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TV Junkie: Thursday

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Gob from "Arrested Development", aka Will Arnett, hasstruck a deal with Fox to create his own show. His absence from the small screen will finally come to an end and here's to hoping that the show won't turn into some kind of generic garbage. Hubby Amy Poehler is also slated to get her own show on NBC sometime after their first child is born. I dunno, both parents are actors with starring roles on shows on different networks, that's a tall order to fill - wish them luck.

We're really enjoying that Sundance's "Iconoclasts" is returning to the air, err, cable. Tonight entrepreneur Richard Branson hangs out with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and teaches him how to swim. These odd couple pairings are both smart and funny, kind of like a dream date. If only we could figure out how to finagle the DVDs from Sundance.

The TV Junkie Plan: The Thief of Bagdad (because we're feeling classic, or maybe just classy), "The Office", "SNL Thursdays", "Iconoclasts", surfing between Letterman/Leno.

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7:00pm The Thief of Bagdad TCM - (1940) In this great classic, a boy thief and a genie in a bottle help a blinded prince recover his kingdom.

8:00pm Survivor: Gabon CBS - The Fang and Kota tribes duke it out in another set of challenges.

9:00pm Grey's Anatomy ABC - Cristina stumbles into a part of the hospital that she and the other residents haven't seen before.

9:00pm The Office NBC - Michael has Dwight go over possible birthing scenarios to prepare for the birth of Jan's baby

9:00pm P.O.V.: Soldiers of Conscience PBS/KCET - Eight U.S. soldiers discuss the tension between spiritual values and military orders.

9:00pm Grey's Anatomy ABC - Derek finds Meredith's mother's old diary; Callie anxiously prepares for her first real date with Erica

9:30pm Saturday Night Live Thursdays NBC - A special presidential race edition of 'Weekend Update'

10:00pm It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX - Paddy's Pub: The Worst Bar in Philadelphia

10:00pm Life on Mars ABC - Did anyone watch this last week? What did you think?

10:00pm Iconoclasts Sundance - Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson - Branson teaches the Archbishop how to swim

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11:35pm The Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Presidential candidate John McCain (if he shows up); Ne-Yo performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Sen. Joe Biden; actor Colin Farrell; Lenka performs. Check out this clip of Biden introducing the show.

Pic of Branson and Tutu via Sundance