What to Watch: TV Picks for April 11 - 17
by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 11th 2011 2:30AM
Happy Endings - Wednesday April 13, 9:30PM ET/PT, Citytv/ABC
I've seen a few commercials for this new series over the last few weeks, but what I haven't seen is much of purported series lead Elisha Cuthbert. The previews focus instead on the antics of the supporting players like Casey Wilson ('SNL') and Damon Wayans Jr. -- I'm sure with good cause.
But it does make me wonder if ABC perhaps regrets casting the pillow-lipped actress and then giving the series such a gross double-entendre of a name. (I'm not alone in thinking of illegal massage parlours when the words 'Happy Endings' are strung together, am I?) Anyway, the series is about how a group of friends cope when one of the core couples break up at the altar. But whatever, that's not important -- it's like 'Friends' in that it doesn't really need a plot. And it's actually quite good.
Also This Week:
Decision Canada: Leader's Debate 2011 - Tuesday April 12, 7PM ET/PT, Global
I sincerely wish Jon Stewart and 'The Daily Show' folks covered Canadian politics as rigorously as they cover the United States. Canadians, I think, would give new depth to the 'InDecision' title. As far as I can tell, we don't like any of our potential leaders much. And the two frontrunners aren't even available as candidates to most of us. At least Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe gets invited to the debate though. Once again, Green leader Elizabeth May will be watching from home like the rest of us. Usually when I write about politics I have to make a huge effort not to let my bias show -- but this time I have no bias. And they call us apathetic!
Friday Night Lights - Wednesday April 13, 10PM ET/PT, Global/NBC
The almost-didn't-happen final season of 'Friday Night Lights' finally arrives on network television, and word from our richer brothers and sisters who can afford satellite is that this season will have you in tears pretty much from start to finish. The focus moves almost entirely to East Dillon, where both Taylors now work. I wonder how many episodes it will take for Riggins to get out of jail? This is one story where I don't care how realistic a short prison term might be -- Free Tim Riggins!
The Office - Thursday April 14, 10PM ET/PT, Global/NBC
The end is nigh, folks. Tonight, Will Ferrell's guest run - meant to take our minds off Steve Carrell's imminent departure - begins. Deangelo Vickers is the new manager - and I do wonder if Ferrell came up with that name himself, it just seems to have his stamp on it - and everyone wants to make a good impression. Except for Dwight, who really has grown so much since we first met him. He doesn't even bother trying to suck up.