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TV Junkie: 'School Pride' Season Finale (Series Finale?); Gift Ideas for TV Folk

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Tonight is the season finale of NBC's "School Pride" at 8pm. It could be the series finale as well due to tough Friday night viewing habits and the very recent death of executive producer Denise Cramsey
We hope you had a great Thanksgiving - we have enough leftover turkey to induce another L Tryptophan coma this evening which will make "The Soup" and "Fashion Police" even more surreal. Before we trip away, we'd like to watch some of NBC's "School Pride" at 8pm. This great show about bringing volunteers and sponsors together to renovate and upgrade schools had Emmy-Winning Denise Cramsey as executive producer. Cramsey passed away on Tuesday after suffering a brain aneurism. This is a show that should be on TV - it's not "feel good" TV for the sake of it, this was a show that actually did something about a major problem this country is facing: lack of funding for our schools that is so severe that they are literally falling apart around the students. We hope NBC keeps it on the air to carry on the good idea that Cramsey helped bring to life.
Gifts for the TV Inclined: If you missed thePaley Center for Media's PaleyFest or InsideMedia meetups you can now get DVDs of select sessions for shows from "Battlestar Galactica" to "Friends", and "30 Rock" to "Entourage".The HBO store is having a Black Friday sale with plenty of deals on "True Blood", "Boardwalk Empire", and "Eastbound & Down" collectibles.

Similarly, NBC Universal is having a Black Friday sale with tons of stuff from "Chuck" and "The Office".
Fran Drescher's new talk show started airing today at 2pm on KTTV Fox. Check out our interview with Fran and let us know if you watched the show.
There's not much new TV on this weekend and we're frankly disappointed with the movies available on TCM, IFC, and Sundance + the premium networks. As a result, we don't think there's anything worth watching on Saturday. If you've got some suggestions of what to watch on Saturday night, other than sporting events, please let us know here.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "TV's Funniest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special", "The Soup", "Fashion Police". Saturday - Go out and have some one. Sunday - "Dexter", "The Walking Dead"

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8:00pm TV's Funniest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special Fox - The top-30 holiday moments on TV include clips from sitcoms, dramas and holiday specials; Jane Lynch hosts.

8:00pm School Pride NBC - Season Finale. Parents, teachers and students try to restore a crumbling Los Angeles arts school.

9:00pm What Not to Wear TLC - A fond look back at the five mothers who overcame many obstacles and extreme circumstances.

10:00pm The Soup E! - A new one tonight? Really? Well, we don't care if it's a week old, it will be fun to watch.

10:00pm Sanctuary Syfy - Magnus responds to an anonymous call for help at an abandoned building. When she gets trapped inside, she discovers whomever made the call had a very different agenda.

10:00pm 20/20 ABC - A Barbara Walters Special: A Thanksgiving Visit With President and Mrs. Obama

10:30pm Fashion Police E! - Want to see Joan Rivers eviscerate uppity Hollywood mavens? We do.


:-( not much worth watching - go to the movies. If you've got some suggestions of what to watch on Saturday night, other than sporting events, please let us know here.

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9:00pm Dirty Jobs Discovery - Bug Detective Mike digs through pig carcasses searching for maggots and other insects.

9:00pm Boardwalk Empire HBO - Nucky shakes up the status quo; Jimmy deals with family issues; Van Alden addresses Agent Sebso's temptations.

9:00pm Dexter Showtime - Dexter discovers a possible ally; homicide uncovers evidence; Debra identifies two more suspects.

9:00pm Chopped Food - Gingerbread oysters; big birds to be butchered in the entree round; sweet jarred fruit.

10:00pm The Walking Dead AMC - Rick leads the group to the CDC; Jim must make a life and death decision.

10:00pm Brew Masters Discovery - Sam heads to Peru to explore an ancient corn based brew called Chicha. Then it's all hands on deck in Delaware when Dogfish staff uses human saliva to brew their own Chicha.

10:00pm Iron Chef America Food - The newest Iron Chef takes on his first opponent in the Kitchen Stadium, Chef RJ Cooper of Vidalia Restaurant in DC