Tonight on the Tube: Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, John Adams & The Tudors

by Jason the TVaholic on April 20, 2008

in Tonight on the Tube

News & Notes

John Adams Miniseries on DVDTonight, ABC has the season finale of Oprah’s Big Give and the post-strike return of Brothers & Sisters and CBS has the premiere of the TV movie Sweet Nothing in My Ear.

Over on cable, G4 has the second season premieres of The Block and Code Monkeys, HBO has the miniseries finale of John Adams, and Style has the second season premiere Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane.

In show renewal news, it looks like Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles will be back.

Prime Picks

Monk (NBC): Repeat. Monk ends up with amnesia roaming a small town, in this episode from season four.

Desperate Housewives (ABC): New. Gaby is trying to get used to having a blind husband. Lynette has someone from the past show back up. Bree and Katherine our working together on the Founders Day Ball. Runs 62 minutes.

Brothers & Sisters (ABC): New. The presidential race takes an unexpected turn leaving Robert and Kitty to make a big decision. Isaac proposes to Nora, which surprises everyone in the Walker clan. Rebecca is looking into who her father may really be. It will be great to watch the Walker family once again.

Solid Selections

Everybody Hates Chris (The CW): New. Chris decides to collect cans for an Earth Day class project, but it turns out to be more difficult than he anticipated.
Aliens in America (The CW): Repeat. Raja starts smoking, which gets everybody smoking and then trying to quit without much success.

Psych (NBC): Repeat. In this episode from season one, “Scary Sherry: Bianca’s Toast,” Shawn and Gus are on the case of a death under suspicious circumstances.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC): Repeat. After a young Jewish boy gets attacked, other victims come forward to point the detectives in the right direction, in this episode from earlier this season.

Cable Choices

Big Break: Ka’anapali (Golf Channel) Repeat. The season premiere episode has the ladies having to “Hit the Ground Running.” Plays again later. The next new episode is on Tuesday.

John Adams (HBO): Miniseries Finale. Part seven of seven, “Peacefield,” has Adams in retirement, where he writes his memoirs, reconciles with Jefferson and watches as his son follows in his footsteps as president. Runs 65 minutes and plays multiple times throughout the week. The first six parts replay leading up to tonight’s conclusion.

Other Options

  • Army Wives (Lifetime): Repeat. Episode seven, “Hail & Farewell,” replays, where Roxy doesn’t trust her mother to stay sober and Jeremy has decided to enlist. Plays again later.
  • Breaking Bad (AMC): Repeat. Episode six, “Crazy Handful of Nothin,” replays, where chemo is wreaking havoc on Walter and the DEA is busy arresting suspects. Plays twice and again later.
  • Iron Chef America (Food Network): New. Iron Chef Bobby Flay takes on challenger chef Martin Rios. Plays again later.
  • Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union (Showtime): New. Tracey Ullman does impersonations and skewers pop culture. Plays twice.
  • The Tudors (Showtime): New. Henry is forcing everyone in England to take an oath that declares him as the supreme authority. Plays again later.

Sports Notes

  • ABC has NBA playoff action with the Denver Nuggets at the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • CBS has LPGA action with the final round of the Ginn Open.
  • ESPN has NASCAR racing with the Nationwide Series: Mexico 200 and later Sunday Night Baseball with the New York Mets at the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • NBC has NHL playoff action.
  • TBS has MLB action with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Atlanta Braves.
  • TNT has NBA playoff action early with the Toronto Raptors at the Orlando Magic and then later has the Philadelphia 76ers at the Detroit Pistons followed by the Atlanta Hawks at the Boston Celtics.
  • Versus has NHL playoff action.

Late Night

  • Battlestar Galactica (Sci Fi): Repeat. Last Friday’s episode, “The Ties That Bind,” replays.
  • Mad Men (AMC): Repeat. The first season premiere, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” replays, as the season looks to be replaying again. Episode two plays next week.
  • The Riches (FX): Repeat. Last Tuesday’s episode, “Trust Never Sleeps,” replays, where Dahlia is having trouble with her double life and a private investigator visits Wayne at work.

TV Marathons

BET has 10 episodes of Diff’rent Stroke tonight.
Cartoon Network has 12 episodes of George of the Jungle.
Discovery Health has six episodes of Deliver Me early.
ESPN2 has five episodes of 2007 World Series of Poker tonight.
FOX Reality has 20 episodes of Now See This.
HBO has all seven parts of the John Adams miniseries.
MTV has 12 episodes of America’s Next Top Model.
Sci Fi has the three-part six-hour Stephen King’s Storm of the Century early followed by the four-part eight-hour Stephen King’s The Stand.
TV Land has 12 episodes of Sanford & Son.
WE has five episodes of Women Behind Bars early followed by six episodes of Rich Bride, Poor Bride.

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