Tonight on the Tube: Modern Family, Cougar Town & Leverage

by Jason the TVaholic on January 13, 2010

in Tonight on the Tube

News & Notes

Download Leverage Episodes via Amazon Video On DemandOn cable tonight, Comedy Central has the second season premiere of Tosh.0, Discovery Channel has the series premiere of Solving History With Olly Steeds special, History has the fourth season premiere of MonsterQuest special, ID has the first season finale of The Bureau, TNT has the second winter season premiere of Leverage, and truTV has the first season finale of Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura.

FOX’s Human Target premieres this Sunday night, the 17th, but takes plays for the first time on its regular night next Wednesday, the 20th. The second season of Being Erica premieres on SOAPnet next week and Psych returns in two weeks on USA.

Prime Picks

The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS): New. Christine tells her therapist that she is in love with him and gets a response she wasn’t expecting.
Gary Unmarried (ABC): New. Allison and Gary don’t want Tom hanging out with the wrong crowd. Sasha flirts with another guy. Accidentally on Purpose will be taking over this timeslot on March 31st, as Gary will have finished its season order a couple weeks before.

Modern Family (ABC): New. Claire finds some naughty pictures on the computer and blames Luke and Phil doesn’t correct her error. Jay and Gloria are arguing about a statue.
Cougar Town (ABC): New. Things are getting pretty hot for Jules and Jeff. Andy lets go of a big secret. Runs 31 minutes.

Leverage (TNT): Winter Premiere. The team deals with its new member Tara, played by Jeri Ryan (Shark), as they go after the owners of a sweatshop. Plays again later. This is such a fun show and Jeri Ryan makes a great addition to the cast. Yet, Gina Bellman isn’t completely gone, as she shows up via video chat a few times. The team doesn’t know whether to trust Tara or not, which puts them on a similar footing as the beginning of season one. She does add an interesting new dynamic to the show and how each of the team members deal with her and what she thinks of each of the team members. There is a great little bit that arises during one of Tara’s video chats with Sophie that could be really interesting going forward. I won’t say much more than they had a lot of fun in this episode diving into the world of fashion.

Solid Selections

Modern Family (ABC): Repeat. The “Coal Digger” episode replays, which has one of the funniest Phil scenes of the series, as he tries to talk to Gloria about what his wife said about her.
The Middle (ABC): New. Mike may have found a dinosaur bone at the rock quarry. Brick runs for class historian.

Criminal Minds (CBS): New. The team tracks a man abducting women to fulfill his obsessions, but Hotch is having some trouble getting back into this work.

CSI: NY (CBS): New. The team is investigating a stabbing, but evidence looks to have been planted at the scene.

Other Options

  • nip/tuck (FX): New. A model wants to alter her beauty and Christian wants nothing to do with it. Runs 61 minutes. Plays twice.
  • Throwdown With Bobby Flay (Food Network): New. Bobby competes in a Manhattan fish chowder battle. A repeat episode follows. Both play again later.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has doubleheader college basketball action.
  • ESPN2 has tripleheader college basketball action.
  • NBA TV has the Orlando Magic at the Denver Nuggets.

TV Marathons

Bravo has seven episodes of America’s Next Top Model.
Discovery Channel has 12 episodes of Factory Made.
History has 14 episodes of MonsterQuest.
Oxygen has 18 episodes of Living Single.
Spike has nine hours of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episodes.
Syfy has eight episodes of Outer Limits.
TNT has 11 episodes of Leverage.
USA has five episodes of NCIS tonight.
WE has five episodes of 48 Hours on WE early and five episodes of 20/20 on WE tonight.

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