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What to Watch: TV Picks for September 12-18

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 11th 2011 2:00PM

'Gaga By Gaultier' (8PM ET, The CW)
special presentation
Pop star and fashion icon Lady Gaga meets legendary fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier in a wide-ranging and unforgettable interview at Gaultier's fabulous atelier in Paris, discussing everything from her meteoric rise to fame, secret backstage details, her unique relationship with her fans, and her passionate love for fashion and art.

'Bachelor Pad' (8PM ET, ABC) season finale
In the first hour, the remaining four couples compete in a Cirque du Soleil test of acrobatic prowess judged by Trista Sutter, Jason Mesnick and Ali Fedotowsky. The winning couple will choose which pair will join them for the final judging in the second hour, in which the previous contestants return to vote for the couple they find most deserving of $250,000.

'The Closer' (9PM ET, TNT) summer finale
The team searches for clues following the shooting of a deputy sheriff, and Brenda's case comes to a head after the judge makes a critical decision.

'Kate Plus 8' (9PM ET, TLC) series finale
So long, Kate; we hardly knew ye. Just kidding -- over the years, we've seen way too much of Kate, her erstwhile husband Jon, and their brood of eight, and we can't say we're going to shed a tear over the cancellation of the fame-hungry mama's show. We're just intrigued to see what she'll do for her next money-making scheme -- after all, she's got eight hungry mouths to feed.


'Ringer' (9PM ET, The CW)
series premiere
Sarah Michelle Gellar is back, and this time, there's two of her! The artist formerly known as Buffy returns to TV in fine form playing two troubled sisters, recovering addict Bridget, about to enter witness protection, and her rich, socialite sister Siobhan, with whom Bridget seeks refuge when she decides to go on the lam. There are more twists, turns and double-crosses in the first hour of this mystery thriller than you can shake a stake at, and there's plenty of guy-candy in the form of Ioan Gruffudd, Kris Polaha and 'Lost' alum Nestor Carbonell.

'Parenthood' (10PM ET, NBC) season premiere
One of NBC's most underrated and charming dramas, 'Parenthood' returns for its third season with a host of new beginnings (which makes it a great jumping-on point). Sarah Braverman celebrates her 40th birthday as daughter Amber strives for independence; her brother Adam feels pressure to support his growing family while sister Julia struggles with adoption.

'Awkward' (11.30 ET, MTV) special time
An extra-long 'Teen Mom' bumps the ever-charming 'Awkward' back a half-hour for the next two weeks. Jenna's sweet sixteen isn't so sweet after she fails her driving test and must deal with the repercussions of alienating all her friends at her recent kegger.


'America's Next Top Model' (9PM ET, The CW)
season premiere
A host of all-stars (fan favorites and those with the most "outrageous personalities" -- narrows it down!) from previous seasons compete for the title of America's Next Top Model in cycle 17. The first photo shoot has the women re-enacting memorable moments from the previous cycles they appeared on. Nicki Minaj guest-judges.

'Big Brother' (9.30PM ET, CBS) season finale, special time
After a grueling trio of Head of Household contests, the HOH will decide who to take with them to the final two and the jury house will crown the winner of the season.

'Up All Night' (10PM ET, NBC) series premiere, special time
Determined not to compromise her career or cool reputation to the clichés of motherhood, Reagan Brinkley (Christina Applegate) adjusts to life with a baby and returns to work with the support of her stay-at-home husband, Chris (Will Arnett). As if motherhood weren't enough, as a talk-show executive producer, Reagan must also tend to the endless needs of her friend and boss, Ava (Maya Rudolph). The series settles into its regular 8PM timeslot next week. It's followed by one of NBC's other new comedies, 'Free Agents,' which is far less amusing.


Ian Somerhalder'The Vampire Diaries' (8PM ET, The CW)
season premiere
On the morning of Elena's 18th birthday, Caroline is busy planning a party, but Elena is focused on searching for any clues that might help her discover where Stefan is. Damon is also searching for Stefan, while trying to protect Elena and keep her from doing anything that would draw Klaus' attention.

'The Secret Circle' (9PM ET, The CW) series premiere
Cassie Blake's world is turned upside down after her mother dies in a mysterious accident, forcing Cassie to move in with her grandmother in the small town of Chance Harbor, Washington. Once there, Cassie finds herself drawn into a dangerous web of magic and lies that will test her beliefs and reveal far more than she ever wanted to know about her family history.

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' (10PM ET, FX) season premiere
With Frank intent on marrying a prostitute, The Gang tries to make the best of it by attempting an image makeover to uncover the heart of gold that exists deep inside Frank's "pretty woman."

'Archer' (10.30PM ET, FX) season premiere
Malory hires an adventurer named Rip Riley (Patrick Warburton) to find Archer, who has been MIA since his fiancée was murdered on their wedding day. Unsurprisingly, Rip finds him on a tropical island, and Archer has no interest in going back to work.


'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' (8PM ET, Cartoon Network)
hour-long season premiere
In the first two episodes of this three-part story arc, the inhabitants of the watery world of Mon Calamari find themselves on the brink of a civil war. The Jedi soon realize they will need the help of a powerful and amphibious ally to stop the war and drive out the Separatist invaders.


'Doctor Who' (9PM ET, BBC America)
The TARDIS lands in what looks like an ordinary hotel ... but there is a room for every visitor that contains their darkest fears. What lies in the Doctor's room?


'63rd Primetime Emmy Awards' (8PM ET, Fox)
special presentation
Hosted by Jane Lynch, the annual TV lovefest will feature nominee-presenters such as Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Sofia Vergara and Julianna Margulies, as well as Ashton Kutcher and Zooey Deschanel. Many critics are hoping that this will finally be the year for 'Friday Night Lights,' which is nominated for Outstanding Drama in its final season, as well as for stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton in the acting categories. 'Mad Men' is still the likely favorite.

What will you be watching this week?

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Tony DiMeo

they better get Bryan Cranston to present bast actor in drama that would be perfect

September 11 2011 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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