TV Junkie: Must-Watch 'Green Room w/Paul Provenza' & Letterman Tonight
You've got to check out tonight's history-making episode of "The Green Room With Paul Provenza" on Showtime (at 8pm and other times) with it's amazing lineup of Bill Burr, Russell Peters, Colin Quinn, Caroline Rhea, and Lizz Winstead. First of all, you'll see my bearded face right behind Bill Burr and Russell Peters as I was fortunate enough to be at the taping which was done at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal in late July. Secondly, the iconic entity known as Tony Clifton was an invited audience guest (along with our friend Greg Proops).The taping took almost an hour and a half and it will somehow be cut down to 20-something minutes, which is a shame. During the taping Clifton continued to issue epithets, which were entirely on-topic if not completely offensive, until he was manhandled to the ground and physically thrown out of the theatre by security. I hope to god they keep the context of what Clifton was saying intact so that the proceedings make sense. Bill Burr held his own in a confrontation with Clifton as well as making excellent points in an argument from Lizz Winstead. People will be talking about this episode for a long time! Also, Bill Burr will be appearing tonight for the 6th time on "Late Show With David Letterman" - do not miss it!
The Discovery channel is getting ahead of the September 11th remembrance game by unveiling a three hour documentary, "Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero," commercial-free tonight, starting at 8:00pm.
Be sure to check out the excellent short documentary "Old People Driving" which will be part of tonight's "PBS NewsHour" broadcast. "Old People Driving" chronicles the realities of aging by examining the controversy over allowing aging drivers to hold licenses. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that more senior drivers are on the road for more miles than in the past and that 37 million Americans will be age 65 or older by the year 2020 and at least 90 percent of them will be licensed to drive.
The very lovely Heather Graham will return to TV to star opposite Rob Corddry in a new Fox comedy pilot called "Little In Common." The series focuses on Corddry and Graham who move from California to Texas to find themselves having to make huge adjustments to get along (or not) with their neighbors. It looks like the show will appear mid-season adjacent to Fox's excellent "Raising Hope," one of our favorites.
I was elated to read that the committee that manages the Hollywood Walk of Fame has banned reality TV subjects from receiving the honor of a star. Now let's get them off of TV.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "PBS NewsHour," "The Green Room With Paul Provenza," "Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero," "Wilfred," "Louie," "Late Show With David Letterman," "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson"
6:00pm PBS NewsHour PBS/KOCE - Tonight's broadcast will include the excellent short documentary "Old People Driving" (see above)
8:00pm & 11:00pm The Green Room With Paul Provenza Showtime - Bill Burr, Russell Peters, Colin Quinn, Caroline Rhea, Lizz Winstead.
8:00pm Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero Discovery - Reclaiming the Skyline Pt. 1 The vision behind the reconstruction of the new World Trade Center.
9:00pm Burn Notice USA - Army of One Michael goes undercover with hijackers who end up taking hostages.
9:00pm Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero Discovery - Reclaiming the Skyline Pt. 2 Tower One construction rises to a height of 1,000 feet and effectively reclaims the skyline.
9:55pm Futurama Comedy Central - Cold Warriors Fry's sneezes reintroduce the common cold to the world of the future
10:00pm Wilfred FX - Doubt Ryan begins to think that his friendship with Wilfred may be self-destructive.
10:00pm Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero Discovery - Stories From the Pile The National September 11 Memorial & Museum tells the story of one of America's darkest days.
10:25pm Ugly Americans Comedy Central - Lilly and the Beast Callie reveals to Mark that she's been sleeping with other guys.
10:30pm Louie FX - Duckling Louie's Afghanistan adventure.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Jessica Chastain; comic Chris Hardwick; comic Jen Kirkman; comic Ryan Stout.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Paul Rudd; comic Bill Burr; Dennis Chambers performs.
12:00am Childrens Hospital Adult Swim - Party Down
12:15am NTSF:SD:SUV Adult Swim - Tijuana, We've Got a Problem
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Kal Penn; actress Alice Eve.