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TV Junkie: 'The League' Premieres Tonight; 'American Horror Story' Scores Big Audience

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Tonight marks the return of "The League" to FX at 10:30pm (see above clip). This is a show that I've been behind from the first episode and I'm so pleased to see how it's developed into a comedy cornerstone for FX when its position felt so tenuous just this past January. Our core group of semi-do-wells Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, Jonathan Lajoie, Stephen Rannazzisi, Paul Scheer, and Katie Aselton are back with special guest star for tonight, Seth Rogen, and semi-regular Jason Mantzoukas exploring porn and sports (essentially another kind of porn). For more on Kroll, check out this column on Tablet which looks at Kroll's career as well as his character, Ruxin. "The League" combined with "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" creates an unbeatable comedy hour for FX and now that NBC has abandoned their late-primetime hour of comedy, I'm now relieved of the dilemma of what to watch from 10-11pm.

Be sure to check out our interview with Brandon Johnson of Adult Swim's "NTSF:SD:SUV::" (season finale tonight at 12:15am)!
There's been no more comprehensive TV coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement than Current TV's efforts, particularly Keith Olbermann's attention to the demonstrations all over the country. Olbermann's detractors will point to his progressive leanings but when the network is providing better coverage of a movement that crosses all party lines than all other TV outlets combined, you have to give them credit. To stay on top of what's happening with Occupy Wall Street, I plan on watching "Countdown" again tonight at 8pm.
Who watched "American Horror Story" last night? 5 million people watched the show making it the biggest drama bow in the 18-49 category in FX's history. What did you think? It's definitely not for everybody but I can tell you that it gets even more complicated, mysterious, and surreal in the upcoming episodes. I'm using the word "mysterious" because after viewing these episodes "American Horror Story" is more about mystery and less about the horror. Gore is a tool in the show and not the point of it.
Fox's "New Girl" has become a modest success already and I was very pleased to see that the talented Lizzy Caplan will join the series for a three episode arc (and hopefully more).
Hank Azaria went on Twitter to appeal to viewers to keep his show, "Free Agents," alive but it was too little too late as NBC canceled the show today. I thought there were some supremely funny people on that show, particularly Al Madrigal, Mo Mandel, and Natasha Leggero, but there was always something off between Azaria and his costar Kathryn Hahn not to mention that NBC put this sitcom up against "X Factor" & "Survivor" premieres. I hope to see the cast members in new productions soon.

Where is "Better Off Ted"? That show was better than any of the comedies introduced this Fall.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Community," "Parks and Recreation," "The Office," "Whitney," "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," "The League," "Chelsea Lately," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "NTSF:SD:SUV::," "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson"

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8:00pm Community NBC - Competitive Ecology The study group struggles to decide how people should pair off for the first big biology assignment; Chang imagines himself in a noir detective mystery as he patrols the campus.

8:30pm Parks and Recreation NBC - Born & Raised Leslie promotes her new book; Ann tries to bond with Ron and April.

9:00pm The Office NBC - Lotto After the warehouse employees win the lottery and quit their jobs, everyone in the office fantasizes about winning big; Darryl and Andy look for new warehouse workers.

9:30pm Whitney NBC - Silent Treatment Whitney catches Alex checking out an attractive woman but he refuses to admit to it; Roxanne tries to make her ex-husband jealous.

10:00pm It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX - Sweet Dee Gets Audited Sweet Dee tries to get out of an IRS audit; the gang institutes a new democratic voting system.

10:00pm American Underworld Discovery - Sex Trade Mark infiltrates the world of prostitution and uncovers how the world's oldest profession is changing.

10:30pm The League FX - Season Premiere. The Lockout The terrible reign of Ruxin continues while the guys devise a grand plan with Rafi and Dirty Randy for Andre's final Sacko punishment.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Jane Lynch; comic Jen Kirkman; comic Josh Wolf; comic Bill Bellamy.

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Jason Sudeikis is interview guest

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Author Caroline Kennedy; dock-diving dogs; The Joy Formidable performs.

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11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Jack Black; actor Steve Martin; actor Owen Wilson; actress Aubrey Plaza; Blondie performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Antonio Banderas; educator "Science Bob" Pflugfelder; Jane's Addiction performs.

12:15am NTSF:SD:SUV:: Adult Swim - Season Finale. I Left My Heart in Someone's Cooler

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Comedy, Actress Evangeline Lilly; biologist Dan Riskin.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Hugh Jackman; actress Rachel Bilson; Jeff the Brotherhood performs.

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