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TV Junkie: Conan FTW; Fey Gets Mark Twain Tonight; The Return of Olbermann

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It was no surprise that last night Conan O'Brien's new show on TBS hosed his competitors , some by a factor of 2x+


It was no surprise that last night Conan O'Brien's new show on TBS hosed his competitors , some by a factor of 2x+

Of course "Conan" opened to stellar ratings last night but as we discussed yesterday, the trick for O'Brien will be to see if he can sustain an audience and continue to convert his new media followers into regular viewers of his TV show. It seems highly unlikely that he will be able to keep the same numbers as he had last night, but if he held onto even half of them, "Conan" would be an overwhelming success.What did you think about the show? There was a reassuring familiarity about it, from Andy Richter to most of the band being the same, this was the "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" that we know. The set is gorgeous, we love the moon gimmick, as well as the easy access to the audience, which we're sure will play into future gags and music formats. But if you listen carefully to the Seth Rogen interview that O'Brien did, this was definitely not a show that you'd see at 11pm on one of the Big 4 networks. From a fairly open discussion about pot, to expletives, even to Rogen's simulated erect penis (his finger) - these are things that you won't see on Leno or Letterman anytime soon. We know that O'Brien and his writers will be stepping over that line in the sand to further differentiate the show and to be the most confrontational of the late night offerings.

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Check out our interview today with Ray Romano - "Men of a Certain Age" season 1 is out on DVD today, season 2 starts on December 6.
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Tonight Keith Olbermann returns to "The Countdown" on MSNBC after a four day suspension for unauthorized donations to Democratic political campaigns.
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Tonight Tina Fey will receive her Mark Twain Prize for comedy at the Kennedy Center. There is a video of her answering fan questions at the end of this post. PBS will broadcast the awards ceremony on Sunday, November 14 @ 9:00 pm.
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It's dueling auctions at 10pm tonight as Spike premieres "Auction Hunters" vs. Discovery's "Auction Kings" - I'm the shows are totally different. Check out the "Auction Hunters" promo clip at the end of this post.
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Follow the TV Junkie on Twitter for timely news and updates.
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The TV Junkie Plan: "NOVA" (Dogs Decoded), "Raising Hope", "Sons of Anarchy", Conan (Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer, Soundgarden), Fallon (Actress Rosario Dawson, Ty Burrell)

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8:00pm NOVA PBS/KCET - Discoveries in genetics reveal the origin of dogs and the bond between humans and dogs; breeding program for foxes.

8:00pm No Ordinary Family ABC - When Stephanie's parents visit unexpectedly, the Powells must stop using their powers

8:00pm Glee Fox - When Finn and Sam find an unconventional way of controlling their urges, other members of glee club also start to use the strategy.

9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS -Terrorist leaders are suspected of murdering a retired Army sergeant; Deek connects with a person of interest

9:00pm Frontline PBS/KCET - The Confessions Four sailors are convicted of rape and murder in 1997, despite any evidence linking them to the crime.

9:00pm Raising Hope Fox - When Hope catches a cold, Virginia panics because the family does not have health insurance; Jimmy figures out a way to get a second job at Sabrina's grocery store so he can afford to take Hope to the pediatrician.

9:00pm Stargate Universe Syfy - The Greater Good

9:00pm Dirty Jobs Discovery - Animal Relocator An old-fashioned stone ground corn mill; Mike helps relocate a pair of exotic Pere David's deer.

9:00-10pm In Treatment HBO - Paul tries to generate a dialogue between Jesse and his mother / Paul worries about losing Max to a stepfather.

10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX - The IRA wants proof that one of their own has flipped and Samcro intends to give it to them.

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10:00pm Auction Hunters Spike - Series Premiere. A '70s German H&K P7 pistol; a rare 1910 copper cash register / 1800s British Pepperbox handgun; pre WWI Lionel train set.

10:00pm Parenthood NBC - Adam comes to Max's defense; Sarah explores her relationship with Gordon (William Baldwin), creating tension with Drew and Amber; Haddie makes a discovery about Alex (Michael B. Jordan).

10:00pm Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Comedy Central - Nicks talks about his obsession with scatological humor at an early age; UCB co-founder Matt Walsh and comedic actor Bob Odenkirk.

10:00pm Auction Kings Discovery - Dinosaur Tooth; Victorian Furniture / Iwo Jima Sword; Cathouse Chairs

10:00pm The Good Wife CBS - Alicia, Will and Diane are caught off-guard when a brilliant disabled attorney (Michael J. Fox) uses his condition to sway a jury

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Actor Harrison Ford

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Tom Hanks; actor Jack McBrayer; Soundgarden performs.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Cee Lo Green

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Denzel Washington; Bon Jovi performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Animal expert Dave Salmoni; actor Chris Pine; Lee DeWyze performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Kate Walsh; the latest contestant eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars."

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Cheryl Hines; chef Wolfgang Puck.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Rosario Dawson; actor Ty Burrell; comic Rory Scovel.

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