree.

10:00pm Flashpoint CBS - A high school athlete threatens suicide after being kidnapped and beaten.

10:00pm Haven Syfy - Audrey and Nathan are called to investigate a mysteriously bent, broken and crumpled man.

Saturday

6:00pm NFL Preseason Football: Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers CBS - Pre-season NFL football

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7:15pm Cool Hand Luke TCM - (1967) A likable Southern loner (Paul Newman) on a chain gang resists the captain and keeps trying to escape.

9:00pm Being Human BBC America - Mitchell's reason for turning from killing is revealed; George's relationship with Same continues; Annie looks after a ghost baby.

11:30pm Whitney Cummings: Money Shot Comedy Central - One of the funniest comics on television does her act.

Sunday

7:15pm The Rocking Horse Winner TCM - (1949) A boy (John Howard Davies) foresees racetrack winners to get his selfish mother (Valerie Hobson) out of debt

8:55pm Rubicon AMC - Will suspects someone at API; Katherine takes matters into her own hands.

9:00pm True Blood HBO - Bill warns Sookie about the dangers she will face; Sam recalls dark memories; Eric takes precautions; Arlene turns to Holly for help; Jason deals with the unexpected; Jessica is torn between Tommy and Hoyt.

9:00pm Leverage TNT - The team realizes that they each tried to steal the same artifact on the same night five years ago.

9:15pm I Was Monty's Double TCM - (1958) British intelligence officers (John Mills, Cecil Parker) plan to trick the Nazis by having an officer/actor (M.E. Clifton-James) pose as Gen. Montgomery.

10:00pm Hung HBO - Ray agrees to participate in a student-alumni baseball game; Ronnie gives Jessica an ultimatum.

10:00pm Mad Men AMC - The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

10:30pm Childrens Hospital Cartoon Network/Adult Swim - New Episodes!

10:30pm Entourage HBO - Eric is informed that the network is interested in Drama's show; Ari attempts to fashion a new persona at work and at home; Turtle searches for new sources of funding; Vince tries to convince Sasha to turn down a high-paying offer.

"Modern Family" show creator Steve Levitan at the 2010 Peabody Awards:

Whitney Cummings promo clip:

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