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TV Junkie: 'True Blood' Finale Thoughts; 'Fashion Police' FTW?

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Is that Spain in the background behind Anthony Bourdain? No matter as he will be taking us to Madrid tonight at 10pm on the Travel Channel.

Is that Spain in the background behind Anthony Bourdain? No matter as he will be taking us to Madrid tonight at 10pm on the Travel Channel.
The much-anticipated (and simultaneously dreaded) season finale of "True Blood" aired last night - what did you think? There were some excellent twists and many questions were raised for next season. These questions were raised a little too conveniently in our estimation, telegraphed from a million miles away, which left the episode a little less than gripping. Still it was fun and we can't believe we have to wait until next summer for more swampy vampire shenanigans.

Compare the "True Blood" season finale to that of "Breaking Bad" which ended like an emergency phone call from your best friend was suddenly disconnected. Perhaps that's why "Breaking Bad" is more critically lauded or are we comparing apples and oranges?
Be sure to check outtoday's interview post with Jackie Marcus Schaffer and Jeff Schaffer, creators and producers of FX's "The League" - season 2 premiere on Thursday at 10:30pm.
Friday night we tuned into E!'s "Fashion Police" and were pleasantly surprised. In a stunning reversal, "The Soup" was not so much on their game and the Joan Rivers-driven "hot or not" half hour won out. I understand it must be difficult to have peak performance nearly 52 weeks a year with "The Soup" and Joel McHale & company were operating out of a borrowed studio which may account for the phoned-in feeling of the most recent edition but as usual, there is literally nothing better than "The Soup" at 10pm on a Friday.

"Fashion Police" featuring Joan Rivers, Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos was more than amusing as it illustrated how with-it and unfiltered Joan Rivers still is. More often than not, Rivers' co-hosts were reduced to laughing speechlessness by the comedy veteran's ad-libs and despite our not giving a pig's whistle (is that even a term?) about fashion, we too were laughing along. Now we finally have something to watch at 10:30pm on Fridays. [See clip embed at the end of the post - there were much better moments on Friday, actually]
Speaking of E!, how do you think Chelsea Handler did hosting last night's "Video Music Awards"?
After last week's 100th episode tribute we can't wait for Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" to hit Madrid tonight - should be fun.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Lie To Me", "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations", "The Daily Show" (Ben Affleck guests), Leno (Bill Maher guests), Fallon (Christina Ricci and Robert Plant guest).

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8:00pm 90210 CW - Season Premiere. An earthquake wreaks havoc in Beverly Hills; Dixon and Annie deal with the absence of their father; Teddy suffers a career-threatening injury. We only ever watch the moments with AnnaLynne McCord, she is the core of this show, give her more please.

9:00pm Lie to Me Fox - When a journalist friend of Cal Lightman is murdered, the investigation tests his relationship with the FBI

9:00pm Gossip Girl CW - Season Premiere. Chuck arrives in Paris with a beautiful new woman; Serena tries to avoid a decision; an intriguing woman helps Nate come to a realization.

10:00pm Weeds Showtime - Nancy cuts a deal with the concierge; Andy and Silas make progress on the job; Shane joins a mommy group; Doug is interrogated.

10:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel - Madrid, Spain.

10:00pm Dateline NBC NBC - What parents tell their kids to keep them safe; hidden cameras reveal what kids do when put to the test. Yay! Parents' nightmare!

10:30pm The Big C Showtime - Cathy cashes out her retirement savings and buys a convertible; Paul loves rugby; Marlene helps Adam.

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Rapper Snoop Dogg; Goo Goo Dolls perform

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Ben Affleck guests

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Emma Stone.

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11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - TV show host Bill Maher; actress Kristen Bell; Brandon Flowers performs

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - "Dancing With the Stars" contestant David Hasselhoff; chef Eric Ripert; Green Day performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman; actress Ellie Kemper.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Christina Ricci; a performance from the cast of Broadway's "Memphis"; Robert Plant performs.