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TV Junkie: Super Bowl XLIII Weekend Edition

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Super Bowl XLIII
Super Bowl XLIII

Super Bowl XLIII
A lot of our sport fan/fiend friends are convinced that this Sunday's Super Bowl event will be a boring blow out - "the Cardinals will win how?" is oft heard. But for a lot of media dorks, ourselves included, the Super Bowl is all about the ads. We already know that GoDaddy and PETA have had their ads denied (as must have been planned for). Adweek's Barbara Lippert analyzes past Super Bowl commercial foibles as well as a list of all expected advertisers for XLIII. On Saturday, CBS also takes a trip down memory lane with a program on the "best" commercials of years past.Programs of note: "Heroes" fans might want to check out G4's Saturday "Heroes" marathon to get caught up to speed in anticipation of the new season. Also, who has become a fan of Showtime's Sunday lineup? Thank goodness for HBO OnDemand so that we can catch up on "Flight of the Conchords" after watching Showtime's 10-11pm block.

The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "Monk", Letterman, "The Soup", Ferguson; Saturday - "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2009", Bug, "SNL"; Sunday - Super Bowl, "The Office", "Big Love", "United States of Tara", "Secret Diary of a Call Girl"

Full weekend listings of program picks after the jump...

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9:00pm Friday Night Lights NBC - In case you won't be getting enough football this weekend: Coach Taylor is pressured to make some changes to his team for an upcoming game - whoa, that's heavy...

9:00pm Monk USA - Monk can't go to a football game until he discovers who tried to blow up a fan in the parking lot.

9:45pm The Night of the Hunter TCM - (1955) A wise matron (Lillian Gish) protects children hiding from a corrupt preacher (Robert Mitchum)

10:00pm Comedy Central Presents Comedy Central - Stand-up comedian Tommy Johnagin followed by Jamie Lissow

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Mary Hicks, mother of comic Bill Hicks; Gaslight Anthem performs.

11:35am The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Elizabeth Banks; actor Dev Patel; James Morrison performs.

12:30am The Soup E! - Craig Ferguson and John Henson guest.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Michael Sheen; comic Russell Peters; Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings perform.


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10:00am "Heroes" Marathon G4 - 13 Hours of "Heroes"!

8:00pm Crusoe NBC - Season Finale

8:00pm Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2009 CBS - A showcase of funny ads.

9:00pm Bug Showtime - (2006) At a rundown desert motel, a woman (Ashley Judd) begins a tentative relationship with a newcomer (Michael Shannon), which quickly degenerates into paranoia after the man insists that he has tiny insects under his skin.

11:25pm Saturday Night Live NBC - Host Steve Martin; Jason Mraz performs.


3:00pm Super Bowl XLIII: Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers NBC - The AFC Champion Steelers take on the NFC Champion Cardinals. From Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

(whenever the SuperBowl ends) The Office NBC - Michael tries to get his employees to relax; Andy thinks that Pam and Jim are film gurus.

9:00pm Big Love HBO - A potential witness against Roman goes underground; a revelation from Ana tests Bill's commitment; Margene receives some disturbing personal news

9:00pm The L Word Showtime - Jenny's movie negative goes missing; Shane's apologies are noticed; Jenny dismisses Alice's aspirations to write a screenplay

9:15pm Network TCM - (1976) A TV executive boosts her ratings with a mad anchorman who thinks he speaks for God.

10:00pm The United States of Tara Showtime - A date night with Max turns into a male-bonding session

10:00pm Flight of the Conchords HBO - Bret organizes a gang to protect himself from rappers he disrespected in a song

10:00pm Secret Diary of a Call Girl Showtime - Belle tries to maintain a relationship; a client's wife unexpectedly appears.