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David Cross Launches New Show

If you are as big a fan of comedian David Cross as I am, then there's some good news.



Cross' new series, "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret," kicks off a six-episode run beginning tonight on IFC at 10 p.m. (The bad news for me: I don't get IFC).



Cross, who was wicked funny as the former shrink/aspiring actor Tobias Funke on "Arrested Development" -- every line of dialogue was an unintentional double-entendre -- is the cente of the show this time around as an exec for a company who gets transferred to London to promote a new energy drink called Thunder Muscle.



Cross' meek title character tells a little white lie and goes from low level company man to international terrorist. Will Arnett, also late of "Arrested Development," plays his boss in a recurring role. (Cross returns the favor on Arnett's new series, "Running Wilde," playing Keri Russell's crazy environmentalist boyfriend).



Also new this week is "Teach: Tony Danza," (A&E, 10 p.m.), a reality series in which the actor embarks on a new career as a high school English teacher. Danza had studied to become a teacher years before he got into acting.



WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: It will be interesting to see if the CW can capitalize on last week's strong showing for the night, earning a rare third-place finish with its lineup of "Smallville" and "Supernatural" from 8-10 p.m.



Speaking of Friday success, "Blue Bloods" (CBS, 10 p.m.) opened up to very strong numbers in part because of its big-name cast. It follows new episodes of "Medium" and "CSI: NY." (Interestingly, ABC is taking the exact opposite approach to Fridays, showing reruns).



NBC has a new "Outlaw" at 10 p.m. after "Dateline," while Fox airs a new "Good Guys" at 9 p.m.



On cable, there's a new "Haven" (SyFy, 10 p.m.)



On Saturday, the TV networks still insist on putting Georgia college games on, as Georgia visits Colorado (FXSS  7 p.m.) and Georgia Tech travels to Wake Forest (ESPNU, 7 p.m.)



On Sunday, in a weird bit of synergy, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has a cameo on "The Simpsons" (Fox, 8 p.m.) the same weekend that "The Social Network," a movie about him, comes out in theatres.



"The Amazing Race" (CBS, 8 p.m.) teams head off to Ghana, followed by "Undercover Boss" and "CSI: Miami." ABC airs "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters" from 9-11 p.m.



On PBS, Kenneth Branagh returns in the title role in a new set of "Wallander" mysteries at 9 p.m.



On cable, there's the reall good stuff with a new "Mad Men" (AMC, 10 p.m.) following a new "Rubicon."



HBO continues with its excellent "Boardwalk Empire" at 9 p.m., followed by "Bored To Death" and "East Bound and Down." Showtime counters with "Dexter" at 9 p.m.

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