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FALL 2011: CBS’ Fall Schedule! UPDATED WITH PROMOS!

With less cancellations and pick ups than other broadcast networks (CBS didn’t have that many slots to fill) the biggest surprises were time slot shifts for The Good Wife, which moves from tuesday at 10 to sunday at 9 and CSI, which for the first time in as long as I can remember is moving from it’s thursday at 9 home to wednesday at 10 pm. Tuesday at 10 is now home to Unforgettable about a detective who remembers everything and Person of Interest, (that’s them filming above) the new drama from JJ Abrams takes CSI’s old slot. Michael Emerson seems to be evoking shades of Ben Linus in the creepy promo.

2 Broke Girls starring Kat Dennings takes the coveted post How I Met Your Mother slot. 

The supernatural medical drama A Gifted Man joins Blue Bloods on friday and the new sitcom, How To Be A Gentleman starring David Hornsby (Rickety Cricket) and Kevin Dillon.

Robert DeNiro’s crime drama The 2-2 will find a spot on the schedule for mid-season. Take a look at their schedule below with new shows bolded.  

Monday
8:00 How I Met Your Mother

8:30 2 Broke Girls
9:00 Two and a Half Men 

9:30 Mike & Molly

Tuesday
8:00 NCIS

9:00 NCIS:LA
10:00 Unforgettable

Wednesday
8:00 Survivor

9:00 Criminal Minds
10:00 CSI (new time)

Thursday
8:00 The Big Bang Theory

8:30 How To Be A Gentleman
9:00 Person of Interest
10:00 The Mentalist

Friday
8:00 A Gifted Man
9:00 CSI:NY

10:00 Blue Bloods

Saturday
8:00 Ruled of Engagement (new time)

Sunday
7:00 60 Minutes

8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Good Wife (new time)
10:00 CSI:Miami

Details courtesy of CBS, no promos yet, I’ll update when they’re released.

The new series include three new dramas and two new comedies:

PERSON OF INTEREST, a crime thriller from renowned executive producer J.J. Abrams starring Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson.

UNFORGETTABLE, starring Dylan Walsh and Poppy Montgomery as a former detective with a rare condition that enables her to remember virtually every detail from every day of her life.

A GIFTED MAN about a preeminent surgeon whose life changes forever when his deceased ex-wife returns, starring Patrick Wilson and Jennifer Ehle.

2 BROKE GIRLS, a comedy about two strikingly different young waitresses who form an unlikely friendship, starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs.

HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN, starring David Hornsby and Kevin Dillon, about a refined magazine columnist and his very unrefined personal trainer.

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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.


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.


What’s On Monday: Cougar Town, 90210 and Gossip Girl are back!

It was 3 months ago that Courtney Cox and Cougar Town vacated it’s prime post Modern Family spot to make space for her ex-TV husband Matthew Perry and Mr. Sunshine. Finally the cul-de-sac crew returns, and on a special night too, one that also sees the return of nerd-boinking Naomi Clark and our favorite upper-east siders. Here are our recommendations for tonight, Monday April 18 2011.

The Best:

90210 “Enchanted Donkey” 8:00 on CW

Silver and Adrianna still battling? Yup! Naomi still loving nerds? Yup! Tonight TV’s juiciest and guiltiest pleasure returns with the whole gang taking a trip down to Cabo for spring break. This series was at its best when Naomi and Annie were warring last season and it’s gearing up to be that fun again with Silver and Adrianna’s battle over Navid. It gets mad intense tonight.

House “The Last Temptation” 8:00 on FOX

It’s Amber Tamblyn’s last episode, and the first time that two women will be on House’s team at the same time (Cameron and Thirteen never were, and his reality show selection process doesn’t count). For her farewell they’ve made it Martha Masters centric. She could return;  Wilde has yet to sign a contract for next season. Check out the promo and tune in tonight for what Tamblyn calls a juicy scene with her and 13.

How I Met Your Mother “Hopeless” 8:00 on CBS

Barney tries to get to know his father (a returning John Lithgow) better by spending some quality time with him. Of course for a Stinson that means getting arrested. Robin falls in love with Sam Anders.. I mean Michael Trucco. I have to keep reminding myself that Battlestar isn’t real.

Gossip Girl “The Kids Stay in the Picture” 9:00 on CW

When we last left off Lily was confessing her part in framing Ben and Serena and Eric’s father William (William Baldwin) had returned to NYC. Tonight Cece Rhodes (Caroline Lagerfelt) and her sister Carol (Sheila Kelly, but the part was played by Kristen Ritter in the backdoor pilot two years ago) come to NYC to support Lily in these tough times. Carol’s daughter Charlie (Kaylee DeFer, The War at Home) comes too. This makes me nervous, the last cousin the CW introduced was 90210’s cousin Emily – and she was just the worst – lets hope cousin Charlie is less obnoxious. Also the love triangle between Chuck, Blair and Dan becomes a square tonight as Vanessa, the worst character ever (yes worse than Jenny) gets involved and likely is terrible.

Cougar Town “Walls” 9:30 on ABC

Damn it’s been too long. I’ve really missed the Cul-de-Sac crew, their games, their hijinx and all the fun I have playing Penny can at home while I watch. And as a reward for our patience, ABC has given us two new episodes this week, tonight and in it’s regular slot on wedneday.

The Rest:

Chuck 8:00 on NBC – Love it while you can cause it’s looking like a goner.

Dancing with the Stars 8:00 on ABC – Kirstie Alley is a hot mess and the sole reason for watching this season.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager 8:00 on ABC Family – Molly Ringwald Alert!

Mad Love 8:30 on CBS – The worst show with the best cast? Probably.

The Chicago Code 9:00 on FOX – Getting better with every episode and making Delroy Lindo’s villainy ambiguous they’ve made the character relatable which he was not at the start.

The Event 9:00 on NBC – It’s finally time for Lisa Vidal to shine as the First Lady, she gets her very first plot of the season tonight. Is she an alien? Tune in to find out (or just read my recap tomorrow).

Make It or Break It 9:00 on ABC Family – They made it!

William & Kate 9:00 on Lifetime – Royal Wedding fever continues to infect the world. Lifetime airs their movie about how two rich kids met and fell in love (above).

20/20 William and Catherine 10:00 on ABC – More royal fever!

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

Hawaii 5-0 10:00 on CBS – Death is hitting the beach soon. Who’s gonna die?

Law and Order: LA 10:00 on NBC – Fail.

Nurse Jackie 10:00 on SHO – Edie Falco is a f’ing force to contend with. She’s outstanding here.

The United States of Tara 10:30 on SHO – Toni Collete is wasted to death here.


What’s On: The Return of 13 Monday!

Olivia Wilde returns to House tonight after taking time off to become a bona-fide movie star filming Cowboys and Aliens and playing Justin Timberlake’s mother in a sci-fi film. Still no word on whether she’ll be back past the end of this season (actually there’s no word on if anyone will be back next season, and Robert Sean Leonard says he’s probably not) but I sure am glad she’s back tonight for House’s 150th episode, which among others are our recommendations for tonight Monday April 11 2011.

The Best:

House “The Dig” 8:00 on FOX 150th Episode!

Dr. Remy ‘Thirteen’ Hadley’s (Olivia Wilde) sudden departure in the season premiere left a lot of questions unanswered; like where did she go? And why? More so than having her back and even more stoked to have a character based episode (which we’ve been having a lot more of this season). Fox says of the landmark episode: Thirteen has been in prison for the past six months, but the real mystery for House is what she did to get there. When she exits the prison, Thirteen is surprised to find him waiting for her, and unaware of his plans for the two of them for the next few days. As House probes Thirteen for more information, intent on solving the puzzle of her disappearance and mysterious incarceration, they travel to an annual spud-gun competition. The two join forces to compete against House’s much younger, overconfident rival, and along the journey uncover secrets and truths about each other. Meanwhile, at the hospital, the team treats a science teacher suffering from severe respiratory illness, and when the team inspects the patient’s house for clues, they learn he’s a hoarder. But upon a second visit to the house, they uncover something shocking among the many piles. Also, Taub tries to get back into the dating scene

Law & Order: Los Angeles “Zuma Canyon” & “Silver LA” 9:00 & 10:00 on NBC

Tonight NBC launches their rebooted LO:LA. One where Alfred Molina’s ADA replaces Skeet Ulrich as lead detective and the flagship series Alana De La Garza’s Connie Rubirosa replaces both Megan Boone and Regina Hall. The ad claims that “For the first time in 20 years, a Law & Order detective will fall” which is a steaming pile of bullshit because if memory serves, 19 and a half years ago, on September 17th 1991, Sgt. Max Greevey (George Dzundza) was murdered on the job. So NBC… what gives?

Mike & Molly “Opening Day” 9:00 on CBS

CBS is testing out Mike and Molly tonight in the 9 pm slot usually inhabited by Two and a Half Men. With Charlie Sheen’s tour bombing I hope Mike and Molly performs well so CBS doesn’t come crawling back with their checkbook between their legs. Tonight Mike breaks tradition and Carl’s heart when he brings Molly to the Cubs opening day.

The Rest:

Chuck 8:00 on NBC – Timothy Dalton returns.

Dancing With The Stars 8:00 on ABC – Kirstie Alley was dropped.

How I Met Your Mother 8:00 on CBS – Marshall finally quits GNB to crusade for the environment. Barney will not be pleased I imagine…

The Secret Life of the American Teenager 8:00 on ABC Family – I miss Pretty Little Liars.

Mad Love 8:30 on CBS – Mad Boring.

Being Human 9:00 on Syfy All I wanna talk about is the season 3 finale of the UK original and the shocking ending!

The Chicago Code 9:00 on Fox – Jennifer Beals in high heels.

Make It Or Break It 9:00 on ABC Family – I really miss Pretty Little Liars.

The Hard Times of RJ Berger 10:00 on MTV – Little dude, smaller laughs.

Hawaii 5-0 10:00 on CBS – Chin Ho’s past comes back.

Castle 10:01 on ABC – Castle meets with his poker game of fellow mystery writers. These scenes are great but Stephen J Cannell is missed.

Nurse Jackie 10:00 on SHO – The best of Showtimes woman-on-the-verge shows.

The United States of Tara 10:30 on SHO – The worst of Showtimes woman-on-the-verge shows.


What’s On: WHO IS ‘A’ MONDAY?!?!?

Who is ‘A’? WHO? If you’ve read the books (or synopses of them online) then you know who A is (provided the series doensn’t change it). Don’t spoil it for the rest of us! Since last summer we’ve followed the pretty liars on their hunt for both their friend Alison’s murderer, and who is ‘A’ and why is he/she stalking them? Tonight has more to offer if PLL isn’t your thing (or if you’re Ken Tucker, PLL hater extraoridnaire! – he put it on his worst list – a list that in the past has included The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfieffer – a place PLL does not belong) there’s lots of freshly pressed tv tonight, including an especially soapy Castle and a John Lithgow infused How I Met Your Mother, all of which are our recommendations for tonight, Monday March 21 2011.

The Best:

Season Finale Alert!

Pretty Little Liars “For Whom The Bell Tolls” 8:00 on ABC Family

Even if no mysteries get solved and a thousand more questions are heaped on, I’d still tune in to see the girls have their first confrontation with crazypants Jenna (Tammin Surrok). Cannot Wait!

How I Met Your Mother “Legendaddy” 8:00 on CBS

All season we’ve been heading towards two inevitabilities – 1. The Season will end with a wedding (likely Barney’s), where Ted presumably meets the mother and 2. Barney will meet his father. Well it’s daddy time and boy did they cast right. John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun) plays Barney’s pop when he meets him for the first time tonight. Also guest starring is Nancy Travis (Becker) as his wife.

Castle “One Life To Lose” 10:00 on ABC

Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a NY Soap’s head writer. On tap for the episode are Corbin Bernsen (Psych(!), Young and the Restless), Rebecca Budig (All My Children), Cameron Mathison (All My Children) and Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman).

The Rest:

Season Premiere Alert!!!

Dancing with the Stars 8:00 on ABC – The worst group of losers yet fights for the mirrorball.

Chuck 8:00 on NBC – I have a feeling Chuck is gonna die soon. The TV series not the character.

House 8:00 on FOX – House is back torturing the love of his life and popping pills. Oh, and it was confirmed today that Tamblyn is leaving – but she’ll overlap with Wilde’s return for two episodes.

Mad Love 8:30 on CBS – Why Judy Greer? Why?

The Chicago Code 9:00 on FOX – Get much, MUCH better already.

The EVENT 9:00 on NBC – Gabrielle Carteris is back! Long Live Andrea Zuckerman!

Mike & Molly 9:30 on CBS – “Peggy Shaves Her Legs”. Shudder.

Harry’s Law 10:00 on NBC – Richard Kind (Spin City) and Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye) guest star.

Hawaii 5-0 10:00 on CBS – Tonight brings LARISSA OLEYNIK AKA Alex Mack AKA Bianca Stratford AKA my teenage dream crush begins her potentially regular character. And Mark Dacasos AKA The Chairman from Iron Chef (that’s right – he’s an actor, not a Chairman) guest stars as Wo Fat – Steve McGarrett’s Arch Nemesis, another character from the original. I think I’ll tune in..  PS – Mrs. Ari guest stars too!

Season Finale Alert!!!

Skins 10:00 on MTV – Tonight focuses on ‘Eura’ which is apparently North American for ‘Effie’