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TV Junkie: Monday

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The WGA and the producers are back at the negotiating table, hopefully they will catch the breaks that they need so that the collapse of Western civilization is averted. In a desperate attempt to avoid family time over the holiday, I managed to watch season one of Showtime's Dexter and my optimism for the future of mankind was restored. I missed Dexter when it premiered last year but was happy to cover the zany stunts Showtime pulled to promote Season Two. This is a great show - a self-contained reason to pay for Showtime. If you missed the first season, the DVDs are available now and it's totally worth your time/money. The "extras" are few but that doesn't matter because the show is what it's all about.

8:00pm How I Met Your Mother CBS - There are some LAist readers who are fans of this one. After the dreaded return to work today, I'm up for some laughs. TV Junkie 8:00pm Pick.

8:00pm Dancing With the Stars ABC - The remaining couples dance one last time before the final vote. I predict that we will soon get "Pole Dancing With the Stars".

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9:00pm America at a Crossroads PBS/KCET - "Homegrown: Islam In Prison" Are we breeding radical Islamic terrorists in our own prisons?

9:00pm Heroes NBC - Peter tries to destroy the virus that he thinks will destroy humanity. TV Junkie 9:00pm Pick.

9:30pm Notes From the Underbelly ABC - Season Premiere. I _have_ kids and even I didn't like season one. I'll give them another chance.

9:30pm The Boy With the Green Hair TCM - A war orphan who wakes up one morning with green hair is subjected to ridicule, and this ain't no comedy (1948).

10:00pm America at a Crossroads PBS/KCET - "Campus Battleground" Watch our co-eds get all uppity about Israel and Palestine. Terrorists vs. Zionofacists. TV Junkie 10:00pm Pick.