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The Roundup: The week's TV picks, podcast connections, and more

Nurse Jackie

Showtime

Here's the news, "Nurse Jackie" isn't funny, it has funny moments, but it's a drama, take note TV Academy. [Photo courtesy Showtime]

If you have been watching Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" this season you will know that the show has gone to a very dark place and any humor that occurs is meant to highlight the drama. That's because "Nurse Jackie" is, and has always been, a 1/2 hour drama despite the TV Academy's insistence on nominating and awarding Edie Falco with Emmys for "Best Actress in a Comedy," something that should not happen this year if the Academy wishes to preserve what little credibiity it may have left. Delving deep into a battle with addiction and the collapse of her family, moments of levity are few and far between. On the flip side, Louis C.K. won resoundingly this weekend at the 2nd annual Comedy Awards in New York City (look for our report on the event here tomorrow) and we had better see similar honors bestowed upon FX's "Louie" this Fall, an innovative comedy show that delves into drama.

For another comedic moment in another category, Best Comedy Variety Show, you should definitely watch Diane Keaton's appearance on last night's "Colbert Report" on Comedy Central. In case you were wondering, "The Daily Show" won Best Comedy Variety Show at the 2012 Comedy Awards, a perennial favorite at the Emmys as well.

DVR This! PBS continues its analysis of America's economic collapse this week with "Frontline" (tonight at 9pm) and "America Revealed" (tomorrow at 10pm). | Comedy-wise we will have several excellent roundtables on "Chelsea Lately" this week, and a full lineup from NBC on Thursday night. There's also a new "Saturday Night Live" this weekend as well as the 2nd annual Comedy Awards (look for my story on this tomorrow).

Tonight "Cougar Town" (ABC @ 8:30pm), "Frontline" Money, Power and Wall Street (PBS SoCal/KOCE @ 9pm), "New Girl" (Fox @ 9pm), Michael Yo with Natasha Leggero and Gary Valentine on "Chelsea Lately" roundtable (E! @ 11pm).
Wednesday The Palm Beach Story (1942) (TCM @ 6:45pm), "Modern Family" (ABC @ 9pm), "Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23" (ABC @ 9:30pm), "America Revealed" Made In The USA (PBS SoCal/KOCE @ 10pm), Amy Poehler and Daniel Dae Kim on Fallon.
Thursday "Community" (NBC @ 8pm), "30 Rock" (NBC @ 8:30pm), "The Office" (NBC @ 9pm), "Parks and Recreation" (NBC @ 9:30pm), Jeff Wild with Kerri Kenney-Silver and Ross Mathews on "Chelsea Lately" (E! @ 11pm), Julie Andrews and Michael Emerson on Ferguson.
Friday "Real Time With Bill Maher" (HBO @ 8pm), "Fringe" (Fox @ 9pm), "In Plain Sight" series finale (USA @ 10pm), Zooey Deschanel and Patrick Warburton on Ferguson.
Saturday 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (HBO @ 9pm), "Saturday Night Live" Eli Manning hosts, Rihanna performs (NBC @ 11:25pm).
Sunday "Game of Thrones" (HBO @ 8pm), "Bob's Burgers" (Fox @ 8:30pm), "Veep" (HBO @ 9pm), "The Killing" (AMC @ 9pm), The Comedy Awards (Comedy Central @ 9pm), "Girls" (HBO @ 9:30pm), "Mad Men" (AMC @ 10pm)
Monday "Adventure Time" (Cartoon Network @ 7:30pm), "Regular Show" (Cartoon Network @ 8pm), "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" Japan Cook It Raw (Travel @ 9pm), "Richard Hammond's Crash Course" (BBC America @ 10pm), Jennifer Connelly guests and Brian Wilson and Mike Love perform on Fallon.

Events Tonight you can see comedian/writer Rob Delaney at the UCB Theatre for free. | This Friday, May 4th, go to Eddie Pepitone's Bloodbath with Dana Gould and Todd Glass at Fake, 4319 Melrose. | Midnight Madness at the Laugh Factory with Morgan Murphy, Kevin Farley, and Tiffany Haddish. | May 7 at the Paley Center will feature a discussion of the rise and fall of NBC's "Must See TV" era.

Other Media You have to listen to last week's WTFpod with Bob Zmuda as a guest. Tons of Andy Kaufman anecdotes on the 2 hour episode - it's worth it! Further research reveals that the Andy Kaufman performance at Carnegie Hall that Marc Maron and Zmuda discuss in detail, is only available as a used VHS tape on your various auction sites. This is a crime. This week's WTFpod episode of note is with Chelsea Handler. | Also "Chelsea Lately" related is Natasha Leggero's appearance on The Long Shot podcast as well as this clip of Sarah Colonna, Heather McDonald, and Brad Wollack at the E! network upfronts last night. | Adam Carolla appeared on FitzDogRadio and you can go to a live FitzDogRadio taping with TJ Miller at Nerdmelt next Tuesday, May 8. | We eagerly await the May 1st episode of "The Louise Log" by award winning director Anne Flournoy.

We also eagerly await the return of FX's "Sons of Anarchy" and were very happy to see the clip below:

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