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TV Junkie: Awards Season Begins Tonight

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New episodes of ABC comedies start running tonight, including Emmy-winning "Modern Family" at 9pm

New episodes of ABC comedies start running tonight, including Emmy-winning "Modern Family" at 9pm
Tonight marks the 37th Annual People's Choice Awards (CBS @ 9pm) and the official beginning of "awards season," a time of year we have mixed feelings about. On the one hand there is the chance for some truly amazing work to be recognized and (promoted) but the pool of recipients for this recognition tends to be homogenous by the time the Oscars roll around in late February. In fact, what gets celebrated are the anomalies - winners who only won an award at one ceremony. We've heard members of the various academies cop to the fact that they end up voting for an actor/film/TV show that has the most buzz or who seems to be the most popular, whether they've seen the work or not and the buzz gets set at the Golden Globes in 10 days time.

True, we have the People's Choice Awards tonight but this is another example of buzz and popularity. Think about it, when 3-5 times as many people are watching "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" on Sunday nights instead of "Mad Men," we have a good idea of what kind of TV shows and films will be winning awards determined by the masses.
There's good news for the Los Angeles economy as film, commercial, and TVproduction days in the city jumped 37% in December compared to a year earlier according to the LA Times. We're happy to see some of our favorite shows noted in the article: "True Blood," "Raising Hope," and "SouthLAnd."

Writers Guild Award Nominees Announced: Drama - "Boardwalk Empire," "Friday Night Lights," "Dexter," "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad." Comedy - "30 Rock," "The Office," "Glee," "Nurse Jackie," "Modern Family." New Series - "Boardwalk Empire," "Justified," "Men of a Certain Age," "Treme," "The Walking Dead." We plan to be at the New York edition of the awards on February 5th.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Modern Family," "Top Chef," Letterman (Jennifer Connelly), Fallon (Emmy Rossum, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger performs)

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8:00pm Mystery Diagnosis OWN - Season Premiere

8:00pm Human Target Fox - Communication Breakdown Ilsa considers cutting ties with Chance after one of his old flames returns to ask for help; Ames, Winston and Guerrero try to save a bumbling private investigator (Tony Hale).

8:30pm Better With You ABC - Ben breaks the news to Mia that she needs maternity pants; Joel decides to get himself into shape when he learns that he ranks last in the fantasy husband draft; Maddie tries to impress Casey.

9:00pm Border Wars National Geographic - Season Finale

9:00pm Modern Family ABC - Claire intends to stop a car that speeds through the neighborhood; Phil deals with a difficult client; Jay teaches Manny to ride a bike; Mitchell and Cameron meet a charming neighbor.

9:00pm 37th Annual People's Choice Awards CBS - The 37th Annual People's Choice Awards Special, Awards, Queen Latifah hosts a ceremony honoring favorites in the fields of music, movies and TV, based on results of a viewer poll; at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

9:00pm Ghost Hunters International Syfy - Season Premiere

10:00pm 1000 Ways to Die Spike - Season Finale

10:00pm 24/7: Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic HBO - Season Finale

10:00pm I Shouldn't Be Alive Animal Planet - Season Premiere

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10:00pm Miracle Detectives OWN - Series Premiere

10:00pm Top Chef Bravo - Chefs must beat Tom Colicchio's time in making a dish; making dim sum in Chinatown.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Jennifer Connelly.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Jamie Foxx; actress Leighton Meester.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Simon Baker; reality-TV personality Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi; Lloyd Banks performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Henry Winkler; cook Paula Deen.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Musician Tim McGraw; actress Emmy Rossum; the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger performs.

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