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TV Junkie: 'Royal Pains' & #MOACA Are Tonight's Highlights; More on Jo Koy/HuffPo 'Reporting'

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Decent new TV is kind of sparse tonight but we do have "Royal Pains" on USA - we talked to Jill Flint and Reshma Shetty from the show at the USA Upfronts a few weeks ago (see video clips above). There will also be an excellent new episode of "Men of a Certain Age" on TNT at 10pm that I highly recommend you check out.
On Monday I wrote about the Huffington Post's patented lack of reporting on display in their post of Jo Koy's "homophobic remarks" and the fact that they didn't investigate the counter-report offered to them by Ramon Rivas II, the comedian who opened for Koy that night. In his blog post Rivas goes into detail on what went down that night in Chicago and on another appearance by Koy in the area that was also misreported, at best, by Huffington Post. For those that have claimed that Huffington Post is the new business model for journalism, this is more evidence to the contrary. They don't do reporting, they cobble together unverified posts created by others and put them out as "news" with no accountability built into the process. Countering the lies and misrepresentation of Fox News with hyped-up misinformation only contributes to the problem. The fact that the Huffington Post business model also actively erodes paid journalism is worthy of discussion at another time.

Also covered in my Monday post was the fact that Koy was let go from NBC's production of "Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea" along with Natalie Morales and Angel Laketa Moore. In an email sent directly to me by Rivas, he points out "It strikes me as possibly extremely weird that I went to Chicago to audition for something called 'NBC Stand Up For Diversity,' then they fired 3 minority actors/actresses [from 'Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea']." I don't think that the decision to let go of Koy, Morales, and Moore was something initiated by Chelsea Handler who is famous for her "Chelsea Lately" roundtable panels diverse both in ethnicity and sexual orientation. I doubt we'll ever find out the machinations for these dismissals but I would hope Koy's wasn't because of the scurrilous posts about his show in Chicago.
I refuse to write about the Casey Anthony trial because it was not something that should ever have been a television event. This is in contrast to the O.J. Simpson trial where Simpson did everything he could to leverage his celebrity status and history with television to successfully be acquitted of murder.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Royal Pains," "Men of a Certain Age," "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" (Actress Rosie Perez)

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9:00pm Franklin & Bash TNT - Big Fish A wealthy CEO expresses interest in hiring Franklin and Bash; Karp and Hanna seek Pindar's help to attain a new client.

9:00pm Royal Pains USA - But There's a Catch Ken Keller invites Hank to a charity football tournament.

9:00pm The Spiral Staircase TCM - (1946) A strangler follows a mute maidservant (Dorothy McGuire) through an old New England mansion during a storm.

10:00pm Men of a Certain Age TNT - Hold Your Finish Joe prepares for the senior tour prequalifier; Terry realizes a new dream; Owen discusses the future of the dealership with his father.

10:00pm Necessary Roughness USA - Anchor Management Dr. Dani treats a news anchor who cracked up on-air.

10:30pm Jon Benjamin Has a Van Comedy Central - Road Rage Jon undergoes a personal transformation after an altercation with a motorist; unusual triathlon founder; "Shame on Me" report.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Animal handler Julie Scardina; Billy Ray Cyrus performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Rosie Perez.