Channel Surfing – September 21, 2009

Channel Surfing – September 21, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Was Neil Patrick Harris an awesome Emmy host or what? Check out my best and worst moments list from last night’s show, at AOL TV.

– Final ratings from last night’s show aren’t in yet, but in early numbers, it appears NPH’s hosting gig may have helped the Emmys avoid yet another ratings decline.

Variety‘s take on the Emmys: The nerds took over.

– From backstage at the Emmys: Alec Baldwin says 30 Rock producers are trying to line up Paul McCartney as a guest, and Mad Men creator Matt Weiner says “something big is about to happen” on his Best Drama-winning series.

– Meanwhile, today marks the official launch of the new fall TV season, and, heads up, tonight’s biggest new series premiere, CBS’ Jenna Elfman comedy Accidentally on Purpose, is not indicative of the season’s other new comedies, which are actually funny.

– More great ratings news: The season five premiere of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia drew 2.2 million viewers, a 22 percent increase from last season, and no small feat for a show in its fifth season. And, after the great ratings for the Sons of Anarchy season two premiere, it’s another big win for FX, which is as buzzworthy as any cable network these days.

David Letterman is getting all political, as the New York Times points out, with tonight’s entire Late Show episode devoted to one guest: President Obama.

– E! Online reports that Beverly Hills 90210 bad girl Shannen Doherty is shopping a new reality series in which she’ll set out to prove she’s not the bee-otch everyone thinks she is. One person who would likely disagree with that: Melissa Gilbert, who worked with Doherty on Little House on the Prairie, and who writes in her recent autobiography, Prairie Tale: A Memoir, about Doherty’s fling with Gilbert’s then-husband.

– And the best line from TLC’s promo copy for its upcoming series My Monkey Baby, in which a human couple raises a monkey like it’s a human: “How strong is the parent/monkey bond?” This could potentially make those child beauty pageant shows look almost normal.

– And tonight in primetime:

– Dr. House finds himself in the psych ward on the sixth season premiere (8PM ET, Fox)
– Barney and Robin are coupled on the fifth season premiere of How I Met Your Mother (8PM, CBS)
– The truth about Mac’s death emerges on Lincoln Heights (8PM, ABC Family)
– Dan introduces his new wife on One Tree Hill (8PM, The CW)
– Hopefully we can understand what the frick is going on as the fourth season of Heroes (8PM, NBC) premieres
– Another season, another batch of D-listers as Dancing With the Stars kicks off its ninth season (8PM, ABC)
Charlie Sheen and company start season seven of Two and a Half Men on CBS (9PM)
– Georgina gets bee-otchy with Blair on Gossip Girl (9PM, The CW)
– Casey and Evan unwittingly eat some, ahem, special brownies on Greek (9PM, ABC Family)
– A new Unwrapped (9PM, Food Network) is all about toasted foods
– Third season of The Big Bang Theory at 9:30PM on CBS
CSI: Miami premieres season eight at 10PM (CBS)
– Taylor considers quitting on the Rachel Zoe Project (10PM, Bravo)
– The awesome Nathan Fillion goes for his sophomore season as Castle (10PM, ABC)
Brick City (10PM, Sundance) is a must-see miniseries about the trouble-plagued city of Newark, New Jersey
Jennifer Garner guests on The Jay Leno Show (10PM, NBC)

NEW SERIES ALERTS:
ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE (8:30PM, CBS) Jenna Elfman plays a thirtysomething woman who gets knocked up during a one-night-stand with a twentysomething dude and decides to move in with him – as friends – during her pregnancy
VERDICT: Utterly skippable

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