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TV Junkie: Great TV on Sunday, Saturday... Not So Much

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Weekend Edition

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"Game of Thrones" really stepped up the stakes with last week's episode and this Sunday's episode at 9pm will keep building momentum. [Pictured: Maisie Williams. Photo Credit: Nick Briggs]
This weekend is one for those that love sports because there is precious little new scripted or even documentary-style programming, much less new programming of worth to consume. It always amazes me about what a complete wasteland Saturday is - somehow all the executives of network and broadcast channels have no problem with giving up 14% of their inventory. Have any of these people thought of using a "Louie" formula to create a new, innovative and inexpensive show? Set a budget, hire some comedy writers who are willing to operate within that budget, and just let them go to town. I seriously doubt that network executives aren't programming anything of worth on Saturdays because they want me to go outside and get some exercise or spend time with family instead of watching TV but they've got to throw us a bone here.
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NBC has hired the former chief of NPR, Vivian Schiller, to be their new digital officer. Schiller was successful in getting NPR's existing content onto the platforms of the 21st century - something that can only help NBC. What Schiller wasn't good at was helping create or support programming meant for people younger than 65 years old - sorry Viv, I've been listening to NPR forever and the only shows in the last 15 years that had an appeal to younger generations were "This American Life" and "Day to Day" and one of those got cancelled.
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The 15th annual Webby Awards are coming and we're hoping to cover the event and speak to winners like LCD Soundsystem, Funny or Die;s Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. Lisa Kudrow will host the June 13 event in New York City and it will be livestreamed at www.WebbyAwards.com
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While it's been great to see so much press about the "Men of a Certain Age" premiere on Wednesday, the numbers are a bit disappointing. This is a critically acclaimed show that has had Emmy nominations and has now won a Peabody but it seems that if TNT wants people to watch the show they need to stop fooling around with it's placement. Splitting its season and putting it up against major sporting events like the NBA finals and the Stanley Cup. While I think that TNT will renew the show, the network needs to do more to make the show successful.
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "Real Time With Ball Maher," "Whale Wars," "The Soup," "Fashion Police," "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson". Saturday - "Faces". Sunday - "Game of Thrones," "The Killing," "Treme" (the rerun)

Tonight

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8:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Educator Melissa Harris-Perry; TV personality Larry King; former N.Y. Rep. Rick Lazio; U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan; producer Adam McKay.

8:00pm Friday Night Lights NBC - Coach worries he is losing his grip on the team; Tami thinks one of her students is being neglected at home; Vince's arrogance is alienating

9:00pm Whale Wars Animal Planet - Season Premiere. The eco-pirates use their new "stealth battleship"

9:00pm Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution ABC - Jamie and his 10 culinary students are banned from serving food

10:00pm The Soup E! - New episode with Joel McHale and Co.

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10:30pm The Whitest Kids U'Know IFC - Timmy future; baby traits; Horse announcer.

10:30pm Fashion Police E! - Joan River and Co. rip apart fashion and celebs for a week

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Carla Gugino; actress Rebel Wilson.

Saturday

8:00pm CHAOS CBS - While in Russia searching for a scientist selling nuclear secrets, a romantic entanglement threatens Rick's cover story.

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8:00pm Surviving D-Day Discovery - America's victory at Omaha Beach changed the course of World War II.

8:45pm Faces TCM - (1968) An executive (John Marley) and his wife (Lynn Carlin) try infidelity for a night, then realize what it means.

10:00pm Great Performances PBS/KOCE - Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3 Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival includes performances by Robert Cray, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmie Vaughan, Sonny Landreth, Gary Clark Jr., Keb' Mo' and Buddy Guy, B.B. King, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, the John Mayer Trio, Doyle Bramhall II and Jeff Beck.

Sunday

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9:00pm Game of Thrones HBO - The Lannisters press their advantage over the Starks; Robb rallies his father's allies.

9:00pm Finding Big Foot Animal Planet - Series Premiere. Where is Big Foot? Can they find him?

9:00pm Ice Road Truckers History - Lisa's first run goes south in a hurry; two rookies raise the stakes in the dash for the cash; Hugh and Rick go deeper into the Canadian outback; an overflow may leave Alex stranded.

10:00pm The Killing AMC - Missing

10:00pm Treme HBO - Delmond discovers a new sound; Annie celebrates with Harley; Davis wants to party in town; Hidalgo combines business and pleasure; Toni and Sofia struggle with their memories of Creighton; Cornel offers Sonny a second chance.

10:00pm The Glades A&E - Season Premiere.

10:00pm In Plain Sight USA - Mary must team up with an unapologetic con artist.

10:00pm The Real L Word Showtime - Season Premiere.

11:00pm Teen Wolf MTV - Series Premiere.