Tonight on the Tube: Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, The Next Iron Chef, Side Order of Life & Dexter

Dexter - Season One on DVDTonight on The CW is the series premiere of Life is Wild. Over on cable, we have the season finale of Side Order of Life on Lifetime and the series premieres of The Next Iron Chef on Food Network and America’s Most Smartest Model on VH1. Right now you can find the Smartest Model casting special episode at iTunes, as a complimentary download.

This past week’s Gossip Girl episode, “Poison Ivy” replays before CW Now tonight.

Prime Picks

The Simpsons (FOX): New. Homer tries becoming a tow-truck driver, while Marge gets some counseling on how to raise independent children.
King of the Hill (FOX): New. Bobby might be a cheerleader at the annual powder puff football game. That should sit well with Hank.

Desperate Housewives (ABC): New. Lynette bans Tom from her chemo sessions. Susan is thought to be a stripper. Bree tries to get her hands on a prize-winning recipe. Runs 61 minutes.

Brother & Sisters (ABC): New. Tommy is having trouble with being a father. Kitty, Kevin and Nora take a road trip. Sarah learns the whole truth about what happened with Rebecca and her husband.

Solid Selections

Life is Wild (The CW): Series Premiere. Based on the BBC series Wild at Heart, a big city veterinarian uproots his blended family for South Africa.

Cold Case (CBS): New. The case of an Amish teen’s murder is reopened.

Shark (CBS): New. A plastic surgeon that is swapping sex for surgery may be the prime suspect in the murder of a surgically altered aspiring actress.

Cable Choices

Food Wars: Barbecue (Travel Channel): Repeat. The right way to prepare BBQ is chronicled by region.

Dexter (Showtime): New. Debra loses it and Dexter is trying to track down the one that got away. Plays again later. Read review.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO): New. Larry gets freaked by a book about freaks. Runs 30 minutes.

Other Options

  • Brotherhood (Showtime): New. Tommy begins campaigning for re-election. A cousin from Providence comes back to town. Plays again later.
  • Damages (FX): Repeat. Last Tuesday’s episode, “Sort of Like a Family,” replays. Runs 64 minutes.
  • Iron Chef America (Food Network): New. Iron Chef Bobby Flay faces off against Chef Kurt Boucher. Plays again later.
  • The Next Iron Chef (Food Network): Series Premiere. Alton Brown (Good Eats, Iron Chef America) hosts this competition series. Eight wannabe Iron Chefs compete to be part of the next season of Iron Chef America. They are all top-notch chefs and restaurant owners with plenty of skills, this is not a bunch of amateurs hoping to make it big, this is a bunch of successful chefs wanting to make it bigger. Plays again later.
  • Side Order of Life (Lifetime): Season Finale. Two episodes play to close out the first season of this great show. In the first, Jenny is starting to have doubts about Brian and him actually being “cell phone man.” In the second, the finale, Jenny’s life is turned upside down as Ian and Becca are about to walk down the aisle. Last week’s episode, “Aliens,” replays early today. Really hope that Lifetime picks this show up for a second season. How about you, would you like to see it return?

Sports Notes

  • ABC has NASCAR racing with the Nextel Cup: UAW-Ford 500.
  • CBS has doubleheader NFL action with the New York Jets at the New York Giants in one of the early games.
  • ESPN has Sunday Night College Football with New Mexico State at Boise State.
  • FOX has NFL action with my Seattle Seahawks at the Pittsburgh Steelers as the early game in my neck of the woods.
  • NBC has Sunday Night Football with the Chicago Bears at the Green Bay Packers.
  • TBS has MLB ALDS action with the Boston Red Sox at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim followed by the New York Yankees at the Cleveland Indians for Game 3 of their respective series.

Late Night

  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX): Repeat. Last Thursday’s two episodes, “The Gang Sells the Bar” and “Frank Sets Sweet Dee on Fire,” both replay. Runs 64 minutes.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (USA): Repeat. The ninth season premiere episode, “Alternate,” with guest star Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) replays.
  • Life (USA): Repeat. The second episode, “Tear Asunder,” from last Wednesday, of this new NBC series, replays. The first episode replays earlier in the day on Bravo.

TV Marathons

ABC Family has 12 episodes of 7th Heaven.
Bravo is playing the first two episodes of NBC’s Chuck, then the Journeyman “Pilot”, then the second episode of Bionic Woman and then the first episode of Life. The second episode of Life replays late night on USA.
Court TV has 11 episodes of Hot Pursuit.
Discovery Channel has five episodes of MythBusters.
E! has the five-part 101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments.
Food Network has six episodes of Iron Chef America leading up to the premiere of The Next Iron Chef.
Oxygen has 29 episodes of Snapped.
Spike has six episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and then five of them replay.
Style has eight episodes of Clean House followed by eight episodes of Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane.
TLC has five episodes of The New Detectives.
Travel Channel has shows on the topic of food all day.
TV Land has Leave It to Beaver episodes most of the day.
USA has 14 episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
VH1 has nine episodes of Rock of Love With Bret Michaels.
WE has six episodes of Bridezillas.

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