Channel Surfing – September 9, 2009

Channel Surfing – September 9, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– It’s all about The Beatles today – that Beatles: Rock Band game for Xbox 360 is simply awesome! (and, warning, quite addictive) – but do you know which TV network first introduced The Beatles to America? Probably not the one you’re thinking, as it turns out.

Janet Jackson will open MTV’s Video Music Awards show on Sunday with a tribute to Michael Jackson.

Jay Leno has lined up a whole batch of correspondents for his new primetime talk show, which as New York magazine points out, is certainly not on everyone’s must-see-TV list.

The O.C. dad Peter Gallagher, the man with the best eyebrows ever, will be back on the tube in the upcoming USA series Covert Affairs. He’ll play a CIA director who “loves a good fight, great scotch and a filthy joke,” opposite Piper Perabo‘s CIA trainee.

– Guest-star-a-go-go: Bush singer (and Mr. Gwen Stefani) Gavin Rossdale will play a rocker who might be a killer on Criminal Minds, and Brat Pack-er Judd Nelson will play a doctor on Psych.

Oprah says her interview with Whitney Houston, which airs on Sept. 14 and 15, is her best interview ever.

– ABC thinks it has the solution to viewers fast-forwarding through commercials during Desperate Housewives broadcasts: A mini-soap opera created by DH‘s Marc Cherry.

Christiane Amanpour is getting her own talk show on CNN.

– Among the contestants on the next season of The Amazing Race (which premieres on CBS on Sept. 27): Two Harlem Globetrotters.

– And tonight in primetime:

– ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business News and Fox News Channel will air President Obama‘s address to a joint session of Congress live at 8PM ET
So You Think You Can Dance kicks off another season on Fox (8PM)
– 13th season premiere of America’s Next Top Model at 8PM on The CW
Glee season premiere at 9PM (Fox)
– History Channel’s new series Nostradamus Effects (9PM) examines doomsday prophecies
ScrubsDonald Faison hosts the PBS special Your Life, Your Money (9PM), a money-management advice show aimed at young adults
Wipeout on ABC (9PM)
– Season finale of Leverage at 9PM on TNT
– NCG examines a new trend: E-Mail Order Brides (9PM)
Bear heads back to Alaska on Man vs. Wild (9PM, Discovery)
– Season finale of The Real World: Cancun at 10PM on MTV (Joey‘s back!)
– French fare is on the menu at Top Chef: Las Vegas (10PM, Bravo)
Joan RiversHow’d You Get So Rich? wraps its first season on TV Land (10PM)
Criss Angel: Mindfreak (10PM, A&E) finds Criss hiding in a coffin, which a car then smashes into. Good times
– On Dinner: Impossible (10PM, Food Network), Robert has to fashion a fancy dinner out of food court fodder in Philadelphia
Toddlers & Tiaras heads to West Virginia for a kiddie beauty pageant (10PM, TLC)
– New Black Gold ep on truTV (10PM)
– Sundance Channel’s The Day Before (10PM) profiles fashion designer and “queen of knits” Sonia Rykiel
– And on a new Man vs. Food (10PM, Travel Channel), Adam heads to Hawaii, where he tries to eat a stack of pancakes that are made with four pounds of flour

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