TV Junkie: 'Marwencol' on PBS tonight is a Must-Watch; HBO Ratings; Pulp TV on Leno
Preview of tonight's new episode of "Sports Show With Norm Macdonald" on Comedy Central at 10:30pm
We're very fortunate to be able to see the incredible award-winning independent film Marwencol as part of "Independent Lens" tonight on PBS/KLCS at 10pm. The film is a documentary about a man who is dealt with a traumatic head injury by creating an elaborate narrative world made out of handmade World War II miniatures in his backyard. You have to check this movie out - it's on our Must-Watch plan for tonight.
We've got a new edition of the Channel Zero podcast up, talking TV, the Tribeca Film Festival, and it includes our interview with comedienne Judy Tenuta. Subscribe to Channel Zero on iTunes.
As if there was ever any doubt that "The Tonight Show" was appealing to the lowest common denominator we had last night's spectacle of Paul Reiser bemoaning his cancelled show and he was just as unfunny with Leno as he was in "The Paul Reiser Show." I'm sure that Reiser pitched much better shows over the last 10 years, I would have liked to have seen one of those because he does belong back on TV and has a tremendous talent. Leno follows that bit of stellar programming tonight with Lindsay Lohan [train wreck alert]. Last night on "Chelsea Lately" the roundtable surmised that Lohan has probably been in jail more often than she has been in actual movies at this point and they're painfully close to the truth. Leno isn't doing Lohan any favors, putting Lohan on the air is as cynically exploitive as anything involving Charlie Sheen at this point.
Ratings over at HBO: "Game of Thrones," which has already been renewed for a second season, matched it's premiere audience of 2.2 million viewers which is remarkable. Sadly, "Treme" has its second season premiere on Sunday and dropped 50% compared to its premiere last year, however, it's only off of its average by 5% which means that most of the fans it generated are coming back. It should be noted, however, that the promotion campaign for this season of "Treme" was virtually non-existent so we're unclear as to how new viewers would find out about this great show other than through yours truly.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Attack of the Show," "The Fabulous Beekman Boys," "Raising Hope," "Independent Lens: Marwencol," "Chelsea Lately" (Taylor Momsen; Jo Koy, Sarah Colonna, John Caparulo on roundtable), "Late Show With David Letterman" (Actor Will Ferrell; Twilight Singers perform), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Journalist Matt Lauer; actress Miranda Cosgrove; Twisted Sister performs)
7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - New DVD releases; epic failure.
8:30pm The Fabulous Beekman Boys Planet Green - Brent reluctantly gives up control of the first ever Beekman cookbook to Josh and allows Maria to take on new responsibilities in the store.
9:00pm Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern Travel - Taste of the Tropics A traditional Mayan meal features pig head tamales; a giant jungle rat in Cuba; everglades frogs' legs in Florida
9:00pm The Voice NBC - Series Premiere.
9:00pm Deadliest Catch Discovery - Jake gets a sink-or-swim lesson on driving; a crew member gets caught in the line.
9:30pm Raising Hope Fox - Burt and Virginia try sleep training with Hope; Jimmy's wild girlfriend introduces him to a new drink.
10:00pm Independent Lens PBS/KLCS - Marwencol After an attack leaves him with brain damage and physical injuries, Mark Hogancamp creates his own therapy by constructing a miniature World War II-era town in his backyard.
10:00pm Chopped Food - Four competitors from rival cities; firm tofu; sugary surprise creates a creative challenge.
10:00pm Body of Proof ABC - A magazine editor is found dead in her mansion; Megan confronts a suspect while at a social event
10:30pm Sports Show With Norm Macdonald Comedy Central - Norm takes on the NBA playoffs and reveals the worst sports movie titles. [See the promo above]
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Taylor Momsen; comic Jo Koy; comic Sarah Colonna; comic John Caparulo.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Will Ferrell; Twilight Singers perform.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Kristin Chenoweth; personal trainer Jillian Michaels; The Airborne Toxic Event performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Mark Ruffalo; chef Jamie Oliver; the latest contestant eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars"; Robbie Robertson performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - TV host Larry King; Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Journalist Matt Lauer; actress Miranda Cosgrove; Twisted Sister performs.