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Friday: ‘The 50 Greatest TV Icons’

[IMG:L]The 50 Greatest TV Icons — 8/7c on TV Land

Which is weirder–the fact that TV Land has already unveiled its entire Top 50 list of “Greatest TV Icons,” thereby ostensibly sabotaging the excitement, or the fact that it’s still exciting?

I’ll preserve the element of surprise for those who love lists and don’t already know the holder of the No. 1 spot, but there’s no spoiler alert necessary in revealing that the list contains one dog, one frog, one member of The Simpsons and no member of Diff’rent Strokes who uttered, “What you talkin’ ‘bout, Willis?”

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As for what exactly a “TV Icon” is–well, that is why you have to tune in to TV Land, which teamed up with Entertainment Weekly magazine to form the list.

But don’t fret if you miss tonight’s airing: The 50 Greatest TV Icons will repeat at least once daily through Wednesday, and probably plenty frequently thereafter.


Man vs. Wild — 9/8 on Discovery
It’s season-premiere night for Bear Grylls, the craziest of all Discovery Channel’s crazies (assuming his show is real, which seems to be a hot topic these days in the outdoorsman and online-conspiracy-theorist communities). His drinking of urine and eating of foods only heretofore featured on Fear Factor pale in comparison to his opening-night stunt: (Warning: This may be too gross to even READ!) skinning and disemboweling a dead camel for water. And don’t be surprised if he manages to find nutrition too good to pass up in the camel’s bowels–that’s just a personal prediction.

[IMG:R]20/20 — 10/9c on ABC
The 20/20 gang profiles successful people and how they did it, including: Drew Carey; Ephren Taylor, the youngest black CEO of a publicly traded company; Spanx founder Sara Blakely; author-entrepreneur Ben Casnocha (My Start-Up Life); MyYearbook.com cofounder Catherine Cook; snowboard manufacturer Jake Burton; Tom Szaky, who founded a company that manufactures products from waste items; and timber and real estate baron Tim Blixseth. You could do worse than this in the wake of the writers’ strike. Such as…

[IMG:L]Larry King Live — 9/8c on CNN
Psychic mediums James van Praagh and Lisa Williams (Life Among the Dead); Ghost Hunters investigators Jason Hayes and Grant Wilson; paranormal investigator Mary Ann Winkowski (When Ghosts Speak). TV watchers, this is what late night looks like when the WGA strikes… I think I speak for the entire nation when I say–nay, demand: Hurry up with the resolution, writers and producers!

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[IMG:R]Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels — 11:30/10:30c on TMC
This was back when Mr. Madonna was Guy Ritchie Next Big Thing. Lock, Stock, his beloved directorial debut, has since become a movie that directors love to rip off–including Guy himself.

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