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On TV this weekend, Oct. 21-23

On TV this weekend


SERIES PREMIERE Casino Wars, 8 p.m., NatGeo A reality series showing how casinos combat cheaters. You know, so you're sympathetic to the businesses that have flashy machines, weighted table games and quick-draw dealers that suck up billions of retiree dollars every year.

SEASON PREMIERE 20/20, 10 p.m., ABC As reliable as the tides, the newsmagazine returns for another year.

SERIES PREMIERE My Extreme Animal Phobia, 10 p.m., Animal Planet A psychologist tries to help people overcome their ridiculous fears of bats, roaches, rats and so forth. But spiders? Oh, man, get those things away from us.

SEASON FINALE Strike Back, 10 p.m., Cinemax Will Scott and Stonebridge stop terrorists from blowing up a summit in Budapest? And will there be another season of this show?

SERIES PREMIERE Boss, 10 p.m., Starz Kelsey Grammer channels Richard Daley as a Chicago mayor who destroys his enemies and secures unbridled power. Mike Royko woulda loved it.


That Metal Show, 11 p.m., VH1 Classic Metallica's Lars Ulrich is the guest on this week's show, proving once and for all how old the target audience has become. Sure to be a hot topic: Napster.

Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m., NBC Wait, we're only a few weeks into the season and you're rerunning the Alec Baldwin/Radiohead season premiere already? Are times that tough?


SERIES PREMIERE Once Upon a Time, 8 p.m., ABC A bail bondswoman goes to a New England town full of fairy tale characters. It sounds kind of like a bizarro Twin Peaks for kids.

Million Dollar Contractor, 10 p.m., DIY We missed the start of this one last week, but Stephen Fanuka shows off big-money digs in New York. Although with the housing bust, this show should really be called $440,000 Contractor.

SEASON PREMIERE Robot Chicken, 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Seth Green and Matt Senreich continue to skewer pop culture with action figures acting out skits in 15-second increments. It's the very definition of what's wrong with society, mostly because it's been spot-on for so many seasons.

— Joshua Gillin

On TV this weekend, Oct. 21-23 10/20/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2011 4:41pm]
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