Channel Surfing – September 16, 2009

Channel Surfing – September 16, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Ron Howard‘s back with another TV comedy: The Arrested Development producer is working on a workplace comedy set at the Internal Revenue Service and written by The Office director/writer Brent Forrester.

– No surprise: The audience for the second night of The Jay Leno Show was down 34 percent from Monday’s premiere.

– The Sept. 23 episode of Dancing with the Stars will include a tribute to Patrick Swayze.

– You just knew nothing good could come out of The View having Kate Gosselin as a guest co-host: E! Online reports that she may get her own View-ish talk show, along with … Paula Deen?!

– Now this makes perfect sense: Betty White will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild at the SAG Awards ceremony on Jan. 23.

President Obama is hitting late night as the sole guest on the Sept. 21 episode of The Late Show with David Letterman.

Star Trek actor George Takei and his husband, Brad Altman, will be the first-ever gay couple to appear on The Newlywed Game. The show’s new season kicks off on Oct. 12.

The A-Team big-screen movie update: District 9 star Sharlto Copley is Murdoch, Patrick Wilson is a CIA agent and Jessica Biel is an ex-girlfriend of Bradley Cooper‘s Faceman.

– The Devil’s moving into the Dollhouse: Reaper star Ray Wise is joining the cast of Joss Whedon‘s Fox series.

– FX is airing a sneak preview of its animated spy spoof, Archer, at 10:30 on Thursday, after the season five premiere of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The show will launch its first season on the network in January.

The Real Housewives of Orange County, the show that started it all, premieres its fifth season on Nov. 5.

Travel and has a fun feature on how to experience New York City like the Mad Men (and women!) do.

– And tonight in primetime:

America’s Got Talent announces the million-dollar winner at 8PM ET (NBC)
– More Wipeout fun at 8PM on ABC
– New So You Think You Can Dance on Fox (8PM)
Lauren Conrad is the guest judge on America’s Next Top Model (8PM, The CW)
Josh Groban guest stars on Glee (9PM, Fox)
The Beautiful Life premiere on The CW at 9PM
Dark Blue wraps its first season at 10PM (TNT)
– MTV has the Real World: Cancun reunion special at 10PM
Robert‘s cookin’ for 400 employees at the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Vermont on Dinner: Impossible (10PM, Food Network)
– New Toddlers & Tiaras on TLC (10PM)
Adam hits Sarasota on Man vs. Food (10PM, Travel Channel)
– New Black Gold on truTV (10PM)
– The contestants have to cook with cactus on Top Chef: Las Vegas (10PM, Bravo)
Robin Williams and Miley Cyrus hang with Jay on The Jay Leno Show (10PM, NBC)
– And a new season of Biography kicks off with an episode on George Clooney (Bio, 10PM)

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