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TV Junkie: De Niro to Host 'SNL' Tomorrow; 'Tron' Premiere Online; 'Boardwalk Empire'/'Walking Dead' Finales

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This weekend we will have to deal with more than our regular cadre of zombies, bootleggers, and serial killers as Saturday night will feature Robert "Bobby" De Niro hosting "Saturday Night Live." De Niro has hosted "SNL" in 2002 and 2004 but do you remember any sketches he was in? He seems to have loosened up a little bit from what we can see in the above promos so we're hoping that the writers will fully take advantage of the opportunity as they did when the real NY Governor Patterson guested a few weeks ago. Some manufactured piece of garbage called Diddy-Dirty Money will be the musical guest, again proving that "SNL" has no clue how to pick a decent musical guest, we suggest hiring our friend Molly Bergen who was a regular music writer here at LAist and now does a smashing job at LA Weekly.
If you are as worked up into a froth over Tron: Legacy as we are then you'll want to watch the LiveStream of the London premiere this Sunday at 9:30am Pacific. The film's stars Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, and director Joseph Kosinski will be interviewed and all precedings can be viewed HERE.

Weekend Highlights: Tonight "The Soup" will have its milestone 300th episode, expect special guests and hijinks. Saturday will feature "SNL" which could turn out to be great, a trainwreck, or mediocre, but we are perennially hopeful. Sunday will have the season finales of both "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Walking Dead" - we're guessing, and this is purely guessing since we haven't received screeners for either of these, is that "Boardwalk Empire" will leave our friend Nucky in a cliffhanger and "The Walking Dead" will not be a cliffhanger. I'm thinking this way because Martin Scorsese always knew his series was going to get another season and AMC had no idea how a zombie drama would play with its other sophisticated fare.
If you will be watching the ball drop in Times Square this New Year's, the ball drop will be powered by electricity being gathered at Duracell power stations (see the video below). Also, we found a video (end of post) of Muno from "Yo Gabba Gabba!" skateboarding near downtown Los Angeles.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "The Good Guys", "The Soup", "Fashion Police", Leno (Louis C.K.), Ferguson (Kristen Bell, Michael Franti). Saturday - Sherlock Holmes, "The Graham Norton Show" (Bette Midler; Stephen Fry), "SNL" (Robert De Niro). Sunday - "Boardwalk Empire", "The Walking Dead", "Dexter" (same night rerun)


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9:00pm The Good Guys Fox - A merciless internal affairs investigator reopens a case that leads to the release of a vengeful and deadly gang.

9:00pm What Not to Wear TLC - A 47-year old who manages a prestigious theater; Stacy and Clinton help her ditch her schlumpy stagehand look.

10:00pm The Soup E! - Joel McHale and posse destroy pop culture, especially the TV stuff

10:00pm Blue Bloods CBS - Danny investigates when a doorman at a nightclub is murdered; Frank makes a decision about a former partner's future.

10:00pm Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura TruTV - They call it Blue Gold. Water is the new oil. Once a human right, it's now a valuable commodity, and corporations and super-rich oil dynasties are buying up water rights, controlling nations and populations.

10:00pm Sanctuary Syfy - Under tight security back at the Sanctuary, Magnus discloses the turbulent beginnings he shares with The Five.

10:30pm Fashion Police E! - Joan Rivers flashburns fashionistas and destroys fellow panelists as well - fun stuff

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Comic Louis C.K.; rock climber Aron Ralston; Josh Turner performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Kristen Bell; musician Michael Franti.

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Kelly MacDonald plays Margaret Schroeder on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" which will have its season finale on Sunday at 9pm. [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis, more pics from the red carpet here]
Saturday8:00pm Sherlock Holmes HBO - (2009) The resourceful detective (Robert Downey Jr.) and his astute partner, Dr. Watson (Jude Law), meet a powerful criminal, a devotee of black magic who arises from his grave

10:00pm The Graham Norton Show BBC America - Bette Midler; Stephen Fry

11:25pm Saturday Night Live NBC - Host Robert De Niro; Diddy-Dirty Money performs.


8:30pm The Cleveland Show Fox - Rallo learns about Hanukkah when his teacher forces him to spend the weekend at a retirement home; Cleveland prepares for a boxing match against his father; after Donna is injured, Cleveland is forced to take over the housework.

9:00pm Boardwalk Empire HBO - Atlantic City braces for change on election day; Torrio brokers a deal between two nemeses; Jimmy, Margaret, Van Alden and Eli think about their futures.

9:00pm Dexter Showtime - Dexter must do damage control; Debra's speculation begins to take shape; Quinn becomes involved in a homicide.

9:00pm Desperate Housewives ABC - Gabrielle tries to keep Grace in her life; Renee shares a dark secret with Susan; Paul's plan is revealed.

10:00pm The Walking Dead AMC - Season Finale. Rick and the group are allowed into the CDC by a strange doctor; all is not what it seems in their newfound haven.

10:00pm The Hasselhoffs A&E - Series Premiere. Spotlighting the life of single dad David and his two daughters Taylor Ann, 20, and Hayley, 18

10:00pm Iron Chef America Food - Chef Mike Lata of SC battles Iron Chef Jose Garces in the Kitchen Stadium.

Duracell will power the Times Square ball drop:

Muno from "Yo Gabba Gabba!" skates LA: