Tonight on the Tube: The Bridge Series Premiere & Hot in Cleveland Repeat

by Jason the TVaholic on July 10, 2010

in Tonight on the Tube

News & Notes

Download Hot in Cleveland Episodes via Amazon Video On DemandTonight, CBS has series premiere of The Bridge.

Over on cable, Style has the seventh season premiere of How Do I Look?

If you haven’t had a chance to watch FOX’s The Good Guys bust some punks yet, FX is replaying the first four episodes of the series today. Just think of it as a live-action cartoon as I do and I think you’ll come to enjoy it.

Enter to win a Saving Grace: The Final Season DVD set and a White Collar: Season One DVD set. We are giving away three sets of each.

Prime Picks

The Bridge (CBS): Series Premiere. Stars Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica) as a cop that ends up getting elected the leader of his police union after standing up to get a long time cop the funeral he deserved and a couple of fellow officers being railroaded in the media. Runs two hours. Review: This is a Canadian production and on the scale of recent cop dramas out of Canada, The Bridge barely surpasses Rookie Blue and falls considerable short of the very good Flashpoint. While the show may be filmed in Canada, it takes place in some generic city with a bridge. The rich live on one side and the poor on the other and we get to follow the cops that are assigned to Bridge Division, as we learn in the opening sequence patrol both sides. A “where” is never mentioned or seen. Cop cars all just say “police” and the ambulance; well it just says “ambulance.” I mean, the cops even wear pins on their collars that spell out “PD.” Not “SPD” like might be worn here in Seattle. Who cares if this show is meant for multiple markets, put it in a real place. Whether that be some Canadian city masquerading as an American city or the Canadian city itself, like Toronto on Flashpoint. Okay, that’s enough about that, but it really bothered me and took away from an otherwise, well, not very good show. The action, mainly car chases, made me think I was watching some 1980s cop show. The acting and writing leave much to be desired. The pacing was another thing that really bothered me. I couldn’t get a grasp on the timeframe in which these events took place over the first two hours of the series. It seems to cover both a lot of time and not much at all. Lastly, I’m all for shows that portray one man leading the charge against corruption, but everyone from some beat cops to Internal Affairs to the police board and above are dirty in this show. On any other night, even in the summer, it wouldn’t get a mention past tonight’s premiere. But, given the dearth of TV programming on a Saturday night, it’ll pass as watch-able, but just barely.

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land): Repeat. In “The Sex That Got Away” episode from this past Wednesday, the ladies go to a party so one can meet an old friend and another can meet her music idol. Runs 30 minutes.

Other Option

  • Doctor Who (BBC America): New. The Doctor attempts to solve the puzzle of a staircase that people always go up but never come down. Plays again later. This is actually the better option in the second hour of primetime, but figure if you start watching The Bridge, you might as well finish it.

Sports Notes

  • ABC has the 2010 FIFA World Cup match between Germany and Uruguay for third place.
  • EPSN has the WNBA All-Stars vs. Team USA.
  • FOX has FOX Saturday Baseball MLB action.
  • NBC has coverage of the Women’s U.S. Open golf tournament.
  • TNT has NASCAR racing action with the Sprint Cup: Lifelock.com 400.
  • Versus has coverage of the Tour de France: Stage 7. Replays multiple times.

Late Night

  • Haven (Syfy): Repeat. Last night’s series premiere episode, “Welcome to Haven,” replays. Also replays early in the day and over on Bravo in late night as well.
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (USA): Repeats. This past Tuesday’s episodes, “Inhumane Society” and “Three-in-One,” replay. The later being this season’s finale.
  • Warehouse 13 (Syfy): Repeat. This past Tuesday night’s second season premiere episode, “Time Will Tell,” replays. Also replays early in the day.

TV Marathons

A&E has 11 episodes of The First 48.
ABC Family is playing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire today.
Bravo has six episodes of House tonight.
Discovery Channel has 15 episodes of Dirty Jobs.
MTV has episodes of The Hills most of the day today and tomorrow.
Nickelodeon has 14 episodes of Malcolm in the Middle tonight and into late night.
Oxygen has eight episodes of America’s Next Top Model followed by five hours of America’s Got Talent episodes.
Spike TV has 10 episodes of Knockout Sportsworld.
TLC has seven episodes of Property Ladder.
USA has five episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit tonight.

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