News & Notes
Over on cable, A&E has the ninth season premiere of The First 48, Bravo has the first season finale of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, CMT has the 2009 CMT Music Awards and the second season premiere of The Singing Bee, Sundance has the series premiere of The Lazy Environmentalist, TNT has the series premieres of Wedding Day and HawthoRNe and the third season premiere of Saving Grace, and Travel Channel has the fourth season finale of Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern.
In late night, Oxygen has a Dance Your Ass Off special.
Giveaway: Today is the last day to enter for the Prison Break – Season Four – The Final Season DVD sets.
Good Eats (Food Network): Repeats. Alton attempts some “Tort(illa) Reform” and then works with Tortillas Again.” Both episode play again later.
HawthoRNe (TNT): Series Premiere. We meet Richmond Trinity Hospital’s chief nurse, played by Jada Pinkett Smith, and her fellow nurses and doctors. Plays again later. This is a two-star drama with potential. This episode throws way too much at you and Pinkett Smith seems to be trying to hard. Maybe, once everyone gets used to their characters and we get past the back-story introduction, things will get better. The cliché of doctors are dumb and the nurses are the ones that really know what is going on is front and center, but even though, the twist on this is one of the things I did like about the show. Another thing I liked is Suleka Mathew (Men in Trees), as the best bud and fellow nurse of Pinkett Smith’s Hawthorne.
Saving Grace (TNT): Season Premiere. Grace is trying to talk with the young woman she shares a last chance angle with, but her plan to do so goes wrong. Yet, it does uncover a potential new problem. Plays again later. This is just a great show and this in another great episode of it. It makes for a great launching point for the third season given how season two ended. It is far and away the best thing on TV tonight.
House (FOX): Repeat. In “Joy” from this past season, House learns that Cuddy is thinking about adopting a child that will be born in two weeks.
Mental (FOX): New. A young boy is totally consumed by a video game that he can only see in his head gets treatment. Nora finds out something about her teenage daughter.
Cupid (ABC) Series Finale. The last episode that was filmed plays tonight. I think I may have been one of the few that actually liked this version of the show. It wasn’t as good as the original, but it was still fun and better than a lot of other stuff that will continue to be on TV.
- Chopped (Food Network): New. Four chefs compete to create a three-course meal with secret ingredients revealed right before they cook each course. One of the ingredients is usually a little bizarre and doesn’t really go with the others in the basket, but all must be used to complete their dishes. Plays again later.
- Rescue Me (FX): New. Tommy and Sheila have a pact that starts to unravel. Garrity tells his medical secret. Plays twice.
- Wedding Day (TNT): Series Premiere. A woman that was nearly killed in a car accident four days before her wedding gets the wedding of her dreams. Plays again Friday night. If you like shows like ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and weddings, you’ll like this show. It’s not for me, but in the world or reality TV, we could use more shows like this than crap like I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
- Burn Notice (USA): Repeat. This past Thursday’s episode, “Question & Answer,” replays.
- Royal Pains (USA): Repeat. The 90-minute series premire episode, “Pilot,” replays.
A&E has 15 hours of The First 48 episodes.
Bravo has five hours of The Real Housewives… episodes and later six episodes of The Real Housewives of New Jersey tonight.
Oxygen has 10 episodes of Roseanne today followed by seven episodes of Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood tonight.
Sci Fi has eight episodes of Doctor Who early.
Travel Channel has five episodes of Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern tonight.
USA has 11 episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent early.