Tonight on the Tube: Vampire Diaries S.2 Premiere & Nikita Series Premiere

by Jason the TVaholic on September 9, 2010

in Tonight on the Tube

News & Notes

Get The Vampire Diaries Season 1 on DVD at AmazonTonight, ABC has the first season finale of Rookie Blue, The CW has the second season premiere of The Vampire Diaries and the series premiere of Nikita, and NBC has the 24th season premiere of Sunday Night Football, yes on a Thursday night.

Over on cable, Bravo has the third season premiere of Watch What Happens, Discovery Health has the first season finale of NICU, History has a 9/11 State of Emergency special, Showtime has a Redlight special, Sundance has a Girl on the Run: 10 Years special, and Syfy has the fourth season premiere of Destination Truth and the series premiere of Beast Legends.

DirectTV has the third season finale of Supreme Court of Comedy.

Premiering next week, NBC has The Apprentice on Sept. 16th. Everything else on Thursdays on the network side premieres on the 23rd. On the cable side, FX has It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League returning with new seasons as of the 16th.

Prime Picks

The Vampire Diaries (The CW): Season Premiere. The second season picks up right where season one ended with Elena returning home to find her John bleeding on the kitchen floor. Once Damon and Stefan realize that Katherine has returned, the go about trying to figure out why? If you like your TV shows to be full of twists and turns that truly leave you wondering what is going to happen next, then look no further than TVD. Plus, watching @ninadobrev pull double duty as Elena/Katherine in the present is a whole lot of fun. The show continues to blast through story, like after spending the end of last season doing one thing, they flip it on its head and you are right back to where we started with one character. Yet, on another note they barely touch what we think might be happing with Tyler Lockwood and why his father was taken away with the vampires and killed in the season one finale. Although, a new member of the Lockwood family is introduced, played by Taylor Kinney (Trauma). Competition is tight in this time period, with four other shows that I watch playing opposite it, but I think this is becoming the show I’d watch first. That’s high praise with 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Community, and Bones being those four shows.

Nikita (The CW): Series Premiere. Nikita, played by Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III), has come out of hiding after three years to go after the secret organization known as Division that trained her to be an assassin and spy against her will. Plays again tomorrow night. This is one of my favorite new shows of the fall season. It’s thoroughly entertaining and action packed with some nice twists. If you think it’s going a bit slowly or not sure what’s going on about halfway thru, stick around. The second half really picks up and it has one of the best endings, even if it is almost on the subtle side. While it’s one of my favorites, it’s in one of the toughest time periods all week and it will probably end up being my third choice behind Fringe and Grey’s Anatomy. Lyndsy Fonseca (How I Met Your Mother, Desperate Housewives) is good as Division’s latest recruit. Melinda Clarke (The O.C.) is always watch-able and is perfectly cast. Shane West (ER) is the one I am not sure about after the first episode, too stiff, we’ll have to see how they develop his character. The good news is there is no competition tonight, so you should definitely watch, even if you have no idea where to find The CW on your TV.

Ace of Cakes (Food Network): New. Mary Alice and Geof deliver a cake to his hometown. Duff delivers a Grammy inspired cake. A repeat episode follows. Both play again later.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has Thursday Night College Football action with Auburn vs. Mississippi State.
  • ESPN2 has coverage of The U.S. Open tennis tournament.

Late Night

  • Dark Blue (TNT): Repeats. Last night’s episodes, “Home Sweet Home” and “Shell Game,” replay.
  • Mad Men (AMC): Repeat. This past Sunday’s episode, “The Suitcase,” replays. Plays again later.
  • Rizzoli & Isles (TNT): Repeat. This past Monday’s episode, “The Beast in Me,” replays.
  • Terriers (FX): Repeat. Last night’s series premiere episode, “Pilot,” replays.
  • White Collar (USA): Repeat. This past Tuesday’s second season summer finale episode, “Point Blank,” replays.

TV Marathons

Bravo has eight episodes of Bethenny Getting Married?.
Oxygen has six episodes of Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.
Syfy has 14 episodes of Destination Truth.
Travel Channel has five episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations tonight.
USA has 12 episodes of House.
VH1 has the five-part 100 Greatest Artists tonight.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kaliel2000 September 9, 2010 at 8:50 am

I’m glad to see TVD come back tonight.

Its suprisingly a good show.

I don’t think Nikkita needed to be remade though.

I thought the last one was perfect.

I guess i’ll watch it though, even though I have all

the seasons of the other one on dvd. If nothing else if I watch it

I can be informed when I kvetch and bitch about it.

2 Jason the TVaholic September 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Kaliel2000, Nothing ever really needs to be remade, but then there would be no Michael Scott and company on The Office. Heck, there are fans of the original movie that don’t think an Americanized remake or a TV series ever needed to be made, but then we would never have gotten the TV version you like so much. I don’t care about remakes, reimaginings, redos, continuations, etc. I just care if it’s a good show or not.

One of the things I liked about this version of Nikita is that it kind of plays as a continuation of previous iterations. It takes place long after Nikita has been taken in, trained, screwed over, has escaped, and been in hiding.

As for The Vampire Diaries, it is surprisingly good. Especially, in comparison to other popular vampire fair right now.

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