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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.
 


FALL 2011: LISA EDELSTEIN LEAVING HOUSE!

This is a brutal blow for fans of the show, whether you like the verbal discourse and medical mysteries or your a Huddy ‘shipper fans weren’t mixed about Edelstein. 

In one of the more shocking cast changes of the season so far FOX revealed today that Lisa Edelstein is leaving House and wont return for the 8th and likely last season. How is House possibly going to recover from this?


What’s On: Finale Monday!

At least 8 series end tonight in what I’m sure will be thrilling and tense finales. Will Naomi Clark graduate? Is Sarah dead? Who’s wedding is Ted best man at? What brings Georgina Sparks back to the Upper East Side? and who’s the casualties on Castle and Hawaii Five-O? All will be answered tonight, Monday May 16, 2011.

Finales!

3rd Season Finale Alert!
90210 “To The Future!” 8:00 on CW

Ivy and Raj have an “A Walk To Remember” type wedding, Liam decides not to pursue a post-secondary education, Ryan and Debbie get written out of the series in what I’m sure will be a ridiculous but satisfying manner, and Adrianna’s revenge scheme on Silver gets revealed resulting in her banishment. But the biggest question on my mind is will Naomi Clark get to graduate with her friends? And why is Naomi Clark not only the best character on this series by far, but probably the best character on the CW? Tonight’s finale was written and directed by departing Showrunner Rebecca Sinclair, who is responsible for the creative turnaround at the end of the first season, so it should be great.

4th Season Finale Alert!
Chuck
“Chuck vs. The Cliffhanger” 8:00 on NBC

NBC beloved gem of a series ends it’s fourth season tonight with Chuck on a revenge rampage for his interrupted wedding. It returns on fridays next fall for a final 13 episode season. It’s really nice to see tv execs caring about the fans when they make their decisions.

6th Season Finale Alert!
How I Met Your Mother “Challenge Accepted”

Robin and Barney rebond when helping Ted get over Zoey until they run into Nora. Is the wedding Barney’s? Is he marrying Nora or Robin? Could this season have been any more focused on Daddy issues? Imagine it returns next season minus that awful laugh track?

4th Season Finale Alert!
Gossip Girl “The Wrong Goodbye” 9:00 on CW

This season has had its ups and downs, I mostly loved everything to do with Juliet, but the subsequent reprocussions have been really obnoxious, as has the Russell Thorpe/Raina plot line (Michael Boatman is a billion times better in his Good Wife recurring role. There are two shining beacons of joy on the horizons, first is the yearly finale visit by Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg) and second that Vanessa Abrams and Jenny Humphrey will be persona non grata come next year. After 4 long seasons those obnoxious bitches will finally be gone.

 

First Season Finale Alert!
Mike & Molly “Peggy’s New Beau” 9:30 on CBS

I saw Bridesmaids over the weekend and Melissa McCarthy killed it. Go check that movie out! Tonight Mike and Molly are introduced to Peggy’s new boyfriend (played by True Blood and Deadwood’s William Sanderson.)

First Season Finale Alert!
Hawaii Five-O “Oia’i’o (Trust)” 10:00 on CBS

The wildly successfull first season comes to an end tonight as the team gets too close to Wo-Fat with devestating consequences. As the Governer cannot protect them any longer it’s time to pay for their actions. Also someone is dying. Mark Dacasos and Larissa Oleynik guest star.

3rd Season Finale Alert!
Castle “Knockout” 10:01 on ABC

Castle is usually one of the lighter procedurals on TV, unless its dealing with the murder of Beckett’s mother, which it does tonight. When Hal Lockwood (guest star Max Martini) escaped from prison the team discovers that Lockwood’s escape is linked to Joanna Beckett’s murder. The investigtion comes to a fatal and tragic conclusion; one of the regulars is dying tonight, and while plot and impact wise, killing Esposito, Ryan or Lainie would have a greater impact, but I have a feeling that the ill fated is Captain Montgomery, played by Ruben Santaigo-Hudson. It’s been a great third season for Castle and from what I hear it’s gonne be one helluva cliffhanger tonight.

The Rest:

Dancing With The Stars 8:00 on ABC – 4 “stars” are left.

House 8:00 on FOX – House deals with the reprocussion of taking an experimental drug.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager 8:00 on ABC Family – I want Molly Ringwald and Mark Derwin to sit on a table and eat a cake together.

Series Finale Alert!
Mad Love
8:30 on CBS – This awful series ends if awfully short awful run tonight.

The Chicago Code 9:00 on FOX – This was a great little series that too a little too long to find it’s footing, I hope that there’s some sort of conclusion before the series finale next week.

The EVENT 9:00 on NBC – There was so much promise with the cast and the concept, it’s a shame that it all fell totally and incredibly flat. I will especially miss Taylor Cole’s Vicky Roberts and Zeljko Ivanek’s Blake Sterling.

Make It or Break It 9:00 on ABC Family – I rewatched DJ’s anorexia episode of Full House the other day. It’s a classic.

Law & Order:LA 10:00 on NBC – Haha NBC, you cancelled the flagship only to greenlight this grittier version only to have it FAIL.

The Hard Times of RJ Berger 10:00 on MTV – Just the worst sitcom.

Nurse Jackie 10:00 on SHO – Edie Falco with short hair is so spunky!

The United States of Tara 10:30 on SHO – What a waste of everything.


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. 


What’s On: Monday!

Today is gonna be brief, I hate to preview and dash but I’ve got a lot on my plate, some of which is enjoying the glorious weather I have here in Toronto (I know, choosing the outdoors vs the warm glow of TV is mega shocking!) Here are our recommendations for tonight, Monday May 9 2011.

The Best:

90210 “The Prom Before the Storm” 8:00 on CW

Though the prom king and queen were spoiled (I’m not telling here) it’ll still probably gonna be a great night in our favourite zip code, especially considering Beverly Hills 90210’s prom lead us to the brilliant “DONNA MARTIN GRADUATES” 2 parter.

House “The Fix” 8:00 on FOX

Looks like House is gonna start chasing the dragon tonight, or it’s another misleading promo…

The Chicago Code “The Black Sox”

Teresa amps up her war against Alderman Gibbons. It’s about frikkin time. 

The Event “One Will Live, One Will Die” 9:00 on NBC

Seeing as this is pretty much guaranteed a cancellation notice next week, can zero live and all of them die? Especially Leila. And especially the Vice President. OH MAN, and especially President Martinez. 

Seeing as it’s renewal time lets look at the chances of the Rest:

Chuck 8:00 on NBC – Renewal Chances (RC): 50/50.

Dancing With The Stars 8:00 on ABC – Renewed as long as there are F list celebs looking for attention.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager 8:00 on ABC Family – Cable series have a different renewal schedule.

How I Met Your Mother 8:00 on CBS – Renewed for two more seasons.  

Mad Love 8:30 on CBS – RC: Dim, like it’s comedic efforts. 

Gossip Girl 9:00 on CW – Renewed already.

Make It or Break It 9:00 on ABC Family – Same as Secret Life…

Mike and Molly 9:30 on CBS – RC: In light of everything to do with two and a half men, looks like a keeper. 

The Hard Times of RJ Berger 10:00 on MTV – Also cable.

Law and Order: LA 10:00 on NBC – RC: Pretty grim.

Hawaii 5-0 10:00 on CBS – RC: It’s only a matter of time. 

Castle 10:01 on ABC – Already renewed.

Nurse Jackie 10:00 on SHO – Cable.

United States of Tara 10:30 on SHO – Also cable. But also awful. 


What’s On: Manic Monday!

May Sweeps is in full effect, and tonight brings a slew of new programming, all the major nets are fresh, and I’m personally most looking forward to Silver’s continued descent into bi-polar madness. Here are our recommendations for tonight, May 2 2011.

The Best:

Chuck “Chuck vs. Agent X” 8:00 on NBC

Considering how in the dumps NBC is, Chuck funs should smoke ’em if they got ’em. It’s bachelor party Chuck-style, which means obviously its attacked by spies. Elsewhere, Ellie makes an astonishing discovery, along the same lines that Aunt Jenna made in the last few eps of the Vampire Diaries. Check out the promo for more.

90210 “Woman on the Verge” 8:00 on CW

90210’s thrid season has been fun but mostly uneven, but late in the run its finally finding its stride. Naomi’s relationship with Max (guest star Josh Zuckerman) is the breath of fresh air the show needed, and I’ve been waiting for Silver to have a flare up of her bi-polarness since it went dormant in the tail end of the first season. What’s still not so good? Everything Annie, its funny how Liam can be such a bad ass when he’s dating Naomi or working for that rich girl, but the moment he’s in a relationship with Annie he becomes completely emasculated. Also Ivy, her Walk to Remember plot with Raj (guest star Manesh Dayal) is really grinding my gears.

Gossip Girl “The Frog Princesses” 9:00 on CW

I guess the powers that be over at Gossip Girl could smell the staleness a mile away becuase they’ve gone back to one of their two tried tested and proved formulas for great TV, one is Georgina Sparks, who always manages to show up and be awesome and the second is having Blair and Serena at war with each other. Even though the battle will probably be resolved by the episode’s end, we should enjoy it while it lasts. Entertainment has been pretty fleeting this season.

Castle “To Love and Die in L.A.” 10:01 on ABC

Beckett gets evidence suggesting the murderer of her ex-partner has fled to LA, so her and Castle head across the country to hunt him down renegade-style, stoppubg by the Heat Wave set and enlisiting the cast in solvign the murder. Sounds like a lot of fun, and we’ll need it considering someone is dying in the finale. Gene Simmons, Dominic Purcell, DB Sweeney, and Jason George guest star.

The Rest:

Dancing with the Stars 8:00 on ABC – Gross pageantry, and no one even remotely interesting this season. I wish Jamie Lee was still in the audience every week.

House 8:00 on FOX – Candice Bergen stops by again as Cuddy’s mom, this time she’s suing the hospital for malpractice, meanwhile Donal Logue (Terriers, above) stops by as the patient of the week, and Foreman and Chase mess with eachother.

How I Met Your Mother 8:00 on CBS – This show needs to do SOMETHING to liven it up. It’s getting stale as ol’ bread.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager 8:00 on ABC Family – Come for the kids stay for the parents.

Mad Love 8:30 on CBS – Mad stupid.

The Event 9:00 on NBC – A set-up episode, lining up the pins for the endgame. Probably will be a slow one.

Make It or Break It 9:00 on ABC Family – The stunts are really well done here.

Mike & Molly 9:30 on CBS – Mike helps Vince study for his GED.

The Hard Times of RJ Berger 10:00 on MTV – The worst half hour on TV? Very likely…

Hawaii 5-0 10:00 on CBS – Rick Springfield guest stars as a fashion photographer killed during a swimsuit shoot in Hawaii. Desperate Housewives’ Andrea Bowen and Breakout Kings’ Serinda Swan guest star too.

Law & Order: LA 10:00 on NBC – They cancelled the flagship for this? Le grande sigh.

Nurse Jackie 10:00 on SHO – Peter Facinelli is pretty funny here as Dr. Coop, I’m just happy Mike Dexter survived Amanda’s breakup.

The United States of Tara 10:30 on SHO – More like The United States of Tarable.


House Recap: Martha Masters’ Masterful Exit

Last night’s episode of House focused on the plucky and moral Martha M. Masters played wonderfully by Amber Tamblyn. In what was her final episode although in recent interviews Tamblyn said that the door was left open for her return. We learned a lot about Masters, she makes paper airplanes and hangs them, she quizzes herself from the moment she wakes and even people who seem to be her friends don’t really like her (what was the deal with the LP guy? What an asshole).

The case was about a girl who was getting ready to set a sailing record and passed out on her boat, her sponsors wanted House to check her out for insurance purposes.

House, knowing Masters was leaving opened up an internship in his department, offering the job to Masters only if she lied to the administration regarding how many Lumbar Puncture’s she’s performed. She did lie, but to House, performing the 10th one on Thirteen. House caught her, he likes liars but not when they lie to him, and he removed the internship.

Side note: I liked the scene with thirteen I just wish that in her last episode she could have interacted a little more with the rest team, Taub in particular, they have good chemistry.  

Masters discovered it was cancer in sailor girl’s arm and refused to have it amputated to save her life so Martha asked Wilson for advice (I’m not even getting into that ridiculous chicken bet) and Wilson recounted for Masters what Stacy had done to/for House all those years ago that left him in considerable pain and a limp (waited till he was in a medically induced coma, switched surgeries on him). Then Martha M. Masters broke bad. She faked cardiac arrest in order to scare her patient’s parents into authorizing her amputation.

House had won. He’d corrupted the uncorruptable, he’d taken Master’s morality and morphed it into a morality he can use to make his team better at the cost of making her a worse person. Saving the girl’s life didn’t make her feel better, she’d cheated – House broke her by making her break her number one rule.

In the end Masters decided that not only did she have to quit House’s team, she had to leave Princeton Plainsboro all together. I liked having Masters on the series, she was the right kind of character to fill the void left by Thirteen. And while her morality may have been insufferable at times it sure was realistic; I know plenty of people just like her and they barely get more likable over time.

People haven’t been crazy about the gradual shift from mystery procedural to workplace soap opera but after seven years something needed to be done to keep it fresh, season six was bad from episode 3 on. Also Robert Sean Leonard is being totally wasted this year, it would suck for us fans, but if homeboy needs to quit to find a job with real plot lines then so be it.  

House is back in two weeks with guest star Donal Logue, of the sublime but ratings anorexic Terriers and the return of Candice Bergen as Cuddy’s mom. Here’s the promo for episode 7×20, “Changes