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TV Junkie: Monday - Shark Week

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While it's understood that "Mad Men" isn't an action/adventure series, last night's season premiere could have used a bit more oomph. While highly dramatic and exceptionally written there was too much seed planting vs. movement. OK, so Draper's wife, Betty, can flirt with a tow truck driver? We don't really expect her to go beyond that red herring - this isn't "Nip/Tuck" after all. What we can expect is Draper to get together with Betty's former roommate who's now a call girl since he handed her his card. Not that the show wasn't a pleasure to watch through a Martini haze which is what the doctor ordered.

Oh, yeah, there's this thing called the SAG and they still don't have a contract. Saturday the SAG finally stated that what they won't budge on is new media, since, obviously, content delivery and accessibility on DVD is going to become a secondary option in the near future.

There's a lot of TV tonight for some reason - check out late night as well as primetime.

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8:00pm Top Gear BBC America - James drives a 1970s Maserati Bora; a German-built Weissman MF3 is compared to a TVR Tuscan MKII; Jeremy drives a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow MK1 into a swimming pool.

9:00pm Surviving Sharks DISCOVERY - Les Stroud puts himself in harm's way with some of the deadliest sharks. Shark Week is back! TV Junkie loves that the Discovery Channel's home page title is "Discovery Channel: Science, History, Space, Tech, Sharks, News"

9:00pm The Recruiter HBO - Premiere. Sgt. 1st Class Clay Usie struggles to enlist soldiers into the U.S. Army in this documentary - part of HBO's Monday Night Documentary Series.

9:00pm The Closer TNT - This week it's "Cherry Bomb" which the TV Junkie had a chance to preview (thanks TNT) - it's pretty good and a bit faster-paced than the first couple episodes this season (less character development of Brenda perhaps). This time Brenda suspects something more then suicide when a high-school girl is found hanged in her bedroom - she uncovers a ruthless sexual game being played at a private school. Wait, aren't those the salad days we all look back on fondly?

10:00pm Chasing Churchill: In Search of My Grandfather PBS/KCET - The United States, the birthplace of Winston Churchill's mother; Egypt; Churchill's gift with words and passion for painting.

10:00pm Weeds SHOWTIME - Doug and Andy interview candidates for their human smuggling operation; Celia discovers inexpensive Mexican pharmacies - Acapulco Gold baby!

10:00pm Paranormal State A&E - Season Premiere. Ryan Buell investigates paranormal activity in a home in western Pennsylvania.

10:00pm Saving Grace TNT - Ham's brother comes to visit before being deployed, Grace and Leon dream about each other, and TV Junkie dreams about Holly Hunter.

10:00pm The Mole ABC - Players are stunned when their whole world is turned upside down - really, this is the tagline for every week of the program.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Animal handler Julie Scardina; actor Brendan Fraser; Gnarls Barkley performs.

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1135pm The Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Gillian Anderson; actor Simon Pegg; We Are Scientists perform. TV Junkie Late Night Pick

12:35am Late Night With Conan O'Brien NBC - Actor Kelsey Grammer; actress Keke Palmer; the Ting Tings perform.

Great White Shark pic via the Discovery Channel for "Shark Week"