Tonight on the Tube: Desperate Housewives, Criminal Intent, Sopranos and Iron Chef America

by Jason the TVaholic on March 12, 2006

in Tonight on the Tube

Top of the World 2006 Final Four HatToday is selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament bracket seeding as well as the night all the critics and TV pundits are talking about. Why? Well because it is the return of The Sopranos on HBO. Not just because of the return but because of the weekly ratings winner Desperate Housewives in the same timeslot. Who will win? Housewives will win because it is on network TV and The Sopranos is on not just cable but premium cable. The real question is how much audience will The Sopranos pull from Housewives? Also will the premiere of the controversial Big Love after The Sopranos pull any viewership from Grey’s Anatomy? Which one will you be watching tonight? Or, will it be neither? Let us know in the comments.

Prime Picks

Cold Case (CBS): A 1998 case of a drug mule is reopened and Valens was involved as an undercover officer back then.

Desperate Housewives (ABC): Susan gets her surgery, Carlos and Gaby have a little problem in the adoption arena and Tom his having trouble accepting his wife as his boss.

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): Christina ends up having to watch Bailey’s baby, that should be funny and Addison and Derek finally come to some conclusions on their relationship.

Solid Selections

The West Wing (NBC): Bartlett might have to send in some troops and the polls are starting to look good for Santos.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC): The son of a powerful radio magnate is found dead under bizarre circumstances.

Crossing Jordan (NBC): There are bombs in the city. One has already gone off on a train and the second one needs to be found before it does.

Other Options

The Simpsons (FOX): Homer goes exploring with the family and ends upside down after causing a cave to crumble.
The War at Home (FOX): Dave and Vicky find a note with depressed scribbles on it and assume that Mike must be unhappy and then they try to pamper him to relieve his depression.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (CBS): Fun romantic comedy starring Matthew McConaughey as a man who bets his boss that he can make a woman played by Kate Hudson fall in love with him. Meanwhile she is trying to make him dump her and use what happens for a magazine article. Runs two and a half hours.

Cable Choices

Food Network Unwrapped (Food Network): Secrets and behind the scenes looks at some of your favorite Food Network shows like Everyday Italian, Unwrapped and Emeril Live.

The Sopranos (HBO): Season Premiere. Tony thinks over an associate’s request for retirement, Junior and Tony go on a treasure hunt and Hesh seeks some restitution for his son-in-law who has been wronged.

Big Love (HBO): Series Premiere. Bill Henrickson is a polygamist and this is the story of how he juggles his business life as well as his three wives and seven children.

Cable Notes

Here are some other shows that you might find of interest tonight on cable. Sci-Fi Channel is rerunning the three part six-hour miniseries The Triangle tonight. On the History Channel find a repeat of How William Shatner Changed the World, which is hosted by Bill himself and shows inventions that were inspired by Star Trek. FX has a repeat of The Shield from earlier this week. Food Network has a new Iron Chef America with Iron Chef Cat Cora taking on a couple of chefs working together.

Sports Notes

ABC has doubleheader NBA action with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Miami Heat in the first game followed by my Seattle Sonics at the Los Angeles Lakers in the second game. NBC has Arena Football followed by final round golf coverage of the Honda Classic. CBS has a couple of college conference tournament finals and then the NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show. FOX has NASCAR with the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 from Las Vegas. ESPN has a couple of conference tournament finals followed by a two hour long SportsCenter followed by ESPNU Bracketology. ESPN2 has a college basketball final followed by some Pacific Life Open tennis action followed by a couple of World Baseball Classic games.

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