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TV Junkie: SAG Guy Steps Down; ABC vs. NBC Thursdays; 'Trust Me'?

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"Fringe" on FOX
"Fringe" on FOX


"Fringe" on FOX
Looks like the national executive director of the Screen Actors Guild, Doug Allen, has had to step down because of the strike, or lack thereof, and a deal with producers, or lack thereof.Watch out NBC, ABC is targeting Thursdays with a rock block(TM?) of comedy, starting at the end of March. They will be premiering several new shows as well as shifting "Samantha Who?" from Mondays to Thursdays - "Ugly Betty" will go on hiatus for a while as well.

Other than "Idol" (which we don't watch, sorry), any other suggestions for tonight? The TV schedule looks kind of empty. The weirdos at "Fringe" are back, we're giving them a a chance, as well as the weirdos at "Nip/Tuck", who need to get off the march of death that they've been on this season - bring the fun back, guys.

Does anyone have any feelings about TNT's "Trust Me" which premiered last night? Because of the principal cast members, it had every indication of being a comedy, and there are comedic moments, but the overarching drama seemed to interfere with the natural flow of these great performers. That was just the premiere though, perhaps things will settle in subsequent episodes.

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And why, oh why, are networks returning to thickly layering soundtracks over the spoken audio, the strummed guitar soundtrack on "Trust Me" needs to back it off a bit. This also seems to be happening on "24", "30 Rock", and even other shows that don't have numbers in their titles.

The TV Junkie Plan: "Fringe", "Nip/Tuck" (please be funny this time), "10 Items or Less", Letterman

8:00pm NCIS CBS - The team discovers a link between a sergeant's murder and his possibly treasonous private life.

8:00pm American Idol FOX - Audition #7

9:00pm Scrubs ABC - J.D. discovers that not even Elmo can teach the gift of compassion to those who do not care to learn.

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9:00pm Fringe FOX - Olivia, Peter and Walter investigate the death of a car salesman who was found in a pool of goo

9:00pm Dirty Jobs Discovery - Mike Rowe learns how to harvest walnuts and then learns how to make goose down pillows and comforters.

10:00pm Nip/Tuck FX - James Sean tries to come to terms with his feelings for Julia; Christian meets someone who understands what he is experiencing

10:00pm Leverage TNT - The team goes after a construction company that foreclosed on a National Guardsman's home; Nate puts the team in jeopardy with his drinking

11:00pm 10 Items or Less TBS - Leslie is convinced to help Richard's mother overcome her alcohol problems when she is caught shoplifting liquor from the store.

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11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Evangeline Lilly; comic Seth Meyers; Andrew Bird performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Anthony LaPaglia; actress Miranda Cosgrove; Boz Scaggs performs; comic Dov Davidoff.