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TV Junkie: (Not So) Big Wednesday

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The WGA is engaging in talks but that doesn't mean that the Oscars still aren't in danger. For an idea of what the economic impact of a canceled Oscars will be check out the diagram to the right from the 01/28/2008 issue of Business Week. Obviously the entire dollar amount is not exclusive to Los Angeles but a significant portion of it is localized ($26.5 million on limos, security, and gifts??). After reading some comments about the WGA strike here at LAist it's obvious that a lot of people are in pain over this but it's seems silly to me to blame the writers for the situation - this is a chance for all the affected industries to put pressure on the producers, studios, and networks to be a little less greedy.

My issue with The Daily Show and The Colber(t) Repor(t) not listing their guests continues to bug me since I would have given you the heads up to watch Colber(t) last night because author of Blink and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell was on and brilliant as usual and before that we had economist and subject of American Public Media's Marketplace segment, "The Sloan Sessions", explaining what is or isn't a recession to the confused and concerned Colber(t).

8:00pm Pioneers of Television PBS/KCET - Series Finale. Unfortunately this great series is finishing with the history of game shows but that's been part of TV since the beginning.

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9:00pm The Moment of Truth FOX - Series Premiere. Pure garbage. Showing fatal car crashes in slow motion would have more human and artistic value.

9:00pm The Jewish Americans PBS/KCET - Series Finale.

10:00pm Project Runway BRAVO - The contestants are forced to deal with denim and we're forced to watch it.

10:00pm Smash Lab DISCOVERY - Could carbon fiber used in reinforcing tunnels help hurricane-proof houses?

10:30pm Reno 911 COMEDYCENTRAL - New episode. This is the one with the guy from the Drew Carey Show as a version of 'Dog the Bounty Hunter'

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10:30pm Hollywood Residential STARZ - Series Premiere. Cheryl Hines of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame produces and guest stars in this improv comedy. If you don't get Starz you can still check out the first episode HERE. TV Junkie Pick O' The Night.

11:00pm Pros vs. Joes SPIKE - Season Premiere.