TV Junkie: From Bourdain in Naples to May in Scotland - GastroMondayTV
Are you as sick of hearing about Comic Con as I am? Certainly my disgust is tinged with a bit of envy as there were some great interviews to be had and parties to attend but then someone reminded me of the endless lines and overcharging for basic items and then, like Maria, I don't feel so bad. Did you need to go to Comic Con to find out that the new season of "Sons of Anarchy" will be awesome or that "Doctor Who" Matt Smith is a cool guy? I don't think so - you can get that news from me here. But one tidbit I did like hearing about was Conan O'Brien "crashing" the panel for "The Green Lantern" animated TV series - he did some great jokes and acquiesced to seemingly every audience request before mingling with people and signing autographs. Now that's something that doesn't happen at just your average nerd convention.If we had gone to Comic Con would I have tweeted the heck out of what we were seeing and doing? You bet, because I'm a whore like that, but I think you would have seen at least as many critical tweets as well as enthusiastic "this is awesome" style tweets and stories. Perhaps next year, let us not speak of it again until then.
It's a food and drink night tonight: We go with Anthony Bourdain to Naples ("Mo Reservations" on Travel @ 9pm) and then James May heads to Scotland to drink Scotch ("James May Drinks To Britain" on BBC America at 10:20pm) - after we get our drink on we will hang with Chelsea (switch to vodka?) and then wrap up the night with Don Rickles and Comic Con favorite Matt Smith on Craig Ferguson's show.
I'm not sure what The Wrap's John Sellers is referring to when he mentions the "initial two middling episodes" of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." The show has experienced a more than 12% bump in ratings and widespread critical acclaim so far this season. Last night's "Palestinian Chicken" episode was definitely one of many high points the series has had over the past decade, but that shouldn't impugn what has been a great season so far, and Larry's crew hasn't even made it to New York City yet. Be sure to check out our interviews from the "Curb" premiere.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" (Naples), "James May Drinks to Britain" (Scotland), "Chelsea Lately," "Late Show With David Letterman" (Journalist Brian Williams; Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band perform), "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" (Actor Don Rickles; actor Matt Smith)
8:00pm Eureka Syfy - Glimpse Scientists compete to be on the Astraeus mission crew for the trip to Titan.
8:30pm They Won't Forget TCM - (1937) A Southern lynch mob and a district attorney (Claude Rains) say a Northern teacher (Edward Norris) killed a teenager.
9:00pm There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane HBO - Diane Schuler and seven other people die after the woman drives in the wrong direction on a parkway.
9:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel - Naples Tony delves into true Italian food and culture by dining with a family and going to a wedding.
9:00pm Warehouse 13 Syfy - Love Sick Artie gets called into a case in which the victims disintegrate into clay.
9:00pm Man vs. Wild Discovery - Iceland Fire and Ice Bear is dropped off on an ice cap that covers an active volcano and must make his way in blizzard conditions.
10:00pm Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided PBS SoCal/KOCE - Part V: This Frightful War Opposition to the Civil War rises; Mary plunges into debt.
10:00pm Weeds Showtime - Fingers Only Meat Banquet Nancy goes back to California and pursues her custody battle against Jill; Andy's relationship takes a odd turn; Shane tries college; back on Wall Street, Doug makes do without Nancy.
10:00pm Alphas Syfy - Anger Management The team relocates to new offices and investigates violent public riots.
10:20pm James May Drinks to Britain BBC America - James and Oz conduct a blindfolded whisky-tasting in Scotland.
10:30pm The Big C Showtime - Cats and Dogs Cathy has a surprising day with Lee; Adam is in a compromising situation; Sean is ostracized by mothers at a local park.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - No idea who the guest or panel will be :-(
11:00pm Conan TBS - Actress Emma Stone; actor Jon Benjamin; KT Tunstall performs.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Neil Patrick Harris is guest
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Journalist Brian Williams; Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band perform
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Jessica Alba; talk-show host Sue Johanson; Gomez performs.
12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Mark Paul Gosselaar; boxer Amir Khan; The Brothers of Brawn from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Director Jon Favreau; TV-show host Rutledge Wood; Big Talk performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Don Rickles; actor Matt Smith.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Don Cheadle; actor Zach Braff; The Amazing Kreskin; Ray Davies performs.