News & Notes
Over on cable, BBC America has an Addicted to Surrogacy special, Biography has the second season premiere of I Survived…, Discovery Channel has three Wild Pacific specials, HBO has the sixth season premiere of Entourage, History has the first season finale of Expedition Africa, and Lifetime has the series premiere of Drop Dead Diva.
Merlin (ABC): New. Morgana falls ill from some enchanted flowers and Gaius can’t seem to find a cure.
The Next Food Network Star (Food Network): New. The five remaining contestants head to Miami and have to cook with ingredients from JetBlue’s Terminal 5 restaurants. Plays again later. Last week’s episode plays before Food Network Challenge tonight.
In Plain Sight (USA): New. Mary’s witness’ daughter is in a dangerous relationship. Raph’s mom comes to visit, which is a surprise to Mary. Plays again later.
Food Network Challenge (Food Network): New. Four food stylists compete in a “Food Magicians” competition. Plays again later.
Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime): Series Premiere. A shallow wannabe model dies and gets herself sent back, but she doesn’t end up in the same body. She finds herself in the body of a plus-sized attorney and must learn to deal with it. Plays again later. I was surprised by how much I liked this show. Once you get past the initial contrivance of how the body swap takes place, it turns into a thoroughly enjoyable mash-up of comedy and drama in a legal show setting. Brooke Elliot is really quite good in the role of size-two model stuck inside a plus-sized attorney.
Hung (HBO): New. A former colleague of Tanya agrees to help Ray with a practice run. Plays again later. The premiere episode was better than I thought it would be, so will give it a couple more episodes to see where it goes.
Entourage (HBO): Season Premiere. Vince is set to take his driving test and is preparing to appear with Jay Leno to promote his new movie. Lloyd gives Ari and ultimatum. Plays again later.
- Army Wives (Lifetime): New. Joan and Roland are preparing for their daughter’s christening and Roland and Terrance help a yound Iraqi orphan. Plays again later.
- Iron Chef America (Food Network): New. Chef Akhtar Nawab challenges Iron Chef Michael Symon. Plays again later.
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent (USA): New. Nichols and Wheeler are on the case when the lover of an egocentric poet is found dead. Plays again later.
- ESPN has Sunday Night Baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals at the Chicago Cubs.
- NBC has final round coverage of the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament.
- TBS has MLB action early with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Versus has Stage 9 coverage of the Tour de France, which plays multiple times.
- Burn Notice (USA): Repeat. Last Thursday’s episode, “Signals and Codes,” replays.
- Rescue Me (FX): Repeat. Last Tuesday’s episode, “Wheels,” replays. Runs 61 minutes.
- Warehouse 13 (Syfy): Repeat. Last Tuesday’s series premiere episode, “Pilot,” replays. Runs two hours. Also replays earlier in the day.
ABC Family has three Harry Potter movies.
CMT has the four-part, eight hour Lonesome Dove miniseries.
Discovery Channel has 10 episodes of Dirty Jobs.
History has six episodes of Expedition Africa.
Oxygen has 11 episodes of America’s Next Top Model.
TLC has six episodes of Untold Stories of the E.R.
Travel Channel has 17 hours of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations episodes.
USA has six episodes of Law & Order: SVU.