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TV Junkie: Weekend Edition

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Supposedly Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will make an appearance on tomorrow's "Saturday Night Live" - Lorne Michaels really knows how to ruin a good thing. I can see where he's going though, since evidently just getting a Republican to show up on your show after making fun of them for weeks pays off as David Letterman learned with a spike in viewership of last night's face-to-face with John McCain that trounced Jay Leno's ratings.

Tonight we have the premiere of a good book made into a bad series ("Crusoe"), a good magazine made into an OK series ("Real Simple. Real Life.") and a good movie made into a good series ("Crash").

The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "Real Time with Bill Maher", "Crash", Letterman (Tina Fey!), Conan (Mike Birbiglia!!); Saturday - "SNL"; Sunday - "True Blood", "Mad Men"

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8:00pm Crusoe NBC - Series Premiere.

8:00pm Real Time with Bill Maher HBO - Actor Ben Affleck; Sen. Bernie Sanders (Ind-Vt.); actor Martin Short; journalist Thomas L. Friedman; political consultant Frank Luntz.

8:00pm Real Simple. Real Life. TLC - Series Premiere.

10:00pm Crash Starz - Series Premiere.

10:00pm The Starter Wife USA - New time slot.

10:00pm NUMB3RS CBS - When eight people, including two police officers, are gunned down in a coffee shop, Don and his team uncover a trail of blackmail. For you Zach.

11:35pm The Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Tina Fey; comic Frank Caliendo; Tim Montana performs.

12:35am Late Night With Conan O'Brien NBC - Actor Edward Norton; actor Chris ``Ludacris'' Bridges; comic Mike Birbiglia.


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9:00pm Living Proof Lifetime - Dr. Dennis Slamon develops an effective drug to combat breast cancer.

9:00pm Fire & Ice Sci Fi - A princess and a knight must save a kingdom from a rampaging dragon.

9:00pm Primeval BBC America - When an anomaly closes with Cutter and Stephen on the other side, they must brave the heat and sand-dwelling crabs to discover another way back home.

11:25pm Saturday Night Live NBC - Host Josh Brolin; Adele performs. Supposedly Sarah Palin will make a cameo experience, why bother?


9:00pm Dexter Showtime - Dexter tries to convince Rita that his proposal is sincere; Miguel's brother desperately searches for Oscar's murderer

9:00pm Desperate Housewives ABC -The women of Wisteria Lane are envious of Bree's cookbook and her entrepreneurial success

9:00pm True Blood HBO - Sookie's painful childhood revelation spurs Bill into action

10:00pm The Unit CBS - Bob is taken hostage by a drug cartel after posing as a chemist.

10:00pm Mad Men AMC - Don meets up with an old friend; Pete's personal life presents problems; Joan brings her boyfriend to the office.

10:00pm Entourage HBO - Vince does a photo shoot, and we hope more.

10:00pm Skins BBC America - Sketch is in love with Maxxie and proves she's willing to go to great lengths to prove he could love her too

10:00pm Californication Showtime - A botched proposal, a paternity revelation and an allergic reaction to sushi derail Hank and Karen's dinner party

10:30pm Little Britain USA HBO - Lou and Andy search for a miracle; Vicky is caught smoking; two thieves get nervous while robbing a bank; George and Sandra share some tea

Pic of Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton via NBC