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TV Junkie: Conan Gets Ready To Visit NYC; #SOA To Kick Butt Tonight

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Was very happy to get an expectedly excellent "Bored To Death" premiere (HBO) last night, a great beginning to what should be an excellent season of this very funny show. Did any of you readers watch the series premiere of Laura Dern's "Enlightened"? What did you think? Tonight's big offering will be "Sons of Anarchy" which should be making some emphatic statements after last week's subdued but necessary transitional episode - I say #SOA will kick butt tonight, it always kicks butt, but tonight it will shift up a couple gears.

Also check out late night TV which will have Will Arnett getting into some shenanigans with Conan as well as Steven Wright making yet another appearance on Craig Ferguson's show. Speaking of Conan, I wanted to point you to the most recent "Pardo Patrol" (above) where Jimmy Pardo meets up with, and harasses, Chris Pratt of NBC's "Parks and Recreation." Also, it's kind of a big deal that Conan will be returning to New York City during the first week of November, reconquering the town where he made it big - I've included a funny promo he did at the end of this post which includes an appearance by former New York resident (now fervent LA resident) Eddie Pepitone.
Podcast Round-Up: We like Mo Mandel, he's a great comic and a regular on "Chelsea Lately," he was also in the short-lived NBC comedy "Free Agents." Listen to Mo Mandel on the Gentlemen's Club podcast which was recorded the day before "Free Agents" was cancelled | If you want to hear the man who books all the comedians on "The Late Show With David Letterman" listen to the FitzdogRadio podcast which has Eddie Brill as guest | I'm always amazed by the different kinds of people who are fans of Dr. Neil deGrassi Tyson, hear him on Maximum Fun's The Sound of Young America podcast | I love Showtime's "The Green Room" so it would be incredibly remiss to not point you to the recent Jordan, Jesse, Go! podcast episode with Paul Provenza.
Congratulations to AMC for incredible ratings on its fourth season finale Sunday night. For the season the show was up 24%. AMC had better engage series creator Vince Gilligan to come up with a new show for 2013 and keep this ball rolling.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "History Detectives," "Frontline," "Sons of Anarchy," "Chelsea Lately," "Conan," "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

8:00pm History Detectives PBS SoCal/KOCE - A rare Civil War photograph; whether Hollywood fairly paid Native Americans; an ornate stock certificate refers to the early days of Harlem.

9:00pm Frontline PBS SoCal/KOCE - The Anthrax Files Questions surround the methods used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify Dr. Bruce Ivins as the culprit in the anthrax terrorism scare a decade ago

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9:00pm 24 Hours in the ER BBC America - The team struggles to contain intoxicated patients; Sean cannot move his neck; a long-term alcoholic collapses in the street.

10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX - With an X SAMCRO's relationship with the cartel is jeopardized when an important package is compromised.

10:00pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - Brad gets a web redemption; Daniel skypes

10:00pm Onion News Network IFC - Missing Baby Kate Shelby leads the search for baby Kate.

10:00pm Parenthood NBC - Nora Kristina receives help from an unexpected source; Joel and Julia receive news about a possible addition to their family

10:00pm Chopped Food - Everything's Rosy A seafood surprise in the mystery basket; four cooking styles in the appetizer round; edible flowers in the entree round.

10:30pm Workaholics Comedy Central - Model Kombat Adam desires to become a model which puts the guys at a crossroads.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Bill Bellamy, Sarah Colonna & Greg Fitzsimmons

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Will Arnett; author Deepak Chopra; Merle Haggard performs.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Matthew Broderick; horse wrangler Erin Bolster; Hunter Hayes performs.

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11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Julie Bowen; animal handler Dave Salmoni; Imelda May performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Comic Don Rickles; eliminated contestant from "Dancing With the Star"; Peter Bjorn and John perform; John Stamos performs with the house band.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Comic Steven Wright; actress Monica Potter.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Samuel L. Jackson; actor Dylan McDermott; Ra Ra Riot performs.

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