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TV Junkie: 'Weeds' & 'The Big C' Return; Weds. Live Events + More News

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Who watched last night's premiere of "True Blood" and what did you think? Our shorthand assessment that we wrote here last week was that it was a little choppy as disorienting but that it gets back on its legs quickly.
There was a big hubbub over the season finale of AMC's "The Killing" last week didn't make sense to us. Today on KCRW's "The Business" get the full story from showrunner Veena Sud whom we don't think has to answer to anybody for her great show.
Tonight's Highlights: Yes, "Weeds" and "The Big C" return to Showtime tonight (check out the above interview with Mary Louise Parker) - will these shows turn more to comedy this season (we hope)? Also, tonight's "Chelsea Lately" has a great roundtable lineup and Louis C.K. will be on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" - do not miss!!!
This Wednesday, join comedian and "Conan" writer Andres du Bouchet as he kicks off a new monthly comedy show at The Bootleg Theater. The premiere show of "The Du Bouchet Center for the Performing Arts" will feature Marc Maron (see our interview with him), Tig Notaro, Dan Mintz, Charlyne Yi, a cartoon by Tony Millionaire, and musical guest The Lampshades. The show is at the Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Boulevard, with doors opening at 7:30pm. Get tickets here.
Also on Wednesday, our friend Greg Proops is doing his free podcast show, "The Smartest Man in the World" at Bar Lubitsch, 7702 Santa Monica Boulevard, at 7pm. If you are a thinking person that likes a good mixed drink, these shows are a treat: Greg goes off on history, TV, recently dead actors, politics, you name it.
If you hated all the political TV ads last fall or have unpleasant memories of the muck slung under the guise of free speech in 2008 get ready for more in 2012, potentially a lot more. There are projections that the spending will top $4 billion, an increase of 10-25% from just 8 months ago. It's this kind of spending that refutes the idea of an independent media and should fuel election reform but how would you ever see that debated on the networks wallowing in the largesse?
We're not so impressed with the BET "viewers" who voted Chris Brown a winner last night - I guess unrepentant woman-beaters deserve rewards from this community? Incomprehensible.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Off Limits," "Weeds," "The Big C," "Chelsea Lately" (Comic Jeff Wild; comic Brad Wollack; TV personality Ross Mathews), "The Colbert Report" (Grover Norquist), "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Comic Louis C.K.; TV personality Ashley Hebert; actress Missy Peregrym; Steel Magnolia performs)

9:00pm Dial M for Murder TCM - (1954) A husband's plot to murder his unfaithful wife goes awry in Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation of the Frederick Knott play

9:00pm Off Limits Travel - Buffalo Don explores a tunnel from the 1800s, a 100-year-old powerhouse, and concrete grain elevators.

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10:00pm Law & Order: LA NBC - Detectives Winters and Jaruszalski's investigation of a birthday party where all the guests were beaten to death leads them to believe the killings were drug related.

10:00pm Weeds Showtime - Season Premiere Nancy is released and transferred to a halfway house in New York City; Andy, Silas, Shane and Doug learn of Nancy's release.

10:20pm James May's Road Trip BBC America - James and Oz visit wineries in Napa Valley; James makes a decision about wine preferences.

10:30pm The Big C Showtime - Season Premiere. Cathy seeks a second opinion; Sean adjusts to life with pregnant Rebecca; Adam sees a therapist

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Comic Jeff Wild; comic Brad Wollack; TV personality Ross Mathews.

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Jennifer Aniston guests

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Jason Sudeikis; actor DJ Qualls; Ke$ha performs.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Grover Norquist guests

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Shia LaBeouf; comic Bert Kreischer; Dawes performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Comic Larry the Cable Guy; actress Gabrielle Anwar; Lloyd performs.

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12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Comic Louis C.K.; TV personality Ashley Hebert; actress Missy Peregrym; Steel Magnolia performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Radio personality Dennis Miller; actress Melissa Joan Hart.