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TV Junkie: Weekend Edition

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Torchwood is a guilty pleasure and its new season starts tonight on the BBCA. If you've ever been in a foreign land and seen a slightly dated American TV program come on and felt that queasy embarrassment then you know what watching Torchwood is like. It's cheesy and over-the-top science fiction with British accents and the odd dashing American thrown in. Everyone is hyper-sexed and they don't seem to discriminate between whichever sex they are attracted to at a particular moment and despite all the sexiness and the fact that it's a Euro import, I'm always a little dismayed at the lack of skin and even more dismayed at some of the gay-'80s hairdos. Still, it's well shot, good for a few laughs, and the way things are going with US licensing of UK shows, you'll be seeing it on one of the big four before you know it.

Saturday

1:00pm US Figure Skating Championships NBC - I know you ladies like this stuff.

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2:00pm America’s Best Dance Crew MTV - Casting showdown - time to learn some moves for the next time I'm in the club.

8:00pm Miss America Pageant 2008 TLC - More fodder for the Donald and I love that it's on TLC. Wait for racy photos of the winner to be unearthed by a tabloid by Wednesday next week.

8:00pm Nature: Parrots in the Land of Oz PBS/KCET - A show about a different kind of bird.

9:00pm Torchwood BBCA - Season Premiere. TV Junkie Saturday Pick [See above]

Sunday

8:00pm 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards TNT - At the Shrine.

9:00pm Guinness World Records: Top 100 NBC - This book was some kind of Bible for us boys growing up in the '70s but now that I'm grown up I just hear the word "Guinness"

9:00pm The Wire HBO - The newspaper scrambles to confirm surprising news from City Hall

10:00pm Breaking Bad AMC - The first episode was fantastic, I'm going to have to stick with this for a while. TV Junkie Sunday Pick.