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TV Junkie: New Blah Logo from NBCUniversal; 'Archer' Is Back!

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The new NBCUniversal logo courtesy of Comcast. [Yawn] Both boring and unidentifiable.

The new NBCUniversal logo courtesy of Comcast. [Yawn] Both boring and unidentifiable.
We're not sure there could have been a more stupid move at this time of media upheaval than Comcast's move to eliminate the NBC "peacock" from the new NBCUniversal logo. Yes, the multicolor peacock fan was a throwback to the time when TV moved from black and white to color but the many feathers symbolized the varied programming of the network and the network is the most identifiable part of the conglomerate. Not only is the new logo mind-numbingly boring, it's going to be impossible to discern on everything from business cards to Twitter icons. Up until this point, all you had to see was the fan (in monochrome even) to know that you were looking at something associated with the NBC.

Congrats, NBCUniversal, on your dumbest move since the Conan debacle. Did Dick Ebersol weigh in on this too?

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Tonight we welcome the return of "Archer" to FX at 10pm. We saw the first three episodes of this new season last Summer and even though that was a million years ago we remember them as being very very funny (check out our vid of the "Archer" promo pack above). The spy spoofing animated series mows down any topic with risque and potentially offensive (if you are a P.C. nazzy) humor that is as bracing as it is refreshing.

Will Ferrell will be joining the cast of "The Office" for a few episodes as Steve Carell transitions out of the series at the end of this season. On the one hand, it will be a lot of fun to see Ferrell on TV again, on the other hand this seems to be a cynical ploy to maintain viewership of the series as Carell vacates it to officially become a movie star. We still love the show and cast, so we will be watching.
Did we mention that you should follow The TV Junkie and LAist on Twitter? Did we mention that we were on multi-Emmy winner Greg Fitzsimmons' podcast this week? Did we mention that we posted a new Channel Zero podcast this week? Here it is on iTunes.
Weirdness: Tila Tequila is guesting on "$#*! My Dad Says" tonight (8:30pm on CBS). Check out the press release that she did herself and prepare to be emoticon-ed to death.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Community," "Perfect Couples," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," "Archer," Conan (Jon Cryer, Joe Buck), Ferguson (Adam Goldberg, Dr. Ruth Westheimer)

6:45pm Being There TCM - (1979) The president (Jack Warden) and a power broker heed the utterings of a simple gardener (Peter Sellers) who likes to watch TV.

8:00pm Community NBC - Annie stages an anti-drug play at a middle school; Senor Chang comes to the rescue when Pierce's over-the-top behavior threatens to ruin the production.

8:00pm The Vampire Diaries The CW - Damon asks Elena to keep an eye on Rose (Lauren Cohan) while he tries to elicit the truth from Jules (Michaela McManus)

8:30pm $..! My Dad Says CBS - Ed changes his mind about Rosemary when he discovers she wants romance; Vince and Henry see which of them can grow a mustache faster.

8:30pm Perfect Couples NBC - Amy and Vance return from their trip to Paris; Rex tries to talk Dave into buying a new car; Leigh becomes Amy's wedding planner.

9:00pm Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb TCM - (1964) President Muffley (Peter Sellers) and his advisers (George C. Scott, Keenan Wynn) man the Pentagon war room, as planes with bombs head toward Moscow.

9:00pm Royal Pains USA - Pit Stop

9:00pm The Office NBC - Holly and Michael turn Andy's business seminar into an improv challenge; Erin and Gabe compete in a board game battle.

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9:00pm Nikita The CW - Alex, now an agent, moves into a new apartment and receives a cover job; Ryan is stunned when Nikita reveals a secret.

9:30pm Parks and Recreation NBC - Leslie comes down with the flu while planning the local Harvest Festival; Andy and Ron bond.

10:00pm Archer FX - Season Premiere

10:00pm 30 Rock NBC - When Tracy has a reality TV crew follow him, Liz tries to use it to her benefit; Jack pre-records natural disaster telethons in hope of making a profit; Lutz tells a lie.

10:00pm Fairly Legal USA - Priceless

10:30pm Outsourced NBC - Todd's attempt to keep his relationship with Tonya from Charlie has an unexpected victim; Rajiv is nervous about his employee evaluation.

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Founder of BP Capital T. Boone Pickens.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Jon Cryer; actor Joe Buck.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Kathy Bates; reality-TV personality Brad Womack; Billy Currington performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt; actor Guy Fieri.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - TV host Ryan Seacrest; actress Melissa Leo; Cage the Elephant performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Adam Goldberg; Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

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