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TV Junkie: 'Terriers' is Cancelled by FX; 'Men of a Certain Age' Premieres; Please Stop, 'SNL'

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"Men of a Certain Age" starring Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, and Andre Braugher, season 2 premieres tonight at 10pm on TNT. The show is on our Must-Watch list tonight.

"Men of a Certain Age" starring Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, and Andre Braugher, season 2 premieres tonight at 10pm on TNT. The show is on our Must-Watch list tonight.
We were very disappointed to see today's announcement from FX that they will not renew "Terriers" for another season. We participated in an unprecedented conference call today with FX President and General Manager John Landgraf who wanted to communicate with the press his extreme regret at having to cancel the show. The primary reason was, of course, the numbers. "Terriers" had 1/3 the amount of viewers that FX's previous least successful shows had, about 500,000 to "Damages" 1.5 million. While "Terriers" fans know that they are worth 10x the viewer of any other show, we understand that the show did get a fair shake and that FX is committed to good television. We live tweeted a lot of the press conference at @TheTVJunkie (plz follow), here are some quotes:Landgraf: "People thought Terriers was compatible with other FX shows but not similar [enough] to what the FX brand is."

Landgraf: "What people liked about #Terriers" was some of the subtlety ... [but unfortunately] subtlety isn't something the American public is buying these days."

Landgraf: "Our [FX's] marketing department has received some unfair knocks about how ["Terriers"] has played out". (We've got to disagree on this a bit. Landgraf brought up billboard campaigns in LA and NYC causing confusion among potential viewers but that' not the marketing we've been talking about in this column. They did feature the "dog" in the initial promos for the show as well as the "confusing" billboards but the fact is that "Terriers" was hardly promoted. If you've been watching FX this year, you will have noticed a huge amount of promotion which started around July for the new FX series, "Lights Out", which premieres in January 2011. Almost every commercial break features a promo for "Lights Out" at this point. "Terriers" didn't receive 10% of this amount of promotion.)

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Landgraf: "I don't think you could make "Terriers" much better, it only improved through the episodes, they made it great and I think "Terriers" is great too"

Landgraf: "[FX] has a limited number of shows that we can support. Renewing "Terriers" for a second season would have been great for the fans of the show and the critics but it would [also mean that] we wouldn't be putting out another great show that could have five times the viewers."

Landgraf: "It's difficult to hit both creative excellence and commercial excellence - "Terriers" won't be the last great show we cancel. This is definitely a disappointing outcome."

Landgraf: "I have no problem with [show creators] Shawn [Ryan] and Ted [Griffin] talking to fans about what a 2nd season would have been."

While this is very disappointing, we're impressed that Landgraf would speak so directly to reporters about canceling "Terriers" - it's an openness and honesty that other networks should aspire to. In an ideal world, a show like "Terriers" could serve a dedicated fan base and still be profitable for the network that launched it. We hope to see Donal Logue (see our interview with him) and Michael Raymond James (see our interview with him) on TV again soon. We know that Shawn Ryan's "The Chicago Code" will launch in 2011 and Ted Griffin is in the midst of filming a couple of his screenplays (Tower Heist and Shoot The Messenger).

One has to respect that this group of people made a show that they didn't compromise on and they did it on a network that didn't force them to change anything. Of course, FX is one of the most innovative networks in either broadcast or cable with a long history of supporting both artists and new ideas, from the hints that have been given to us about programming in 2011, this mission doesn't appear to be changing.
On to cheerier news: Tonight marks the premiere of the second season of "Men of a Certain Age" on TNT at 10pm. This is a must-watch premiere tonight. We were so happy to learn of the show's renewal and from what we've seen in the first few episodes, co-creators Mike Royce and Ray Romano are delivering another great season. Our 3 friends in their late 40s, Terry, Owen, and Joe, very realistically and inspiringly played by Scott Bakula,Andre Braugher, and Ray Romano, test the bonds of their friendship as life continues to lob grenades in their paths.

This season it looks like Owen hires the perpetually underemployed Terry and they drive each other nuts. Joe continues to explore his newly single lifestyle while attempting to maintain a healthy relationship with his kids, including his daughter Lucy, played by Brittany Curran. Although this isn't an outright comedy, there are comedic moments throughout the real-life interactions brought to us by the entire cast. You don't have to be 40+ years old to enjoy this show, you just have to be a fan of great writing and acting. "Men of a Certain Age" airs at 10pm on TNT.
Bitch Corner: While we will always give "Saturday Night Live" a chance, it's episodes like Friday's that really try our patience. Robert De Niro again failed to prove himself comedically in his third outing as show host - so essentially, the put-upon writers (who have our deepest sympathies) had to craft sketches that operated on the premise: let's have De Niro say something goofy while (perhaps) dressed goofy. This might have made for a mediocre, but watchable, "SNL" episode, but the choice of Diddy Dirty Money as musical guest was one nail in the coffin too many. By availing itself as the venue for yet another garbage musical act, "SNL" makes itself look like a whore to the industry as well as being completely out of touch with music that is innovative, of quality, or at least, interesting.

We get it, we've been to "SNL" wrap parties, we've seen Diddy or whatever he's called now at the parties, he's friends with producers, etc. Do any of these people have the common decency to tell him that his music is shit? If Diddy could tell Joaquin Phoenix, to his face, that he shouldn't pursue a rap career, then somebody should be able to tell Diddy the same thing about the aural and visual travesty that goes by the name of Diddy Dirty Money.
Show for a Cause: Starting today at at 3:00 pm - The world-famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood will become the "Toy Factory" as it collects toys for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and any needy child in the city who might be without a toy at Christmas. While doing so, the club plans to host the longest continuous standup comedy performance and shatter the Guinness Book of World Records of 50 hours set in New York (2008). Admission to the show is 1 unwrapped toy - you get to see: Dane Cook, Dave Chappelle, Paul Rodriquez, Tim Allen, among many others.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "How I Met Your Mother", "In Treatment", "Men of a Certain Age", "Conan" (Nicole Kidman, Charlie Day, Lauren Pritchard), Kimmel ( Mila Kunis, Ian Somerhalder, Social Distortion)

8:00pm How I Met Your Mother CBS - Ted asks Zoey's husband (Kyle MacLachlan) to hang out; Robin and Marshall decide to spend some time together.

9:00pm The Closer TNT - Season Premiere. After one of Brenda's detectives is ambushed on the street, the investigation turns into a race to clear the detective's name over allegations of witness tampering.

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9-10:00pm In Treatment HBO - Frances struggles with the prospect of losing her sister / Paul is shocked by a revelation regarding Sunil's therapy.

9:55pm Hawaii Five-0 CBS - The team investigates when a woman on her honeymoon is abducted and her husband is murdered; Dr. Max Bergman (Masi Oka) recognizes similarities to a string of unsolved homicides.

10:00pm Men of a Certain Age TNT - Season Premiere. Joe is determined to get himself back in shape on the golf course; Owen regrets his decision to hire Terry at his father's auto dealership.

10:00pm Castle ABC - When a bar owner's body is found in the East River, the investigation takes Castle and Beckett through the forgotten tunnels and passageways of turn-of-the-century New York; Castle considers buying a bar.

10:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel - Holiday Special Tony and his friends plan a huge potluck holiday dinner

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actress Nicole Kidman; actor Charlie Day; actress Lauren Pritchard.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actor Tom Arnold.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Author Garry Trudeau ("40: A Doonesbury Retrospective")

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Ray Romano; John Mellencamp performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Russell Brand; actor Chris Colfer; Jonny Lang, Chris Layton, Brad Whitford and Billy Cox perform.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Jo Frost; Nicki Minaj performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Mila Kunis; actor Ian Somerhalder; Social Distortion performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Lucy Liu; journalist Richard Wolffe.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - TV-show host Martha Stewart; radio personality Gary Dell'Abate; R. Kelly performs