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TV Junkie: 'Sunny' & 'Archer' Premiere Tonight; Doofus DGA Report

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FX strikes again tonight with the season premieres of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" (see vid clip above) and "Archer." Enjoy "Sunny" as it may be the last season for this show. Meanwhile "Archer" has really stepped into the limelight as of halfway through last season and it will again be pushing all sorts of boundaries.
Stupid Things In The Media: Today's example is an article referencing a new report from The Directors Guild of America that looks at the diversity of directors who helped create episodic television in the 2010-2011 season. The report found several shows, including HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Bored To Death" to be directed almost exclusively by white males. The problem I have with this conclusion directed at these two shows in particular is that the report does not take into account that these shows have only a handful of shows per season: 10 for "Curb" and 8 for "Bored." The report also does not take into account the relationship that the director has with other aspects of the show. In the case of "Curb," almost all of the directors were also writers on the show and had long experience with the form of non-scripted acting that makes the show such a success. On the flip side, will "Bored To Death" get commendations from the Producers Guild of America for having 3 of its 6 producers be female or will "Bored To Death" be condemned by the Screen Actors Guild because the show's 3 protagonists are white males?

The DGA is lacking some common sense criteria as it applies to these kinds of reports.
Meanwhile, Larry David, who can do no right in the eyes of the DGA, is auctioning off a 20 minute pitch meeting with himself to the highest bidder as a benefit for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. You can also bid for meetups with Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Saget, and even an audition for Adult Swim's "Childrens Hospital" at the CharityBuzz website.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Archer," "Chelsea Lately," "The Colbert Report," "NTSF:SD:SUV," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (2nd half)

8:00pm The Vampire Diaries The CW - Season Premiere.

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8:00pm Wipeout ABC - Blind Date 2.0: This Could Get Ugly Twelve couples compete for $100,000 by facing obstacles that include Love Train and Big Balls.

9:00pm The Secret Circle The CW - Series Premiere.

10:00pm It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX - Season Premiere. Frank's Pretty Woman The gang attempts an image makeover to uncover the heart of gold that exists deep inside Frank's prostitute fiancee.

10:30pm Archer FX - Season Premiere. Heart of Archness: Part I Archer is finally tracked down in the South Pacific by handsome adventurer Rip Riley.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Kathryn Hahn; comic Josh Wolf; comic Fortune Feimster; comic Greg Proops.

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Interview guest Caroline Kennedy

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Ashton Kutcher; professional BASE jumper Jeb Corliss; the Foo Fighters perform.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Interview guest David Copperfield

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Charlie Sheen, actor Kevin Hart; LMFAO performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Steve Buscemi; actress Lily Collins; Ziggy Marley performs.

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12:15am NTSF:SD:SUV Adult Swim - Cause for ConCERN Trent is sent into a peaceful alternate universe.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Zooey Deschanel; MMA fighter Jason "Mayhem" Miller; chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Sigourney Weaver.