News & Notes
Over on cable, Bravo has a Top Chef: All-Stars reunion special, Comedy Central has the series premiere of Workaholics, Discovery Channel has the ninth spring season premiere of MythBusters, DIY has the second season premiere of Money Hunters, E! has a True Hollywood Story: Charlie Sheen special, HGTV has the fourth season premiere of Income Property, History has a Weird Warfare special, Lifetime has the series premiere of Glamour Belles, Oxygen has the series premiere of Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings, and TLC has the series premiere of Extreme Couponing.
In late night, Bravo has the third season premiere of Top Chef Masters.
Chopped: All-Stars (Food Network): Repeat. The “All-Stars Tournament: Grand Finale” episode from this past Sunday replays. Plays again later.
Modern Family (ABC): Repeat. The “Unplugged” episode from earlier this season replays, where the Dunphys are trying to abstain from all electronic devices for a week.
Breaking In (FOX): Series Premiere. The head of a security firm recruits a new hacker for his team. The firm tests the security of their clients by trying to break in and exploit any holes they may have. Stars Bret Harrison (Reaper), Odette Annable formerly Yustman (October Road), Jennifer Irwin (Still Standing), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, and Christian Slater (My Own Worst Enemy). Plays after a 90 minute American Idol and runs 30 minutes. I loved this episode and next week’s episode isn’t too shabby either. It has a great premise that leaves the door open for all kinds of wacky shenanigans, as they prepare to break into all kinds of places and for all kinds of reasons. It’s kind of like Leverage meets The Office. The cast is fantastic, especially Slater. He is perfect in this role. Overall, there has been a severe dearth of funny in this TV season’s crop of new comedies, so it nice to come across one that feels fresh and actually made me laugh multiple times throughout. I’ll allow it.
Justified (FX): New. Boyd figures out what is going down with all the land Mags and the coal company are fighting over. Coover gets jealous of Loretta McCready. Some serious stuff goes down and Raylan is right in the middle of it. Can’t wait to see how the events of this episode drive the remainder of the season. What a fantastic season thus far. Runs 63 minutes. Plays twice and again later.
- Criminal Minds (CBS): New. The team continues to deal with the loss of Prentiss while tracking a killer in Tampa.
- MythBusters (Discovery Channel): Spring Premiere. The gang looks into a misdirection myth and some firearms tests are conducted. Plays again later.
- Workaholics (Comedy Central): Series Premiere. Three recent college graduates working for a telemarketing firm have yet to give up their hard partying ways and grow up. They attempt to find some clean urine when they find out the company is drug testing everyone and they had forgot it was that day. This would fall into that dearth of new comedies that are funny premiering this TV season that I mention above. I did not laugh once, barely got a smile. This is a big miss for me. I’d rather watch Mad Love episodes on a loop than partake of this again and that show is terribly unfunny. I think you may actually need to be as high as the characters to find this funny at all.
- ESPN has doubleheader NBA action with the Milwaukee Bucks at the Miami Heat followed by the Los Angeles Lakers at the Golden State Warriors.
- ESPN2 has Wednesday Night Baseball MLB action with the Minnesota Twins at the New York Yankees.
- Being Erica (SOAPnet): New. Erica and Adam try to deal with their feelings. Adam remembers a repressed memory from his family’s past. Plays again tomorrow afternoon and Saturday morning.
- Lights Out (FX): Repeat. Last night’s series finale episode, “War,” replays.
Bravo has 10 episodes of Top Chef Masters.
Oxygen has 16 episodes of Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.
USA has 10 episodes of NCIS.