Channel Surfing – November 19, 2009

Channel Surfing – November 19, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Moose must age well, because Bullwinkle looks pretty darn good for 50.

– When Harry Met Lisa: Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will guest star on The Simpsons next season, playing a vampire in the show’s Twilight spoof in the annual “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween episode.

– A Connecticut woman has won the contest to create a new Simpsons character. Peggy Black‘s Ricardo Bomba, a South American lothario who works at the Springfield Power Plant that also employs Homer, will debut in the show’s Jan. 31 episode.

– If even Heather Locklear can’t draw viewers into the new Melrose Place, it may be time to pull the plug.

– NBC is cooking up a new reality competition series that sounds like a combination of Top Chef and Shark Tank: The United Plates of America will reward its winner with a chain of four restaurants.

– A perfectly great way to spend 10 minutes of your day: A video of the 100 best quotes from The Wire. And yes, they’re all gems.

The West Wing and Sports Night creator Aaron Sorkin is drumming up a new series.

Project Runway wraps tonight, and The Daily Beast runs down the reasons why the show wasn’t itself this season.

– My fellow Lifetime movie fans will surely agree that A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story is one of the network’s all-time classics, and Los Angeles magazine has an update on the real-life, ex-husband-murdering Broderick.

– Malcolm Winters is headed back to Genoa City on The Young and the Restless, but he’s going to look a lot like Urkel’s next-door-neighbor, Eddie Winslow. Because he is.

– Guess Earl’s karma wasn’t so bad, after all. My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee has landed the lead in the George Clooney-produced TNT drama Delta Blues, about a Memphis policeman who lives with his mama and moonlights as an Elvis impersonator. Just like Bobby Elvis, right Sons of Anarchy fans?

– Warm up the Family Truckster: Community star Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are playing The Griswolds, their Vacation move series roles, in a new Super Bowl 2010 commercial.

– Speaking of Super Bowl ads, CBS has sold almost 90 percent of the ad time for the Feb. 7 Super Bowl telecast in Miami.

– Funny guy Fred Willard will play Phil’s (Ty Burrell) dad in a Modern Family guest gig, while Brooke Shields will play the nemesis of Patricia Heaton‘s harried mom on The Middle.

– Has NBC’s Trauma, thought to be dead, been resuscitated? Deadline Hollywood‘s Nikki Finke says yes.

– And tonight in primetime: The great Robert Wagner and his wife Jill St. John host The World Magic Awards on MyNetworkTV (8PM); Jeff becomes pals with Chang on Community (8PM, NBC); The Waltons dad Ralph Waite plays Booth’s grandpa on Bones (8PM, Fox); Jim confronts Ryan about his bad attitude on The Office (9PM, NBC); Meredith defends the chief against her dad on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC); Sam and Dean get help in their hunt for Lucifer on Supernatural (9PM, The CW); A winner is announced for Project Runway (10PM, Lifetime); Dennis shares his secrets to wooing the ladies on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10PM, FX); Jeana bows out on The Real Housewives of Orange County (10PM, Bravo); The Mentalist team is wigged out by a violent crime that happens in their office (10PM, CBS); and Models of the Runway wraps its first season at 11PM (Lifetime).

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