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TV Junkie: Boring Oscars On Tap With Hathaway & Franco; Barbara Walters' Uninteresting People & More

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Finn and Jake from Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time" are in the money as the series gets renewed for another season. New episodes air on Mondays at 8pm.


Finn and Jake from Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time" are in the money as the series gets renewed for another season. New episodes air on Mondays at 8pm.
Earlier today James Franco, Anne Hathaway were announced as hosts for the 83rd annual Academy Awards ceremony on February 27, 2011. Not that Hathaway and Franco aren't capable of being humorous, but the Academy Awards broadcast is an excruciatingly long affair that is best buoyed by someone humorous, if not an outright comedian. A comedian will also have some writing chops to counter what is sometimes just terrible writing for the show. I don't see Hathaway and Franco countering what is on the cue cards with any material of their own. It will be a miracle if this show is anything other than seat-squirmingly awful. Will we be watching? Yes, but we'll have to have that extra bottle of Grey Goose on ice to make it through the show.
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Here's a show we won't be watching: Barbara Walters' "The 10 Most Fascinating People," featuring Betty White, Justin Bieber, Sandra Bullock, LeBron James, Jennifer Lopez, royal fiancee Kate Middleton, the entire cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore," and Sarah Palin. We could care less about who the remaining 3 "interesting" people will be as there is no way they could outweigh this collection of blah-guests, excepting the exceptional Betty White, of course. Bieber is an underage media pawn; Bullock did nothing this year other than adopt a kid; LeBron is an obnoxious manipulator of the media that doesn't deserve one more second of airtime; there's no way that JLo will make up for the departure of Simon Cowell on "American Idol"; if you really look at them, British royals are patently uninteresting; being drunk and stupid isn't interesting, whether you are from New Jersey or anywhere else; and Sarah Palin...?This is third consecutive year that Palin is on the program, what does Palin and/or the Republican party have on Walters to justify this? From the first of her horrible non-scripted interviews on an non-Fox station, Palin has shown that she really is that one-dimensional caricature you think she is. Heck, even her appearances on FoxNews go badly even when everyone there is pushing her agenda. Why is Walters again offering her forum for Palin to spread her misleading and outright false propoganda? It's one thing to have an hour a week to spew nonsense and glam footage on what has proved itself to be an embarrassment of a network, we're talking about that moronic "Alaska" show on TLC, but it's another to present this person as interesting, for the 3rd consecutive year, on an important broadcast system like ABC. Bawbawa, it's time to tell you that you are too old for this, it's time to retire.

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LAist also mentioned Leslie Nielsen's death yesterday but we wanted to mark Nielsen's passing by reminding ourselves that he was a television pioneer, with runs in cornerstone TV shows of the early 1950s such as "Studio One in Hollywood", "Kraft Theatre", and "Danger", before starting a film career with Ransom!, and Forbidden Planet. Nielsen never strayed far from TV with continual participation on the small screen from 1950 through the early 1990s. We will never forget Nielsen's ability to pull off the most ridiculous lines with ease and regardless of what he said, he was the most likable guy on the screen.
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We're happy to see the Cartoon Network renew "Adventure Time" and "Regular Show", two of the weirdest, yet accessible to both adults and kids, shows we've seen in a long time.
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We posted some Xmas gift ideas last week (and we'll post more this week) but if you want to take advantage of some exclusive CyberMonday deals you should watch tonight's "Attack of the Show" on G4 at 7pm - they will have discount codes for some really cool deals and more. GeekOut.
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Attack of the Show", "Chuck", The Great Dictator, "Conan" (George Lopez, Chris Colfer, Kid Cudi), Kimmel (Ben Affleck; author David Sedaris; Nicki Minaj)

7:00pm Attack of the Show G4 - The G4 gang present the best of CyberMonday with coupon codes and deals specifically for people watching the show.

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8:00pm Chuck NBC - Chuck's mom comes over for "Thanksgiving leftovers" dinner the day after the holiday; Morgan and the rest of the Buy More crew deal with the busiest shopping day of the year.

9:00pm Lie To Me Fox - A terminally ill restaurant owner (John Amos) hires Lightman to fulfill his dying wish of tracking down his daughter's killer; the investigation leads Lightman to suspect sibling rivalry as the motive.

9:00pm The Event NBC - Sophia's suspicions are confirmed when Thomas reveals a shocking new plan; Leila and Sean battle mercenaries while searching for Samantha.

9-10:00pm In Treatment HBO - Paul is concerned about Sunil's erratic behavior at home / Frances grows more anxious when her sister's condition worsens.

9:00pm The Great Dictator TCM - (1940) A Jewish barber looks like Adenoid Hynkel (Charles Chaplin), dictator of Tomania, who meets Benzino Napaloni (Jack Oakie), dictator of Bacteria.

10:00pm Brew Masters Discovery - Punkin & Portamarillo Sam collaborates with Epic Brewery to make a brew for the annual New Zealand beer competition.

11:00pm Conan TBS - George Lopez, Chris Colfer, Kid Cudi performs

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Comic Bill Cosby; actor Atticus Shaffer.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Zachary Levi; 3OH!3 performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Ben Affleck; author David Sedaris; Nicki Minaj performs.

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12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Michael Sheen; musician Michael Franti.