What’s On: Desperately Good Sunday

Everything is DESPERATELY GOOD tonight, HBO, AMC, USA premeries and of course Season 7 of ABC’s long running and still capable hit Desperate Housewives which begins our recommendations for tonight, Sunday May 1 2011.

The Best:

Desperate Housewives “I’ll Swallow Poison on Sunday”9:00 on ABC

Desperate Housewives’ Season 7 has really been a treat for fans. There’s the multiple season long arcs dating back to the first season – which is 12 years ago in Desperate time – I’ve loved Paul’s (Mark Moses) revenge scheme, which has over the course of the season turned into Felicia Tillman’s (Harriet Sansom Harris) revenge scheme. The 12 year old death and cover-up of Carlos’ mother Juanita by the Van de Kamps has really given Bree and Gaby an some oomph in the tail of the season and is giving them way better material than the other ladies, it’s always been said this show is at it’s best when the housewives are at play. And lets not forget the addition of Vanessa Williams which was a stroke of brilliance – she may be underused but she’s been a joy to watch all season. Tonight has Gaby and the kids living with Bree (!)  and introduces new series regular Jonathan Cake as Det. Chuck Vance, his contract is to guest in the last few episodes and be a regular next season – though the series has yet to be officially picked up for season 8, it’s just a matter of hammering out contracts at this time. Check out the promos and clips for tonight’s episode below! There’s sooooo many!

The only animated series on Fox, as the Seth McFarlane trio that should have aired tonight were a three-way crossover with a tornado at the center of it, in light of the events in the southern US Fox will air those episodes in the fall. 

The Simpsons “The Real Housewives of Fat Tony” 8:00 on FOX

Tonight, Selma Bouvier-Terwilliger-Hutz-McClure-Stu-Simpson ads another last name when she marries Fat Tony and turns into a bitchy housewife. Fat Tony (frequent guest star Joe Mantegna) flies the family out to the jersey shore for a bitch-tervention.

Game of Thrones “Lord Snow” 9:00 on HBO

One of the most expensive and ambitious efforts HBO has ever undertaken and in such a short time has proven its worth; it’s TV gold. Tonight, Catelynn, reeling from the botched assassination of her son digs deeper into the his accident and the conspiracy of the Lannisters. Jon Snow, fresh on the wall gets his skills tested much to the amusement of Tyrion Lannister (the amazing Peter Dinklage) and Ned acclimates his kids to his new location. It’s as great as Entourage is terrible.

Season 10 Premiere Alert!

Law and Order: Criminal Intent “Rispetto” 9:00 on USA

CI begins its tenth and final season on USA tonight. Vincent D’Onofrio is back, so is Katherine Erbe. Unquestionably the series’ stars, though the ranks have included Chris Noth, Saffron Burrows and Jeff Goldblum, they left in the season nine premiere which had Eames (Erbe) firing Goren (D’Onofrio) and then quitting herself. 

Season Premiere Alert!

In Plain Sight “The Art of the Steal” 10:00 on USA

One of the better shows on USA much due to the two really strong leads. Mary McCormack is top notch as Mary Shannon, her comic timing is near perfect and she’s mastered Mary Shannon’s ballsy meets wacky. She’s got great chemistry with Fred Weller, who’s equally fun as Marshall the Marshall. Light, breezy, nice TV for a spring sunday. 

The Killing  “What You Have Left” 10:00 on AMC

I am OB-SESSED with the Killing. I spend whole commutes to work trying to decipher the web of clues, think beyond – try to see the big picture and I’m stymied. At the same time I’m entranced by the world of the murder and the effect Rosie Larsen’s death is having on the the world small; the Larsen family, and big; the mayoral campaign. I still have a feeling this has to do with the Mayor’s waterfront project. And maybe Jamie did it.

Treme “Everything I do gonh be funky” 10:00 on HBO

Last weeks season 2 premiere made me laugh, cry, squirm and continue to marvel at the fact that HBO stands behind quieter but none the less equally masterful television. I’m really interested to see where Jon Seda’s developer storyline heads and I’m all for the David Morse’s addition to the regular cast. And of course Treme’s strongest asset is it’s soundtrack, the infectious New Orleans Jazz that fills the series with it’s breath was back in full force in season 2. Check out this nifty HBO featurette “Behind the Song”

The Rest:

The Amazing Race 8:00 on CBS – I was sad to see the cowboys go – anyone else feeling a Jen and Kisha win?

America’s Next Great Restaurant 8:00 on NBC – The first season ends tonight, and my belly hopes Jamawn’s Soul Daddy wins – but I have a feeling it’s gonna be Spice Coast. 

Extreme Makeover Home Edition 8:00 on ABC – To weepy for nice spring days.

Celebrity Apprentice 9:00 on NBC – Tune in for Nene Leakes vs. Star Jones.

Army Wives 9:00 on Lifetime  -Returns from it’s mini hiatus.

Undercover Boss 9:00 on CBS – The chancellor of UC Riverside goes undercover in the second season finale. 

Breakout Kings 10:00 on A&E – Lots of fun and definitely worth 45 minutes of your time. Criminal Minds but lighter and less morbid. But still with plenty of action and gratuitous violence. 

The Borgias 10:00 on Showtime – It may have a good cast, beautiful sets and costumes and an academy award winning writer, but The Borgias is a snoozefest. 

Brothers and Sisters 10:01 on ABC – I just found out today that Sarah is not William Walker’s child? The drama NEVER ENDS. Hopefully ABC will end it for them in a few weeks. 

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