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TV Junkie: TV Folks at Nerdmelt; 'Happy Endings' at Paley; Jimmy Fallon to Host 'SNL'

Above a very young Jimmy Fallon on "Saturday Night Live" - Jimmy returns to host the show on December 17
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The very enjoyable Nerdmelt comedy show has been going on at Meltdown Comics for quite a while and the August 30th RAMADAN SPECTACU-ALLAH show promises a great lineup: DC Pierson (DERRICK Comedy, "Mystery Team"), Kumail Nanjiani (co-host of The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail, The Indoor Kids; star of "Franklin & Bash"; and had a fantastic appearance on Showtime's "The Green Room With Paul Provenza"), Matt Selman (Executive Producer/Writer of "The Simpsons"), Azita Ghanizada (Star of the new SyFy hit "Alphas" & the 1st Afghani-American lead of a TV show). More deets here.
In just one week, August 29 at 7pm, the Paley Center will be presenting "An Evening With Happy Endings" featuring a Q&A with the stars of ABC's "Happy Endings": Zachary Knighton ("Dave"), Eliza Coupe ("Jane"), Damon Wayans Jr. ("Brad"), Casey Wilson ("Penny"), Adam Pally ("Max"), Elisha Cuthbert ("Alex"), and it's being moderated by none other than Actor/Director/Producer Fred Savage. This is a great show, as is anything that involves Casey Wilson, hopefully ABC will continue to support it.
Jimmy Fallon returns to "Saturday Night Live" to host the show on December 17 for the holiday episode which is a very smart move by Lorne Michaels: having someone familiar and reliable for one of the show's most popular broadcasts of the year. Remarkably it's the first time that Fallon has returned to "SNL" in over 6 years. Alec Baldwin will kick off the new season of "SNL" with Melissa McCarthy hosting the second episode.
Rob Zombie fans should definitely checkout "Post Mortem with Mick Garris" on The five-part interview will be available on and On Demand (VOD) starting today, and will also be made available on FEARnet’s cable channel as of August 27th. You can view past and present episodes of the excellent "Post Mortem with Mick Garris" online with the likes of Wes Craven, Frank Darabont, John Landis, and more.
And now for a little bitching: Why, why, why do network programmers insist on being creative with when their programs start (and finish)? I'm talking about shows that start at 10:03pm and/or finish at 10:35pm, for example. Last night I Tivo'd "Curb Your Enthusiasm" but since it started late the finish was cut off. I Tivo'd it a second time later in the night and the same thing happened. On the one hand some people might expect that Tivo should "know" when the program ends but a lot of the time this information isn't passed on by the networks to be incorporated into the databases of these DVR providers.Look at what we list here on the TV Junkie every week, all kind of shows that start at bizarre times because the previous show went past the hour or half-hour mark. Please stop this - it creates conflict as people want to be able to switch to the vast majority of programing that responsibly starts at the top of the hour or at the half-hour mark.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Adventure Time," "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations," "Weeds," "The Big C," "Chelsea Lately," " Late Show With David Letterman," "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson"

8:00pm Adventure Time Cartoon Network - Two adventurers help bizarre characters in need of unique assistance.

8:00pm Eureka Syfy - Clash of the Titans The Eureka atmosphere becomes toxic when Department of Defense auditor comes to assess the team's relationships

8:00pm Mildred Pierce TCM - (1945) A woman (Joan Crawford) makes personal sacrifices in order to please her ungrateful daughter (Ann Blyth).

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9:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel - Kurtistan Tony travels to the Kurdish region of Iraq and Turkey to talk with the locals and taste traditional cuisine.

9:00pm Warehouse 13 Syfy - Past Imperfect Myka finds Leo, who brings back painful memories and escapes again with a device that allows him to freeze time.

10:00pm Weeds Showtime - Cats! Cats! Cats! Zoya tries to take over the bike shop; rival dealers approach Silas; Shane offers to help Nancy; Doug has to deal with the SEC.

10:00pm Alphas Syfy - Catch and Release The team is ordered to find and protect Skylar, an Alpha with skills that could be dangerous in the wrong hands.

10:30pm The Big C Showtime - A Little Death

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actor, Joey Lawrence; comic Chris Franjola; comic Arden Myrin; comic Josh Wolf.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Denis Leary; singer Elizabeth Cook; Tony Royster Jr. performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Hugh Laurie; actress Saffron Burrows.