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TV Junkie: 'Outlaw' premieres on NBC but 'Terriers' is the way to go

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Jimmy Smits stars in and is executive producer of NBC's "Outlaw" which premieres tonight at 10pm. You can tell exactly what kind of show this is by this photograph.
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Tonight at 10pm NBC will premiere "Outlaw" starring Jimmy Smits as a maverick Supreme Court Justice who wants to step down from the highest court in the land to fight for justice his way. We've seen a couple of the episodes as well as the Television Critics Association panel in late July. A lot of talent has been lined up for what is a very high-minded, stuffy, and predictable series.The cases, "ripped from the headlines" of course, and plot points are telegraphed from a million miles away. Even the vivacious Carly Pope (see our mini-interview at the end of the post) can not save this show. The thought that sprang to our mind when we saw this show was that this is exactly the kind of show that TNT aspires to produce but exactly the last kind of show we need. With Smits as producer, however, we expect this Big Network show to last to the bitter end of some contract clause.
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The Hollywood Reporter has a great interview with Bill Maher who continues to be avoided by the Emmys. Regardless of one's religious views, Maher (who got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday) makes great TV season after season. The snubbing of HBO's "Real Time" is another example of the disconnected Academy - time for some new blood my friends.
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The TV Junkie Plan: "MasterChef", "Terriers", "The Daily Show" (Jon Hamm), Leno (Ben Affleck, Julie Bowen), Ferguson (Don Rickles).