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Season 5 of "My Life on the D List" premieres June 8th

Season 5 of "My Life on the D List" premieres June 8th. Tom continues to breath through his mouth.

 

Because a) Kathy’s back and I just discovered she’s on Twitter and now I have to go be her 70,000th follower. Excuse me.

Oh, and b) Mad Men Season 2 on DVD on July 14th!

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by Beal

I’m with Judi. May brings both joy, as seasonal affective disorder has finally run it’s course, yet, sadness, because my favorite programs go on MONTHS LONG hiatus (hiatuses?). However, then I remember that some of my all time favorite shows began as summer trials (Do Beverly Hills, 90210 or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia ring any bells?) That, and I saved the season finale of 30 Rock in case things get ugly. That said, I am actually looking quite forward to this summer’s new programming schedule for the following reasons:

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1) Weeds Season 5 premiers on Showtime on Monday, June 8 at 10 p.m. This is my show, I mean, I have A LOT of shows, but this truly is my current favorite, and the fact that it airs during an otherwise bleak programming season doesn’t hurt either. Seriously, treat yourself to the recession-era luxury that is Showtime for a couple months. You will not be disappointed. And for anyone who’s unconvinced, I think their late night programming rivals that of Cinemax.

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2) Intervention returns with all new episodes to A&E on Monday, May 25 at 9 p.m. I’ve got to hand it to them, they continuously find really effed up people to feature in this show, so much so that last season only ended about a month ago.  And I’m not just saying this, but after viewing this program, I will never even consider huffing computer duster or selling my grandmother’s TV for heroin money. Also, check out Obsessed which premiers right after Intervention, and seems like it follows a similar format, but instead of drug and alcohol problems, they attempt to counsel (cough: exploit) people with mental disorders.

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3) Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood new season airs Tuesday, May 26 at 10 p.m. on Oxygen. I don’t even hate to admit, in fact I’m borderline proud to admit, that I really enjoy this show. The Spellings (and by Spellings I do not include Candy and Randy) are likable people. Yes, they are probably ruining their children’s chances at normalcy, but read sTORI Telling and then tell me if you’d know any better. I do however hate them for thinking that they can dress up like the Ricardo’s. Just stop, you’re fun and funny and all, and I love that you’re BFF with Jennie Garth in real life, but you are, and never will be ACTUAL television royalty. (Oh and please pass that message on to Debra Messing as well, thanks.)
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4) Michael and Michael Have Issues begins Wednesday, July 15 on Comedy Central. I haven’t heard much about this show, nor am I really aware of what the premise is. What I do know is that it stars Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black, and not the other, less funny guy from Stella, so I’m excited. Plus Paul Rudd is likely to guest star. “You taste like a burger. I don’t like you anymore.”

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5) So I don’t LOVE reality television, yes it has it’s moments, but mostly it’s existence infuriates me, usually because it forces me to watch television through the tiny space between my fingers, as it requires me to cover my face and ears out of shear embarrassment for all parties involved. Somehow though, Kendra Wilkinson doesn’t elicit that emotion. Perhaps it’s because she really legitimately is, the stupidest person I’ve ever seen, and thus I feel like, “What better place is there for her to exist than both in the Playboy Mansion and on Sunday nights at 10 on E!”

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6) So the advertisements for this Lifetime Original movie Maneater (brought to you by Vasoline, sick) are slightly misleading. I’m not sure if it was my blood alcohol content or if I just wasn’t paying proper attention, but until just looking this up online, I was under the impression that it was a mini-series, not a one shot MFTVM. Why then, would I put it on my list of things to look forward to this summer? Because EVERY SECOND that Lifetime isn’t airing Army Wives is something I look forward to.

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by Judi

I always start freaking out this time of year. Season Finales are playing out and I’m forced to wonder if the summer’s slim programming means I’m going to have to spend time OUTDOORS. Not happening. Do you know how annoying it is to put on sunscreen? Super annoying.

Five Reasons Not To Panic That The TV Season is Officially Over

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1) The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien starts June 1 on NBC. Jay Leno’s reign of terror gets a brief hiatus before he starts attacking us earlier in the evening.

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2) Burn Notice returns June 4th on USA. The bad news is that it’s a cable series which means it’ll end after about two months and we’ll be back in the same leaky TV boat that we’re in right now.

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3) Royal Pains premieres on June 4th, also on USA. The cable network tends to be hit-or-miss in the programming department (hit: Burn Notice, Monk, Psych– miss: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, by far the worst Law & Order of them all. Although I do get a good laugh whenever I see those promos where Jeff Goldblum  strikes a pose next to his lady partner) but kudos for hiring “Hey, it’s THAT guy!” for the lead and “Hey, it’s that guy from Road Trip and nothing else!” as his sidekick.

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4) Raising the Bar on June 8th on TNT, aka Zack Morris’ Hair- What Will It Be This Time?

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5) Leverage also on TNT (airing in the all-too-vague “Sometime this summer” zone)- possibly the best “doing the dishes” show from last year. Fun and you can totally watch it while doing something useful, ie the dishes. Unlike some other shows (I’m looking at you, Lost. High-maintenance much?)

Now, if you really want to be depressed about the summer schedule, click here. I’m warning you, though. It’s really, really depressing. You might not recover from it.

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by Beal

I rarely discuss my affinity for the denizens of Wisteria Lane, but in the wake of Sunday’s season finale, I think it’s important to re-evaluate my loyalty to this program. Admittedly, this show is absolutely ridiculous. Angela Lansbury saw fewer mystery deaths in Cabot Cove than these characters see in a month! Still, I can’t turn it off. Mostly because I LOVE Karen McClusky and everything she says and does.

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Obviously the big story line this season was Edie’s new husband Crazy Dave. I realize, that as the viewer, I am privy to Dave’s private activities that reveal to me, and not to his peers, that he is batshit insane. But come on! He has the devil in his eyes, he rides a beach cruiser around the neighborhood like the Wicked Witch of the West and all of his behavior suggests that he is a total sociopath/serial killer. Obviously though, no one would come to this conclusion until the last 25 minutes of the season, when Dave INSISTS on taking Susan and her wind-up doll of a kid on a fishing trip, so that he can kill the child while Susan watches to punish her for killing his wife/daughter in a car accident five years prior. I will say that I applaud the darkness of this scenario and yet a part of me knows deep inside, that it’s too dark for network prime-time, and so I know too soon that this obnoxious spawn of Susan and Mike Delfino will survive Dave’s plan. (Suggestion: Dave, save yourself the trouble of plotting an untraceable murder, and just open up M.J.’s back and remove the battery.)

Anyway, as we all know, Susan and M.J. survive and Susan and Mike make out. Like, seriously, how many seasons are going to end with us wondering if Mike and Susan are FINALLY going to make it work?

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Oh I don’t know, probably about as many times as we have to hear Tom Scavo complain that he failed at life? Or as many times as Carlos and Gaby come in and out of money?Perhaps as many times as Bree and Orson arrive at an ultimatum? Maybe as many times as Carl Mayer sleeps with one of the housewives? Or as many times as a manipulative bitch moves in with a Wisteria family? As many times as Lynette’s been pregnant?  

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I could go on, but the point, Marc Cherry, is this: think of a new story line, or this dedicated fan, and her homo-viewing companion are officially, considering, maybe, only watching the season premiere. 

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by Judi

The much-anticipated (by me, anyway) Glee pilot airs tonight (9/8c) after that reality-show-contest about whiny wannabee singers and their whiny has-been judges. What’s that show called again?

Jane Lynch! Journey! That crazy girl from Nip/Tuck! Enough cheese to smother Wisconsin! I AM SO THERE.

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This is a fucking game.

This is a fucking game.

 

Turning “Battleship” board game into a movie- NO

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The Ricky Gervais Show- YES

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Last Call With Carson Daly renewed- NO but it’s on so late that only Beal will be inconvenienced

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Lorelai Gilmore (aka Lauren Graham)’s pilot is cancelled- NO. Idiots.

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NBC Promos for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien- YES. THANK GOD. Especially the one of Conan running down the beach in his suit, Baywatch-style.

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