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TV Junkie: Thursday
The Screen Actors Guild contract runs out on Monday, yup, the day is fast upon us, and it looks like, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the SAG will attempt to extend their contract instead of vote for a strike. This will keep the studios' projects moving forward while the SAG and AFTRA get in lockstep (or not) and the SAG decides what its deal-breaking points are (or not). The SAG is becoming very aware of how shaky its membership is feeling, economically speaking, after the WGA strike last year. As LAist reported earlier this month, the economic impact of the WGA strike was significant, can the region handle another similar event?
8:00-2:00am George Carlin Marathon HBO2 - Part Deux of HBO's tribute to the incredible and amazing and George Carlin. George, I miss you already: What Am I Doing in New Jersey? (1988), Doin' It Again (1990), Jammin' in New York (1992), Back in Town (1996), You Are All Diseased (1999), It's Bad for Ya (2008). TV Junkie Pick O' The Night
8:00pm Last Comic Standing NBC - Richard Belzer and Steve Schirripa continue their work as talent scouts as the show heads to Las Vegas for the semi-finals.
9:30pm My Boys TBS - The boys engage in a shirt-making contest.
9:30pm The Killing Fields TCM - (1984)Roland Joffe's genocidal epic, with Sam Waterson, Haing S. Ngor as Dith Pran (who died in March), and Spalding Gray, about the in the 1975 fall of Phnom Penh.
10:00pm Fear Itself NBC - On her wedding day, a bride (Maggie Lawson) gets a note warning that her groom is a serial killer.
10:00pm Penn & Teller: Bulls...! SHOWTIME - The boys look at alternative medicine
10:00pm Hopkins 24/7 ABC - Season Premiere.Behind the scenes at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
11:35pm The Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Mary-Kate Olsen; comic Jim Gaffigan (LAist interview HERE); Gavin DeGraw performs.
Pic from "My Boys" via TBS
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
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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.
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