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TV Junkie: Weekend Edition

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OK, just a couple more days to go of overexposure to Michael Phelps. Yes, he's amazing but do we need profiles of him every single night? Interesting how these profiles gloss over his 2004 DUI conviction. We know what he eats, we know how his dog snores, but we don't hear about his DUI, or his broken wrist, and other setbacks he's had over the last few years - facts which only make his story a bit more interesting but don't get the exposure as decided by NBC bigwigs.

Sunday is very busy this weekend with plenty of season finales but keep your eyes open for the Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget, and an interesting new series on BBC America called "Skins". "Mad Men" and "Generation Kill" will also have new episodes - if you are curious about how "Generation Kill" came about, check out these interviews with author Evan Wright and Staff Sergeant Eric Kocher over at BigThink.


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8:00pm XXIX Summer Olympics NBC - Swimming finals: men's 100m butterfly, 50m freestyle, women's 200m backstroke, 800m freestyle; track & field, heptathlon, day 1, shot put final; beach volleyball; volleyball, men's: USA vs. China.

8:00pm FNMTV MTV - Performance by We The Kings. Video Premieres by The Game w/Lil Wayne, Solange and Gym Class Heroes.

8:30pm Meerkat Manor Animal Planet - Rocket Dog's pups, Nugget and Beaker, get their first lesson in desert survival; the Whiskers move burrows.

9:00pm Monk USA - When Monk investigates a death aboard a submarine he becomes trapped underwater - name that phobia!

10:0pm Swingtown CBS - Bruce and Susan go line dancing with Trina and Tom

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10:00pm Stargate Atlantis Sci Fi - Atlantis becomes host to the minds of disembodied Replicators, led by someone very close to the team.

10:30pm Ashley Paige: Bikini or Bust TLC - Season Finale


7:30pm XXIX Summer Olympics NBC - Swimming finals: men's 4x100m medley relay, 1500m freestyle, women's 50m freestyle, women's 4x100m medley relay; track & field, women's marathon, men's 100m final.

9:00pm Confessions of a Go-Go Girl Lifetime - A young woman's life spirals out of control when she takes a job as a go-go dancer. [Sorry - no real alternatives this Saturday night]

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7:00pm XXIX Summer Olympics NBC - Gymnastics, individual finals: men's floor, pommel horse, women's floor, vault; track & field, finals: women's 100m; triathlon, women's; diving, women's springboard final.

8:00pm Code Monkeys G4 - Season Finale. GTA parody!

8:00pm Big Brother CBS - Two more houseguests are nominated for eviction

9:0pm Skins BBC America - Series Premiere. This cool new show from the BBC shows that it's possible to create good teen comedy-drama. TV Junkie 9:00pm Pick

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9:00pm Generation Kill HBO - First Recon must escort civilians fleeing Baghdad down the highway; First Recon has to go up against Iraqi armor with help from Marine reservists.

10:00pm The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget Comedy Central - Our friend Bob Saget gets the roast from Roasters Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, Greg Giraldo, Gilbert Gottfried, Cloris Leachman, Jon Lovitz, Norm Macdonald, Jim Norton, Brian Posehn and Jeffrey Ross TV Junkie Pick O' The Weekend.

10:00pm Mad Men AMC - Peggy's family hosts a lunch for their church's new priest; Don and Betty enjoy a weekend together

10:00pm The Two Coreys A&E - Season Finale

10:00pm In Plain Sight USA - Season Finale

10:00pm Snapped Oxygen - Season Finale.

Pic of Bob Saget courtesy Comedy Central