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TV Junkie: Farewell 'Big Love'

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The series finale of HBO's "Big Love" is this Sunday at 9pm.

The series finale of HBO's "Big Love" is this Sunday at 9pm.
Weekend EditionWe feel like the entire season has been building towards Sunday's series finale of HBO's "Big Love." It's a mystery, at this point, of what will come to pass for the incredibly conflicted and layered Henricksons, but the momentum has been building to a frenzy of conflict for weeks now. Only the smallest of their children seem to be mercifully uninvolved in some life or death struggle. A thousand years of Christian conflict has been condensed into one generation's interpretation of what "Heavenly Father" intends for them over the past five years HBO has brought "Big Love" to TV.

There's been a lot of incredible performances in this show across many generations with veterans like Bruce Dern, Harry Dean Stanton, Grace Zabriskie, and Mary Kay Place, mature actors led by Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Željko Ivanek, and a place to see new facets of younger actors like Chloë Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Amanda Seyfried to name a few. We hope to see these cast members back on TV as soon as possible. Thank you Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer and HBO for this great show.
Not to focus exclusively on HBO but we wanted to point out that our watching plans on Saturday revolve around viewing "The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway" at 10pm. We are stepping up to the plate to disagree vehemently with Entertainment Weekly's grade of C- for this show. They seem to be basing their review exclusively on the fact that this is a taping of a stage performance and not a teleplay. Pee Wee Herman's move to TV was done, way back in the day, because of a taping of a Playhouse performance at the Roxy on Sunset in the 1980s. It's a terrible recording with bad sound, audience members in the way of the camera, waiters dispensing drinks to the crowd, and a host of other problems - but it was hugely entertaining and successful. Not only does Entertainment Weekly not seem to be aware of this history, but they seem blind to common sense. "The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway" is our pick for Saturday night.

The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "Attack of the Show!", "Real Time With Bill Maher" (Richard Belzer, columnist Dan Neil and activist Erica Williams, actress-author Annabelle Gurwitch and Michael Oren, Israeli ambassador), "Fringe," "Onion News Network," "Give It Up For Greg Giraldo," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Bradley Cooper; actor Robert De Niro; actress Pauley Perrette; chef Marcel Vigneron). Saturday - "Being Human," "The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway". Sunday - "Bob's Burger," "Big Love," "Shameless," "After Lately"

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7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - New DVD releases; feed.

8:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Guests: actor-comedian Richard Belzer, columnist Dan Neil and activist Erica Williams, actress-author Annabelle Gurwitch and Michael Oren, Israeli ambassador to the U.S.

9:00pm Fringe Fox - While investigating an apparent suicide, the Fringe team encounters a woman with uncanny characteristics.

9:00pm Funny or Die Presents HBO - "Brick Novax's Diary"; "Lady Refs"; "Jeff Baker: Junior College Professor"; "Crazy Town"; "Welcome to My Study"

9:30pm The Ricky Gervais Show HBO - Karl wonders if it is worth it to discover new species; Ricky shares an idea for the "Car of the Future"; human anatomy.

10:00pm Onion News Network IFC - Real America

11:30pm Give it up for Greg Giraldo Comedy Central - A look at some of Greg's greatest comedy moments.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Robert Pattinson; comic Whitney Cummings; Alice Cooper performs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Bradley Cooper; actor Robert De Niro; actress Pauley Perrette; chef Marcel Vigneron.

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9:00pm Being Human BBC America - The housemates must make a decision about Herrick.

10:00pm The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway HBO - The comic brings "Pee-wee's Playhouse" to life at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York City.


Reese Witherspoon will be paying a visit to E!'s "After Lately" this Sunday night

8:30pm Bob's Burgers Fox - When Linda's sister hangs her paintings in the restaurant, Bob is forced to deal with the city's art council.

9:00pm Californication Showtime - Hank considers fleeing Los Angeles.

9:00pm Big Love HBO - Series Finale. When Men and Mountains Meet The Henricksons brace for an uncertain future.

10:00pm Shameless Showtime - Fiona finds a new friend; Tony begins to unravel the truth about Steve; Lip and Ian hunt for Ian's father.

10:00pm Detroit 1-8-7 ABC - Season Finale. (Series finale?) A nemesis from New York shows up in Detroit, agitating Fitch; an entire family is murdered;

10:00pm Breakout Kings A&E - Time is against the team as they hunt an escaped sociopath with a prosthetic hand.

11:00pm After Lately E! - Resse Witherspoon starts hanging around the office.