Tonight on the Tube: Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock & Harper’s Island

by Jason the TVaholic on April 9, 2009

in Tonight on the Tube

News & Notes

Get Harper's Island Episodes via Amazon Video On DemandTonight, CBS has the series premiere of Harper’s Island and NBC has the series premiere of Parks and Recreation and the series premiere of Southland.

Over on cable, Comedy Central has the series premiere of Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, TLC has the sixth season premiere of American Chopper, and truTV has the seventh season premiere of Speeders.

Supposed to be on TV Talk with Shaun OMac today at about 3:35 p.m. PT, instead of the usual 4:00 p.m. PT, along with Amrie from Seat42f, among other places. The show starts at 3:00 p.m. PT and runs two hours. The producers of Harper’s Island and previously Jericho will be on in the second hour. You can listen live or later or download it on iTunes.

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Prime Picks

The Office (NBC): New. Jim goes up against Charles in a parking lot soccer game. Michael is having trouble getting going.
Parks and Recreation (NBC): Series Premiere. Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live) and Rashida Jones (The Office) star in this Office styled comedy. It’s filmed in the same documentary style that The Office is, but it is not a spin-off. NBC is giving it as good a launch as it can by surrounding it with new episodes of The Office.

The Office (NBC): New. Will “The Michael Scott Paper Company” get off the ground? Tune in and find out. Runs 31 minutes.
30 Rock (NBC): New. The staff is starting to worry about budget cuts at TGS. Tracy and Jenna think Kenneth is hiding something dark. Starts a minute after the half-hour and runs 29 minutes.

Harper’s Island (CBS): Season Premiere. A woman returns to Harper’s Island for the first time in seven years. Her mother and five others were murdered on the island. She is coming back for her best friend’s wedding. As the festivities get started, people start being knocked off. Who is behind it and why? Starts two minutes after the hour and runs 58 minutes. The series will run for 13 consecutive weeks and all will be revealed in the finale, unless you figure it out ahead of time. I liked tonight’s premiere episode and think it is well worth watching. They do a good job of setting up a lot of intrigue besides just the murders. Are you planning on watching? If so, tell us why in the comments over on the Harper’s Island T-Shirt Prize Pack page and you’ll be entered in the giveaway.

Solid Selection

Bones (FOX): New. A pulverized body is found in a garbage bag and the team investigates. Angela’s father wants revenge on Hodgins.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS): New. It seems there may be a connection between a dead skydiver and a double murder. Hopefully, it’s better than last week’s 200th episode, which might have been one of the worst episodes of the entire series. Runs 62 minutes.

Southland (NBC): Series Premiere. The story of a rookie cop, play by Benjamin McKenzie (The O.C.), that wonders if he has the right stuff to be an LAPD officer. Brought to you by John Wells, the executive producer of ER.

Cable Choices

Good Eats (Food Network): Repeats. Alton enters “Fowl Territory” while going “Cuckoo for Coq au Vin.” Both episodes play again later.

American Chopper (TLC): Season Premiere. The guys are building an NHL bike, as well as a B-2 Bomber bike. Plays again later.

Being Erica (SOAPnet): New. Erica finds out who Barbara Strange really is during this trip back in time. It plays again twice on Saturday and again Sunday night.

Other Option

  • The Beast (A&E): New. Barker and Ellis go after an Irish crime family. Plays twice and again later twice.
  • Samantha Who? (ABC): New. Sam is trying to be a better friend to Frank after a few misunderstandings. Andrea is starting to worry about her fake relationship coming to an end.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has first round coverage of The Masters golf tournament.
  • TNT has doubleheader NBA action with the Philadelphia 76ers at the Chicago Bulls followed by the Denver Nuggets at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Late Night

  • Kings (Sci Fi): Repeats. The first four episodes of the NBC series, which will finish its run on Saturday night starting this week, replays.

TV Marathons

Bravo has six episodes of Tabitha’s Salon Takeover.
Oxygen has 34 episodes Snapped.
Sci Fi has eight episodes of Joan of Arcadia early.

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