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TV Junkie: Weekend Edition - Writer's Strike Cost 38,000 Jobs & $2.1 Billion

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In contrast to the wildly cute meerkates to the right (yes, they're back), some seriously big numbers have been issued by the prestigious Milken Institute has put out an impressive study of the impact of the writer's strike. In summary:

- 37,700 jobs lost
- $2.1 billion in lost output through the end of 2008

The cascading effects of the strike are what reportedly tipped the state into a recession in early 2008, but by 2009 the effects will diminish considerably and be less noticeable, but another strike could prolong recovery for an additional year. A PDF of the full report is available here.

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9:00pm Man vs. Wild DISCOVERY - Season Finale. Bear Grylls visits Siberian yak herders descended from Genghis Khan.

10:00pm Battlestar Galactica SCIFI - Starbuck and the Galactica crew try to stay one step ahead of the Cylons.

8:00pm Charlie Jade SCIFI - Series Premiere

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9:00pm Meerkat Manor ANIMAL PLANET - Season Premiere. Holy crap - the meerkats are back! Be prepared to be pummeled to death by cuteness.

9:00pm Hot Fuzz HBO - (2007) A British constable (Simon Pegg) feels certain foul play is afoot when a series of grisly accidents rocks his quiet village.

11:35pm The Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Jenna Fischer; sports announcer Jim Nantz; Gavin Rossdale performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel LIVE ABC - Actor Kevin Nealon; reality TV star DeAnna Pappas; the Ting Tings perform.


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6:00pm Lakers/Celtics NBA Finals ABC - Game Two.

8:00pm Your Place or Mine? TLC - Series Premiere

8:00pm My Left Foot IFC - (1989) The now-classic Daniel Day-Lewis film about Irish painter Christy Brown.

9:00pm Law & Order: Criminal Intent USA - Returns from hiatus

10:00pm This American Life SHOWTIME - Season Finale. Know anyone named John Smith?

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