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TV Junkie: 'Justified' Season 3 Premiere - Interviews!

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Starting tonight Tuesdays get really complicated with a surplus of great dramas at 10pm: "Justified," "SouthLAnd," "Parenthood," and "White Collar." Rising to the top of this list are "Justified" and "SouthLAnd," both having their season premieres tonight and they are both excellent. Thankfully FX and TNT immediately rerun the shows so you have a chance to watch them immediately back-to-back, and I love both shows. Other than seeing the excellent premiere of "SouthLAnd" I don't have too much insight as to what's going on with the season but have no fear, recent additions Lucy Liu and Lou Diamond Phillips will totally blow you away. I did have an interview with Michael Cudlitz that got postponed to infinity so I have no voice from inside the show to relate to you.

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I did, however, go to the incredible season premiere event for "Justified" held last Tuesday at the Directors Guild of America offices. I got interviews with every cast member who showed up: Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Joelle Carter, Stephen Root, Natalie Zea, Neal McDonough, Nick Searcy, Mykelti Williamson, David Meunier, and Raymond J. Barry. I'd like to take credit for some excellent name-brand bourbon making it onto the show. In my interview with David Meunier we ended up talking about Black Maple Hill being stocked in his bar on the show - at last year's TCAs I spoke to series star and executive producer Timothy Olyphant about Black Maple Hill and printed it right here on LAist. Small victories my friends.

"Justified" starts in reset mode with US Marshall Raylan Givens recovering from a gunshot wound, getting reacquainted with his now-pregnant ex-wife, Winona, and an adversary, Boyd Crowder, now strengthened by his own love interest, Ava. A potential super-villain appears in Harlan County but I don't want to spoil the show for you. I can confirm the show is a roller coaster from the premiere through the four episodes sent to me. Definitely watch our interviews with cast-members of this Peabody-winning show.

Eddie Brill who books comics for David Letterman's TV show and he was fired this morning for speaking to the press without clearance from the production company. If you follow my twitter feed, @TheTVJunkie, you would have seen that we had a leak about the firing as of last night. There were many ways that Brill and Letterman could have defused the situation but instead Brill escalated it by ranting about the article on at least one other website. I don't cast doubt on the idea that Brill is anything but a nice guy but he blew it on this one.
ABC's "Cougar Town" returns on February 14th, Valentine's Day, coincidence?
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "New Girl," "Raising Hope," "Justified," "Chelsea Lately," "Conan" (2nd half), "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson"

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9:00pm New Girl Fox - Story of the 50 When Schmidt's birthday plans fall through, Jess decides to put together a celebration; Nick brings a first date to Schmidt's party; a $50 bill shows up in the douchebag jar.

9:00pm Hidden City Discovery - New Orleans: Katrina & the Incident at Danzinger Bridge, Sniper Mark Essex, Delphine Lalaur Marcus investigates three crimes from three different eras

9:30pm New Girl Fox - Mrs. Smartypants Hope's intelligence inspires Jimmy to get his G.E.D., but he runs into a snag when he learns his former teacher is heading the class; Burt and Virginia decide to take the G.E.D. exam to keep up with Jimmy.

10:00pm Justified FX - Season Premiere. The Gunfighter A dangerous new player in Lexington puts Raylan on a collision course with a Dixie Mafia hitman.

10:00pm SouthLAnd TNT - Season Premiere. Wednesday Officer John Cooper returns to duty after recovering from surgery; Lydia helps a former informant; Ben, Sammy and Dewey chase an armed man into a school; Ben argues with an intense street cop.

10:00pm Chopped Food - Frozen Fries With That? Frozen fries in the appetizer round; strange meat in the entree.

10:00pm White Collar USA - Season Premiere. Checkmate Peter and Neal work together to save Elizabeth from Keller.

10:00pm Parenthood NBC - It Is What It Is Zeek gets shocking news from his doctor; Crosby advances on a new relationship; Amber's boss's actions confuse her

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Kim Wayans; comic Brad Wollack; comic Loni Love; comic Greg Fitzsimmons.

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Interview guest Liam Neeson

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Antonio Banderas; comic Fred Armisen; Blake Mills performs.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Ricky Gervais; actress Jessica Chastain; Kathleen Edwards performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Sam Worthington; comic Sherri Shepherd; Adam Lambert performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Katherine Heigl; rapper Ne-Yo; Grouplove performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Colin Firth.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Kyra Sedgwick; professional football player Ndamukong Suh; Outasight performs.