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TV Junkie: Monday

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I've managed to avoid watching NFL playoffs and college bowl games but I'm getting worn down, I'm tellin' ya. If I got the Fox Movie Channel I would watch Less Than Zero tonight at 7pm because I'm just about as strung out as Robert Downey Jr.was in that flick. I'm not begging for the writers to capitulate, I want them to win, I'm just begging the networks to send me some shite to write about. Didn't you guys put stuff out on DVDs for the holidays? I'm sure that there's plenty of folks walking around with unused balances on their gift cards that would drop some cash on some of your repackaged programming.

[Thanks Heath Biter for reminding that The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are back tonight but without writers but that seems kind of like a cop out to me.]

Here's a plug: Rome - The Complete Second Seasonkicks butt. If you saw the first season or own it, you'd be an idiot not to rent or buy season two. There's a bit more fornicating (i.e. boobies) and violence than necessary for the plot to advance, and some of the historical rewriting is irritating and not helpful but goddammit that was a great series and I'm sad to see it go. It's something the regular networks would never be able to pull off in a million years, so thank you HBO, I can't wait for your next swords and sandals drama. There's a million more hours of programming that could be wrought from the streets of Rome, hint, hint.

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8:00pm American Gladiators NBC - The double premiere continues to blast away at us!

8:00pm Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann ABC - Series Premiere. I'm probably just a pig but I can't stand singing and dancing on TV

8:00pm Antiques Roadshow PBS/KCET - Season Premiere.

9:00pm 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards VH1 - Special. Who's gonna cross the line?

10:00pm Medium NBC - Season Premiere. Some might give this show a medium but I give it a "low".

10:00pm No Reservations TRAVEL - Season Premiere. Anthony Bourdain is back! TV Junkie Pick O' The Night

11:00pm Tavis Smiley PBS/KCET - This week marks Tavis' 5th Anniversary on PBS. His show is produced at the very local and hip KCET. Although I'm more of a fan of his PRI show, he usually has some pretty compelling guests on his TV program. Tonight's guest is former Secretary of State (and Presidential contender) Colin Powell. [Hint to KCET: do something about Tavis' set, it screams "Big '80s" at me]

11:30pm The Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Letterman disappoints by letting Huck on his show tonight. Guests: Tom Hanks, Gov. Mike Huckabee