(8:30PM, ABC) series premiere
Veridian Dynamics' Research and Development head Ted is beginning to wonder if his company might be just a tad shy of what could be termed ethical.
The single dad ('Desperate Housewives' Jay Harrington) is a team player in this new workplace comedy (he helps Veridian turn pumpkins into weapons of mass destruction for a foreign client), but now his frosty boss Veronica (Portia de Rossi) wants Ted to cryogenically freeze one of his co-workers.
Even Ted's seven-year-old thinks it's a bad idea, and further interaction with one-night-stand Veronica could hurt Ted's chances with his new co-worker crush, but as he soon finds out, Veronica doesn't like to take no for an answer.
This season the show has continued its tradition of tossing up answers alongside even more new questions, but the revelations have very juicy: Jin's alive and on the island! Jack's daddys on the island! Young Charles Widmore was on the island!
Tonight's pay-off is no exception: Eloise Hawking maps out the course for how the Oceanic 6 could return to the island. She also gives them a couple of items they have to take with them, assuming she can convince them to return at all.
Meanwhile, about that Mrs. Hawking buzz is that she's the momma of a 'Lost'-ie we already know very well.
I know it's the second one, but we all need a little hope.
Entertainment Weekly has learned that CBS told their big stars to not even bother asking for another raise this year. The salary freezes only affect shows produced by the network, such as Numb3rs, NCIS and all of the CSIs.
(9PM, ABC) 5th season premiere
It's the kickoff of the penultimate season of the series, and with just 34 episodes to go before the Gilligans sail (?) off into the TV sunset forever, there's much storyline to unfold, beginning with tonight's quest by Jack and Ben to get the Oceanic Six back to the island.
That's going to be more complicated than the frienemies planned, however, as Hurley and Sayid are on the run from the police (leading to a delightfully funny moment for Hurley in a convenience store) and Kate goes on the lam when she faces a DNA test to prove she's Aaron's mom.
Meanwhile, back on the island (wherever it is), Sawyer and the others start to feel the effects of time travel.
What we do know is that the popular actor will be on CSI: NY as an antagonist to Gary Sinise's character. Nelson will play Robert Parker, a high profile, powerful publisher who has an ax to grind with Mac Taylor.
To say they're going to butt heads is an educated guess, but I think that's the direction they're going. You can see Parker using his media outlets to attack Mac and his department, you know, those great New York tabloid headlines.
The network enjoys a very fruitful/profitable relationship with the TV/filmmaker. Together, CBS and Jerry share Cold Case, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Without A Trace and The Amazing Race. They're thinking of changing the initials CBS to Columbia Bruckheimer System. (Kidding!)
(10PM, CBS) 100th episode
Will the real Mac Taylor please step forward?
Actually, the Mac Taylors of the world -- or at least the ones in New York City -- may want to stay inside and lock the doors, because someone has killed two people with that name in a two-week period. So CSI-er Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) is banding together with 15 other people with the same moniker to figure out why their name is driving someone to murder.
In a clever twist, an eclectic array of guest stars pop up as the various Macs, including singer Chris Daughtry (as Machiavelli Taylor), 'Party of Five' alum Scott Wolf (as Mackinley Taylor) and Bruce Willis/Demi Moore offspring Rumer Willis (as Mackendra Taylor).
(10:30PM, Comedy Central)
It hardly qualifies as feel-good-TV, but tonight's 'Sarah Silverman Program' episode, which kicks off a round of seven new season two installments, does come with a lesson. When Sarah and Brian decide they haven't been spending enough time together, he proposes that he and his pal spend a day smoking weed.
Sarah, a marijuana virgin, starts to get wacky ideas when she smokes the wacky tobacco, which leads her to profess her love to the local diner cook, cook up a conspiracy theory involving a potato chip corporation and kidnap the chip company CEO.
So, the lesson: This is Sarah's brain on drugs. Don't do drugs.
(8:30PM, CBS) series premiere
We love us some Jay Mohr, even if he does seem a bit out of place as a typical sitcom dad.
He's the titular Gary, unmarried after divorcing Allison (Paula Marshall). Breaking the chains of love hasn't loosened controlling Allison's ways, though, especially when he's in charge of their kids, geeky teen Tom and politically-minded 11-year-old (hey, we said it's a typical sitcom) Louise.
Allison's controlling ways aren't Gary's biggest problem, though; she announces her engagement to her ex marriage counselor (Ed Begley Jr.), which means not only is Allison officially moving on, but now Gary has no excuse not to do the same. Let the single-father dating games begin.
As I started watching the premiere episode of this season of Burn Notice, I was reminded of one of the things I really love about the show...the scenery. Unlike CSI:Miami, BN is actually shot in Miami and while it's hard to put your finger on why it makes a difference, it's undeniable that a difference is made. It's the same difference you see when you watch Law & Order and CSI: New York back to back.
At the end of last season it seemed like Michael was on the verge of finding out who burned him and why. Now, most of the time that would mean that the series is one step closer to coming to an end, but fans of the show know better.
(S01E04) I was never a fan of the other shows like New Amsterdam. Highlander, Forever Knight and shows of that kind never really appealed to me. Which is why it's so puzzling that I enjoy this show. Case in point...since our dreams are a manifestation of the way our subconscious reacts to our life experiences, a dude who has been alive for over 400 years must have some pretty crazy-ass dreams. That's kind of cool to me.
When this show premiered, I wondered if there was ever going to be some real New York style crimes featured. I guess I have my answer.
That's the finding of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, ruling against the producers of CSI: NY who claimed that the show could be considered "a critically-acclaimed look at forensic policing in post-9/11 New York City."
The show has been airing on Canada's History Television channel and the commission says that the producers (Alliance Atlantis) have to take it off the air by January 1 (the producers have to take it off the air? Can't the channel just not show it?)
In other news, Pussycat Dolls Presents is not educational television, and Weeds is not a health and exercise show.
To be fair, that 16.7 months number is skewed a little bit by the inclusion of Antiques Roadshow which wrecked the curve with an 11 year delay in being broadcast. Still, there are many more popular shows that still have long delays once they leave their country of origin. Some of the average delays listed are: CSI: NY (9.3 months), Grey's Anatomy (4.9 months), Heroes (4.2 months), House (5 months), and Third Watch (22.1 months).
The new show will find two teams of contestants investigating a replica of an actual crime scene under the watchful eye of Detective Tommy Le Noir, a 20 year veteran of law enforcement. The teams have 48 hours to complete their investigation before making their final presentation to Le Noir. The team that makes the best case will have a donation made in their names to charity.
The idea makes sense for Spike, given that they already run CSI and CSI: NY. Scheduling Murder in alongside those is a good fit. On the other hand, I can't help thinking that this show was already done with Murder In Small Town X. And just going on what we have here, it sounds like it was done better then.
- At 8, ABC has a new Show Me The Money, followed by new episodes of Day Break and 20/20.
- CBS has a new Jericho at 8, followed by new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
- NBC has the Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree lighting, then new eps of The Biggest Loser and Medium.
- There's a new Bones at 8 on FOX, followed by a repeat.
- The CW has new eps of America's Next Top Model and One Tree Hill.
- TCM has Lucille Ball and Dick Powell in Meet The People at 8, then Stage Door, with Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers.
- ABC Family has Mr. St. Nick at 8, with Kelsey Grammer and Charles Durning.
- Also at 8: Cartoon Network has a new Pokemon: Battle Frontier.
- At 9, Food Network has a new Challenge, with cooks trying to build the best gingerbread house.
- PBS has a new Great Performances at 9, with a tribute to James Taylor.
- The Travel Channel has a new Professional Poker Tour at 9.
- There's a new Mythbusters on Discovery at 9.
- At 10, HBO has a new Inside The NFL.
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