TV Junkie: Colin Quinn's 'Long Story Short' Premieres Saturday; Watch 'The Killing' Pilot Online
HBO is bringing Colin Quinn's Broadway show, "Colin Quinn Long Story Short," to cable on Saturday at 10pm
In addition to Dame Helen Mirren hosting "Saturday Night Live" (with the Foo Fighters performing), we will also see the premiere of "Colin Quinn Long Story Short" on HBO at 10pm. We talked about this for a bit in this week's Channel Zero podcast. "Long Story Short" is a lot of fun, and Quinn has many long stories that we've heard over the years, whether in bitching sessions on Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon's shows, or on The Moth radio show, during which his supposedly failed career is a centerpiece - it's part of his schtick. But for a guy who has hosted as many TV shows as he has, to make it to Broadway, and then to have an HBO special of the Broadway show, directed by Jerry Seinfeld no less, it's difficult to take his claims of a failed career very seriously, but Quinn is endearing, so we watch.
We think the winningest of the new weekend premieres was AMC's "The Killing" which you can now watch online before Sunday's coming episode. Note that the program is now on at 10pm on AMC.
We kind of wish we were going to Saturday's College Television Awards which will be hosted by Mary Lynn Rajskub and will have Jane Lynch, Bill Paxton, Elijah Wood, Amber Tamblyn among the presenters - but we'll be covering the TV Land Awards for you. The College Television Awards is a nationwide competition from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation that recognizes excellence in undergraduate and graduate student work in the areas of video, digital and film production. Congrats to the winners.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "Real Time With Bill Maher" (Katty Kay; political commentator Eliot Spitzer; author Andrew Sullivan; comic Colin Quinn), "The Ricky Gervais Show," "The Soup," "Fashion Police," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Actress Uma Thurman; actor Anthony Anderson; TV personality Marcus Samuelsson; Saigon performs). Saturday - "Colin Quinn Long Story Short," "Saturday Night Live" (Helen Mirren hosts, Foo Fighters rock). Sunday - "Bob's Burgers," "The Comedy Awards," "The Killing," "After Lately"
8:00pm CHAOS CBS - Rick agrees to orchestrate a North Korean diplomat's defection after he embarrasses himself in front of the U.N.
8:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Journalist Katty Kay; political commentator Eliot Spitzer; author Andrew Sullivan; comic Colin Quinn.
9:00pm The Ricky Gervais Show HBO - Stephen asks for a definition of art; Ricky ponders works of literature and film that could be portrayed by Muppets.
10:00pm The Soup E! - Joel & Co. rip the media
10:00pm Blue Bloods CBS - Jackie and Danny investigate when a reporter and Linda's niece, a runway model, both collapse at a fashion show.
10:00pm Camelot Starz - Arthur and Merlin go to Morgan's castle to join her for dinner; Kay and Leontes look for a new warrior to join them; Arthur loses his grasp on Guinevere's heart.
10:30pm Fashion Police E! - Joan Rivers demystifies the celeb fashion experience
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor David Arquette; actor Ben Bailey; the most-recently eliminated "American Idol" contestant; Far East Movement performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Zooey Deschanel; comic Chris Hardwick.
12:35pm Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Uma Thurman; actor Anthony Anderson; TV personality Marcus Samuelsson; Saigon performs
10:00pm Colin Quinn Long Story Short HBO - The comic discusses world history in a one-man Broadway show.
10:00pm The Stash PlayboyTV - Adult films gone bad.
11:25pm Saturday Night Live NBC - Host Helen Mirren; Foo Fighters perform.
9:00am-?? Elizabeth Taylor Tribute TCM - The day is spent showing the films of the late Elizabeth Taylor.
8:00pm Human Planet Discovery - Rivers and Oceans Humans adapt to life in rivers and oceans.
8:30pm Bob's Burgers Fox - Bob's landlord tells him Jimmy Pesto wants to take over his lease to expand his giftshop, forcing the Belcher family to scramble to save the restaurant.
9:00pm The Comedy Awards Comedy Central/TVLand - The inaugural award show recognizes some of the funniest people in film and television today; from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
9:00pm Mildred Pierce HBO - Part Four & Part Five Mildred expands her Glendale eatery; Mildred and Veda have an emotional argument; Mildred attempts to reconcile with Veda; Veda's career as a coloratura soprano takes off; Mildred returns home to a shocking revelation
10:00pm The Killing AMC - City Councilman Richmond suspects a leak within his team; Sarah and Holder track down a potential witness; Mitch shuts down.
10:00pm Breakout Kings A&E - An escapee is very anti-government; Beaumont sends an explosive package to Charlie DuChamp's home.
10:00pm The Borgias Showtime - Rodrigo seeks funds through a profitable marriage for Lucrezia and charges a fee for safe haven; the Borgias host a Turkish prince.
11:00pm After Lately E! - Chelsea invites Heather to spend the weekend at her house.
11:00pm Bag It PBS/KOCE - (2010) Filmmaker Suzan Beraza examines how plastic affects our lives.