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TV Junkie: 'Absolutely Fabulous' 20th Anniversary Specials; BBC to Show All Olympic Competition

The BBC's "Absolutely Fabulous" will return to TV for a series of specials celebrating its 20th anniversary.
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This morning the BBC announced that comedy phenomenon "Absolutely Fabulous" will return to television with three brand new specials, with BBC America and Logo serving as joint American co-producers for the series. Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley will reprise their celebrated roles as Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone. The duo last teamed up for the BBC America comedy, "Clatterford" in 2006. AbFab has had a devoted following in the US so this 20th anniversary celebration of the show will be welcomed. Premiere dates have yet to be announced.
Those Brits: The BBC plans on broadcasting every hour of every event of the 2012 Olympic Games. The comprehensive coverage is being tailored to be viewed on every platform, from TVs to smartphones. Compare that to the pathetic 2010 Winter Games experience American viewers were subjected to by NBC: endless overpromotion of NBC's cherry-picked "stars" at the expense of event coverage, tape-delayed coverage even for events that could have been viewed on the West Coast, limited to no coverage of events during daytime hours despite promises by NBC to use CNBC and MSNBC as additional channels. If you didn't like that experience, brace yourself for more of it in 2012.
Speaking of NBC, Ricky Gervais is claiming that the network has approached him to host the Golden Globes for a third time despite the ruffled feathers he caused on his last outing. This would be a brilliant move if NBC would give Gervais the free-reign he's had so far - how likely is this? If NBC does give the Golden Globes producer this freedom, why don't they have that guy/gal produce their Olympics coverage? They would have the cojones to do it right.
Ray Romano and Mike Royce, co-creators of "Men of a Certain Age," have announced that they are abandoning efforts to find a new home for the series after TNT canceled it. The Peabody-winning show had two seasons on the network but didn't find a large enough audience for TNT to keep the show going. While Royce pointed out that fans of the show should be appreciative of TNT for putting the show on in the first place, the network didn't do the series any favors in its first season by intermittently showing it in-between NBA finals games or by splitting the second season into two parts - if you cared about the show, this kind of inconsistency in broadcast times and days tried your nerves and making it a major part of the problem of developing an audience.
I like Breckin Meyer, I liked interviewing him for LAist 3 years ago, but I'm not a fan of the TNT show he co-stars on, "Franklin & Bash." Meyer is obviously smarter than that show lets him be so I was really happy to hear that TBS is giving Meyer a chance with his own show, "Men At Work," a half-hour sitcom. Congrats Breckin!
On Wednesday, August 24, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcomed NASA Astronauts from the final space shuttle mission and kids from the East Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club (see the photo at the end of this post) to the Disney Studios for a preview screening of the upcoming Disney Junior special, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Space Adventure,” which will premiere on the Disney Channel Monday, September 12. The kids were excited to do a Q&A with the NASA astronauts and asked everything from how to perform routine functions in space (eating. sleeping, etc.) to whether or not they had alien encounters. Pretty cool!
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations," "Weeds," "The Big C," "Chelsea Lately," "Late Show With David Letterman," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"9:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel - Cajun Country Tony travels to Cajun Country to dine with some locals and eat at a crawfish boil to see what sets the bayou apart from the mainland.

9:00pm Warehouse 13 Syfy - The 40th Floor Agents have Stukowski under interrogation, but more regents are still in danger.

9:00pm American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior Discovery - Season Premiere. The Settlement Senior and Junior are finally ready to sit down to settle the lawsuit that has created such a rift in the family.

10:00pm Weeds Showtime - System Overhead Nancy, Andy and Silas strike back at Emma; Doug has to keep his hedge fund up and running; Shane ends up closer to the law.

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10:00pm Alphas Syfy - A Short Time in Paradise Hicks and Nina are entranced by a deadly cult leader named Jonas.

10:30pm The Big C Showtime - How Do You Feel? Cathy helps Lee with his bucket list; Poppy takes Adam to her reunion; Sean has issues with his new neighbors.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actor Paul Rudd; comic Michael Yo; comic Loni Love; TV personality Ross Mathews.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Jason Sudeikis; World Food Programme director Josette Sheeran; The Jim Jones Revue performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Animal handler Julie Scardina; actor David Koechner; Cake performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor William Shatner; actress Eliza Coupe; comic Ted Alexandro.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Robert Duvall; actress Emmanuelle Chriqui.


Mickey and Minnie as well as astronauts from the last space shuttle mission met members of the East Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club at The Disney Studios last week for a preview screening of the upcoming Disney Junior special, "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Space Adventure."