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TV Junkie: RIP Tom Bosley; Starz Targets HBO; NBC Buys Full Seasons of 'The Event', 'Lola', 'Outsourced'

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Tom Bosley and Marion Ross starred as Howard and Marion Cunningham on "Happy Days". Today Tom Bosley died at the age of 83.

Tom Bosley and Marion Ross starred as Howard and Marion Cunningham on "Happy Days". Today Tom Bosley died at the age of 83.
NBC is picking up full seasons of "The Event", "Law & Order: Los Angeles", and "Outsourced". This will hopefully let the producers of "The Event" even out some rough spots in the plot and bring it to its full potential. Obviously "LOLA" was going to get picked up as the network is so beholden to Dick Wolf regardless of how meh its portrayal of LA is. The anomaly here is "Outsourced" - do any of you think this show has the legs? It's been somewhat pleasing that not every joke is about how Indians pronounce English, more like only 2/3s of the jokes. Thankfully NBC has also chosen to pick up "Chuck", one of the less-pedestrian shows out there on the big networks.

The former CEO of HBO, Chris Albrecht, who now runs Starz, says that HBO has lost its gumption and is, essentially, a shadow of its former self. Albrecht is attempting to position Starz as the maverick despite the fact that their entire production budget of $115 million is less than the budget of any one of several HBO shows ("Band of Brothers", "Boardwalk Empire", "The Pacific", etc.). We're skeptical of Albrecht's commitment to this idea as the network passed on renewing "Party Down", a fantastically unconventional show that was both hilarious and inexpensive to produce.
First a TV mom and now a dad". Barbara Billingsly, iconic mother of Beaver Cleaver passed away over the weekend and today it was reported that Tom Bosley who played Howard Cunningham on "Happy Days" died today. Although Bosley did plenty of movies he was noted for television, being a regular on several successful TV shows over 3 decades including "The Debbie Reynolds Show", "The Sandy Duncan Show", "The Love Boat", "Murder, She Wrote", and "Father Dowling Mysteries" among many others. We will miss the man that played Mr. Cunningham.
Tonight we're going to start things off by educating ourselves with "NOVA" on PBS, focusing on how the amazing cathedrals of Europe were built - our visit to France last year has re-invigorated our interest in these architectural wonders. As if every segment of tonight's broadcast of the 2010 Scream Awards hasn't been tweeted all to hell since their taping over the weekend - we're going to watch some of it anyway just to see what people at the awards looked like. Tonight's "Sons of Anarchy" promises to be a special one after all the set in last week's episode. Late night is weak with most shows in reruns.
We've got a clip of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog from Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars" at the end of this post.
The TV Junkie Plan: "NOVA", "Scream 2010", "Sons of Anarchy", "Chelsea Lately", Kimmel

8:00pm NOVA PBS/KCET - Building the Great Cathedrals In the Middle Ages, architects constructed great Gothic cathedrals that have stood for centuries

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8:00pm No Ordinary Family ABC - Jim is mistaken for a dangerous vigilante while patrolling the park at night; Daphne uses her abilities to gain an invite to an exclusive party.

9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS - Callen's former partner (Marisol Nichols) takes hostages at a Navy recruitment center.

9:00pm Frontline PBS/KCET - Death by Fire New evidence raises doubts about whether Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 for the arson deaths of his three children, was guilty

9:00pm Scream 2010 Spike - Paying homage to everything that is great about comics, fantasy, sci-fi and horror; great characters, A-list stars and hot women; featuring exclusive world premieres.

9:00pm Dirty Jobs Discovery - Exotic Nanny Mike travels to Texas to help out a ranch that has and breeds different species of exotic animals including; lemurs, sloths, and bearcats

9:25pm Running Wilde Fox - Steve tries to prove he can be less extravagant by throwing an environmentally friendly party.

10:00pm Parenthood NBC - Zeek tries to go overboard with the family's Halloween celebration; Adam and Kristina are nervous about Max's new plans for the holiday

10:00pm Independent Lens PBS/KCET - The Parking Lot Movie Members of a select group of men serve as attendants at the same parking lot in Charlottesville, Va.

10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX - The Grim Bastards have a problem that could jeopardize Samcro's new business arrangements.

10:00pm Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Comedy Central - Nick talks about how dirty the show can be; guest stars Finesse Mitchell, rapper Swayze and duo Dana & Julia.

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10:00pm Chopped Food - The mystery baskets are filled with treats for the remaining four competitors; daunting piece of meat in the appetizer round

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Musician Blake Shelton.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actors Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O and Chris Pontius ("Jackass 3-D"); comic Whitney Cummings.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - TV host Heidi Klum; the latest contestant eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars"; Mumford & Sons perform.

Night of Too Many StarsThursday, October 21, 2010
Preview - Triumph's Charities
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