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TV Junkie: 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Premieres Tonight

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You might remember on Monday that we protested the potential premature termination of Fox's "Lone Star" and yesterday the decision was made final with the series cancelled after the airing of 2 episodes. We get it, TV is a business, not a non-profit charity, but more than 4 million people watched those episodes. We compare that to the multiple seasons that have been granted to other shows like "Parenthood" and "Rules of Engagement" that started out at least as shakily but have built respectable followings. What are the odds that the series has legs on another network, the way that "Friday Night Lights" and "SouthLAnd" survived for additional seasons?
"Boardwalk Empire" viewership might be down 31% in its second week but Atlantic City is hoping for a resurgence in tourism because of HBO's show. Hotel rooms and 3-course meals are being offered for the price of $19.20 (the era the show is set in) and there is discussion of recreating set pieces from the show on parts of the boardwalk for tourists to take their pictures in.

We hope that viewership will level out or increase because it really is quite excellent television and beyond all the glitzy sets and amazing costumes, the plot and relationships between the characters comes clearly into focus rewarding the steady viewer. We wonder if we'll be able to say the same of "Law & Order: Los Angeles" which premieres tonight at 10pm on NBC - will this show bring the tourists into LA? Will the "Law & Order" formula allow for some decent overarching plotlines and character development? At any rate, it will be interesting to see how the city is presented in the series. [Watch my video interview with "LOLA" series star Skeet Ulrich above]
First a trio of "Deadliest Catch" captains refused to work on a spinoff for the Discovery Channel and now they are officially quitting the show because the network is suing them. This was an interesting show and we really got to know these men and their crews doing a dangerous job so that we can eat deep fried crap at Long John Silvers. Will Discovery be able to replace Capts. Johnathan & Andy Hillstrand, and Sig Hansen with "some other" guys and will people go for it?
Don't forget we're giving away the "South Park" Butters DVD set - please register in the comments on yesterday's post for your chance to win.

We just talked to "CSI" creator Anthony Zuiker (interview to be published next week) about his new novel Dark Prophecy: A Level 26 Thriller. Check out the video clip at the end of this post for a taste of Dark Prophecy.
Tonight's picks were tough as we have the debut of "LOLA" and the season finale of "Tosh.0" conflicting with "Terriers" but we will have to stick with the FX show as we know that tonight's episode is excellent _and_ it's titled "Fustercluck" and you just can't go wrong with that.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Better With You", "Modern Family", "Terriers", "Chelsea Lately" (Dax Shepard), Kimmel (Joel McHale, Busy Philipps, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings)

8:00pm The Tenth Inning PBS/KCET - World Premiere - Part II. Boston Red Sox win the World Series after 86 years; Barry Bonds crushes Mark McGwire's home run record; steroids cast a shadow on the game.

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8:00pm Hell's Kitchen Fox - The contestants must prepare a fast and delicious breakfast for 50 EMTs and learn how to prepare a ravioli dish from scratch; a contestant infuriates chef Ramsay.

8:30pm Better With You ABC - When they go house hunting, Casey's unusual taste in homes concerns Mia; Vicky finds that recently retired Joel is getting on her nerves because he doesn't know what to do with his newfound free time.

9:00pm Modern Family ABC - Gloria decides to honor her late grandmother by cooking more traditional Colombian meals; Claire finds out Alex is interested in a boy; Mitchell's aversion to public displays of affection causes an argument.

10:00pm Terriers FX - Fustercluck Robert Lindus is back and wants Hank and Britt to steal a quarter of a million dollars from him.

10:00pm Law & Order: Los Angeles NBC - Series Premiere. When thieves target the homes of young celebrities, detectives Winters and Jaruszalski discover that there is more to the crimes than meets the eye; after the perpetrators are discovered, another shocking crime is committed.

10:30pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - Season Finale. Tosh takes a look back with a web reflection and leaves us with the perfect Internet video.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actor Dax Shepard.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (Ind); actor Jesse Eisenberg.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Joel McHale; actress Busy Philipps; Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings perform.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Comic Steven Wright; author Sloane Crosley; Blake Shelton performs.

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12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Justin Timberlake; Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner; Belle & Sebastian performs.


Skeet Ulrich stars as Detective Rex Winters in NBC's "Law & Order: Los Angeles" which premieres tonight at 10pm. [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis]