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TV Junkie: HBO Finales; Wimpy Guys on TV; SpongeBob Bad for Kids

This hole in the ground is a big hint as to what will be happening in the next season of HBO's "True Blood"
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What did you guys think of the HBO finales last night? Series finale for "Entourage," and season finales for "True Blood" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" all hit at once. Spoiler Alert: "Entourage" really did finish it's unreal run with an extravagantly unreal finale, setting up all the players with their women or with successful careers or as millionaires - an entertaining fairy tale setting up a possible "Entourage" movie.

"True Blood" became even more cartoonish this season which didn't lessen my enjoyment of the show but was occasionally irritating, such as in the finale when Tara runs up to Sookie and says "Marnie killed Jesus - I think she's controlling Lafayette!" without any explanation of how she'd know that. While it was great to get the hint that the King of Louisiana is risen it was a bit frustrating to be introduced to mysterious new characters and then have to wait a year to see what they do. Also, wouldn't Sookie be pretty anemic after 4 seasons of all this vampire attention? Outstanding performances this season by Chris Bauer, Sam Trammell, and Deborah Ann Woll. It should also be mentioned how hilarious Aexander Skarsgård was in board shorts for most of the season.

Meanwhile on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," we experienced some great sparring between Michael J. Fox and Larry David that seemed cut midstream. This fantastic show may or may not come back to us and if it does come back to us, it might not be until 2013 which is simply too far away. If HBO could convince Larry to a multi-season deal or have him increase the number of episodes they would have my undying gratitude. These short seasons might work for some shows but not "Curb" as I feel we were just getting into the swing of things when the rug was pulled out from under us.
Great article by Jill Sergeant about how some new TV shows are skewing male characters towards being witless, confused, emasculated morons. I would point out that there have been a few shows like "Hawaii 5-O" that don't fit that formula but it would have been great to see an article about this for a major outlet written by a man. Comedian Brian Regan has a lot of material about this trend in TV, I recommend you see one of his shows to get an even more in-depth and hilarious exploration of this subject.
First it was right-wing Christian groups attacking "SpongeBob Squarepants" because of its coded "pro-gay" agenda and now it's pediatricians saying that "SpongeBob" and fast-paced shows like it are not good for kids 4 and under. The show is meant for 6- to 11-year-olds so what next, pediatricians telling us that "True Blood" is a bad show for 4 year-olds?
FYI: The Call for Entries for the 16th Annual Webby Awards is now open. The Webbys celebrates the year's best websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile and apps. The early entry deadline for is October 28, 2011. Nominees will be announced in April 2012, with a ceremony sometimes later that Spring.
Discovery's "Deadliest Catch" won big at the Creative Arts Emmys this weekend with 4 awards: Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming, Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming. The cinematography of this show has always been amazing - what's amazing is how long it took the Academy to officially notice this.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Warehouse 13," "Weeds," "The Big C," "Chelsea Lately," "The Colbert Report," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"

8:00pm CNN Tea Party Republican Debate CNN - In Tampa, Fla., Wolf Blitzer moderates the 2012 Republican debate involving eight presidential candidates.

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8:00pm Eureka Syfy - One Small Step

8:30pm The Prince and the Showgirl TCM - (1957) A Balkan prince regent (Laurence Olivier) courts a Milwaukee chorus girl (Marilyn Monroe) during the 1911 London coronation in London.(AS)

9:00pm American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior Discovery - Downsizing PJD does a build for Gears of War 3; the OCC crew builds a bike for Feather Free Zone;OCC is in foreclosure

9:00pm Warehouse 13 Syfy - Shadows

10:00pm Weeds Showtime - Nancy goes to the Hamptons for a weekend; Silas hopes to win Emma back; Shane tags along on a drug bust.

10:00pm Alphas Syfy - Blind Spot

10:30pm The Big C Showtime - Fight or Flight Cathy makes a decision about her family; Adam searches for his missing uncle; Andrea makes an impulsive choice.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Comic Brad Wollack; comic Loni Love; comic T.J. Miller; cooking segment with Roy Handler, Michael Broussard and Chuy Bravo.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Howie Mandel; boxer Floyd Mayweather; Alexander performs.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Interview guest journalist Diane Sawyer.

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11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Christina Applegate; DJ Pauly D; Glen Campbell performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Nathan Fillion; animal handler Dave Salmoni; Sia performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Lauren Graham; Chris Young performs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar; actor Alexander Skarsgard; The Zombies perform.