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TV Junkie: The Webbys; 'Glee Project' Bombs; Armisen Speech
While we didn't make it to the 15th annual Webby Awards we did get this clip (above) of the Funny or Die team getting honored with an award. We heard great things about the event and hope we can make it next year since we're old timers who were at the first three Webbys. The event was hosted by Lisa Kudrow who did a great job. If you watched the Webbys on Facebook let us know what you thought.
Oxygen's "The Glee Project" had a dismal opening this Sunday that I hope limits the spread of "Glee"-like or "Glee"-affiliated programs on TV. If there has to be a "Glee" then let there be one "Glee" on one channel. I didn't crap on this show before it aired because I'm not that kind of critic. If the popularity of "Glee" brings in enough money to create truly dramatic and artistic programs, I'm all for it but "Glee" probably only works because it has a unique composition that can't be replicated or parasitized. I hope the failure of "The Glee Project" gives Fox pause as it considers to "Glee"-ify this Fall's Primetime Emmys with Jane Lynch as host. Hint for Fox: That would suck.
Yesterday we highlighted Conan O'Brien's Dartmouth commencement speech and today we'd like you to check out Fred Armisen's graduation speech that he gave to a class of high school seniors in Portland, OR (at the end of this post). Take a walk down memory lane and read our January interview with Armisen.
Tracy Morgan will be returning to Nashville to apologize for the anti-gay rant/bit he did in his comedy act there about a week ago. Again, let's put this in perspective, Morgan is an actor and comedian, he said his bit in a comedy club in Nashville, not on TV or in any kind of political space. If only people would get as excited (as they should) about people like Rick Santorum who had an anti-gay agenda when he was a senator and he'd is trying to put into federal law if he gets elected president in 2012. GLAAD is playing into the hands of the people who truly do want to deny basic rights to homosexuals.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "White Collar," "Tosh.0," "Jon Benjamin Has a Van," " The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (J.J. Abrams), "Late Show With David Letterman" (Actor Ryan Reynolds; performance from "Anything Goes"), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Actress Betty White; NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon; Lauryn Hill performs)
9:00pm White Collar USA - Where There's a Will Peter and Neal must follow a treasure map will to save a kidnapped daughter.
9:00pm Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern Travel - Rio De Janeiro Andrew hits up one of the world's sexiest cities, not for the beaches, but for the food culture
9:00pm Deadliest Catch Discovery - The fleet battles a devastating arctic hurricane as the focus shifts from fishing to survival; the captains consider drastic action
9:00pm Memphis Beat TNT - Season Premiere. The squad investigates the death of an admired police officer; Dwight meets a tough investigator from Internal Affairs
10:00pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - Daniel Tosh brings us a new one and livetweets at @danieltosh
10:00pm Covert Affairs USA - Good Advices Annie is sent to Paris to cultivate a new asset.
10:00pm Independent Lens PBS/KLCS - Two Spirits A hate crime takes the life of Navajo Fred Martinez, a 16-year-old who possessed both male and female traits.
10:00pm HawthoRNe TNT - Season Premiere. Christina prepares to walk down the aisle with Tom; Detective Nick Renata investigates an attack at the hospital
10:00pm Chopped Food - Bite Your Pickled Beef Tongue Tongue in the first round; colorful vegetable in the second round; lean meat for a hearty dish.
10:30pm Jon Benjamin Has a Van Comedy Central - Series Premiere. Story about drug lord Manta Blanca comes to a conclusion, after Jon's prank his producer is denied access to reenter the U.S.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actor Michael Yo; comic Heather McDonald; comic Jo Koy.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - J.J. Abrams guests
11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Jeff Garlin; author Curtis Stone; The Airborne Toxic Event perform.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Ryan Reynolds; performance from "Anything Goes."
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Reality TV personality Kim Kardashian; mentalist Lior Suchard; Randy Travis and Josh Turner perform.
12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - TV personality Steve-O; actor Cheech Marin; And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York; actor Elle Fanning; Ice Cube performs.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Betty White; NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon; Lauryn Hill performs.