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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!

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FALL 2011: NBC’s Fall Schedule!

NBC unveiled their fall schedule yesterday and there were a few surprises most notably the holding off of 30 Rock for midseason due to Tina Fey’s pregnancy and the presence of The Sing Off in an expanded 2 hour fall block. This is a huge upgrade for The Sing Off which is usually a winter filler.

NBC also abandoned their 3 hour thursday comedy blockin favor of giving Maria Bello her old time slot by scheduling Prime Suspect in ER’s old slot. 

Whitney, starring Whitney Cummings takes 30 Rock’s place on thursday, it might be out of place on thursday with its laugh track. NBC is also trying to make a play for another night of comedy with an 8 to 9 hourlong comedy block featuring new series anchored by comedy veterans; on tap is Up All Night, starring Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph, about a working new mom and Free Agents a workplace/romantic comedy starring Hank Azaria.

Frankly, it’s not the most exciting schedule, especially since the series I’m most jazzed for, Smash is being held till midseason. The schedule is below, new series are bolded.

Monday
8:00 The Sing Off/ The Voice (Midseason)

10:00 The Playboy Club/ Smash (Midseason)

Tuesday
8:00 The Biggest Loser

10:00 Parenthood

Wednesday
8:00 Up All Night
8:30 Free Agents
9:00 Harry’s Law

10:00 Law & Order: SVU

Thursday
8:00 Community

8:30 Parks & Recreation
9:00 The Office
9:30 Whitney
10:00 Prime Suspect 

Friday
8:00 Chuck

9:00 Grimm
10:00 Dateline NBC

Sunday
FOOTBALL

Midseason:
8:00 The Celebrity Apprentice

10:00 The Firm 

NBC is saving Awake, Are You There Vodka…, Bent & Best Friends Forever for midseason, but they remain unscheduled.

Check out the details and trailers for for the new series courtesy of NBC:

SMASH is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire — to be a “Smash.” The series centers on a desire to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe — written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Tony Award nominee Christian Borle, “Legally Blonde: The Musical”) and Julia (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, “Will & Grace”). Julia recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the opportunity to write another Broadway hit. A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty (Katharine McPhee, “American Idol”) — who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds — and stage veteran (Megan Hilty, “9 to 5: The Musical”), who’s determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break. A tenacious producer Eileen (Oscar winner, Anjelica Huston, “Prizzi’s Honor”) discovers the “Marilyn” project and jumps on board with a brilliant director (Jack Davenport, “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) — whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality. 

The Playboy Club is a provocative new drama about a time and place that challenged the social mores, where a visionary entrepreneur created an empire and an icon changed American culture. It’s the early ‘60s, and the legendary Playboy Club in Chicago is the door to all of your fantasies — and the key is the most sought-after status symbol of its kind. Inside the seductive world of the bunny, the epitome of beauty and service, the clientele rubs shoulders with the decade’s biggest mobsters, politicos and entertainers. Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian, “CSI: Miami”) is one of the city’s top attorneys and the ultimate playboy, rubbing elbows with everyone in the city’s power structure. With mysterious ties to the mob, Nick comes to the aid of Maureen (Amber Heard, “Zombieland”), the stunning and innocent new bunny who accidentally kills the leader of the Bianchi crime family. Dating Nick is Carol-Lynne (Laura Benanti, “Take the Lead”), a bombshell and established star at the club who knows her days as a bunny are numbered and finds herself continually at odds with Billy (David Krumholtz, ”Numb3rs”), the club’s general manager. Adding to the charm of the Playboy club is Janie (Jenna Dewan Tatum, “American Virgin”), the carefree life of the party who is dating Max (Wes Ramsey, “CSI: Miami”), an overly protective bartender. Also starring are Naturi Naughton (“Fame”) and Leah Renee (“True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet”)

Up All Night! A modern take on parenthood that shows the challenges of balancing a career, marriage and a new baby. Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?) stars as Reagan, a successful public relations executive, and Will Arnett (Arrested Development) plays Chris, Reagan’s supportive, stay-at-home husband. The two have just become parents – a surprise that has set their lives on a new path as responsible adults — for the most part. Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) stars as Ava, Reagan’s outlandish boss and best friend, whose whirlwind social escapades serve as constant reminders of Reagan’s former carefree life. James Pumphrey (High Road) portrays Brian, Reagan’s socially awkward hipster assistant.

Free Agents! Based on the cult U.K. series of the same name that explores the trials and tribulations of two public relations executives on the rebound. Alex (Hank Azaria, “The Simpsons,”) is newly divorced and can barely keep himself together while his co-worker Helen (Kathryn Hahn, “Hung”) thinks she has it together but is obsessed with her deceased fiancé and actually is falling apart. Then a drunken Alex and Helen end up in bed together, and in the resulting sober confusion, Helen decides that they should only be friends. Meanwhile Alex’s co-workers, Dan (Mo Mandel, “Love Bites,”) and Gregg (Al Madrigal,“Gary, Unmarried”), and Stephen (Anthony Head, GILES from Buffy!) fail in their attempts to help him get back out on the dating scene. When Alex finally agrees to a date, Helen gets a little jealous, and he gets cold feet, so they end up back where they started — in a casual, intimate and beautifully awkward relationship. Also starring is Joe Lo Truglio (Mad Love) and Natasha Leggero (Ugly Americans). 

Whitney is a new multi-camera comedy series about Whitney (Whitney Cummings, “Chelsea Lately”) and Alex (Chris D’Elia, “Glory Daze”), a happily unmarried couple. Together for five years, the duo is in no rush to get hitched. However, after attending yet another one of their friends’ weddings, Whitney realizes that she and Alex are dangerously close to relationship boredom. Determined not to let that happen, Whitney consults her close circle of opinionated girlfriends — including Lily (Zoe Lister-Jones, “The Other Guys”) and Roxanne (Rhea Seehorn, “The Starter Wife”) — and then snaps into action. A few awkward sexy costumes and one botched seductive evening later, the couple ends up in the emergency room. Even so, Whitney and Alex realize that while their relationship might not be perfect on paper, they really do love each other — and that works for them. Also starring are Maulik Pancholy (NBC’s “30 Rock”) as Lily’s perfect boyfriend, and Dan O’Brien (“How I Met Your Mother”) as an eternal bachelor. 
 

Prime Suspect has been redeveloped for American audiences by writer Alexandra Cunningham (“Desperate Housewives,” “NYPD Blue”), director Peter Berg (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”) — and stars Maria Bello (“A History of Violence”) as tough-as-nails Detective Jane Timoney. Timoney finds that being a homicide detective in New York City is tough enough and having to contend with a male-dominated police department to get respect makes it that much tougher. She’s an outsider who has just transferred to a new precinct dominated by an impenetrable clique of a boys’ club. Timoney has her own vices too — with a questionable past — and she tends to be forceful, rude and reckless. But she’s also a brilliant cop who keeps her eye on one thing: the prime suspect. Also starring are Aidan Quinn (“Unknown”), Brian O’Byrne (“Flash Forward”), Tim Griffin (“Star Trek”), Kirk Acevedo (“Fringe”), Joe Nieves (“How I Met Your Mother”), Damon Gupton (“The Last Airbender”) and Peter Gerety (“Blue Bloods”).
 

Grimm is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli “Turn The Beat Around”) thought he prepared himself for the realities of working as a homicide detective until he started seeing things he couldn’t quite explain. When his ailing Aunt Marie (guest star Kate Burton, “Grey’s Anatomy”) arrives, Nick’s life turns upside down when she reveals they are descendants of an elite group of hunters, also known as “Grimms,” who fight to keep the balance of humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world. As Nick digs deeper into her past, he realizes that he will have to shoulder the responsibility of his ancestors — and contend with a larger-than-life mythology of the Brothers Grimm that is now all too real. Russell Hornsby (“Lincoln Heights”), Bitsie Tulloch (“Quarterlife”), Silas Weir Mitchell (“Prison Break”), Reggie Lee (“Persons Unknown”) and Sasha Roiz (“Caprica”) also star.
 

Awake! When Detective Michael Britten (Issacs) regains consciousness following his family’s car accident, he is told that his wife Hannah (Laura Allen, “Terriers”) perished but that his teen son, Rex (Dylan Minnette, “Saving Grace”), has survived. As he tries to put the pieces of his life back together, he awakens again in a parallel reality in which his wife is very much alive — but his son Rex died in the accident. In order to keep both of his loved ones alive at one time, he begins living two dueling realities in parallel worlds, which churns up confusion — in one moment, Michael and his wife debate about having another child to replace their son, while in the other reality, he is attracted to his son’s tennis coach, Tara (Michaela McManus, “The Vampire Diaries”), to fill the void from the loss of his wife. Trying to regain some normalcy, Michael returns to police work and solves crimes in both worlds with the help of two different partners — Detective Isaiah “Bird” Freeman (Steve Harris, “The Practice”) and Detective Efrem Vega (Wilmer Valderrama, “That ’70s Show”). Also starring are Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones (“24”) and BD Wong (NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) as therapists in each respective world.

Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea follows the exploits of twentysomething bartender Chelsea (Laura Prepon, “That ’70s Show”) a strong-willed force of nature who is determined to live life to the fullest and make no apologies. Her friends are along for the ride but they all know it is Chelsea’s way or the highway. Mark (Jo Koy, “Chelsea Lately”) is a charming bartender whose wit makes him the perfect foil for Chelsea while Shoniqua (Angel Laketa Moore, “ER”) is a smart and sassy fellow waitress who looks out for Chelsea’s best interests. Close friend and fellow bartender Todd (Mark Povinelli, “Water for Elephants”) has a wry sense of humor that keeps her in check. Also starring are Natalie Morales (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”) as Ivory, Chelsea’s feisty best friend; Lauren Lapkus (“The Middle”) as Dee Dee, Chelsea’s sheltered, shy roommate, and Lenny Clarke (“Rescue Me”) as Chelsea’s dad, Melvin. Handler has a recurring role as Chelsea’s sister Sloan, a happily married new mom who has little in common with her carefree sister.

Bent! On the surface, Alex (Amanda Peet, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”) and Pete (David Walton, “Perfect Couples”) could not be more different. The recently divorced Alex is a resilient and tough lawyer who now is raising her eight-year-old daughter, Charlie (Joey King, “Ramona and Beezus”), as a single mom. Unwilling to let anything get in her way, she downsizes into a smaller house, and she hires Pete, a recovering gambling addict and unapologetic womanizer, as the contractor to re-do her kitchen. The remodeling job is Pete’s last chance to prove that he is no longer a screw-up — but he doesn’t know what’s about to hit him when he encounters the force of nature that is Alex — nor does she realize that she’s met her match in Pete, a man unafraid to call out her flaws. Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”) also stars as Pete’s father, Walt, an out-of-work actor, while Margo Harshman (“Sorority Row”) stars as Alex’s wild younger sister Screwsie.

Best Friends Forever is a single-camera comedy that takes a look at what happens when best friends promise to support each other — no matter what the cost or circumstances. When Jessica’s (Jessica St. Clair, “In the Motherhood”) husband files for divorce, she immediately seeks comfort and flies across the country to move back in with her best friend, Lennon (Lennon Parham, “Accidentally on Purpose”). Unfortunately, Lennon’s boyfriend, Joe (Adam Pally, “Happy Endings”), has just moved into the apartment and has turned Jessica’s old room into his perfect home office. As Lennon and Jessica fall into their old routines — beloved traditions, Steel Magnolia marathons and epic girl-talk sessions — Joe begins to feel as if he’s the odd man out. While Lennon struggles to find balance between her previous life with Jessica and her new life with Joe, Jessica’s reentry to single life is complicated by the unresolved feelings that an old friend, Rav (Stephen Schneider, “The Funniest Movie Ever…Just Kidding”), has for her and the fact that pleated khakis aren’t the most flattering single girl look.  

The Firm continues the story of attorney Mitchell McDeere and his family 10 years after the events of the film and novel. As a young associate, McDeere brought down the prestigious Memphis law firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke, which operated as a front for the Chicago mob — and his life was never the same. After a difficult decade, which included a stay in the Federal Witness Protection program, Mitch and his family now emerge from isolation to reclaim their lives and their future — only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere. No cast yet.


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.


What’s On: 100th 30 Rock Thursday!

Tonight brings us an hour long 30 Rock, which is also its 100th episode. I’m still on vacation so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

100th Episode Alert!!!

30 Rock “100th Episode Parts 1 & 2” 10:00 on NBC

Liz has one episode to save her show’s life. One. She better make it count.

Here’s the Rest:

American Idol 8:00 on FOX
Community 8:00 on NBC
The Vampire Diaries 8:00 on CW (KLAUS!!!)

The Paul Reiser Show 8:30 on NBC

Bones 9:00 on FOX – Tonight’s episode serves as a backdoor pilot for The Locator, a new series for Bones creator Hart Hanson about Walter Sherman. He served with Booth in Iraq and he has a knack for being able to find things no one else can. He’s played by October Road’s Geoff Stults, Oscar Nominee Michael Clarke Duncan and Boston Legal’s Saffron Burrows.

Call Me Fitz 9:00 & 9:30 on 101 Network (Canadian series with Jason Priestley)
Nikita 9:00 on CW
The Office 9:00 on NBC (Michael’s last Dundies)

Parks and Recreation 9:30 on NBC (Ben and Leslie sitting in a tree…)

Archer 10:00 on FX – Second Season Finale. When this show is good its great, so check out the last episode until the summer.

Secret Diary of a Call Girl 10:00 on SHO


Parks & Recap: April and Andy’s What?

Andrew Maxwell Dwyer and April Roberta(!) Ludgate were married last night in a shocking, cheesy but ultimately sweet sitcom wedding. When I read the description for “Fancy Party” I was expecting another popular sitcom trope; The Dinner Party (which P&R already did hilariously in “Leslie’s House”) but within the first segment it was revealed that the Dinner Party was not happening and a wedding would be happening in its place. I’m getting ahead of myself, lets go back a bit.

An unusually giggly April began the episode by handing out invitations to their party, invitations that requested the invitee bring stuff like silverwear or cooked steaks. The party was being held at Andy’s friend Burley’s house cause Andy is sorta homeless.

Meanwhile Ben is deciding whether to stay in Pawnee or go back to Indianapolis. Hmmm I wonder what series regular Adam Scott’s character is going to choose?

And then the party began and it was quickly revealed to Leslie that Andy and April were getting married. It’s not often that Leslie’s in a plot where she gets to be the audience surrogate, but here she was thinking the same thing we all were; Huh?

At this point I seriously didn’t think they’d go through with it, that just as easily as they’d made their decision, they would unmake it.

Tom pursued being Andy’s best man and even enlisted Jean-Ralphio (guest star Ben Schwartz, Undercovers) to help with the speech writing. Tom’s quest to be best man was the weakest plot of the night, but it was totally redeemed with J-R’s speech outline (see below).

The night’s B-plot featured the increasingly zany and unhinged Ann going to a singles mixer which also had Donna in attendance. Ann’s terrible flirting and Donna’s coaching made this a winner for me. I know some people really hate on Ann, that the writers don’t know what to do with her, but this season since losing Chris, I say she’s been used well. The decay of her confidence mixed with the perfection of pairing her with Donna has made her a valuable member of the ensemble – at least last night, they’re still finding her groove, but you must agree that Ann this season has been a HUGE improvement from the last.

Back at the wedding Leslie seemed determined to stop the nuptuals, and I though she would up until the moment that Simon & Garfunkle’s “April Come She Will” started playing. With those first few soft chords we knew this was happening for real.

I have a few griped with the wedding; first April is barely 21 and her parents let her just get married to a guy nearly a decade older? It was one of the more over-the-top moments on a series with very few. Like in the teaser; Ron pulling out his tooth. Him actually pulling out a tooth would have sent Parks & Rec, a series grounded in its reality into Community or 30 Rock zone, but by revealing it was a ruse to impress his co-workers (and make Tom faint), P&R once again avoided becoming a farce. While I can’t completely overlook the unlikelihood of the Wedding, I can look past it and see what Parks and Rec tried (and pretty much succeeded) in doing. They managed to have an equally funny and sappy wedding and surprised the hell out of us.

At the end Ben decided to stay in Pawnee. Wow, what a revelation. Also April and Andy went on their honeymoon at Burley’s family’s summer home.  

I’d say overall the episode was a success, no “Harvest Festival” or “Ron & Tammy 2” but better than most of the other crap on. The writing staff is so strong and they way they’ve managed to keep their cast of nutjobs grounded it prevents Parks and Rec from becoming like The Office. Any Parks character could exist and probably does in some form, but Dwight, Creed, and Meredith are caricatures. Despite the unrealistic wedding scenario there was still a lot to love, Andy put it best saying; “I cannot emphasize how little we thought about this.”

Things I Loved!

– Jerry’s party shirt. It was awful and pure Jerry.

– Donna’s reference to the movie Nell.

– Derek (April’s ex) and Ben (his boyfriend) were the flower boys.

– Oren! Oren! Oren! We’ve heard about him before in a throwaway line in a previous episode I can’t place. (Leslie was like; ‘you’re friend with the trench coat and black nailpolish creeps people out’ and April was like; “Oren’s a genius” or something along those lines – if you know where it’s from lemme know). Loved him. Must have him back. Please.

– Nerdy Ben doesn’t like Peter Jackson’s LOTR?

– Ann’s awful, awful flirting.

– Andy calling the female Justice of the Peace a man.

– Ron realizing he’d been married and divorced three times and therefore gets to burn another ex-wife effigy.

– Natalie’s speech announcing she lost her grey hoodie, probably the one April wore at the beginning to cover up her dress.

– Andy thinking Tom and Jean-Ralphio were more than just friends.

– Oren ditching Chris cause he’s too upbeat.

– April telling Leslie she thinks she’s awesome and she loves her. Awww! 

Best Lines!

“Apparently they want me to bring Avatar, and 50 pairs of 3D glasses and a 3D capable television”  – Ben telling Leslie what he has to bring to the party.

“So not only does this thing exist, but you’ve deprived everyone of cake!” – Ron on Chris vegetable loaf/cake

“Are you sick? Are you terminal? Is it like that movie A Walk to Remember?” – Leslie trying to figure out why they’re getting married.

“It took me 4 years to find the right hairdresser and we still fight all the time!” – Leslie, the line was good but Poehler’s delivery was killer.  

“That was the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Did you grow up in the woods? Are you Nell? From the movie, Nell?” – Donna after Ann’s fails at flirting.

“Relationships are like scuba diving. If you come up to fast, you get the bends. And the reason why I know this is because I was dating a guy once, and we were scuba diving, and I told him that I loved him underwater, and he shot up really fast and got the bends.” – Leslie

“No Oren, I don’t know how I’m gonna die… Wait! Are you asking me or telling me?” – Ben talking to Oren who you cannot reveal any personal details to.

“I guess I kind of hate most things, but I never really seem to hate you. So I wanna spend the rest of my life with you. Is that cool?” – April’s vows.

“I would start with a joke, joke, Vince Vaughan quote – obviously”
“Swingers or Crashers?”
“Fred Claus. Talk about Andy’s ex-girlfriends, quote from Love Actually, hold back your tears, pause, drop the microphone and get out of that bitch” – Jean-Ralphio showing Tom the template for his best man speech.

Another strong episode in Parks very strong third season. I swear to god if NBC delays this again, I’m gonna do something insane. Did you like the wedding or was it too random and cheesy for you?