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TV Junkie: 'Breaking Bad' Premiere; TV News Round-Up
AMC's "Breaking Bad" came back with a bang last night: "intense" is not an intense enough word to describe it. Since we don't do spoilers/recaps here let us point you to series stars (and Emmy winners) Bryan Cranston who will be appearing on "Conan" tonight, and Aaron Paul who will be on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" right after "Conan." [We're also fans of AMC's "The Walking Dead" which had a sneak peak last night - if you missed it the video clip is at the end of this post.]
We talked to comedian Jen Kober for the first time almost three years ago and it's been great not only to see her appear in more TV showcases but also on HBO's "Treme" and now "Curb Your Enthusiasm" where last night she played a former battered woman who takes nonsense from neither Larry David nor Richard Lewis. I hope we see her there again this season.
Ryan Murphy's "Nip/Tuck" on FX was a guilty pleasure of mine so I'm more than a little please that he'll be heading back to the network to produce "American Horror Story" which will premiere on October 5th followed by 12 more episodes. Now if only he'd stop hanging around high schools.
Paul Reiser's recent TV show flopped and that wasn't a bad thing in our opinion but "Mad About You" was great TV and Reiser is an interesting guy. Hear him interviewed on Marc Maron's WTFpod podcast and learn more about him - sounds like a nice guy, I hope to see him on TV again soon. Speaking of Maron, he will have a new comedy album, This Has to Be Funny, which Comedy Central Records will release on August 9th.
Pissed about Netflix's 60% price increase? So is the stock market which drove the stock down 4% as well as downgrades of the company by most major analysts.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Adventure Time," "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" (Macau), "Alphas," "Conan" (Bryan Cranston), "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Comic Roseanne Barr; actor Aaron Paul; Viva Brother performs). Tomorrow AM - Tour de France8:00pm Adventure Time Cartoon Network - New episode!
9:00pm Warehouse 13 Syfy - Trial Myka gets thrown into a new case in which the witnesses fall into dementia.
9:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel - Macau
9:00pm Man vs. Wild Discovery - New Zealand South Island After parachuting into this remote area, Bear must cross the country's highest mountain range and figure out how to start a fire in a waterlogged forest if he is to survive this adventure.
10:00pm Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided PBS SoCal/KOCE - Part IV: The Dearest of All Things Mary turns to spiritualists for comfort following the death of her son Willie; President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation.
10:00pm Weeds Showtime - A Hole in Her Niqab Nancy pursues a job at Doug's office; Andy may be in over his head; Shane tries to set up house; Silas attempts a partnership.
10:00pm Alphas Syfy - Cause & Effect Marcus escapes from Bringhamton causing Rosen to reevaluate his feelings about the government.
10:20pm James May Drinks to Britain BBC America - The smallest brewery is run out of a garage; James challenges Oz to a home brewing competition.
10:30pm The Big C Showtime - Boo! A fellow cancer patient intrigues Cathy; Adam's downward spiral continues; Sean fears his house is haunted
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Grace Porter guests;
11:00pm Conan TBS - Bryan Cranston guests
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Musicians Bono and the Edge; a performance by the Broadway cast of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Neil Patrick Harris; cake-maker Buddy Valastro; Imelda May performs.
12:00a Lopez Tonight TBS - TV show host Piers Morgan; Jordan Knight performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Comic Roseanne Barr; actor Aaron Paul; Viva Brother performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Elizabeth Banks; actor Rich Fulcher.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Mila Kunis; Engadget Editor-in-Chief Joshua Topolsky; Wye Oak performs.
5:00am 2011 Tour de France Versus - Stage 16 From Saint-Paul-Trois-Chýteaux to Gap