next week 2/4

Monday

  • Welcome to the Captain (CBS, 8:30) Series Premiere – Flailing filmmaker moves into an apartment building that is eclectic to say the least, starring Jeffrey Tambor among others.
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS, 9:30pm) Season Premiere – Christine deals with her ex, his new girlfriend Christine, her brother/manny, her kind of geeky son, the mean moms at the private school she can barely afford, and of course the funny Wanda Sykes as gal pal and now curves-like business co-owner.
  • The Game (CW, 9:30) – The last episode due to the strike as I’m sure some drama and comedy will ensue with the gals of football.

Tuesday

  • House (Fox, 9pm) – Enjoy the last ep due to strike, as House deals with the always good, religious zealot with unknown ailment.
  • Super Tuesday Coverage (check your local listings) – Coverage on the elections, it’ll be super!

Wednesday

  • ANTM: Exposed (CW, 8pm) – I almost didn’t list this because I hate the clips shows, but apparently they’ve got highlights if you just can’t wait for the new season.
  • CSI: NY (CBS, 10pm) – Last ep due to the strike as ickily a victim is found drowned in a self cleaning toilet.

Thursday

  • Survivor (CBS, 8pm) Season Premiere – So this time they’re hitting Micronesia and it’s fans vs. favorites, I wonder how much money Jeff Probst makes for these.
  • Lipstick Jungle (NBC, 10pm) Series Premiere – This is the other one (if you like or wanted to like Cashmere Mafia) where it’s successful gal pals, only this one has three friends and one of them is Brooke Shields.

Friday

  • Davis Cup (OLN, Fri/Sat/Sun, 9am/pst, check your local listings) – Last year’s USA tennis champs head to Austria to start the new season.
  • Flash Gordon (Scifi, 8pm) Season Finale – I’ve never seen this show but have a nostalgic remembrance of the cheesy old movie version.
  • Friday Night Lights (NBC, 9pm) Last ep due to the strike as the players and those around them do what they do.

Saturday

  • Bernard and Doris (HBO, 8pm) – Ralph Fiennes and Susan Sarandon add some acting chops to the original HBO film’s fictionalized story of Doris Duke’s (who?) final years.

Sunday

  • Grammy Awards (CBS, 8pm) – They come, they model their outfits, they sing, they win… or lose as the case may be.
  • British Academy Film Awards (BBC, 8pm) – Apparently the stars are heading to this one if you want to catch them in case we don’t settle domestically.
  • 100 Most Outrageous Moments of All Time (NBC, 9pm) – Not sure if this is a Britney biography or what.
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next week 1/28

Monday

  • State of the Union (6/9pm est/pst, Check Your Local Listings) – We don’t have to listen to him for much longer.
  • In Treatment (HBO, 9:30pm) Series Premiere – Gabriel Byrne is a therapist with of course a ton of issues of his own in this 5 night a week show, man, 5 nights a week?
  • Gossip Girl (CW, 8pm) – A special presentation of the pilot with additional behind the scenes and interview footage.
  • Making the Band (MTV, 10pm) Season Premiere – Hmm, so I read that this is the 11th season, then I read that this was Making the Band 4, maybe they stopped making new bands? I remember watching the first season on network tv with the making of OTown but haven’t watched since.

Tuesday

  • Baghdad Hospital: Inside the Red Zone (HBO, 8:30pm) – A close look at life in Baghdad by an Iraqi doctor who has since fled the country.
  • House (Fox, 9pm) – It’s new, they try to diagnose someone… should still be two more after this.

Wednesday

  • Lost (ABC, 9pm) – Last season’s finale with extra facts and tidbits to get you caught up.
  • Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants (CW, 8pm) Season Finale – I don’t know what they win, but one team will win.
  • American Ballroom Challenge (PBS, 8pm) – And they dance….

Thursday

  • Lost (ABC, 8/9pm) Season Premiere – It’s baaack, and they really want you to know what’s going on so the recap espisode at 8 should tell us all we need to know to get sucked in yet again… they better settle this strike.
  • Eli Stone (ABC, 10pm) Series Premiere – Is this lawyer a prophet, a sick man, or a nut job? No matter what his life is going to change.

Friday

  • 1 vs. 100, Friday Night Lights, Las Vegas (NBC, 8/9/10) – They’re new…
  • Dinner for Five (IFC, 10:30) – Jon Favreau welcomes guests Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsley, Justin Long and Keir O’Donnell.

Saturday

  • Trading Spaces (TLC, 9pm) – This episode is the first in its regular timeslot, we had the first ep of the season last week, and we were all excited to have Paige back holding the reigns again.

Sunday

  • Suberbowl XLII (Fox, 3pm/pst ) – This might be the only occasion that we use roman numerals.
  • House (Fox, 7:15?) – In the coveted after superbowl spot Mira Sorvino gets some remote diagnosis.
  • Life is Wild (CW, 8pm) Season Finale – I guess you could find out how the wild is treating this family.
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australian open

djokovic at australian openSome of you may have gleaned that I am a tennis fan. Not in a super fanatical sort of way, but in a I like to watch it when it’s on, though admittedly it’s nice to nap to… I do get more caught up the more I watch but as I am typically without cable access, I don’t get to watch a lot (though with my busy tv schedule that’s maybe not the worst thing). 

But as the tennis season starts with the Australian Open I almost missed it and was surprised to find that there is no network coverage. It was only being covered on ESPN2, not even ESPN mind you.

Now some series like Wimbledon and US Open get network coverage on the middle weekend, and Wimbledon has its own nightly highlights show, but I thought all of them showed the final. There are only four biggies: Australian, French, Wimbledon, and the US Open. Is that asking too much?

We even get network coverage of most of the finals in the entire hard court series leading up the US Open. Someone pointed out to me that it might be the time difference, which could be. Coverage at around 9pm/pst and midnight might not be the best to schedule, but we do have a writer’s strike going on, what else are they really showing?

So for those of you who might be interested, where do we stand right now? On the men’s side, even with Federer sick leading up to things he’s always the favorite, though I like that Djokovic kid. With Sharapova in excellent form taking out Henin (and the always wild card Williams sisters out) she has to be looking good, though I do like Ivanovic.

  • Men’s First Semifinal – Nadal (2) vs. Tsonga (Thursday – was at 12:30am/pst but… I won’t tell you who won – replays at noon/pst)
  • Men’s Second Semifinal – Federer (1) vs. Djokovic (3) (Friday 12:30am/pst replays at noon/pst)
  • Women’s Final – Ivonovic (4) vs. Sharapova (5) (Friday at 6pm/pst)
  • Men’s Final – TBD  (Sun 12:30 am/pst) 

ESPN2, Check your local listings.

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next week 11/26

Monday

  • Samantha Who? (ABC, 9pm) New Time – Just when I had my system down, switching from 2 1/2 Men to this they have to screw with the schedule… I still find this show funny as Sam navigates her new and old lives with amnesia.
  • Notes from the Underbelly (ABC, 9:30pm) Season Premiere – I found this show almost funny, but not quite, as a young couple gets pregnant and tries to find their place between their crazy single friends and their crazy married-and-in-the-family-way friends.

Tuesday

  • Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC, 8pm) – Whoopi also does a little behind the scenes of this holiday classic.
  • Dancing with the Stars (ABC, 9pm) – Fifth season finale with Melanie, Helio, and Marie (that’s spice girl, race car driver and osmond) going for the title.
  • House (Fox, 9pm) – If you haven’t been following along House’s attempts to pick a new team you’ve been missing out, he finalizes tonight, and it’s been a great way to see new interactions with new characters and him getting to mess wtih folks on a whole new level, I say cutthroat bitch gets the ax, i don’t even miss the less seen old crew all that much.

Wednesday

  • Shrek the Halls/How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABC, 8, 8:30pm) – Really there was a Shrek tv special?
  • Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC, 8pm) – Al Roker, some songsters, and a big lit tree.

Thursday

  • My Name is Earl (NBC, 8pm) – Who knew prison could keep the stories going but could Earl’s attempts to earn his freedom deplete his lottery winnings?

Friday

  • Davis Cup (VS, Fri 1pm, Sat 12:30pm, Sun 1pm check your local listings) – Well this is the US men’s team tennis finals with Roddick, Blake and the Brian brothers trying to win the title by defeating Russia, singles Friday, doubles Saturday and reverse singles Sunday.
  • My Night at the Grammys (CBS, 8pm) – Apparently there are moments from the Grammy’s they deem worth sharing.

Saturday

  • Jesse Stone: Sea Change (CBS, 8pm) – This is a rerun of one of the Tom Selleck as Parker’s Jesse drunk sheriffing in a small town.
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NBC, 8pm) – You know, more Christmas stuff.

Sunday

  • Pictures of Hollis Woods (CBS, 9pm) – Sissy Spacek gets title role in this tv movie about a foster mom and her ward.

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us open

So when one friend referred to Federer as ‘some Swiss guy’ and another said ‘isn’t Wimbledon already over?’ I realized that folks aren’t necessarily as up to date on tennis as I am. If you want to join the fun, the US Open is happening in NY, the last and perhaps most stylish of the four grand slams (the others are Australian, French and Wimbledon).

The men’s section is often a little boring with Federer (some Swiss guy) dominating the game, though he is a true champion and a gracious guy, so you can’t even fault him. With spunky Spanish Nadal at 2 (beating Federer on clay at French) and hopefully a few of the other guys being on their game there’s still hope for a little challenge (US’s Roddick and Blake are out but competitive at 5 and 6). This isn’t Nadal’s surface and he’s having some knee issues so he’s already out. We’re down to Federer (1) vs. Davydenko (4) and Djokovic (3) vs. Ferrer (15). I’m predicting a Federer/Djokovic final with Federer on top in the end.  

The women’s section is a little more open with the beatable Henin currently on top, followed by Sharapova who can’t always put it together (she’s out). The unpredictable US’s Williams are back in the mix with Venus and Serena (Serena was ousted by Henin) trying to overcome injuries (or get over issues due to extracurricular activities) to play enough to get their rankings back to what they’re capable of. This one has Henin (1) vs. V. Williams (12) and Kuznetsova (4) vs. Chakvetadze (6) and I’m going with Williams taking it from Kuznetsova in the final.

CBS network coverage

  • Friday, 12:30pm ET – Women’s Semis and Men’s Doubles Finals
  • Saturday, 12 noon ET – Men’s Semis
  • Saturday, 8pm ET – Women’s Finals
  • Sunday, 4pm ET (or following football) – Men’s Finals

For all your stats and updates check out: http://www.usopen.org/  and if you just can’t get enough you can check out on the rest of things (including Davis Cup – US is in the semis!) at: http://www.usta.com/

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