Tonight on the Tube: The Middleman, Dirty Jobs, Weeds & Secret Diary of a Call Girl

by Jason the TVaholic on June 16, 2008

in Tonight on the Tube

News & Notes

The Middleman CompilationOn cable tonight, A&E has the fifth season premiere of Intervention and the series premiere of Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal, ABC Family has the series premiere of The Middleman, and Showtime has the fourth season premiere of Weeds and the series premiere of Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

Prime Picks

The Big Bang Theory (CBS): Repeat. Koothrappali finds that he can actually talk to women when he is inebriated, in “The Grasshopper Experiment.”
How I Met Your Mother (CBS): Repeat. Ted picks up a lucky penny that turns out not to be all that lucky, in “Lucky Penny” from season two.

House (FOX): Repeat. House splits the candidates into two teams split by gender, in “97 Seconds” from this past season.

CSI: Miami (CBS): Repeat. Horatio thinks that the owners of a Native American casino may be behind a murder, in “Bloodline” from season five.

Solid Selections

Bones (FOX): Repeat. A woman wanted for a crime back in the 1970s may have been on her way to turn herself in, but ends up dead, in “The Soccer Mom in the Mini-van” from this past season.

Two and a Half Men (CBS): Repeat. Jake sneaks out of the house to go to a concert, in “Help Daddy Find His Toenail” from this past season.
Rules of Engagement (CBS): Repeat. Heather Locklear (Melrose Place) guest stars as Audrey’s sister and Russell takes her out after hearing of her marital problems, in “Audrey’s Sister” from this past season.

The Mole (ABC): New. This or the last half hour of Nashville Star and 30 minutes of Dateline NBC on NBC is still kind of a toss-up for me, as to what is the second best item to watch in this hour of primetime.

Cable Choices

The Middleman (ABC Family): Series Premiere. Based on a comic series. A young woman ends up as the sidekick of the Middleman because of a chance encounter. They keep us safe from otherwordly forces that seek to harm us. They stand between them and us and we don’t even know either exist. Sounds a lot like Men in Black. The “Pilot” episode is available as a free download at iTunes. Plays twice, again later and then again Sunday night and next Monday before the next new episode.

Dirty Jobs (Discovery Channel): New. Jobs that clean things up are shown. Plays again later.

Weeds (Showtime): Season Premiere. Suburbia is being left behind for a place near the beach and border. Read our review.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime): Series Premiere. A new series based on the life of a London call girl and the duel life that she leads. Read our review. Showtime has the first two episodes available via streaming video at their website.

Other Options

  • Army Wives (Lifetime): Repeat. Last night’s episode, “Strangers in a Strange Land,” replays. Plays again Thursday and Friday afternoon, Saturday late night and Sunday right before the next new episode.
  • Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives (Food Network): New. Guy seeks out some great “Comfort Food.” Plays again later.
  • Gossip Girl (The CW): Repeat. Dan and Serena finally let each other know how much they are into each other and Chuck is looking at an investment opportunity, in “Victor/Victrola.”
  • One Tree Hill (The CW): Repeat. Peyton is having trouble with a musician and Nathan is having trouble with a basketball player, in “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” from this past season.
  • Unwrapped (Food Network): New. Soups, chowders and other “Cozy Cuisine” is looked at. Plays again later.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has the first nine holes of the U.S. Open Championship playoff between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate starting at 11:30 p.m. ET and later Monday Night Baseball with the Boston Red Sox at the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • ESPN2 has Arena Football action.
  • NBC takes over coverage of the U.S. Open Championship playoff from ESPN at 2:00 pm. ET.

Late Night

  • Burn Notice (USA): Repeat. Episode nine, “Hard Bargain,” replays. Episode ten plays late night Thursday.
  • In Plain Sight (USA): Repeat. Last night’s episode, “Never the Bride,” replays.

TV Marathons

Sci Fi has eight episodes of Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital early.
TNT has five episodes of Law & Order tonight.
VH1 has 12 episodes of Hogan Know Best.

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