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What I Will Be Watching – March 21st, 2010

Two shows to spotlight tonight….

Life – 8/7c at 9/8c on Discovery and all Discovery Networks Two years ago, I was blown away by something I live in every day. Planet Earth. The BBC/Discovery series Planet Earth, presented a fantastic look at our planet, and I find myself watching the series at least twice a year. That series took 5 years, and many, many hours to produce and now the same people have done the same thing with the living that inhabit this planet.

Life is a 10-part series that will air on Discovery tonight, and on all of the partner channels such as Planet Green. I have had the pleasure to see the first two in advance that are airing tonight: Challenges of Life and Reptiles and Amphibians. The series is in one word: remarkable. There are really no other words to say how much this footage is unprecedented and you should really just check it out, instead of me writing about it. One for the books for sure.

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution – 10/9c on ABC With Brothers and Sisters not returning to its big 2-hour flashback episode on the 11th of April, ABC has planned a special two-part episode (review on Monday) of Castle that was to air tonight and tomorrow after Desperate Housewives. ABC changed their minds and has now schedule Castle to air on its regular night, and instead a sneak peek at the new series Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. The first episode of the series which follows the English chef as he tries to change the food ways of the heaviest town in America is a well-made, compelling hour. It is lighthearted in its tone but serious in the story and really shows what terrible, terrible eating styles are going on in Huntington, West Virginia. It is a worth a look after DH, and it sure made me think about what kind of food I was eating with my family.

3 To Watch Sunday Night

Olympics are ending, television is coming back, new episodes, new stars, and new shows will be entering the airways this week and beyond.

Closing Ceremonies – 7/6c on NBC I have been for the last two weeks mostly glued to the Olympics, for better or for worse, and tonight the 2010 games end and the countdown to London begins. NBC coverage can be frustrating to us on the west coast but I have enjoyed the talent and events they play at certain times. I can only hope that tonight’s event is co-hosted by the wonderful Mary Carillo like previous years, but have been unable to confirm that. Following the 3.5 hours is…

The Marriage Ref – 10:30/9:30c on NBC What looks like a hilarious program in a special sneak preview. The Marriage Ref is from Jerry Seinfeld, and features a panel of celebrity judges that range from Tina Fey to Maddona who judge actually couples problems. A 30 minute preview with Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, and Kelly Ripa airs after the ceremonies, and a fine comedian Tom Papa serves as the “Ref.” At first I was hesitant of this new concept series, but throughout the weeks I have come around. It will settle into its regular time slot, Thursday at 10/9c.

Brothers and Sisters – 10/9c on ABC Family drama will be very present on the site this week thanks to NBC’s new family series Parenthood, but the staple right now is still going over on ABC, and while the season of Brothers and Sisters has had its highs (Kitty’s cancer) and the low’s (Justin’s school life), I am still enjoying this year the most since Season 2 and tonight’s episode is no different. Whenever Nora and Holly (Sally Field and Patricia Wettig) get together you do not know what to expect and fans of the battling duo will be very happy tonight along with the political side as Kitty and Buffy (Cheryl Hines in a perfect southern role) as that becomes a staple in the series to come. The biggest draw for many however is the return of Gilles Marini, who plays Sarah’s french lover Luc who we saw last week as the artist of the painting that Sarah received without knowing. He is a gem on the program and I hope he continues to be a bright light (SPOILER ALERT: Gilles will become a series regular next year, so we will be seeing a lot more of him.)

What I Will Be Watching – Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Some notably new TV tonight….

How to Make It in America – 10/9c on HBO In the vein of his own show Entourage, Mark Wahlberg has joined in and is producing a New York based comedy for the network that centers around a group of friends as they try to hit it big in the Big Apple. I have seen the première episode which is available here at, and while I was not enthralled by it, I was not terribly disappointed thanks to my low expectations. The cast includes October Road alum Bryan Greenberg as the lead Ben, Kid Cudi, and a personal favorite Lake Bell as Ben’s ex, who you may have seen in shows such as Surface and Boston Legal. Martha Plimpton pops in as a recurring player and as I hear she is a huge highlight and I am excited to check her out. Premiering after the comedy is another new one in The Ricky Gervais Show based on his popular podcast this animated show brings the stories to life. Ricky is da bomb.

The Amazing Race – 8/7c on CBS The race is back on (plus it was also renewed for a fall cycle!), with brand new locations and some old favorites to revisit with new teams and of course good old Phil Keoghan. In the 16th installment of my favorite reality competition and Emmy favorite, Big Brother fans will at least recognize one team in Jeff and Jordan the sweet pair that met on this past summer’s season and are testing the TV relationship on the race. Should be a blast and after the show is Undercover Boss, settling in to its regular timeslot after last week’s “Super” première at 9/8c. The boss of Hooters goes in to test the managers and staff and may I say, we might see a FIRING. Awesome.

If you are not into any of those progams, the Olympics continue on NBC and last night’s primetime coverage featured some exhilerating action in the Moguls and Short Track. Go Team USA!

Also, NBC, where is the Olympic standard Jim Lampley? Al Michaels is doing an okay job in the daytime host position but I miss Jim’s nice comments about the event but one person that you can tell LOVES to be in Vancouver is the just great Mary Carillo who is now going from assignment reporter to late night host!

Your thoughts?!

What I Will Be Watching – February 9th, 2009

Little less TV on tonight than I was expecting but that can be a good thing…

Obama Press Conference – 8eastern/5pacific  Tonight marks President Obama’s first live press conference since being sworn in 3 weeks ago. I will be watching to see how he performs under the pressure of the press group that is so highly critical. What will happen, find out tonight?

The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory – SPECIAL TIME 9:30/8:30c on CBS  When CBS got word of the press conference they could not let the fans not get a new episode of the Big Bang Theory, especially this episode. Tonight, Christine Baranski comes to town as Sheldon’s mom and if that is not perfect casting I do not know what is. I love Christine, since the days where I watched reruns of Cybill. Her visit is not welcomed by her son but does make for more time with Penny.

Trust Me – 10/9c on TNT  After last week’s great episode, I was hoping the numbers were going to be great too for Trust Me. Sadly, they were not up to par. The reception has been dim but I am hoping people heard the buzz and will latch on this week when the bosses want Mason to use Sarah’s ideas more.

Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri

Heroes – 9/8c on NBC I still have hope that this volume will bring the show back to more watchable level than the level we are at now. One thing that will help the addition of Dan Byrd who was the main character on the now cancelled-but-great Aliens in America. He teams up with Sylar, and he is like a mentor to him. Also, the ramifactions of the plane crash make the heroes work together.

Diner, Drive-ins, and Dives – 10/9c on Food Network I have a hidden passion that is Food Network. I love my faves, Giada, Rachael, Ina, Bobby, Cat, Sandra, and more. One of the nets best shows is one hosted by my favorite Next Food Network Star Guy Fieri. He goes to the best Diner, Drive-ins and Dives to find the best food and I get hungry ever time I watch which is usually at one in the morning, never a good thing. Tonight, there is a new episode which features the always great hot BBQ!

Kyle XY – 9/8c on ABC Family  In the last stunt story the show will most likely ever do before their mid-March farewell. Nicole is critically injured in a car accident and the Tragers rally around in support!

CSI: Miami – 10/9c on CBS  Diddy guests as a lawyer that gives Horatio and the crew some trouble. Maybe they can have a taking off sunglasses battle? Just kidding!

What I Will Be Watching – February 8th, 2009

There is actually new TV on Sundays! Lots of offerings including returning faves, and specials….

gramaphoneGrammy Awards – 8/7c on CBS  When it comes to award shows I have never gotten into the Grammys. I love music but to me award shows combined with music don’t mix. This year’s ceremony’s have a lot of great artists performing including U2, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Jennifer Hudson, The Jonas Brothers, and more! Coldplay and Lil’ Wayne lead the nominations.

XIII – 9/8c on NBC  NBC has really gotten into miniseries this year. First it was last month’s terrible The Last Templar, not it is the very non-promoted XIII. I have seen this one and it may or may not be for you. It is really stupid in the vein of The Last Templar, but is interesting. It did not fell like a NBC show. It felt like a European small budget action film. It stars Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff, who the latter is a person like Jason Bourne who does not who he is and is only know by the number 13. After the president’s assassination, 13 is framed and he must clear him name. The first two hours air tonight, while the last two air next Sunday.

Luke Grimes; Brothers & Sisters

Luke Grimes; Brothers & Sisters

Desperate Housewives – 9/8c on ABC  After a 3-week break, the housewives are back. As usual they are up to their usual drama, and if only Dana Delany had some. Is it just me or after her first huge season last year, she has been way underused? Get Dana back in the fold! Tonight, Gaby wants to get back to her model physique and enlists Edie’s help. Also, Bree gets a new car, while her friend Lynette loses hers for money.

Brothers & Sisters – 10/9c on ABC  The time is finally here. Since May, we have heard that Rebecca is not a Walker and it turns out it is a kid named Ryan Lafferty who is the real “R” Walker. Now in February, he finally shows up. In the first of two new episodes (B&S takes a week off then comes back with a two-hour special episode), Ryan contacts Nora after learning his dad is not who he thought and he wants answers. Luke Grimes plays Ryan, who is slated for multiple episodes this season, and an option to become a full regular next season. Also in the hour, Nora learns Nigel has a wife, and Rebecca goes to find her dad David Caplan (Ken Olin) after she learns about Tommy’s illegal plan to get her mom out of the business.

The United States of Tara – 10/9c on Showtime  Have you been watching this new comedy? I have and I am still loving it. This hardcore dark comedy that stars Toni Colette as Tara who has D.I.D (Dissociative Identity Disorder), is such fun and an awesome character piece for Toni and the rest of the cast. Her son Marshall is still my favorite part of the show. He is so fun and interesting, love it!

What I Will Be Watching – January 26th, 2009

This weekend was a busy weekend for me. I did manage to check out Flashpoint, which was a amazing emotional hour of TV, Monk, one of the best episodes in a while, and BSG, I posted my thoughts early.  I will post a recap of my thoughts in depth on these and last night’s TV in a bit, but first here are my favortie choices from tonight’s lineup….

Trust Me

Trust Me – 10/9c on TNT  TNT is at it again with original programming. This time with Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanugh as to best friends in an ad agency. This is not like Mad Men, just to make that clear, it is set in modern times. The show centers around the two, and how they work and created the ads even with there personal lives. The drama also shows the home life, including Sarah Clarke (Nina on 24), and I love her. I think this could be another hit for TNT.

The Last Templar – 9/8c on NBC  When I am writing this I have yet to see the first two hours of the miniseries. From all that I have heard, the reaction has been negative, but I love the premise and I am definitely going to check out this section of the show starring Victor Garber, Mina Sorvino, and Scott Foley.

The Closer

The Closer

The Closer – 9/8c on TNT This cop drama has been recommended to me over and over again but I have failed to watch. It is also on my catch up during the summer list. The drama returns tonight for five episodes to help launch Trust Me. This week, the unit is renamed Major Crimes Division and they investigate teen that could be related to a planned massacre. Not fun stuff.

24 – 9/8c on FOX  This season is on fire. Last week’s episode was an amazing episode and the silent clock ending was shocking and cool. Also, what is up with the First Gentlemen? Is he dead? What will happen? I don’t know. Tonight, we get the one o’clock hour to straighten things out.  Dubaku is getting impatient about his demands and Jack is making a plan, and hopefully a good one.

House – 8/7c on FOX  This medical drama is great, but I don’t watch. I watch House when it repeats on USA all the time, but never on FOX. I don’t know why but I just do. But you should! Tonight, Cuddy hands over her day-to-day things to Cameron, and a child is spitting blood.

2009 SAG Award Winners

Here are tonight’s winners at the SAG awards. The list will be updated throughout the night.

Stunt Ensemble (Film) – The Dark Knight

Stunt Ensemble (TV) – Heroes

Actress Comedy (TV) – Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Actor Comedy (TV) – Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Comedy Ensemble (TV) – 30 Rock

Supporting Actress (Film) – Kate Winslet, The Reader

Actor Drama (TV) – Hugh Laurie, House

Actress Drama (TV) – Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters

Drama Ensemble (TV) – Mad Men

Lifetime Achievement – James Earl Jones

Miniseries/Movie Actress (TV) – Laura Linney, John Adams

Miniseries/ Movie Actor (TV) – Paul Giamatti, John Adams

Supporting Actor (Film) – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Lead Actress (Film) – Meryl Streep, Doubt

Lead Actor (Film) – Sean Penn, Milk

Ensemble Cast (Film) – Slumdog Millionaire