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TV Junkie: Carson Daly & Tom Papa @ NBC Upfronts; 'Tara' Cancelled; Jane Lynch to host Emmys?

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Just a couple more videos from the NBC upfronts. Above is our brief chat with Carson Daly, host of "The Voice" and "Last Call With Carson Daly." Below is comedian Tom Papa, host of "The Marriage Ref" which will return in June with more comedians on the panel.

Jane Lynch, who I always hate to say is 'of "Glee"' since she has done so much other (and better) work, is in talks to host this year's Emmy Awards on September 18th. While I'm a huge Lynch fan I think this is a mistake as the Emmys are a much bigger deal than the awards and a "Glee"-ified edition of the Emmys will be enough to inspire me to shoot my own TV with a shotgun. Please, TV Academy, do not do this, please get a late night TV host or comedian, for the love of ratings.
Showtime has cancelled "The United States of Tara" which is a shame because it's brought a number of good performances to the small screen, not the least of which is Toni Collette as the lead, Tara Gregson, which she won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for. In the show we got to see Patton Oswalt regularly along with guest stars Natahn Corddry, Eddie Izzard and more. I do have this to say about the show - it wasn't easy to write about as access to people involved with the show was extremely limited. In 3 seasons I somehow managed to not speak to a single person in the production. How is it that I got to speak with most of the cast of "Dexter" and no one from "Tara"? Not that more interviews or press would have saved the show, but one never knows.
Louis C.K. has shot a hilarious promo for FX's "Louie" whose second season begins running on June 23 at 10:30pm - I have embedded it at the end of this post. Look for our street-side interview with Louis C.K. here later this week.
Chelsea Handler was in New York City last weekend performing her "The Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me" road show with Josh Wolf, Brad Wollack, and Heather MacDonald and she sat down for what appears to be a fluffed upinterview with the New York Times. There's very little to be learned from the article and all the fluffing was on the part of the NY Times, not Handler, but I guess that's what the Gray Lady has been reduced to, a fluffer. What's also irksome is that the piece starts with "The few times I have seen the talk show "Chelsea Lately"...." - OK, then why the eff are you interviewing Chelsea Handler? Oh, to ask her about her boyfriends. We now live in a world where the New York Times actively competes with US Weekly. Thanks for the disappointing start to the week.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Attack of the Show," "Deadliest Catch," "Tosh.0," "Sports Show With Norm Macdonald," "Chelsea Lately," "Late Show With David Letterman" (Ewan McGregor; journalist Scott Pelley; Brad Paisley performs), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Actor Ed Helms; actor Andy Rannells; The Cars perform)

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7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - New DVD releases; road to E3.

9:00pm Frontline PBS/KOCE - Wikisecrets Pfc. Bradley E. Manning is charged with allegedly leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks.

9:00pm Deadliest Catch Discovery - The police are called after a disturbance on the Cornelia Marie; a deckhand on the Kodiak receives a career ending injury

9:00pm Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern Travel - NYC: Will Work for Food Andrew returns to the city to try his hand at cooking, waiting and street vending to see if he can still cut it

10:00pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - New Tosh tonight!

10:00pm Independent Lens PBS/KLCS - Welcome to Shelbyville The small town of Shelbyville, Tenn., deals with rapid demographic change and immigrant integration.

10:00pm Chopped Food - Duck hearts in the second round; a slimy surprise in the entree basket; English tea treat and gelatin candy in the final round.

10:30pm Sports Show With Norm Macdonald Comedy Central - Sports + Norm = good combination

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Justin Bartha guests

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Topher Grace; actress Melissa McCarthy; Beardyman performs.

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11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Ewan McGregor; journalist Scott Pelley; Brad Paisley performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Journalist Meredith Vieira; comic Demetri Martin; Ben Harper performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Ken Jeong; The Script performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - The winners of "Dancing With the Stars"; actor Taylor Lautner; Britney Spears performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Courteney Cox; comic Carrot Top.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Ed Helms; actor Andy Rannells; The Cars perform.

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