News & Notes
Over on cable, Discovery Channel has a Deadliest Catch: Best of Season 5 special, HBO has the series premiere of Treme, Lifetime has the fourth season premiere of Army Wives, Showtime has the fourth, and final, season premiere of The Tudors, truTV has the first season finale of Over the Limit, and VH1 has the series premieres of Brandy & Ray J, Basketball Wives and What Chilli Wants.
In late night, History has the first season finale of Madhouse.
The Simpsons (FOX): New. The police questions Mr. Burns after a stolen painting is discovered in his home. Smithers takes over running the power plant in his absence. Runs 30 minutes.
Brothers & Sisters (ABC): New. Nora wants the family to sell to Dennis York to keep a secret from coming out. The rest of the family starts remembering things from when they were younger in an attempt to figure out why their mother wants to sell. In the second hour Nora and Holly end up on a road trip looking for the Narrow Lake property and Justin and Rebecca do something impulsive. Runs two hours. This episode incorporates flashbacks to 1986 and we get to see all the Walker children when they were younger. They did a pretty good job casting, but Anna Wood as the young Sarah Walker is just too good. They did a great job with the flashback sequences, as it took me back to my teen years. The reveal of the secret turns out to be really well done, as it is not anything that you might be expecting, at least it wasn’t for me. In the second hour, the Holly and Nora road trip is pretty funny, especially how it starts out. All in all it is a well done two hours of TV that changes things significantly for one character and has a happy outcome for a couple of others.
The Amazing Race (CBS): New. Things get heated when one team becomes the target of the rest of the racers.
The Pacific (HBO): New. This is Part 5 of 10. Basilone keeps getting more famous as the bonds tour continues. Sledge sees his first combat. Plays again later.
Army Wives (Lifetime): Season Premiere. Frank and Denise find out what happened to Jeremy. Trevor and Roxy are happy about being pregnant. Roland finds out what happened to his wife in Iraq. Claudia Joy gets nominated for Army Spouse of the Year. Plays again later. They sure like to do season ending cliffhangers on this show and the third season was no exception. The fourth season begins with you finding out the resolutions to these. I’m not going to say what they are, but one of them turns out to be a great storyline and provides some great moments in the episode. If you’re prone to get all teary, then I will warn you to be prepared. This episode brings the drama. If you like this show, then you will like this episode. Have you been anxiously awaiting the return of this show? Will you be watching tonight?
- Being Erica (SOAPnet): Repeat. The second season finale episode, “The Importance of Being Erica,” replays. Greay episode.
- Breaking Bad (AMC): New. Walt is losing it and it may affect his job and family Jesse comes up with a new plan. Runs 62 minutes. Plays twice and again later.
- Challenge (Food Network): New. Four cake designers compete to build the best original villain cake. Plays again later.
- Cold Case (CBS): New. Det. Rush and FBI Agent Cavanaugh start to become close while investigating the murder of a soldier back in 1969.
- Iron Chef America (Food Network): New. Chef Holly Smith challenges Iron Chef Cat Cora. Plays again later.
- The Tudors (HBO): Season Premiere. It is the year 1540 as the fourth and final season begins and King Henry has taken his fifth wife, Katherine Howard. Plays again later.
- Treme (HBO): Series Premiere. The show is set in New Orleans picking up three months after Hurricane Katrina. It follows a group of characters trying to rebuild their lives after the devastation. Stars Steve Zahn, John Goodman (Roseanne), Khandi Alexander (CSI: Miami), Kim Dickens (Friday Night Lights and many others. Created by David Simon, the creator of The Wire. Runs 90 minutes. Plays again later.
- Ultimate Recipe Showdown (Food Network): New. Four competitors attempt to create the best “Cakes and Desserts.” Plays again later.
- ABC has doubleheader NBA action with the Orlando Magic at the Cleveland Cavaliers followed by the Portland Trail Blazers at the Los Angeles Lakers.
- CBS has final round coverage of The Masters golf tournament.
- ESPN has Sunday Night Baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals at the Milwaukee Brewers.
- NBC has NHL action early.
- TBS has MLB action early with the New York Yankees at the Tampa Bay Rays.
- Damages (FX): Repeat. Last Monday’s episode, “All That Crap About Your Family,” replays.
- Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime): Repeats. The series premiere episode, “Pilot,” and the second episode, “The ‘F’ Word,” replay, as the season begins replaying in late night on Sundays.
- Justified (FX): Repeat. Last Tuesday’s episode, “Long in the Tooth,” replays.
ABC Family is playing Dr. Dolittle, Dr. Dolittle 3, Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief, and Dr. Dolittle 5: Million Dollar Mutts.
Discovery Channel has six episodes of Deadliest Catch.
Hallmark Channel has Little House on the Prairie episodes and TV movies all day.
History has 10 episodes of MonsterQuest.
Syfy has disaster TV movies all day.
TLC has six episodes of Moving Up followed by six episodes of 48 Hours ….
TNT has eight episodes of Law & Order super early.
truTV has 12 episodes of It Only Hurst When I Laugh.
USA has nine episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
WE has six episodes of Amazing Wedding Cakes.