TV Junkie: Monday
Today is the premiere date of NBC Universal Digital Studio's first original online series "Gemini Division," starring Rosario Dawson and Justin Hartley. The show debuts on NBC.com, SCIFI.com, GeminiDivision.com and several mobile, gaming and VOD platforms. So here we have a network jumping into the online drama fray - remember when LAist profiled "Quarterlife" and interviewed show creator Marshall Herskovitz last Fall? It's true that "Quarterlife" has no Rosario Dawson but perhaps the lower cost of production is what makes "Quarterlife" a bit more meaty an offering than the 5-7 minute webisode format of "Gemini Division".
Good news fellow junkies, despite the increase of people going online to get their news at the expense of newspapers, the boob tube is still theprimary source of "news" according to the Pew Research Center.
8:00pm XXIX Summer Olympics NBC - Gymnastics, individual finals: men's rings, vault, women's uneven bars, women's trampoline; track & field, finals: men's steeplechase, 400m hurdles, long jump, pole vault; beach volleyball, women's semifinals.
8:00pm Top Gear BBC Jeremy drives from London to Oslo in a Mercedes McLaren SLR; Richard and James take the ferry to see who gets there first.
8:00pm Iron Chef Japan: Sea Monster Week Fine Living Network - This week debuts with "Battle Octopus" followed by "Battle Giant Lobster" (at 10:00pm).
9:00pm The Closer TNT - When a 12-year-old disappears, Brenda must decide whether to treat him as a runaway or a missing person.
9:00pm Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House HBO - HBO's Monday night documentary takes a look at White House journalist Helen Thomas.
10:00pm The Hills MTV - Season Premiere.
10:00pm Weeds Showtime - Nancy discovers the tunnel is being used for more than drugs - Esteban allays her fears and her nagging headache with a powerful remedy. Andy locates Maria and brings her across the border to an awaiting Doug.
10:00pm Saving Grace TNT - A woman is brutally murdered and her son is abducted - the squad works frantically to find the missing boy. It's all about missing kids on TNT tonight.
10:00pm The Middleman ABC Family - A demonic puppet that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler escapes from an auction - seriously?
10:00pm Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein Discovery - Series premiere. Josh Bernstein goes on a quest to uncover the true story of the gladiator - because we really want Josh's perspective.
10:30pm Busted MTV - Series Premiere
Pic of Rosario Dawson in GeminiDivision courtesy NBC