News & Notes
Over on cable, Food Network has the ninth season finale of Throwdown With Bobby Flay and Showtime has the series premiere of The Franchise.
Cougar Town returns with new episodes next week.
Throwdown With Bobby Flay (Food Network): Repeat. Bobby competes in a “Pie” contest. Plays again later.
Throwdown With Bobby Flay (Food Network): Season Finale. Bobby competes in a “Baked Alaska” battle. Plays again later.
Modern Family (ABC): New. Cameron goes overboard planning the spring musical at Luke and Manny’s school. Jay’s brother comes for a visit. Phil wants his family to be in his ad. Runs 31 minutes.
Breaking In (FOX): New. The team is sent to test the security of an old woman’s home and steal something from her safe. @Alyssa_Milano guest-stars. Follows a 90 minutes American Idol. I just really like this show. While it’s an office comedy at its core, it feels completely different than what we’ve been getting for half hour comedies this TV season, for the most part. I didn’t love this episode as much as last week’s premiere, but I see so much potential here. The only other new comedy I’ve felt similar about in its first couple episodes this season was Raising Hope.
Justified (FX): New. Raylan and Winona are trying to figure out what they are going to do after recent events. Boyd decides on his new path. The Bennetts set the new plan for the family. Runs 61 minutes. Plays twice and again later. This is just another fantastic episode. Very dialogue driven up until the end and sets things up for the events of next week’s episode, which is even better than this week. The season continues to build episode after episode and I can’t wait to see how the season ends, which is just three episodes away after tonight.
- Criminal Minds (CBS): New. The team is tracking a stalker in San Diego.
- MythBusters (Discovery Channel): New. A movie myth and “Blue Ice” are investigated. Plays again later.
- Happy Endings (ABC): Series Premiere. Two episodes play tonight. In the “Pilot,” a group of friends tries to figure things out after another in the group leaves one of them at the altar. In the second, Dave starts seeing a woman and it quickly turns into a relationship that he doesn’t want. I’ve seen the first four episodes of this show and just like other recent comedies Mr. Sunshine and Mad Love, I was left wanting. Wanting to laugh that is. Once again, a likeable cast attempting to be funny and very seldom succeeding. It’s an unfunny Friends that has Rachel leaving Ross at the altar in the first episode and combines Chandler and Joey into one character that is gay. It’s possible that after 15 episodes or so that they finally find there footing like a Parks & Recreation, but don’t think it will get a chance to do so. Yet, people keep watching Mr. Sunshine, so who knows.
- ESPN has doubleheader NBA action with the New Orleans Hornets at the Dallas Mavericks followed by the Memphis Grizzlies at the Los Angeles Clippers.
- ESPN2 has Wednesday Night Baseball MLB action with the Philadelphia Phillies at the Washington Nationals.
- Being Erica (SOAPnet): New. Erica gets a true look at what the holidays mean. Plays again tomorrow afternoon and Saturday morning. Next week is the third season finale. The series has been picked up for a fourth season.
- Justified (FX): Repeat. Last week’s episode, “Brother’s Keeper,” replays.
Bravo has 10 episodes of Million Dollar Listing.
Oxygen has 11 episodes of Roseanne early.
USA has 10 episodes of NCIS.