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TV Junkie: 'Curb' Premieres on Sunday; 'True Blood' Is Just Fine, Thank You

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The Larry David effigy at the NYC premiere party for "Curb Your Enthusiasm" - season 8 premieres this Sunday on HBO at 10:00pm. [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis 07/06/2011]
Highlights: Ann Coulter on "Real Time With Bill Maher" tonight? There will be a huge matter/anti-matter explosion. / "Torchwood: Miracle Day" premieres on Starz tonight - we liked the UK original and we know others did too but it that enough to make a fickle Starz stick with the series as it attempts to build an audience? Look at what happened to "Camelot" for example. / Sunday: "Curb Your Enthusiasm" has the premiere of its 8th season - we will post interviews from the premiere party for you earlier on Sunday, be sure to check them out.
Evidently some people have got their panties in a twist over "True Blood" having a dip in viewers this last Sunday. Yes, this last Sunday, July 3rd, over a 3 day summer weekend that was gorgeous across most of the country, people decided to travel to BBQs, friends' houses, and watch fireworks instead of vampires. Of course the numbers were going to drop for that particular viewing but HBO reruns the show about 40 times per week for people to catch it, and the numbers don't reflect DVRs either. Get real, "True Blood" has a worldwide cult following bordering on mania, it's not going anywhere. The same people that are predicting doom for "True Blood" are probably the same who raised such a stink about not finding out who the killer was at the season ender of AMC's "The Killing."
Who has been watching TNT's "Falling Skies" on Sundays? Evidently it had the biggest debut of a cable show this year and has received an order for another season's worth of episodes. "Falling Skies" is perfect for those who can't afford HBO - pseudo-edgy science fiction vetted by Steven Spielberg with plenty of resistance fighters seeking to expel an alien race from our green earth. My queries on Twitter yielded a lot of complaints of excessive commercial breaks, and that seems par for the course for that kind of show on that night of the week. What are your thoughts?
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "Real Time With Bill Maher," "Commercial Kings," "Torchwood: Miracle Day" (late night rerun). Saturday - Tour de France, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, "The Graham Norton Show." Sunday - Tour de France, "True Blood," "Curb Your Enthusiasm."


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8:00pm Torchwood: Miracle Day Starz - Series Premiere. The New World Death itself comes to a standstill.

8:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Author Ann Coulter; historian Amanda Foreman; journalist Christopher Hayes; Chaz Bono and Ethan Nadelmann are interview guests.

9:00pm Commercial Kings IFC - San Bernardino; Da Spot
Rhett & Link use local talent to produce commercials for small town businesses

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - TV personalities Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb; Ashton Shepherd performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Author Larry King; Ziggy Marley performs.


5:00am 2011 Tour de France Versus - Stage 8 From Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy.

8:00pm CHAOS CBS - Mincemeat The agents must persuade a dying Middle Eastern dictator to keep his violent son from taking power.

8:00pm Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps HBO - (2010) Following a long prison term for insider trading, master manipulator Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) keeps his real motives hidden when he forges an alliance with his daughter's fiancé (Shia LaBeouf).

10:00pm The Graham Norton Show BBC America - Actor Ewan McGregor; actor Chris O'Dowd; rapper Example.

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5:00am 2011 Tour de France Versus - Stage 9 From Issoire to Saint-Flour.

9:00pm True Blood HBO - If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'? Sookie makes a deal with Eric; Bill counsels Jessica; Jason is cast as a savior; Tommy alienates Sam; Marnie tests her new powers; Pam gives Lafayette an ultimatum; Eric spoils a reunion.

9:00pm Leverage TNT - The 15 Minutes Job The team attempts to take down a corrupt PR consultant by using his own methods against him.

9:00pm Masterpiece Mystery! PBS/KOCE - Miss Marple VI: The Pale Horse Miss Marple seeks justice when an old friend is murdered.

9:00pm Food Network Star Food - Food Truck Face Off The finalists are split into three teams; each team comes up with a commercial; surprise visit by Aarti Sequeira.

10:00pm Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO - Season Premiere. The Divorce Larry learns that his divorce lawyer is not kosher; Larry cancels a Girl Scout cookie order

10:00pm The Marriage Ref NBC - Disputes include a man who wants his wife to stop spending money on her dollhouse and a woman who wants her husband to stop talking to strangers; celebrity panelists Kathy Griffin, Ellen Pompeo and Brian Regan.

10:00pm In Plain Sight USA - The Rolling Stones A witness is forced to enter the program after being mistaken for his twin.

10:00pm Falling Skies TNT - Silent Kill Hal comes up with a plan to infiltrate a skitter's lair and rescue Ben and other captives.

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