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TV Junkie: Full Episodes of Conan Will Be Available Online; Taking a Break From Reality

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Nick Kroll, Jon Lajoie, and Katie Aselton star in another excellent episode of "The League" tonight on FX at 10:30pm

Nick Kroll, Jon Lajoie, and Katie Aselton star in another excellent episode of "The League" tonight on FX at 10:30pm
Since we've had readers comment here that they don't get cable and since we've seen in some reports that less than 1/3 of TV viewers with cable even know where TBS is, we're very pleased to see that is going to be providing full episodes of "Conan" online! "Conan" starts on November 8 on TBS at 11pm.
It was kind of disappointing to click onto the Yahoo! TV News page earlier today to have 1/3 of the stories be crime-related. From David Cassidy's DUI to the report of a contestant of "The Bachelorette" being found dead off of Route 74. While we're not sure if an actual human maintains that page for Yahoo! or if it's assembled by content tags, we're not sure if the connections between criminal activity and TV shows are on the increase, if they're blown out of proportion, or if, in some cases [think Charlie Sheen, Heidi Montag, etc.] these situations happen as part of some cynical PR programs. Were there always this many drunk/deranged idiots involved in showbiz or has showbiz, in an effort to appeal to the lowest common denominator, built itself around these debased antics? It appears to be the latter.You might have noticed that we've stopped mentioning several "reality" shows in this column, some that are currently in the news. First of all, we're primarily interested in presenting scripted television: projects that involve several kinds of artists (actors, writers, directors, producers, etc.) working at their creative bests. In a lot of ways, we think that the least inspiring scripted show is better than the "best" reality show. Do creative people work in reality TV - they sure do, we know several. But the fact is, the industry won't even recognize that because they would be forced to pay people as writers and that hits the bottom line. We will definitely be mentioning certain reality shows but we're not going to write about shows that seem overtly exploitive or that are already getting loads of publicity for not the best of reasons.
Tonight Hillary Duff hits "Community", Jason Sudeikis hits "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" and David Sedaris is on Letterman. This afternoon we talked to the very sweet and friendly Katie Aselton from FX's "The League" (great episode tonight BTW) - we will post that interview next week along with one we did with Ray Romano. Many thanks for your readership, feel free to follow us on Twitter, we appreciate it.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Community", "30 Rock", "Fringe", "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", "The League", "The Daily Show" (David Sedaris), Leno (Anne Hathaway, Brian Wilson of the SF Giants), Ferguson (Dick Van Dyke)

8:00pm Community NBC - Abed discovers his inner "mean girl"; Jeff and Troy embrace a Zenlike spirituality when they uncover a secret trampoline on campus; Pierce lands in the hospital.

8:00pm The Big Bang Theory CBS - Sheldon's interview with the FBI jeopardizes Wolowitz's security clearance.

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8:30pm 30 Rock NBC - Avery pushes Jack to set boundaries in his relationship with Liz; Liz's father tries to recapture his youth during a visit; Tracy wants Kenneth's help in reinventing himself

9:00pm Nikita The CW - Thom is asked to eliminate Anna, a woman who was having an affair with a U.S. senator; Alex helps Nikita reach out to Anna's parents.

9:00pm The Office NBC - Michael invites the entire office to celebrate the christening of Pam and Jim's baby.

9:00pm Fringe Fox - In the alternate universe, a man frees his twin brother from a quarantined area; Olivia continues to be haunted by visions of Peter.

10:00pm It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX - A blast from the past prompts the guys to expand membership and Dee to re-consider her future

10:30pm The League FX - Ruxin and Andre refuse to accept a tie; Taco discovers Western medicine; Pete has a line on great Bears tickets

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Author David Sedaris ("Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary")

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Connie Britton from "Friday Night Lights"

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - TV personality Andy Richter; actress Katie Cassidy; Good Charlotte performs.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Elvis Costello

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11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Steve Martin; actress Emily Deschanel; Steve Martin and the Punch Brothers perform.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Anne Hathaway; MLB player Brian Wilson; Aaron Neville performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Ellen Pompeo; professional archer Randy Oitker; Paul Weller performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Dick Van Dyke; actress Kerry Washington.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Dr. Phil McGraw; actress Nina Dobrev; Duffy performs.