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TV Junkie: 'Sons of Anarchy' Returns to Charming and It's Time to Clean House; 38th International Emmys

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The Sons are finally back stateside and they have a lot of work to do before next week's season finale. "Sons of Anarchy" tonight at 10pm on FX

The Sons are finally back stateside and they have a lot of work to do before next week's season finale. "Sons of Anarchy" tonight at 10pm on FX
We haven't hidden the fact that for the past month or so we've been a little disappointed with the direction that FX's "Sons of Anarchy" took for most of November. What we thought might be a quick jaunt to Ireland took up far too many episodes with one completely unrealistic scene surmounting another: SAMCRO and all their guns and gear mysteriously teleporting from one continent to another, surviving a truck bomb without any police investigation, conducting multiple tortures and killings, etc. Not to mention the fact that Charming seemed to become a distant memory to the traveling band of rogues. It was only last week that the overspun story thread was finally cut and SAMCRO managed to extricate itself from the Emerald Isle. [Dear Kurt Sutter, I love your show but it may have been more realistic for a Southern California-based gang to take an jaunt to Mexico instead of taking off for the United Kingdom, or, at least, before heading over there.]We're very happy to see that finally SAMCRO makes it back to Charming but they have a lot of work to do before next week's season finale. Fortunately series creator Kurt Sutter and his writing team were more than up for the task and put together probably the best 2 episodes of the season with tonight's "June Wedding" and next week's "NS". Great performances from all round, including Ryan Hurst whose Opie hasn't had much to say lately. We're not going to spoil anything other than to say you had better keep your eyes open or you will miss something. FX's "Sons of Anarchy" airs tonight at 10pm.

Be sure to check out our interview with Isabella Rossellini posted earlier today. We talked about her new set of "Green Porno" videos on the Sundance Channel.
Last night the 38th International Emmy Awards ceremony was held at the New York Hilton. The show was hosted by Jason Priestley and winners included Helena Bonham Carter and Bob Hoskins. A special surprise was Lorne Michaels being presented with the International Emmy Directorate Award by Jimmy Fallon and Alec Baldwin. Check out the complete list of winners here.
Promo Clips: Check out the video embeds at the end of this post for: 1. a sneak peak at tonight's season finale of "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time". 2. A sneak peak at "MythBusters" challenge episode with President Obama. 3. The most recent episode of's "Stay At Home Dad" guest starring George Wendt.
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "NOVA: Quest for Solomon's Mines", "Raising Hope", "Sons of Anarchy", "Conan" (Christina Applegate, Patton Oswalt, Maroon5), Ferguson (Mark Ruffalo, actress Kathryn Hahn, comic Wendy Liebman)

8:00pm NOVA PBS/KCET - Quest for Solomon's Mines Two field investigations in Jordan reveal ancient remnants of an industrial-scale copper mine and 3,000-year-old message.

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8:00pm Glee Fox - Sue's mother (Carol Burnett) comes to town to visit her daughters; relationships continue to develop among the members of glee club.

8:00pm No Ordinary Family ABC - Stephanie tries to uncover why Jim has suddenly lost his powers; J.J.'s teacher catches him hacking into the school's computers

9:00m Raising Hope Fox - Jimmy invites Hope's other grandparents to join his family for Thanksgiving dinner, but they kidnap the baby, and the Chances must track her down.

9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS - Hetty and the team continue searching for an elusive book that has the attention of foreign security agencies.

9:00pm Frontline PBS/KCET - Facing Death Doctors and nurses in the ICU of one of New York's biggest hospitals help families understand end-of-life choices.

9:00pm Sounder TCM - (1972) A sharecropper's (Paul Winfield) wife (Cicely Tyson) keeps the family together after he goes to prison in 1930s Louisiana.

9:00pm Stargate Universe Syfy - Visitation

9-10:00pm In Treatment HBO - Paul learns that Jesse has sabotaged a meeting with his biological parents / Adele believes that Paul is obsessed with an impossible relationship.

9:00pm Dirty Jobs Discovery - Pinsetter Mechanic Mike goes to work at a bowling center.

9:00pm Dancing With the Stars ABC - Season Finale. The finalists perform their favorite dances of the season; Christina Aguilera performs. the winner is announced.

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10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX - A member of the Samcro family is held hostage; Jax chooses between revenge or the good of Charming.

10:00pm Independent Lens PBS/KCET - A mountaintop-removal coal mine divides the residents of a community in eastern Kentucky.

10:00pm Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Comedy Central - Season Finale. Nick discusses his horrible kitten sweater; Comedians Laura Kightlinger and Owen Benjamin.

10:00pm Glory Daze TBS - The pledges must wrangle a birthday gift for Stankowsky; Reno tries to get closer to Professor Larsen.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actress Christina Applegate; actor Patton Oswalt; Maroon5 performs.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Comedian Dane Cook.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Comic Jerry Seinfeld; actor Colin Firth.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Dwayne Johnson; Kevin Eubanks performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor David Arquette; actress Ashley Greene; actor Billy the Exterminator.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Dominic Monaghan; the winner of "Dancing With the Stars"; Ke$ha performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Mark Ruffalo; actress Kathryn Hahn; comic Wendy Liebman.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Singer Jessica Simpson; Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.); Regina Spektor performs.

A sneak peak at tonight's season finale of "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time" on Comedy Central at 10pm:

Nick Swardson's Pretend TimeTuesdays 10pm / 9c
Preview - The Old House
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Discovery's "MythBusters" gets to hang out with the President:

Yet another edition of's "Stay At Home Dad", guest starring George Wendt:

Stay At Home Dad
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