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Happy Labor Day Weekend

Just a few quick hits today because the workload from The Telegraph continues to grow.



Note: There won't be a posting Monday because of the holiday.



--Having already added a Superman in Brandon Routh, "Chuck" announced it is also adding Lana Lang, at least for a few episodes, as Kristin Kreuk of "Smallville" guest stars.



--In trying to increase the number of classic British TV shows whose legacy the American networks are trying to spoil, NBC announced it has acquired the rights to "Prime Suspect," the classic mystery series in which the legendary Helen Mirren earned some Emmys as Jane Tennison. In addition to losing something in translation as it comes across the pond, what actress in her right mind wants to step into Mirren's shoes? Only three I can think of who are working in TV -- Glenn Close, Edie Falco and Mary McDonnell, and the first two are already committed to series. Besides, US TV already has a watered down copy of "Prime Suspect" in "The Closer."



--TVGuide.com listed its top 10 anticipated new shows list. They are:

1. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

2. FlashForward (ABC)

3. Glee (Fox)

4. V (ABC)

5. Vampire Diaries (CW)

6. The Good Wife (CBS)

7. Three Rivers (CBS)

8. The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

9. Trauma (NBC)

10. Stargate Universe (SyFy)



So far, I've only seen the pilots for "FlashForward," "Glee" and "Vampire Diaries," (unless you count the backdoor pilot for "NCIS: LA" which aired on regular "NCIS" earlier this year -- but the show has been retooled since then). I'm not sure why the Jay Leno Show is on this list -- I don't see a huge groundswell of people wanting to see Leno do what he already has been doing for nearly two decades. The other series listed have gotten mixed early reviews, so we'll see.



WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: With the holiday weekend, a lot of shows ranging from "Monk" to "True Blood" are reruns.



On Sunday, "Mad Men" (AMC, 10 p.m.) is new, as are "Shark Tank" and "Defying Gravrity" on ABC from 9-11 p.m.



Of course, the entire weekend stops at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday as Georgia opens its season against No. 9 Oklahoma State on ABC. The game will also be on radio in the Macon market on 105.5 FM. I'll update the blog later today about that station's format change.



Have a safe holiday weekend loyal dozens.

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