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TV Junkie: PTC Wants To Censor Your Hulu; 'Community' on the Bubble

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Annie and Señor Chang want YOUR eyeballs so that NBC will renew "Community"


Annie and Señor Chang want YOUR eyeballs so that NBC will renew "Community"
Thank you very much to everyone who participated in our Save "Terriers" effort yesterday--you never know if taking a few seconds to send out an email will do anything but at least you know that you did something. If you haven't had a chance, send an email to FX and politely ask them to give us another season of "Terriers". Last night's episode was superb - intercut with flashbacks we learned why Hank was canned from the force, how he met Brit, as well as the seeds of destruction in Hank's marriage. Powerful stuff, we'd like to see more of it next year.
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Our good friends at the Parents Television Council, aka idiots, are now going after online video streams by issuing a report that children aren't being safeguarded enough at these websites: Hulu, Comcast's Fancast, AOL's Slashcontrol and AT&T's U-verse. Some of the websites have responded by stating that they aren't targeted at children and teens, have no content meant for children or teens, or they already provide software controls to provide parents with a means to limit their children's access to specific parts of the streams. Shades of Tipper Gore.We've been talking about "Terriers" for a while but we're also big fans of NBC's "Community" (airs tonight at 8pm) which is another program that is "on the bubble" - meaning it may or may not be granted another season. Per NBC's recent announcement that they will be programming comedy on Thursday night's from 8pm-11pm, it's hard to imagine that "Community" won't be granted a season beyond this winter where it is scheduled to remain in the 8pm slot. We find it doubtful that NBC has a massive package of comedies in development from which they could pick a replacement for "Community" which has a loyal fan base and has been critically acclaimed since it premiered.

Shouldn't NBC be more concerned with replacing "The Office" once Steve Carell leaves? "The Office" has certainly had stellar seasons and can reliably provide laughs but wouldn't the wind truly go out of its sails once Carell bows? In the meantime, NBC should do the smart thing and renew "Community". In other "Community" related news, we saw on creator Dan Harmon's Twitter feed that Abed, the real Abed whom the character Abed (played by Danny Pudi) is based on, got hauled off to jail for a variety of unpaid traffic and parking tickets last week. Free Abed!
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We hope our science programming fave, Bill Nye, is feeling better after fainting several times during a speech at USC on Tuesday. Someone tell us why his show isn't on the air right now? Does PBS have anything remotely equivalent to "Bill Nye The Science Guy"? That show was worth watching just for the Mudhoney theme song.
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Community," "30 Rock," "Fringe," "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," "The League," "Conan" (Jesse Eisenberg; Venus Williams; The Decemberists), Fallon (Anne Hathaway, Zachary Levi)

8:00pm Community NBC - When Dean Pelton starts checking class schedules, he discovers that Jeff has listed a class that doesn't exist; Abed and Troy build an elaborate blanket fort.

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8:00pm The Big Bang Theory CBS - Penny asks Leonard to lie to her father (Keith Carradine); Howard, Raj and Bernadette pull an all-nighter at a telescope.

8:30pm 30 Rock NBC - Jack tries to find glitches in the parent company's latest microwave designs; Liz partakes in a crew lottery; the show's writers discover that Jack is the voice of an online dictionary's pronunciation guide.

9:00pm Fringe Fox - An emotional and familiar case hits home for Broyles; Olivia reunites with Henry to enlist his services on a covert mission to return home.

9:00pm The Office NBC - Michael helps convince people to invest in Ryan's Internet company; trying to capitalize on Thanksgiving, Dwight creates a hay festival in the parking lot; a new policy prevents Jim from earning commission.

10:00pm It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX - Keeping the basement rodent-free drives Charlie to the brink; the gang throws Charlie a surprise party.

10:00pm Burn Notice USA - Michael must work with an enemy to keep chemical weapons out of the wrong hands.

10:30pm The League FX - Andre and Ruxin get excited for their high school reunion; Pete needs a name for the new last place trophy; everyone learns the history of the Shiva blast.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Jesse Eisenberg; Venus Williams; The Decemberists performs.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Medal of Honor Recipient Salvatore Giunta and creator of Law & Order, Dick Wolf.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Jim Carrey; Nicki Minaj performs.

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11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Former President George W. Bush; Jewel performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Michael Chiklis; comic Neal Brennan performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Radio personality Robin Quivers; writer Bill Carter; My Chemical Romance performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Jeff Goldblum; author Dennis Lehane.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Anne Hathaway; actor Zachary Levi; MMA fighter Frank Shamrock; Frames perform.