Channel Surfing Weekend Edition – August 28-30, 2009

Channel Surfing Weekend Edition – August 28-30, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– This week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly: The Seinfeld reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

– Mr. Bartowski may have to battle Superman for the affections of Sarah on the next season of Chuck: Big-screen Superman Brandon Routh will guest star as Chuck’s new spy guy handler in season two.

– First, Showtime had The L Word, now it’ll have The C Word, a new dramedy starring Laura Linney as a woman diagnosed with cancer.

– TNT has renewed the Timothy Hutton drama Leverage for a third season that will air next summer.

– TV audiences are getting older: The median age of viewers for the big three networks is now 50.

– Cable networks A&E and Lifetime are now sister channels.

Joss Whedon and Fox aren’t wasting any opportunity to draw new eyeballs to Dollhouse, which got a surprise season two pick-up after its ratings-challenged first season. The show has signed a slew of sci-fi faves for new roles and guest gigs, including Sarah Connor ChroniclesSummer Glau, Battlestar Galactica‘s Jamie Bamber and Michael Hogan and Angel‘s Alexis Denisof, as well as Dexter‘s Keith Carradine.

Chris Brown‘s first interview since being sentenced in the Rihanna abuse case will air on Larry King Live on Sept. 2.

Campbell Scott is joining the cast of Damages for season three. After several memorable big-screen performances (including one of my all-time faves, Singles), the short-lived Six Degrees and a good guest gig on Royal Pains, he’s one of those actors who needs his own series …

Boston Legal Emmy winner Christian Clemenson has joined the cast of CSI: Miami, where he’ll play a medical examiner.

– And in primetime this weekend:

FRIDAY
Jennie Garth competes to win money for charity on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (8PM ET, Fox)
The Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie premieres on the Disney Channel (8PM)
– Back-to-back new episodes of The Assistants on The N (8PM)
Eureka‘s third season ends at 9PM (SyFy)
Lady GaGa guests on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (9PM, BBCA)
Monk (9PM, USA) isn’t really a hitman, but he plays one to help stop a murder
– A 47-year-old cello player gets a makeover on What Not to Wear (9PM, TLC)
Reaper star Ray Wise is the guest on a new Psych (10PM, USA), in which Shawn and Gus help a former teacher
America’s Got Talent winner Terry Fator performs in Vegas on Terry Fator Live from Vegas on CMT (10PM)
– The team tries to save an open-air cinema on Catch It Keep It (10PM, Science Channel)
– Aaron and Chris head to San Francisco on Chefs vs. City (10PM, Food Network)

SATURDAY
– LMN has a deliciously over-the-top movie: Stranger With My Face (8PM), in which a teen finds out she has a long-lost twin sister. Who’s evil. Of course!
– HBO has the cable premiere of the 2008 big-screen cop drama Pride and Glory (8PM), starring Ed Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight
– It’s the first season finale of Being Human on BBCA (9PM)

SUNDAY
Vanessa Williams hosts the Daytime Emmys on The CW (8PM ET)
Ruby faces a new challenge when her dog becomes seriously ill (8PM, Style)
– On a new Food Network Challenge (8PM), four chefs re-create famous bridges with cereal
– The nominees for eviction are revealed on Big Brother 11 (8PM, CBS)
– Here comes the bride, and she’s carrying a gun to her wedding on Bridezillas (9PM, HBO)
Evan Rachel Wood guest stars on True Blood (9PM, HBO)
– Another family is banished on There Goes the Neighborhood (9PM, CBS)
– The Shark Tank sharks are pitched an Internet business and a graffiti-removal business (9PM, ABC)
– There’s a whole new crew of tools on VH1 with the premiere of Tool Academy 2 (9PM)
– The America’s Best Dance Crew contestants shake their groove thangs to the sounds of Bollywood music (9PM, MTV)
– Deb has to attend Jane’s high school reunion on Drop Dead Diva (9PM, Lifetime)
Kevin Bacon narrates Human Family Tree (9PM, NGC), which shows just how connected humans really are with one another
– Comedy Central is airing a four-ep, two-hour block of Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder at 9PM
– More Ron Livingston space drama on Defying Gravity (10PM, ABC)
– On a new Mad Men (10PM, AMC), Roger throws a party
– Jessica gets advice from Lenore on Hung (10PM, HBO)
– More Amazing Wedding Cakes at 10PM (WE)
– Corey’s in trouble when he misidentifies a fake Faberge egg on Pawn Stars (10PM, History)
– Claudia Joy tries to keep her health secret from everyone on Army Wives (10PM, Lifetime)
– Ari may lose a big deal while Andrew continues his mid-life crisis on Entourage (10:30PM, HBO)

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