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TV Junkie: Farewell John Howard Davies; 'Just Desserts' Sneak Peak

John Howard Davies who played the lead role in "Oliver Twist" (above) passed away this week. He was also responsible for comedy production at the BBC during it's heyday in the 1970s.
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John Howard Davies died yesterday after a battle with cancer, he was 72. Davies started out as a child actor and is often cited for his starring role in the 1948 edition of Oliver Twist but I prefer to remember him as Paul in the hauntingly moving film version of D.H. Lawrence's The Rocking Horse Winner (1949). He will probably be best known for helping bring "Monty Python's Flying Circus" to the airwaves as a producer in the late 1960s before eventually being made head of comedy for the BBC and launching such shows as "Good Neighbors," "Mr. Bean," and scores more.
Hey Foodies: "Top Chef: Just Desserts" premieres tonight at 9pm on Bravo - check out the sneak peak video we got from a friend at NBC Universal at the end of this post!
Showtime is developing a drama series based on the comic book "The Damned." The show will be written by David Hayter, who has co-written several comic book adaptations for film, including X-Men, X2 and Watchmen. No word on who will star or a premiere date.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "The Franchise: A Season With the San Francisco Giants," "Happy Endings," "Rescue Me," "Chelsea Lately," "Late Show With David Letterman," "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson"8:00pm The Franchise: A Season With the San Francisco Giants Showtime - The show has been reduced to the documentation of the Giants late season self-destruction

8:00pm Top Chef: Just Desserts Bravo - Premiere. Showpiece For their first elimination challenge, the chefs are tasked with creating a showpiece based on a popular fairy tale.

9:00pm Royal Pains TNT - Me First Hank treats a fearful asthmatic boy; Paige's secret is exposed; Divya's date has a surprising result.

9:30pm Happy Endings ABC - Why Can't You Read Me? Alex and Jane's sibling rivalry heats up; Dave dates an attractive woman (Bre Blair) with an unusual quirk; Penny gets an assistant.

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10:00pm Rescue Me FX - Jeter Franco demands a sense of responsibility around the house; Lou delivers Tommy's letters.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Rashida Jones; comic Matt Braunger; comic Sarah Colonna; comic Dov Davidoff.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Ashton Kutcher; tennis player Rafael Nadal; Stewart Copeland performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - TV host Regis Philbin; actress Vera Farmiga.