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TV Junkie: DirecTV & Fox Cut an 11th Hour Deal

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Last night's debut of NBC's "Rock Center" with Brian Williams was inauspicious as were several other special airings, including Will Ferrell's receipt of the Mark Twain Prize for humor on PBS. Why do programmers insist on airing these shows on Halloween night? While I laud decent news programming in primetime I wasn't happy with the "boomtown" piece on "Rock Center." The segment overly emphasized the job creation aspect of fossil fuel drilling and harvesting but no mention at all was mentioned of the fact that these resources will be depleted quickly, leaving ghost towns, sludge pits, and polluted water for future generations to clean up or avoid.

Williams had Jon Stewart as his closing guest, and while the two might share a friendship, their segment was neither funny nor enlightening. Williams asked Stewart about his #Occupy-bashing and Stewart mostly sidestepped the issue of his lack of support, something he's been doing regularly on "The Daily Show," another show that has had a difficult time being as funny as it could be as of late. "Rock Center" does deserve another chance, I just hope their segments don't look like they're funded by the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America.
Disaster has been averted, DirecTV has struck a deal with Fox which means subscribers will get to see tonight's new episodes of "New Girl," "Raising Hope," and "Sons of Anarchy" (see above clip for sneak of tonight's episode) - all of which are in our must-watch plan for tonight. I don't think the free market is at play when content you pay to view is not made available to see because of a contract dispute - you paid your bill, you should get to view the content. Are you supposed to jump from service provider to service provider every year? Was I supposed to dump Time Warner, then Cablevision, then DirecTV? Not to raise the "ugly" head of regulation but consumers/taxpayers are getting the raw end of these deals.
Podcast Roundup: I've pre-listened to these and they're all great! Over at @Nerdist Chris Hardwick interviews John Hodgman (of "Bored To Death"); at The Greg Fitz Show Greg Fitzsimmons interviews Chris Hardwick ("Web Soup," "Talking Dead"); on Marc Maron's WTFpod you've got Norm Macdonald ("The Norm Show," "Sports Show With Norm Macdonald"); The Long Shot podcast has Paul Provenza ("The Green Room," The Aristocrats)

Here's our Channel Zero podcast with Joshua Malina about #SadSadConversation, and his great work on "Sports Night," "West Wing," "Backwash," "In Plain Sight," and the upcoming ABC series "Scandal":

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Elated to see that Mike Royce (Peabody winner for "Men of a Certain Age") has another sitcom in the works: Fox has bought an unnamed comedy from Royce with a penalty if they don't shoot it so this almost guarantees we will see something of it. The man deserves it and I'm hoping to see some of the cast and crew from #MOACA involved in either of these projects - they are all great people.
Was also very happy to see Fox pick up 9 more episodes of "Bob's Burgers" - Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, and the rest of the cast and creator Loren Bouchard are brilliant and the series is very different from Fox's other animated offerings.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Wild!," "New Girl," "Raising Hope," "Sons of Anarchy," "Chelsea Lately," "Conan" (2nd half), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"8:00pm Wild! KCET - Brazil's Pantanal Pt. 1 Water dwellers struggle to survive as the seasons turn from flood to drought in Brazil's wetland.

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8:30pm Lost in America TCM - (1985) Two West Coast yuppies (Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty) sell everything, buy a huge motor home and set out to do some real living.

9:00pm New Girl Fox - Naked Nick's confidence takes a hit after Jess walks in on him in the buff; Winston researches pop culture references on the Internet.

9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS - Honor The team must establish whether a dishonorably discharged Marine committed a murder or is being framed.

9:00pm Mysteries at the Museum Travel - S.S. Eastland Disaster, Lost Gold Mine, Smuttynose Murders Uncovering the cause of the Eastland Disaster; a possible map to a gold mine; the weapon in a double murder.

9:30pm Raising Hope Fox - Killer Hope Termites force the family to camp out on the front lawn; concerns are raised after Hope hits a boy at daycare.

10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX - Kiss SAMCRO gets word that the Niners have made a new alliance that impacts their own agenda.

10:00pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - Web redemption for the bumper face kid

10:00pm Parenthood NBC - Forced Family Fun Kristina insists on a family night, but the evening doesn't go as planned; Julia pushes boundaries with Zoe; Zeek remains undecided about Sarah's involvement with Seth (John Corbett).

10:00pm Covert Affairs USA - The Wake-Up Bomb

10:00pm Women, War & Peace PBS SoCal/KOCE - The War We Are Living Two Afro-Colombian women fight for their land; narrator Alfre Woodard.

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10:00pm Onion News Network IFC - Exposed, Brooke Alvarez Brooke is enraged about a tell all documentary.

10:00pm Chopped Food - One in a Hundred A sweet bread and melon in the first round; almonds in the entree round; fish.

10:30pm Workaholics Comedy Central - Teenage Mutant Ninja Roommates The guys run from a security guard.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Musician Justin Bieber; comic Jo Koy; comic Bobby Lee; comic Sarah Colonna.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Hugh Jackman; Cobra Starship performs; from The Beacon Theater in New York City.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Interview guest (& performer?) Yo-Yo Ma

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Ben Stiller; actress Whitney Cummings; performance from "Godspell."

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Eddie Murphy; Robyn performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Adam Sandler; "Dancing With the Stars" castoff; The Bangles perform.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Radio personality Dennis Miller.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Tracy Morgan; chef Mario Batali; comic Pablo Francisco.