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"Jim Gaffigan: King Baby" airs on Sunday @ 9pm on Comedy Central

"Jim Gaffigan: King Baby" airs on Sunday @ 9pm on Comedy Central
The Internet is abuzz today with promotion of HBO's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" to air this Sunday. Some writer's are pointing out that the show doesn't address any of the problems going on in Africa these days (AIDS, war, famine, rape, pillaging of natural resource) - instead it depicts a laid-back and idyllic place with only quaint soap opera-esque concerns.Even NPR jumped on the bandwagon this morning, chatting up the author and director but not addressing the most glaring fact that this milquetoast program is not a valid substitute for HBO's normally excellent Sunday lineups. The program has no business being on HBO - it's no "True Blood", "Sopranos", "Big Love", etc. We tune in Sunday's for something gripping that usually has a bit of sex, violence, and humor, but this show has none of those qualities/attributes. Viewers are shelling out a premium subscription for something more than endless replayings of "White Men Can't Jump".

At least this Sunday we have the broadcast premiere of Jim Gaffigan's new special, "Jim Gaffigan: King Baby", on Comedy Central @ 9pm.

This weekend will also feature The Streamy Awards, available, of course, via webcast on Saturday at 7:30pm. Lots of regular TV folks will be there, including Lisa Kudrow who has been nominated for best actress for her work in the web show “Web Therapy”. Check out the full list of nominees.

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News From Renewaland: NBC's "Chopping Block" will not make the journey to Renewaland. The peacock thinks that reruns of "Law and Order" will perform better.

The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - Bill Maher, "Terminator", "Mistresses", "Supernews", "The Soup", Leno, Fallon. Saturday - "The Streamys", "Kids' Choice Awards", "Talkshow with Spike Feresten". Sunday - "Storm Stories", Jim Gaffigan, "Breaking Bad"

[Be sure to click through for our full list of weekend picks]


7:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Bill Bradley, former US Senator; Christopher Hitchens, author; Mos Def, actor/artist; Salman Rushdie, novelist

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8:00pm Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles FOX - Sarah, fearing for her life, hides John in a safe house with the only person she feels she can trust

9:00pm Mistresses BBC America - Season Finale

9:00pm Dollhouse FOX - Echo goes to college to look into a fatal virus outbreak.

10:00pm The Soup E! - The Kardashian sisters (Kim, Kourtney and Klohe) are going to be dropping by

10:00pm SuperNews Current - A group of Emoticons battle to fulfill their digital destiny

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10:00pm Head Case Starz - Dr. Goode and her wedding planner disagree on the budget.

10:30pm Comedy Central Presents Comedy Central - Josh Blue performs stand-up.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Dana Carvey; Billy Mays; Prince performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Paul Giamatti; comic Jim Gaffigan; Keri Hilson and Lil Wayne perform.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Ted Danson; comic Andy Dick; N.E.R.D. performs.

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7:30pm The Streamys VIA WEB - Awards for web series programming!

8:00pm 2009 Kids' Choice Awards NICK - The year's top nominees in movies, music and television are honored. Dwayne Johnson hosts.

12:00am Talkshow with Spike Feresten FOX - Spike Feresten welcomes "Reno 911!" star Niecy Nash to the couch.


8:00pm Any Dream Will Do BBC America - Series Premiere

8:00pm The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency HBO - Series Premiere.

8:00pm Nature PBS/KCET - Kilauea: Mountain of Fire. Kilauea, on Hawaii's Big Island, is an active volcano which has created 544 acres of new land and has consumed 200 homes.

8:00pm Kings NBC - Silas' secret family is threatened by a medical crisis; Jack and Rose try to tarnish David's heroic public image.

8:00pm Storm Stories TWC - Kansas tornado kicks some ass

8:00pm The Amazing Race 14 CBS - A shopkeeper hinders the movements of one racing team

9:00pm Jim Gaffigan: King Baby Comedy Central - Special Premiere

9:00pm The Making of Me: John Barrowman BBC America - Special Premiere

10:00pm United States of Tara Showtime - Tara revisits forgotten memories and experiences from her past.

10:00pm Breaking Bad AMC - The boys plan a trip to a convenience store to discuss their next plan.