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TV Linkzilla Daily: ‘Justified,’ Andrew Zimmern, Custer

“Justified” returns badder than ever. Andrew Zimmern to join Poppy Tooker for a cooking demo. Custer’s epic fail. FXElmore Leonard.TV Linkzilla Daily for 1/17/12 starts now. The cool FX drama “Justified” returns for a new season at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Based on characters created by Elmore Leonard, the series is ever-unpredictable, and packed with great writing and acting.Also at least one great hat.Some of the supporting cast changes in the new season, as detailed in a Lisa Rosen story for the Los Angeles Times: “Justified” fans who still mourn the loss of Mags Bennett, last season’s wonderfully treacherous antagonist, can rest uneasily. When the show’s third season premieres Tuesday, they will find themselves in some very capable new hands. Deranged, perhaps, but capable.Welcome back to Harlan County, Kentucky, whose hills and hollers are riddled with varmints. They may be driving Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (star Timothy Olyphant) crazy, but they’re hoping to give the audience a nasty good time.David Hinckley of the New York Daily News previews the season-opener: “Justified” should be required watching for anyone who wants to adapt a cool series of books into a cool TV show.The FX series, based on Elmore Leonard’s Raylan Givens stories and starring Timothy Olyphant as Marshal Givens, launches its third season Tuesday night.And Ellen Gray of the Philadelphia Daily News got the scoop on some of the cast additions at the recent Winter TV tour in Los Angeles: You don’t replace Mags Bennett with just anyone.As FX’s “Justified” returns tonight for its third season, the backwoods Machiavelli who won Margo Martindale an Emmy is, sadly, gone for good – but far from forgotten – and U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is facing a whole new set of challenges.Including two bad guys played by actors from executive producer Graham Yost’s former critical darling, “Boomtown,” Neal McDonough – who suits up to play a dapper Detroit gangster – and Mykelti Williamson, a local operative with his own not entirely clear agenda.Local angleAndrew Zimmern, whose Travel Channel series “Bizarre Foods America” visits New Orleans for an episode airing at 8 p.m. January 30, will precede that with a local appearance. At 3 p.m. January 26, Zimmern will join “Louisiana Eats!” host Poppy Tooker for a cooking demonstration at the Mid-City location of the Crescent City Farmers Market, 3700 Orleans Ave. Tastes of the demonstration dish – shrimpetoufee – can be had for a donation to the market’s community programming efforts. The event will be recorded for an upcoming episode of Zimmern’s web series, “Appetite for Life with Andrew Zimmern,” as well as an upcoming episode of “Louisiana Eats!” Tooker’s radio show airs on WWNO FM 89.9 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with a repeat at noon Saturday. TV tweet of the day so farFrom Mary Lynn Rajskub (@rajskub): Listen, I’m going to keep watching Game of Thrones until I like it/can stay up. I did that with Pink Floyd when I was younger.TV Tuesday“American Experience” visits “Custer’s Last Stand” at 7 p.m. on WYES. Mark Feeney of the Boston Globe was struck by how the film captures George Armstrong Custer’s flair for self-promotion: Even without a place in the history of warfare, Custer would still have a place in the history of celebrity. He had a genius for self-publicity. He was good copy, as journalists say. Even more important, the camera loved him – and he loved it right back. There are many, many pictures of Custer, and (filmmaker Stephen) Ives puts them to excellent use in tonight’s broadcast.Neil Genzlinger, reviewing the documentary for The New York Times, also noticed its subject’s tabloid-ready personality. It’s too bad reality television didn’t come along about a century earlier than it did. There might never have been a Battle of the Little Bighorn because George A. Custer would have channeled his energy into competing on “Dancing With the Stars” instead.Elsewhere on Tuesday TV: The CW’s “Remodeled” debuts at 9 p.m. on WNOL. The tattoo-themed series “Ink Master”starts at 9 p.m. on Spike. Travel’s “Hidden City” visits New Orleans at 8 p.m. And the Venice-set reality series “Ragin’ Cajuns” premieres at 9 p.m. on Discovery. Below, “Custer’s Last Stand” preview video: Watch Custer Behind the Scenes on PBS. See more from American Experience.Dave Walker can be reached at or 504.826.3429. Read more TV coverage at Follow him at

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