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Tonight the cast of NBC's "30 Rock" (8:30pm) will do their first of several planned live broadcasts. We wonder how different the West coast broadcast will be from the earlier East coast run - NBC has said that they will post both once they have aired tonight.


Tonight the cast of NBC's "30 Rock" (8:30pm) will do their first of several planned live broadcasts. We wonder how different the West coast broadcast will be from the earlier East coast run - NBC has said that they will post both once they have aired tonight.
Please check out our interview with "CSI" creator Anthony Zuiker posted earlier today. There will be an extremely special multi-platform crossover episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" tonight (8:55pm on CBS). Even if you're not a fan-person of the show, his ideas are very interesting.
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We might just miss the first 5 minutes of "CSI" to finish watching the LIVE broadcast of NBC's "30 Rock" (8:30pm). The cast will do the show twice, once for the East Coast/Central and once for the West Coast. It's ambitious but not like it hasn't been done before: "Scrubs" and "ER" both did it, plus some others. But we're talking about old pros here like Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan who did this weekly for years on "SNL". What will be interesting is to see how the rest of the cast handles the experience, from Alec Baldwin to guest star Matt Damon. What's encouraging is that Fey and the producers plan to do more of these. Check out the rehearsal vid at the end of this post.There is always something exciting about a live show, so we're looking forward to this. Check out the odds that Bookmaker.com made for various potential screw-ups or plot points in the live broadcast (at the end of this post).

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Tonight there will be a "Community" viewing party on PHILO where NBC and Zap2It.com will be giving away 50 copies of the season 1 DVD that we mentioned here yesterday. Hang out with fellow "Community"-heads for a chance to win one or just go ahead and buy it already. It's cheap and the extras are worth it.
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Is anyone else sick of the "Housewives of ____" and "_____ Spouses" programming? It seems that Bravo offers nothing more than entire blocks of this dreck and while it is popular, so is the McRib sandwich and Justin Bieber. The E! network, long the proponent of mindless celebovision, perhaps with the exception of "The Soup" and "Chelsea Lately", is putting together a show that follows the spouses of "rock stars" and at least one wanna-be spouse (i.e. tour bus trash). The "rock stars" are the undead dinosaurs Duff McKagan (formerly of Guns N' Roses), Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction), Billy Idol's longtime guitarist Steve Stevens (what?), and Billy Duffy of the Cult. Perhaps these guys were rock stars at some point but what have they done in the last decade other than rehab? Oh yeah, Perry Farrell sang on the Chabad Telethon. At least liven this up a bit and throw in the male spouse of a female rock star. Please let the failure of this show become the beginning of the end of the housewife garbage.
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We like the wiseacres at Atom.com, you should check out their movie (embed at the end of this post) "The House That Drips Blood On Alex" because it's that gory time of year so might as well fun it up.
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The TV Junkie Plan: "Community", "30 Rock", "CSI", "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia", "The League", "Chelsea Lately", Colbert (Bill Bryson), Fallon (Pee-Wee Herman)

8:00pm The Big Bang Theory CBS - An embarrassing secret of Wolowitz's is revealed; Raj and Sheldon get into a war at work.

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8:00pm Community NBC - Dean Pelton asks the study group to clean and refurbish the Greendale flight simulator; after an accidental launch, Abed must navigate a safe return.

8:30pm 30 Rock NBC - Live Broadcast!!! Liz gets angry when no one seems to remember her 40th birthday on show night; Tracy decides to break character all night; Jack struggles with the consequences of his promises to not drink during Avery's pregnancy

8:55pm CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS - Sqweegel A serial killer, punishing local heroes who harbor secrets, is on the loose in Las Vegas

9:00pm The Office NBC - Thinking he has herpes, Michael contacts all his ex-girlfriends; Andy holds a sex education meeting for the office.

9:00pm Fringe Fox - A shapeshifter is called into action; Walter finds himself in a dangerous situation during an investigation at Massive Dynamic

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9:00pm Storm Chasers Discovery - Greatest Storms

10:00pm t's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX - Mac and Charlie try to fix up an abandoned pool in order to beat the heat wave; Dennis and Dee try to beat the heat in a more 'dignified' and 'upper-class' way.

10:30pm The League FX - Andre and Pete train for a marathon; Taco finds a new career; Kevin's head to head match-up gets personal

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Tuning in for the gang tonight

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Author Bill Bryson, "At Home"

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11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Rapper Diddy; actress Emma Stone; Diddy-Dirty Money performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Wanda Sykes; actor Kevin McHale; Pete Yorn performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Josh Duhamel; actress Julia Stiles; Nas and Damian Marley perform.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - TV host Drew Carey; actress Jenny Wade.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Comic character Pee-wee Herman; actress Joy Bryant; Ben Folds and Nick Hornby perform.

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ODDS FOR TONIGHT'S 30 ROCK EPISODE - via Bookmaker.com

WILL TONIGHT'S EPISODE SURPASS 6 MILLION VIEWERS?
YES +120 45%
NO -160 61%

WILL TRACY MORGAN LET THE F-WORD SLIP?
YES F WORD +100 50%
NO F WORD -140 58%

WILL JACK MACBRAYER FORGET HIS LINES?
YES FORGETS HES LINES +100 50%
NO HE WON'T FORGET -140 58%

WILL THE SHOW WILL BE INTERRUPTED BY A DISASTER
YES SHOW INTERRUPTED +800 11%
NO SHOW WON'T BE INTERUPTED -10000 90%

WILL LIZ LEMON COME OUT OF THE CLOSET?
YES LIZ COMES OUT OF THE CLOSET +400 20%
NO LIZ WON' COME OUT OF THE CLOSET -1000 90%

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