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TV Junkie: New Year's Weekend Options

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New Year's Weekend Edition


Chelsea Handler & Co. come to the late night rescue (as they have for the past 2 weeks) with a new episode of "After Lately" this Sunday at 11pm
New Year's weekend is full of marathons, this time they include (on Saturday) "The Twilight Zone" (Syfy), "Archer" (FX), "The Walking Dead" (AMC), "Psych" (USA), and on Sunday "Absolutely Fabulous" (BBC America), and "Shameless" (Showtime).

This weekend we've got some things to look forward to, new episodes of "The Life & Times of Tim," "Hell On Wheels," and the Travel Channel has a Johnny Jet special on Sunday at 9pm.

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It really has to be noted that Chelsea Handler was very smart in serving late night viewers with new episodes of "Chelsea Lately" this week, including tonight, as well as a brand new hilarious episode of "After Lately" on Sunday at 11pm - this time comedian Josh Wolf is a catalyst. Literally no other late night comedy variety show had new episodes this week. While I can appreciate that putting together these shows requires an incredible amount of admirable work, it's kind of unreasonable to leave fans high and dry during this, of all weeks, when they desperately need some late night entertainment. Handler & Co. doubled up in the weeks preceding the 2nd half of December, producing multiple shows and bits every day so that some new episodes were available during these "vacation" weeks.

Happy New Year everybody! See you in 2012!
Deadline Hollywood has an article titled "What to expect from NBC Sports Network". If you've been watching what will now be formerly referred to as Versus post its NBCUniversal acquisition, and if you've had the misfortune of watching the Olympics broadcasts of the past decade+ you will have a good idea of what to expect: horribly mismanagement of what should be a prized asset. NBCUniversal has been crowbarring ungainly NBC sports events into Versus for the past several months and the look/feel is that of a completely inorganic infomercial channel. NBC has no affinity for producing any sports events other than the big 3 of football, basketball, baseball, and perhaps some tennis and golf. Their other coverage has always resulted in a poor viewer experience, especially the Olympics, which should be under some kind of Congressional investigation as the American people are being defrauded of viewing both watching our athletes perform as well as pivotal moments of international sports history. What can we expect? More of the same garbage until the cost becomes to high and NBC has to shed the network.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "Chuck," "The Life & Times of Tim," Shaft, "Chelsea Lately." Saturday - Three Stooges Marathon, D.O.A., Ice Station Zebra. Sunday -The 93rd Tournament of Roses Parade, "Hell On Wheels," "After Lately"


8:00pm Chuck NBC - Chuck Versus the Baby When Sarah's original handler (Tim DeKay) shows up, she worries he will hurt those closest to her, including her mother

8:30pm SoCal Connected KCET - Separated by War: The Homecoming See how the family of Sgt. Gallagher coped during his dangerous deployment to Afghanistan and be there for his emotional return home seven months later.

9:00pm The Life & Times of Tim HBO - The Caddy's Shack; The Sausage Salesman Tim gets back his high-school job as a caddy; Tim claims to be a sausage salesman.

9:30pm Shaft TCM - (1971) A Harlem mob boss (Moses Gunn) hires a private eye (Richard Roundtree) to find his kidnapped daughter.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - A New Year's Cooking Segment with Chef Roy Handler; comic Michael Yo; comic Fortune Feimster; TV personality Ross Mathews.


The Three Stooges Marathon IFC - The Three Stooges, in a marathon? No, a marathon of The Three Stooges for hours and hours, like if a really fat guy ran a marathon.

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9:00pm D.O.A. TCM - (1949) A dying accountant (Edmond O'Brien) has a few days left to find out who spiked his drink with poison and why.

10:30pm Ice Station Zebra TCM - (1968) A U.S. submarine commander (Rock Hudson) races Russians to a North Pole weather station to recover a Soviet spy satellite.


9:00am The 93rd Tournament of Roses Parade KTLA - From 1982. Hosts Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards.

9:45am The Searchers TCM - (1956) A Confederate veteran (John Wayne) and his part-Cherokee partner (Jeffrey Hunter) search five years for a kidnapped girl (Natalie Wood).

9:00pm Hot Spots 2012 Travel - Johnny Jet goes to the places everyone must see in 2012, from London to Spaceport America, Belize, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand.

10:00pm Hell on Wheels AMC - Derailed Cullen and Elam are on a mission of vengeance; Lily struggles to find her place.

11:00pm After Lately E! - The PA Hole James Van Der Beek confronts Chris; the writers don't like the new PA; Josh tries to show his son that he's funny.