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Channel Surfing Weekend – October 9-11, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– The campaign to get 30 Rock Emmy nominee Tracy Morgan on Twitter has been successful: Morgan launched his official Twitter account on Thursday. And if the hope was that the comedian would share some of his trademark off-the-wall thoughts on Twitter, his followers didn’t have to wait long. Morgan’s second Tweet, isn’t quotable on a, ahem, family blog, so suffice it to say it describes, using Star Wars references, his little Tracy. Or not so, as the Tweet alludes ….

– More 30 Rock news: Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) wants a duplex apartment, but there’s something standing in her way … an upstairs neighbor, who’ll be played by former Daily Show correspondent Nathan Corddry in the show’s sixth episode this seasson.

– And more naughty primetime TV star behavior: Marge Simpson will be the Playboy mag cover girl for November, and yes, she will be nekkid. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons, Playboy will also feature a Q+A and data sheet on the blue-haired Simpsons matriarch, but, as E! Online points out, readers are probably going to be more interested in those naked drawings, to see if “the rug matches the (blue) drapes.” D’oh indeed.

– CBS is re-making the cop drama Hawaii 5-0, while TNT is mulling a remake of the Ewing oil drama Dallas. The new Dallas would focus on Ewing offspring John Ross (J.R.’s son) and Christopher (Bobby’s son).

Project Runway the TV show will become Project Runway the Wii videogame.

Modern Family, The Middle and Cougar Town have gotten full-season pick-ups from ABC. Not so much for Kelsey Grammer‘s Hank, the worst-reviewed, least-watched of ABC’s new comedy offerings.

West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip star Bradley Whitford is headed back to the tube in Jack and Dan, a new Fox buddy cop action-dramedy created by Burn Notice creator Matt Nix.

– It’s not a Desperate Housewives spin-off, but DH creator Marc Cherry is developing a new drama for ABC, and it will have the same tone as the soapy DH.

– Food Network, make room for the Cooking Channel.

– Jerry’s the only one who had the same job throughout the series, but Mainstreet.com points out the many job-hunting lessons we can learn from the Seinfeld gang.

– Showtime will premiere Dexter: Early Cuts, a 12-part animated series of Webisodes that unfolds some of the serial killer’s early years, on Oct. 25.

– And this weekend in primetime:

FRIDAY
– The ninth season of Degrassi: The Next Generation premieres on TeenNick at 8PM ET
Snoop Dogg is in the hizzouse on Brothers (8PM, Fox)
– Eli’s dead mom reveals a secret after his dad has a heart attack on Ghost Whisperer (8PM, CBS)
– Dead men don’t travel with bags of money, which leads to a kidnapping investigation on Law & Order (8PM, NBC)
– On Smallville (8PM, The CW), Lois in infected with a zombie plague, and Clark has to risk revealing his identity to Zod to help her
– Eddie’s new boss is one of his former students on ‘Til Death (8:30PM, Fox)
I’m Alive (9PM) is Animal Planet’s new series that unfolds the stories of people who’ve survived animal attacks
– New season of the Dog Whisperer on NGC at 9PM
– Echo and Victor mix it up on Dollhouse (9PM, Fox)
– Hilarity and a murder investigation ensue when Monk (9PM, USA) joins group therapy
Babs Streisand is interviewed on Friday Night With Streisand and Ross (9PM, BBCA)
– Allison suspects foul play when her cancer-stricken friend dies on Medium (9PM, CBS)
– New Stargate Universe at 9PM on Syfy
– The second season of Sanctuary premieres on Syfy at 10PM
– The Rescue Ink Unleashed (10PM, NGC) guys try to locate a doggie who was stolen during a robbery
David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London) guest stars on a Psych episode (10PM, USA) in which Shawn and Gus work on the case of a guy who believes he’s a werewolf
– More contestants try to win cash to get out of debt on BET’s game show Pay It Off (10PM)
– A ’70s-themed birthday party at an NYC museum in on the slate tonight on Wedded to Perfection (10PM, TLC)
– New Numb3rs at 10PM on CBS
– NFL legend Terry Bradshaw is the guest on The Jay Leno Show (10PM, NBC)
Sarah Silverman is among the guests on Real Time with Bill Maher (10PM, HBO)

SATURDAY
– Animal Planet’s new series SuperFetch (8PM) is all about teaching all dogs, old and new, new tricks
– It’s the HBO premiere of Marley & Me at 8PM
– Back-to-back new episodes of History Channel’s What Went Down focus on Pearl Harbor (8PM) and The Alamo (9PM)
Making His Band wraps season one at 9PM on MTV
– It’s a must-watch or TiVo episode of The Suze Orman Show (9PM, CNBC), as a viewer wants to know if Suze thinks a private concert with the band Cracker is a good expenditure
– New Robin Hood ep on BBCA (9PM)
– A woman asks The Locator (9PM, WE) to help her find her brother, who she hasn’t seen in 18 years, since she was just three-years-old
– Cheesy Syfy thriller of the week: Megafault (9PM), about a massive earthquake that would split the world in half!
Dogs 101 (9PM, Animal Planet) focuses on English sheepdogs, Chow Chows and miniature schnauzers
– Soon-to-be talk show host Wanda Sykes debuts her latest stand-up special, Wanda Sykes: I’ma Be Me, at 10PM on HBO
Ricky Gervais is among the guests on the sixth-season premiere of The Graham Norton Show on BBCA at 10PM
– It’s the 10th anniversary of Alton Brown‘s Good Eats (10PM) on Food Network
Drew Barrymore returns as host for the sixth time on Saturday Night Live (11:30PM, NBC), with musical guest Regina Spektor

SUNDAY
– One of the teams loses passports in Cambodia on a new ep of The Amazing Race (8PM, CBS)
– New Extreme Makeover: Home Editor on ABC at 8PM
– Marge is upset that the Punch, Kick and Choke Championships are coming to Springfield on The Simpsons (8PM, Fox)
– It’s all about sugar showpieces on the Food Network Challenge (8PM)
– Cleveland Jr.’s new friend Ernie (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Glenn Howerton) wants to move in to the Brown household on The Cleveland Show (8:30PM, Fox)
JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America (9PM, History) is a new documentary on the Kennedy assassination
– It’s down to nine contenders on The Next Iron Chef (9PM, Food Network)
– Gaby’s old fling John (Jesse Metcalfe) returns on Desperate Housewives (9PM, ABC)
Chevy Chase and Dan Ackroyd guest on Family Guy (9PM, Fox)
Drop Dead Diva wraps its first season on Lifetime (9PM)
– NGC’s all about dinosaurs with Dinosaurs Decoded (9PM, NGC)
– On Three Rivers (9PM, CBS), a college student needs a lung transplant but may not be eligible for it
Discovering Ardi (9PM, Discovery) unfolds the story of Ardipithecus ramidus, a 4-million-year-old hominid skeleton and the research to find out if it’s a human ancestor
– One super argumentative Bridezilla (9PM, WE) has it out with her florist – over 12 cents
Dexter (9PM, Showtime) becomes a fan of the Trinity Killer’s methods
– Larry can’t go anywhere without stirring up trouble, and on tonight’s Curb Your Enthusiasm (9PM, HBO), he mixes it up with an ex-girlfriend and Christian Slater
– New American Dad episode at 9:30PM (Fox)
Parker Posey guests on Bored to Death (9:30PM, HBO)
Girls Next Door‘s sixth season premieres on E! at 10PM
Rick Springfield and Kathleen Turner guest star on Californication (10PM, Showtime)
David says no to a winter wedding in spring on My Fair Wedding with David Tutera (10PM, WE)
Army Wives third season finale airs at 10PM (Lifetime)
– Don and Sal have difficult business situations on Mad Men (10PM, AMC)
– Kitty decides to tell the fam about her illness on Brothers & Sisters (10PM, ABC)
– Lily meets up with ex-BF Eddie (Bobby Cannavale) on Cold Case (10PM, CBS)
– E!’s newest celebreality series, Leave It to Lamas (10:30PM), focuses on the warring Lamas fam, where papa Lorenzo is ticked at his son, who allegedly slept with Lorenzo’s ex-wife

What the World Needs Now: Kitten Mittens & Other ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Swag

I’m interviewing Charlie Day, my favorite It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia cast member, later today, and I will definitely be asking him about this: The new season of Sunny will find Charlie’s dream of Kitten Mittens (TM) coming to fruition. Check the video below:

Got any other questions you’d like me to ask him? If so, send me an e-mail or post ’em in the comments section.

And, if you haven’t cruised over to the official It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Website at FX lately, check it out now. There are a ton of preview clips for season five, including a longer take on a new line of Paddy’s merch the gang cooks up. Kitten Mittens are just the tip of the iceberg … hint: A Dennis nudie pen.

‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’: It’s Coming Live to a Theater Near (Maybe?) You!

I wrote earlier this month about the rumor that the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia would be doing more live performances of the season four finale episode “The Nightman Cometh,” and I am giddy to report that it’s more than rumor … there’s a whole line-up of live Sunny shows happening across the country in September, to celebrate the FX show’s season five premiere on Sept. 17.

The live show, which the cast performed at The Troubador in Los Angeles last April, will play in:

Boston, at the House of Blues, on Sept. 15
New York City, at the Beacon Theater, on Sept. 16
Upper Darby, PA (the near-Philly hometown of Tina Fey), at the Tower Theater, on Sept. 17
Seattle, at the Moore Theater, on Sept. 22
San Francisco, at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, on Sept. 24
And in Los Angeles, at the Hollywood Palladium, on Sept. 25

The NYC show also includes a preview of the season premiere episode, and tix for all the performances officially go on sale tomorrow, August 7.

So, who else is excited about this cool TV/theater experience?

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