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TV Junkie: Highlights from TCAs/Conan Quotes; Skeet Ulrich Leaves #LOLA

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We visited the set of "Conan" today during our tour of the Warner Brothers Studios. Conan was there and provided us with some great quotes - see below

We visited the set of "Conan" today during our tour of the Warner Brothers Studios. Conan was there and provided us with some great quotes - see below

It's been a busy couple days at the Television Critics Association winter sessions: presentations from Fox yesterday where we had a great conversation with Garret Dillahunt who plays Burt Chance on "Raising Hope" and saw some sneak footage of the very extravagant "Terra Nova" which appears to be a science-fiction jaunt set in the where "pioneers" return 85 million years to the past in order to recolonize earth with humans in the hopes of not fucking up the place a second time around.Later in the evening we went to the Fox-hosted party where we got speak with a bunch of the regulars from FX's "Sons of Anarchy": Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, and William Lucking were boisterously hanging out together, acting very much like the family portrayed in the series. Coates just finished a movie about hockey that he's very proud of called Goon and Callie will be appearing in some episodes of NBC's "The Cape," starting with the 3rd. They're all super-nice and we look forward to seeing them again, perhaps on set, in the Spring.

We also talked with Walton Goggins, Joelle Carter and Erica Tazel from FX's "Justified" - we're in store for a great new season of that show starting up very shortly. We'll have a more in-depth video interview with Joelle up next week for you.

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Providing some additional insight on their roles in "Raising Hope," Shannon Woodward and Kate Micucci think that the popularity of the show rests to some extent, on the connection of the working lives of the characters with the American public - everybody working multiple jobs, some of them unpalatable, just to survive and find some joy in life. The show manages to capture what might be an unpleasant reality with humor and very little whitewashing.

After gawking at the Amazon otherwise known as Jennifer Beals (she stars in Shawn Ryan's "The Chicago Code") we left the party with the creators and voice talent of "Bob's Burgers" which premiered on Fox just this last Sunday at 8:30pm. Writers/producers Loren Bouchard and Jim Dauterive and voice actos (and comedians!) Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, and John Roberts were looking for additional libations to celebrate their very successful premiere. When not being the very funny comedians they all are they talked about their circuitous routes to New York and Los Angeles before they got involved with the show. Bouchard also spoke at length about how character-driven the show is, there is a minimalist, yet rich in color, aesthetic to the look and feel of the show, but it's all about the characters and their interactions. This is a good show that deserves multiple chances from the viewer to "get" it. Let's face it, all the people on this show, particularly the alt com wunderkind (please pronounce "w" as "v") duo of Schaal and Mirman, have been uncompromising with their take on comedy and creativity for their entire careers, a truth that is reflected in the show - unique and very different from the other shows in Fox's Sunday animation block, check it out.
Today we paid set visits to "Lopez Tonight," "Conan," and "Parks and Recreation" as well as attended a panel at 20th Century Fox Studios where groups of the funny men and women from "Raising Hope," "Modern Family," "How I Met Your Mother," and "Glee" explained what it was like working in the environment at these particular studios. Please check out and follow our Tweet stream for quotes and photos from yesterday and today.

Here are some quotes from Conan O'Brien:

- "There's nothing like walking away from the Tonight Show to make you appreciate being on the air"

- "I'm not afraid to fall down, I'm not afraid to jump off of things, although I probably should be"

- "We've all been through something this last year. There's a kind of pirate ship feeling to what were doing"

- Q: Is s there a time when you'd think you'd sit down and talk to Leno? A: "No, not really, we all know what happened."
In other news, it was only just at the TCA Summer sessions that we spoke to Skeet Ulrich (see video embed below) about the launch of "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (aka #LOLA) and he has reportedly left the show along with co-star Megan Boone. We're not sure what the reasons are yet, but considering that Ulrich was a major draw for the show we wonder what the implications are to its future.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides" (first hour), "Modern Family," "Top Chef," "Chelsea Lately," Letterman (Kevin James, Olivia Munn, Blake Shelton), will be flipping between Ferguson (to catch David Duchovny) and Fallon (to catch Paul Giamatti and Cake)

8:00pm American Masters PBS/KOCE - Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides The life and career of Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges

8:00pm Human Target Fox - Chance and Ilsa try to protect her sister-in-law during a hostage situation at the opera; Guerrero is framed for a friend's murder.

9:00pm Modern Family ABC - Alex's dedication to learning makes Claire and Phil question themselves; Gloria tries to make new friends; Mitch runs into an ex-girlfriend while out with Cam

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9:00pm MythBusters: Demolition Derby Discovery - The team has four fables of automotive mayhem.

10:00pm Off the Map ABC - Series Premiere

10:00pm Top Chef Bravo - We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat The chefs must fish for their own ingredients.

10:00pm Last Woman Standing Green - Five female athletes compete against tribal women from the Kamaiura tribe of Brazil in Huka Huka wrestling.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Sara Bareilles.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Denis Leary; comic Tim Minchin; Ice Cube.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Kevin James; actress Olivia Munn; Blake Shelton performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Seth Rogen; TV host Brady Barr; Betty LaVette performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actress Roseanne Barr; actor Danny Pudi; El DeBarge; Faith Evans; Michael Bearden; The Ese Vatos performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Sandra Oh; actors Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould and Ariel Winter; Fitz & the Tantrums perform.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor David Duchovny; nanny Jo Frost.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Paul Giamatti; singer Faith Hill; Cake performs.

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