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TV Junkie: Michael Ian Black Presents 'Snark Week'; News/Listings

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Michael Ian Black - Exclusive - Confessions of a Great White Shark - Shark Business
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Michael Ian Black also made a video from the perspective of a fed up great white (above) in Comedy Central's #SnarkWeek. Black has a great new standup special, "Michael Ian Black: Very Famous," which will premiere this Saturday, August 6th, at 11pm on Comedy Central. Conan O'Brien presents his team's take on the whole Shark Week thing too (below).
"The Long Shot Podcast" is a lot of fun, and the crew of Sean Conroy, Eddie Pepitone, Amber Kenny, and Jamie Flam often have great guests from the world of comedy and television so the show is well worth the subscription and I'm a fan. I'm such a fan that I sent the team a movie pitch about them that show host Sean Conroy kindly read in full in this episode (he starts at about 28 minutes in but listen to the whole episode).
I'm glad to report that the writers of the Onion News Network have officially joined the Writers Guild of America, East (WGA-East). This is significant because the writers were not getting the kind of benefits and protection they will now receive under the umbrella of the WGA-East. Not to say that I thought the producers of "The Onion News Network" were trying to pull a fast one - on the contrary, there's a lot of infrastructure that is difficult to maintain independent of an organization like the WGA. Congrats to ONN - now your show will be even better, looking forward to the September 30 premiere.
NBC, a nemesis of mine when it comes to their sports programming, will be changing the name of subsidiary Versus, another nemesis of mine when it comes to sports programming, to NBC Sports Network on January 2nd. What has yet to be explained is how the conglomerate will provide good sports programming over NBC, NBC Sports Network, and Universal Sports. Of the three, Universal Sports seems to be able to do the most with the least but the network isn't available to the majority of TV viewers in the US. It's my opinion that Universal Sports should have taken over Versus and cleaned out the slate but then again I'm not a high-powered network executive because look at what a fantastic job NBC has done with sports #sarcasm.
Premiering tonight in the obscure web/Fios world is "Todd & The Book of Pure Evil" & "Psychoville" on FEARnet at 10:00pm and 10:30pm. For more info on how/where to tune in go to "Todd" is a supernatural comedy starring Alex House, Maggie Castle, Bill Turnbull, Melanie Leishman and Chris Leavins, and featuring Jason Mewes ("Mallrats," "Clerks") tells the story of a small-town high school kid trying to save the world, while "Psychoville" is an award-winning British black-comedy thriller series that centers on a group of eccentric characters haunted by a mysterious blackmailer and is written by and starring Reece Shearsmith ("Shaun of the Dead") and Steve Pemberton ("The League of Gentlemen," "Doctor Who").
"Chuck" fans might bemoan that the upcoming season will be its final but check out the list of guest stars that have been lined up so far: Mark Hamill and now Carrie-Anne Moss!
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan:

8:00pm Top Five Eaten Alive Discovery - Shark Week Five shark attack survivor stories.

8:00pm Web Therapy Showtime - Shrink Wrap Lachman Brothers hires someone to evaluate Fiona's services

9:00pm Ludo Bites America Sundance - Ludo Bites Mobile Ludo puts his spin on southern food.

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9:00pm White Collar USA - On the Fence Neal goes undercover in an attempt to capture a wanted fugitive; Keller confesses his motive for returning to New York.

9:00pm Killer Sharks Discovery - Shark Week A series of deadly shark attacks terrorizes the coastal towns of South Africa during the Christmas holidays in 1957.

9:00pm Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape BBC America - Gordon is challenged to a food battle by a celebrity chef in Thailand.

10:00pm Covert Affairs USA - Sad Professor Annie learns a college professor was a CIA operative.

10:00pm Great White Invasion Discovery - Shark Week Scientists try to understand why white sharks are suddenly being seen off popular beaches and the potential threat that means to people.

10:00pm Chopped Food - Chard & True Eight armed mystery ingredient in the appetizer round; seafood surprises in the entree course.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! -

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Interview guest Jason Bateman

11:00pm Conan TBS - Basketball player Shaquille O'Neal; actress Olivia Wilde; Seether perform.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Ricky Gervais; TV host Cat Deeley; Explosions in the Sky performs.

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11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Katie Holmes; professional tennis player Novak Djokovic; Mat Kearney performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Comic Lavell Crawford; 2Cellos with Michael Bearden perform.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Hank Azaria; actor Jim Sturgess; Gavin DeGraw performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Kristen Bell; comic Eddie Izzard; actor Jean Reno.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Danny McBride; actress Dianna Agron; Sergio Mendes performs with the Roots.

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