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TV Junkie: 5 New Shows The Networks Should Keep

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"Raising Hope" is on Fox at 9pm tonight - we think it's a keeper


"Raising Hope" is on Fox at 9pm tonight - we think it's a keeper
Programs To Keep: After this weekend's news that NBC's "Outlaw" will have its remaining episodes moved to Saturday before it is removed from the air, we wanted to review the new programs that the networks should keep. Last month we made our opinion on "Outlaw" pretty clear and we're mildly surprised that NBC is pulling the plug this soon but if the ratings are that bad, then they're that bad."Raising Hope" (Fox) - Of the new comedies that are airing this season, this one is a keeper. The program based on a struggling single father and his quirky-to-the-point-of-obscene family is consistently funny, unafraid, and genuine, bolstered by performances unencumbered by "starpower" expectations. Contrast this with Fox's other new comedy offering, "Running Wilde", which is failing primarily because Fox corporate can't keep its fingers out of the cake batter, and secondarily because Will Arnett and David Cross aren't covering anything new. What is truly shameful is that "Running Wilde" would be a welcome replacement for sub-par programs on other networks, like "Outsourced" and "Sh*t my Dad Says". "Raising Hope" is on at 9pm tonight BTW.

"Terriers" (FX) - Shawn Ryan's new show, following ragamuffin private eyes Donal Logue and Michael Raymond James has plenty of eyebrow raising plot twists and spontaneous-feeling action, but its the camaraderie of the duo that keeps us coming back. Is there another new pair of well-played pals that deserve our attention? Certainly not Jerry O'Connell and Jim Belushi of CBS' "The Defenders". "Terriers" is on FX on Tuesdays at 10pm. See our interview with Donal Logue.

"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO) - Of course this is premium pay TV so the business model is different. While we're not going to proclaim that "Boardwalk Empire" will become the new "The Sopranos" or "The Wire", we'll say that this show is extremely well-put-together: it looks fantastic, the cast is incredible without having to resort to populating it with Hollywood superstars, and the plotlines keep us going from episode to episode based on character development. The series also doesn't rely on key historical events as a way to move the plot forward the way that "Mad Men" does, for example. Shows like this are a reason to pay for an HBO subscription. "Boardwalk Empire", Sundays at 9pm on HBO. See our interviews from the series premiere.

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"No Ordinary Family (ABC) - Generally we are very pessimistic about shows that are engineered for a specific audience but despite it's entire reason for existence is for "families" to have something to watch together, "No Ordinary Family" does what it's supposed to. While I don't think it holds up under repeat viewings, the fact that there's now an action-y-type show that I can watch with my kids is its saving grace.

"Hawaii Five-0" (CBS) - Again we wander into controversy with this recommendation. This is an entertaining show in the way that Coca-Cola is refreshing but neither have much nutritional value. There's a lot of corn syrup and caffeine injected into "Hawaii Five-0" but it works, for now. Will that be enough to carry us through the end of the season and into future seasons? We kind of doubt it. But in comparison to many other new shows, this is sophisticated end well-produced enough to outlast them. If there's a "Miami Vice" for the 2010s, this is it. Whether we needed one or not is another debate. "Hawaii Five-0" airs on CBS, Mondays at 10pm-ish.

Shows we're on the fence about: "The Event", "Nikita", "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret". Do you love/hate these or other new programs? Let us know.
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Sketch comedy "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time" premieres at 10pm tonight on Comedy Central. Read our interview with him.
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The TV Junkie Plan: "No Ordinary Family", "Raising Hope", "Sons of Anarchy", Leno (Heidi Klum, Ty Burrell), Fallon (Johnny Knoxville, Judah Friedlander)

8:00pm No Ordinary Family ABC - Jim and George track a group of thieves robbing high-end weddings after Stephanie's ring is stolen; J.J. asks Daphne to scan the mind of a cute girl to see if she has feelings for him.

8:00pm Glee Fox - Finn and Rachel plan to throw the competition so Sam can win when club members are assigned duets; Mike, Tina and Artie find themselves in a love triangle.

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9:00pm God in America PBS/KCET - Series Premiere. A Nation Reborn; A New Light Slavery splits the nation in two; modernity challenges traditional faiths in the 19th century.

9:00pm Raising Hope Fox - Jimmy realizes that he has no family photos that include Hope, so he organizes a family photo shoot.

9:00pm Stargate Universe Syfy - The crew encounters a ship remarkably similar to destiny which may hold the key to their returning home.

9:00pm Carlos Sundance - Part II. In December 1975, Carlos raids OPEC HQ.

9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS - The team races against time to save a naval commander's daughter after seeing a video of her being buried alive

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10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX - To protect their territory, Sons of Anarchy must handle a rat at St. Thomas

10:00pm Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Comedy Central - Nick dedicates the show to his dead cat; feature guest Ryan Phillipe and stand up comedian Natahsa Legger

10:00pm Parenthood NBC - Kristina asks Adam to go with her to an Asperger's support group; Gordon (William Baldwin) makes an unexpected decision after Sarah's performance at the shoe booth exceeds expectations; Camille and Zeek take ballroom dancing classes.

10:00pm Caprica Syfy - Lacy botches an operation, and the Adama brothers begin a campaign of coercion against Daniel's former colleagues while Amanda tries to cope with her losses.

10:00pm Chopped Food - The chefs are given 20 minutes to cook octopus; meat and potatoes in the entree round.

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11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Matt Damon; My Morning Jacket performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Model Heidi Klum; actor Ty Burrell; Johnny Mathis performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Bruce Willis; actor Karl Urban; the latest contestant eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars"; Hugo performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Trace Adkins performs; astronomer Derrick Pitts.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Johnny Knoxville; actor Judah Friedlander; Everest performs.