Laurel Krahn (laurel) wrote in tvpicks,
Laurel Krahn

Laurel's TV Picks for Tuesday

Best Bets:

Season premiere of American Idol (FOX, 7pm - 9pm)
New Gilmore Girls (WB, 7pm)
New episodes of Scrubs (NBC, 8pm, 8:30pm)
Series premiere of Love Monkey (CBS, 9pm)
New episode of The Shield (FX, 9pm, 10pm)

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News & Notes:

Malcolm in the Middle and That '70s Show will have series finales in May. Yup, this will be the last season for both of these funny and once-funny shows.

ABC has stopped production on Emily's Reasons Why Not after only six episodes have been filmed. This show is not long for this world, which is no big loss.

Please remember that times listed are for the Central timezone; for Eastern/Pacific, please add an hour to the times here. My fabulous husband (who also happens to be a programmer) is working on a way to show both timezone views on this page (maybe using a cookie so you select your timezone on one visit, and get the right timezone ever after)-- it's not quite ready yet. We may do separate feeds and mailing lists for Central and Eastern, too.

And yeah, I'm still working on tweaking fonts and font sizes and on some different colors for the grid and some other stuff. Got sidetracked last week with health issues, will be making more progress on the new version of the site this week if all goes as planned. Keep those suggestions coming! And I appreciate your patience as the site undergoes some changes.

Primetime Grid:

ABCAccording To Jim RerunRodney NewCommander-In-Chief NewBoston Legal New
CBSNCIS NewCSI RerunLove Monkey Series premiere
NBCFear Factor NewScrubs NewScrubs NewLaw & Order: SVU New
FOXAmerican Idol Season premiereLocal Programming
WBGilmore Girls NewSupernatural NewLocal Programming
UPNSouth Beach RerunLocal Programming
FX   The Shield New, airs again at 10pm


Episodes nine through twelve of Surface (Sci-Fi, 6pm - 10pm).

Luke continues being an idiot on Gilmore Girls (WB, 7pm) and still doesn't tell Lorelai about the existence of his daughter, but of course Lorelai finds out in this episode anyway. Logan tries to win Rory back. The staff of the Yale newspaper revolts against Paris (go figure, eh?), and there's a winter carnival in Stars Hollow. This episode is written by Daniel Palladino.

A Lt. Commander in charge of a nuclear weapons shipment goes missing on NCIS (CBS, 7pm). Directed by Leslie Libman.

Season premiere of American Idol (FOX, 7pm - 9pm). This is part one of a two-part episode that features auditions. Some people enjoy the auditions, others (like me) can't stand sitting through the awful auditions (and the nasty comments they provoke).

Fashion Police: The 2006 Golden Globes (E!, 7pm and 9pm and many more times).

Cheryl wins a ticket to visit the Playboy Mansion and she won't take Jim on a rerun of According To Jim (ABC, 7pm). Hugh Hefner guest stars.

Rerun of the series premiere of South Beach (UPN, 7pm - 9pm). Giancarlo Esposito is in this. (Did anyone watch it? I somehow missed it. What did you think of it?)

College basketball on ESPN and ESPN2.

Rodney (ABC, 7:30pm) returns from his first standup tour to find much has changed at home.

Two more new episodes of Scrubs (NBC, 8pm, 8:30pm). I could tell you more about them, but I think it's more fun to just watch and see for yourselves what's happening at Sacred F/a/r/t/ Heart this week. So far the show has been excellent this season, but then absence may have made my heart grow fonder. I love getting two episodes each week.

Good Eats (Food Network, 8pm and midnight).

President Geena Davis deals with a tough situation involving North Korea in part 2 of a 2 part episode of Commander In Chief (ABC, 8pm) with a story by Steven Bochco. Donald Sutherland, Kyle Secor (of Homicide), Ever Carradine (of Once and Again), and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (of NYPD Blue) also star.

Julie Benz (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) guest stars on Supernatural (WB, 8pm; airs again on Sunday as part of The WB's Easy View in most markets).

Dwell (Fine Living, 8:30pm and 11:30pm).

Tom Cavanagh (of Ed), Jason Priestley, Larenz Tate, Christopher Wiehl, Judy Greer (of Arrested Development), Ivana Milicevic, and Katherine LaNasa star in the series premiere of Love Monkey (CBS, 9pm). Based on the bestselling book by Kyle Smith of the same name. Cavanagh plays a guy named Tom (that should be easy for him) who works as a record executive "who's navigating the tumultuous and highly amusing waters of work and dating in New York City with the help of his buddies." Or so the press release tells me. Folks who are already successful in the music biz will guest star in upcoming episodes, including LeAnn Rimes and Ben Folds, among others. I never did get a review copy of the show; I've seen some positive reviews for it and some negative ones. Probably worth checking out to see if it's any good, though it is up against stiff competition. But then not everyone enjoys crime dramas or David E. Kelley shows about lawyers.

Lem is interrogated by Kavanaugh (Forest Whitaker) and Aceveda (Benito Martinez) about the Strike Team on a great new episode of The Shield (FX, 9pm, 10pm). I've seen this episode and can tell you that it rocks; in fact I've seen review copies of the first four episodes of this season and they're all really good. I think that the character Forest Whitaker plays on the show is more interesting than the one Glenn Close played last season; Whitaker may actually be a better addition to the cast.

Yet another complicated case on Law & Order: SVU (NBC, 9pm).

Michael J. Fox, Joanna Cassidy, and Megan Gallagher guest star on Boston Legal (ABC, 9pm). Fox is playing a dying attorney who is involved with the character played by Julie Bowen (of Ed). Joanna Cassidy plays the woman who is engaged to Denny Crane (William Shatner).

The Fab 5 help members of a Moose Lodge with their fundraiser on a new Queer Eye (Bravo, 9pm, midnight, 3am).

Late Night:

L. Paul Bremer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 10pm and midnight).

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

Tatum O'Neal, Jeff MacGregor on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

Heath Ledger, Heidi Klum, Ray J on The Tonight Show (NBC, 10:35pm).

Greg Kinnear, Paula Poundstone, Ming Tsai on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, check your local listings).

Martin Lawrence, Eliza Dushku (of Tru Calling, Buffy and Angel), Soweto Gospel Choir on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC, 11:37pm).

Michael Chiklis (of The Shield), Roselyn Sanchez, Bo Bice on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, check your local listings).

Seth Green (of Four Kings, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), We Are Scientists on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, check your local listings).

Tomorrow / Wednesday:

Josh Lucas, S. Epatha Merkerson (of Law & Order on Live with Regis and Kelly (syndicated, check your local listings).

Kate Beckinsale, Suzanne Wright on The View (ABC, check your local listings).

Matthew Fox (of Lost), Linda Cardellini (of Freaks and Geeks, ER), Cy and Angie Hirsche on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated, check your local listings).

Vanessa Williams, Mike Rowe on The Tony Danza Show (syndicated, check your local listings).

"Fighting Over The Will" on Dr. Phil (syndicated, check your local listings).

"The Honeymoon Cruise Ship Mystery" on Oprah (syndicated, check your local listings).

Primetime Wednesday Preview:

ABCLost RerunLost NewInvasion New
CBSStill Standing NewYes, Dear RerunCriminal Minds NewCSI: New York New
NBCE-Ring NewThe Biggest Loser: Special Edition NewLaw & Order New
FOXAmerican Idol NewSkating With Celebrities Series premiereLocal Programming
WBOne Tree Hill NewBeauty and the Geek RerunLocal Programming
UPNSouth Beach NewVeronica Mars RerunLocal Programming
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