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TV Junkie: Lopez Hate Misdirected; Why 'Jersey Shore' on Conan & Jimmy?

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Larry David & Co. make it to NYC this Sunday on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO @ 10pm)
I was a little surprised at the amount of hateful tweets that I saw yesterday regarding the cancellation of "Lopez Tonight." Granted, his style of humor doesn't appeal to everybody but who does? Bill Cosby? The sad fact is that he was providing an alternative outlet for people who will probably migrate back to Jay Leno even if they don't agree with his conservative agenda. The other sad fact is that Lopez was an incredible success for TBS when they launched his show. Without Lopez, TBS never would have had the confidence to provide a new home for Conan O'Brien - he paved the way. The problem is that his show is now on too late and two late night variety shows is too much for TBS to bear at this point.
Speaking of late night, I've been pretty disappointed with both "Conan" and "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" kowtowing to the powers that be by putting on personalities from "Jersey Shore" multiple nights this week. While "Jersey Shore" may have provided some convenient punchlines for these shows in the past, the fact is that the success of "Jersey Shore" emboldens other networks to program even more garbage reality shows instead of employing comedy writers who are doubtless the colleagues of staff members at "Conan" and "Jimmy" - congrats on actively contributing to the demise of your craft. I love your shows but I can't possibly recommend them when you have such horrific guests.
This weekend it's all about Sunday: we hope to see Bill Burr in another episode of "Breaking Bad" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" looks very promising. Saturday you're on your own - there is no worthy TV to speak of, you'd better hope you've got stuff on your DVR and/or a package from Netflix in the mail.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "Man vs. Wild," "The Soup," "Fashion Police," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." Saturday - Pray for Netflix. Sunday - "True Blood," "Breaking Bad," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (on late rerun)


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9:00pm Man vs. Wild Discovery - Red Rock Country Bear travels to southern Utah where he attempts to descend a rock pinnacle armed with only a lasso

10:00pm The Soup E! - Joel McHale jokes it up while probably referencing his new kids movie

10:00pm Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings IFC - Trashicorn; Bury Me Naturally Rhett & Link make commercials for Burry Me Naturally and Heavy Hill.

10:00pm Haven Syfy - Roots A wedding becomes lethal.

10:30pm Fashion Police E! - Joan Rivers uncut, cuts others

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Jane Fonda; actress Elizabeth Banks; Mana performs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Julia Stiles; reality-TV star Jenni "JWoww" Farley; Tame Impala performs.


9:00pm Doctor Who BBC America - Best of the Doctor Matt Smith reviews his best moments; celebrity fans share their favorite moments.


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9:00pm True Blood HBO - Spellbound? Bill and Marnie prepare to face off; Sookie and Eric pledge their allegiance to the King; Jason is torn between friendship and passion; Lafayette becomes a spirit's pawn; Sam contends with another adversary.

9:00pm The Marriage Ref NBC - Celebrity panelists Nick Cannon, Caroline Rhea and Jim Breuer hear disputes that include a woman who disapproves of her husband's alias and a man who thinks his wife is too passionate about football.

9:00pm Food Network Star Food - Cook for Your Life & Pilots The three finalists must create the ultimate dish; one is eliminated.

10:00pm Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO - The Hero Larry plays the hero; a nosy waiter sabotages Jeff's courtship of Ricky Gervais.

10:00pm Breaking Bad AMC - Shotgun Jesse goes missing; Skyler has an unlikely reunion; Hank shares some bad news.

10:00pm The Marriage Ref NBC - Bill Maher, Patti LaBelle, Ali Wentworth A man and his wife disagree about their daughter's hair; a man doesn't want his wife to travel without him; a woman wants her husband to get a "real" job.

10:30pm Entourage HBO - Whiz Kid The guys try to make sure that Vince passes a drug test; Ari takes an old flame to Bobby Flay's restaurant.