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TV Junkie: 'Walking Dead' Loses Brains; 'Adventure Time' Clip; TV Academy Wins

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At PaleyFest2011 I was fortunate to attend "The Walking Dead" panel night and managed to interview several cast members on the red carpet. The show's enthusiastic and opinionated showrunner/co-creator Frank Darabont was a big part of the panel that night as well as at Comic Con in San Diego last weekend. That's why it was a massive surprise to hear yesterday that he is now off the show which still has a premiere date of October 16th. Last winter we were very critical of Darabont's (now retracted) decision to get rid of the show's writing staff and dole out episodes to freelancers - perhaps it was choices like this that have resulted in his departure? Darabont likes to do things his way and he was the force that got this show on the air, he wrote the pilot and other pivotal episodes so this can't be due to some minor disagreement. I expect we'll get the full story over the coming weeks but remain hopeful that the quality of this excellent show will be maintained for the upcoming season.
So we've sort of complained about not going to Comic Con because we know we missed a few things, one of them was the Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time" panel which included the above clip of an alternate alternate alternate reality edition of "Adventure Time" featuring Neal Patrick Harris! I love this show! New episodes air on Monday nights at 8pm - so funny and so weird.
If you missed Marc Maron on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" you can check out the video clips here.
What is great to hear is that The Television Academy Foundation's Archive of American Television has just received an Interactive Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in Website Development for the second consecutive year. The website,, is an excellent resource for both journalists such as myself as well as fans of classic and contemporary television - the unfiltered and in-depth interviews available there are unavailable anywhere else online or off and is well worth your time to explore.
The London 2012 Olympic Games will begin exactly one year from today. Several athletes explained how they are already preparing for the experience in this video at NBC Universal.
Highlights for tonight are a new episode of "Royal Pains," more Maura Tierney on "Rescue Me" and a great panel (including Chris Franjola) on "Chelsea Lately."
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "The Franchise: A Season With the San Francisco Giants," "Royal Pains," "Rescue Me," "Chelsea Lately" (Guest Vanessa Carlton, panel includes Bobby Lee, Arden Myrin and Chris Franjola), " Late Show With David Letterman" (TV host Craig Ferguson; actress Connie Britton; Anna Calvi performs), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Actor Neil Patrick Harris; author Fran Lebowitz; They Might Be Giants perform)

8:00pm The Franchise: A Season With the San Francisco Giants Showtime - Still waiting for a Dodger fan to notice this and give me shit about it.

8:15pm The Nanny TCM - (1965) A bratty British boy accuses his frumpy nanny (Bette Davis) of awful things.

9:00pm Royal Pains USA - A Man Called Grandpa Evan tries to curry favor with his grandfather at the horse races.

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10:00pm Rescue Me FX - Press Tommy puts an end to Kelly's dull date and to his spell of uselessness; Lou becomes godfather; Colleen finds a dress; Tommy sits down for his interview.

10:30pm Jon Benjamin Has a Van Comedy Central - The Curse

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Guest Vanessa Carlton, panel includes Bobby Lee, Arden Myrin and Chris Franjola

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Kevin Connolly; host Jeff Lewis; Funeral Party performs.

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Guest interview Rachel Weisz

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11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - TV host Craig Ferguson; actress Connie Britton; Anna Calvi performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Chris Tucker; hand-fishermen Skipper Bivins and Trent Jackson; Vanessa Carlton performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actress Kate Walsh; Wrestler "The Miz"; Austin Brown performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Director Jon Favreau; actress Olivia Wilde; Chris Young performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Mary McCormack; golfer David Feherty.

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12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Neil Patrick Harris; author Fran Lebowitz; They Might Be Giants perform.