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TV Junkie: Weekend Edition

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This weekend concludes NBC's broadcast of the XXIX Summer Olympics which has had some very enjoyable moments, not necessarily enjoyable because of NBC, but it's not like we had a lot of choice. Who knows what moments we missed in the countless events that were not broadcast, who knows what sports would have piqued the interest of Americans, if only they had exposure to them.

In feedback to previous posts about the Olympics, commenters have argued that the Olympics have a lot of events that couldn't possibly be covered, and that the location is in China, which is halfway around the world, so we should be happy with what we received. The retort to that is, why should we be happy with NBC filtering the content, deciding and promoting who should be a star or focus of the games, in this, the 21st century? Why should we be happy that residents of other industrialized nations have access to more live broadcast events than we do? If you are a fan of certain events, you had to duck news feeds and other media so that NBC's 19-hour delayed broadcast wouldn't be spoiled - something that is not fun or practical these days. Here's to the athletes and here's to hoping that access will be improved by 2010 in Vancouver.


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8:00pm XXIX Summer Olympics NBC - Track & field, finals: men's 4x100m relay, pole vault, women's 4x100m relay, long jump, 5000m, decathlon, 1500m; diving, men's platform semifinal.

8:00pm Discovery Project Earth Discovery - Series Premiere. Scientists with varying specialties conduct experiments designed to save the Earth from global warming.

9:30pm Meerkat Manor Animal Planet - Season Finale. Zorro goes missing in action and tragedy strikes the Whiskers.

10:00pm Who Are You Wearing? TLC - Series Premiere.


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5:35pm Laurel & Hardy Marathon TCM - All night! Some real classics.

7:00pm XXIX Summer Olympics NBC - Track & field, men's marathon; track & field, finals: men's 800m, 5000m, 4x400 relay, women's 1500m, 4x400 relay, high jump; diving, men's platform final

7:00pm Making It Home: Greensburg TLC - Series Premiere. Six families in Kansas rebuild from the tornado that destroyed the town in May 2007.


7:00pm XXIX Summer Olympics NBC - Volleyball, men's final; closing ceremony. Really? Just the men's volleyball final and that's it? Kind of a whimper.

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9:00pm Law & Order: Criminal Intent USA - Season Finale. The detectives investigate one last nefarious crime on the season finale.

9:00pm Generation Kill HBO - Bravo reaches Baghdad

9:30pm Gene Simmons Family Jewels A&E - Season Finale

10:00pm Mad Men AMC - Don has to deal with issues between a TV comedian and his wife; Joan finds Don the perfect secretary.

10:00pm Skins BBC America - Jal Jal's clarinet skills have taken her all the way to the Young Musician of the Year competition, but her family keeps getting in the way of her practicing.

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10:00pm The Singing Office TLC - Season Finale

Philip Dalhausser spikes the ball against Brazil's Fabio Magalhaes (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)