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TV Junkie: Vuelta Starts Tomorrow; Sarah Silverman on NBC; Fall Previews at Paley Center

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Rhea Perlman was the secret surprise in last night's episode of "Wilfred"
I'm wondering if anyone else noticed who played Mittens the cat in last night's episode of FX's "Wilfred" - she was there for only a second, but it was Rhea Perlman as Mittens, owned by Mary Steenburgen, who played Elijah Woods' mother. Fun stuff!
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If this year's Tour de France whetted your appetite for cycling on TV be aware that this weekend Universal Sports begins coverage of the 2011 Vuelta a España with more than 45 total hours beginning Saturday, August 20 at 8am Pacific. Coverage of the third and final Grand Tour of the European cycling season continues every day at 7am Pacific throughout the three-week race, during which Universal Sports will follow the riders through all 21 stages to the finish in Madrid on September 11. The network will also present primetime re-airs of each stage nightly at 5pm Pacific. If you don't have Universal Sports in your cable lineup you can still watch online for a price - more info HERE. I love watching online because the coverage starts earlier and ends later than what is actually broadcast on TV and coverage continues during the commercial breaks.
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Do you want to be a pretend TV critic like me? The Paley Center in Beverly Hills is hosting Fall TV preview parties from September 6th through the 12th and they're FREE, just need to reserve tickets. You will get to see preview clips as well as ask questions of series creators and stars. Write down your impressions, ask some questions, and put it all in a post with some snarky comments and you've got a TV column.
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It's great news to hear that there will be a new Sarah Silverman TV show and it will be on NBC. No idea when the show will air but Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are co-producing. NBC has a good history of honoring talent on the comedic side of its programing so this could turn out to be a great show if she gets the support she deserves.
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I've been completely remiss in mentioning Cartoon Network's relaunch of "Thundercats" which airs on Fridays at 8:30pm. Great for new kids and old ones who want to reminisce about their feelings for Cheetara.
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Josh Groban on "Piers Morgan Tonight" tonight - check out the clip at the bottom of this post where Groban sings a couple of Piers Morgan's infamous tweets, just like he did with Kanye West's tweets back in January.
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "Thundercats," "Man vs. Wild," "Torchwood: Miracle Day," "Whisker Wars." Saturday - The Search. Sunday - "True Blood," "Breaking Bad," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (on late rerun)

Tonight

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8:00pm Friends With Benefits NBC - Back to back new episodes.

8:30pm Thundercats Cartoon Network - Episode 5 Old Friends Panthro rocks it

9:00pm Man vs. Wild Discovery - Land of the Maori In New Zealand, Bear is heading towards civilization but first he must cross a raging river, climb an active volcano and scale a waterfall.

9:55pm Torchwood: Miracle Day Starz - Immortal Sins Gwen tries to protect her family and takes a terrifying journey.

10:00pm Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings IFC - Roller Kingdom Rhett and Link disguise themselves as gang members to scare kinds into a roller rink for a commercial.

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10:00pm Haven Syfy - Audrey Parker's Day off Audrey re-experiences the same horrible day but cannot stop the catastrophe that comes to her and her friends.

11:00pm Whisker Wars IFC - West Coast Showdown West Coast Beard and Mustache Championships.

Saturday

9:05pm The Search TCM - (1948) A GI (Montgomery Clift) in postwar Berlin befriends a displaced Czech boy (Ivan Jandl) sought by his mothe

Sunday

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8:00pm Curiosity Discovery - Why Is Sex Fun? Maggie Gyllenhaal hosts a revealing investigation into the mechanics and chemistry of female orgasm.

9:00pm True Blood HBO - Run Sookie envisions a world in which both Bill and Eric can exist; Jesus tries to purge the spirit from Lafayette; Marcus enlists Alcide's help in dealing with Sam; Bill clashes with Nan Flanagan; Marnie plots her next move against the vampires.

9:00pm The Great Food Truck Race Food - A Pinch of Salt Lake City The teams must create an original sausage dish with farmer's table ingredients.

10:00pm Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO - The Bi-Sexual Larry competes with Rosie O'Donnell for the same woman; Larry refuses to have lunch with an acquaintance.

10:00pm Breaking Bad AMC - Cornered Skyler makes an unsettling discovery; Walter Jr. pushes his dad into a questionable purchase; Jesse offers Mike some help.

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10:30pm Entourage HBO - Motherf... Drama tries to get Dice back on the show; Eric meets Sloan's ex-stepmother; Vince agrees to do an interview; Ari has a business meeting with Dana Gordon.