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TV Junkie: Premieres Start Up This Week

The incredibly wacky and weird "Adventure Time" is back with new episodes starting tonight at 8pm on Cartoon Network
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"Mid-Season" (whatever that means, just call it a new season already) premieres begin in earnest this week with plenty of great shows to choose from. Don't forget to check out our interview with Michael Cudlitz whose "SouthLAnd" premieres tomorrow night on TNT at 10pm.

With all the premieres and new episodes being aired this week, we were shocked when reading the 1/7/11 issue of "Entertainment Weekly" that the only show that they gave an "A" rating to for the week was ABC's "Wipeout." OK, saying "shocked" is an exaggeration because that lack of editorial seems to be typical there. Stay tuned to the TV Junkie for the next several weeks as we pick our way through the myriad of new shows being offered to find the best for you.
Christmas week musings: The lack of original programming during the Christmas-to-New-Years transition has always baffled us. Most people are trapped at home during these days if they have kids on Christmas vacation, or they are trapped at their relatives' house and everyone is desperate for some decent content on television but all (for the most part) we're presented with are reruns. Surely this would be an ideal time to get some decent shows in front of, literally, captive viewers. Obviously, this is also a very active travel time but in-between the traveling is a vast amount of down time with not a lot of options. Doubtless the networks and Nielsen Corp. have run the numbers on this week+ and have determined it's not worth the investment but we're convinced that there's a Catch-22 element at work as well, one, that if it's exploited properly could give a show a leg up on the competition if it's marketed and presented correctly during fruitcake week.