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TV Junkie: NBC Unveils New Shows; 'Showrunners' Doc; Winters on WTFpod

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Jo Koy and Laura Prepon star in Chelsea Handler's "Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" which has been picked up by NBC - no launch date as of yet.
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There will be a lot of season and series finales this week, we'll try to stay on top of them for you.
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Over the weekend on Twitter we saw that a documentary about showrunners of American TV shows is being made. The movie will be called Showrunners and it will include a couple of our favorites, Kurt Sutter of "Sons of Anarchy" and Mike Royce of "Men of a Certain Age" but there are many more included. Check out the Showrunner Facebook page to check out a trailer and follow their doings - no idea when the movie is coming out but we can't wait for it!
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We're not going to focus on the network bloodletting that continued over the weekend with Fox and CBS cleaning house. Let's look at what the entertainment president of NBC said in his Sunday conference call - Bob Greenblatt, formerly of Showtime, is the guy everybody is hoping will turn NBC around, getting some shows in the Nielsen top ten, without losing the critical acclaim. Scott Collins at the LA Times has a detailed post about what Greenblatt said in his call, but the most significant developments were to get 10pm dramas back on the schedule every night and to open up Wednesday as another big comedy night for the network.There's a female slant to a lot of the comedies including the following: Chelsea Handler will executive produce a show based on her book of the same name, "Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea" starring Laura Prepon (of "That 70s Show"); "Bent" starring Amanda Peet; and "Up All Night" with Christina Applegate. We're going to reserve judgement on these until we get some screeners but you can see some preview clips of Handler and Peet's show on The Hollywood Reporter.

Maybe we'll learn more this morning at the NBC upfronts in New York. Watch for our video from the red carpet this week.
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You absolutely have got to check out last week's WTFpod by Marc Maron with Jonathan Winters. I've been huge fan of Winters since I was a little kid, I have albums (as in vinyl!) of Winters, and I've seen him do impromptu shows in a record store I worked at in Santa Barbara. We tried to get an interview with Winters a few years ago but his wife was in the midst of a long illness and the timing wasn't right. Maron made the trip up to Santa Barbara last month to conduct the interview which again turned into an impromptu show by Winters. The man is a genius - check out WTFpod #173.
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Attack of the Show," "Chuck," "The Chicago Code," "James May's Road Trip," "Conan" (Zach Galifianakis; Reality TV star Sig Hansen; Raphael Saadiq performs), "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" (robot skeleton Geoff Peterson; actor Simon Helberg)

7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Shawn White rally racing; actor Jason Biggs.

8:00pm 90210 The CW - Season Finale. Naomi makes a decision that could impact her future; Liam makes a revelation to Annie; Ryan asks Debbie to move to Paris; Adrianna is shunned

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8:00pm Chuck NBC - Season Finale. When Chuck tries to stop Vivian Volkoff from destroying his and Sarah's wedding, he turns to Alexei for help.

9:00pm Freedom Riders: American Experience PBS/KOCE - Black and white Americans risk their lives traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South.

9:00pm The Chicago Code Fox - Teresa, Jarek and Caleb search for a witness in the case against Alderman Gibbons; Liam is forced to take matters into his own hands

9:00pm American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior Discovery - Senior's settlement offer goes nowhere. PJD hurries to finish two bikes for Crakyape

9:00pm The Real Housewives of New Jersey Bravo - Season Premiere.

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9:55pm Hawaii Five-0 CBS - Season Finale. The Five-0 is targeted by Wo Fat after getting too close to the truth about the criminal mastermind and his associates.

10:00pm Castle ABC - Season Finale. A professional hit man (Max Martini) with information about the murder of Beckett's mother escapes

10:00pm Law & Order: LA NBC - When a gunman opens fire during a rally, a senator and six other people are killed; T.J. continues to search for his former partner's killer

10:00pm Sanctuary Syfy - Magnus and Tesla investigate a former Praxian stronghold and realize they may have stumbled upon secrets to the Vampiris race.

10:20pm James May's Road Trip BBC America - James and Oz travel to the Monterey County coast, where they visit the world's largest vineyard.

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11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Zach Galifianakis; Reality TV star Sig Hansen; Raphael Saadiq performs.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Singer Kelly Osbourne; comic Fortune Feimster; John Caparulo; comic Loni Love.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Julianna Margulies; TV host Andy Cohen; White Lies perform.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Eva Mendes; professional storm chaser Reed Timmer; Tedeschi Trucks Band performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actress Eva Longoria; actress Ellie Kemper; Fitz and the Tantrums perform.

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12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Robot skeleton Geoff Peterson; actor Simon Helberg.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - TV-show host Howie Mandel; singer Cee Lo Green; the final three "Survivor" contestants; Randy Newman perfor