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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 Tuesday!

All the scripted series, save for Glee, end their runs tonight. Hellcats and One Tree Hill are still on the bubble so tonight would be the night to make your viewership known. Also word is that Breaking In could survive if tonight’s rating spike up. The finale I’m most excited for is The Good Wife, I can’t wait to see how they close their stellar second season. Also did I mention someone dies on Glee tonight. DIES! As a piggy for TV death I’m actually looking forward to Glee for the first time in a long time. Here are our recommendations for tonight, Tuesday May 17, 2011. 

Season 2 Finale!
The Good Wife
 “Closing Arguments” 10:00 on CBS

The best series on broadcast TV ends tonight and has Alicia and Kalinda trying to work together to prove their client’s innocence despite the tension. And even though I’m not a ‘shipper by any means I’m most excited to see if the timing can finally be right for Alicia and Will. If the really spoilery promo is any indication it’s gonna happen sooner than later. Titus Welliver, Kelli Giddish, Dallas Roberts and Chris Noth all return tonight. Enjoy the promo but beware of spoilers!

Not A Finale!
Glee “Funeral” 8:00 on FOX

Who’s dying tonight? Terri Schuester? Burt Hummel? Howard Bamboo? Jesse St. James? Jacob Ben Israel? Principal Figgins? Karofsky? Personally I wish it was Sue Sylvester, then maybe Jane Lynch could be on a series that’s worthy of her talent. 

8th Season Finale! 
NCIS “Pyramid” 8:00 on CBS

Last week Jack McPhee the Port-to-Port killer offed Mike Franks and tonight one more character joins him in TV heaven.

8th Season Finale!
One Tree Hill
 “This is my house, this is my home” 8:00 on CW

The series jumps forward a year and Brooke gives birth. I used to love this show, and Brooke Davis is an incredible character and I know it’s weird – but I’m like REALLY happy for her that she got pregnant, and is having a baby tonight. She wanted one so bad and when it was revealed she couldn’t have one my heart broke for her. 

 

Season/Series? Finale!
Hellcats 
“I’m Sick Y’all” 9:00 on CW 

I’ll be kinda sad to see this go but I really think it’s worn out it’s novelty. What I will miss is a killer lead performance from Aly Michalka. Here’s the promo for the finale which finds the Hellcats at the cheerleading championship.

2nd Season Finale
NCIS:LA
 “Familia” 9:00 on CBS

The team tries to unravel the mystery behind Hetty’s (Linda Hunt) sudden resignation, and Callen is drawn in when it he discovers it has to do with his mysterious history.

 

First Season Finale!
Raising Hope
 “Don’t Vote for this Episode” 9:01 on FOX

Raising Hope goes back in time to when Jimmy was an 18 year old goth and Maw-Maw was lucid. Love it! Don’t have a promo for tonight’s episode so check out a featurette starring Martha Plimpton. 

Season/Series? Finale!
Breaking In
 “21.0 Jump Street” 9:30 on FOX 

It’s simple, if you want there to be more of this show, watch it tonight. The finale guest stars Mike Tyson as himself and has the cast heading back to high school. 

First Season Finale Alert!
Body Of Proof
 “Broken Home” 10:01 on ABC

Megan (Dana Delaney) suspects foul play when a terminally ill socialite dies and halts the family’s attempts at having a proper funeral. Complicating things further, Megan finds out Kate (Jeru Ryan) is sleeping with her exhusband (guest star Jeffrey Nordling). It would be nice if the two strong female leads on this series wouldn’t fight over men, ABC should pair this with Charlie’s Angels next year. Jill Eikenberry guest stars too.

The Rest:

The Biggest Loser 8:00 on NBC – The final four become the final two in tonight’s penultimate episode. I miss Courtney Crozier so much. 

Dancing With The Stars 9:00 on ABC – The final four becomes the finale three. 

Tosh.0 10:00 on Comedy Central – I’m so happy Daniel is back to ridicule those unfortunate internet idiots. 

The Voice 10:00 on NBC – The battle rounds continue. 


What’s On: Sweeps Event Tuesday

Death! Resignations! New Characters! Guest Stars! “You slept with my husband!” Proms! Pregnant Teens! It truly is sweeps, relish every minute folks. Here are our recommendations for tonight, Tuesday May 10, 2011. 

NCIS “Swan Song” 8:00 on CBS

With two deaths on tap for the remainder of the season it looks like the Port-to-Port killer will strike at least once tonight. With a buttload of recurring characters guesting tonight the identity of the deceased is anyone’s guess (my guess is longtime recurring guest Muse Watson who’s played Mike Franks since the season 3 finale). Watson, Sarah Jane Morris (Brothers and Sisters), Alimi Ballard (Numbers) and Kerr Smith (Dawson’s Creek).

NCIS: LA “Imposters” 9:00 on CBS

It’s looking like Oscar Winner Linda Hunt’s tenure as head of the LA Naval Command’s office is over and the mantle is being taken over by Claire Forlani who begins tonight as Lauren Hunter. The episode is about a navy impostor that was killed and found with some nasty bombs.

Raising Hope “Baby Monitor”  9:01 on FOX

Virginia and Burt use Hope’s baby monitor to spy on there new neighbours, guest stars Ethan Suplee and Jamie Pressley, both former stars of Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia’s last effort, My Name is Earl. 

The Good Wife “Getting Off” 10:00 on CBS

Last week Martha Plimpton’s shady defense lawyer returned to Wife and tonight Mamie Gummer (Off the Map) returns as Nancy Crozier, last seen as Alicia’s co-counsel in the episode Cleaning House, but this time she’s a prosecutor. I like the idea of Nancy working for Peter. BTW – how crazy tense was Peter and Alicia’s breakup. It took him all of two seconds to shift the blame on Alicia and ask if it’s about Will. Sarah Silverman guest stars as the operator of a adultery website who’s charged with murder. I can’t wait to see Alicia go nuts on Kalinda. Confrontation of the year!

The Rest:

The Biggest Loser 8:00 on NBC – NBC’s golden goose.

Glee 8:00 on FOX – “Prom Queen” An extra got fired for tweeting spoilers from tonight’s episode revealing who won Prom King and Queen. I think its proposterous that TWO people hailing from the least popular club in school would win king and queen whether or not they play sports or cheerlead. Stupid Glee. 

One Tree Hill 8:00 on CW – Miss Lauren texts her vajayjay to the guys after a wild girls night.  

16 & Pregnant 9:00 on MTV – Nasty.

Dancing With The Stars Results 9:00 on ABC – There’s not even anyone famous on it!!?!

Hellcats 9:00 on CW – Marti and her law prof (Gale Harold) get busy, but it can’t possibly last long his CW Kevin Williamson pilot Secret Circle is said to be a lock for the fall schedule. 

Becoming Chaz 9:00 on OWN – Watch Chastity Bono become Chaz in this up close documentary from Oprah and Rosie O’Donnell.

Traffic Light  9:31 on FOX – Money becomes an issue between Lisa (Liza Lapira) and Callie (Aya Cash) when Callie photographs Tommy and leaves payment undefined. I love when friends on sitcoms fight. 

The Voice 10:00 on NBC – Its singer vs. signer as they take to the ring to duke it out in a vocal battle with their coaches choosing the victors. 

Worst. Prom. Ever. 10:00 on MTV – Tis the season I guess. MTV unveils its new original film. 


What’s On: Martha Plimpton Tuesday!

Martha Plimpton is possibly one of the finest actresses on television right now, in the last couple of seasons she guest starred on Fringe, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Make It In America and The Good Wife, stealing scenes wherever she went. This season she’s been the exclusive property of Fox on Raising Hope, until tonight when she makes her triumphant return to The Good Wife as Lockhart/Gardner nemesis Patti Nyholm. Watch her at 9 on Fox and at 10 on CBS, which are our recommendations for tonight, Tuesday May 3 2011.

The Martha:

Raising Hope “Everybody Flirts … Sometimes” 9:01 on Fox

The magnanimous Plimpton is hilarious and right at home as Virginia Chance on Raising Hope. She’s got great timing, is on fire with zingers and has good chemistry with Garret Dillahunt. Tonight Burt’s flirting becomes a problem and the rest of the Chance family takes on flirting to get ahead. Check out all the promos!

The Good Wife “In Sickness” 10:00 on CBS

The promo and the clip for tonight’s episode focus on the fallout from the Leela Bombshell, the devastating revelation that Peter slept with Kalinda, Alicia’s best friend. The second video (which is kinda spoilery) touches on the fallout and is kinda intense. As much as I’ve been waiting to see how Alicia deals with the fallout, I’m more excited to see the return of Plimpton who’s Nyholm appeared in the season one episodes “Heart” and “Crash” where she used being pregnant and nursing respectively to manipulate the court and win her case (she never did though) tonight at first she goes up against the firm but then in classic Good Wife twisty fashion she becomes their client when she’s dismissed from her firm.

The Non-Martha:

The Biggest Loser 8:00 on NBC – Non Courtney Crozier Biggest Loser Sucks.

NCIS “Baltimore” 8:00 on CBS  – Its an origin episode chronicling how DiNozzo was recruited by Gibbs. Check out the promo.

Glee 8:00 on FOX – Rumors are going around McKinley High. Maybe Brittany’s new web series is to blame.

Dancing With The Stars 9:00 on ABC – One more pair loses their chance at the mirrorball.

NCIS:LA 9:00 on CBS – Hetty is leaving?!? NO!

Hellcats 9:00 on CW – I can’t believe Marty kissed her professor (Gale Harold). Series star Aly Michalka’s real life sister AJ guests and sings a duet with her sister.

The Voice 9:00 on NBC – I kinda love it…. love it a lot.

Traffic Light 9:30 on FOX – Denman and Lapira (right) shine in this relationship sitcom.

Body of Proof 10:01 on ABC – Are John Carroll Lynch and Sonja Sohn taking turns?  They haven’t been on screen together since the second episode.


The Good Wife Recap: The Leela Bombshell

For weeks now we knew it’d be coming and in the last few seconds of The Good Wife last night it arrived, care of Andrew Wiley, Glenn Childs’ daddy- investigator played by the wiley Tim Guinee. He’d been hounding Alicia all day for a moment of her time – to ask her why Blake Calamar (Scott Porter) had been interviewed by an AUSA with Alicia’s name as the subject line. Being that it was the eve of the election, Alicia was busy – she had a case involving a Courtney Love-obsessesed Hugo Chavez, Eli pressuring her to be interviewed, she just didn’t have time for Childs’ or Wiley’s games. But he finally caught up with her at Peter’s (Chris Noth-free?) victory party. He told her that the information he was looking for was simply a rumour, and then he asked Alicia if she wanted to know it. I don’t get why Alicia said yes… was she feeling invincible from Peter’s win? From her kick-ass interview with Erica Hill? Wiley told her that the rumour was that Peter had slept with a co-worker – someone who he’s checked into and doesn’t exist, someone named LEELA**, who Alicia knows is Kalinda.

The next scene bit could have gone a lot of way but to the huge credit of Julianna Margulies and the episodes writers Robert & Michelle King (also the series creators) it was one of the single most heartbreaking moments on TV this year. Alicia, upon realizing her husband had slept with her best friend, quietly and composed she leaves the party and walking down the hallway her heartbreak creeps up and losing her composure, she cries. And maybe I did too a little.

This is a game changer folks, one of The Good Wife’s strongest relationships is the growing friendship between Alicia and Kalinda. They’re co-workers, girlfriends, drinking buddies, and now it’s probably over. Alicia’s not stupid, and seeing as it only took Cary two seconds to make the assumption that Kalinda befriended Alicia out of guilt, it should have crossed her mind in the hallway.

The rest of the episode was fun but a little complex and  distracting. The firm represented a Venezuelan drilling contractor suing a US oil conglomerate, half way through the depositions Chavez decides to nationalize the drilling company effectively removing L/G’s clients from their company. And in came Fred Dalton Thompson as the actor turned lawyer (in a nod to his real life professions as Actor/Lawyer/former Congressman) representing the Venezualan dictator. Thompson used his charm and celebrite to charm the usually fickle “In my opinion” Judge Lessner (Ana Gasteyer). Chavez was seen from the chest down and played like a rambling foreign comedian, leave it to the Good Wife to play a ruthless dictator for laughs. My personal fave was; “Where is Courtney Love’s Oscar? WHERE?” 

That plot also gave way for America Ferrera’s Natalie Flores to be written in the episode as an intern at the firm and translator on this case. In the end she was hired away by Thompson’s character to be a translator in DC.  I actually  liked America Ferrera in the Good Wife world, and within a different context her character could have flourished, but her and Eli as a couple never really felt right to me, there was simply just no chemistry.

The oddest thing about the episode is how the election results came in in an episode without either candidate making an appearance. I doubt it was by choice, sometimes schedules don’t work out, and Peter did make an appearance, but only as blur being introduced into a crowd in the background as Alicia made her exit. It felt weird, like the digital Livia Soprano in season 3 weird, like CBS needs to put Chris Noth on some sort of contract (he’s been busy lately starring with Kiefer Sutherland, Brian Cox nad Jason Patric in That Championship Season on Broadway), worst of all it felt cheap.

Despite my feeling cheated and not totally loving the funny dictator gag, I still felt like this was a solid, but by no means great, entry into a stellar season.  

There’s no new Good Wife until Tuesday May 3rd, when it returns for it’s fianl three episodes, the first is called “In Sickness” and it brings MARTHA FRIKKIN PLIMPTON back to the show. Martha Plimpton, currently starring on Fox’s Raising Hope has guested twice on the Good Wife as Lockhard/Gardner rival attorney (and future client???) Patti Nyholm, who used her pregnancy and newborn as props in her previous cases against L/G. Plimpton was the thing I was most thankful for last year after great turns on How To Make It In America, The Good Wife, Fringe and Raising Hope. And now she’s back on The Good Wife – May 3rd can’t come soon enough. CBS says of it’s next ep:

Lockhart/Gardner defends a patient in a liver transplant case against rival attorney Patti Nyholm; however, the case takes a turn when Patti is fired from her law firm and asks Lockhart/Gardner to represent her. Meanwhile, Alicia deals with emotional fallout from Peter’s one-night stand with Kalinda.

** Kalinda, or Leela rather, was unhapppily married and living in Toronto, she burnt down a house to fake her death and moved to Chicago where she worked for Peter’s office. She traded or more likely had out of gratitude, sex with Peter in exchange for him changing her identity from Leela to Kalinda Sharma.