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By admin Published: September 3, 2008

Alec Baldwin, from The New Yorker

Am a little behind on things today. (Hey, I had a class. And a meeting. And I had to track down a semi-obscure Ingmar Bergman movie that a reader was asking about. And I had homework last night. Yes, homework. For the love of God, what have I done? Not even Pomegranate Cleanse can save me now.)

OK, rant over. Anyway, I hope to finish watching "90210" and resume my post later today. But for now, a a few notes:

-- Read the Alec Baldwin profile in The New Yorker. Yes, it appears that Alec Baldwin is an unhappy man. But I would sit and listen to him talk any time. And the piece is sewn together with little gems, like this description of the Donaghy-Liz relationship on "30 Rock": "a cynic who guides a neurotic." There's also Baldwin's description of "Grey's Anatomy" that I cannot quote here, but which is hilariously precise.

-- "Bones" is back tonight with a two-hour episode set largely in London. Since the show will inevitably be cut into two separate hours for reruns on cable or syndication, there's a more or less tidy separation of the two (although it helps to see the first to follow everything in the second). But this is not one of those episodes you can just skip past as a self-contained stunt; there are some very important character developments. And it has a lot of the screwball/romantic comedy that makes the show more than a geeks-in-the-lab procedural. (Of course, the original "CSI" can be pretty funny, too.)

-- Just to catch up on an item from Tuesday, Cartoon Network has set the date for "Clone Wars." It's Oct. 3. I'll put the complete release after the jump.

Here's the stuff:
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, the first weekly television series from Lucasfilm Animation, premieres on Cartoon Network Friday, October 3 at 9 p.m. (ET, PT) with a special one-hour presentation that anchors the Network’s all-new night of fantasy, action and adventure. New series The Secret Saturdays and the current hit Ben 10: Alien Force join STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS for a night of non-stop adventure, exciting storytelling and innovative animation.

In the signature style of Lucasfilm Animation, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS chronicles the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Ahsoka Tano and other favorite STAR WARS characters as they struggle against the dark side during the divisive, action-packed Clone Wars. Each week, a new story in the galaxy-changing Clone Wars comes to center stage, brought to the screen by supervising director Dave Filoni and executive producer George Lucas.

Dwindling numbers of Jedi fight to maintain freedom and restore peace to the galaxy, using their army of genetically engineered clones against the seemingly never-ending droid army. The terrible conflict grows wider as our heroes are swept into the turmoil of war, while the evil Count Dooku, his assassin Asajj Ventress, their master Darth Sidious, the mechanical General Grievous and a rogue’s gallery of never-before-seen villains scheme to defeat them.

Cartoon Network’s new night of fantasy-adventure programming begins at 8 p.m. (ET, PT) with the series premiere of a new comedy-action series, The Secret Saturdays, from Cartoon Network, Porchlight Entertainment and creator Jay Stephens, about a family of world-saving adventure scientists. Doc, Drew and Zak Saturday live in a hidden base and are part of a network of scientists who protect against all the underlying evil in the world. To the Saturdays, ordinary folktales aren’t just legends, but real-life mysteries and adventures. Traveling from the Gobi Desert to the Marianas Trench, they explore ancient temples and bottomless caves and tangle with twisted villains, including the masked madman V.V. Argost and his half-human/half-giant spider.

Friday, October 3

8:00 p.m. The Secret Saturdays (p)

8:30 p.m. The Secret Saturdays (p)

9:00 p.m. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (p) “AMBUSH” Jedi Master Yoda is on a secret mission to forge a

treaty with the King of the strategic system of Toydaria when his ship is ambushed by Count Dooku. Yoda and three clone troopers must face off against Count Dooku’s dreaded assassin Ventress and her massive droid army to prove the Jedi are strong enough to protect the king and his people from the forces of the war.

9:30 p.m. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (p) “RISING MALEVOLENCE” Creating panic throughout the

galaxy, a devastating Separatist mystery weapon terrorizes the clone Starfleet. Anakin and Ahsoka race to save Jedi Master Plo Koon and his clone troopers in time.

Fridays Beginning October 10

8:00 p.m. The Secret Saturdays (p)

8:30 p.m. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (r)

9:00 p.m. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (p)

9:30 p.m. Ben 10: Alien Force (p)

Beginning Friday, October 10, new episodes of Cartoon Network’s hit original series Ben 10: Alien Force will follow premiere episodes of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. Ben 10: Alien Force originally premiered in April 2008 with record ratings as the most-watched original series premiere in Cartoon Network history. The animated series continues the Ben 10 saga five years later, when 15-year-old Ben Tennyson chooses to once again put on the OMNITRIX. He discovers that it has reconfigured his DNA and can now transform him into 10 brand-new aliens. Joined by his super-powered cousin Gwen Tennyson and his equally powerful former enemy Kevin Levin, Ben is on a mission to find his missing Grandpa Max. In order to save his Grandpa, Ben must defeat the evil DNALIENS, a powerful alien race intent on destroying the galaxy, starting with planet Earth.

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