Tonight on the Tube: Privileged, The Mentalist, Scrubs & Leverage

by Jason the TVaholic on January 13, 2009

in Tonight on the Tube

News & Notes

Get Leverage Episodes at Amazon Video On DemandTonight, FOX has the eighth season premiere of American Idol.

Over on cable, Food Network has the series premiere of Chopped.

Prime Pick

NCIS (CBS): New. Ducky gets stabbed at a crime scene and it may have something to do with a past the rest of the team new nothing about.

Privileged (The CW): New. Megan is trying to find out why her sister is in jail. Shelby tries to meet with Will without Megan knowing. Rose and Sage pick out an extravagant gift for Luis.

Without a Trace (CBS): New. A bar owner with a religious figurine that is said to have miracle powers goes missing and the team investigates.

Solid Selections

90210 (The CW): New. Dixon and Annie get new cars from their grandma. Adrianna lets Naomi in on her little secret. Ethan and Annie try to spend sometime alone.

The Mentalist (CBS): New. The team investigates the murder of a high school student that had been antagonizing a self-proclaimed witch. Runs 61 minutes.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC): New. A young girl’s body is found in the Hudson River. Benson poses as a madam, cause they think she was smuggled into the country by sex traffickers.

Cable Choices

Good Eats (Food Network): Repeats. Alton bakes some cookies and cupcakes. Both play again later.

Dirty Jobs (Discovery Channel): New. Mike tries his hand at plugging mines. A repeat episode, “Bologna Maker,” replays right before. Both play again later.

Leverage (TNT): New. The team becomes wedding planners for a Mafia boss and tries to pull off both the wedding and the heist. It plays again later and again on Saturday afternoon.

Other Options

  • American Idol (FOX): Season Premiere. The eighth season begins with auditions. This is not my favorite part of the show, I won’t be checking it out until the guys and the girls start singing for votes and then we’ll see if there is anyone worth following. This season there is a fourth judge and 36 semifinalists, plus a wild card round.
  • Chopped (Food Network): Series Premiere. Four contestants compete by cooking up something tasty from a basket full of surprise ingredients. Plays again later.
  • nip/tuck (FX): New. Christian and Liz get a little closer. Sean meets up with his family. Runs 63 minutes. Plays again later.
  • Scrubs (ABC): New. In the first episode, Dr. Cox teams up with Dr. Kelso to get rid of Dr. Maddox. In the second episode, Eliot and J.D. may be rekindling old feelings when they try to help Dr. Kelso find a new happy place.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has doubleheader college basketball action with Indiana at Ohio State followed by Kentucky at Tennessee.
  • ESPN2 has a college basketball action with Memphis at Tulsa.
  • Versus has NHL action.

Late Night

  • 10 Items or Less (TBS): New. Yolanda accidentally blinds Leslie and asks him to live with her until he is better. This episode is not as good as last week’s “Turkey Bowling.” Plays again later and again late night Friday. Listen to my interview with star John Lehr who plays Leslie Pool.
  • Damages (FX): Repeat. Last Wednesday’s second season premiere episode, “I Lied, Too,” replays. Runs 68 minutes.
  • Psych (USA): Repeat. Last Friday’s episode, “Six Feet Under the Sea,” replays.

TV Marathons

Bravo has five episodes of Top Chef followed by eight episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County.
E! has five hours of The E! True Hollywood Story episodes that all revolve around American Idol.
Oxygen has 16 hours of The Bad Girls Club episodes.
Sci Fi has seven episodes of Jeremiah.

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