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TV Junkie: Labor Day Weekend = Last of the Summer TV Doldrums

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This coming week is when the Fall premieres begin but until then it's slow-going as this weekend only features new episodes of "Rubicon" and "Mad Men" - everyone seems to be on a Labor Day break. I think I bitched about this last year that this weekend is a huge opportunity for public television and some of the movie channels, like TCM, to reap the benefits of no other new programming but again they seem to have dropped the ball.

This weekend we will post a rehash of the Emmy winners and compare it with our own picks to figure out where either we or the Academy went wrong.

Be sure to check out our coverage from earlier this week, including:

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- Our Primetime Emmys red carpet interviews with the likes of Emmy winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul along with cast from "True Blood", "30 Rock", and "Mad Men".

- Our Primetime Emmy red carpet & press room photo gallery with great pics of cast and creators of "True Blood", "Mad Men", "The Pacific", "You Don't Know Jack", and more. The photo to the right of Christina Hendricks from AMC's "Mad Men" is from that set.

- The "Sons of Anarchy" Season 3 Premiere event at the ArcLight with photos and video interviews with Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Kim Coates, and many others.

The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "Need to Know", "The Soup", Leno (Louis C.K.!!), Fallon. Saturday - BBQing. Sunday - "Rubicon", "Mad Men".


9:00pm Need to Know PBS/KCET - Monica Youn discusses campaign finance; Mississippi subsidizes salaries; bailout of Wall Street; Louisiana's disappearing coastline; author Charlaine Harris.

10:00pm Death Comes To Town IFC - 'The Kids In The Hall' have a new series and it's pretty darn good, check it out.

10:00pm The Soup E! - We've made it through another week, Joel McHale and crew escort us to our holiday weekend with wit and exploitation of all media

10:00pm Flashpoint CBS - While investigating gunshots in a fancy neighborhood, the team is confronted by a group of dangerous gun runners

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Comic Louis C.K.; Bristol Palin; Sara Bareilles performs.

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12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - E-mails with actor D.J. Qualls; actress Brooke Shields

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Talk show host Wendy Williams; actress Amber Riley; Never Shout Never performs.




8:00pm Frost/Nixon: The Original Watergate Interviews PBS/KOCE - In 1977, British journalist David Frost questions President Richard Nixon for four weeks, covering everything from Vietnam to abuse of power.

9:00pm Rubicon AMC - The FBI puts API on lock down; Katherine realizes she is not safe in her own home.

10:00pm Mad Men AMC - A deadline disrupts Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.