Tonight on the Tube: Super Sized Comedy Block on NBC, CSI, Shark and American Chopper

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NBC has announced that 30 Rock will be renewed for next season. That is good news, as it is the best comedy to debut this season. Speaking of comedies, Notes from the Underbelly will premiere next Thursday, April 12th after Grey’s Anatomy with two episodes. But, unlike they had previously announced, it is going to move to the first hour of primetime slot after George Lopez on Wednesdays starting on the 18th. October Road will be back in the post Grey’s slot on the 19th and will play its final two episodes of its first season to close out the month of April. It has not been officially scheduled, but looking at that schedule, it looks like Men in Trees could be back as early as the first Thursday in May. Speaking of returns, ER will return with new episodes starting next Thursday night. As with all network TV schedules, things could change at anytime and have, a lot, in the last couple of weeks. To keep up with news about your favorite shows, subscribe and get Tonight on the Tube in your inbox.

Prime Picks

The Office (NBC): New. Runs 44 minutes. Tonight Jim must deal with Pam’s confession to Roy that she kissed him.
30 Rock (NBC): New. Runs 39 minutes. Jack gets Kenneth to help him save his job when a West Coast exec comes to town.
Scrubs (NBC) New. Runs 36 minutes. Nurse Roberts might be dying and the staff deals.
Andy Barker, P.I. (NBC): New. Runs 29 minutes. Andy must race against the clock to file a tax return when his laptop gets stolen.
My Name Is Earl (NBC): Repeat. Runs 32 minutes. The episode with guest star Roseanne Barr replays where Earl made her think she was hearing the voice of God.

Solid Selections

Smallville (The CW): Repeat. Clark wakes up in a mental ward and must figure out if he is insane or what is actually going on. They had some fun with this episode.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS): New. While the team is investigating the killing of a limo driver, the team finds evidence that connects the brother of the kid Greg killed in self-defense might be involved.

Shark (CBS): New. A defendant takes the courtroom hostage. Stark and Raina are two of his hostages.

Cable Choices

Emeril Live (Food Network): Repeat.

American Chopper (TLC): New. The guys complete the HP bike.

Throwdown With Bobby Flay (Food Network): New. A New York Cheesecake battle is waged.
Ace of Cakes (Food Network): Repeat. The staff has to deal with the boss being away in this replay.

Other Options

  • Iron Chef America (Food Network): Repeat. The episode from last Sunday with Flay vs. Andres replays.
  • October Road (ABC): New. I wish this show was better or would get better soon. It has, however, been doing well enough in the ratings that it will finish out its first season run in the post Grey’s Anatomy timeslot. It has two episodes left after tonight’s episode, but won’t be on next week.
  • Penn & Teller: Bull****! (Showtime): New. The guys take a look at the obsession with breasts with topics such as breastfeeding in public and other controversies.

Sports Notes

  • TNT has an NBA doubleheader with the Miami Heat at the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one and the Phoenix Suns at the San Antonio Spurs in game two.
  • USA has coverage of the first round of The Masters golf tournament.

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