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TV Junkie: WTFpod on Public Radio; Cuddy Leaves 'House' + More News

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The season finale of "Raising Hope" is tonight at 9pm on Fox. We love love love this show and hope it stays on TV for many more seasons.
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Two of our favorite podcast producers, Marc Maron and Maximum Fun, have teamed up to bring Marc Maron's WTFpod to public radio. MaxFun packaged selections from Maron's archives into a 10 episode series that has already been syndicated by several radio stations in addition to public radio's PRX service. While we will still maintain our iTunes subscription to the WTFpod, it's a great idea to get as many people as possible into the loop and this is one way to do it. From our TV/comedy perspective, both Maron and MaxFun regularly have guests who are heavily involved in the creation of TV and/or comedy and their interviews are always insightful and often hilarious.
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It took them 3+ years but period dramas are coming to the broadcast networks. NBC will have "The Playboy Club" and ABC will have "Pan Am." However, having the shows based on historically-based institutions is no substitute for an original idea. The shows are also poised to take advantage of the "Mad Men" hiatus but do you think they'll be successful and/or of artistic merit? Let us know.
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"House" is officially a dead Horse. While the Fox show might come back for an 8th season, Lisa Edelstein aka Dr. Cuddy, will not. What started out as a great show has been suffering a lot in recent seasons, even hardcore fans would have to admit. We love Edelstein and hope to see her back on TV ASAP.
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ESPN unveiled its new lineup which included a revision of their afternoon programming as well as their first scripted series. A scripted series on a news/live event network? What next - a scripted series from FoxNews? Oh, that's right, all they broadcast is fiction.
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Wish we could have been at last night's Television Arts & Sciences presentation of "A Conversation With Ladies Who Make Us Laugh." Moderated by Mary Lynn Rajskub, Television Academy members and their guests enjoyed an evening with the ladies who have made an outstanding contribution in the field of comedy- Elayne Boosler, Margaret Cho, Bonnie Hunt, Carol Leifer, Caroline Rhea and Lily Tomlin. If you went, pease let us know about it here!
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"Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter has started his own YouTube channel with self-produced behind the scenes vids. We embedded one at the bottom of this page showing the cast participating in recording commentaries for season 3 episodes.
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Attack of the Show," "Raising Hope," "Tosh.0," "Sports Show With Norm Macdonald," "Chelsea Lately" (Comic Greg Proops; comic Heather McDonald; comic Jo Koy), "Late Show With David Letterman" (Actor Martin Short; actress Melissa McCarthy; Tinie Tempah performs), "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" (Actress Betty White; comic Patton Oswalt)7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - New DVD releases; epic failure.

8:00pm NCIS CBS - Season Finale.

9:00pm Raising Hope Fox - Season Finale. The Chances look back on the year Jimmy turned 18 and started living in a grocery store.

9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS - Following Hetty's sudden resignation, Callen and the team try to unravel the mystery behind her disappearance.

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10:00pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - Season Premiere. Web redemption to the chocolate rain guy; Manny Pacquiao and Daniel's new summer wardrobe.

10:00pm The Fabulous Beekman Boys Planet Green - Brent is offered the opportunity to work as a doctor in Sharon Springs.

10:00pm Independent Lens PBS/KLCS - Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo Japanese philosophies about insects.

10:00pm The Good Wife CBS - Season Finale. Alicia and Kalinda must work together on a case; Will and Alicia consider their relationship.

10:30pm Sports Show With Norm Macdonald Comedy Central - Norm rips the sporting world a new one.

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11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Norm MacDonald; Director Todd Phillips; the Joy Formidable perform.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Comic Greg Proops; comic Heather McDonald; comic Jo Koy.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Martin Short; actress Melissa McCarthy; Tinie Tempah performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - TV-show host Ryan Seacrest; actress Jordana Brewster; TV on the Radio performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Chris Colfer; boxer Shane Mosley; Ian Edwards performs.

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12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Betty White; comic Patton Oswalt.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - TV personality Randy Jackson; chef Mario Batali; Death Cab for Cutie performs