Tonight on the Tube: 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, ER 300th & Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Download Law & Order: Criminal Intent Episodes at Amazon UnboxTonight, Barbara Walters Presents: 10 Most Fascinating People of 2007 on ABC, NBC has episode 300 of ER and over on cable, Bravo has a Top Chef: Holiday Special.

Prime Picks

My Name Is Earl (NBC): New. Earl finds out that the warden has gone back on his early release promise and sets out to plan his escape with the help of his friends.
30 Rock (NBC): New. C.C. wants to take her and Jack’s relationship public, but he is not so sure. Meanwhile, Liz is trying to keep both Jenna and Tracy happy as the stars of the show.

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): New. Part 2 of the “Crash Into Me” episode continues the story with Meredith trying to save the life of the paramedic and Lexie dealing with the exploding artery patient. Bailey is having trouble keeping balance in her work and home life. Runs 62 minutes.

Without a Trace (CBS): New. An ex-con goes missing and the team investigates whether her past has come back to haunt her. Also, Vivian continues with the investigation into human trafficking with the help of guest star James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Solid Selections

Ugly Betty (ABC): New. Henry doesn’t want to, but agrees to go on a double date. Wilhemina is trying to change her image from mean to nice, but her plans falter when she has a run in with guest star Betty White.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS): New. Warrick becomes the lead suspect in a crime and his growing addiction to pills is not helping him out any.

ER (NBC): New. 300th Episode. Luka and Abby are planning a trip to Croatia after his father’s death. Peter Fonda guest-stars.

Cable Choices

Food Network Challenge (Food Network): Repeat. Contestants compete to create the winning holiday themed cake. Plays again later.

Iron Chef America (Food Network): Repeat. Sunday’s battle between Iron Chef Cat Cora and Chef Todd Richards replays. Replays again later.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (USA): New. Goren’s nephew says he witnessed a murder at the prison mental ward and Goren goes undercover to see if it really happened. Plays again later. On Wednesday, January 2nd, the original Law & Order will return to NBC with a two-hour episode and then take over its historic third hour of primetime timeslot, presently occupied by Life. It will be joined the next week on January 9th by Law & Order: Criminal Intent in the timeslot that Bionic Woman has been playing in. Bionic Woman has aired its last episode complete before the strike and Life will do so soon, but Life has been given a full season order.

Other Options

  • Mad Men (AMC): Repeat. The “Long Weekend” episode replays, where Don loses an account and Roger tries to cheer him up. Replays again later.
  • The Office (NBC): Repeat. The “Business School” episode where Ryan invites Michael to speak to his class for extra credit turns out even worse than he expected. Also, a bat gets loose in the office.
  • Scrubs (NBC): New. Dr. Kelso gets the hospital involved with a website that allows patients to evaluate their doctors. The janitor has a new girlfriend.
  • Smallville (The CW): Repeat. Clark discovers his cousin’s spaceship with Lois in tow.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has the 2007 College Football Awards Show followed by college basketball action with LSU at Villanova.
  • ESPN2 has college basketball with Providence at South Carolina.
  • TNT has an NBA doubleheader with the Denver Nuggets at the Dallas Mavericks followed by the Miami Heat at the Portland Trail Blazers.

TV Marathons

Bravo has 10 episodes of Top Chef leading up to tonight’s Top Chef: Holiday Special episode, where past contestants return to create holiday meals for a $20,000 prize.
MTV has 11 episodes of America’s Next Top Model.
Oxygen has 14 episodes of Roseanne early followed by 13 episodes of Snapped.
Sci Fi has eight episodes from season one of Doctor Who early.
USA has 12 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

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