Channel Surfing – October 1, 2009

Channel Surfing – October 1, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

The Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel is getting her own solo reality series on Bravo, as are Project Runway winner Christian Siriano and Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani.

– Everyone involved denies it so far, but rumors continue to swirl that Comcast is trying to buy NBC Universal.

Alias creator J.J. Abrams has concocted another spy thriller series that’s sparked a bidding war among the networks.

– The Los Angeles Times has a story confirming CBS and ABC are asking their talent to avoid The Jay Leno Show, while Fox and HBO are reportedly encouraging its stars to appear.

– Yes, it’s true: Not only did The Hills star Lauren Conrad have a bestselling novel, but now she’s got a movie deal for her L.A. Candy book, too.

– Rapper Flavor Flav is heading back to high school for a new reality series in which he would try to earn his diploma. Maybe he can become a student on the upcoming A&E reality series in which Tony Danza teaches English in a Philadelphia school …

24 star Reiko Aylesworth, who was originally set to star in ABC’s new drama The Forgotten, has signed on for a role in the upcoming third season of FX’s Damages.

The Shield creator Shawn Ryan is coming back to FX with Terriers, a buddy detective dramedy starring Donal Logue.

Elizabeth Hasselbeck returns from maternity leave and to her View co-hosting gig on Oct. 19.

– More daytime news: Susan Lucci has announced she’ll move to Los Angeles with the All My Children production.

– And tonight in primetime:

– Russell continues to stir the pot on Survivor: Samoa (8PM ET, CBS)
– Brennan and Booth head to Amish country to investigate a murder on Bones (8PM, Fox)
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday on NBC (8PM)
– Stefan takes Elena to a town party, which sets his brother off on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW)
Ultimate Factories (8PM, NGC) takes viewers on a tour of the Lamborghini factory in Italy
– Olivia meets the man from her flash forward on FlashForward (8PM, ABC)
Louis C.K. guest stars again on Parks and Recreation (8:30PM, NBC)
– Neighbors in a ritzy ‘hood are the suspects when a porn producer and drug dealer turn up dead on CSI (9PM, CBS)
– The staff is fretting about lay-offs on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC)
– Peter and Olivia head to Iraq to investigate a bombing in Philly on Fringe (9PM, Fox)
– On The Office (9PM, NBC), Jim and Dwight butt heads, while Pam focuses on her wedding gift list
– New Police Women of Broward County on TLC (9PM)
– Will Naomi and Emily make it to the school dance together on a new Skins (9PM, BBCA)?
– Dean deals with zombies on Supernatural (9PM, The CW)
– Jeff signs up for an “easy A” class that isn’t on Community (9:30PM, NBC)
– Third season premiere of Private Practice on ABC at 10PM
– On The Mentalist (10PM, CBS), Jane thinks Bosco has leads on the Red John case
Chris Rock is the guest on The Jay Leno Show (10PM, NBC)
Your Kid Ate What? (10PM, Discovery Health) is a special that visits kids who’ve swallowed weird things, like toy cars, magnets and a leaking battery
– On It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10PM, FX), The Gang reacts to the recession by starting some interesting new businesses
NeNe‘s still ticked off at Kim and Kandi after last week’s blow-up on The Real Housewives of Atlanta (10PM, Bravo)
– So cool: the Ace of Cakes crew (10PM, Food Network) creates a cake that looks like an Airstream diner
Kat has to choose between Aubry and Corey on L.A. Ink (10PM, TLC)
– The designers work in teams on a new Project Runway (10PM, Lifetime)

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