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TV Junkie: Dear LA Times, There Have Been 10pm Comedies; TBS Premieres 'Glory Daze' Tonight; Tina Fey Edited By PBS
TBS premieres "Glory Daze" tonight at 10pm. Looks like Fred Willard will have his hands full treating injuries caused by various frat boy hazing rituals.
NBC announced its midseason Thursday night line up for 8pm-11pm: “Community”, “Perfect Couples”, “The Office”, “Parks and Recreation”, “30 Rock”, and “Outsourced”. The LA Times responded to this by asking the moronic question "Can you laugh after 10pm?" Okay, sure, they referenced HBO's "Entourage" which airs at 10pm on Sundays but that's not what this is about. Of course, the Times might have asked the question in order to get a discussion going but not listing any weeknight comedy shows in the 10pm slot is silly.Comedy Central has justified it's existence, to a large extent, by "South Park" in the 10pm slot on a Wednesday with other shows filling out that hour like "Tosh.0," "Ugly Americans," and more. Then look at FX's efforts, with several seasons of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" under its belt and the second season of the very funny "The League" underway. IFC, MTV, and other non-Big 4 networks have also proved that they can pull an audience that can laugh in the 10-11pm slot. This doesn't necessarily mean that NBC will be successful but "30 Rock" is still very strong and somehow, despite our panning it, "Outsourced" has an audience. Sorry LA Times, but we think we got you on this one, whether you were being facetious or not.
Tonight TBS premieres "Glory Daze" at 10pm, the story of 5 freshman hitting college in 1986. We're very happy to see Tim Meadows in a show worthy of his talent and he's a bit of an anchor for the show, giving some of these younger actors (Matt Bush, Tim D'Elia, etc.) someone solid to bounce off of. The show is pretty good for the first few episodes we've seen, but an hour long comedy is tough to pull off. Still, it's reassuring to see TBS make a commitment to comedy since they dropped "My Boys" - oh yeah, and there's this "Conan" thing they've got going on. Subject matter wise, we love the '80s era setting but we're not fans of the frat boy garbage. Who the hell needs more of that? That being said, "Glory Daze" is a pretty good show, not ground-breaking, and maybe not enough to draw fans of ground-breaking TV away from the likes of "Sons of Anarchy".
Hey PBS, thanks for editing (censoring?) Tina Fey's acceptance speech at the Mark Twain Awards ceremony. PBS cut several of Fey's more politically oriented comments from Sunday's broadcast. To catch Fey's entire speech, please watch the video clip at the end of this post.
The TV Junkie Plan: "No Ordinary Family", "Raising Hope", "Sons of Anarchy", "Conan" (Harrison Ford, Rosario Dawson, Reggie Watts), Fallon (Bruce Springsteen)
8:00pm NOVA PBS/KCET - Secrets of Stonehenge Bluestonehenge, a prehistoric stone circle monument found about a mile from Stonehenge.
8:00pm No Ordinary Family ABC - Jim tries to take down a dangerous and elusive mobster; against Dr. King's wishes, Stephanie looks into Dr. Volson's research
9:00pm Raising Hope Fox - When Hope starts imitating dogs at her day care, Jimmy tries to enroll her in a high-end center, but a blemish on Burt's record must first be expunged before she can be accepted.
9:00pm Dirty Jobs Discovery - Lightning Rod Installer Mike travels to Mississippi to try his hand at installing a lightning rod system on a home.
9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS - The team searches for a missing book containing top-secret information, which belonged to an antiques dealer
9:00pm Stargate Universe Syfy - Malice
9:00-10pm In Treatment HBO - Paul has a breakthrough in trying to get Jesse to connect with his birth parents / Paul opens up about his lack of passion.
10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX - The club goes on a man hunt; Jax faces the toughest decision of his life.
10:00pm Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Comedy Central - Nick thinks his picture on the crew sweatshirts makes him look fat; stand-up comedian Harland Williams and actor/performer Paul Scheer.
10:00pm Parenthood NBC - Sarah persuades Amber to meet with one of Gordon's important colleagues; Camille takes a class with a man with whom she had an affair
10:00pm The Good Wife CBS - Alicia defends a high-maintenance teen star accused of a DUI; the Democratic Committee tells Peter to drop out of the race.
10:00pm Glory Daze TBS - Series Premiere. Four college freshmen learn about fraternity life.
10:00pm Detroit 1-8-7 ABC - When a missing teen seems to have been murdered, the detectives talk to his high-school friends; a poker player tries to earn money for his daughter's organ transplant but is killed and stripped of tournament prize money
10:00pm Chopped Food - Chefs create a Thanksgiving inspired meal; cheese spread in mystery basket; bitter vegetable in entree round.
11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Harrison Ford; actor Rosario Dawson; Comic Reggie Watts.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Rapper Jay-Z; chef Jamie Oliver; Rihanna performs.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Julianne Moore; actor Tom Felton; Nelly performs.
12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Craig Ferguson; Selena Gomez performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - E-mail with TV host Chris Hardwick; actor Matt Smith.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Bruce Springsteen performs.