Tonight on the Tube: American Idol, Dirty Jobs, Emeril Live and NIT College Basketball

The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour (Ahmed Ahmed, Aron Kader, Maz Jobrani, and Dean Obeidallah)On the network side of things it is pretty much American Idol and nothing else. ABC has a new Primetime, NBC has a new Dateline NBC and The CW has a new Pussycat Dolls, but everything else is a rerun. There are a few things to watch on the cable side of things. The best of the bunch is TNT replaying season one episodes of The Closer. Kira Sedgwick as brought one really memorable character to the small screen. What looks good to you tonight?

Prime Picks

American Idol (FOX): New. The Top 12 performs Diana Ross songs. The ladies should do just fine with this, but the guys may continue to struggle. Runs two hours.

Boston Legal (ABC): Repeat. The episode where Lincoln Meyer kidnaps Shirley is replayed.

Solid Selections

NCIS (CBS): Repeat. The Halloween episode from earlier this season replays.

The Unit (CBS): Repeat. Jonas and Bob try to rescue a girl from a colt leader, but things don’t go as planned and they have to figure out a way to keep from losing their jobs.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS): Repeat. This was an extremely good episode. At the end of a high speed chase there is a shootout and a police officer is killed. But, it looks like it may have been friendly fire. The CSIs must determine what happened.

Cable Choices

Emeril Live (Food Network): New. Emeril has a guest chef Sam Choy stop by to help him prepare some tasty dishes.

The Closer (TNT): Repeats. Brenda and her team try and figure out “The Big Picture” while investigating the death of a Russian prostitute in the first episode. In the second, they look into the death of a psychiatrist who was part of a trial for a new drug.

Other Options

  • Axis of Evil Comedy Tour (Comedy Central): Repeat. Four comedians of Middle Eastern descent perform their standup routines.
  • Dirt (FX): New. Holt is worried that his relationship with Lucy might get exposed while a newbie photog offers Don help. Runs 65 minutes and plays twice.
  • Dirty Jobs (Discovery Channel): New. Mike tries out being a steam ship cleaner, which turns out to be quite messy.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN & ESPN2 have first round games from the NIT college basketball tournament.
  • NBA TV has the Utah Jazz at the Miami Heat.
  • Versus has doubleheader NHL action.

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