Channel Surfing Weekend – October 23-25, 2009

Channel Surfing Weekend – October 23-25, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– It continues to be a bad year for celebs: R.I.P. comedian and TV legend Soupy Sales, who died Thursday night in New York.

George Stephanopoulos is reportedly up for Diane Sawyer‘s Good Morning America gig.

– If you watch only one thing this weekend, it should be this: Neil Patrick Harris as a singing, dancing villain – Music Meister – in a musical episode of the Cartoon Network’s Batman: The Bold and the Brave.

Don Cheadle is producing a comedy for NBC – too much to hope that he might star in it, too?

– The fabulous Glee scene stealer, Jane Lynch, will return to Starz’ Party Down next season, as will Kristen Bell.

– The new season of The Hills isn’t doing so well, ratings-wise, without Lauren Conrad.

– ABC is planning its own weight-loss series, a la The Biggest Loser, though ABC’s show won’t be a competition series.

– The new Melrose Place has been, so far, a lame effort but it’s promising that producers are getting rid of their lamest cast member, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz.

Legos, the series? Yup.

– And, oh, Stephanie Judith Tanner (Jodie Sweetin)! What a bad example you were setting for Uncle Jesse, Joey and your little sister, Michelle, on Full House.

– And this weekend in primetime:

FRIDAY
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (7:30PM ET, Cartoon Network) finds the Caped Crusader battling the Music Meister (Neil Patrick Harris)
Chad Lowe guests on Ghost Whisperer (8PM, CBS)
– Bad luck Oliver: He’s kidnapped, then arrested, on Smallville (8PM, The CW)
– Three new episodes of My Super Sweet 16 (8PM) unfold on MTV
– It’s the season six premiere of Supernanny on ABC (8PM)
– Jane considers cheating on Spinner on Degrassi: The Next Generation (8PM, TeenNick)
– An abortion doctor is murdered on Law & Order (8PM, NBC)
– Iron Chef Cat Cora shows the women how to make healthy snacks on DietTribe (8PM, Lifetime)
– Allison investigates the kidnapping of a baby boy on Medium (9PM, CBS)
– New Dollhouse on Fox (9PM)
Vince Vaughn guests on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (9PM, BBCA)
Cesar works with an ornery Chihuahua on Dog Whisperer (9PM, NGC)
– On Stargate Universe (9PM, SyFy), the crew holds a lottery to decide who gets to survive an inevitable collision with a star
Jamie-Lynn Sigler joins the cast of Ugly Betty (9PM, ABC)
– Sharona returns and Jack Wagner guest stars on a new Monk (9PM, USA)
– USA debuts another fine character-driven series, the To Catch a Thief-ish White Collar (10PM), starring Chuck‘s Matt Bomer as a con man who’s released from prison on the condition of helping an FBI agent catch other criminals
– Liz drops a big secret on Numb3rs (10PM, CBS)
– On Sanctuary (10PM, SyFy), Kate accidentally sets a unique creature free
Colin Firth and Michelle Obama pop up on The Jay Leno Show (10PM, NBC)
– MTV spoofs its own guilty pleasure reality series with the campy flick My Super Psycho Sweet 16 (10PM)
– The Rescue Ink Unleashed guys (10PM, NGC) find 180 cats in need of rescue from one cat hoarder

SATURDAY
– A dog is taught to dance on SuperFetch (8 and 8:30PM, Animal Planet)
Sean Penn‘s Oscar-winning performance in Milk premieres on HBO (8PM)
– Food Network’s Extreme Sweets special (9PM) includes a trip to Hershey, PA
– On The Locator (9PM, WE), a woman looks for her mother, who she hasn’t seen in 15 years
– New Dogs 101 ep on Animal Planet (9PM)
– Followed by America’s Cutest Dogs at 10PM (Animal Planet)

SUNDAY
– An especially emotional Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (8PM, ABC) involves a couple who quit their jobs to run a non-profit food bank to help their neighbors
– New Amazing Race ep on CBS (8PM)
– NGC’s Manhattan Mob Rampage special (8PM) recalls the Lucchese mob family’s crime spree of the 1980s
– A high school football team bus crash leaves one set of parents with a heartbreaking decision on Three Rivers (9PM, CBS)
– Susan and Katherine continue to tangle over Mike on Desperate Housewives (9PM, ABC)
– Trashy Bridezilla Karen is back and offending even a wheelchair-bound guest with her bee-otchiness (9PM, WE)
– Larry and Jerry kick around more ideas for the Seinfeld reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm (9PM, HBO)
– Rita discovers one of Dex’s secrets on Dexter (9PM, Showtime)
– The team re-opens the case of a murdered ’70s musician in Philadelphia on Cold Case (10PM, CBS)
Dancing With the StarsGilles Marini plays Sarah’s new boyfriend on Brothers & Sisters (10PM, ABC)
– With Becca in NYC, Hank has a wild boys’ weekend on Californication (10PM, Showtime)
Antonio chooses a – ahem – winner on My Antonio (10PM, VH1)
P. Diddy picks a winner on the season one finale of P.Diddy’s Starmaker (10PM, MTV)
– Joan’s back, with hubby Greg, on Mad Men (10PM, AMC)
My Fair Wedding With David Tutera (10PM, WE) challenges David to re-do a candy-themed wedding
– An in-debt beauty queen turns to The Bank of Mom and Dad for help on SoapNet (10PM)

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