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TV Junkie: 'Californication' & 'Shameless' Season Finales; Martha & Funny Men Sunday

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Seth Myers gets interviewed by Martha Stewart after she has him do some chores on her farm in Connecticut in this Sunday's "Men Who Make Us Laugh" on Hallmark at 8pm
If you're a fan of HBO's "Eastbound & Down" (and if you are you should see our interviews with the cast and producers at PaleyFest) then you'll want to hear that co-producer of "Eastbound & Down," David Gordon Green, has just had a pilot picked up by Comedy Central. No idea on who will star in the show about a special ops agent who attempts to adapt to normal life after being decommissioned or when the show will be aired, but we're intrigued.
In between all the basketball this weekend, when your teams lose and you're out of the running in your pool, there's some good TV to be had. We suggest that you check out Sunday's lineup with season finales of "Californication" which will make you wonder how they could possibly do another season, and the "Shameless" season finale, a series which seemed to take a bit of a serious turn last week with some potential statutory rape and grand theft auto for members of the Gallagher clan. Then we'll try to catch HBO's "Mildred Pierce," which seems like a strange program: a mini-series of a novel that had previously been iconically brought to life as a Joan Crawford film. However the story is told, it's on HBO so it's sure to be lavish.

But even before all that, we suggest you check out the Hallmark channel.... What's that, you say? Yes, the Hallmark channel, which will feature the best show that Martha Stewart has come up with since her less than successful move to the network. "Men Who Make Us Laugh" will feature Conan O'Brien and Seth Myers in its first of what is supposed to be several editions. We've seen some leaked quotes from O'Brien and Myers and it looks like it will be a great program, seeing these notoriously private guys answer questions and do chores with Martha.
Happy day for "Fringe" fans, Fox has renewed the series despite moving it from one day to another over the past year, which is usually the death-knell for a show. "Fringe" airs tonight at 9pm.
If anyone saw any of Jen Kirkman's LA shows this last week, please drop us a note here to let us know what you thought. We're going to see her perform next week. Also, last night on "Chelsea Lately," Chelsea Handler announced that Kirkman would be rejoining the show fulltime which is great news.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "Real Time With Bill Maher" (David Brooks, editor Tina Brown and former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell, actress Ellen Page), "Fringe," "The Soup," "Fashion Police," "Comedy Central Presents" (Natasha Leggero), "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (Jennifer Hudson, William H. Macy), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Billy Crudup; Reggie Fils-Aime. Also: Cut Copy perform). Saturday - "Being Human," "The Stash" (Series Premiere). Sunday - "Men Who Make Us Laugh," "Californication," "Shameless," "After Lately," "Mildred Pierce" (on replay).

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8:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Guests are columnist David Brooks, editor Tina Brown and former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell. Actress Ellen Page is an interview guest.

9:00pm Fringe Fox - "Bloodline" Life in the alternate universe gets difficult for Olivia.

10:00pm The Soup E! - Joel McHale and posse bring it on down

10:00pm Onion News Network IFC - "American Dream" A report on the loss of the "American Dream."

10:30pm Fashion Police E! - Joan Rivers pants the week in fashion

11:00pm Comedy Central Presents Comedy Central - "Natasha Leggero" Comedian Natasha Leggero performs in the 15th-season finale. Topics include paternity tests, Los Angeles gang tours and the world's diamond shortage.

11:35pm Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Jennifer Hudson; William H. Macy

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Billy Crudup; Reggie Fils-Aime. Also: Cut Copy perform.


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9:00pm Being Human BBC America - "Daddy Ghoul" George returns to his parents' home for his father's funeral; more facts about the Box Tunnel Massacre come to light.

10:00pm The Stash Playboy TV - Series Premiere. See our interview with series host Rachel Perry.

10:00pm Graham Norton Show BBC America - Guests: Helen Mirren; Emily Blunt; comedian Ed Byrne; pop band the Wanted.


8:00pm Men Who Make Us Laugh Hallmark - Martha Stewart interviewing two of America's most renowned male comedy icons, Seth Meyers and Conan O'Brien

8:30pm Bob's Burgers Fox - "Spaghetti Western" Bob and Gene bond over "spaghetti westerns," but Louise feels left out, and Tina channels her aggression into a conflict-resolution program.

9:00pm Californication Showtime - Season Finale "And Justice for All" Hank waits for his sentence to be handed down, but in the meantime there's a film-kickoff party to attend, and he's surprised by a major life decision a close friend makes

9:00pm Mildred Pierce HBO - "Part One and Part Two" In the first two parts of this five-part adaptation of James M. Cain's 1941 novel, Depression-era housewife Mildred Pierce (Kate Winslet) searches for employment to support her daughter

10:00pm Shameless Showtime - Season Finale "Father Frank, Full of Grace" Steve's actual occupation is revealed and he tries to persuade Fiona to leave town with him. Meanwhile, Frank goes into hiding

11:00pm After Lately E! - "Flush-gate" Chelsea gives the staff a fashion makeover; Sarah tries to discover who isn't flushing the toilet.

Here's the promo for Playboy TV's "The Stash" which premieres Saturday night at 10pm - also check out our interview with show host Rachel Perry: