TV Junkie: USA Launches Summer Season & 'Modern Family' on 'Actors Studio' Tonight
USA is launching its summer season of programs starting tonight with "White Collar" and "Covert Affairs." I've put recent videos I've made of cast members Anne Dudeck, Matt Bomer, Tiffany Thiessen, and Willie Garson at the end of this post.
Sports Fans Weep: NBC Wins Rights to 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games. Unless there are major changes at NBC this means at least 9 more years of effed up coverage, tape delayed events, and Jim-McKay-style fluff pieces instead of competition on the tube.
TV and comedy fans should check out the a recent edition of Greg Fitzsimmons' FitzDog Radio podcast featuring Neal Brennan, co-creator of "Chappelle's Show" and many more delights.
After all the hype, press attention, and the national tour, Charlie Sheen didn't submit himself for Emmy consideration for this year's awards. He was offered several extensions and a loophole seemingly custom-designed for him and he still didn't do it. Since he can't lose by not entering the race I'm sure Charlie calls this "winning."
Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Is: Fans of Showtime's "The Big C" should know that the season 1 DVD and soundtrack are available today, June 7th. It's also pretty cool that Sony and Showtime will donate 100% of their net proceeds from sales of the soundtrack to Stand Up To Cancer.
Tomorrow night, June 8 at 8pm, our friend Greg Proops is performing his free podcast, "The Smartest Man In The World," at the Comedy Central Stage (6639 Santa Monica Boulevard) but you have to call 323-960-5519 for a free RSVP.
Evidence of a Hype Machine: Simon Cowell's new abomination of a program, "X Factor," has yet to launch in the US but industry "journalists" a writing articles every day about it because of various scandal's involving hirings and dismissals of judges, particularly some bimbo named Cheryl Cole. Cole may be a commodity in the UK but she's a non-entity in the US, both critically and popularly. Seeing the show and Cole above-the-fold in The Hollywood Reporter and similar journals reeks of payola.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Inside the Actors Studio" (cast of "Modern Family"), "Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern," "Tosh.0," "Sports Show With Norm Macdonald," "Conan" (Reality TV star Flavor Flav; chef Curtis Stone; Tim Minchin performs)
8:00pm Inside the Actors Studio Bravo - The Cast of Modern Family The unique career of each cast member.
9:00pm White Collar USA - A notorious thief returns to retrieve his stash; Peter and Neal must put differences aside.
9:00pm Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way KCET - The life and work of the jazz musician includes his composition "Cannery Row Suite."
9:00pm Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern Travel - Finland Andrew cooks meals with a family in Lapland and discusses the simple ingredients of Nordic cuisine with a world class chef.
9:00pm Deadliest Catch Discovery - Sea Change
10:00pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - @danieltosh brings it
10:00pm Covert Affairs USA - Ben disappears when he and Annie return to Washington, D.C.; Annie helps protect a Russian tennis player.
10:00pm Chopped Food - Canned fruit and a seafood delicacy in the appetizer basket; snapper dishes in a snap; two competitors run out of time.
10:30pm Sports Show With Norm Macdonald Comedy Central - Perhaps some Stanley Cup action from Norm this week?
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Comic Jo Koy; comic Ryan Stout; comic Natasha Leggero.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Fareed Zakaria guests
11:00pm Conan TBS - Reality TV star Flavor Flav; chef Curtis Stone; Tim Minchin performs.
11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Sugar Ray Leonard guests
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Comic Kathy Griffin; actor Kyle Chandler; Sheila E. performs.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Kevin Bacon; chef Bethenny Frankel; OneRepublic performs
12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Rapper Ice-T and his wife Coco; Coach Mike Brown; competitive eater Joey Chestnut; Neon Trees perform.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Reality TV personality Paris Hilton; Sukanya Roy, Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion; Sara Bareilles performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - TV-show host Howie Mandel; explorer Wendy Booker; The Goldberg Sisters perform.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Author Larry King; TV personalities Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian; My Morning Jacket performs.
Anne Dudeck of USA's "Covert Affairs" at the network upfronts in May:
Matt Bomer of USA's "White Collar" at PaleyFest 2011:
Tiffani Thiessen of USA's "White Collar" at PaleyFest2011:
Willie Garson of USA's "White Collar" at PaleyFest2011: