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TV Junkie: Peabody Winners Announced; Mis-Adventures in Publishing

Congratulations to TNT, Ray Romano, Mike Royce, and the cast and crew of "Men of a Certain Age" who won a Peabody Award today. We will report from the May 23rd ceremony.
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A bit of a bittersweet 24 hours as yesterday HBO announcedthe cancellation of "In Treatment," a plain-looking series about the somewhat depressing subject matter of psychotherapy, but nonetheless focused on consistently presenting the best acting performances on television. Award-winning actors like Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, and many others presented their spectacular interpretations of very real characters - the show will be missed who enjoy that aspect of the craft.

This morning, however, the winners of the 70th Annual Peabody Awards were announced, and some shows we've been throwing our support behind from the beginning were officially recognized by this venerable award committee. Our first jump of joy was for TNT's "Men of a Certain Age," which has always been fantastic - every episode a winner. We hope that this award cements another season for the show as poor scheduling for the first couple seasons has not helped it gain the audience it deserves. Second on the list is FX's "Justified," a series whose audience as exploded in its second season, and rightly so. Powered by Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Joelle Carter, and Natalie Zea, the show has thankfully returned to season-long arcs and shied away from the episodic procedurals it briefly toyed with. [Natalie: You are the last primary cast member we haven't interviewed yet, call us!]

What is missing from the Peabody list is a 1/2 hour format comedy. These would have been our nominees: "Louie," "Bored To Death," "Raising Hope," "The League." Let's hope these shows get some recognition this year as we'd like to see them stay around for several seasons to come.

Last year we went to the ceremony, here is our report, and this year we will again attend and present you with some interviews.
Mis-Adventures in Publishing: We were recently pitched to "cover" a story by entertainment biz magazine Variety. Unfortunately, about a year ago Variety put its content behind a $250/yr paywall so we can't see the story that was pitched to us and we can't link you to it either. We like the writers at Variety, they do good stuff, we wish we could still read it, we wish we could point you to it the same way we've been pointing out great writing at The Hollywood Reporter, the LA Times, and even articles from the Associated Press but we can't so we won't.

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We would have paid some kind of fee to read the magazine but they offer no rate other than $250 a year which is too much for such a narrow band of content. But this is distracting us from the main point that Variety pitched a story that we can't even get to. What they have also done is create a "blog" called Showblitz. What you see there are "posts" that are composed of a stock photo of an actor/celebrity with 3-4 sentences gleaned from an article in Variety with a link to the article at the Variety website... behind the paywall. We're not sure if this website is stupid or cynical or a combination of both.

It's understood that the publishing industry is in trouble and that they somehow need to figure out how to fund their operations but there's got to be a better, more engaging, and creative way than Variety's Showblitz effort.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Attack of the Show," "The Big Bang Theory," "Perfect Couples," "SoCal Connected," "Archer," "Chelsea Lately" (Ross Mathews; Dan Levy; Dov Davidoff; Shenae Grimes), "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show" (Comics Deon Cole, Moshe Kasher, Marina Franklin and Maria Bamford perform), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Musician Elton John; actor James Marsden; Duran Duran performs)

7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Actor Rainn Wilson; de-evolution.

8:00pm The Big Bang Theory CBS - The guys try to figure out who hacked Sheldon's online-game account.

8:30pm Perfect Couples NBC - Vance discovers Amy invited her ex-boyfriends to their wedding and tries to befriend them; Rex wants to see Leigh's file on her former flames; Dave and Julia help get ready for their friend's nuptials.

8:30pm Rules of Engagement CBS - Russell tries to impress Timmy's sister; Jeff and Audrey set up their neighbor on a date.

9:00pm SoCal Connected KCET - SoCal Connected explores the poverty stricken lives of children who face living in cheap motels in affluent Orange County or living on the streets.

10:00pm Archer FX - ISIS goes into full lockdown after Pam is abducted by kidnappers.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Johnny Knoxville; actress Kaley Cuoco; Thompson Square performs.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Ross Mathews; Dan Levy; Dov Davidoff; Shenae Grimes.

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11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Norm Macdonald guests

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Chris Rock; actress Ellen Page; Funeral Party performs.

12:00am John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Comedy Central - Comics Deon Cole, Moshe Kasher, Marina Franklin and Maria Bamford perform.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actress Brittany Snow; Snoop Dogg performs.

12:00am Eagleheart Adult Swim - Brett Gelman IS the Human Bat! Plus Andy Blitz in a cameo role.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live NBC - Athlete David Beckham; director Wes Craven; Sum 41 performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Talk show host Julie Chen; actor Jeffrey Tambor.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Musician Elton John; actor James Marsden; Duran Duran performs.