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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.


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.
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).

8:00pm Survivor: Nicaragua CBS - Season Premiere.

8:00pm MasterChef Fox - Season Finale. After enduring pressure tests and grueling challenges, the remaining chefs compete for $250,000 and a cookbook-publishing deal.

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9:00pm Hellcats The CW - Marti is shocked to find Wanda in the audience at qualifiers; Savannah's sister, and captain of a rival team, falls and is seriously injured

9:00pm Man vs. Wild Discovery - Bear puts himself in the path of a man-made sandstorm in the Mojave Desert.

9:00pm Big Brother CBS - Season Finale. The winner is revealed.

10:00pm Terriers FX - Desperate for quick cash, Hank and Britt set out to capture escaped convict Mongo for a big reward.

10:00pm Outlaw NBC - Series Premiere. Supreme Court Justice Cyrus Garz decides to step down and go into private practice; aided by his legal team, Garza tries to save a client condemned to death.

10:00pm Top Chef Bravo - Season Finale. The final three compete; a Top Chef is chosen.

10:30pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - More shenanigans from Daniel Tosh.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! Musician Usher guests.

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Actor Jon Hamm guests.

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Danny Devito; Carmelo Anthony ; Chris Spencer; La La Vasquez.

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11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Ben Affleck; actress Julie Bowen.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Dr. Phil McGraw; actor Nathan Fillion; Trace Adkins performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Don Rickles; actress Brie Larson.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - TV personality Regis Philbin; a performance from Broadway's "American Idiot"; actress Emma Stone.

Carly Pope discusses her role in NBC's "Outlaw":