TV Junkie: Universal Sports Launches 'Take A Seat'; Conan O'Brien on WTFpod
Universal Sports launches their first original program today with "Take A Seat: Sharing A Ride Across America" at 8pm. In the show, British Adventurer Dominic Gill rides a bike across America with the help of 10 companions, all of whom suffer from a different physical disability. It's pretty inspiring as you get to see America in a different way and you get to hear from a segment of the population that we don't often get to hear from. Our only gripe is that we wish Gill and his passengers would have consistently worn helmets as riding a bike without one is a convenient way to get a disability. Universal Sports will be showing episodes back-to-back throughout the month.
We're big fans of Marc Maron's WTFpod and we were very pleased late last night when our iTunes update showed a new episode with Conan O'Brien as guest. Sure, O'Brien has done a couple interviews about his recent misfortunes and triumphs but none as open and as uncensored as what you will hear on this WTFpod. Maron himself was the subject of an extended interview on this weekend's edition of NPR's "All Things Considered." We highly recommend that you check out both of these recordings.
Greg Proops, who recently had a great turn on the roundtable of "Chelsea Lately," will be doing one more live podcast of "The Smartest Man In The World" tomorrow night at 7pm at Bar Lubitsch in West Hollywood before he takes off to do comedy in Australia for nearly a month. His live (and free!) podcasts are a blast and the cocktails at Bar Lubitsch are fantastic. Have a listen to last week's episode.
After just five years in the seat, Katie Couric is leaving the anchor desk of the "CBS Evening News" in June to create something we all really need, yet another talk show. David Letterman rightly gave Couric flack when she was on his show a couple weeks ago with her departure just a rumor at that time. We thought she did a good job as anchor and that any loss in viewership was more due to CBS having their own problems with promotion rather than her performance. She should have stayed on and taught the men in the business a thing or two - we're disappointed with her decision.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this weekend's big premieres of "Camelot," "Chaos," "The Borgias," and "The Killing." Here's our reviews from last Friday's post.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Attack of the Show," "Take A Seat: Sharing A Ride Across America," "His Way," "Nurse Jackie," "United States of Tara," "Chelsea Lately" (Brad Wollack; Diablo Cody; Gary Valentine; James Marsden), "The Colbert Report," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Actor James Franco; journalist Maria Menounos; Booker T. Jones performs)
7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Training with Stone Cold Steve Austin.
8:00pm Take A Seat: Sharing A Ride Across America Universal Sports - Series Premiere. British Adventurer Dominic Gill rides a bike across America with the help of 10 companions, all of whom suffer from a different physical disability, and is inspired by their stories.
9:00pm The Event NBC - The Sleepers mourn their losses after negotiations are derailed; Sterling tries to test Simon's loyalties
9:00pm His Way HBO - Movie producer Jerry Weintraub discusses his Hollywood career.
9:00pm Dr. Drew CNN/Headline News - Series Premiere. Dr. Drew Pinsky gets a new TV show and kicks it off with Sammy Hagar as a guest (see preview clip at the end of this post).
10:00pm Castle ABC - When a reporter is found dead inside a pizza oven, Castle and Beckett try to determine why he was murdered.
10:00pm Nurse Jackie Showtime - Eddie wants to tell Kevin the truth; Jackie learns that O'Hara is looking for a new job.
10:15pm James May's Road Trip BBC America - Oz does not believe he can make a wine buff out of James.
10:30pm United States of Tara Showtime - Tara transitions in a psychology class and gets humiliated by the professor; Max considers a business offer; Kate wants to teach English in Japan.
11:00pm Conan TBS - Comic Russell Brand; reality TV star Khloe Kardashian; comic Roy Wood Jr.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Brad Wollack; Diablo Cody; Gary Valentine; James Marsden.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Billy Crystal guests
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Tracy Morgan; actress Neve Campbell; Augustana performs.
12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Rapper Lil Jon; Panic! At the Disco performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Katie Holmes; actress Dana Delany; Bad Religion performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor D.L. Hughley; actress Michelle Monaghan.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor James Franco; journalist Maria Menounos; Booker T. Jones performs.
Preview clip of Dr. Drew's new show on CNN Headline News