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TV Junkie: 'Justified' Renewed; 'Body of Proof' Premieres

Cast members Jeri Ryan (l) and Dana Delaney (r) and producers of ABC's "Body of Proof" at the 2010 summer sessions of the Television Critics Association [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis]
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We're very happy to report that FX has renewed "Justified" for another year. You can catch series star Timothy Olyphant was on NPR's "Fresh Air" last night - it's a really great listen despite Terry Gross being there.
Tonight at 10pm ABC launches its Dana Delaney vehicle, "Body of Proof." It's kind of an updated "Quincy" with Delaney in the starring role of coroner Dr. Megan Hunt (I can already tell that dirty jokes are on the way with that name). Delaney is a superb actress, I really love her work, and I've been fortunate enough to meet her in person, she is incredible nice - but I'm not so sure about this show. "Body of Proof" is very flashy and heavily reliant on technology and science to get to the bottom of the mysteries - kind of the opposite to the grittiness that made "Quincy" such a good show. There's also the feeling that this is an answer to "Harry's Law," which, while not a complete bomb, isn't the best received show out there either Nielsen-wise or via the critics.

Also, the journalism organization,ProPublica, has put together an interesting piece outlining that the reality of the coroner's office is anything but high tech and scientifically oriented - coroners are often elected officials with no medical or science backgrounds. For a sneak peek of ABC's "Body of Proof," there is a screener here - also, tonight from 10-11pm ET, Dana Delany and John Carroll Lynch will be Live Tweeting the show! Tweet your questions to @BodyofProofABC: [Your question] #BOPQA
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Attack of the Show," "The Fabulous Beekman Boys," "Traffic Light," "Lights Out," "Conan" (Actor Paul Giamatti; actress Olivia Munn; Panic! at the Disco performs), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Actress Liv Tyler; producer Jerry Weintraub; Copyright Criminal All-Stars perform)

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

8:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS - When an attempted robbery takes place at a secure facility on a Marine base, Kensi must determine what the thief

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9:00pm Frontline PBS - Money and March Madness The NCAA and the commercialization of college basketball; Chinese artist Ai Weiwei; Brian Manning discusses the charges against his son, U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, suspected of passing classified information to WikiLeaks.

9:00pm The Fabulous Beekman Boys Planet Green - A Martha Makeover A visit to Martha Stewart's Bedford estate, Josh is desperate to have a work free weekend.

9:00pm Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern Travel - Chengdu The holy grail of hot food lovers.

9:30pm Traffic Light Fox - Adam and Callie get Kate a job at Adam's office; Mike regrets giving Ethan a favorite T-shirt as a reward for saving Lisa's life; Kate makes work uncomfortable for Adam.

10:00pm Lights Out FX - Sucker Punch As things ramp up for the big fight, Lights receives a surprise visitor.

10:00pm Parenthood NBC - Kristina and Adam have a surprise meeting with the principal of Max's school; Jasmine and Crosby become nostalgic for their past

10:00pm Body of Proof ABC - Series Premiere. New medical examiner Dr. Megan Hunt helps investigate the death of a jogger, while her co-workers try to adjust to her work style; Megan wants to choose the perfect birthday gift for her daughter.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Heather McDonald; Jo Koy; Michael Yo; Blake Shelton.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Paul Giamatti; actress Olivia Munn; Panic! at the Disco performs.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Andy Kindler will
cover Yankee Spring Training, Talk-show host Regis Philbin guests; Snoop Dogg performs.

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12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Johnny Knoxville; the latest contestant eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars"; Britney Spears performs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Liv Tyler; producer Jerry Weintraub; Copyright Criminal All-Stars perform.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - TV host Larry King; Dr. Sanjay Gupta.