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TV Junkie: Sunday, True Bloody Sunday

Fiona Shaw plays Marnie Stonebrook in HBO's "True Blood" which still slams Twitter with massive traffic every Sunday night no matter how cartoonish the show gets - we're not complaining.
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Other than Sunday with its ever-popular "True Blood," weekends will still be a little sparse until the second week of September. Speaking of "True Blood," have you had enough of the witches yet? How about nudity in every-other scene? Me neither. It is, however, always a strange feeling to go from the titillation of "True Blood" to the stomach-churning anxiety of "Breaking Bad," but that's why we have alcohol.

Because of the sparse TV schedule we included a bunch of late summer cycling events because, what the hell. While it's been great to get some of the best cyclists in the world, including this year's Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado, the Versus footage has been less than thrilling and will suffer from pre-emption. Don't miss the Vuelta on Universal Sports this weekend though, as there will be two much-vaunted mountain stages.

Of course you'll have to prepare for incessant coverage of Hurricane Irene and this is after the East Coast got a ton of coverage for that 5.8 earthquake a few days ago. But let's be realistic, a 5.8 in LA would still capture headlines, whether or not 1,000 pound chunks of stone fell off of buildings in the city. Also, think about overyhyped every drop of rain in LA is, so who cries "wolf" more often?
Last night I went to a taping of John Mulaney's new Comedy Central special and it was fantastic. The show won't air until early 2012 and I hope to speak to the man before then. Mulaney had given me a little glimpse of the show when I saw him at Just For Laughs in Montreal and he really delivered last night.
The boys from Comedy Central's "Workaholics" have a little Facebook contest going where you have a chance to get a shout out on the show. The show returns with new episodes on September 20th at 10:30pm which I'm really happy about as Comedy Central took a chance on this show and it's very funny.
Deadline has a great little interview with the team from NBC's "30 Rock": producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and director Beth McCarthy. Fey could have taken the high road in the interview when asked about Tracy Morgan's "anti-gay rant" by saying, "hey, he was a comedian in a comedy club" but she didn't and that was a little disappointing. I wonder what her attitude would be if someone produced comprehensive footage of all the Second City shows she was in.
Actor Michael Showers who recently played a police chief on HBO's "Treme" was found dead in the Mississippi River two days ago. He's been on everything from TV shows like AMC's "Breaking Bad" to indie films like I Love You Phillip Morris. He's played a wide range of characters and I recognized him as soon as I saw his IMDB page. What a shame to lose such a great actor.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "Torchwood: Miracle Day," "The Soup," "Fashion Police," "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson." Saturday - Vuelta a Espana, USA Pro Cycling Challenge, "Doctor Who." Sunday - Vuelta a Espana, Indy Sonoma, USA Pro Cycling Challenge, "True Blood," "Breaking Bad," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"


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8:00pm Cycling: USA Pro Challenge Versus - Stage 4 From Avon to Steamboat Springs in Colorado.

8:00pm Torchwood: Miracle Day Starz - End of the Road Jack encounters a man he thought was dead; Rex tries to prevent the collapse of society.

10:00pm The Soup E! - Joel McHale brings the pain to all media, painfully funny

10:00pm Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings IFC - Designated Drivers Rhett and Link visit Vegas to make a commercial for the car service, Designated Drivers.

10:00pm Haven Syfy - The Tides That Bind Audrey and Nathan investigate a mysterious drowning in a town where children seem to keep disappearing.

10:30pm Fashion Police E! - Fun show but I think the celeb guests are starting to take its edge off

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Singer Shirley Manson; TV personality Tory Belleci; comic Marina Franklin.


7:00am Cycling: Vuelta a Espana Universal Sports - Stage 8, epic mountain stage!

1:00pm Cycling: USA Pro Cycling Versus - Stage 5 From Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in Colorado.

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3:00pm Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Versus - Qualifying From Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

8:30pm Hangover Square TCM - (1945) A Scotland Yard psychiatrist (George Sanders) hunts a killer composer (Laird Cregar) in love in 1903 London.

9:00pm Doctor Who BBC America - Let's Kill Hitler When the TARDIS crash lands in 1930's Berlin, the Doctor comes face to face with a war criminal.


7:00am Vuelta a Espana Universal Sports - Stage 9 - Another epic mountain stage!

1:00pm Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Versus - From Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

8:00pm Cycling: USA Pro Challenge Versus - Stage 6 From Golden to Denver in Colorado.

9:00pm True Blood HBO - Burning Down the House Sookie summons her powers to save Bill; Jason urges Jessica to glamour him; Terry drags Andy to an intervention; Alcide reconsiders his allegiances; Bill leads a brigade of vampires in an attack on Moongoddess Emporium.

9:00pm The Great Food Truck Race Food - Rocky Mountain Highs and Lows The six remaining trucks have 50 minutes to harvest mushrooms to create an original dish.

10:00pm Breaking Bad AMC - Problem Dog Walt gambles on a risky new plan; Skyler's business venture hits a snag; Hank recruits Walter Jr. for an outing.

10:00pm Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO - Car Periscope Larry and Jeff weigh an investment opportunity; Larry's training schedule is preempted.

10:30pm Entourage HBO - The Big Bang Vince tries to make things right with journalist Sophia Lear; Ari hears from his lawyer about his divorce; Eric gets some unsettling news; Turtle meets with his East Coast partners; Drama shows his solidarity.