Tonight on the Tube: Smallville, CSI, Private Practice & Burn Notice

by Jason the TVaholic on January 29, 2009

in Tonight on the Tube

News & Notes

Get Burn Notice via Amazon Video On DemandTonight, FOX an episode of American Idol followed by the fifth season premiere of Hell’s Kitchen.

Over on cable, HBO has a The Trials of Ted Haggard special, TLC has the first season finale of Saw for Hire, and VH1 has the Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash 2009 special.

In late night, Spike has the series premiere of Toughest Cowboy.

Will be on TV Talk with Shaun OMac later today. The show starts at 3:00 p.m. PT and I, along with Amrie from Seat42f, among other places, will be on in the second hour at 4:00 p.m. PT, so why not drop on in and listen live. Also, you can call in or join the chat room.

Prime Picks

Smallville (The CW): New. Tess finds something unexpected at a LutherCorp lab. Lana goes missing.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS): New. An undercover FBI agent has been found dead and the team gets called in to help with the investigation. Runs 61 minutes.

Private Practice (ABC): New. Addison’s brother has taken a job at Pacific Wellcare and it causes problems for her and Naomi. Cooper tries to get Violet to talk with Pete and Sheldon about her becoming pregnant. Starts two minutes after the hour and runs 58 minutes.

Solid Selection

Criminal Minds (CBS): Repeat. In “Minimal Loss” from earlier this season, Prentiss and Reid are taken hostage when they go undercover to investigate a child abuse case.

The Office (NBC): Repeat. In “Business Ethics” from earlier this season, Michael tries teaching the staff by letting them talk about the things they’ve gotten away with. Jim has Dwight strictly following the company’s “time theft” policy to hilarious results. Runs 31 minutes.
30 Rock (NBC): Repeat. In “Reunion” from earlier this season, Jack convinces Liz to attend you high school reunion. Runs 30 minutes, but starts a minute after the half hour and goes a minute past the hour.

Eleventh Hour (CBS): New. An autopsy of a millionaire reveals he had two working hearts and Dr. Hood is called in to investigate. Starts one minutes after the hour and runs 59 minutes.

Cable Choices

Good Eats (Food Network): Repeats. Alton uses “Olive Me” and then succumbs to “Dip Madness.” Both episodes play again later.

Iron Chef America (Food Network): Repeat. Chef Ty Wong Ophaso challenges Iron Chef Morimoto. Plays again later.

Burn Notice (USA): New. Fiona, Michael and Sam are trying to infiltrate a ruthless car theft gang whose leader is threatening a high school football star. Also, Fiona and Michael track down the person responsible for the explosion at his loft. Plays again later. Last week’s episode, “Do No Harm,” replays this afternoon.

Other Option

  • Ace of Cakes (Food Network): New. Duff and the gang make a Tiki cake. A repeat episode follows. Both episodes play again later.
  • American Idol (FOX): New. See more from the auditions on a special night.
  • The Beast (A&E): New. Barker and Ellis are investigating human trafficking. Plays twice and again later twice.
  • Supernatural (The CW): New. Sam and Dean harkens back to their high school days, as they go undercover at their old high school to investigate a series of murders.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has doubleheader college basketball action with Michigan State at Iowa followed by Alabama at Arkansas.
  • ESPN2 has tripleheader college basketball action with Clemson at Virginia Tech followed by Rutgers at Seton Hall and then St. Mary’s at Gonzaga.
  • Golf Channel has Round 1 action from the FBR Open.
  • TNT has doubleheader NBA action with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Orlando Magic followed by the San Antonio Spurs at the Phoenix Suns.

TV Marathon

A&E has 14 episodes of The First 48.
Bravo has nine episodes of America’s Next Top Model.
Oxygen has 18 episodes of Captured followed by 12 episodes of Snapped.
Sci Fi has eight episodes of Jeremiah.
Spike has 12 hours of CSI: NY episodes.

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