What to Watch March 12 - 18
The Riches (Mon., 10PM ET, FX)
With its provocative premise, deep characters and balance between drama and comedy, this new show is reminiscent of Six Feet Under. The Malloys are your average, loving, dysfunctional family -- except they're itinerant con artists who scam people for a living. Even the three kids get in on the act. But when a car accident gives them the chance to live the American Dream, father Wayne (Eddie Izzard) and mother Dahlia (Minnie Driver) decide to take it.
American Idol (Tue., 8PM ET, Fox)
Is Votefortheworst.com affecting the outcome of Idol? Because I can't figure out how else Sanjaya is still in the competition. Either the tween set can't get enough of the shaggy-haired singer, or the web site has truly achieved its nefarious goal. Hopefully, as the top 12 start performing, talent will prevail. There are some truly gifted singers, like Lakisha and Melinda. But the most successful Idols also had unique styles, so that's why I'm betting on Blake. Disagree? Take our poll!
Lost (Wed., 10PM ET, ABC)
Lost is losing viewers fast, and that's fine. Good riddance to any naysayers who've quit watching. The rest of us can enjoy the show's twists and turns without you. Tonight's episode focuses on Claire, who spoilers say [is Jack's sister after all] (highlight to read). We flash back to her teen years, when she sported dark hair and an attitude to match. Meanwhile, Sayid and Locke butt heads when their group runs into an obstacle on their mission to rescue Jack.
Addiction (Thu., 9PM ET, HBO)
With its audience reach, TV can have the power to change people. In that light, HBO makes itself free this weekend as it undertakes an unprecedented campaign to educate people about addiction. The absorbing 14-part documentary series brings together experts, doctors and award-winning filmmakers to examine the chronic but treatable disease. In addition, HBO will be airing additional short films and four independent documentaries.
Identity (Fri., 9PM ET, NBC)
So many primetime game shows, so little time. But leave a little room in your Friday night schedule for this one, hosted by Penn Jillette. Identity is interesting as a psychological experiment. Is it possible to tell, from how a person dresses or speaks, what she does for a living? If he enjoys a certain hobby? Where someone's from? It's fun to see contestants' preconceived notions -- and the way the show can tear them up.
Grease: You're the One That I Want (Sun., 8PM ET, NBC)
What started out as a laughable premise (casting the Broadway version Grease?!) slowly but surely became as addictive as that other musical competition. In the penultimate episode, a Danny and a Sandy are eliminated, leaving the final four to perform for the audience's vote. And none of this "saved by the judges" stuff, either. The fans decide who the winning pair will be. Personally, I'm voting for the two unconventional contestants, Max and Laura.
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