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TV Junkie: Showtime Premieres 'Nurse Jackie' & 'United States of Tara'

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"The United States of Tara" season premiere is tonight at 10:30pm on Showtime after "Nurse Jackie".

"The United States of Tara" season premiere is tonight at 10:30pm on Showtime after "Nurse Jackie".
There's a lot of new TV on tonight with plenty of premieres and finales. Foremost among the premieres are Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" (see today's interviews w/Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, etc.) and "The United States of Tara" - both half-hour dramedies with more of an emphasis on drama than comedy. With "Nurse Jackie" (10pm) you have the incomparable multi-Emmy winning Edie Falco supported by a more than capable cast with Peter Facinelli in a role much better suited to him than you will ever see in the Twilight film series. We've seen most of season 2 and it inspired us to go back and re-watch the season 1 DVDs, it is that good.The chameleon known as Toni Collette has won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her role(s) as Tara Gregor in "The United States of Tara" (10:30pm) and those were well-deserved. In one scene of an upcoming episode, you will be treated to seeing her morph through all of her characters in about 2 minutes. This season will also feature a couple of Tara's personalities stepping way out of bounds with repercussions on the rest of her family. Unfortunately we don't think Patton Oswalt will feature as much this time around but cast mates John Corbett and Rosemarie DeWitt more than step up to the plate. Both of these series are must-watch if you have Showtime.
The "Breaking Bad" season premiere last night scored the series its biggest night yet with more than 2 million viewers on its first airing. This remarkable show deserves many million more viewers - tell your friends and family about it. Last night's premiere was directed by series star Bryan Cranston and it was a truly cinematic event. We can't wait for next Sunday. In the meantime, check out our interviews with Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and series creator (and "X-Files" dude) Vince Gilligan from last Friday.
We have a lot of connects with other shows tonight. At the end of our post, check out: our video interview with dancers from ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" which premieres tonight at 8pm; our interview with Brando Eaton whose "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" has a season finale tonight on ABC Family at 8pm; our interview with TLC series host, George Duran, whose "Ultimate Cake Off" has a season finale at 9pm;
The TV Junkie Plan: @aots, "Top Gear", "24", "Nurse Jackie", "The United States of Tara", "Chelsea Lately", Leno, Ferguson (John Cusack).

7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Military tech; Internet tools; skit.

8:00pm Chuck NBC - Sarah and Shaw observe Chuck's every move as he takes a final test to see if he is ready to be a spy.

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8:00pm How I Met Your Mother CBS - Lily is upset when Ted brings a date to her birthday dinner celebration.

8:00pm Dancing with the Stars ABC - Season Premiere

8:00pm Top Gear BBC America - Season Premiere

8:00pm The Secret Life of the American Teenager ABC Family - Season Finale.

9:00pm Trauma NBC - A traumatic event from Rabbit's past is revealed in therapy; a patient is put at risk when Diana and Nancy have different opinions

9:00pm Gossip Girl The CW - Damien pressures Jenny; Lily shares her secret with Rufus; Chuck makes a difficult decision about his hotel.

9:00pm Ultimate Cake Off TLC - Season Finale

9:00pm 24 FOX - Day 8: 4:00AM- 5:00AM Jack leads the field operatives on a risky mission; Dana and Chloe make significant moves

9:30pm The Big Bang Theory CBS - Sheldon's stage fright stands between him and a coveted award.

10:00pm Nurse Jackie Showtime - Season Premiere

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10:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel Channel - Tony hits Provence, France, hard....

10:00pm Atlas 4D Discovery - The surprising connections between the land, the animals and the people that inhabit the Great Rift Valley.

10:00pm Castle ABC - An accomplished and insightful federal investigator (Dana Delany) helps Castle and Beckett

10:00pm Damages FX - Carol Tobin is forced to reveal the truth about Thanksgiving after Patty tracks her down; Ellen's family life becomes chaotic

10:30pm Be Good Johnny Weir Sundance - Season Finale

10:30pm The United States of Tara Showtime - Season Premiere

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Dakota Fanning; Boys Like Girls

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Reality television programming participant Kelly Cutrone; round-table participants include Jen Kirkman and Matt Braunger.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Greg Kinnear; eliminated "American Idol" contestant Lacey Brown; Michael Bublý performs; journalist Harry Smith presents the Top Ten

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Sports analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith with TV show host Ernie Johnson; figure skater Johnny Weir; k.d. lang performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Demi Lovato; TV host Tom Bergeron; The All-American Rejects perform.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor John Cusack; chef Wolfgang Puck.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Alicia Silverstone; actor Mark Valley; Rogue Wave performs.