Tonight on the Tube: 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, Smallville, The Office & Scrubs

30 Rock - Season One on DVDTonight, CBS has a crossover storyline between CSI and Without a Trace and FOX has professional skateboarder Tony Hawk playing Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? for his favorite charity.

Prime Picks

My Name Is Earl (NBC): New. The warden wants Earl to help come up with a skit to keep kids away from a life of crime.
30 Rock (NBC): New. Former vice president Al Gore makes an appearance on the show as the network goes green. Jack comes up with a company mascot named Greenzo that is played by David Schwimmer (Friends).

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): New. The coupling of George and Izzie is put to the test. Derek wants more from Meredith. The chief resident position of Callie’s is in jeopardy.

Without a Trace (CBS): New. The story begins on CSI and the search for the killer continues with Grissom in New York working with the FBI to close the case.

Solid Selections

Smallville (The CW): New. Lana ends up with Clark’s powers and uses them to steal something out of Lex’s safe.

The Office (NBC): New. Michael gets excluded from company retreat in the woods and decides to go on his own. Jim tries to take the office birthday party to the next level.
Scrubs (NBC): New. Tom Cavanaugh (Ed) returns as J.D.’s brother in an episode where the janitor shows everyone how to live green.

ER (NBC): New. Abby and Pratt have a disagreement on how to treat a baby. There are rolling brownouts plaguing Chicago.

Cable Choices

Romancing the Bird: A Good Eats Thanksgiving (Food Network): Repeat. Alton Brown brines and then cooks a tasty turkey. The TVaholic took over the Thanksgiving cooking duties a couple of years ago and used the info in this show to cook one of the juiciest and most tasty birds I have ever had. It turned out really good. Plays again later.

The Next Iron Chef (Food Network): Repeat. Last week’s episode, “Part 5: Lead and Inspire,” replays. Replays again later.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (USA): New. Logan and Falacci are up this week and catch the case when the wife of a corrupt judge is murdered.

Other Options

  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS): New. A youth that may have disappeared from New York six years ago may be the victim in a case that Grissom and the team are investigating. The search for the killer continues on Without a Trace that follows.
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX): New. Two episodes play. In the first, the gang goes vigilante. In the second, the bar is run with no rules what so ever. Runs 60 minutes and plays twice.
  • Mad Men (AMC): Repeat. Episode four, “New Amsterdam,” replays. Replays again later.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has Thursday Night College Football with Louisville at West Virginia.
  • TNT has an NBA doubleheader with the Detroit Pistons at the Chicago Bulls followed by the Dallas Mavericks at the Golden State Warriors.
  • Versus has college football with Texas Christian at BYU.

TV Marathons

Oxygen has 15 episodes of Snapped.
Sci Fi has eight episodes of Roswell early.
USA has Law & Order: Criminal Intent episodes all day.

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