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I’m back nerds. Sorry for the whole “Erin takes 3 months off thing after coming back hard.” There: Apology complete.

Can we talk about Southland? If you haven’t seen this week’s episode, look away. Alan Sepinwall, one of my favorite TV critics was a bit miffed about the shocker of and episode this week. He prefers the beat cop storylines to the detective storylines. While his reasoning is just (go ahead and read it yourself) I personally prefer watching Sammy, Nate and  Adams. They’re more invested, they show a bit more range and we see more of their family drama play out. I was a bit misty eyed at the end of this week’s episode. It was sudden, bold, and aggressive. It was 5 minutes of HBO shoved on TNT. It’s a shame more people aren’t tuning in. This show is something special. (Side note: Anyone else wishing AMC had picked up Southland? TNT doesn’t deserve it.)

I promise I’ll come back this time.

Photo: TNT

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday! In case football, pageantry and overrated commercials aren’t your thing, here’s what else is on TV. Mandi Bierly over at PopWatch put together a full list of the marathons and programing specials happening today. I selected a few of your best bets and listed them below.

  • Animal Planet: Puppy Bowl V (running continuously from  3 p.m. to 5 a.m.): I could watch puppies running around a little stadium all day. No seriously, I could.
  • A&E: The Sopranos (noon until 4 a.m.): I wish A&E had gone with Intervention or Dog but this will do.
  • CMT: Trading Spouses (2 p.m to 10 p.m.): I always feel so awful for the kids on these shows. It must be kind of a ner wracking two weeks. Lots of fighting and confusion. Nobody ever seems to mention that.
  • FX: Little Black Book, 2 p.m.; Maid in Manhattan, 4:30 p.m.; 13 Going on 30, 6:30 p.m.; The Devil Wears Prada, 8:30 p.m.
  • Oxygen: America’s Next Top Model (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.): I flipped on Oxygen a few days back and finally saw episodes of this show I hadn’t seen. Can’t wait to catch a marathon from the beginning.
  • SPEED: Pimp My Ride (1 p.m. to 3 a.m.): I always hated the really forced acting at the “planning meeting” at West Coast Customs. Lots of head nodding and using the word “phat.” 
  • Style: Clean House (noon to 3 a.m.)
  • TBS: Clueless, 11:30 a.m.; My Best Friend’s Wedding, 1:30 p.m.; Failure to Launch, 3:30 p.m.; What Women Want, 5:30 p.m.; My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 8 p.m 
  • TNT: The Closer (noon to 11 p.m.)

TBS totally trumps FX in terms of chick flicks don’t ya think? Again, to see the full list, head over to PopWatch.

Image: Dallas Star Telegram – You may be wondering why I picked that picture. I was in Tampa last year for a bowl game and our hotel was right near Raymond James Stadium. You know what else is right near Raymond James Stadium? Tons and tons of strip clubs. So when I Googled “Super Bowl 43” for a nice photo, this was actually one of the first to come up. It was also a running joke my friends had still have about the establishment right next door to our hotel.

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In between grilling copious amounts of brats and burgers, remembering our troops and taking naps outside, please note that Memorial Day also offers a great opportunity for TV watching.

Like the days leading up to Christmas, Memorial Day is rife with TV marathons. If you have an addictive personality, just need to catch up on some old favorites, or if you just have nothing else to do and hate the sun, today is just for you. Here’s what’s coming on:

  • TNT is showing 13 episodes of the original Law & Order today. With so many episodes at their disposal it would have made sense to have a theme for the episodes like “creepiest criminals,” “make-ups and break-ups,” etc. That was kind of a missed opportunity.
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 takes over TLC today.
  • Oxygen is running back-t0-back episodes of Bad Girls Club this morning followed by Deion & Pillar: Prime Time Love this afternoon. I tell you this just so you can avoid that station at all costs today.
  • Animal Planet is running their popular advice show It’s Me Or The Dog. I always thought this show was truly an ultimatum and a boyfriend or girlfriend would have to decide between the dog and the partner. It’s really just Dog Whisperer with a second-hand Cesar Milan. My show would’ve been a lot more interesting.
  • In an odd choice, FX decided to run back-to-back episodes of That 70’s Show. Even if their original shows (Nip/Tuck, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) are too raunchy for daytime, they could’ve at least picked a good comedy, or maybe just some old movies.
  • MSNBC is running one of my favorite series’ Lock Up. Sidenote, my roommate and I were watching the show last night and at Kentucky State Pen, prisoners with good behavior can get moved to the minimum security house. The house has cable, a stocked fridge, a vegetable garden and it’s on the lake. Basically, it’s better than our apartment.
  • For those of you who like to kick it old school, BET is airing Diff’rent Strokes all day.
  • And in an odd twist, MTV is running back-to-back eps of American Gladiators. I’m not quite sure how or why.

So have a safe and happy Memorial Day. Don’t drink and drive, wear sunscreen, and avoid the Oxygen at all costs.

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Do We Still Love Raymond?


PageSix is reporting Ray Romano is shopping a pilot to TNT. No word on what it’s about but since TNT is all drama these days, all signs point to it being a gutsy move.

Let’s guess what his show is going to be about? (Judging from what every other show on TNT is about)

  • A former alcoholic
  • An angry police officer
  • A CIA Agent
  • A cold-case employee
  • A doctor with a vice

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SAG Awards Tonight!


The Screen Actors Guild Awards are tonight! Finally, a chance to watch people in pretty dresses except awards for doing their jobs. It’s like your company’s holiday party with $3,000 gift bags. I love it!

I entered a pool on BuzzSugar to predict tonight’s winners. The SAG Awards are a wild card because the actor’s vote. So while Edie Falco may have only been okay in the last season of the Soprano’s, she may get more votes out of sympathy and cumulative career points.

Here are my picks for tonight’s TV categories. They’re long shots, but if I get them right, I can win a year’s worth of Netflix. (Because I need another excuse to watch TV on DVD.)

Male Actor In a Telefilm or Minseries
Kevin Kline, As You Like It

Female Actor In A Telefilm or Miniseries
Queen Latifah, Life Support

Actress In a Drama Series
Edie Falco, The Sopranos

Actor In a Drama Series
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Actor In a Comedy Series
Ricky Gervais, Extras

Actress In a Comedy Series
Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Drama Ensemble
The Sopranos

Comedy Ensemble
30 Rock

If you want to see the nominees and check out who the people on BuzzSugar are picking, go here. The show starts at 8/7 C on TBS and TNT.

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Escape Into TV This Holiday Season


Every holiday, television networks work very hard to attract viewers and retain them when their days off are over. The best way to do this is with marathons. Nothing says, “Please watch my channel” like a non-stop block of Cops. These marathons are also awesome for testing the waters on a new show or having a ham coma on the couch.

So in case you feel like tuning in, here are the best and worst marathons on TV the next few days:

  • TNT is airing a mini-marathon of ER holiday episodes. ER recognized the importance of the fall finale long before that term existed. These episodes represent some of the best dramatic television of the mid to late nineties. The episodes start Christmas Eve Morning. If nothing else, make time for Hindsight, one of my favorite ERs ever at 1:35 pm CST.
  • A&E is airing several episodes of Cold Case Files. This show is kind of intense, but well made. If you’re into crime shows, might I suggest the Christmas marathons of Cold Case, Monk or CSI:Miami. Brighter colors, cheesier dialogue and less talk about dead children, at least real ones. The latter marathons are on TNT, USA and A&E respectively. Old school CSI is also in marathon form on Spike…but you’ll have to sit through their commercials which leave a lot to be desired.
  • The History Channel is running an all-day tribute to UFOs. Don’t ask me how it relates to history. Last week they aired Forest Gump. I think they’re running out of content. Anyway, it’s a bunch of different shows which is a refreshing innovation to the marathon. You can see Deep Sea UFOS, UFO Hunters, and Beyond War of the Worlds. Just nerdy enough to be cool.
  • And if you feel like hating yourself this Christmas, you can tune in to The Hills marathon on MTV or the Countdown one (100 Greatest Reality Moments, 100 Greatest songs of the ’80s) on VH1. Please don’t watch this. Just don’t give in to the temptation and subject yourself to irrelevant people pretending to be relevant talking about ridiculous things…and that’s just on VH1.
  • The best marathon of all starts on the evening of the 24th with 24 Hours of A Christmas Story. For several years in a row, my favorite gift has been this marathon. It’s hilarious, heart-felt and bundled up in tradition, just like Randy in a snowsuit. And unlike most movies, I really can watch it over and over again. It has some kind of magic power.

And now you have something to do over Christmas Eve and Christmas. Well, outside of family stuff. For some of you, instead of family stuff. And for my chosen friends out there, you just get to enjoy the spoils.

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