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Date: Friday, 23 Sep 2011 20:59

News & Notes & Deals

Apologies for the delay, as a result my picks will be abbreviated today. Will include brief notes for Saturday as well as Friday though.

Friday Best Bets

Series premiere of A Gifted Man (CBS, 7pm)
Season premiere of Fringe (FOX, 8pm)
Season premiere of Supernatural (CW, 8pm)
Season premiere of Blue Bloods (CBS, 9pm)
Nathan Fillion, Larry Miller, the Jayhawks on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm)

Friday Primetime Grid

Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Modern Family Rerun of season premiere Revenge Rerun of series premiere 20/20
CBS A Gifted Man Series premiere CSI: NY Season premiere Blue Bloods Season premiere
NBC Up All Night Rerun Whitney Rerun Dateline Season premiere
FOX Kitchen Nightmares Season premiere Fringe Season premiere Local Programming
CW Nikita Season premiere Supernatural Season premiere Local Programming

Friday Primetime

The Justice League International team travels through the past to save Batman throughout time on a new Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Cartoon Network, 5pm). [Official site for Batman: The Brave and the Bold]

Superboy and Miss Martian go undercover inside Belle Reve Penitentiary on a new Young Justice (Cartoon Network, 5:30pm). [Official site for Young Justice]

Rerun of the series finale of All My Children (SoapNet, 7pm, midnight, 3am).

A brilliant surgeon’s life changes forever when he starts seeing the ghost of his ex-wife in the series premiere of A Gifted Man (CBS, 7pm). Here’s what the press release says: “After the ghost of Michael’s ex-wife visits him from the afterlife and asks him to help continue running her low income clinic, he finds himself rushing back and forth between taking care of his own patients at Holt Neuro and her less fortunate patients at the clinic.” Patrick Wilson stars; rest of the cast includes Jennifer Ehle, Margo Martindale, and Pablo Schreiber. Julie Benz and Bill Irwin guest star. [Official site for A Gifted Man]

Nikita and Michael plot to take down Division and Oversight on the season premiere of Nikita (CW, 7pm).

The team “takes new shape” or something in the season premiere of Fringe (FOX, 8pm).

Castiel takes charge in the season premiere of Supernatural (CW, 8pm).

Robert Forster guest stars in a special “the team remembers 9/11″ season premiere of CSI: NY (CBS, 8pm).

Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood appear as themselves in the season premiere of Blue Bloods (CBS, 9pm).

“Secrets from their pasts and an unexpected kiss put Audrey, Nathan and Duke on a collision course with their destinies” on a new Haven (SyFy, 9pm and 11pm).

Joel McHale hosts a new episode of The Soup (E!, 9pm, midnight, 2:30am; also on Saturday at 1:30pm and 10pm).

Journalist John Avlon, former Calif. Rep. Jane Harman, filmmaker Michael Moore, musician Tom Morello, and journalist Ron Suskind on a new Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO, 9pm, 10pm, midnight).

Friday Late Night

Nathan Fillion (of Castle, Firefly), Larry Miller, the Jayhawks (one of my favorite bands, I’ve seen them in concert quite a few times) on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm). [Official site for The Late Show with David Letterman]

Gerard Butler, Kat Dennings on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:35pm). [Official site for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson]

Ty Burrell, Little League World Series champions, Cake on a rerun of Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, 11:05pm). [Official site for Jimmy Kimmel Live]

Taylor Lautner, Florence Henderson, Beyonce on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:35pm). [Official site for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon]

Game, Melanie Pullen, Thievery Corporation on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, 12:35am). [Official site for Last Call with Carson Daly]

Saturday Best Bets

New Doctor Who (BBC America, 8pm, 11pm, 2am)
Season premiere of Saturday Night Live (NBC, check your local listings)

Saturday Primetime Grid

Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC College Football: LSU at West Virginia
CBS Person of Interest Rerun of series premiere Unforgettable Rerun of series premiere 48 Hours Mystery Season premiere
NBC Harry’s Law Rerun of season premiere Prime Suspect Rerun of series premiere Law & Order: SVU Rerun of season premiere
FOX Cops Cops Rerun American Dad Rerun The Cleveland Show Rerun Local Programming

Saturday Primetime

New Doctor Who (BBC America, 8pm, 11pm, 2am).

Saturday Late Night

Alec Baldwin hosts the season premiere of Saturday Night Live (NBC, check your local listings) with musical guest Radiohead.

Author: "Laurel Krahn" Tags: "TV Picks"
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Date: Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 20:00

Best Bets

Debut of Baseball: The Tenth Inning (PBS, check your local listings)
Series premiere of No Ordinary Family (ABC, 7pm)
Betty White on Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo, 7pm and midnight)
New NCIS (CBS, 7pm)
New Glee (FOX, 7pm)
Season premiere of Stargate Universe (SyFy, 8pm and 10pm)
New Raising Hope (FOX, 8pm)
New Running Wilde (FOX, 8:30pm)
Season premiere of The Good Wife (CBS, 9pm)
New Parenthood (NBC, 9pm)
David Boreanaz, Melissa McCarthy on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:35pm)

News & Notes

The Amazon Deal of the Day is on Smallville: The Complete Seasons 1-8 for $145; yesterday it would’ve cost you $188 at Amazon; list price is much higher. This season, the tenth, will be the final season of the show.

Primetime Grid

Tue 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC No Ordinary Family Series premiere Dancing with the Stars Detroit 1-8-7
CBS NCIS NCIS: Los Angeles The Good Wife Season premiere
NBC The Biggest Loser Parenthood
FOX Glee Raising Hope Running Wilde Local Programming
CW One Tree Hill Life Unexpected Local Programming

Primetime

The first part (of two) of Baseball: The Tenth Inning debuts tonight on most PBS stations, check your local listings. This is a follow-up to the Baseball documentary by Ken Burns which picks up where that documentary left off. Check out the PBS website about the film.
Due out on October 5th: Baseball: The Tenth Inning on DVD, Baseball: The Tenth Inning on Blu-Ray, and a new edition of Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns on DVD which now includes The Tenth Inning.

Michael Chiklis (of The Shield), Julie Benz (of Dexter, Buffy & Angel), Autumn Reeser (of The OC), Kay Panabaker, Jimmy Bennett, and Romany Malco star in the series premiere of No Ordinary Family (ABC, 7pm; airs again on Friday at 8pm). A family develops superpowers after they’re in a plane crash. Looks like a show with potential, definitely worth checking out. Greg Berlanti (of Everwood) is one of the creators/showrunners. Find out more on the website for the show.

Betty White on Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo, 7pm and midnight; also on Sunday at 7am).

A girl is kidnapped on NCIS (CBS, 7pm).

Season premiere of Stargate Universe (SyFy, 8pm and 10pm; also on Friday at 10pm).

The team searches for three marines that go missing on NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, 8pm).

Much to my surprise, I liked the season premiere of Raising Hope (FOX, 8pm) more than the season premiere of Running Wilde (FOX, 8:30pm), but I think both shows have promise and both do air new episodes tonight.

Alicia must choose between Peter and Will on the season premiere of The Good Wife (CBS, 9pm).

New Sons of Anarchy (FX, 9pm; with additional airings).

Season finale of The Colony (Discovery Channel, 9pm and midnight).

Rerun of the second episode of of one of my favorite comedies: The IT Crowd (IFC, 9:30pm and 3:30am). It’s a British sitcom about the folks who work in the IT department in the basement.

Late Night

Arianna Huffington on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 10pm and midnight).

Rob Morrow, Minka Kelly, Al Madrigal on Lopez Tonight (TBS, 10pm). Find out more on the Lopez Tonight website.

Ross Douthat on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 10:30pm and 12:30am).

Jon Stewart, N.E.R.D. on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

Patrick Dempsey, Mindy Kaling, Train on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC, 10:35pm).

David Boreanaz (of Bones, Angel), Melissa McCarthy (of Mike & Molly, Gilmore GIrls) on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:35pm).

Christopher Meloni, Joanna Garcia, Teenage Fanclub on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:35pm).

Dane Cook, the latest Dancing with the Stars castoff, Maroon 5 on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, check your local listings).

Elisabeth Moss, Kim-Marie Penn, Menomena on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, check your local listings).

Wednesday Daytime

Vanessa Williams on Live with Regis and Kelly.

Nicole Richie, Aaron Sorkin, Marlo Thomas on The View.

Patrick Dempsey, Rashida Jones, Zac Brown Band on Ellen.

The cast of Modern Family on Oprah (syndicated, check your local listings).


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Date: Friday, 24 Sep 2010 18:59

Best Bets for Friday

Season premiere of Medium (CBS, 7pm)
Season premiere of Smallville (CW, 7pm)
Season premiere of Supernatural (CW, 8pm)
Season premiere of The Good Guys (FOX, 8pm)
Series premiere of Blue Bloods (CBS, 9pm)
Timeslot premiere of Outlaw (NBC, 9pm)

News & Notes

Abbreviated picks today, I’m also including the primetime schedule grid for Saturday. I hope to have picks online for Sunday, but if I don’t manage that I’ll be back on Monday with an update.

Primetime Grid

Fri 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Modern Family Rerun of premiere Better With You Rerun of premiere The Whole Truth Rerun of premiere 20/20
CBS Medium Season premiere CSI: NY Season premiere Blue Bloods Series premiere
NBC Dateline NBCSeason premiere Outlaw Timeslot premiere
FOX Human Target Rerun The Good Guys Season premiere Local Programming
CW Smallville Season premiere Supernatural Season premiere Local Programming

Primetime

New episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Cartoon Network, 6pm).

Season premiere of Big Time Rush (Nick, 7pm).

New episode of Generator Rex (Cartoon Network, 7:30pm).

New episode of Phineas & Ferb (Disney Channel, 7:45pm).

New episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Network, 8pm; also on Saturday at 8:30am and Sunday at 8:30pm).

Series premiere of Blue Bloods (CBS, 9pm). This new series is about a “multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement”. Tom Selleck stars along with Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, and Len Cariou. The recurring cast includes Amy Carlson and Nick Turturro. Find out more on the website for the show.

Jimmy Smits stars as a former supreme court justice who now works as a defense attorney in a new episode of Outlaw (NBC, 9pm). If you missed the first episode and/or want to find out more about this new show, check out the website for the show. This is the regular timeslot premiere for the show.

New episode of Haven (SyFy, 9pm and 11pm).

Series premiere of Meat & Potatoes (Food Network, 9pm and midnight).

Richard Tillman, Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, Andrew Breitbart, and Amy Holmes on a new episode of Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO, 9pm).

New episode of The Soup (E!, 9pm).

Late Night Friday

Check out Sue’s page for late night talk show lineups.

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Primetime Grid for Saturday

Sat 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC College Football: Oregon State at Boise State
CBS Hawaii Five-0 Rerun of premiere Blue Bloods Rerun of premiere 48 Hours Mystery Season premiere
NBC The Event Rerun of premiere Chase Rerun of premiere Law & Order SVU Rerun
FOX Cops Cops Cops America’s Most Wanted Local Programming

Saturday Late Night

Amy Poehler hosts the season premiere of Saturday Night Live (NBC, check your local listings). With musical guest Katy Perry.


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Date: Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 19:59

Best Bets

Season premiere of Bones (FOX, 7pm)
Season premiere of The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 7pm)
Season premiere of Community (NBC, 7pm)
Series premiere of $#*! My Dad Says (CBS, 7:30pm)
Season premiere of 30 Rock (NBC, 7:30pm)
Season premiere of Fringe (FOX, 8pm)
Season premiere of CSI (CBS, 8pm)
Season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 8pm)
New Nikita (CW, 8pm)
Season premiere of The Mentalist (CBS, 9pm)

News & Notes

I’ve been typing on a broken keyboard for many months now and it’s driving me crazy. If you notice more typos than usual, that might be why.

Primetime Grid

Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC My Generation Series premiere Grey’s Anatomy Season premiere Private Practice Season premiere
CBS The Big Bang Theory Season premiere $#*! My Dad Says Series premiere CSI Season premiere The Mentalist Season premiere
NBC Community Season premiere 30 Rock Season premiere The Office Season premiere Outsourced Series premiere The Apprentice
FOX Bones Season premiere Fringe Season premiere Local Programming
CW The Vampire Diaries Nikita Local Programming

Primetime

The team reunites to help save Cam’s career in the season premiere of Bones (FOX, 7pm).

Penny finds herself tagging along on Sheldon’s first date ever on the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 7pm). Mayim Bialik (of Blossom) guest stars.

Betty White guest stars as an “esteemed but slightly unhinged anthropology professor” on the season premiere of Community (NBC, 7pm).

Elena, Damon, and Alaric take a road trip to Duke University to do some research on THe Vampire Diaries (CW, 7pm).

Series premiere of My Generation (ABC, 7pm). In 2000, a documentary crew filmed the lives of a disparate group of high schoolers; this series has them following up with those people ten years later. I should note this is fiction and that the people and the documentary crew are all part of this new drama. You can find out more on the website for the show.

Jack meddles in Lez’s new relationship on the season premiere of 30 Rock (NBC, 7:30pm). Matt Damon guest stars.

Series premiere of $#*! My Dad Says (CBS, 7:30pm). William Shatner, Jonathan Sadowski, Nicole Sullivan, and Will Sasso star in this new sitcom– I think you can guess who plays the Dad mentioned in the name of the show. This show is based on the popular Twitter feed by Justin Halpern. This looks like it could be funny, so I’ll be giving it a look. You can find out more on the website for the show.

Andre Royo (of The Wire) and Amy Madigan guest star on the season premiere of Fringe (FOX, 8pm).

James Tupper (of Men in Trees) and Debra Mooney (of Everwood) guest star in the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 8pm).

Langston fights for his life in the season premiere of CSI (CBS, 8pm). Justin Bieber and Bill Irwin guest star.

Nikita is injured on a new Nikita (CW, 8pm).

Series premiere of Outsourced (NBC, 8:30pm). Check out the show website for info.

New episode of Project Runway (Lifetime).

New Ace of Cakes (Food Network, 9pm and midnight).

Late Night

Check out Sue Trowbridge’s Late Night Lineups Page for talk show guest listings.

Friday Daytime

Susan Sarandon, Tom Selleck, guest co-host Bryant Gumbel on Live with Regis and Kelly.

Teri Hatcher, Michael Eisner on The View.

Jimmy Smits, Maroon 5 on Ellen.

“Viewers React to Waiting For ‘Superman’ Plus a Big Announcement” on Oprah.


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Date: Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 15:58

Best Bets

Series premiere of Undercovers (NBC, 7pm)
Season premiere of Criminal Minds (CBS, 8pm)
Season premiere of Modern Family (ABC, 8pm)
Two-hour season premiere of Law & Order: SVU (NBC,8pm – 10pm)
Series premiere of The Whole Truth (ABC, 9pm)

News & Notes

Abbreviated picks today, guys, but I hope they’re still helpful.

Primetime Grid

Wed 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Middle Season premiere Better With You Series premiere Modern Family Season premiere Cougar Town Season premiere The Whole Truth Series premiere
CBS Survivor Criminal Minds Season premiere The Defenders Series premiere
NBC Undercovers Series premiere Law & Order: SVU Season premiere
FOX Hell’s Kitchen Season premiere Local Programming
CW America’s Next Top Model Hellcats Local Programming

Primetime

Series premiere of Undercovers (NBC, 7pm). It’s a show about spies from J.J. Abrams which means I have to watch this show. It’s about a married couple, who once were spies, who come out of retirement. Check out the website for the show for more info.

Doris Roberts guest stars on the season premiere of The Middle (ABC, 7pm).

Series premiere of Better With You (ABC, 7:30pm). This new comedy follows three couples who are at different stages in their relationships. The cast includes Debra Jo Rupp (of That 70s Show), Kurt Fuller, Joanna Garcia (of Privileged), Jake Lacy, Jennifer Finnigan (of Close to Home), and Josh Cooke. Find out more on the website.

Find out more about The Whole Truth.

Find out more about The Defenders.

Late Night

Check out Sue Trowbridge’s Late Night Linups Page for talk show listings including late night and daytime.


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Date: Tuesday, 21 Sep 2010 16:47

Best Bets

Season premiere of NCIS (CBS, 7pm)
Season premiere of Glee (FOX, 7pm)
Season finale of Warehouse 13 (SyFy, 8pm and 10pm)
Series premiere of Raising Hope (FOX, 8pm)
Series premiere of Running Wilde (FOX, 8:30pm)
Series premiere of Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC, 9pm)
New Parenthood (NBC, 9pm)

News & Notes

Yet another fall preview: IMDB Fall TV Preview.

Showtime has picked up both Weeds and The Big C for another season.

Primetime Grid

Tue 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Dancing with the Stars Detroit 1-8-7 Series premiere
CBS NCIS Season premiere NCIS: Los Angeles Season premiere NCIS: Los Angeles
NBC The Biggest Loser Parenthood
FOX Glee Season premiere Raising Hope Series premiere Running Wilde Series premiere Local Programming
CW One Tree Hill Life Unexpected Local Programming

Primetime

Gibbs “must take desperate measures to protect the ones he loves” in the season premiere of NCIS (CBS, 7pm). This is one of the few shows I watched regularly last season which is a testament to just how fun it can be. This picks up where last season left off, with Gibbs’ father (played by guest star Ralph Waite) in jeopardy. Muse Watson also returns as Mike Franks and Marco Sanchez and Jacqueline Obradors also continue their guest stints on the show.

Season premiere of Glee (FOX, 7pm). The school is facing more budget cuts and Mr. Schuester encourages the students to recruit more members for the club. Charice and Chord Overstreet guest star.

Season finale of Warehouse 13 (SyFy, 8pm and 10pm).

When one of their own goes missing while undercover, the team works with the LAPD on a case involving human-trafficking on the season premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, 8pm). This episode is followed by a second new episode (CBS, 9pm) wherein the team goes after a “mysterious hit squad”.

Series premiere of Raising Hope (FOX, 8pm). A guy has a one-night-stand with a woman who turns out to be a wanted felon . . . fast forward a bit and he finds he’s tasked with caring for their baby while she’s in prison. Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt, and Shannon Woodward star. Cloris Leachman and Bijou Phillips guest star in the first episode and it seems likely they’ll make more appearances in the future on the show. This show was created by Greg Garcia, who created My Name Is Earl and Yes, Dear. Check out the website for the series to find out more about it. I want this show to be good, like the best episodes of My Name Is Earl, but I fear it may be painful to watch. I guess I’ll tune in to find out.

Alton Brown (of Good Eats) hosts a new episode of America’s Best (Food Network, 8pm and 11pm) which takes a look at the ten best “food destinations”.

Emma Caulfield (who was “Anya” on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) guest stars on a new Life Unexpected (CW, 8pm).

Series premiere of Running Wilde (FOX, 8:30pm). Will Arnett, who played “Gob” on Arrested Development plays a filthy-rich immature playboy who is trying to woo his childhood sweetheart. Keri Russell, who starred in Felicity, plays his childhood sweetheart who happens to be a liberal humanitarian who presumably doesn’t think much of immature playboys. The premise is actually a bit stranger than this description makes it sound, but you’re better off watching to see what I mean. This series was created by Mitch Hurwitch (the creator of Arrested Development), Will Arnett, and Jim Vallely– they also all serve as executive producers; Eric and Kim Tannenbaum are also executive producers of the show. I like Arnett and Russell and of course loved Arrested Development so I’m looking forward to this show. To find out more visit the website for the show.

Adam offers Sarah an internship, Kristina babysits Noel, Julia commits to play date that may make things difficult with other friends on a new Parenthood (NBC, 9pm). Miss the season premiere? Need more info? Check out the website for the show.

Series premiere of Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC, 9pm). This new series follows a Homicide unit in Detroit, Michigan and the show is actually filmed in Detroit– this description reminds me of the late great Homicide: Life on the Street, but somehow I doubt this show could hold a candle to it. Still . . . we can hope it’s a decent show. The cast includes Michael Imperioli, James McDaniel, Aisha Hinds, D.J. Cotrona, Jon Michael Hill, Shaun Majumder, Natalie Martinez, and Erin Cummings. You can find out more on the website for the show.

New episode of The Colony (Discovery Channel, 9pm and midnight; also at 10am on Saturday).

“Profile of professional baseball player CC Sabathia, the final resting place of Jim Thorpe, exploring the world of sports mascots, professional baseball player Josh Hamilton” are the scheduled topics on a new episode of REAL Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO, 9pm and 4am; with lots of additional airings on various HBO stations).

Rerun of the very first episode of one of my favorite comedies: The IT Crowd (IFC, 9:30pm and 3:30am). It’s a British sitcom about the folks who work in the IT department in the basement.

Late Night

Sigourney Weaver on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 10pm and midnight).

Eric Schmidt on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 10:30pm and 12:30am).

Simon Baker (of The Mentalist), Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Maroon 5 on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

Ed Helms, Casey Affleck, Sheryl Crow on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC, 10:35pm).

Patricia Heaton (of The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond), Adam Brody (of The O.C.), Sara Bareilles on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:35pm).

Tina Fey (of 30 Rock), Colin Hanks (of The Good Guys, Roswell), Merle Haggard on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:35pm).

Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Band of Horses on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, check your local listings).

Steve-O, Freddie Wong, Nas & Damian Marley on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, check your local listings).

Wednesday Daytime

Kristin Chenoweth, Annalynne McCord, Tim Gunn on Live with Regis and Kelly.

Nathan Lane, Rob Morrow on The View.

Brooke Shields, Selena Gomez & the Scene on Ellen.

“Exclusive – The Bravest Mom in the World Set Free – Ingrid Betancourt” on Oprah (syndicated, check your local listings).


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Date: Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 19:11

Best Bets

New The Vampire Diaries (CW, 7pm)
New Nikita (CW, 8pm; also on Fri at 8pm)
New Ace of Cakes (Food Network, 9pm and midnight)
Season premiere of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX, 9pm, 10:03pm,12:07am)
William Shatner, Sloane Crosley on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:35pm)
Ben Affleck, Maura Tierney, Usher on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, check your local listings)

News & Notes & Deals

Thanks, as always, to people who shop at Amazon or other stores via the links on this website. And also to everyone who makes donations via Paypal or sends me gifts from my wishlist (there are links to these things in the sidebar on the left on the website). Your comments and emails are also very much appreciated.

Fans of the work of David Simon (creator/showrunner for The Wire) may want to pre-order Treme: The Complete First Season which is currently selling for $39 or so. Also available and of interest:
The Wire: The Complete Series for $122.
Generation Kill for $30.
The Corner (HBO Miniseries) for just $12.
Homicide: Life on the Street – The Complete Series (repackaged) for a mere $65 (which is a steal for one of the best TV dramas of all time).

Primetime Grid

Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Wipeout Rerun Grey’s Anatomy Rerun
CBS Big Bang Theory Rerun Big Bang Theory Rerun Big Bang Theory Rerun Big Bang Theory Rerun The Mentalist Rerun
NBC The Office Rerun The Office Rerun The Apprentice Season premiere
FOX Fringe Rerun Local Programming
CW The Vampire Diaries Nikita also on Fri Local Programming

Primetime

Thursday Night College Football: Cincinnati at NC State (ESPN, 6:30pm).

If you don’t watch The Big Bang Theory, it’s turned into one of my favorite comedies (of those currently airing new episodes) so if you aren’t watching anything else tonight, you might want to give the four reruns that air tonight a try (CBS, 7pm – 9pm).

Baseball: Twins at White Sox (MLB Network or FOX Sports North, 7pm). May or may not air in your region; MLB Network might air the Padres-Cardinals game depending on where you live.

Caroline is “confused and desperate” so naturally she leaves the hospital and heads straight to the carnival in the second episode of the new season of The Vampire Diaries (CW, 7pm). Miss the first episode? Visit the website for the show and click on the “Full Episodes” link and you’ll find it there. Miss the first season? The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season is available on DVD and Blu-Ray and Amazon On Demand and so on.

DIY airs new episodes of This New House (DIY, 7pm and 2am), Family Renovation (DIY, 8:30pm and 11:3pm), Blog Cabin (DIY, 9pm and midnight), and Run My Renovation (DIY, 9:30pm and 12:30am).

Jeff “harvests gooseneck barnacles off the Coast of Death” and does other strange and dangerous things in or near Spain on a new episode of Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin (Food Network, 7pm and 2am).

“Total Eclipse” is the title of tonight’s new episode of The Universe (History Channel, 7pm and 11:01pm). I bet you can guess what it’s about.

New episode of My First Place (HGTV, 7pm and 2am).

Miss the last two hours of last season of Fringe? Or just need a refresher on where things left off? Fortunately for you FOX airs the two-hour second season finale again tonight (FOX, 7pm – 9pm). The season three premiere airs next Thursday. You can find out more and watch full episodes on the official site for the show. You might also be interested in Fringe: The Complete First Season on DVD, Fringe: The Complete First Season on Blu-Ray, Fringe: The Complete Second Season on DVD, and/or Fringe: The Complete Second Season on Blu-Ray.

Nikita is caught in a shoot-out at a train station in the second new episode of the new series Nikita (CW, 8pm; airs again on Friday at 8pm on the CW). In case it’s not obvious, this new series is yet another take on La Femme Nikita (which was a movie and then a TV series of the same name). Maggie Q stars along with Shane West (of ER, Once and Again), Xander Berkeley (of 24), and Melinda Clarke (of The O.C.). From some folks who’ve worked on CSI, Chuck, Supernatural, and The O.C. Check out the official website for the show for more information and to see full episodes. You might also be interested in:
Nikita Season 1 in HD from Amazon On Demand
La Femme Nikita [Blu-ray]
La Femme Nikita: The Complete Seasons 1-5 on DVD

The designers learn about American sportwear on a new episode of Project Runway (Lifetime, 8pm – 9:30pm; airs again on Saturday night at 10pm).

They build a ramp to launch a dummy dressed as Junior on a new episode of American Chopper (TLC, 8pm and 10pm).

Miss the the last two hours of last season of Grey’s Anatomy? ABC is kind enough to air them again tonight (ABC, 8pm – 10pm) in case you missed them or need a reminder of how things ended. The new season of Grey’s Anatomy starts next Thursday. Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Sixth Season is now available on DVD in case you have some catching up to do (as I do). You might also be interested in Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Seasons 1-5 on DVD.

They build a cake celebrating the 85th annivesrary of the Grand Ole Opry on a new episode of Ace of Cakes (Food Network, 9pm and midnight). They actually try to construct the cake with a real microphone inside of it for some reason and I imagine that causes difficulties.

Season premiere of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX, 9pm and 10:03pm and 12:07am). The episode runs a minute or so long. This show is just so . . . strange and inappropriate and offensive and sometimes hilarious and other times . . . not so much. In this episode, “Mac pulls out the big guns to protect the sanctity of marriage, while the rest of the gang reap the rewards of marital bliss.” You can expect divorce in next weeks episode (and I’m not kidding about that).

Biologist David Bittner spends summers among coastal brown bears of Kodiak Island in Alone Among Grizzlies (Animal Planet, 9pm and midnight).

A modern day samurai, an escape artist, a “human crash test dummy,” and someone who can control a swarm of bees on a new episode of Stan Lee’s Superhumans (History Channel, 9pm and 1:01am). There’s also another older episode (I think) that airs at 8pm and 12:01am. You can find out more about the show and watch full episodes on the website for the show.

Four competitors “face off against a Turducken” on a new episode of BBQ Pitmasters (TLC, 9pm and 11pm).

MIss the second season finale of The Mentalist? Or just want a reminder of where things were left at the end of last season? The second season finale airs again tonight (CBS, 9pm). The third season is set to start next week on September 23rd. The Mentalist: The Complete First Season is currently available on DVD and The Mentalist: The Complete Second Season is due out on DVD on Tuesday.

The League’s reigning champ “pulls out all the stops and hosts the draft in Las Vegas” in the season premiere of The League (FX, 9:31pm and 10:33pm and 12:37am). Episode runs a couple of minutes long.

Late Night

Bill Clinton on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 10pm and midnight).

Lawrence O’Donnell on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 10:30pm and 12:30am).

Joaquin Phoenix, Bar Refaeli, Anthony Hamilton on a rerun of The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

William Shatner, Sloane Crosley on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:35pm).

Ben Affleck, Maura Tierney, Usher on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, 11:05pm).

Jon Hamm, Amy Ryan on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:35pm).

Gillian Jacobs, Dan Mintz, Never Shout Never on a rerun of Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, 12:35am).


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Date: Monday, 13 Sep 2010 19:26

Best Bets

Season premiere of Gossip Girl (CW, 8pm)
Summer finale of The Closer (TNT, 8pm and 10pm)
Second season finale of Lie to Me (FOX, 8pm)
Season finale of Rizzoli & Isles (TNT, 9pm and 11pm)
New episode of Weeds (Showtime, 9pm)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ellie Kemper on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:37pm)

News & Notes

I’m behind on getting things back up and running again here. Unfortunately last week I had to put my cat Inky to sleep– I’d had him for 16 years and it was pretty rough so I’ve been moving in slow-motion and may have a tougher time getting back in the saddle with TV picks.

But here are some abbreviated and late picks . . . which is a start, at least. Will try to do better for the rest of the week.

Daytime

After 54 years, this is the last week of As The World Turns (CBS, check your local listings). As a third generation fan, I’m sad about this.

Primetime

Season premiere of Monday Night Football (ESPN, 6pm). Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets.

Season premiere of 90210 (CW, 7pm).

New episodes of Little People, Big World (TLC, 7pm and 10pm, 7:30pm and 10:30pm).

Season premiere of Gossip Girl (CW, 8pm).

Summer finale of The Closer (TNT, 8pm and 10pm).

Second season finale of Lie to Me (FOX, 8pm).

New episode of American Pickers (History Channel, 8pm and midnight).

Season finale of Rizzoli & Isles (TNT, 9pm and 11pm).

New episode of Weeds (Showtime, 9pm).

Anthony Bourdain is in Madrid on a new episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel, 9pm, 10pm, 1am).

New episode of The Big C (Showtime, 9:30pm).

Late Night

Ben Affleck on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 10pm and midnight).

Lisa Birnbach on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 10:30pm and 12:30am).

Michael Douglas, Bill McKibben on a rerun of The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ellie Kemper on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:37pm).

Christina Ricci, Robert Plant on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:37pm).

Lisa Kudrow, Brett Morgan, Janelle Monae on a rerun of Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, check your local listings).

David Hasselhoff, Chef Eric Ripert, Green Day on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, check your local listings).


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Date: Thursday, 02 Sep 2010 22:02

So . . . I guess I’m coming back to write about TV. I wrote almost daily for ten years and then this past season fell out of the habit when I had to take a break to deal with family health stuff.

I’m still feeling rather down about the state of TV these days, and nowadays there are many sites out there that cover all things TV.

I hope to feature some TV picks each day, though I suspect I’ll return to being fairly selective and only listing the things that sound especially cool. And I may return to featuring more reruns and movies when I’m underwhelmed by the new stuff that’s being offered.

I also want to focus more on coverage of TV on DVD sets, especially complete series sets. And maybe delve into discussions of what shows are available online as streaming video or downloads. So . . . I’m working on sorting this out and on how to set up the site to include all this stuff.

I can’t give you a firm date on when things will be up and running as I’d like– I have a lot of work to do. But I hope to be posting stuff regularly by the time the fall TV season truly starts.

If you subscribe to the site via email or feed or anything like that, expect some hiccups during the next week or two. I’ll try to keep the glitches and oddness to a minimum.

Stay tuned . . .


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Date: Thursday, 01 Apr 2010 16:59

I guess after ten years of doing almost daily updates, I’m burnt out. Am on a break. Want to know when I return? Follow the feed, join the email list, watch the feed on Livejournal, follow tvpicks on Twitter, and/or become a fan of this site on Facebook.

Other Places To Go For TV Info

TV Tattle is really the first place I go for links to stories about all things television.

Sue Trowbridge has you covered if you’d like to know who the guests will be on the late night talk shows (and some of the daytime shows).

I always enjoy reading what Alan Sepinwall, Maureen Ryan, and Tim Goodman have to say about TV. I usually avoid reading what TV critics are saying, but I can’t help but check out their blogs and columns from time to time.

The Futon Critic collects most press releases from networks and cable stations in one place. Including listings data with episode descriptions.

The TV section at Zap2It has listings, among other things. So does TV Guide of course. As do many other sites or so I’m told (I know it’s a little weird, but I really don’t look at many other TV sites. I’m too busy watching stuff and wading through press releases myself).

Got a fave TV site you think I should check out? Let me know. I used to have this really amazing page of TV Links (if I do say so myself) and should really build something like that again.

Thank You

Thanks to all of you who have visited the site, linked to the site, written to me, sent gifts, made donations, and done other cool things over the last ten+ years.


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Date: Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 18:33

Best Bets

Season finale of Scrubs (ABC, 7pm)
New Human Target (FOX, 7pm)
New Ugly Betty (ABC, 9pm)
New Law & Order: SVU (NBC,9pm)

News & Notes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For more than twenty years, one can usually find me watching Boiled in Lead at First Avenue in Minneapolis each St. Patrick’s Day. Probably won’t make it this year, alas. Here are a couple of videos of songs from a show a few years back:
Boiled In Lead play “The Rushes Green” live at First Avenue in Minneapolis, March 17 2006.
Boiled In Lead play “Cunovo Oro” live at First Avenue in Minneapolis, March 17 2006.

And lately my favorite video for this day has been the Muppets performing “O Danny Boy”. It never fails to make me laugh.

Primetime Grid

Wed 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Scrubs Season finale The Middle Rerun Modern Family Rerun Cougar Town Rerun Ugly Betty
CBS Old Christine Rerun Gary Unmarried Season finale Criminal Minds Rerun CSI: NY Rerun
NBC Mercy Law & Order: SVU Rerun Law & Order: SVU
FOX Human Target American Idol Local Programming
CW America’s Next Top Model High Society Local Programming

Primetime

NBA on ESPN: Spurs at Magic (ESPN, 7pm), Bucks at Clippers (ESPN, 9:30pm). NIT Tournament action on ESPN2.

The med students finish their first semester on the season finale of Scrubs (ABC, 7pm).

Chance recruits an FBI agent to help him stop his former partner from assassinating a foreign dignitary on Human Target (FOX, 7pm). Autumn Reeser (who was “Taylor Townsend” on The O.C.) is among the guest stars.

Veronica treats a patient that reminds her of her own issues, Sonia mourns the death of her home health care patient, and some folks attend a St. Patrick’s Day fair on Mercy (NBC, 7pm).

New episode of Web Soup (G4, 7pm). Find out more about the show on the website for it.

New episode of Sweat Equity (DIY, 7:30pm and 2:30am).

Gary finds out he and Allison are still legally married on the season finale of Gary Unmarried (CBS, 7:30pm).

The team investigates reports of aggressive and territorial packs of sasquatches in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on MonsterQuest (History Channel, 8pm and 12:01am).

The team tracks a serial killer who keeps his victims’ eyes as souvenirs on a rerun of Criminal Minds (CBS, 8pm). I got so grossed out by this episode (even just the description of it) that it sat on my DVR for ages and as a result I have most of this season of the show piled up there. Eek. Still love the characters, but it seems like the show has gotten especially gruesome this year or else I’m more of a wimp about this stuff than I was last year.

Organizing a dresser, whoopie pies, birthday party invitations that include baseball trivia, and the fear of gym class (!?) on a new Whatever, Martha! (FLN, 8pm and midnight).

Bobby heads to New Jersey to challenge Omar Giner in a stuffed french toast showdown on Throwdown with Bobby Flay (Food Network, 8pm and 11pm).

New episode of 10 Grand in Your Hand (DIY, 8pm and 11pm).

New episode of The Inbetweeners (BBC America, 8:30pm, 11:30pm, 1:30am).

A promiscuous young girl claims she was raped and it’s up to Benson and Stabler to prove or disprove the crime on Law & Order: SVU (NBC, 9pm)

Justin Loves his acting class (which is taught by a character played by guest star Carol Kane) and Betty likes a playwright she meets at his class on Ugly Betty (ABC, 9pm). This will be the last season of this show; four more episodes remain after this one.

Erica feels betrayed after learning her sister Sam had an affair with her friend and then she learns her brother may have kept something from her as well on a new episode of Being Erica (SOAPnet, 9pm and midnight; also on Thursday at 11pm and Friday at 5am). The second season of this Canadian series is now airing on SOAPnet, you can find out more about it on the page about the show.

Season premiere of South Park (Comedy Central, 9pm and 11:30pm).

MLB Preseason Baseball: Rangers at Mariners (MLB Network, 9pm).

Robert travels to an Ironman competition in Arizona and tries the culinary version of the Ironman triathlon on Dinner: Impossible (Food Network, 9pm and midnight).

New Shear Genius (Bravo, 9pm, 10pm, midnight).

New episode of House Hunters (HGTV, 9pm and midnight).

Two new episodes of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (TBS, 9pm and 9:30pm).

New episode of The Locator (We, 9pm and 11pm).

New Dog the Bounty Hunter (A&E, 9pm and 1:01am).

New Addicted (TLC, 9pm and 11pm).

Series premiere of Ugly Americans (Comedy Central, 9:30pm and 11pm; also on Thursday at 9pm and Sunday at 10:30pm).

New Billy the Exterminator (A&E, 9:30pm and 1:31am).

New episode of House Hunters International (HGTV, 9:30pm and 12:30am).

Late Night

Snoop Dogg on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 10pm and midnight).

Nell Irvin Painter on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 10:30pm and 12:30am).

Gerard Butler, Mindy Kaling, Free Energy on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

Dwayne Johnson, kid inventors, Switchfoot on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC, 10:35pm).

Michael Sheen, Amy Ryan on a very funny rerun of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:35pm).

Dakota Fanning, Joseph Fiennes, the XX on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:35pm).

Gabourey Sidibe, Josh Hopkins, Gary Allan on a rerun of Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, check your local listings).

Kat Von D, Dan Smith, Garfunkel & Oates, Metric on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, check your local listings).


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Date: Thursday, 11 Mar 2010 20:37

Best Bets

New Community (NBC, 7pm)
New CSI (CBS, 8pm)
New Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 8pm)
New 30 Rock (NBC, 8:30pm)
New The Mentalist (CBS, 9pm)
New Archer (FX, 9pm and 10:01pm)
New Project Runway (Lifetime, 9pm, 10:30pm, midnight)

News & Notes

Looks like I’m already too late to get decent affordable tickets to see Conan O’Brien’s live show when it hits Minneapolis. Full details on the tour are at TeamCoco.com and Conan is on Twitter.

I did purchase tickets to see Craig Ferguson when he comes to Minneapolis so that’s awesome. If you watch Craig’s show, surely you know he’s on twitter now.

I should get back in the habit of reading and posting to twitter myself. So far lately I’ve just had automated notifications of when the picks are posted there which is terribly boring. Picks are at twitter.com/tvpicks of course.

Still having keyboard issues which is why picks have been put online late this week. My MacBook Pro is missing the L and comma/less than keys. Argh! Makes typing things tricky to say the least. Must get to an Apple Store soon.

Primetime Grid

Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Grey’s Anatomy Rerun Grey’s Anatomy Private Practice
CBS Survivor CSI The Mentalist
NBC Community Parks & Recreation The Office 30 Rock The Marriage Ref
FOX American Idol Kitchen Nightmares Local Programming
CW The Vampire Diaries Rerun Supernatural Rerun Local Programming

Primetime

MLB Preseason Baseball: Atlanta at Yankees (MLB Network, 6pm).

NBA action on TNT: Bulls at Magic (TNT, 7pm), Trail Blazers at Warriors (TNT, 9:30pm). College hoops on ESPN and ESPN2 tonight.

Its “Family Day” at the community college on Community (NBC, 7pm) and Katherine McPhee guest stars as Pierce’s stepdaughter.

Beans are the topic on Modern Marvels (History Channel, 7pm and 11:01pm). A look at converting soybeans into oil, flour and soy meal, Nebraska’s Kelley Bean Company, New England baked beans made by B&M, heirloom beans, and hummus.

A possum causes problems on a local golf course on Parks & Recreation (NBC, 7:30pm). Is it possum week or something? There was a possum on Parenthood earlier in the week. And just a couple of weeks ago there was one on House. When I lived in my grandma’s house in South Dakota for a while a few years ago, I saw possums regulary as they lived in the attic and some of the young ones would come out in daylight and sit under the birdfeeder there. Young possums can be kinda cute and harmless, the older the get the creepier they look (but they’re still basically harmless and avoid peope and usually only are out at night).

Richard and Owen compete over who can perform a difficult surgery, Bailey is nervous about going on another date with Ben on Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 8pm)

The death of a young boy may have ties to an old case on CSI (CBS, 8pm). Faith Prince guest stars.

Michael struggles to please the new boss (played by Kathy Bates) and it’s St. Patrick’s Day at The Office (NBC, 8pm).

BObby Bognar looks at what makes Italian food America’s most popular type of ethnic cuisine on Food Tech (Food Network, 8pm and 12:01am). With a look at pasta sauce ingredients, making vinegar and wine, and the secrets behind pasta shapes.

Investigators think that a teen who was shot outside a party may have been a victim due to mistaken identity on a new episode of The First 48 (A&E, 8pm and 12:01am).

New episode of House Hunters (HGTV, 8pm and midnight).

Liz tracks down “the man of her dreams” who she thinks she met while at the dentist, Jack freaks out over a rumor that a cable company might buy NBC on 30 Rock (NBC, 8:30pm). Elizabeth Banks continues her guest stint on the show and Michael Sheen guest stars.

A government research scientist is poisoned and has only hours to live, so she contacts the team to find her killer on The Mentalist (CBS, 9pm). We’ve seen this plot before on NCIS and other shows, but I’m sure there’ll be a new spin on it this time.

A surrogate who is carrying three babies is in danger and doctors are divided on the course of treatment on Private Practice (ABC, 9:01pm). And Cooper asks for Sheldon’s help with a patient.

Archer takes a higher paying job at a rival agency on Archer (FX, 9pm and 10:01pm). I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t yet checked out this animated comedy about spies as it sounds and looks like just the sort of show I’d realy like. Find out more on the website for the show. The show has already been picked up for a second season.

Larry David, Madonna, Ricky Gervais on The Marriage Ref (NBC, 9pm).

New episode of Project Runway (Lifetime, 9pm, 10:30pm, midnight).

Duff makes a cake for Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens on Ace of Cakes (Food Network, 9pm and midnight).

Season premiere of Sober House with Dr. Drew (VH1, 9pm and 1am; lots of additional airings). Find out more (such as who is in the house) on the website for the show.

The Boston Red Sox are featured on tonight’s new episode of 30 Clubs in 30 Days (MLB Network, 9pm or after the ballgame ends; with lots of additional airings).

New episode of L.A. Ink (TLC, 9pm and 11pm).

Sarah reconnects with her imaginary childhood friend on a new Sarah Silverman Show (Comedy Central, 9:30pm; also at 2:30am on Sunday night/Monday morning).

Late Night

Eamon Javers on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 10pm and midnight).

David Aaronovitch on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 10:30pm and 12:30am).

Donald Trump, John Hiatt on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

Dana Carvey, Kim Kardashian, Colbie Caillat on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien Jay Leno (NBC, 10:35pm).

Lisa Kudrow (again), Ryan Bingham, and I think Eddie Izzard will help with emails on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:35pm).

Nicole Richie, Gin Wigmore on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, 11:05pm).

Michael Moore, Chris Hardwick, Broken Bells on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:35pm).

Lake Bell, Jennie Ketcham, David Gray on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, 12:35am).


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Date: Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 20:38

Best Bets

New Scrubs (ABC, 7pm)
New Human Target (FOX, 7pm)
New The Middle (ABC, 7:30pm)
New Criminal Minds (CBS, 8pm)
New Modern Family (ABC, 8pm)
New Ugly Betty (ABC, 9pm)
New Law & Order: SVU (NBC, 9pm)
New Psych (USA, 9pm and midnight)

News & Notes

Today is the registration deadline for Minicon 45, a science fiction convention in the Twin Cities that will be held April 2-4, 2010. I’ll be there as I have since Minicon 24 so I guess that means this will be my 21st year attending Minicon on Easter weekend. Yikes! Guests of Honor are Brandon Sanderson and Dan Dos Santos. For more info and to register online, check out the link earlier in this paragraph.

Glad to have me back doing TV picks? Find this site useful? You can show your appreciation by sending some money via Paypal (all major credit cards are supported too). Or you might want to get me something from my wishlist.

Primetime Grid

Wed 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Scrubs The Middle Modern Family Cougar Town Ugly Betty
CBS Old Christine Gary Unmarried Criminal Minds CSI: NY
NBC Mercy Law & Order: SVU Rerun Law & Order: SVU
FOX Human Target American Idol Local Programming
CW America’s Next Top Model Season premiere High Society Series premiere Local Programming
USA   Psych Season finale, also at midnight

Primetime

Cole and Kelso bond on a new Scrubs (ABC, 7pm). I wasn’t wild about the beginning of the season of this new incarnation of the show, but it’s improved since then.

Chance is reunited with an old flame when he heads to South America to rescue an archeologist on Human Target (FOX, 7pm). Mark Valley (of Boston Legal, Keen Eddie) and Chi McBride (of Pushing Daisies, Boston Public) star. Find out more on the official site for the show.

Veronica takes extra shifts in an effort to avoid PTSD triggered by the robbery on Mercy (NBC, 7pm).

Christine urges Ritchie’s principal to let his class take the subway for a field trip on The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS, 7pm).

New episode of Web Soup (G4, 7pm). Find out more about the show on the website for it.

Alex Vega (of the Spy Kids movies) guest stars on The Middle (ABC, 7:30pm).

Women are being abducted from seemingly random locations on Criminal Minds (CBS, 8pm). Gabrielle Carteris guest stars.

Judy Greer guest stars as Phil’s high school girlfriend on Modern Family (ABC, 8pm).

Season finale of Psych (USA, 9pm and midnight; also on Thursday at 11pm, Saturday at 8am, and Monday at 10:05pm). Yes, the show will be back for another season.

The fabulous Lena Olin (who was SpyMommy on Alias) guest stars on Law & Order: SVU (NBC, 9pm)

Betty is pressured into dating a fireman on Ugly Betty (ABC, 9pm)

The Minnesota Twins are the featured team on a new episode of 30 Clubs in 30 Days (MLB Network, 9pm or whenever the game preceding it gets over, also at midnight and 2am; with lots of additional airings).

Ian Ziering, Madchen Amick, and Kyle Gallner guest star on CSI: NY (CBS, 9pm). This episode was directed by Eriq La Salle.

New Shear Genius (Bravo, 9pm, 10pm, midnight).

New episode of The Locator (We, 9pm and 11pm).

New Tosh.0 (Comedy Central, 9:30pm and 11pm; also on Friday at 7pm).

Late Night

Jerry Seinfeld on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 10pm and midnight).

Sean Carroll on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 10:30pm and 12:30am).

Jessica Simpson, Alkaline Trio, a Top Ten List presented by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

Kristen Stewart, Guy Fieri, Ryan Bingham on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC, 10:35pm).

Dominic Monaghan, Lindsay Sloane, the Temper Trap on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:35pm).

Forest Whitaker, Rachael Harris, the National on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:35pm).

Christoph Waltz, Tom Papa, Manchester Orchestra on Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, check your local listings).

David Arquette, Lisa Hannigan on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, check your local listings).


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Date: Tuesday, 09 Mar 2010 20:15

Best Bets

New NCIS (CBS, 7pm)
New Lost (ABC, 8pm)
New Southland (TNT, 9pm and midnight)
New The Good Wife (CBS, 9pm)
New Parenthood (NBC, 9pm)
Season finale of White Collar (USA, 9pm and midnight)

News & Notes

Sorry guys, I got the link for TVPicks.net on Facebook wrong the last time I posted it– here’s the correct link which is also always available in the sidebar on the website.

Primetime Grid

Tue 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Lost Rerun Lost the forgotten Season finale
CBS NCIS NCIS: Los Angeles The Good Wife
NBC The Biggest Loser Parenthood
FOX American Idol Glee Rerun Local Programming
CW 90210 Melrose Place Local Programming
TNT Bones Rerun Bones Rerun Southland also at midnight
USA   White Collar Season finale, also at midnight

Primetime

The team investigates the shooting of a Marine (of course) and learn that he had a rather complicated life on a new NCIS (CBS, 7pm). Despite this very boring description, this looks like an excellent episode.

Jennie Garth, Rumer Willis, and Grag Vaughn guest star on 90210 (CW, 7pm).

Season finale of Wild Recon (Animal Planet, 7pm, 11pm, 2am).

Tonight’s new episode of Lost (ABC, 8pm) is titled “Dr. Linus” and appears to focus somewhat on good ol’ Ben Linus. Alan Dale is back as Charles Widmore. Mario Van Peebles directed this episode.

The team investigates the death of an underground street racer and I assume the case is somehow tied to the Navy on NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, 8pm).

Rerun of the “Sectionals” episode of Glee (FOX, 8pm).

Billy Campbell guest stars as Amanda’s boyfriend on Melrose Place (CW, 8pm). Violet asks Auggie to leave town with her. And there’s a lavish party of some sort.

New 19 Kids and Counting (TLC, 8pm and 11pm).

Peter plans how to handle his retrial, Alicia and Wi defend an attorney accused of murder on The Good Wife (CBS, 9pm). Ana Gasteyer guest stars as a judge, Alan Cumming Michael Boatman, and Joe Morton continue their guest stints on the show. Sharif Atkins also guest stars.

Ben and John respond to a triple homicide, Lydia and her new partner deal with their different styles of investigating, Sammy continues to have problems with his wife on Southland (TNT, 9pm and midnight).

Season finale of White Collar (USA, 9pm and midnight, also on Wednesday at 11pm, Thursday at 10pm, Saturday night at midnight, and Sunday at 8am). This fun show has been picked up for a second season.

Sarah looks for a job, Adam goes after a possum, Adam and Kristina look into how to dea with their son’s diagnosis with Asperger’s Syndrome, and much more on a new Parenthood (NBC, 9pm).

The bones of a young girl are found in an old ammo box in the season finale of the forgotten (ABC, 9pm). This show has not been picked up for another season and I doubt that it will be so you might consider this a series finale.

Season finale of Chopped (Food Network, 9pm and midnight).

New Madman of the Sea (Animal Planet, 9pm, midnight, and 4am).

New Life After People (History Channel, 9pm and 1am).

New episodes of 10 Best Yard Crashers (DIY, 9pm and midnight, 9:30pm and 12:30am).

Late Night

Marc Thiessen on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 10pm and midnight).

Annie Leonard on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 10:30pm and 12:30am).

Julianna Margulies, grocery bagging champion Kyle Perry, Broken Bells on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

Christoph Waltz, Dave Salmoni, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC, 10:35pm).

Lisa Kudrow, Adhir Kalyan on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:35pm).

Chelsea Handler, Matt Walsh, Allman Brothers on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:35pm).

Gabourey Sidibe, Josh Hopkins, Gary Allan on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, check your local listings).

T-Pain, aerial base jumper Miles Daisher, Weezer on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, check your local listings).


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Date: Monday, 08 Mar 2010 17:52

Best Bets

New Chuck (NBC, 7pm)
New House (FOX, 7pm)
New How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 7pm)
New Good Eats (Food Network, 7pm and 2am)
New Gossip Girl (CW, 8pm)
New The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8:30pm)
New Damages (FX, 9pm, 10:02pm, 12:01am)
New Castle (ABC, 9pm)
New Law & Order (NBC, 9pm)

News & Notes

What is it about Mondays this season? Way too many good shows air on Mondays and then there are timeslots on other nights when there’s nothing good on. At least now Law & Order is back where it belongs at 9pm since The Jay Leno Show left the airwaves.

Daytime

MLB Preseason Baseball: Phillies at Yankees (MLB Network, Noon).

Oprah’s Post-Oscar Special on Oprah (syndicated, check your local listings).

Primetime Grid

Mon 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Bachelor Castle
CBS How I Met Your Mother Rules of Engagement Two and a Half Men Big Bang Theory CSI: Miami
NBC Chuck Trauma returns from hiatus Law & Order
FOX House 24 Local Programming
CW Life Unexpected Gossip Girl returns from hiatus Local Programming
ABC Fam Secret Life American Teenager also at 11pm Make It or Break It Season Finale Greek
FX   Damages also at 10:02pm, 12:01am

Primetime

MLB Preseason Baseball: Mariners at Brewers (MLB Network, 6pm).

The rest of the team goes on a mission without Chuck (NBC, 7pm) since he can’t seem to flash anymore. Oh-oh.

Laura Prepon (of That ’70s Show) guest stars as a blogger on House (FOX, 7pm). She blogs from the hospital, of course. House and Wilson discover secrets about each other. And Chase may go on a date or something.

Robin gets help from a self-help author (played by Jennifer Lopez) to get back at arney for the way he handled their break-up on How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 7pm).

Alton Brown examines ways to use salt in desserts in a new episode of Good Eats (Food Network, 7pm and 2am).

Cate and Ryan are forced to look happy as hosts of a wedding expo on Life Unexpected (CW, 7pm).

Ricky returns and is interested in shared custody on The Secret Life of the Amerian Teenager (ABC Family, 7pm and 11pm; also next Monday at 6pm). Anson Williams (of Happy Days) directed this episode.

Two new episodes of Our Little Life (TLC, 7pm and 10pm, 7:30pm and 10:30pm).

New Emeril Green (Planet Green, 7pm).

New Animal Cops Miami (Animal Planet, 7pm, midnight, 2am).

Gossip Girl (CW, 8pm) finally returns with a new episode and oddly enough the title of the episode is “The Hurt Locket” which is, of course, a play on the title of the movie The Hurt Locker. This is the first of ten new episodes for the show.

The always fabulous Stephen Root guest stars as a parole officer on 24 (FOX, 8pm). Plus Jack pursues a suspect and there’s some sort of shake-up at CTU.

Charlie and Chelsea get back together . . . at least for one night on Two and a Half Men (CBS, 8pm). Stacy Keach returns as Chelsea’s Dad and John Amos returns as his boyfriend. Steven Eckholdt also guest stars.

Nancy faces her phobia as she treats a construction worker who is trapped underground, Rabbit and Marisa tend to the injured at the scene of a bank robbery, and Boone has a new position on Trauma (NBC, 8pm).

Decorators work on a cake for a wedding with a vintage Hollywood theme on Ultimate Cake Off (TLC, 8pm and 11pm; also on Tuesday at 6pm).

New Turf War (DIY, 8pm and 11pm).

The guys discover a basement full of vintage cars on a new episode of American Pickers (History Channel, 8pm, 10pm, 12:01am, 2:01am). This show follows childhood friends Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they travel the U.S. looking for rare artifacts and national treasures; they collect antiques.

A look at some crunchy snakes snacks on a new Unwrapped (Food Network, 8pm and 11pm).

The guys find a ring at a garage sale that appears to have been used in The Lord of the Rings films on The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8:30pm). They fight over it, of course.

Patty sends Tom out of the country, Ellen must choose between Patty and her new boss on Damages (FX, 9pm – 10:02pm, 10:02pm – 11:02pm, 12:01am – 1:01am; also on Friday at 11pm).

A young woman’s body is found in a hotel and the investigation leads the team to medical students on Law & Order (NBC, 9pm). Timothy Busfield guest stars.

A half-naked woman is found covered in caramel sauce and bound with handcuffs in a public park on Castle (ABC, 9pm). Keiko Agena (of Gilmore Girls) and Devon Gummersall (of My So-Called Life) are among the guest stars.

Bourdain talks to chefs and bloggers who are obsessed with food on a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel, 9pm, 10pm, 1am).

A meeting between Duncan and Ben goes badly on a new Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime, 9pm and 10pm with lots of additional airings on various Showtime stations).

Two new episodes of Pawn Stars (History Channel, 9pm and 1:01am, 9:30pm and 1:31am). This series is a look at the only family-run pawn shop in Las Vegas.

New Mystery Diagnosis (Discovery Health Channel, 9pm and 1am).

New episodes of 10 Best Desperate Landscapes (DIY, 9pm and midnight, 9:30pm and 12:30am).

A look at the 2010 Academy Awards on Fashion Police (E!, 9pm and 11:30pm; more airings later in the week).

A hated receptionist is murdered on CSI: Miami (CBS, 9pm).

Season finale of Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union (Showtime, 9:30pm and 10:30pm with lots of additional airings).

New episode of Be Good Johnny Weir (Sundance, 9:30pm and 1:30am).

Late Night

Harry Markopolos on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 10pm and midnight).

Tom Hanks on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 10:30pm and 12:30am).

Kelly Ripa, Lady Antebellum on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

Simon Cowell, Richard Roeper, Ben Harper on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien Jay Leno (NBC, 10:35pm).

Isaac Mizrahi on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:37pm).

Abigail Breslin, Chris Parnell, Ted Leo on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:37pm).

No idea who the guests are on a rerun of Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, check your local listings).

Robin Wright, Jason Mesnick & Molly Malaney, Corinne Bailey Rae on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, check your local listings).


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Date: Thursday, 04 Mar 2010 18:47

Best Bets

New Community (NBC, 7pm)
New CSI (CBS, 8pm)
New Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 8pm)
Season finale of Burn Notice (USA, 9pm and midnight)
New The Mentalist (CBS, 9pm)
Garry Shandling, Sonya Walger on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:37pm)

News & Notes

Short on time today, so I just have the Best Bets and the Grid for you today. Should be back with full picks tomorrow.

Primetime Grid

Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Grey’s Anatomy Rerun Grey’s Anatomy Private Practice
CBS Survivor CSI The Mentalist
NBC Community Parks & Recreation The Office The Marriage Ref Series premiere
FOX American Idol Kitchen Nightmares Local Programming
CW The Vampire Diaries Rerun Supernatural Rerun Local Programming
USA Burn Notice Season finale, also at midnight

Late Night

Check out Sue Trowbridge’s Late Night Lineups Page for a list of talk show guests for tonight.


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Date: Wednesday, 03 Mar 2010 18:52

Best Bets

New Mercy (NBC, 7pm)
New The Middle (ABC, 7:30pm)
New Criminal Minds (CBS, 8pm)
New Modern Family (ABC, 8pm)
Two new hours of Law & Order: SVU (NBC, 8pm – 10pm)
New Psych (USA, 9pm and midnight)
Series finale of Nip/Tuck (FX, 9pm – 10:06pm, 10:06pm – 11:11pm)

News & Notes

If you’re on Facebook, you might want to become a fan of this site there.

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Sanford and Son: The Complete Series (Slim Packaging)
Newsradio: The Complete Series (Slim Packaging)
Soap: The Complete Series (Slim Packaging)
What’s Happening: The Complete Series (Slim Packaging)

Remember that if you shop at Amazon.com via links from this site, some of the money you spend goes to yours truly.

Daytime

MLB Preseason Baseball: Pirates at Yankees (MLB Network, Noon).

“Beauty Around the World with Jessica Simpson” on Oprah (syndicated, check your local listings).

30 Clubs in 30 Days kicks off with an episode about the Detroit Tigers (MLB Network, 4pm, 9pm, midnight, 4am, 6am, 8am, and so on). You can read more about the show on the MLB Network page about it which, among other things, lists which MLB teams are covered each day this month.

Primetime Grid

Wed 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Modern Family Rerun The Middle Modern Family Cougar Town The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special
CBS Old Christine Gary Unmarried Criminal Minds CSI: NY
NBC Mercy Law & Order: SVU
FOX American Idol Local Programming
CW Life Unexpected Rerun Gossip Girl Rerun Local Programming
USA NCIS Rerun NCIS Rerun Psych also at midnight

Primetime

Exploring distant relatives and the shared ancestral connections of Elizabeth Alexander, Meryl Streep, Mike Nicholas, Yo-Yo Ma and Eva Longoria Parker on Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (PBS, check your local listings).

Veronica is overwhelmed by PTSD and takes off, victims of a bus bombing show up in the emergency room, and Chloe battles a hangover on a new Mercy (NBC, 7pm). Alison Sweeney and Connor Paolo guest star. James Van Der Beek seems to have joined the cast while I wasn’t paying attention. Find out more (including where to see/get episodes online) on the official site for the show.

Christine comes into some money and must decide between splurging on herself or giving the money to charity on The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS, 7pm). Ed Begley Jr. guest stars as a pastor.

The top 10 male semifinalists perform on American Idol (FOX, 7pm).

Season premiere of Web Soup (G4, 7pm). Find out more about the show on the website for it.

The family focuses on taking a trip to Chicago for a spelling bee and may forget someone’s birthday due to all the excitement on The Middle (ABC, 7:30pm). Brian Doyle-Murray guest stars. Find out more about this show on the website for it. Patricia Heaton (of Everybody Loves Raymond) and Neil Flynn (of Scrubs) star as the parents on this newish comedy.

When a plan to get Tom a spot on a wrestling team doesn’t work out, Gary challenges the coach (a former high school rival) to a wrestling rematch on Gary Unmarried (CBS, 7:30pm). David Koechner guest stars.

The team profiles a child abductor who keeps children for a longer time than is the norm on Criminal Minds (CBS, 8pm). Matthew Gray Gubler, who plays “Spencer Reid” on the show, directed this episode. Ann Cusack is among the guest stars. Episode was written by Simon Mirren and Erica Messer.

NBC airs two new episodes of Law & Order: SVU (NBC, 8pm – 10pm) back to back; in fact they’re promoting it as a special two-hour episode and most TV listings (and DVRs) list it as being a two-hour episode even though it really is just two unrelated new episodes that air back to back (as they did with two new Law & Order episodes on Monday). Kathy Griffin guest stars in the first hour.

Various members of this Modern Family (ABC, 8pm) face their fears in this new episode. Phil and Luke head under their house Clarie takes Haley to the DMV for her driver’s test, and Manny takes ill (or fakes an illness) before a friend’s birthday party at an amusement park. You can catch up with previous episodes and find out more about the show on the show’s website.

Beverly D’Angelo guest stars as Laurie’s Mom on Cougar Town (ABC, 8:30pm).

Lassiter claims that a shark attack was actually murder on a new episode of Psych (USA, 9pm and midnight; also on Thursday at 11pm, Saturday at 8am, and Monday at 10:05pm).

Series finale of Nip/Tuck (FX, 9pm – 10:06pm, 10:06pm – 11:11pm; also on Friday at 11pm and Sunday at 11pm).

Four people are found dead in a hotel room and the main suspect turns up wielding an axe on CSI: NY (CBS, 9pm).

Some of “Hollywood’s brighest stars” interview each other on The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special (ABC, 9pm). Folks who appear on the show: Halle Berry, Penelope Cruz, James Cameron, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Glenn Close, and Michael Douglas.

Stylists are tasked with turning curly hair into sleek bobs; there’s also something about pinup girls on a new Shear Genius (Bravo, 9pm, 10pm, midnight).

Lyle Lovett, Ray LaMontagne, and Jon Prine on Spectacle: Elvis Costello with . . . (Sundance, 9pm; also on Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 8pm).

Season premiere of The Locator (We, 9pm and 10:59pm).

New Tosh.0 (Comedy Central, 9:30pm and 11pm; also on Friday at 7pm). The “make it snow” girl gets web redemption.

Late Night

Lynne Olson on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 10pm and midnight).

Garry Wills on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 10:30pm and 12:30am).

Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Brokaw on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

“Jaywalk All-Stars” with the cast of “Jersey Shore”, Chelsea Handler, Apolo Anton Ohno, Avril Lavigne on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC, 10:35pm).

Michael Sheen, Amy Ryan on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:35pm).

Barbara Walters, Regina King, Erykah Badu on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:35pm).

Ethan Hawke, Manny Pacquiao, Jet on Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, check your local listings).

Jeremy Renner, Tomm Moore, Grizzly Bear on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, check your local listings).


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Date: Tuesday, 02 Mar 2010 16:49

Best Bets

Roger Ebert on Oprah (syndicated, check your local listings)
New NCIS (CBS, 7pm)
New Lost (ABC, 8pm)
Season premiere of Southland (TNT, 9pm and midnight)
Series premiere of Parenthood (NBC, 9pm)
New The Good Wife (CBS, 9pm)
New White Collar (USA, 9pm and midnight)

News & Notes

What can I say? I guess after more than ten years of doing picks almost every weekday, I got burned out. I also think that this season of TV is one of the worst we’ve seen in the last decade for a variety of reasons– I’m working on a piece that explains why.

There are very few shows I’ve been watching regularly this season, though there are more I hope to catch up with. I should update my “What I Watch” page, but it would depress me I think.

So do I continue the picks? Give them up? I should make up my mind. I’m not paid to do these– in fact I pretty much lose money on ‘em each year. And of course it’s a lot of work too. I’m gonna give the picks another go this Spring and we’ll see how it goes.

Daytime

MLB Preseason Baseball: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets (MLB Network, Noon). Baseball returns! Yay! Find out more about MLB Network on the official site for the network.

Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz make a rare TV appearance today on Oprah (syndicated, check your loca listings). They say he’ll “speak again for the first time” but I think he’s actually using computer software to do so. Still wonderful to have him on TV again. Plus Colin Firth and Morgan Freeman are also on the show. I highly recommend Roger Ebert’s blog and reviews and other stuff which can be found at RogerEbert.com.

Season one of Southland (TNT, 2pm – 9pm).

MLB Tonight Live (MLB Network, 5pm; airs again at 6pm and 10pm).

Primetime Grid

Tue 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Lost Rerun Lost 20/20
CBS NCIS NCIS: Los Angeles The Good Wife
NBC The Biggest Loser Parenthood Series premiere
FOX American Idol Local Programming
CW 90210 Rerun Melrose Place Rerun Local Programming
TNT Southland Rerun Southland Rerun Southland Season premiere, also at midnight
USA Law & Order: SVU Rerun Law & Order: SVU Rerun White Collar also at midnight

Primetime

Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, explores people’s opinions about Pluto on Nova (PBS, check your local listings) You can find out more on the Nova website.

Gena Rowlands guest stars as Gibbs’ former mother-in-law on a new NCIS (CBS, 7pm). She’s a witness in a murder investigation; she’s Shannon’s mother (in case you were wondering which mother-in-law she is). Expect flashbacks to when Gibbs was married the first time. Unfortunately Rena Sofer returns in this episode as that annoying lawyer who appears to be interested in Gibbs. NCIS has been having a pretty good season and is currently one of my favorite shows because it’s just plain fun.

“Chrome” is the subject of a new episode of Modern Marvels (History Channel, 7pm and 11:01pm).

The top ten female semifinalists perform on American Idol (FOX, 7pm – 9pm).

West Side Story (TCM, 7pm, letterboxed).

New episode of Wild Recon (Animal Planet, 7pm, 11pm, 2am).

A report on “Women and War” on a new Dan Rather Reports (HDNet, 7pm and 10pm).

Sayid has a difficult decision to make and Claire sends a warning to the folks in the temple on a new episode of Lost (ABC, 8pm). They aren’t telling us much about new episodes in advance and the commercials give very little away . . . and I think this is actually a good thing. I love that someone who guest stars in this episode is credited as playing a “screaming Other”.

The death of a lieutenant commander leads the team to Chinatown on a new NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, 8pm). I haven’t warmed to this series yet, but I’ve only seen a couple of episodes. What do you guys think of this series so far?

The second season winners work with Raymond Blanc to transform an old pub into a restaurant on Last Restaurant Standing (BBC America, 8pm, 11pm, 1am).

New episode of HDNet World Report (HDNet, 8pm and 11pm).

New episode of How the Earth Was Made (History Channel, 8pm and 12:01am).

The Duggars take a trip to see a submarine and deal with a water leak on a rental property on 19 Kids and Counting (TLC, 8pm and 11pm).

Alan Cumming, Gary Cole, Joe Morton, Joanna Gleason, and Michael Boatman are among the guest stars on The Good Wife (CBS, 9pm). The family tries to get used to having Peter at home. Meanwhile there’a case that involves spousal privilege laws.

An elderly man may have been abducted by a drug addict; plus there’s a freeway shooting and Chickie’s new partner shoots a kid on the season premiere of Southland (TNT, 9pm and midnight). The first season of this show aired on NBC and they picked it up for a second season and then changed their mind about the show after only six episodes were produced– fortunately TNT stepped in and bought the rights to air the episodes that were filmed for the second season since NBC no longer intended to air them (this was before NBC got rid of The Jay Leno Show which opened up more time in their schedule). If you missed the seven episodes that make up season one, they’re airing on TNT today (TNT, 2pm – 9pm).

The daughter of one of Neal’s friends is kidnapped on a new episode of White Collar (USA, 9pm and midnight, also on Wednesday at 11pm, Thursday at 10pm, Saturday night at midnight, and Sunday at 8am). See the official site for more info on this show.

Lots of very talented people are behind the series premiere of Parenthood (NBC, 9pm). Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Jason Katims are executive producers. Katims wrote the first episode and Tommy Schlamme directed it. The cast includes Lauren Graham (of Gilmore Girls), Peter Krause (of Six Feet Under, Sports Night), Craig T. Nelson (of Coach), Bonnie Bedelia, Mae Whitman, Erika Christensen, Monica Potter, Dax Shepherd, and lots of others. Like Brothers & Sisters, it’s a show about siblings and their family and families. Odds are pretty good you can find at least a couple of characters to like in this show as they go about their lives. I’ve seen the second episode and I thought it was decent, if not great, and there’s plenty of potential here given the talent involved. It’s also refreshing to see another family drama on the air as there are already plenty of shows about cops, lawyers, doctors, and the like. Find out more on the website for the show.

George Clooney’s father (Nick Clooney) gives a tour of the actor’s childhood home, Sandra Bullock’s childhood friend shares stories of the actress, Beau Bridges discusses his brother Jeff’s early years, and an interview with the man actress Mo’Nique credits for her success on an episode of 20/20 (ABC, 9pm) they’ve titled “Before They Were Famous”.

New Chopped (Food Network, 9pm and midnight).

Series premiere of Madman of the Sea (Animal Planet, 9pm, midnight, and 4am). The show follows New Zealander Matt Watson who is into “extreme fishing” where he might fish from a surfboard or jet ski with his bare hands or do something even crazier. You can find out more on the website for the show.

“Apocalyptic devastation unfolds in the skies” on Life After People (History Channel, 9pm and 1:01am).

Late Night

Robert Pattinson on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 10pm and midnight).

David Brooks on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 10:30pm and 12:30am).

Mitt Romney, Mia Wasikowska, a Top Ten List presented by gold medalist Evan Lysacek on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

Unfortunately Jay Leno returns to hosting The Tonight Show this week. Argh. We thought our long national nightmare was over this season, but it just got worse with The Jay Leno Show and now Jay’s return to late night. Bleah. Sarah Palin, Shaun White, Adam Lambert on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC, 10:35pm).

Steven Wright, Mitch Albom, Mummy Troll on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:35pm).

Wesley Snipes, Emilie de Ravin (who plays “Claire” on Lost), Ludacris on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:35pm).

Anne Hathaway, Jesse Williams, Tom Colicchio, Jonny Lang on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, check your local listings).

Giovanni Ribisi, Phoenix on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, check your local listings).


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Date: Monday, 11 Jan 2010 19:57

Best Bets

New Chuck (NBC, 7pm)
New House (FOX, 7pm)
New How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 7pm)
New The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8:30pm)
New Castle (ABC, 9pm)
Season premiere of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel, 9pm, 10pm, 1am)

News & Notes

FOX has picked up Glee for a second season.

There’s all sorts of drama right now surrounding late night talk shows. Check out TVTattle.com for links to all sorts of stories about the end of the Jay Leno at 9pm show and the move to 10:35pm and what that may mean for Conan and so on. Ugh.

Oddly enough, I pretty much just watch The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson regularly. Sometimes I watch Letterman and/or the two shows over on Comedy Central. I gave Conan’s take on The Tonight Show a try and gave Fallon a try, but neither could hold my interest. (Used to be I’d switch between Conan and Ferguson, before Conan changed timeslots.) I can’t be the only person who just watches CBS and/or Comedy Central these days and who doesn’t much care what NBC (or ABC or FOX) does.

Primetime Grid

Mon 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Bachelor Castle
CBS How I Met Your Mother Accidently on Purpose Two and a Half Men Big Bang Theory CSI: Miami
NBC Chuck Regular timeslot premeire Heroes New timeslot The Jay Leno Show
FOX House Fringe special night Local Programming
CW One Tree Hill Rerun Gossip Girl Rerun Local Programming
ABC Fam Secret Life American Teenager also at 9pm Make It or Break It also at 11pm Secret Life American Teenager
TNT Bones Rerun Bones Rerun Men of a Certain Age also at midnight

Primetime

New episode of Antiques Roadshow (PBS, check your local listings). For more information about the show and the new season of the show, check out the website for the series.

Armand Assante guest stars in a new episode of Chuck (NBC, 7pm) as the show moves into it’s regular timeslot. Awesome has to help Chuck with a case and Chuck worries about him and Ellie. If you missed the two-hour season premiere last night (“Chuck versus the Pink Slip” and “Chuck versus the Three Words”), you can watch it online. Available on the Chuck website at NBC.com. Also available on Hulu and iTunes.

When we last left House and Wilson, they were moving in together into a swanky new apartment. In tonight’s new episode, they vie for the affections of one of their neighbors (played by Sasha Alexander, who was “Kate” on NCIS), but she (like everyone else in the building) thinks they’re gay. Hijinks will ensue, to be sure. The medical case involves some drug dealers or mobsters or something (played by Ethan Embry and Nick Chinlund).

There’s a musical number along with lots of guest stars in the special 100th episdoe of How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 7pm). I’m so glad this fun show has lasted this long. Guest stars include Rachel Bilson (of The O.C.), Stacy Keibler (of Dancing with the Stars), and Tim Gunn (of Project Runway).

Ricky confronts Amy about visitation rights on a new The Secret Life of the Amerian Teenager (ABC Family, 7pm – 8:01pm, 9:01pm – 10pm; also on Tuesday at 11pm).

NewEmeril Green (Planet Green, 7pm).

New episode of Little People, Big World (TLC, 7pm and 10pm).

Abby and Nick plan a surprise baby shower on Accidently On Purpose (CBS, 7:30pm).

A special new episode of Fringe (FOX, 8pm) airs on a different night than usual. Is this an “unearthed” episode from season one or is it from an alternate universe? That’s the question FOX is asking about it.

Jake writes love wongs to woo his ex, Herb and Alan try to hide their secret friendship from Judith on Two and a Half Men (CBS, 8pm). Ryan Stiles returns as Herb.

Heroes (NBC, 8pm) moves into a new (or old) timeslot with a new episode. H.R.G. may expose Samuel’s greatest weakness. Elisabeth Rohm (of Angel, Law & Order) is among the guest stars.

New Dr. G Medical Examiner (Discovery Health Channel, 8pm and midnight).

“Demolition Derby Special” episode of Mythbusters (Discovery Channel, 8pm and 10pm).

New Cake Boss (TLC, 8pm and 11pm).

New episode of Intervention (A&E, 8pm and midnight).

Danica McKellar (of The Wonder Years) guest stars; Leonard is upset when he learns that Penny believes in psychics on a new episode of The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8:30pm).

Alyssa Milano guest stars as Castle’s ex-girlfriend on a new Castle (ABC, 9pm).

Anthony Bourdain is in Panama for the season premiere of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel, 9pm, 10pm, 1am).

Season premiere of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (Food Network, 9pm and midnight).

New episode of Men of a Certain Age (TNT, 9pm and midnight). Ray Romano, Andre Braugher, and Scott Bakula star in this new series.

Bill Cosby on The Jay Leno Show (NBC, 9pm).

New episode of Chef Academy (Bravo, 9pm).

New Motor City Motors (DIscovery, 9pm and 11pm).

New episode of Hoarders (A&E, 9pm and 1am).

Late Night

John Yoo on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 10pm and midnight).

Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Freeman on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 10:30pm and 12:30am).

Jennifer Connelly, Paul Teutul Sr., Ryan Bingham on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

Gary Oldman, Dax Shepard, Vampire Weekend on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (NBC, 10:35pm).

Mila Kunis, Nellie McKay on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:37pm).

Maggie Gyllenhaal, David Ortiz, Lenny Clarke on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:37pm).

David Gray on a rerun of Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, check your local listings).

Ray Romano, Kim Kardashian, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones on a rerun of Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, check your local listings).


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Date: Tuesday, 05 Jan 2010 19:53

Best Bets

New NCIS (CBS, 7pm)
New episodes of Scrubs (ABC, 7pm and 8pm)
New episodes of Better Off Ted (ABC, 7:30pm and 8:30pm)
New The Good Wife (CBS, 9pm)
Amy Adams, Zachary Levi (of Chuck), Vampire Weekend on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm)
Patricia Heaton, Carey Mulligan, Yonder Mountain String Band on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:35pm)

News & Notes

Thanks to everyone who passed along kind words and who kept my family in your thoughts and prayers during my absence. My Dad is home and doing well now (he had a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery). My health is still not so hot, but I’m getting by.

Primetime Grid

Tue 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Scrubs Better Off Ted Scrubs Better Off Ted the forgotten
CBS NCIS NCIS: Los Angeles The Good Wife
NBC The Biggest Loser Season premiere The Jay Leno Show
FOX College Football: FedEx Orange Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Iowa
CW 90210 Rerun Melrose Place Rerun Local Programming

Primetime

College Basketball: Minnesota at Purdue (ESPN, 6pm). If you notice that I mention sporting events that feature teams from Minnesota a lot, that’s because I was born and raised in Minnesota and currently live in Minneapolis. I’m a Twins season ticket holder and baseball fan, so I tend to mention baseball most of all.

A new episode of Nova (PBS, check your local listings) covers “Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor”. You can find out more on the Nova website.

A Navy pilot is found dead under strange circumstances in a secluded area on a new NCIS (CBS, 7pm). Rena Sofer (of 24, General Hospital), Marcus Giamatti (of Judging Amy), and Chris Bruno (of The Dead Zone) guest star.

The med students are asked to share why they want to be doctors and Denise goes to Elliot of all people for relationship advice on a new Scrubs (ABC, 7pm). This new “Med School” incarnation of Scrubs is okay, it’s not as good as regular old Scrubs was. My husband keeps saying “well, it’s better than After M*A*S*H.”

A look at “the explosion in communications via the internet” and the terrorism threat coming from Yemen on a new episode of Dan Rather Reports (HDNet, 7pm and 10pm).

Season finale of Britain’s Missing Top Model (BBC America, 7pm, 10pm, midnight).

A look at how humans have survived past disasters on After Armageddon (History Channel, 7pm – 9pm, 11:01pm – 1:01am; also on Saturday at 7pm and 11:01pm).

After an employee drops dead while working hard on a major project, Veronica tries to use the incident as inspiration to get the staff to work even harder on a new Better Off Ted (ABC, 7:30pm). Merrin Dungey (of Alias) is among the guest stars.

Lucy observes couplings throughout the hospital on a new Scrubs (ABC, 8pm).

The murder of a petty officer may have some connection to someone in Sam’s life and Hetty is concerned about the team on a new NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, 8pm).

Mike works as an Animal Control Specialist on Dirty Jobs (DIscovery Channel, 8pm and 10pm).

Donald Schultz goes to Australia to find animals threatened with extinction by the cane toad on the series premiere of Wild Recon (Animal Planet, 8pm, 10pm, 3am; lots of additional airings during the week). Find out more on the website for the show.

Season premiere of Last Restaurant Standing (BBC America, 8pm, 11pm, 1am).

A new episode of HDNet World Report (HDNet, 8pm and 11pm) includes stories on: the resurgence of the American militia, universal health care, and healthcare’s “hidden voices.”

The Cole Family has a yard sale and work on ridding their home of clutter on a new One Big Happy Family (TLC, 8pm and 11pm). In a second new episode, Norris gives his wife the romantic proposal he never gave her (TLC, 8:30pm and 11:30pm). If you aren’t familiar with this show, it follows a family in which all members weigh over 300lbs as they work to make healthy lifestyle changes. It debuted on December 29th.

New Kitchen Impossible (DIY, 8pm and 11pm).

A security guard worships Ted; Phil and Lem are terrified of working alone with Veronica on a new Better Off Ted (ABC, 8:30pm).

There’s a wrongful death suit against a “caustic TV commentator” played by guest star Craig Bierko (of Boston Legal), and Alicia learns more about Peter’s fall from grace when she represents Glenn Childs’ wife in their divorce on a new episode of The Good Wife (CBS, 9pm). Other guest stars include Titus Welliver and Jessica Hecht.

Alex and the team try to solve the murder of two Does on a new episode of the forgotten (ABC, 9pm). Are any of you watching this show? What do you think of it?

Weird Al Yankovic is the guest on Shatner’s Raw Nerve (Biography Channel, 9pm and 1am).

The competitors are asked to use zucchini blossoms in their dishes on a new Chopped (Food Network, 9pm and midnight).

The Howe brothers build an ultra-tough all-terrain vehicle called a Subterranean Rover 1 on the series premiere of Howe & Howe Tech (Discovery Channel, 9pm and 11pm; also on Saturday at 10am). Visit the website for more info on this new series.

Jen is asked to emcee a hospital charify golf tournament and Bill is invited to participate in the tournament on a new episode of The Little Couple (TLC, 9pm and midnight).

Cameraman Jon Steele joins the Army’s elite Baker company in February 2008 on Baker Boys (HDNet, 9pm, midnight, 5am; also on Friday at 5am and Sunday at 7am and 11pm).

Sharks are the subject on the series premiere of Maneaters (Animal Planet, 9pm, midnight, and 4am).

Kim Kardashian, Jillian Michaels on The Jay Leno Show (NBC, 9pm).

New Tabatha’s Salon Takeover (Bravo, 9pm, 10pm, midnight).

New Bad Girl’s Club (Oxygen, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm, 1am).

A look at how church buildings might fare post-apocalypse on the season premiere of Life After People (History Channel, 9pm and 1:01am).

Gene Simmons is the guest on a second episode of Shatner’s Raw Nerve (Biography Channel, 9:30pm and 1:30am).

Late Night

George Lucas on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 10pm and midnight).

Riley Crane on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 10:30pm and 12:30am).

Amy Adams, Zachary Levi (of Chuck), Vampire Weekend on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

Queen Latifah, Chris Pratt, Juston McKinney on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (NBC, 10:35pm).

Patricia Heaton, Carey Mulligan, Yonder Mountain String Band on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 11:35pm).

Michael Cera, Ana Gasteyer, Shwayze on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:35pm).

David Arquette, Abbie Cornish, Jim Brewer on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, check your local listings).

Derek Luke, Anastasia Ashley, Black Lips on a rerun of Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, check your local listings).


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