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TV Junkie: Weekend Edition

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If you're not heading home to hit the bottle hard after this week, more power to you. I'm not sure what solace TV will provide this weekend, what with "The Starter Wife", that, despite all the heavy hype, looks less than funny.

What also looks less than good are the plans of "Survivor" creator, Mark Burnett, to recreate "This Is Your Life" according to the Hollywood Reporter. The original, while kitschy now, was an interesting program _for_its_time_ which doesn't mean that it should be reincarnated. How about some original ideas out there Mark? Or is your creative muse as flat as my 401k?

The TV Junkie plan: Tonight - "Stargate" (gettin' geekified), Letterman (Lou Reed yo!), Ferguson ("Little Britain"); Saturday - Graham Norton; Sunday - various Paul Newman movies, "Dexter", "Mad Men"

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9:00pm The Starter Wife USA - 2-hour Series Premiere

9:00pm Stargate Atlantis Sci Fi - New Time

9:00pm Deal or No Deal NBC -
A Kansas City newlywed tries to win the top prize with six million-dollar cases on the board.

10:00pm Sanctuary Sci Fi - New Time

11:35pm The Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Jeremy Piven; actress Elizabeth Banks; Lou Reed performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - "Little Britain"; Tom Morello performs.


8:00pm Macy's Passport Celebrity Catwalk Challenge NBC - Tori Spelling hosts as celebrities participate in the department store's fashion show. Thanks Tori, really.

8:00pm The 2008 Fox Reality Channel Really Awards Fox Reality -
Memorable moments from the past year of reality TV. Wait a minute, wasn't this called The Emmys?

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8:00pm Dogs 101 Animal Planet - A look at favorite dog breeds from the Airedale Terrier to the Yorkie.

10:00pm The Graham Norton Show BBC America - Season Premiere

10:00pm The Dish E! - New show and check out the LAist interview with host Danielle Fishel

12:00am Gimme My Reality Show Fox Reality - Series Premiere


Turner Classic Movies is doing an all-day Paul Newman retrospective - check it out.

8:00pm The Amazing Race CBS -
The remaining couples receive their next destination and challenges.

9:00pm Desperate Housewives ABC -
Bree's (Marcia Cross) estranged daughter returns to Wisteria Lane and is overwhelmed with criticism.

9:00pm Easy Money The CW -
Morgan (Jeff Hephner) discovers that he may not be related to the only family he has ever known.

9:00pm Rock of Love Girls: Charm School VH1 - Season Premiere

9:00pm True Blood HBO - Sookie seeks refuge from her friends' and neighbors' inner voices; Jason wrestles with withdrawal symptoms

9:00pm Dexter Showtime - Dexter encounters a fellow predator; a murder is pinned on Freebo, but Dexter knows the truth;

10:00pm Skins BBC America - Season Premiere.

10:00pm Entourage HBO - Dom asks Vince to bail him out

10:00pm Scream Queens VH1 - Series Premiere

10:00pm Mad Men AMC - Don makes some new friends on his trip to Los Angeles; Peggy looks for romance; Duck ponders the future of Sterling Cooper.

10:00pm Californication Showtime - All new episode focuses on a prostitute.

10:30pm Little Britain USA HBO - Sebastian interrupts the President's meeting; Vicky vents during a boot-camp counseling session; Andy is caught shoplifting; Bubbles tries to seduce the cruise-ship captain.

"Little Britain USA" pic via HBO