Tonight on the Tube: Kings, Desperate Housewives & United States of Tara

by Jason the TVaholic on March 15, 2009

in Tonight on the Tube

News & Notes

Download Kings Episodes via Amazon Video On DemandTonight, NBC has the series premiere of Kings.

Over on cable, ABC Family has the TV movie premiere of Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise, Comedy Central has The Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy special, History has a Beltway Unbuckled special, MTV has the first season finales of The College Humor Show and How’s Your News, VH1 has the first season finale of ToolAcademy and the series premiere of Tough Love, and WE has an Unforgettable Wedding Venues special and the third season finale of Platinum Weddings.

Sorry about the lateness of today’s picks, but would you believe I fell asleep watching TV this morning and didn’t get this posted before I did?

Prime Picks

The Simpsons (FOX): New. Maggie gets taken in by a group of nuns.
King of the Hill (FOX): New. Peggy makes a new friend with another mother at Bobby’s cotillion class.

Desperate Housewives (ABC): New. Susan is attempting to make a good impression on a teacher at work. Gaby thinks Carlos should hire Lynette. Edie continues to investigate Dave’s past. Runs 61 minutes.

Brothers & Sisters (ABC): New. Kevin and Justin are trying to help Tommy decide his legal future. Kitty meets her new half brother. Starts a minute after the hour and runs 59 minutes.

Solid Selection

Kings (NBC): Series Premiere. This is a contemporary updating of the story of David and Goliath. King Silas Benjamin, played by Ian McShane (Deadwood) is the king of Gilboa, whose flag bears the symbol of a divine butterfly. Gilboa has its capital in Shiloh, a clean new city that is unspoiled by time or litter. Silas must deal with the tensions rising between Gilboa and neighboring nation Gath. When several prisoners of war are taken, a young soldier, David Shepherd, played by Chris Egan (Eragon), goes against orders and crosses enemy lines to save them. Unknown to David, the soldier he saves is Jack Benjamin, played by Sebastian Stan (The Covenant), the son of the king. From that day forth, David’s life will never be the same. Runs two hours. I have not seen this, but have heard from those who have that it is very good, but may take multiple episodes to really get into it. The cast looks really good and the idea for the show sounds interesting.

The Unit (CBS): New. A deadly gas is killing anyone that steps outside, leaving the team and their families trapped inside.

Cable Choices

Food Network Challenge (Food Network): New. Four cake decorators design cakes for four families at Disneyland. Plays again later.

Iron Chef America (Food Network): New. California Chef David Kinch takes on Iron Chef Bobby Flay. Plays again later.

United States of Tara (Showtime): New. Tara and Kate take a trip, but T shows up along the way. Max is still looking into Tara’s past for answers. Plays twice.

Other Options

  • The Amazing Race (CBS): New. The contestants must run a Russian marathon in their skivvies.
  • Breaking Bad (AMC): New. Walt and Jesse get trapped with Tuco. Plays twice and again later.
  • Cold Case (CBS): New. Jeffries got shot along with the elderly owner of a convenience store and the team searches for the shooter.
  • The Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy (Comedy Central): New Special. Who doesn’t love a good roast? Runs 90 minutes. Plays twice.
  • Flight of the Conchords (HBO): New. Bret wants a girlfriend and gets Jemaine and Dave to help him find one.

Sports Notes

  • ABC has NBA action with the Dallas Mavericks at the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • CBS has doubleheader conference tournament college basketball action followed by the NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show.
  • ESPN has NBA action tonight with the Phoenix Suns at the Golden State Warriors.
  • ESPN2 has World Baseball Classic games.
  • NBC has NHL action followed by final round coverage of the WGC CA Championship golf tournament.

Late Night

  • Damages (FX): Repeat. Last Wednesday’s episode, “Uh oh. Out Come the Skeletons,” replays.
  • Mad Men (AMC): Repeat. The season two episode, “Flight 1,” replays. The second season continues replaying after Breaking Bad on Sundays.

TV Marathons

A&E has 11 hours of CSI: Miami episodes.
ABC Family has Au Pair, Au Pair II: and Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise.
MTV has 11 episodes of The Real World.
Oxygen has 13 episodes of America’s Next Top Model.
TLC has 17 episodes of Jon & Kate Plus 8.
truTV has seven episodes of World’s Wildest Police Chases.

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