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TV Junkie: Labor Day Schedule; AMC Splits 'Walking Dead' Schedule = Mistake

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Labor Day Weekend Edition

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AMC is going to split this party up and that's a fail: "The Walking Dead" to have 2nd half of its season air in 2012
This is a long weekend with precious little new television, but perhaps that's one of the points of Labor Day - watching TV is an uncompensated task that we should be able to take a break from. Other than the comedy special marathon on Showtime this Monday, there weren't a lot of marathons to take note of this extended weekend. Thank you Chelsea Handler and Craig Ferguson for producing new episodes of your shows for Monday night. Take a deep breath, though, as the Fall season begins this week with "Sons of Anarchy" and a few other shows stepping up with a tsunami of shows starting mid-September.
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I have to backpedal a bit here on AMC. While I was pleased to see AMC's investment in a 90-minute premiere of "The Walking Dead" this season, I think splitting the season into 2 segments, with the 2nd half next year is a colossal mistake. This kind of dicking around with a show schedule doesn't work, it's what was lethal to TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" and it will definitely keep the viewing audience of "The Walking Dead" from its full potential.
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Speaking of TNT, the network has canceled its medical drama "HawthoRNe" but it's too late to help "Men of a Certain Age." The payroll for the Jada Pinkett Smith-driven show was probably considerable, I wonder what TNT will do with this freed-up budget and airtime
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "Man, Woman, Wild," "The Soup," "Fashion Police," " The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson." Saturday - Vuelta a Espana, "Doctor Who," Picnic. Sunday - Vuelta a Espana, "Curiosity," "True Blood," "Breaking Bad," "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Monday (Labor Day) - Check out comedy specials on Showtime, movies on TCM, "Chelsea Lately," "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson." Tuesday AM - Vuelta a Espana.

Tonight

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9:00pm Man, Woman, Wild Discovery - Season Premiere. Lost at Sea Ruth and Mykel are stranded at sea when their boat breaks down 20 miles off the shore of the Bahamas in the Bermuda Triangle.

10:00pm The Soup E! - New one from Joel McHale and company

10:30pm Fashion Police E! - Joan Rivers, I hope you slam the fashion hos out of the park

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Author Dick Cheney; Andy Grammer performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Lindsay Sloane; actor Peter Krause.

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12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Jason Sudeikis; TV personality Deena Nicole Cortese; writer Jon Rineman.

Saturday

7:00am Vuelta a Espana Universal Sports - Stage 14, Bicycle racing

9:00pm Doctor Who BBC America - Night Terrors The Doctor answers a boy's pleas for help with monsters.

10:00pm I Faked My Own Death Discovery - Series Premiere. Framed and Fraud An innocent man goes underground after refusing to commit a crime; a man who seems to have it all stages a plane crash to escape his life.

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10:30pm Picnic TCM - (1955) A handsome drifter (William Holden) provokes explosive emotions in citizens (Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell) of a small Kansas town at a Labor Day festival. Based on William Inge's play.

Sunday

7:00am Vuelta a Espana Universal Sports - Cycling, Bicycle racing, Stage 15

8:00pm Curiosity Discovery - Parallel Universes: Are They Real? Morgan Freeman hosts an exploration into the possibility that there may be more than one version of reality.

9:00pm True Blood HBO - Soul of Fire. Sookie summons her powers to protect Bill, Eric and Pam; Jesus casts a secret spell; Sam settles a score with Marcus; Alcide confronts Debbie; Andy finds passion in the forest; Lafayette is consumed by the past.

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9:00pm Masterpiece Mystery! PBS SoCal/KOCE - Inspector Lewis, Series IV: Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things A reunion at Oxford's all-female college ends with a student's murder.

9:00pm The Great Food Truck Race Food - Big Bites, Little Apple Five teams roll into Kansas; budget challenge.

9:00pm Dinosaur Revolution Discovery - Evolution's Winners New discoveries help to shed light on the evolution of dinosaurs.

10:00pm Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO - Mister Softee An ice cream truck triggers a painful childhood memory for Larry.

10:00pm Breaking Bad AMC - Hermanos Skyler develops a solution for her money troubles; Hank enlists Walt to investigate a theory; Walt grows impatient with Jesse.

10:00pm Dinosaur Revolution Discovery - The Watering Hole An investigation into dinosaur behavior reveals a complex social system.

10:00pm Iron Chef America Food - Cora vs. Carter Chef Robert Carter vs chef Cora.

10:30pm Entourage HBO - Second to Last Vince continues to pursue Sophia; Turtle must ask his investors for more money; Eric and Melinda crash Sloan's date; Ari makes an emotional connection with a script.

Monday - Labor Day

Comedy Specials Marathon on Showtime All Day & Night

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Musician Usher; comic Jo Koy; comic Arden Myrin; comic Gary Valentine.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - TV host Julie Chen; professional poker player Annie Duke.

Tuesday AM

7:00am Vuelta a Espana Universal Sports - Stage 16, the final week of racing begins