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TV Junkie: Weekend Wrap-Up; Sanchez Out; #MOACA Set Tour from Brittany Curran
Jason Ritter and Sarah Roemer (foreground) star in NBC's "The Event" (Mondays at 9pm) [Photo at the 2010 summer sessions of the Television Critics Association by Thomas Attila Lewis]
Remembrances of weekend TV: We think Bryan Cranston has considerably more comedy chops than were leveraged on "SNL", it could have been much better - also, why do a bullying sketch during the week yet another kid was bullied to the point of suicide? Not too smart.How do you guys think "Dexter" is coming along? Last week's teaser of Dexter being confronted by the FBI regarding his presence at the Trinity Killer's house kind of fell flat giving us yet another transition episode.
The big winner last night was HBO's "Bored To Death" which featured, among other ridiculous situations, Ted Danson in a hilarious prostate exam and series creator Jonathan Ames appearing in a full-frontal nudity cameo - take that Matthew Weiner! If you missed it, it will be rebroadcast tonight at 9pm on HBO1 as well as available OnDemand.
OK, so CNN cans Rick Sanchez for making questionable statements about Jon Stewart and Jews last week without giving him a chance to retract or clarify them. Where was that decisiveness when CNN personality Robert Novak was committing treason by outing CIA operative Valerie Plame? Didn't that guy continued to collect a paycheck until he decided to quit the network? And that was after he said his disclosure was "no big deal". Even if CNN doesn't have a double-standard they are inconsistent at best and that plays into the hands of detractors. Watch for Sanchez to appear on Jon Stewart sometime in the near future.
TV Junkie Exclusive: Brittany Curran, co-star on TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" (she plays Lucy Tranelli, daughter of Ray Romano's Joe Tranelli character) sent us some pics she took on set before heading over to a Teen Vogue event (see slideshow at the end of this post). If you've watched the show you'll recognize the Party Depot set, Terry's (Scott Bakula) apartment and bedroom, and the diner where the principals meet to catch up with each other - she also snagged a pic of herself with series director David Boyd before heading over to the hair and makeup trailer next to set #24 on the lot, before heading off to yet another glamorous red carpet - oh the life of a starlet. "Men of a Certain Age" (aka #MOACA) returns to TNT on Monday, December 6, 2010 at 10pm with its 2nd season - we can't wait as it was a favorite new series from last year.
We went to Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars" - watch for pics and video here tomorrow.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Chuck", "The Event", "Hawaii Five-0", Letterman (Bruce Willis), Ferguson (Lauren Graham)
8:00pm Chuck NBC - A prison transfer delivers old foes the Buy More, canceling Chuck and Sarah's romantic mission; Morgan gets a surprise from Big Mike.
8:00pm House Fox - A popular children's author has a seizure moments before attempting suicide; House and Cuddy go on a date with Wilson and his girlfriend
8:30pm Touch of Evil TCM - (1958) A U.S. sheriff (Orson Welles) frames a man for a border-town murder and kidnaps a Mexican's (Charlton Heston) wife (Janet Leigh).
9:00pm Top Gear BBC America - The guys try to find three cars that are as good on the race track as they are transporting a family.
9:00pm The Event NBC - The administration unveils a tough new strategy to force Sophia to reveal the detainees' plan
9:00pm Lie to Me Fox - Intent on revenge a man (Shawn Doyle) plans to rob a bank, and Lightman tries to stop him.
9:55pm Hawaii Five-0 CBS - An escalating gang war spills into the stands of a high-school football game, killing several people; an unlikely partnership arises.
10:00pm Weeds Showtime - Nancy, Doug and the boys attend a fair in Montana; Andy enters a butter-eating contest.
10:30pm The Big C Showtime - Sean reacts badly to Cathy's news; Adam gets drunk and vomits on Marlene's lawn.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Bruce Willis; will.i.am performs with Nicki Minaj.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Will Arnett; actress Dot Marie Jones; a performance from Broadway's "Rock of Ages."
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Lauren Graham; Rosanne Cash performs
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Morgan Freeman; actor Josh Lucas; Gayngs perform.
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