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TV Junkie: JR Turns 80; Emmys Viewership Falls; 'Walking Dead' Sneak Peek

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Today is Larry Hagman's 80th birthday. The man is an icon for both his comedic ("I Dream of Jeannie") and dramatic ("Dallas") work and there is an in-depth interview with him at the Archive of American Television but check out the excerpt above. [Also, a big Happy Birthday to Bill Murray on his 61st!]
Despite all the hype from Sunday night, including a flurry of positive-spin Tweets from the likes of The Hollywood Reporter and other outlets over the past couple days, viewership of the Emmy awards actually dropped almost 10% from the previous year - it did not "stay steady" or have a "modest increase" per the tweets we saw. Could the Emmys have been worse? Yes, but that doesn't mean what we got was must-watch television that satisfied either populist or critical acclaim.
If you can't make it to the Paley Center for tonight's tribute to Fox's "American Dad" you can watch it live online via Hulu starting at 7:30pm. Chris Hardwick (aka @nerdist) will host/interview/moderate a panel of the "American Dad" team that includes show creator Seth MacFarlane.
There's a new episode of "Free Agents" (NBC @ 8:30pm) and we've got a clip of Hank Azaria (at the end of this post) discussing his first date the last time he became a free agent.
More Video! AMC gave us another "Walking Dead" behind-the-scenes clip to check out (at the end of this post) - this time it's costuming the zombie walkers. The series returns on October 16th.
I stumbled across these awesome "Adventure Time" t-shirts at Threadless - I don't know if they are official merchandise because the artwork is not consistent but as a fanboy I could care less!
"Modern Family" returns with an hour-long season premiere tonight (9pm on ABC) after its triumphant sweep at the Emmys. All the people I've met from that show are elated, humble, and appreciative of the show's success. Props to co-creator Steve Levitan who was gracious about their then-Emmy nominations when I talked to him at the Just for Laughs festival in July. Also, series writer Danny Zuker is a hilarious follow on Twitter @DannyZuker.
Quick Assessment: Last night's "New Girl" (Fox) was better than Monday's "2 Broke Girls" (CBS) but both had elements of obnoxiousness that they would be wise to abandon.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Up All Night," "Free Agents," "Modern Family," "Revenge," "Chelsea Lately," "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

8:00pm Up All Night NBC - Cool Neighbors Reagan and Chris obsess over their new neighbors; baby Amy takes a liking to Calvin but not to Ava.

8:00pm The Middle ABC - Season Premiere. Forced Family Fun Frankie insists that the family go on vacation together before school starts; Mike and Frankie remember their honeymoon

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8:30pm Free Agents NBC - What I Did for Work Alex asks Dan and Gregg to help him entice a client to stay with Hale Dayton; Emma tries to charm a man who works in the building.

9:00pm Modern Family ABC - Season Premiere. Dude Ranch; When Good Kids Go Bad The family vacations at a ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Mitch and Cam gather the family together to announce that they want to adopt another child.

9:00pm America's Next Top Model The CW - Season Premiere. Ashlee Simpson The models form alliances; makeovers send some models over the edge; singer Ashlee Simpson serves as guest judge.

9:00pm Harry's Law NBC - Season Premiere. Hosanna Roseanna An attorney from Harry's former law firm convinces her to defend a man accused of killing his wife; a new associate represents an artist

10:00pm Revenge ABC - Series Premiere. Pilot Emily Thorne rents the Southampton home she once shared with her father and sets her plan in motion.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Musician Gavin Rossdale; comic Chris Hardwick; comic Jen Kirkman; comic Lavell Crawford.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Jim Parsons; actor Chris Pratt; Grouplove performs.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Taylor Lautner; actress Minka Kelly; Wilco performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Amy Poehler; actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt; The Kooks perform.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Julie Bowen; actress Elisha Cuthbert; Pitbull performs.

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12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor James Spader; actress Juno Temple.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Jonah Hill; actress Whitney Cummings; Elbow performs.