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TV Junkie: MSNBC Suspends Scarborough - Too Little Too Late; 'Top Gear' USA Premieres on Sunday

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The hosts of the new "Top Gear": Rutledge Wood, Tanner Foust, and Adam Ferrara. "Top Gear" will premiere on the History Channel on Sunday at 10pm. We'll catch it later.
In a it's-too-late-already tit-for-tat punishment, MSNBC has suspended conservative pundit Joe Scarborough for two days for political donations, the same punishment doled out to liberal commentator Keith Olbermann. This is obviously a situation that MSNBC wanted to avoid but their hypocrisy stank too much to hide under the rug any longer.
This Sunday features the premiere of the US version of "Top Gear" on the History Channel at 10pm. We haven't been sent screeners so we don't really have insight to give you but we don't think we're prepared to give up the original "Top Gear" that we've been watching for years on BBC America.

What "Top Gear" BBC had going for it was the very real chemistry between hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May - all of whom had been journalists in the auto industry for decades before becoming a part of "Top Gear". In contrast, "Top Gear" USA is hosted by Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara and Rutledge Wood - a stunt/race driver, a comedian/actor, and a journalist. If Conan O'Brien was presented with the challenge of drawing an audience to TBS, "Top Gear" USA will have a much harder time convincing potential viewers to take the time to hunt down the History Channel, a destination mostly known for endlessly looping World War II footage.

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Also, in the US, don't we already have a cable network devoted to all things cars? Oh yeah, Speed, the former home of both Foust and Wood. We will give "Top Gear" USA a chance, but sometime when it re-airs because there's no way we're going to miss "The Walking Dead" on AMC at 10pm. Speaking "The Walking Dead" have you seen the zombie episode of "Spongebob Squarepants"?
Why does it seem that Jack Black has taken up residence at Nickelodeon? He will featured on "iCarly" tonight as well as at least 2 other upcoming programs.

Video Clips: Attention Whovians! Check out the promo vid for "Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol" at the end of this post, the special premieres Saturday, December 25, 9:00 pm ET. --- We're also very much looking forward to the premiere of "The Onion News Network" on IFC starting on January 21, 2010. See the video at the end of this post. --- Sunday's "Futurama" Holiday Special will feature a Kwanzaa Bot voiced by Coolio. Check it out at the end of this post.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "School Pride", "The Good Guys", "The Soup", "Fashion Police", "Aaron Karo: The Rest Is History", Letterman (Billy Bob Thornton, comic Mike E. Winfield, the Secret Sisters perform), Ferguson (Amy Sedaris, TV-show hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman). Saturday - "The Graham Norton Show", "Saturday Night Live" (Host Anne Hathaway, musical guestFlorence and the Machine). Sunday - "Nature", "Dexter", "The Walking Dead".


7:00pm Gallipoli TCM - (1981) Two Outback runners (Mark Lee, Mel Gibson) join Australian and New Zealand troops fighting in World War I.

8:00pm School Pride NBC - A Los Angeles middle school receives new athletic facilities while the students get a positive boost from NBA player Derek Fisher.

8:00pm Strikeforce Challenger Series Showtime - Mixed martial arts, Vitor Ribeiro vs. Justin Wilcox Vitor Ribeiro vs. Justin Wilcox. Also: Antwain Britt vs. Ovince St. Preux; Liz Carmouche vs. Jan Finney. From Jackson, Miss.

9:00pm Need to Know PBS/KCET - Mixed Signals; The Trouble With Pirates; Interview: Amy Sedaris; An Editorial Cartoon From Steve Brodner

9:00pm The Good Guys Fox - While following up on a stolen truck investigation, Jack and Dan uncover a major heist involving a shipment of high-profile diamonds; Dan discovers that Jack is interviewing for a position on an elite police unit.

9:00pm Picnic at Hanging Rock TCM - (1975) In turn-of-the-century Australia, three young schoolgirls wander away from a school picnic and become lost in the bush.

9:00pm What Not to Wear TLC - Hillary is a florist who lives in aprons, hand-me-downs and mud-brown outfits.

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10:00pm The Soup E! - Joel McHale and posse rake a week of pop culture over the coals

10:00pm Sanctuary Syfy - Will and Henry travel to the UK to follow up on a werewolf sighting and end up uncovering a dark connection to Henry's past and future.

10:30pm Fashion Police E! - Joan Rivers, national treasure, doesn't let anyone get away with a single fashion faux pas

11:00pm Aaron Karo: The Rest Is History Comedy Central - World Premiere. Aaron Karo is known for his Rumination e-mails and

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Billy Bob Thornton; comic Mike E. Winfield; the Secret Sisters perform.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Musician Garth Brooks; reality TV star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Amy Sedaris; TV-show hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Jake Gyllenhaal; actor Scott Caan; actress Kelli Giddish; Sufjan Stevens performs.


10:00pm The Graham Norton Show BBC America - Rhod Gilbert; Rihanna

11:25pm Saturday Night Live NBC - Host Anne Hathaway; Florence and the Machine performs.


8:00pm Nature PBS/KCET - Revealing the Leopard A psychological profile of the leopard, the most widespread predator of its size on land.

8:00pm 2010 American Music Awards ABC - Musical acts are honored at the annual ceremony; scheduled performers include Kid Rock, Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, Pink, Usher, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Ne-Yo; Diddy-Dirty Money, Rihanna, New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys.

9:00pm Dirty Jobs Discovery - Woolen Mill Operator Mike makes yarn from fleece at Ohio Valley Natural Fibers; Mike helps wax at a day spa.

9:00pm Boardwalk Empire HBO - Nucky asks Margaret to toe the party line; Angela witnesses Jimmy's violent side; Capone faces a crossroads; Van Alden struggles with his emotions.

9:00pm Dexter Showtime - Teenage Wasteland

10:00pm Iron Chef America Food - Flay vs. Greenspan Season three Iron Chef, Eric Greenspan, takes on a challenge against Bobby Flay.

10:00pm The Walking Dead AMC - Vatos Ricks mission to Atlanta is jeopardized; Jim becomes unhinged in camp.

10:00pm Brew Masters Discovery - Dogfigh Head collaborates with Sony Records to create a fusion beer to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis's album Bitches Brew.

10:00pm Futurama Comedy Central - The Planet Express crew learns the true meaning of Xmas, Robanakah and Kwanzaa.

10:00pm Top Gear History - Series Premiere. The Dodge Viper SRT faces a Cobra attack helicopter; a 180 mile an hour desert drag race to determine the best Lamborghini ever; Buzz Aldrin takes to the Top Gear test track

Onion News Network - Coming To IFC January 2011

Preview - Kwanzaa Bot's Entrance
Ugly AmericansNick Swardson's Pretend TimeThe Benson Interruption