TV Junkie: Showtime's Premieres Set Records; Kurt Sutter on KCRW & More
It looks like "Conan" is on hiatus tonight/this week but I was pleased to see another installment of the excellent Pardo Patrol segment, this time with the beloved Aubrey Plaza as the subject/target [see video embed above] - Jimmy Pardo gets put in his place (again).
Kurt Sutter, the fiercely independent and outspoken creator of FX's "Sons of Anarchy" was on today's "The Business" show on KCRW and it's a must-listen. Kurt is one of our favorite creators, and he has a lot of wisdom, experience, and humor to share. As always, "Sons of Anarchy" will be a must-watch tomorrow at 10pm on FX.
There was a veritable explosion of "what?!" over the internet this weekend with discussion of the return of "Arrested Development" to television. I'm excited about it and if you're a fan of the show you should be too IF the show goes to a place where creator Mitch Hurwitz's vision doesn't get adulterated AND if it's in a venue where people can actually see it. With Showtime and Netflix mentioned as interested parties I think Showtime would have more success in connecting fans to the show successfully. I'm not interested in Netflix experimenting with "Arrested Development" as its first real foray into TV show development. The creators of "The Big C" and "Nurse Jackie" both told me about how supportive Showtime has been so I'm crossing my fingers that the deal goes in that direction. Bring those Bluths back!
Despite the competition from HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and AMC's "Breaking Bad" Showtime had an incredibly successful night with the season premiere of "Dexter" (it's best ever) and the series premiere of "Homeland" (best drama premiere since 2003). I love both of these shows but I still feel the need to "finish up" with "Boardwalk" and "Breaking Bad." Speaking of "Breaking Bad" - last night's episode was unbelievable [no spoilers here] and it was impressive to see showrunners from other series, as well as publicists from other networks express their awe at the show via Twitter. This should put to rest any question that AMC was considering dropping next year's final season.
Comedians (and actors) Nick DiPaolo (whom we interviewed here) and Artie Lange have a new nightly radio show starting tonight at 7pm called The Nick and Artie Show. It's mainly sports oriented but with those 2 guys in the studio, you know they will get into a lot of other stuff. You can listen live online or as a recording the following day.
We've got a new behind-the-scenes video for "The Walking Dead" at the end of this post!
Tonight horror fans have to check out the premiere of AMC's "A Night At The Movies" created and hosted by non-other than Stephen King / There's not much in terms of drama tonight but "Warehouse 13" looks like a lot of fun as the team tracks down HG Wells / Tonight is one of those nights we can't ignore "The Tonight Show" as the guest list is very strong / We also look forward to seeing Chris Franjola on "Chelsea"
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Adventure Time," "A Night at the Movies," "Warehouse 13," "Hawaii Five-0," "Chelsea Lately," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"
8:00pm Adventure Time Cartoon Network - Treetrunks has a crisis! The boys step in to save the day
8:00pm Terra Nova Fox - Instinct Jim and Taylor must find a way to protect the colony from a Pterosaur attack; Elisabeth wonders if a past love played a role in her recruitment; Syke tries to help Josh.
8:00pm Prohibition PBS SoCal/KOCE - A Nation of Scofflaws Enforcing the new law of Prohibition creates problems.
8:30pm A Night at the Movies TCM - The Horrors of Stephen King Stephen King discusses horror films and viewers' cravings to be frightened.
9:00pm Warehouse 13 Syfy - Emily Lake; Stand Pete, Myka, Artie and Claudia must stop a crazed man who harbors a vendetta against the group. Walter Sykes must find and recruit H.G. Wells.
9:00pm House Fox - Season Premiere. Twenty Vicodin House notices strange symptoms in a fellow inmate at the East New Jersey Correctional Facility
9:55pm Hawaii Five-0 CBS - Kame'e Joe White, McGarrett's mentor, asks the team to investigate the death of a Navy SEAL, which was previously ruled a suicide; Chin Ho is concerned about Kono
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Emily VanCamp; comic Chris Franjola; comic Arden Myrin; comic Gary Valentine.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Interview guest Thomas Friedman
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Journalist Brian Williams; Sting performs.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Evangeline Lilly; former professional basketball player Magic Johnson; comic Jo Koy.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Jane Lynch; actor Ramon Rodriguez; Blink 182 performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Lily Tomlin; actor Ioan Gruffudd.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Kathy Bates; actor Paul Scheer; entrepreneur Sean Parker; Radiohead performs.