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Televisionary: The Recap Episode #3

As there have been a lot of new visitors popping up here at Televisionary lately, I thought I'd take the opportunity this Labor Day to take a look back at some recent posts that may have given you a reason to take a break (or sneak one) from work. (Not that I'm advocating that or anything, mind you.)

Hopefully, you're off from work today, with the family, having a lazy old day of it. But if you happen to be stuck inside, below are a few Televisionary moments to keep you entertained...

Reality Check: "Project Runway":
Week 8: Farm-Raised Cuckoo Bird Angela No Jet-Setter
Week 7: The Fix is In: Vincent Has the Winning (Yes, Winning) Design
Week 6: Allison Wrongfully Trashed
Week 5: Michael Finally Gets Some Love
Week 4: Pattern Recognition: "Project Runway" Evicts One Designer
Week 1: Catwalks and Catfights on "Project Runway"

Second Helpings:
FOX's Vanished

I Heart "Veronica Mars":
"Kidnapping an Heiress": Patty Hearst Heads to Neptune
Televisionary Side Note: Fash and Kristen Bell
Circling Neptune: "Veronica Mars" Tidbits
"Mars" Attacks at Comic Con
Television Critics Question the "Gilmore Girls" and "Veronica Mars"

"Office" Life:
I Want a Dunder-Mifflin Snow Globe!
Webisodes Lead to Legal Showdown
The Plot Thickens: "The Office" Whodunit Continues
An "Office" Whodunit

Science Fictionalizations:
Promicin Exchange: Sinners and Saints on "The 4400"
"4400" Reasons Why I Love This Show
Sci Fi's Latest Offers All the "Eureka" of a New Discovery

From Across the Pond:
"The Kumars at No. 42"
"Love Soup"
More "Life on Mars"
"Peep Show"
"Life on Mars"
"Monarch of the Glen"

Tempest in a Tea Cup: An Emmy Weekend Round-up
Ambivalence, Rather than Anticipation, Over the Emmys
New Nominating System, Same Old Emmy Nominations

Televisionary Hot Topics:
Family Drama Behind the Scenes at "Brothers and Sisters"
Televisionary Scoop: First Images From Bravo's "Top Chef 2"
Who's Watching "Nobody's Watching?"
Before They Were "Super": Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, and James Marsden

Reality Check: "Hell's Kitchen":
"If I Was Any Happier, I'd Need a Personal Assistant": The Searing Finale of "Hell's Kitchen"
No K-Grease Fire in This "Kitchen"
Dining with Disaster: An Insider's Perspective on the Chaos in "Hell's Kitchen"

Pilot Inspektor:
CBS' Smith
CW's Runaway
CW's Hidden Palms
FOX's Vanished
ABC's Six Degrees
ABC's The Nine
NBC's 30 Rock
NBC's Kidnapped
NBC's Heroes
ABC's Brothers & Sisters
Showtime's Dexter

Where Pilots Go to Die:
CBS' Ultra
CW's Aquaman

What's On Tonight

8 pm: Two and a Half Men/How I Met Your Mother (CBS); Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Diff'rent Strokes (NBC; 8-10 pm); 7th Heaven (WB); Wife Swap (ABC); Prison Break (FOX); Desire/Fashion House (MyNet)

9 pm: Two and a Half Men/The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS); 7th Heaven (WB); Wife Swap (ABC); Vanished (FOX); MyNetwork TV Premiere Special (MyNet)

10 pm: CSI: Miami (CBS); Medium (NBC); Supernanny (ABC)

What I'll Be Watching

10 pm: Life on Mars on BBC America.

It's the penultimate episode of this brilliant (and British) mind-bending mystery series that stars State of Play's John Simm as Detective Sam Tyler, a modern-day copper who wakes up in 1973. On tonight's episode, Sam investigates the suspicious death of a drug dealer who happened to die in police custody. Uh-oh, Sam. Not sure you can trust the Gene Genie on this one...

10 pm: Weeds on Showtime.

Season Two of Showtime's suburban-set pot dramedy is in full swing. On tonight's episode ("A.K.A. The Plant"), Celia is horrified when Isabelle is approached to become a plus-sized children's model, Andy takes young Shane to a massage parlor for a happy ending, and Nancy's new grow business is ready to take off.

11 pm: Lovespring International on Lifetime.

The improvised comedy returns with a brand new episode tonight. On tonight's installment, a Lovespring client (guest star Tim Meadows) spends his time, um, donating sperm rather than, you know, dating.


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Back in 2006, I founded a television blog called Televisionary (the very one you're reading now).  At the time, it was a little side-project that I stared while working in television development: something to do during the off-hours or (my infrequent) down-time or at my desk during my lunch breaks.  Over the next few years, Televisionary morphed into a full-time job as I watched almost everything on television and cataloged my thoughts, penning reviews, conducting interviews with talent, breaking news, and aggregating the day’s entertainment news headlines and major listings every morning. It got noticed by Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times , The Chicago Tribune and CNN, Deadline and Variety . Televisionary took on a life of its own. It became discussed in Hollywood and I was always surprised to discover that actors or producers or executives who read my TV blog. It was a secret at first, one that I eventually shared with a few friends before spreading outwards, thanks