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TV Junkie: The Top 10 Events We Covered in 2010

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Kurt Sutter, Maggie Siff, Katey Sagal, and Ally Walker of FX's "Sons of Anarchy" at the Season 3 premiere. August 30, 2010 at the ArcLight in Hollywood. [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis]


Kurt Sutter, Maggie Siff, Katey Sagal, and Ally Walker of FX's "Sons of Anarchy" at the Season 3 premiere. August 30, 2010 at the ArcLight in Hollywood. [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis]

We go to a lot of events in order to cover all these TV goings-on for you, here's our list of the top ten that we attended in 2010 (and why) in reverse chronological order (whoa - September was a huge month for us):Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars" - On October 2nd we went to the taping of Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars," the autism charity event hosted by Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show." We're huge fans of comedy and they had a great lineup of comedians, many of whom talked to us on the red carpet. My one regret: not getting to speak to Sarah Silverman, making it a goal to do so in 2011.

"Bored To Death" Season 2 Premiere - We loved the first season of HBO's "Bored To Death" so it was exciting to go to the premiere of the 2nd season, on September 21, and see the cinematically filmed show projected on a theater screen with all the creators and actors in attendance. It was great to speak to the entire principal cast as well as series creator Jonathan Ames, and it was a very enjoyable event although I think that Jason Schwartzman thought that I had staked out the men's room in order to videotape him urinating. I was there first Jason, and all my cameras were put away! We're not that kind of reporter anyway.

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"Boardwalk Empire" Series Premiere - On September 15 we went to the Ziegfeld Theatre in NYC for the "Boardwalk Empire" premiere event and although we didn't talk to Martin Scorcese and Steve Buscemi, we got to talk to these members of the amazing ensemble: Shea Whigham aka Sheriff Elias "Eli" Thompson, Vincent Piazza aka "Lucky" Luciano, Greg Antonacci aka Johnny Torrio, Paul Sparks aka Mickey Doyl, Kelly MacDonald aka Margaret Schroeder, Michael Kenneth Williams aka Chalky White, Anthony Laciura aka Eddie Kessler, and Adam Mucci aka Deputy Halloran. There were also several people from other HBO productions there, including: Denis O'Hare aka Russell Edgington aka The King of Mississippi in "True Blood," Adrian Grenier aka Vincent Chase in "Entourage," Tony Sirico aka Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri in "The Sopranos," Joe Manganiello aka Alcide Herveaux the werewolf in "True Blood," and Tom Hooper, director of "John Adams" and "Elizabeth I." It was something to be at the launch of a show that made everybody's Top Ten list.

"Sons of Anarchy" Season 3 Premiere - As a supporter of the best show ignored by all the awards events, it was fitting that FX's "Sons of Anarchy" premiere occurred the day after the Emmys, where they had been snubbed yet again. Every aspect of #SOA deserves recognition and it illustrates how disconnected "the establishment" is by keeping its laurels away from it. Essentially Shakespeare on Harleys, the show has never held back on the violence and extreme behavior one would associate with a legitimate biker gang - but the Bible didn't hold back either. I had talked toseries creator Kurt Sutter and series star Katey Sagal in 2009 but at the premiere I finally had the chance to talk to Charlie Hunnam aka Jax, Ron Perlman aka Clay, Kim Coates aka Tig, and Theo Rossi aka Juice, gentlemen devoted to the show and each other.

The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - August 29th was hot but somehow not as hot as last year's Emmys in September. While we didn't agree with a lot of the awards decisions there were quite a lot of top notch television people at the Emmys. It's the premiere TV event of the year, and it's a privilege to be there. We can only pray that it's a bit cooler this year. The highlight of the night was the HBO afterpartyat the Pacific Design Center, which seemed to be open to everyone from any network, and all happy to be there whether they picked up a trophy that night or not.

Bill Burr Hollywood Tour - In late July we went for a ride with comedian Bill Burr around Hollywood and he provided a comedy show on wheels. The man is amazing, able to riff on everything and everyone he sees, we were laughing so hard we could barely keep the camera straight. He just had a great weekend of shows at the Brea Improv - next time he's within 50 miles of LA, you should go see him.

Television Critics Association Summer Sessions - As a recent member of the Television Critics Association, this was our first attendance at their Summer Sessions where the networks trot out their new shows for the Fall and Winter seasons. Lots of amazing panels and very cool informal events where more casual conversation with show creators and talents were possible. Attending this helped set up later coverage for our readers - set visits, interviews, advanced reviews of shows, making the TCAs one of the most important events of the year for us. Plus we had the TCA Awards which was a lot of fun - where else would one see Tom Hanks hang out with the Yo Gabba Gabba! characters?

PaleyFest2010 "Community" Night - This last March was all about PaleyFest for us, the media museum's TV celebration with almost nightly panels of the best current and past TV has to offer. "Community" night was one of the most fun nights with Chevy Chase, Joel McHale, Ken Jeong, Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover and series creator Dan Harmon. All of them incredibly talented and very nice folks - we hope NBC does the right thing and renews the show for several more seasons.

2010 Vancouver Olympics Winter Games - We went to the Winter Olympics for a week this year and it was a fantastic opportunity not only to see specific events but also to see how other countries cover the games and how badly we're getting screwed in the United States. If you are a citizen of any European (and most Asian) countries, it was your national right to see wall to wall coverage of the Olympics and your athletes in competition. We get a fraction of that in the US and what we do get is often badly produced and poorly managed. We're hoping the bidding process to cover the Olympics gets more competitive and/or that the government mandates certain improvements because the "free market" just isn't working out for our benefit.

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - January 23rd was the day we first had the chance to speak with some of the cast of "Modern Family," a show we had talked up quite a bit here but not so much on other websites. 2010 proved to be the year for "Modern Family," with recognition at the SAG Awards, Peabodys, and the Emmys to name a few. We got to talk to plenty of other talent from "True Blood," "The Office," and "30 Rock," and took some great photos as well. But perhaps what we remember most from the evening was Sandra Bullock pulling Jesse James on stage with her in the press room to tell all the journalists what a supportive and devoted husband he was.
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: The Comic, Charlie Rose

10:00pm The Comic TCM - (1969) A silent-film comedian (Dick Van Dyke) drinks, cheats on his wife (Michele Lee), bullies his buddy (Mickey Rooney)

11:30pm Charlie Rose PBS/KCET - Retired Gen. Hugh Shelton; director Davis Guggenheim; professor Clayton Christensen.