What to Watch Tonight: Desperate Housewives, Army Wives, The Killing Series Premiere & More

by Jason the TVaholic on April 3, 2011

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News & Notes

Get Army Wives Season 3 on DVD at AmazonTonight, CBS has The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Over on cable, AMC has the series premiere of The Killing, E! has the first season finale of Kourtney & Kim Take New York and the second season finale of Holly’s World, Food Network has the second season premiere of Last Cake Standing, HBO has a Game of Thrones preview, Reelz has the miniseries premiere of The Kennedys, Showtime has the series premiere of The Borgias, TLC has the second season premiere of Strange Sex, and Travel Channel has the second season premiere of Bert the Conqueror special.

In late night, Adult Swim has the second season premiere of SuperJail!.

Prime Picks

America’s Next Great Restaurant (NBC): New. There are seven teams left and tonight they have to create the image of the restaurant with uniforms and a photo shoot.

The Killing (AMC): Series Premiere. A teen girl disappears and ends up murdered and the investigation takes place over the course of 13 episodes. The series follows two detectives as they investigate, the parents of the girl and a politician. It is set in my hometown of Seattle, yet was filmed in Vancouver, B.C. Cast includes Mireille Enos (Big Love), Michelle Forbes (Battlestar Galactica), and Billy Campbell (The 4400). Runs two hours. Plays three times. I haven’t seen this yet, but everything I’ve seen and read about it has me really looking forward to it.

Solid Selections

The Simpsons (FOX): Repeat. The “Lisa’s First Word” episode replays, where the family is reminiscing about what Lisa’s first word was while trying to teach Maggie to talk. Runs 30 minutes.

Desperate Housewives (ABC): New. Paul is trying to keep his dead wife’s kidney from going to Susan. Tom passes on a great job opportunity to continue working with Carlos. Runs 61 minutes.

Body of Proof (ABC): New. An interracial couple is found dead in a car and it looks like a murder suicide, until coroner’s office finds evidence that suggests otherwise. Starts a minute after the hour and runs 59 minutes. Liked the “Pilot,” but haven’t seen this episode. Yet, have seen the next two. So, what I can tell you is good, don’t know, bad, and good.

Other Option

  • Army Wives (Lifetime): New. Everyone makes some drastic decisions in the wake of recent events. Plays again later.
  • The Borgias (Showtime): New. Jeremy Irons plays Rodrigo Borgia who was elected to become Pope in 1492 by way of all sorts of corruption. The way he became Pope and being Spanish left him without many friends and put his family in constant danger. Runs 100 minutes. Plays twice. Lots of stuff happens in the first two episodes that play tonight, but nothing that made me want to continue watching. The costumes are great and the performances are good, but all the deceit, murder and whatnot left me flat. It was all just too much and with nobody to really root for or get behind, I don’t see myself keeping up with this one.
  • Breakout Kings (A&E): New. A woman that stabbed her husband 48 times escapes. Plays twice and again later twice. The previous episode replays earlier in the day.
  • Chopped: All-Stars (Food Network): Finale. Part five of this five part special has 16 celebrity chefs taking the Chopped challenge to win $50,000 for their favorite charity. Plays again later. The previous four parts replay right before.
  • Mildred Pierce (HBO): New. Part Three. Mildred continues forward with her restaurant after the death of her youngest. Veda gets a new piano teacher. Mildred finally gets into it with Monty. Based on the novel by James M. Cain. Runs 75 minutes following a 15 minute Game of Thrones preview. Plays again later. Once again, I think it is a great recreation of the times, costumes and performances, but incredibly boring. What did you think of last week’s premiere?

Sports Notes

  • ABC has doubleheader NBA action with the Phoenix Suns at the San Antonio Spurs followed by the Denver Nuggets at the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • ESPN has the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four games.
  • ESPN2 has Sunday Night Baseball MLB action with the San Francisco Giants at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • FOX has NASCAR racing action with the Sprint Cup: Goody’s Fast Relief 500.
  • NBC has NHL action followed by PGA Tour coverage.

TV Marathons

A&E has five episodes of Criminal Minds tonight.
Food Network has five episodes of Chopped: All-Stars tonight.
Oxygen has 18 episodes of Snapped.
Syfy is playing the four hour Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers miniseries, the eight hour Stephen King’s The Stand miniseries and the six hour Stephen King’s The Langoliers miniseries.
TNT has eight episodes of Law & Order early.
USA has six episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
WE tv has six episodes of Bridezillas early followed by five episodes of My Fair Wedding With David Tutera.

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