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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!


FALL 2011: ABC’s Fall Schedule!

Today it was ABC’s turn to be the belle of the fall ball. 

The biggest shock is that Cougar Town is being held till midseason in favour of Happy Endings and the new comedy Suburgatory starring Jeremy Sisto.  

Also surprising is Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s move from sunday to friday, with the fairy tale serialized drama Once Upon A Time taking it’s pre Desperate Housewives spot with the period drama Pan Am in Brother’s and Sister’s old slot. 

ABC is putting an hour long comedy block at the 8 pm Tuesday slot that No Ordinary Family held last year. Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing and Man Up from Chris Moynihan. Chris Moynihan is responsible for NBC’s 100 Questions, one of the worst sitcoms ever forged so I’ll be shocked if Man Up lasts very long. Seriously 100 Questions was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. 

Revenge, a monte cristo-esque drama that takes place in the Hamptons will air wednesday at 10 where ABC hasn’t had a successful hourlong in years and ABC’s most buzzed about pilot the reboot of Charlie’s Angels, will anchor thursday at 8 pm. 

Take a look at the schedule below, new series are bolded.

Monday
8:00 Dancing With The Stars
10:00 Castle

Tuesday
8:00 Last Man Standing 

8:30 Man Up
9:00 Dancing with the Stars results

10:00 Body of Proof 

Wednesday
8:00 The Middle

8:30 Suburgatory
9:00 Modern Family
9:30 Happy Endings
10:00 Revenge

Thursday8:00 Charlie’s Angels
9:00 Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 Private Practice

Friday
8:00 Extreme Makeove: Home Edition

9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20

Sunday
7:00 America’s Funniest Home Videos

8:00 Once Upon A Time
9:00 Desperate Housewives

10:00 Pan Am

Good Christian Belles, Missing, The River, Scandal, Work It and  Apt. 23 are being held till midseason and remain unscheduled. 

Here are official synopses and trailers for what ABC has to offer.

CHARLIE’S ANGELS! Everyone deserves a second chance — even a thief, a street racer and a cop who got in a little too deep. After all, the three women who solve cases for their elusive boss, Charlie Townsend, are no saints. They’re angels… Charlie’s Angels. Set in Miami, this fun, glamorous, action-packed take on the 1970s smash hit series introduces us to three new angels, all fearless detectives, head-turning beauties and close friends. There’s Abby (Rachael Taylor), a Park Avenue princess who became a world-class thief. Then there’s Kate (Annie Ilonzeh), a Miami cop who fell from grace, losing both her career and her fiancé. Finally there’s Gloria, a disgraced army lieutenant who has a way with explosives. When one of the angels’ missions ends in Gloria’s tragic death, Charlie persuades them to partner with Gloria’s childhood friend, Eve (Minka Kelly), a street racer with a mysterious past. They may not know each other yet, but one thing’s for sure — Abby, Kate and Eve will always have each others’ backs.

REVENGE! Wealth, beauty and status define the people in this town, but one woman is willing to destroy everyone for the sake of revenge. Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) is new to the Hamptons. She’s met some of her wealthy neighbors, has made a few new friends and seemingly blends into the town. But something is a little odd about a young girl living in a wealthy town all on her own, and the truth is that Emily isn’t exactly new to the neighborhood. In fact, this was once her old neighborhood, until something bad happened that ruined her family and their reputation. Now Emily is back, and she’s returned to right some of those wrongs in the best way she knows how – with a vengeance.

Co-starring is with Van Camp (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Everwood”), Madeleine Stowe (“12 Monkeys,” “The Last of the Mohicans”), Gabriel Mann (“The Bourne Identity”), Henry Czerny (“Mission: Impossible,”), Ashley Madekwe (“Secret Diary of a Call Girl”), Nick Wechsler (“Roswell”), Josh Bowman (“Prowl”), Christa B. Allen (“13 Going on 30”) & Connor Paolo (“Gossip Girl”).

PAN AM! In this modern world, air travel represents the height of luxury and Pan Am is the biggest name in the business. The planes are glamorous, the pilots are rock stars and the stewardesses are the most desirable women in the world. Not only are these flyboys and girls young and good looking, but to represent Pan Am they also have to be educated, cultured and refined. They’re trained to handle everything from in-air emergencies to unwanted advances – all without rumpling their pristine uniforms or mussing their hair. There’s Dean (Jonah Lotan) – a cocky, charismatic and ambitious new pilot – the first of a new breed not trained in the war. On the sly against company policy, he’s dating Bridget, a stunning beauty with a mysterious past. A rebellious bohemian, Maggie (Christina Ricci) turns into a buttoned up professional for work so she can see the world. Rounding out the crew are flirtatious Collette (Karine Vanasse), the adventurous Kate (Kelli Garner) and, finally, Laura (Margot Robbie) – Kate’s beauty queen younger sister, a runaway bride, who recently fled a life of domestic boredom to take to the skies. Michael Mosley also stars.


GOOD CHRISTIAN BELLES! Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), once the ultimate high school “mean girl,” is forced to return home in disgrace after her marriage ends in scandal. Amanda is nothing like the girl she was 20 years ago, but as her old classmates reacquaint themselves with the new Amanda, will her home town welcome her with open arms or seek revenge? No one in this town is a saint, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a heart. As Amanda and her teenage kids try to adjust to their new lives, the ladies from her past alternate between sympathy and scheming.

“Good Christian Belles” stars Leslie Bibb (“Iron Man”), Kristin Chenoweth (“Pushing Daisies”) Annie Potts (“Law and Order: SVU”), Jennifer Aspen (“Glee”), Miriam Shor (“Damages”), Marisol Nichols (“24”), Brad Beyer (“Jericho”) , Mark Deklin (“Lone Star”) & David James Elliott (“JAG”).
 

THE RIVER! Famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) went looking for magic deep in the uncharted Amazon and never returned. The shocking truth about his disappearance is out there, somewhere, just waiting to be discovered. To the millions of kids who grew up watching his nature show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To his own son, Lincoln (Joe Anderson), he was more of an enigma. Now, six months after he vanished, Lincoln is finally ready to bury the past when Dr. Cole’s emergency beacon suddenly goes off. At the urging of his mother, Tess (Leslie Hope), Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole’s cagey ex-producer, Clark (Paul Blackthorne), film the mission documentary-style. The mixed crew of old friends and new acquaintances includes the sexy and resourceful Lena (Eloise Mumford), loyal mechanic Emilio (Daniel Zacapa) and lethal bodyguard Captain Kurt Brynildson (Thomas Kretschmann). Paulina Gaitan and Shaun Parkes also star.

 

SCANDAL! A former media relations consultant to the President, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) dedicates her life to protecting and defending the public images of our nation’s elite. After leaving the White House, the power consultant opened her own firm, hoping to start a new chapter — both professionally and personally — but she can’t seem to completely cut ties with her past. Slowly it becomes apparent that her staff, who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, can’t quite fix the ones closest at hand — their own.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington (“Ray”), Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost”), Columbus Short (“Stomp the Yard”), Guillermo Diaz (“Half-Baked”), Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes (Easy Money), Tony Goldwyn (“Ghost”) & Jeff Perry (“Grey’s Anatomy”).
 

LAST MAN STANDING! Tim Allen returns to ABC in this new comedy from Jack Burditt (“30 Rock”). Men may have built civilizations, invented the locomotive and created ESPN, but they’re about to find out that it’s not a man’s world anymore. You can’t get manlier than Mike Baxter. He’s the marketing director for an iconic outdoor sporting goods store, he loves to have adventures while he’s traveling for work and, of course, he drives a pick-up truck. While Mike is king of the hill at work, he’s the odd man out in a home that is dominated by women — namely his wife, Vanessa, and their three daughters, 22- year-old Kristin, 17-year-old Mandy and 14-year-old Eve. After being a stay-at-home mom for years, Vanessa recently returned to the workplace and was quickly promoted (much to the dismay of her primarily male co-workers). As a result of Vanessa’s increased work load, Mike is pulled into more hands-on parenting than ever before.

The show stars Tim Allen (“Home Improvement”) as Mike, Nancy Travis (“So I Married an Axe Murderer,” “Three Men and a Baby”) as Vanessa, Molly Ephraim as Mandy, Alexandra Krosney as Kristin, Kaitlyn Dever as Eve and Hector Elizondo (“Chicago Hope”) as Ed.

APT. 23! June (Dreama Walker) moves to Manhattan for a dream job and the perfect company apartment, only to have them disappear in a puff of reality, thanks to a CEO from the Bernie Madoff school of embezzlement. Deep in debt and out on the streets, June scrambles to land a job and place to live. It seems her luck has turned around when she gets hired at a coffee shop and finds Chloe (Krysten Ritter), a charming, vivacious roommate… with the morals of a pirate. She swindles June out of all her savings, but she and her snarky friend, James Van Der Beek (playing himself), soon learn that, just because June’s naïve, she isn’t stupid. June ingeniously turns the tables on Chloe, who is so shocked about being scammed herself that she decides to pull June into her colorful band of friends. Sure, it’s all dysfunctional, bizarre and overwhelming, but so is New York City. And with the help of Chloe and the other oddballs around her, June might just learn the survival secrets she needs to make it there. Co-starring are Eric André & Michael Blaiklock.
 

man up : ( Will’s grandfather fought in WWII. Will’s father fought in Vietnam. Will plays Call of Duty on his PS3 and drinks non-dairy hazelnut creamer. So what happened to all the real men? They’re still here — they just smell like pomegranate body wash now. Meet Will (Mather Zickel). His evolved, sensitive nature is why his awesome wife, Theresa (Teri Polo), married him. But Will and his friends find themselves wondering — in a world of Axe ads and manscaping — what does it really mean to be a guy anymore? Will is more interested in finding the perfect gift for his son Nathan’s (Jake Johnson) 13th birthday than in doing his job selling insurance; sensitive soul Craig (Christopher Moynihan) still pines for his college ex, Lisa; and Kenny (Dan Fogler) clamps down on his anger and asks himself, “What would Tobey Maguire do?,” when his ex, Brenda (Amanda Detmer), starts seeing a guy (Henry Simmons) who is everything he’s not and much better looking. After Craig crashes Lisa’s wedding to try to win her back, they are all faced with an opportunity to Man Up and be like their forefathers.

The show stars Christopher Moynihan as Craig, Mather Zickel (“The Cape”) as Will, Dan Fogler (“Balls of Fury”) as Kenny, Teri Polo (“Meet the Fockers”) as Theresa, Amanda Detmer (“What About Brian”) as Brenda and Henry Simmons (“Shark”) as Grant.

SUBURGATORY! Single father George only wants the best for his 16-year-old daughter, Tessa. So when he finds a box of condoms on her nightstand, he moves them out of their apartment in New York City to a house in the suburbs. But all Tessa sees is the horror of over-manicured lawns and plastic Franken-moms. Being in the ‘burbs can be hell, but it also may just bring Tessa and George closer than they’ve ever been. The show stars Jeremy Sisto (“Law & Order”), Jane Levy (“Shameless”), Carly Chaikin (“The Last Song”), Allie Grant (“Weeds”), Alan Tudyk (“Firefly”) & Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”).

 Work It! With unemployment an ongoing issue and women now outnumbering men in the workforce, the new comedy series “Work It” follows two alpha males who realize the only way to beat the current “mancession” and land a job in pharmaceutical sales is to pass themselves off as women. Combining all the best elements of the workplace comedy, the buddy comedy and the family comedy, “Work It” centers on Lee Standish (Ben Koldyke) — a quick-witted and likable family man who used to be a top car salesman until he got laid off — and Angel Ortiz (Amaury Nolasco) — a single, hot-headed ladies’ man with no filter — who quickly learn there are fundamental differences in the worlds of men and women that go beyond teetering in high heels and tightening up with Spanx. Lee and Angel are determined to keep their ruse going for as long as they can — and keep their newly found jobs — in this smart, funny and relevant look at male and female relationships at work, at home and socially. Being a better man sometimes means having to be a better woman. Co-starring are Beth Lacke, John Caparulo, Rebecca Mader,  Rochelle Aytes, Kate Reinders, Kirstin Eggers & Kacie Lynch.

Missing! How far would you go to save the only thing you have left in the world? At 8 years old, Michael watched as his father, CIA Agent Paul Winstone, was murdered. Now 10 years later, Paul’s wife, Becca, is faced with the reality of her son growing up. When Michael is afforded the opportunity to study abroad, his mother reluctantly agrees it’s time to let him go. Just a few weeks into his trip Michael disappears, and Becca immediately suspects foul play. When she arrives in Rome, she begins piecing together the clues left behind. It isn’t long before the kidnappers realize they’ve picked a fight with the wrong woman. Becca Winstone has a secret of her own — before Paul’s death, she was also a lethal CIA Agent. But if she wants to find her son alive, Becca will have to rely on old friends and reopen old wounds. Her resourcefulness, skill and determination will be put to the test – but a mother’s love knows no limits.

“Missing” stars Ashley Judd (“Double Jeopardy,” “Kiss the Girls”) as Becca Winstone, Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”) as Paul Winstone, Cliff Curtis (“Trauma”) as Dax, Adriano Giannini (“Oceans Twelve”) as Giancarlo, Nick Eversman (“Cinema Verite”) as Michael Winstone and Tereza Voriskova (“Borgia”) as Oksana.


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: Paintball Thursday!

Good day fellow Telephiles. It’s a monumentous thursday, deaths, weddings, and a buttload of paintball. Here are our recommendations for tonight, Thursday May 5 2011.

The Tops:

Community “A Fistful of Paintballs” 8:00 on NBC

Community’s best episode ever was last season’s Modern Warfare, it was probably the best comedy episode of 2010. Tonight Greendale revisits paintball and damn it looks great. Community’s mostly stellar second season had a few great event episodes (Christmas, Dungeons and Dragons) but nothing matching the pure greatness of Warfare. Obviously I have extrememly high expectations, and with Josh Holloway guest starring I refused to be let down. The hardest part will probably be waiting from now till next week to see the season finale’s conclusion.

The Vampire Diaries “The Sun Also Rises” 8:00 on CW

Jenna is in transition?!? Klaus has Elena? Damon got bit by Tyler? The last episode while not the strongest set in motion the final pieces of the season long Klaus Arc and I have no idea what’s going to happen or who’s gonna bite the dust (but someone IS dying tonight), but I’m excited to see it all go down. The Vampire Diaries biggest crime is that not much happens in the set up episodes, but the payoffs are always violent and fun. Next week’s finale is more romance centered, but will probably also be used to set in motion the events of next season. The Katherine twist/cliffhanger from last season still gives me chills.

Grey’s Anatomy “White Wedding” 9:00 on ABC

The first wedding on ABC tonight has Calzone tying the knot! Aww… Check out the clips to see the kind of emotionally manipulative hour we have on tap for this evening.

Parks and Recreation “Eagleton” 9:30 on NBC

Leslie goes head to head with her former best friend and Eagleton Parks employee Lindsay (guest star Parker Posey), when she puts up a fence in a park separating the two neighbouring towns. Word is a class war ensues. No promo (stupid NBC) just a pic.

Fifth Season Finale Alert!

30 Rock “Respawn” 10:00 on NBC

I’m still having trouble with the fact that Jack’s wife Avery has been kidnapped and assimilated into North Korea. Tonight Jack uses Kenneth to replace Avery, also Liz tries to enjoy her hiatus but her Hamptons stay is ruined by Tracy, and Jenna and Paul (guest star Will Forte) have a disagreement regarding her career. No promo either, just trust that it’ll be good. Vacation Liz looks great, huh?

The Rest:

American Idol 8:00 on FOX – Why do the judges hate on Haley? Lauren is WAY more offensive.

The Big Bang Theory 8:00 on CBS – Penny uses Bernedette to try to break up Priya (guest star Aarti Mann) and Leonard.

Wipeout 8:00 on ABC – Bored now.

Rules of Engagement 8:30 on CBS – Please CBS, free Warburton from this mess.

CSI 9:00 on CBS – Someone’s dying in the next few weeks. I say it’s Conrad Ecklie.

Bones 9:00 on FOX – Things get serious for a few weeks before a lighter finale.

The Office 9:00 on NBC – D’Angelo officially takes over and shit doth hit the fan.

Nikita 9:00 on CW – Amanda (Melinda Clarke) has Alex in her clutches and know what she’s up to. And shockingly I still can’t be bothered to care anymore.

The Mentalist 10:00 on CBS – I’m really interested to see who the mole in the CBI is. My money is on Grace’s pretty-boy fiance (Eric Winter).

Private Practice 10:01 on ABC – After a tough year, Charlotte and Cooper tie the knot tonight.

Outsourced 10:30 on NBC – Just die already, so charming lead Ben Rappaport can find a project suited to his talents.

Secret Diary of a Call Girl 10:30 on SHO – Rose Tyler in sexy and compromising situations. That the only reason any of you pervs watch right?


What’s On: Michael Scott’s Last Thursday!

The day we knew was coming but never thought would arrive is here. It’s Michael Scott’s last day at Dunder/Mifflin Sabre. Personally I though the show would die when Steve Carrel had had enough, but I’m happy its not. If last weeks impromptu Rent number was any indication tonight as Michael put it; “is gonna hurt like a MotherFu*ker” It’s a jam packed sweeps night and though the night BELONGS to the Office, there’s a lot more on. Here are our recommendations for tonight, April 28 2011.

The Office “Goodbye, Michael” 9:00 to 9:52 on NBC

To call Steve Carrell a TV star is a disservice. Patrick Dempsey is a TV star, Carrell is a TV legend. It takes the most skilled actor and comedian to take a character so void of sense and make him likable. Over the years Michael has given us many brilliant moments etched in the histories of TV. His swan song wont dissappoint, in the past when The Office has been called upon to make great TV, even recently it has, Jim and Pam’s wedding lived up to its anticipation. and the Michael’s proposal to Holly was classic. Tonight should be no different. Check back tomorrow for a recap and farewell!

What’s Hot:

Community “Applied Anthropoly and Culinary Arts” 8:00 on NBC

Shirley goes into labour during the Anthropology final exam. Don’t have a promo, so you’ll have to settle for a great clip from season one. Last Week’s flashback episode was so well done it’ll be hard to top it this week. And next week comes PAINTBALL!!!

The Vampire Diaries “The Last Day” 8:00 on CW

So Elijah and Klaus are brothers? and there is no Sun and the Moon Curse? Last week was chock full of revelations and really not much else – well American Idol Alum Lisa Tucker guest starring as a witch counts right? Tonight leads into the penultimate episode next week which is said to have a monumental and tragic loss of life. I am wroght with anxiety. Also Tyler Lockwood returns just in time for the full moon! PS – Can’t believe Aunt Jenna and Matt know!

The Big Bang Theory “The Agreement Dissection” 8:00 on CBS

Leonard has Priya take a look at the fabled roommate agreement while the girls take Sheldon dancing. Since the series began my favorite ongoing joke is The Roommate Agreement, so I’m happy to see it getting a little more screen time. Also Sheldon and Amy kiss!

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Bones  “The Pinocchio in the Planter” 9:00 on FOX

Bones and Booth find the body of a man who was a member of a “Radical Honesty” group, so the gang decides to try it out. Will probably be a lighter episode considering the assassin plot is coming back in the next few weeks.

Grey’s Anatomy “It’s a Long Way Back” 9:00 on ABC

The Seattle Grace gang works together to help Callie and her baby Sofia get through the painful healing process. Meanwhile a clinical trial patient dies making Derek worry more about Meredith. And Alex makes a stunnning move for Chief Resident.

Parks and Recreation “Jerry’s Painting” 9:52 – 10:30 on NBC

A painting of Jerry’s makes a splash at the art show Leslie organizes and Ben moves in with Andy and April and attempts to teach them to be adults. No promo, instead a clip of my favorite moment from last week’s episode Soulmates!

30 Rock “Everything Sunny All the Time Always” 10:30 on NBC

Moving to 10:30 to make room for extra juicy Office and Parks. Last week’s 100th episode was genius “Sharks don’t have claws. You don’t even know what a shark is anymore” Here’s a clip in lieu of a promo cause I don’t got one.

The Rest:

American Idol 8:00 on FOX – 1 of 6 goes home. Jacob I hope.

Rules of Engagement 8:30 on CBS – Meh to the max.

Call Me Fitz 9:00 on The 101 Network – Brandon Walsh’s new Canadian show.

Nikita 9:00 on CW – Has gotten pretty lame since Nikita teamed up with Shane West. And is STILL don’t buy Shane West as a bad-ass at all. Still lovin’ Maggie Q though.

CSI 9:00 on CBS –  Former regular Louise Lombard returns as Detective Sophia Curtis as the hunt for Serial Killer Nate Haskell intensifies.

The Mentalist 10:00 on CBS – The man hired by Jane to investigate LaRoche turns up as a suspect in CBI’s investigation.

Private Practice 10:01 on ABC – Benjamin Bratt arrives soon!

Running Wilde 10:00 on FX – FX burns off the last 4 episodes of the failed Will Arnett/Keri Russell Sitcom.

The Secret Diary of a Call Girl 10:30 on SHO – Billie Piper is a long way from Rose Tyler.


Callie’s Fantasy Musical Hour!

Grey’s Anatomy’s Musical Recap and Review!

Is she singing under there?

Grey’s Anatomy’s much anticipated and conceptually polarizing musical episode aired last night. It was an emotional hour that focused on saving the lives of Callie (Sara Ramirez) and her and Mark’s unborn child. There was a lot of good, a lot of meh and A LOT of songs – With no formal list released prior to airing, we really didn’t  know how manny tracks we’d hear prior to the episodes beginning – and boyu was it e3ver jam packed. With at least 10 musical numbers, Grey’s went balls out, take no prisoners wild. It was an  ambitious, cheesy and emotional hour that worked mostly for three reasons. First it was a love letter to fans, second, becuase Grey’s is in a bit of a creative renaissance (imagine singing ghost sex or dancing Nurse Rose – shudder…) and finally, becuase it’s never, NEVER going to happen again. Right? As a one-off, Grey’s took a risk – bet it all on a Tony Winner and came away with a moderate win – but a win in my book no less.

Beginning exactly where the previous episode left off, Arizona woke up in the crashed car to see Callie through the windshield lying on the hood, barely conscious, gargling blood and looking at a ghost? astral projection? of herself. This was super intense and gross. Mad props to Ramirez and the makeup people for really going for broke – the image of Callie, flung onto the hood covered in blood, eyes darting confusedly is still etched in my mind. Ghost Callie then gave us our first little song/tease..

Cosy in the Rocket (Psapp) – Callie
The abandoned Grey’s theme got a little tease at the beginning as ghost Callie sung the hook. It was short, sweet and a great way to begin the episode.

Grade: A

2.  Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol) – Callie, Owen and Miranda
This song is pretty much as flagship as it get’s for Grey’s (along with the climax number) – it played at the end of the legendary second season finale. It was smart of Rhimes to have her best three singers sing the first real number. I’m not in love with the tone of McKidd’s voice – I don’t know if it necessarily worked with this song, Wilson’s voice on the other hand I could listen to all day. She’s got a Merry Clayton vibe going on that I tremendously dig. It’s also during this song that we establish that the musical is the result of a potential brain injury. Again I think Ramirez nailed it here, as both projection Callie and injured Callie, and man does she have pipes.

Grade: A-

In the OR people started telling eachother to ‘take a breath’ and ‘breathe’ setting up the next number as clunkily and cheesily as possible. And when Lexie was sent to take care of Mark, the episode jumped from it’s first number to it’s second in a matter of seconds.

Breathe (Anna Nalick) – Lexie
When Nalick’s version played over the climax of season 2’s superbowl 2 parter, it was the perfect song choice for the moment. Last night it was contextually a mess. It seemed like it was jammed into the show for no reason – a space filler at best. I’m still undecided on Chyler Leigh’s voice – as a relative vocal neophyte (it was her first time since Not Another Teen Movie) she was good, but her phrasing was odd and to borrow a phrase from Randy Jackson – she was ‘pitchy’.

Grade: C+

4. How We Operate (Gomez) – Owen
This was by far the most musical-style song. It began with the Attendings gethered, discussing how to operate on Callie, when all of the sudden the background music picked up and a gruff voiced Owen (who the Chief placed in charge of Callie’s case) began to sing his ideas to a room of bewildered colleagues. I give a lot of credit to McKidd for trying his damndest to sell this. the most bizzare part of this number was the meta-ness of having the song continue in the background while residents Meredith, Christina and Alex look on. This was completely odd and honestly, thinking about how many metaphysical laws were broken in this scene gives me cramps so I’m done.

Grade: D

What I did like was Alex’s line about the future of his and Lucy’s relationship; “She works here at Seattle Grace Mercy Death. So I’m pretty sure she’s gonna go crazy (Ava/Rebecca) or get cancer (Izzie) or get shot (Reed) by a gunman or hit by a truck (George). So don’t get your hopes up for Karev’s big happily ever after.” From what I understand, the drama that unfolds from now on focuses on those three characters and that couldn’t be smarter.

Wait (Go Set Go) – Miranda (April, Lexie) – B+
Vocally this was one of the strongest songs in the episode all thanks to Chandra Wilson and her effortless voice. As amazing as Wilson’s singing was, it was distracting from the plot. In the midst of this we had Arizona and Mark’s battle reach a head. Her: “you’re basically a sperm donor” and him: “I’m the father, you’re not anything”, and we had Derek tell Meredith that Callie may be brain damaged – two scenes that had a disservice done to them by Wait being played over them. I was bothered, but damn Wilson can sing.

Grade: B

Runnin on Sunshine (Jesus Jackson) – Callie, Eli, Owen, Scott Foley, Alex, Miranda, (Teddy, Arizona), Lexie, Meredith
This was one of the most confusing numbers of the night. A joyous, peppy, couples sex montage in the middle of a depressing emotional episode. Let me get this straight – Callie is lying in a bed, potentially dying and everyone just decided that NOW is the time to have sex, and not just ANY sex – really happy joyful carefree sex. It was mindnumbingly confusing and kinda raunchy (I’m look at YOU Scott Foley – with your crotch to boob airhump). This could have been a great success had the tone of the episode not been so dark. Grey’s has it’s upbeat and lighter episodes and this number could have worked (COULD HAVE) there. I though Nurse Eli (Daniel Sunjata), Karev (Justin Chambers) were surprisingly good given how little they sang. It was fun – but in the context of the episode – a glaring misstep.

Grade: C

Universe and U (KT Tunstall) – Callie (Arizona)
Easily the lamest and most cookie cutter of all the songs. In fact it made so little of an impact I can’t even remember it. An perfect example of a song that could/should have been cut.

Grade: D

Grace (Kate Havnevnik) – Callie
Poor staging, odd and just not a very good song. A lot could have been done to improve this number. Ghost Callie sitting on Callie’s gurney singing as she’s wheeled into surgery was straight up bad – Maybe they should have done like a spolight or something.  But still Sara Ramirez KILLED IT.

Grade: C+

How to save a life (The Fray) – (pretty much) Everyone
When I lived in Israel my TV got one channel and it only played 3 different commercials – one for Heroes, Prison Break and Grey’s Anatomy and the Grey’s ad was simply a music video for How To Save A Life – so before I even knew the context of the song within the series, I was totes over it. I had a feeling that it would be used well but I couldn’t fathom it being the song of the night. The song is cheesy to begin with and it seems the best decision musically last night was to have this be the showstopping group climax number. Everyone was in the OR singing while working hard to save the lives of both Callie and her baby – her gross 1 pound fake looking creepy plastic baby. Fields and Karev couldn’t get a heartbeat – would the baby die? No way dude, primo baby doc Arizona Robbins was there to jump in and save her daughter’s(?) life. It was a sappy moment that fit the sappy song perfectly. In this instance, cheesy worked best for them.

Grade: A-

In between this and the close of the episode we were treated to a really nice (if not sad) Meredith and Derek scene. Meredith can’t get preg again, anmd it’s killing her – She resented Callie getting pregnant by accident and couldn’t come to terms with a universe that; “gives Callie a kid and puts her through a windshied”. To which Derek responded; “You and I will be parents, I promise you.” Kudos to Dempsey for a killer line delivery and super kudos to Pompeo, who’s embraced the change from star to anchor gracefully and like a pro. In a series with a sprawling ensemble it’s been tougher to give it’s titular star significant stuff to do. I prefer this Meredith to the depressed head case from before her and Derek were married.

The Story (Brandi Carslile) – Callie
My least favourite musical number in cinematic history is probably the one from the Rent movie where Adam Pascal’s Roger sings on a mesa in Santa Fe and this reminded me of that – with Ghost Callie imitating Celine’s Taking Chances faces and singing passionately to Arizona and her comatose body. Again Ramirez sang she crap out of it, but it didn’t work for me.

Grace: B-

And after that jarring number, Callie awoke to Arizona right by her side and gargled ‘yes’. Arizona leant in to hear what she was saying and Callie became slightly more audible. “Yes I’ll marry you. Yes, yes.” She said. Fade to white.

A few notes;

Singing beneath the surgical masks was odd and distracting

Christina saved the day by suggesting a risky procedure she learnt under Dr. Burke. Teddy disagreed too risky (what I don’t buy is that any surgery is TOO risky for Seattle Grace. During surgery, when Teddy’s plan wasn’t working, Owen elected to use Burkestina’s plan, which pissed off Teddy. I can’t tell if when she told Christina “I cant teach you” – she was being spiteful or honest. I think spiteful.

I actually thought Chambers (Karev) should have sang more – he was pretty good for one of those less featured.

I loved how Addison sidelined Lucy Fields the moment she got there; Fields is leaving soon as her portrayer Rachael Taylor is one of Charlie’s Angels.

I hated how Addison was brought in special for the musical episode only to not sing a single note. What a waste.

Christina, Derek, Jackson and the Chief didn’t sing. At all I think.

The biggest problem for me was the tone of the episode. The musical concept might have worked better if the episode had been a lighter one. Instead the musical numbers distracted and took away from the drama. Still they tried. And as a one-shot, never again concept I can look back and reminisce fondly at an experiment. Even with a completely misguided tone Grey’s was ambitious and still managed to have some fun. Not a total waste, but could have been a lot better concieved.
Episode Grade: B-


What’s On: Musical Grey’s Thursday

Tonight Grey’s goes musical. Will it work? Maybe. The problem I forsee is that in singing songs that the Grey’s soundtrack made famous in the first place, they’re already worn out. I mean after the second season finale, Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars was on every playlist and rotation for years. i have a feeling I’ll love it though, mainly becuase the super sexy Kate Walsh (Addison Montgomery, star of Private Practice) is back. Elsewhere newly renewed Archer – coming off it’s funniest ep EVER – is new tonight as is The Big Bang Theory, which are among our recommendations for tonight,  Thursday March 31 2011

Neato:

The Big Bang Theory “The Zarnecki Incursion” 8:00 on CBS

SOmeone hacks into Sheldon’s online RPG account and decimates his character and the boys try to figure out who the culprit is. I say it’s Priya. But more likely it’s Sheldon’s nemesis Actor and geek, Wil Wheaton.

Grey’s Anatomy “Song Beneath the Song” 9:00 (to 10:01) on ABC

It’s musical time as I mentioned before, and the cast of Grey’s is gonna sing songs that were used and made famous in the series. Songs like Anna Nalick’s Breathe, Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars, The Fray’s How To Save A Life and Brandi Carslile’s The Story will be sung by the castmembers. Not all the cast sings though, from what I hear Sara Ramirez, Kevin McKidd, Chyler Leigh and Chandra Wilson. I hope Karev sings. I hope this works. The clip below begins kind of intensely…

Archer “El Secuestro” 10:00 on FX

Last week’s cancer-med scam episode was by far and large the best episode of Archer to date. It was everything that Archer has come to stand for, scatagorical hilarity mixed with wit and boundary pushing action. Tonight Pam, Isis’ office mattress gets kidnapped. Keep it up guys.

Weirdo:

American Idol 8:00 on FOX – Man Haley killed it last night. Check out the recap posted below!

Wipeout 8:00 on ABC – It brings schadenfreude to a new level.

Perfect Couples 8:00 on NBC – This is being replaced by Paul Reiser’s show. I haven’t liked Reiser since Aliens.

Rules of Engagement 8:30 on CBS – David Putty and Dennis Finch.

CSI 9:00 on CBS – I’m waiting for Lady Heather.

Mobbed 9:00 on FOX – Howie Mandell’s flash mob as singing telegram series.

Jersey Shore 10:oo on MTV – Last week was the underwhelming finale – underwhelming becuase it focusen on Ronnie and Sam. Maybe in Italy they won’t be such jackasses, but this season they were. Tonight is the reunion.

The Mentalist 10:00 on CBS – Taking a break from the ongoing plot about Red John, Hightower and JJ LaRoche and focuses on a single mystery (and Grace’s lovelife). Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under’s Matriarch) guest stars and Frances Conroy is not one to mess with. She can go from warm to creepy in a second. She would have made a great Mags Bennett (not that I’d ever take that away from Margo Martindale)

Private Practice 10:01 on ABC – Academy Award Winner Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) guest stars as Cooper’s mother as preparations for his wedding to Charlotte ramp up. The episode is also directed by Paul Adelstein, the actor that plays Cooper.

No NBC comedies tonight… can you make it two more weeks?