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TV Junkie: Weekend Edition

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OK so the Oscars are this weekend. Even though the writers' strike is over, the prediction is that this will be a ho-hum (excuse me?) Oscars. First of all, the majority of the films presented for consideration are real downers, secondly, because of the strike, many potential presenters thought that the awards ceremony would be canceled or drastically cut back so they made other plans and are now not available to present at the show. I'm sure they will have enough presenters but perhaps there won't be as many "mega-stars", thus leaving room for more indie-types.

TONIGHT

8:00pm Tour of California: Stage 5 Solvang Time Trial VERSUS - Levi Leipheimer started the day with a 13 second lead, will he still be the leader after the race against the clock?

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8:45pm Manhattan TCM - Woody Allen's love song to NYC. Mariel Hemingway I lurve you.

9:00pm Monk USA - Season Finale.

9:00pm 20/20 ABC - Extraordinary congenital disorders and diseases, including fatal familial insomnia, persistent sexual arousal syndrome and sirenomelia sequence.

12:35am Late Night With Conan O'Brien NBC - Nathan Lane, Michel Gondry(!!), Secondhand Serenade. TV Junkie Late Night Pick.

SATURDAY

2:00pm 2008 Independent Spirit Awards IFC - From Santa Monica, host Rainn Wilson

2:00pm Tour of California: Stage 6 From Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita VERSUS - TV Junkie Pick O' The Day.

9:00pm Trading Spaces TLC - Feuding neighbors try to resolve differences by redecorating each other's rooms, what do you think will happen? Oh, and Paige, I lurve you.

9:00pm Torchwood BBCA - Any other SciFi geeks out there enjoying this series? The last couple weeks have been very good.

9:00pm Knight Rider NBC - An encore presentation of what is sure to be a classic (not).

9:00pm Raging Bull TCM - (1980) DeNiro and Scorsese's best. If you're pregnant and don't want to deliver yet, don't watch.

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SUNDAY

2:00pm Tour of California: Stage 7 From Santa Clarita to Pasadena VERSUS - The final stage.

5:00pm 80th Academy Awards ABC - Hosted by Jon Stewart.

10:00pm Dexter CBS - After five hours of Oscar garbage you'll be ready to kill someone too.

10:00pm Breaking Bad AMC - TV Junkie Pick O' The Night.