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TV Junkie: 'Rubicon' Cancelled, 'Running Wilde' Likely Doomed; 'Bored To Death' Finale

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Sunday's must-watch TV includes the season finale of HBO's "Bored To Death" at 10:00pm
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Weekend EditionFox has pulled "Running Wilde" from it's line up with a possible return of the show on November 30th - it's a shame that a show with this much talent can't find it's sea legs. There's been a lot of supposition that the network has been fiddling with the show from the beginning, so how can you fix a show that the network broke? A better questions is: why would they be bringing it back? We love Will Arnett and David Cross and hope to see them in something that isn't screwed from the get-go.
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On a similarly sad note, AMC has cancelled its conspiracy show "Rubicon", starring James Badge Dale. This was a well-written and interesting show that unfortunately required a level of devoted attention that was difficult for a lot of people, including ourselves, to invest. Perhaps it was "Lost"-fatigue but the John le Carré-style skulduggery made the first 2/3 of the season drag. But even in a John le Carré novel, there are elements of action early on in order to keep you motivated to process the devious machinations with the chess-piece characters. The action really didn't seem to start until 3 or 4 episodes from the season finale and that kind of build-up seemed unreasonable.

This summary is not meant to diminish superior performances from the likes of James Badge Dale, Natalie Gold, Michael Cristofer, Arliss Howard, Miranda Richardson, and their fellow cast members. We hope to see them on TV again very soon. Do you think "Rubicon" failed somehow, was it doomed from the start or was AMC too impatient?
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Last Night's Great Moments In TV: In Chronological Order: 1. The cast of "Community" performs almost exclusively within the study room, well written and acted, creator Dan Harmon is a genius. 2. The gang from "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" create a hilarious (and exciting) version of Lethal Weapon, I hope those guys have a movie in the works because they have the chops for it. 3. Courtroom shenanigans and inspired dialogue made for a ridiculous episode of "The League" so good we watched it twice. 4. Jon Dore with a drawing of a penis on his bare stomach on "Conan". 5. Jeff Goldblum and Biz Markie jam "Just a Friend" with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, fantastic.