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TV Junkie: 'Vampire Diaries' Premieres Tonight; Paley Center to Get Own Awards Show

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Nick Swardson's Pretend TimeTuesday, October 12
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Of course the big stinking deal tonight is the season premiere of "The Vampire Diaries" on The CW (be sure to check out our vid with Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley at the end of this post) with the idea that this will send up dominant viewership of the following program "Nikita" whose billboards are currently plastering the town.

Why can't writers come up with another name for hot spy chicks? Since we're not 14 years old we won't be watching either, opting instead for an ancient Lee Marvin flick on TCM.
Nick Swardson has always made us laugh with his somewhat creepy humor and we were pleased to see Comedy Central award him with a sketch comedy show, "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time", that premieres on October 12. Meanwhile, enjoy his promo clip above: Policeman Garry Gaga, Lady Gaga's brother.
We've always loved the Paley Center for Media and we're pleased to see that they will be launching an annual awards show that will also be televised in 2012. There's some discussion as to whether or not this will be directly competing with the Emmys, which we kind of doubt. Anything to offset the fuddy-duddys at the Academy is all-right in our book - sure, they've given Glenn Close a couple Emmys for her work on "Damages", but how can they ignore every other show on FX? It makes no sense.
With the primary intent of irritating Chelsea Handler (or any other reaction for that matter), we urge you to submit an audition to win $25k from Stoli vodka (not Belvedere). Whatever you might think, $25k is not lame.
The TV Junkie Plan: Point Blank, Letterman.

8:00pm The Vampire Diaries CW - Season Premiere. Elena comes home to a nightmare; Damon realizes Katherine has returned; Tyler receives a surprise visit from his uncle.

8:00pm Rookie Blue ABC - Andy questions her future with the force; the rookies find out if they have passed their evaluations; an untimely arrest compromises a major drug bust; Andy goes under cover with Swarek.

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8:30pm Point Blank TCM - (1967) Betrayed, shot and left for dead, a crook (Lee Marvin) recovers for revenge.

9:00pm Nikita CW - Series Premiere. After years in hiding, a former spy and assassin seeks retribution against a secret U.S. agency known as Division.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Animal handler Jack Hanna; Jamey Johnson performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Journalist Katie Couric; David Gray performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Journalist Diane Sawyer; actor Donal Logue; Ray LaMontagne performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Rashida Jones; Dr. Mehmet Oz; Blake Shelton performs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Ali Larter; chef Mario Batali; Jerry Lee Lewis performs.

Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley at the 2010 PaleyFest:


Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder of the CW's "The Vampire Diaries" at PaleyFest 2010. [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis].