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TV Junkie: BTJA TV Noms Announced; 'Pardo Patrol' Menaces Conan Guests

"Chelsea Lately" is one of the shows nominated for the BTJA TV awards today. Tonight our friends Chris Franjola and Sarah Colonna will be on the roundtable.
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Today the The Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced the nominees for their inaugural awards show. While it's great to see "Chelsea Lately," "Louie" and "SouthLAnd" in the running, there is a homogenous feel to the lists of nominees. Does "Mad Men" still warrant nominees in almost every category? Again, "Sons of Anarchy," which is both critically acclaimed and highly popular only has Katey Sagal (worthily) nominated. I'm hoping that the list of nominees is more diverse when the Television Critics Association are presented with their ballots in the next couple weeks. I'll share them with you here.
Longtime comedian and warm-up guy for Conan O'Brien, and pardcaster extraordinaire Jimmy Pardo is now hosting "The Pardo Patrol" at as part of extracting every drop of funny from whichever guests are appearing on "Conan." Check out an example clip at the end of this post as Pardo stalks Ken Jeong of The Hangover II and "Community." These videos are a great idea as they give a fan like me some insight into the behind-the-scenes action at "Conan" as well as giving me even more of a guest that is special to me - I hope these occur at least weekly at
The Hollywood Reporter has video of a great panel of comedy showrunners including Steve Levitan ("Modern Family"), Jenny Bicks ("The Big C"), Bill Prady ("The Big Bang Theory"), Liz Brixius ("Nurse Jackie"), Mike Schur ("Parks and Recreation") and Dan Harmon ("Community") [Links are to our interviews with those subjects.]
We have a new Channel Zero podcast up, this time it's with comedian Nick DiPaolo who we featured last week here on LAist:

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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "E3 2011," Bobby Fischer Against the World, "James May's Road Trip," "Chelsea Lately" (Actress Lauren Conrad; comic Chris Franjola; comic Sarah Colonna; comic Ben Gleib), "The Colbert Report" (Director Werner Herzog), "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" (Actor Don Cheadle; actress Brooklyn Decker)

5:00pm E3 2011 Live G4 - Spotlight: Ubisoft & Sony World premiere trailers of Assassin's Creed, Revelations, Ghost Reacon Future Soldier and more.

9:00pm Bobby Fischer Against the World HBO - (2011) The chess master experienced a bizarre life, from childhood through his run from the law.

10:00pm Law & Order: LA NBC - After a woman is found dead by a neighbor, detectives discover her boyfriend has been murdered as well.

10:00pm Nurse Jackie Showtime - Grace asks to be put on medication; Jackie is placed on probation; Coop reserves the chapel.

10:00pm Sanctuary Syfy - The Sanctuary investigates strange occurrences in Carentan in the Normandy region of France.

10:20pm James May's Road Trip BBC America - James and Oz investigate the history of Californian wine in the San Francisco Bay area.

10:30pm United States of Tara Showtime - Max and Marshall return home; Tara hides her new alter; Neil gets a job in Texas.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Rapper Ice-T; actor Breckin Meyer; Flogging Molly performs.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Lauren Conrad; comic Chris Franjola; comic Sarah Colonna; comic Ben Gleib.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Director Werner Herzog guests!

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Journalist Meredith Vieira; Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon; Anton Fig performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Journalist Katie Couric; Cee Lo Green performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor David Arquette; LMFAO performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Don Cheadle; actress Brooklyn Decker.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford; actor Jason Earles; Mogwai performs; Zakk Wylde performs with ...