News & Notes
Over on cable, A&E has the first season finale of Storage Wars, FX has the second season premiere of Justified, ID has the second season premiere of Chasing Justice With Dan Abrams, Showtime has the 34th season finale of Inside the NFL, and Spike TV has a Best of Pride Fighting Championships special.
Direct TV has the fifth season (series) finale of Friday Night Lights. This final season will replay on NBC starting Friday, April 15th.
NBC has pulled the remaining episodes of Chase from the schedule and replaced it with episodes of Minute to Win It.
Nikita (The CW): Repeat. Last Thursday’s episode, “Coup de Grace,” replays. Last week’s The Vampire Diaries follows.
Human Target (FOX): Season Finale. Chance continues to investigate Ilsa’s late husband and what he finds could tear everything apart. I would like to see more from this show, what about you? Would you like it back for a third season?
Justified (FX): Season Premiere. Raylan ends up having to deal with another Harlan County crime family while trying to track down a wanted sex offender. Runs 67 minutes. Plays twice and again later. If you liked the first season of the show, then you’ll be sure to like what they’ve cooked up for season two. I’ve seen the first three episodes and they are all outstanding. Timothy Olyphant is great and we get to see more of the wonderful Natalie Zea (Dirty Sexy Money), but the thing to look out for is the introduction of Margo Martindale (Mercy, The Riches) as the head of the crime family mentioned above. If you don’t see her name pop up in the supporting actress categories come next awards season, it will be a travesty. While there is a serialized story being told, if you haven’t seen season one, you can still jump onboard and enjoy the show. Will you be watching tonight?
Throwdown With Bobby Flay (Food Network): Repeat. Bobby competes in a “Brownies” battle. Plays again later.
Throwdown With Bobby Flay (Food Network): New. Bobby competes in a “Mini Cup Cakes” battle. Plays again later.
Modern Family (ABC): New. Claire and Phil decide to resume some role-playing from the year before. Jay is trying to surprise Gloria, but things keep getting in the way. Runs 31 minutes.
Mr. Sunshine (ABC): Series Premiere. Matthew Perry (Friends) plays Ben, the manager of a multipurpose arena in San Diego. It’s his 40th birthday and while dealing with getting older he has to get the hockey rink ice melted so the circus can start setting up. Starts a minute after the half hour and runs 29 minutes. The show has a great cast that besides Perry also includes Allison Janney (The West Wing), James Lesure (Las Vegas), and Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted). This episode is trying to hard and fails to find the funny, but hopefully they will find it going forward. There is plenty of potential here beyond just the cast, as the type of venue in which it is set can allow the writers to create all kinds of wacky storylines and lots of guest starring potential. But, if it doesn’t improve fast, people are going to want their Cougar Town back in a hurry.
Blue Bloods (CBS): New. Danny and Jackie think that a girl’s druggie boyfriend may be behind her kidnapping. Things progress for Erin and her boss.
- Criminal Minds (CBS): New. The team goes to Los Angeles to investigate some weird murders. More about Prentiss’ past comes to light.
- Hot in Cleveland (TV Land): New. Joy gets with a younger man. Melanie is attempting to get a doctor to notice her. Plays again later.
- Restaurant: Impossible (Food Network): New. Robert works with the young owners of a restaurant in North Carolina to use more fresh ingredients and attract students from the nearby college. Plays again later.
- ESPN has doubleheader college basketball action.
- ESPN2 has tripleheader college basketball action.
- NBA TV doubleheader action with the Los Angeles Clippers at the New York Knicks followed by the Denver Nuggets at the Golden State Warriors.
- Being Erica (SOAPnet): New. Erica goes back to the time of her brother pledging a fraternity. Plays again tomorrow afternoon and Saturday morning.
- Fairly Legal (USA Network): Repeat. Last Thursday’s episode, “Benched,” replays.
- Lights Out (FX): Repeat. Last night’s episode, “The Comeback,” replays.
- Royal Pains (USA Network): Repeat. Last Thursday’s episode, “A History of Violins,” replays.
- Southland (TNT): Repeat. Last night’s episode, “Cop or Not,” replays.
Bravo has seven episodes of Top Chef: …
Oxygen has 10 episodes of Roseanne.
Syfy has 16 episodes of The Green Hornet early.
USA has 12 episodes of NCIS.