What to Watch Tonight: Parks & Recreation S.3 Premiere & Fairly Legal Series Premiere

by Jason the TVaholic on January 20, 2011

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News & Notes

Get Parks & Recreation S.2 at AmazonTonight, FOX has the premiere of the Thursday edition of American Idol and NBC has the series premiere of Perfect Couples and the third season premiere of Parks and Recreation.

Over on cable, Bravo has the first season finale of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Discovery Channel has the series premiere of Masters of Survival, HBO has A President to Remember: In the Company of John F. Kennedy special, and USA Network has the second winter season premiere of Royal Pains and the series premiere of Fairly Legal.

Enter our giveaway for a Glee Season 2, Volume 1 DVD set.

Prime Picks

Community (NBC): New. The group is trying to decide whether to let Chang or Annie’s crush into the group. Shirley’s ex-husband, played by guest star Malcolm-Jamal Warner, returns and she has some news for him. Runs 30 minutes. The series premiere of Perfect Couples follows, which I haven’t seen, but also haven’t heard anything good about it.

The Office (NBC): New. Michael is trying to brace himself against news of Holly’s relationship. Pam wants everyone to add their New Year’s resolutions to a board she puts up.
Parks and Recreation (NBC): Season Premiere. Leslie attempts to get Ann to talk Ben and Chris to give the parks department more money. Ron and Andy are coaching a basketball team. April has an announcement.

The Mentalist (CBS): New. Patrick is working a double murder case and so is a criminal profiler and he wants to show that his methods are better than the profiler.

Solid Selections

The Big Bang Theory (CBS): New. Bernadette runs into her ex, played by guest star Rick Fox, while at a science event with Wolowitz. Runs 31 minutes.

Bones (FOX): New. A body is found in the shower of a young socialite. Angela and Hodgins are talking about there future. Starts a minute after the hour and runs 59 minutes.

30 Rock (NBC): New. Everyone is affected by budget cuts. Liz attempts to use a mistake by Jack to her advantage. Tracy gets some bad news. Runs 30 minutes.

Other Options

  • Ace of Cakes (Food Network): New. Duff and the gang must get to gigantic cakes done that are due at the same time. Runs 30 minutes. Plays again later.
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS): New. A body with weird burn marks is found on the side of the road and the CSIs investigate.
  • Fairly Legal (USA Network): Series Premiere. Sarah Shahi (Life) plays a former lawyer that has become a top mediator. Her father has recently passed and her stepmother has taken over running the law firm that they all worked for and he started. Her ex-husband, played by Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica), is a prosecutor. Runs 74 minutes. Plays again later. I very much enjoyed this both times I’ve watched it. Shahi is very good, as is the whole cast. While I commend them for going a different route for a law show with mediation, it still feels very familiar to most lawyer procedurals. Very interested to see if that changes any with future episodes. The opening of episode has a few too many cliché moments, well much of the episode does. Yet, it was really working until Shahi’s character utters the “she’s right behind me isn’t she?” line. That’s some tired dialogue that needs to be excised from the TV writers’ handbook. It regains its footing after that and gives you a solid introduction to all the major players and their relationships. The pacing is perfect and keeps things moving along, although it will feel a bit different with commercial breaks. This is the first of a 10 episode season.
  • Royal Pains (USA Network): Winter Premiere. Hank and Evan learn more about their father’s past after he suffers a heart attack. HankMed is working a charity golf tournament. Tom Cavanagh (Ed) guest-stars as a celebrity professional golfer. Plays again later. It’s a really fun episode that puts things in an interesting place for Hank and Jill, Divya and her impeding marriage, and Evan and his dad. It sets the stage nicely to play out the remainder of the second season.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has doubleheader college basketball action.
  • ESPN2 has Australian Open tennis tournament coverage and doubleheader college basketball action.
  • TNT has doubleheader NBA action with the Dallas Mavericks at the Chicago Bulls followed by the Los Angeles Clippers at the Portland Trail Blazers.

Late Night

  • White Collar (USA Network): Repeat. This past Tuesday’s midseason premiere episode, “Burke’s Seven,” replays.

TV Marathons

Bravo has 16 episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Spike TV has six episodes of Gangland.
Syfy has seven episodes of Moonlight.
USA has seven episodes of Royal Pains early followed by eight episodes of NCIS.

What will you be watching tonight?

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