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TV Junkie: Thursday
Tomorrow the 10 day countdown of the SAG contract expiration begins. Reuters reports that the TV studios are already bracing for a strike even though the SAG has yet to vote to strike. Some TV shows have 2 or 3 shows for the upcoming season in the bag already but most do not. Even if the SAG chooses not to strike, because there is no contract signed as of today, there will be some effect on production which means the doldrums of summer will linger into fall to some point.
8:30pm Last Comic Standing NBC - Lonny Ross and Keith Powell scout for talent at a special audition in Miami for international comics.
9:00pm Sayonara TCM - (1957) An American jet ace has a poignant affair with the star performer of a famed Japanese acting company. With Marlon Brando, Red Buttons, Miiko Taka, Ricardo Montalban, and James Garner.
9:15pm The FogIFC - (1980) Californians are haunted by corpses from a 100-year-old shipwreck. Anything starring Adrienne Barbeau is tops on my list.
9:30pm My Boys TBS - Stephanie suggests that P.J. host a dinner party. Jamie Kaler and Jim Gaffigan are the best things about this show, wish there were more of them in it.
10:00pm America's Best Dance Crew MTV - Season Premiere. Randy Jackson's reality dance competition returns.
10:00pm Penn & Teller: Bull****! SHOWTIME - Season Premiere.
10:00pm Swingtown CBS - Trina heats up a house warming party with her fondue "technique".
10:00pm Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List BRAVO - On at a new time.
10:00pm Crime 360 A&E - Season Finale.
10:30pm Reno 911! COMEDYCENTRAL - Wiegel's estranged father returns from prison
11:35pm The Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Jason Bateman; actress Teri Garr; Keyshia Cole performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Billy Bob Thornton; comedian Lewis Black; Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters perform.
Donald Trump was a fading TV presence when the WGA strike put a dent in network schedules.
Pickets are being held outside at movie and TV studios across the city
For some critics, this feels less like a momentous departure and more like a footnote.
Disneyland's famous "Fantasmic!" show came to a sudden end when its 45-foot animatronic dragon — Maleficent — burst into flames.
Leads Ali Wong and Steven Yeun issue a joint statement along with show creator Lee Sung Jin.
Every two years, Desert X presents site-specific outdoor installations throughout the Coachella Valley. Two Los Angeles artists have new work on display.