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What’s On: The Last Day of the 2010-2011 TV Season!

It’s finally here, the end of the TV season, the day before the world goes dark, sure there’s TV on in the summer, even great TV (I’m looking at you Breaking Bad) but for TV addicts like me, the summer is like Dark Ages, I have every intention of stooping to ABC Family’s level and watching their whole summer line-up (we’ll see – Switched At Birth looks awful). But tonight is the final night, the ABC comedies end their seasons along with the crowning of the 10th American Idol (Scotty right?). Here are our recommendations for tonight, Wednesday May 25 2011.

The Middle “Back To Summer” 8:00 on ABC

Brick, being the space cadet he is, is in danger of failing the third grade due to an assignment he let slip all year. ABC sucks so I don’t have a promo, just a wicked funny clip from the last episode with the great Atticus Schaffer.

Modern Family “The One That Got Away” 9:00 on ABC

While the second season wasn’t a grand slam like the first it was no slouch. My favourite episode of the season has to be when the kids walked in on Phil and Claire having sex, and triumphanly this season Luke has emerged as the standout from the cast (for me – we all got our faves right?). I happen to have a promo for the finale, but it’s mostly stock footage. 

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Cougar Town “Something Good Coming, parts 1 & 2” 9:30 – 10:30 on ABC

The hourlong Cougar finale finds the Cul-De-Sac crew heading to Hawaii. Travis, in a spin of depression, moves to Hawaii and the gang books a group Vacay to try and get him back. I have a feeling tonight will feature a Laurie/Travis hook-up that they’ve been hinting at all season (come on you’ve noticed it too). Personally, I can’t think of anything weirder but if it gives them a reason to legitimately call it Cougar Town again, I’m down. In lieu of a promo I give you my favourite Cougar Town scene of all time!

Happy Endings “The Shershow Redemption” 10:30 on ABC

The surprise of the year as far as I’m concerned. This series is smart, sharp and funny as hell. Wayans, Coupe, Wilson and Pally are standouts and while Knighton and Cuthbert aren’t comedians like the rest but they hold their own. I love this show, it’s pick-up was such a happy ending for the season (it was between this, Mr. Sunshine and Better With You for the one ABC bubble sitcom renewal spot).

American Idol Season 10 Finale 8:00 on FOX

Scotty or Lauren? Awful producer pimping aside I think Scotty’s got it in the bag.

South Park “Crack Baby Athletic Association” 10:00 on Comedy Central

Cartman starts an athletic association for babies born addicted to crack! A-mah-zing!

The Rest:

The Real World 10:00 on MTV – BOH-RING!

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior  10:00 on CBS – This shitty spin-off ends tonight.

Workaholics 10:30 on Comedy Central – I start this tonight, for the summer is no time to be picky.

Law & Order: LA 10:00 on NBC – I laugh at NBC for ever thinking this was a smart move.

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What’s On: Red John Thursday

There’s a lot of finale’s on tonight with the remaining series ending tonight; the star studded Office finale, a double dose of Parks and Recreation, Did Bones bone Booth?, the Shonda lady-doc finales, Big Bang and of course The Mentalist’s two hour Red John extravaganza. Here are our recommendations for tonight, Thursday May 18, 2011.

3rd Season Finale!
The Mentalist “Strawberries and Cream, parts 1 & 2” 9:00 on CBS

Like all season finales of The Mentalist tonight’s 2 hour finale focuses on Red John, the prolific serial killer that murdered Jane’s family. One recurring character is going to be named Red John’s accomplice and as if that wasn’t enough, Patrick Jane is going to come face to face with the big bad himself. The mystery of the mole inside CBI/murderer of cop-killer Todd Johnson has been one of the more interesting ongoing arcs on a procedural, but that’s always been the Mentalist’s strong point. Hints have pointed at CBI director Gale Bertram (guest star Michael Weston), in the episode Red Queen he quoted William Blake which Red John quoted to Jane in the during their encounter in the second season finale. I think that was a red herring and believe the mole to be Craig O’Laughlin (guest star Eric Winter), having him turn out to be the mole would be the most convenient way to free up Van Pelt for a reunion with Rigsby. 

4th Season Finale!
The Big Bang Theory “The Roommate Transmogrification” 8:00 on CBS

Bernadette receives her PhD making Howard the only one in the group who isn’t a doctor. Also Raj moves in with Sheldon after he hears Leonard soil Star Trek by role playing with Priya.

6th Season Finale!
Bones “The Change in the Game” 9:00 on FOX

The finale aired on one random Canadian network yesterday and I really enjoyed it. Bones and Booth go undercover on Max’s (Ryan O’Neal) bowling team to solve a murder. Meanwhile Angela goes into labour. The promo teases a huge bombshell and I can safely tell you it’s something you didn’t see coming. My jaw frikkin’ dropped (if you MUST know and you should really watch it, but if you MUST click here)

7th Season Finale!!!
Grey’s Anatomy “Unaccompanied Minor” 9:00 on ABC

It was one year ago that Grey’s changed the course of their downhill fate by capping off two horrible cloying season with a game changer, and while tonight’s finale will not pack the same punch the betrayal at the tail of the last episode is definitely a game changer. Meredith and Alex’s relationship has been so consistent, real and fun, I’ll be genuinely sad to see it gone. I can’t believe Alex narc’d on her… now I kinda don’t want him to be Chief Resident (and I totally did before, I have a feeling it’ll be Avery… or Yang). If the promo below is any indication McDreamy can’t handle being Mclied to. I hope he doesn’t leave for realsies – I thought the up and down of their relationship was dunzo. 

7th Season Finale!!!
The Office “The Search Committee, parts 1 & 2” 9:00 on NBC

Ray Romano, James Spader, Catharine Tate, Ricky Gervais, Will Arnett and Jim Carrey are all in contention for the vacant spot left by Michael Scott’s departure. Kathy Bates guest stars too. I have a feeling that season 8 will have a series of rotating bosses but you never know, they could hire from within, Andy and Darryl are both up for the job too. And don’t rule out any of the guest stars either, well except Arnett who’s new show is on NBC’s fall schedule and Romano who works full time on TNT’s Men of a Certain Age. I’d love if it was Gervais, but the Brent character is far too mean for this crew. Jim Carrey would be great too but he has a semi lucrative film career kinda so I’d doubt he’s stay on full time.

3rd Season Finale!

Parks & Recreation “The Bubble” & “L’il Sebastian” 10:00 on NBC

The best sitcom on NBC ends its shortened second season tonight. The delay between season two and three was excruciating, but I need not fret for season 4 which comes back in the fall (it’s 30 Rock that’s taking the pregnancy break this year). The first episode has everyone in the office unhappy with Chris’ new changes. Leslie is caught off guard when Ben has a meeting scheduled with her mother (guest star Pamela Reed). The second episode is about the death of a beloved character. Tom, tasked with setting up the funeral, makes a big life decision. GIVE ME 24 EPISODES NEXT SEASON NBC!!! Who’s Li’l Sebastian?

4th Season Finale! 
Private Practice “… to change the thing I can” 10:01 on ABC

Audra McDonald’s last episode as a series regular. Oceanside Wellness is threatened as are its doctors and they have to decide whether to fight to fix and save it or go their separate was. I’m gonna check in tonight, I normally don’t but I saw a season three Grey’s Anatomy ep and damn it I miss Addison. Another reason to tune in? Benjamin Bratt starts tonight before becoming a full fledged regular.

The Best:

American Idol 8:00 0n FOX – I hope Lauren Alaina goes home. Haley Reinhart killed Led Zeppelin.

Wipeout 8:00 on ABC – The last of the spring editions, summer wipeout comes soon. 

5th Season Finale
Rules of Engagement 8:30 on CBS – Next year this anchor’s saturday night. Saturday night? What is this? 1992 on NBC? If I want to watch sitcoms on saturday I’ll go back in time and check out Empty Nest and Golden Girls. 

Secret Diary of a Call Girl 10:30 on SHO – Secret Diary of I DONT CARE. NOT TONIGHT, SWEETHEART!


What’s On: Few Finale Wednesday!

It’s a relatively quiet night for TV, with ABC’s comedies ending next week, only a few series are ending tonight among them the latest cycle of ANTM, Criminal Minds and the soon to be Hargitay-free, Law and Order: SVU. Here’s the finale’s and the rest of what’s on tonight, Wednesday May 18, 2011.

16th Season Finale!
America’s Next Top Model
“Season Finale” 9:00 on CW

Who’s gonna win Molly or Brittani? That is the question on everyone’s mind, although the CW says that “disaster strikes for one of the models”… could be good…

6th Season Finale!
Criminal Minds
 “Supply & Demand” 9:00 on CBS

The discovery of two bodies in a trunk leads the BAU to a human trafficking ring, meanwhile the team faces budget cut and an uncertain future. Nicholas Brendan returns as Kevin Lynch, Garcia’s BF and AJ COOK RETURNS AS JJ JAREAU! 

12th Season Finale!
Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit “Smoked” 10:00 on NBC

Someone is dying tonight on SVU as the investigation into a purse snatching turned murder reveals something much more sinister. Imagine they killed of Stabler (Chris Meloni) that would be KA-RAAAZY!

The Rest:

American Idol 8:00 on FOX – The top three perform.

The Middle 8:00 on ABC – The Hecks try to cure Brick of his irrational Bridge fear. 

Minute To Win It 8:00 on NBC – Does this ever take a break? I feel like it’s on every day.

Modern Family 9:00 on ABC – Jay has a horrible botox incident and Cam wants Mitchell to stop making fun of him.

Cougar Town 9:31 on ABC – Jules gives Travis some tough love when she helps him with his breakup. Who else is bored with ANYTHING Travis?

Happy Endings 10:00 on ABC – Dave hunts down the guy that ruined his wedding.

South Park 10:00 on Comedy  Central -I’ll let the promo do all the talking. 

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 10:00 on CBS – maybe now that this is cancelled Janeane Garofalo can try a comedy. You know, cause she’s a comedienne.

The Real World 10:00 on MTV – Screw this, bring on Jersey Shore 3! 

Top Chef Masters 10:00 on BRAVO! – Hate this and I can’t stand Curtis Stone. 

Workaholics 10:30 on Comedy Central – I really will watch this someday. Maybe. Is it good? Anyone?

Happy Endings 10:30 on ABC – I have a-mah-zing news, we get two new eps of this new comedy tonight. Dave and Alex, proving they can co-exist go to a concert with the gang. I have a feeling these two episodes were holdovers from the beginning of the season.


FALL 2011: FOX’s Fall Schedule!

FOX was the second network to release their fall schedule and the biggest surprise was the essential cancellation of America’s Most Wanted. The series will remain alive in the form of specials, but John Walsh is apparently shopping the series around. 

House was pushed from 8 to 9 to make way for the more family friendly Terra Nova, the dinosaur series from Time Travel/Steven Spielberg. The Zooey Deschanel sitcom, The New Girl is being paired with Raising Hope on tuesdays and the Jaime Pressley sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter is slotted on wednesdays at 9:30.

It’s also clear Fox intends on not letting go of it’s wednesday/thursday musical stranglehold by scheduling Simon Cowell’s The X Factor in American Idol‘s slot for the fall before the ratings giant returns in 2012. 

Alcatraz, the JJ Abrams time-travel mystery series and the Bones spin-off The Finder  are set to launch in midseason.

The schedule’s below with new series bolded and midseason series are on the right od the slash. 

Monday
8:00 Terra Nova/House

9:00 House/Alcatraz

Tuesday
8:00 Glee

9:00 New Girl
9:30 Raising Hope

Wednesday
8:00 The X Factor/American Idol performance show

9:30 I Hate My Teenage Daughter

Thursday
8:00 The X Factor/American Idol results show

9:00 Bones/The Finder

Friday
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares

9:00 Fringe

Sunday 
7:30 The Cleveland Show
8:00 The Simpsons
8:30 Allen Gregory/Napoleon Dynamite
9:00 Family Guy

9:30 American Dad/Bob’s Burgers

Kiefer Sutherlands supernatural drama Touch and the sitcoms Family Album starring Mike O’Malley and Rachael Harris, and Little in Common with Rob Corddry set to launch sometime next spring. 

Here are the official synopses and trailers for FOX’s fall stock!

Terra Nova follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149, the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped and overcrowded, with the majority of plant and animal life extinct. The future of mankind is in jeopardy, and its only hope for survival is in the distant past. When scientists at the FERMI Particle Accelerator unexpectedly discovered a fracture in time that made it possible to construct a portal into primeval history, the bold notion was born to resettle humanity in the past – a second chance to rebuild civilization and get it right this time. The series centers on the Shannon family as they join the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first colony established in this beautiful yet foreboding land. JIM SHANNON (Jason O’Mara, “Life on Mars”), a devoted father with a checkered past, guides his family through this new world of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. Jim’s wife, ELISABETH (Shelley Conn, “Mistresses”), is a trauma surgeon and the newest addition to Terra Nova’s medical team. JOSH (Landon Liboiron, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”) is their 17-year-old son who is angry to leave life as he knows it behind; upon arriving at the settlement, he finds himself instantly drawn to the beautiful and rule-breaking SKYE (Allison Miller, “Kings”). MADDY (Naomi Scott, “Life Bites”), Josh’s endearingly awkward 15-year-old sister, hopes Terra Nova will give her a chance to reinvent herself. Although Elisabeth’s medical training secured the family a spot on the pilgrimage, a secret involving their five-year-old daughter, ZOE (newcomer Alana Mansour), soon endangers their place in this utopia. Upon the Shannons’ arrival, they are introduced to COMMANDER NATHANIEL TAYLOR (Stephen Lang, “Avatar”), the charismatic and heroic first pioneer and leader of the settlement. Taylor warns the travelers that while Terra Nova is a place of new opportunities and fresh beginnings, all is not as idyllic as it initially appears. Along with blue skies, towering waterfalls and lush vegetation, the surrounding terrain is teeming with danger – and not just of the man-eating dinosaur variety. There is also a splinter colony of renegades led by the battle-hardened MIRA (Christine Adams, “TRON: Legacy”), who is vehemently opposed to Taylor and his leadership. Even more threatening than what lies outside the protective walls of the colony is the chilling possibility that something sinister is happening inside Terra Nova. The Shannons will come to suspect that not everyone on this mission has the same idea of how to best save mankind; in fact, there may be forces intent on destroying this new world before it even begins.

Alcatraz! When San Francisco Police Department DET. REBECCA MADSEN (Sarah Jones, “Sons of Anarchy”) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: JACK SYLVANE (guest star Jeffrey Pierce, “The Nine”), a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, RAY ARCHER (Robert Forster, “Jackie Brown”), were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent EMERSON HAUSER (Sam Neill, “Jurassic Park”) tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, DR. DIEGO “DOC” SOTO (Jorge Garcia, “Lost”), to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The twosome discovers that Sylvane is not only alive, but he’s loose on the streets of San Francisco, leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since he was in Alcatraz, when the prison was ruled by the iron-fisted WARDEN EDWIN JAMES (Jonny Coyne, “Undercovers”) and the merciless ASSOCIATE WARDEN E.B. TILLER (Jason Butler Harner, “The Changeling”). Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Agent Hauser and his technician, LUCY BANERJEE (Parminder Nagra, “ER”), to stop Sylvane’s vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca’s own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won’t be the last prisoner to reappear from Alcatraz. Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Agent Hauser has known about the prison’s secret history and has been awaiting the prisoners’ return. Soto will witness his life’s work – the history of Alcatraz – come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiancé, JIMMY DICKENS (Santiago Cabrera, “Heroes”), at arm’s length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family’s past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from history’s most dangerous criminals.

The Finder Iraq war veteran WALTER SHERMAN (Geoff Stults, “She’s Out of My League”) gained a reputation while serving in the Army Military Police as someone who was very good at tracking down insurgents, deserters and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Unfortunately, Walter found one IED just moments before it found him. Two months later, when Walter woke from his coma, he earned an honorable discharge and returned home. His resulting brain damage from the explosion transformed him from someone skilled at recovering people and things into something much more extraordinary: a Finder. From the creator of the hit series BONES comes THE FINDER, the new one-hour procedural centering on a remarkable man who uses his unique gift to help others recover what they’ve lost. Walter may have left the military, but his reputation as a discreet professional who can unearth anything and anyone has been passed on to generals, politicians and other powerful figures. His first post-military assignment was to find the CIA head honcho’s missing daughter and bring her home. Walter did both, and since then has never been without an assignment. After settling in Key West, Walter met the beautiful and worldly IKE LATULIPPE (Saffron Burrows, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”), a woman with a mysterious past and many hidden skills. She tends bar at The Ends of the Earth, which also serves as a makeshift office and home base for Walter. Walter helped Ike escape a dangerous life, and for that, she is eternally grateful. Another island denizen dedicated to Walter is LEO KNOX (Michael Clarke Duncan, “The Green Mile”), once an obese lawyer who, after the deaths of his wife and children, completely reinvented himself into a gentle giant, philosopher and Walter’s legal advisor. Because of his skills, Walter is often asked to find a person or a thing that law enforcement either will not or cannot find. With the help of Ike and Leo, as well as a patchwork of indebted connections, he and his team ultimately find meaning in their own lives by finding something or someone other people have lost.(**The promo is just scenes from the Bones episode)

New Girl!  JESS DAY (Zooey Deschanel, “(500) Days of Summer”) is an offbeat and adorable girl in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn’t. Although she’s dorky and awkward, she’s comfortable in her own skin. More prone to friendships with women, she’s not used to hanging with the boys – especially at home. Of the three male roommates, NICK (Jake Johnson, “No Strings Attached”) is the most grounded. He had big plans for life, but somewhere along the way, he stopped caring and became a bartender. Usually the smartest guy in the room, he has an uncanny knack for reading people and uses humor to deflect everyone and everything. SCHMIDT (Max Greenfield, “Ugly Betty”) is a hustling young professional who fancies himself a modern-day Casanova. Though his heart is usually in the right place, he’s always scheming ways to climb the social ladder and is driven by an immature and almost obsessive urge to be on “the scene.” Viewing Jess as a gateway into the elusive female mind, as well as a personal project, Schmidt encourages the guys to bring Jess into the apartment. The third roommate, COACH (Damon Wayans Jr., “The Underground”), is a former high school athlete who currently makes his living as a personal trainer. Set in his ways and with a take-it-or-leave-it attitude to dating, Coach is most comfortable when he’s in the gym. Though he’ll never admit it, Coach’s macho athletic exterior is actually a cover for his shyness around women, and he struggles to translate his personal confidence into conversation, preferring to speak in sports metaphors – or not at all. Rounding out this group is Jess’ childhood best friend, CECE (Hannah Simone, “Beautiful People”), a deadpan, somewhat cynical model who blossomed after outgrowing her promiscuous adolescent years. She has the street smarts Jess lacks and spends a lot of time doling out no-nonsense relationship advice that only a professional model could give. She and Jess balance each other well and accept each other despite their faults, making Cece the perfect complement to Jess. As their relationships progress, the five friends come to realize they need each other more than they ever thought they would and end up forming a charmingly dysfunctional family.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter! ANNIE (Emmy Award winner Jaime Pressly, “My Name Is Earl”) and NIKKI (Tony Award winner Katie Finneran, “Wonderfalls”) are former high school outcasts whose pasts inform their current parenting styles. Annie, who was raised in an ultra-strict, über-religious household where she had little-to-no freedom, pretty much allows her daughter, SOPHIE (Kristi Lauren, “You”), to do whatever she wants. Nikki, once an unpopular, overweight social pariah, has reinvented herself as a pretty Southern belle whose top priority is providing her daughter, MACKENZIE (Aisha Dee, “Dead Gorgeous”), with the childhood she never had. Sophie and Mackenzie are also best friends, which leads to a lot of co-parenting for Annie and Nikki. They have given the girls everything they asked for and everything they never had: clothes, money and self-esteem. The unintended consequence is they have created two mean girls just like the ones who tortured them years ago. Sophie finds her mother embarrassing and mocks her at every opportunity, but she secretly needs her mom and knows that her behavior is not always appropriate. Mackenzie, on the other hand, is the more manipulative of the daughters – she knows how to work her mother’s insecurities to her benefit. Annie’s ex-husband, MATT (Eric Sheffer Stevens, “As The World Turns”), wants to be a good parent, but is too clueless to know what that even means. That leaves his brother, JACK (Kevin Rahm, “Desperate Housewives,” “Judging Amy”), an attractive, high-powered attorney, to serve as more of a father figure for Sophie. Jack’s meddling would annoy Annie more if she didn’t have such a crush on him. GARY (Chad Coleman, “The Wire”), Nikki’s ex, also tries to help raise his challenging daughter, but the couple’s complicated relationship often makes his involvement more difficult. As their daughters begin to experience their first high school dances and other life-changing teen events, Annie and Nikki are often reminded of their own tortured adolescent years. But when Sophie and Mackenzie’s mean-girl antics cross the line, the moms quickly realize that they must, for the first time, dole out some real punishment and fix what is broken. They have no idea how to do that, but they do know one thing: They can’t do it without each other.

Allen Gregory ALLEN GREGORY DE LONGPRE (Jonah Hill, “Superbad,” “Get Him to the Greek”) doesn’t see a child. He sees a young man who is intelligent, sophisticated, worldly, artistic and romantic – characteristics he inherited from his doting father, RICHARD (French Stewart “3rd Rock from the Sun”). The pair share an extraordinary father-son bond – a bond that is sometimes annoyingly interrupted by Richard’s life partner, JEREMY (Nat Faxon, “Reno 911!”), for whom Allen Gregory has minimal respect, if any at all. They live together in a stunning architectural loft, along with JULIE (Joy Osmanski, “Grey’s Anatomy”), Allen Gregory’s adopted Cambodian sister. Although Allen Gregory has allegedly composed operas, written novels and dated Chloë Sevigny, he’s about to embark on his greatest challenge yet: leaving the safety of his father’s homeschooling and attending elementary school with children his own age. His journey will be a struggle, not only with the other kids at school, but with the faculty as well. Whether it’s the all-out rivalry with GINA WINTHROP (guest voice Leslie Mann, “Funny People”), his by-the-book second grade teacher; his unique relationship with JUDITH GOTTLIEB (guest voice Renée Taylor, “How I Met Your Mother”), his 68-year-old principal; or his desperate desire to be best friends with JOEL ZADAK (guest voice Jake Johnson, “Get Him to the Greek”), the school’s popular stud, Allen Gregory has his work cut out for him. With the help of his trusty friend and assistant, PATRICK VANDERWEEL (Cristina Pucelli, “Finley the Fire Engine”); and the support of SUPERINTENDENT STEWART ROSSMYRE (Will Forte, “Saturday Night Live”), who believes the De Longpres are a tremendous asset to the school, Allen Gregory won’t have to get his hands too dirty. ALLEN GREGORY is about an outsider. And while he may put on a tough exterior, deep down, all Allen Gregory wants is to fit in. Well, that, and for Julie to run away and never be seen or heard from again. And Jeremy too.

Napoleon Dynamite The original cast from the film – Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Sandy Martin, Jon Gries and Diedrich Bader – will voice their characters in the series, and many new characters will be added along the way. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (Heder) is a 16-year-old boy convinced – for no apparent reason – that he is destined for greatness and blessed with unlimited “sweet abilities.” He spends his days practicing ninja moves, drawing ligers, soul dancing and bragging about his “girlfriend in Oklahoma” whom nobody has ever seen. Napoleon’s brother, KIP (Ruell), is an unemployed 32-year-old who lives at home and believes he would be an amazing catch for any girl who would respond to his online come-ons. The Dynamite brothers live with GRANDMA (Martin), a crusty woman who can often be found four-wheeling with her lady friends at the local sand dunes. Napoleon’s allies include PEDRO (Ramirez), his unflappable best friend who has recently been elected class president; and DEB (Majorino), an incredibly sweet girl who sees the good in Napoleon and dreams of someday being his wife. Napoleon’s UNCLE RICO (Gries) lives out of an orange custom van, where he obsesses over his botched high school football career and dreams up ways to become rich and famous. Then there’s REX KWON DO (Bader), a self-proclaimed martial-arts master who runs the local dojo.
 


What’s On: Thursday’s Season Finales!

A few finales, some character death, and a double dose of Parks and Recreation. May is pretty much my favorite month so far (at least until Sept when all my babes come back to me) Here are our recommendations for tonight, Thursday May 12, 2011.

What’s Hot:

Second Season Finale Alert!
Community “For a Few Paintballs More” 8:00 on NBC

Last weeks “A Fistful of Paintballs” was one of Community’s strongest efforts yet, it was the perfect followup to last years masterpiece Modern Warfare. The use of Paintball to explore and parodize sub genres within the Action genre is genius. We ended last week with that crazy Ice Cream lady sending in commandos to take out everyone so no one can claim the $100,000 prize. If the 30 second promo is any indication, this will be momentous, and I’m not talking about the Magnatude cameo. POP POP!

Second Season Finale Alert!
The Vampire Diaries “As I Lay Dying” 8:00 on CW

Last week was truly a bloodbath, and Jeremy and Elena were effectively left with no parents as Aunt Jenna and Uncle John (Elena’s biological father) died. We last left Damon with his Tyler inflicted wolf bite slowly infecting him and killing him as surely as it did Rose (Lauren Cohan). I’m more interested in seeing how the plot with Caroline and her mother Sherriff Forbes (Marguerite McIntyre) turns out.

11th Season Finale Alert!
CSI “In A Dark, Dark, House” 9:00 on CBS

Langston comes face to face with the Dick and Jane Killer, Nate Haskell (Bill Irwin) and someone is gonna lose their life. My bet is on Conrad Ecklie kicking the bucket, (Elizabeth Harnois joins full time next season as his daughter), or Langston’s wife (guest star Tracee Elise Ross)

First Season Finale Alert!
Nikita “Pandora” 9:00 on CW

Since the mid season rejiggering the series while gaining a little focus has lost the grittiness that made this series unique. Actually it’s quite lame now, it has been since Michael and Nikita got together. It’s been a rough first season and while the series is still on the bubble, advance word is that it’s poised for a renewal over Hellcats and that teh season two pitch meeting with the network executives went really, really well. I’m hoping for a good cliffhanger to keep me going until the fall. Check out a promo for tonight.

Bones “The Hole in the Heart” 9:00 on FOX

Booth goes up against sniper Jacob Broadsky (guest star Arnold Vosloo) and someone loses their life in the battle. SPOILER ALERT**(Hart Hanson told TVline that the victim is a beloved recurring, and is therefor likely Vincent Nigel Murray played by Ryan Cartwright as he’s the only recurring listed on the press release. I don’t know what’ll have people talking more, the character death or the fact that it looks like after many years of “will they” or “wont they” they will. Also Tina Majorino (Veronica Mars, Big Love) guest stars.

Parks and Recreation “The Fight” & “Road Trip” 9:30 & 10:00 on NBC

Oh Frabjous Day! NBC, in an effort to have all their series end around the same time is unloading two episodes tonight and two next week. First, when Ann is offered a government job by Leslie but seems less than enthused, Leslie takes offense commencing their first fight since becoming friends. Meanwhile Tom invited everyone to the Snake Lounge for the premiere for his new drink Snake Juice. The second episode, called ‘Road Trip’ has Chris sending Ben and Leslie to Indianapolis. Watching thses two comic pros try and deny their feelings will be pure joy. Also in the second episode, Ron teaches a new student about his views on government. Since NBC is a big ass I don’t have promos, just some of the best clips from the last few weeks.

The Rest:

American Idol 8:00 on FOX – Are Randy and J. Lo trying to sabotage Haley? I’m glad homegirl fought back a little last night.

The Big Bang Theory 8:00 on CBS – Howard tells his mother he’s engaged to a shiksa. You can imagine how she’ll react..

Wipeout 8:00 on ABC – Ugh.

Rules of Engagement 8:30 on CBS – Classic Sitcom Trope #56: Wife makes more than husband, effectively emasculating him.

Grey’s Anatomy 9:00 on ABC – The fight for chief resident takes some shocking turns as one doc betrays another.

The Office 9:00 on NBC – Episode Title: Dwight K Schrute, (Acting) Manager. Sounds good, but for the last few years Dwight’s plots have gone from odd to increasingly over the top. I have a feeling this will follow in that trend.

The Mentalist 10:00 on CBS – Tonight’s ep is a lighter one before the two hour season finale that will bring the season long arc of who’s Red John’s mole inside the CBI and the murderer of Red John friend and cop killer Todd Johnson.

Private Practice 10:01 on ABC – Orphaned Betsy shows up at the ER leaving Oceanside asking questions about her foster care.

That’s the haps for tonight, check back tomorrow for more TV goodness!


What’s On: Better With Wednesday!

Survivor: Redemption Island “Too Close For Comfort” 8:00 on CBS

I’m not crazy about the concept of 8 people going into the finale on Sunday, I have a feeling who ever reenters the game from Redemption Island will go automatically to the top three which I DONT like. But a more important question; can Boston Rob win this?

Better With You “Better With The Baby” 8:30 on ABC

A much better show than it’s given credit for. The cast (with the exception of Jake Lacey, who’s getting better) is exceptional, I’m especially enamoured with Jennifer Finnigan’s Maddie. It’s the lowest rated of ABC’s wednesday comedies (it’s also the only one with a laugh track) and if FOX’s recent culling of bubble series is any indication of trends to come Better fans should worry.

South Park “Royal Pudding” 10:00 on Comedy Central

South Park skewers the Royal Wedding when The Prince of Canada marries and but the princess gets kidnapped before the wedding and all the Canadians (including Ike) take on the mission to rescue the princess. 

The Rest:

American Idol 8:00 on FOX – For some reason whenever it gets this low I can barely force myself to care. 

The Middle 8:00 on ABC – The Prom.

Minute To Win It 8:00 on NBC – Also the prom. 

America’s Next Top Model 9:00 on CW – Tyra gives me nightmares.

Criminal Minds 9:00 on CBS – The BAU hunts a serial killer. I swear.

Modern Family 9:00 on ABC – It’s been good recently but has it been great?

Breaking In 9:30 on FOX – This was just cancelled. Both Harrison and Slater are 0 for 3. 

Cougar Town 9:31 on ABC – Jules helps Travis get over his broken heart. 

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 10:00 on CBS – The Red Cell hunts a serial killer. 

Happy Endings 10:00 & 10:30 on ABC – I REALLY hope this makes the cut for next year. 

Workaholics 10:30 on Comedy Central – I might actually try watching this soon. 


FOX GOES AXE CRAZY! FALL 2011 LINE-UP TAKING SHAPE!

FOX has been making decisions left right and center and it’s fall line up is really taking shape. Let’s start off with the bad news. 

Lie To Me, Human Target, Traffic Light, Breaking In & The Chicago Code have been axed.

Christian Slater is 0 for 3 in 3 years. Breaking In, the freshman comedy starring Bret Harrison, Odette Annable and Michael Rosenbaum has been cancelled. And Shawn Ryan, The Chicago Code’s EP, is 0 for 2 in one year, Hitfix.com reported exclusively that The Chicago Code would not be returning for a second season. Traffic Light, one of the better relationship series to emerge from the recent outpouring has also been axed. It airs its last episode next week.

Human Target, despite adding Indira Varma and Janet Montgomery for it’s second season has been denied a third season. That’s like 3 billion in 10 years for Chi McBride.

Lie To Me, probably my favourite series of the bunch, was the one I was hoping would make it through. I really loved Tim Roth’s wild performance, but I suppose it’s third season was it’s gift. It looks like this year Fox spared no charity. 

Still no word on Fox’s other bubble series Bob’s Burgers.

House Renewed for (likely final) 8th Season!

On the heels of contract renewals for Omar Epps and Robert Sean Leonard, House has been renewed. Hugh Laurie, Olivia Wilde and Peter Jacobson are all set for next season. Lisa Edelstein and Jesse Spencer have yet to ink contracts. Oh an also in a move that surprised no one…

Bones Renewed for 7th Season!

and 

Bob’s Burgers Renewed for 2nd Season!

So to recap

IN: Glee, Fringe, Bones, House, Raising Hope, American Idol, Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and the 5 sunday animated comedies. 

OUT: Lie To Me, Human Target, The Chicago Code,  Traffic Light, Breaking In.

Fox orders Alcatraz, The Finder, The New Girl & I Hate My Teenage Daughter to Series. 

JJ Abrams time travel series starring Jorge Garcia (Hurley on Lost), Parminder Nagra (ER’s ), Sarah Jones (Sons of Anarchy above with Garcia), Santiago Cabrera Alcatraz got picked up to series along with the Zooey Deschanel comedy The New Girl, I Hate My Teenage Daughter starring Jamie Pressley and Finder, the Bones spin-off that had it’s backdoor pilot a few weeks ago. 

Still in contention for a pick-up is Ethan Hawke’s CIA series Exit Strategy and Keifer Sutherland’s supernatural procedural Touch.