Channel Surfing – November 3, 2009

Channel Surfing – November 3, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Doctor Who is becoming an American lawyer. David Tennant, the most recent time-traveling Who, will star in NBC’s legal dramedy Rex Is Not Your Lawyer, about an attorney who begins suffering panic attacks and stars training his clients to represent themselves in court.

Gregory Itzin will return as sinister former President Charles Logan on the new season of 24. Let’s hope his crazy wife Martha (played by the awesome Jean Smart) won’t be far behind).

– No word yet on a second season of the addictive Shark Tank, but ABC will air five additional episodes of the show, most likely before the end of the year.

Robert Wagner will play Michael Weatherly’s dad on a January episode of NCIS.

– Oxygen has given a greenlight to a second season of its weight-loss competition reality series Dance Your Ass Off.

– Comedian Tom Papa will host Jerry Seinfeld‘s new reality series Marriage Ref, where married couples go to let a panel of celebs judge their squabbles.

– Well, at least it’s not According to Jim: That woeful sitcom’s star, Jim Belushi, is teaming with a surprising duo – Murphy Brown creator Diane English and Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson – to develop a new legal drama, which would star Belushi.

Gordon Ramsay‘s bringing another British chef competition series – MasterChef – to Fox.

– When you watch the America’s Next Top Model season finale on Nov. 18: Yes, that is Eddie Murphy in the audience. E! Online reports that his daughter is participating in the fashion show, and he’ll be there to support her.

– It’s a mini-Vacation reunion when Anthony Michael Hall guest stars in the Dec. 10 Christmas episode of Community, which stars his National Lampoon movie dad, Chevy Chase.

– Upcoming Saturday Night Live hosts/musical guests: Mad Men‘s January Jones and the Black Eyed Peas on Nov. 14, and 3rd Rock From the Sun/(500) Days of Summer star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the Dave Matthews Band on Nov. 21.

– This Ryan Seacrest stalker situation gets creepier with every new bit of info released about Seacrest’s nemesis.

Sir Ian McKellen, who stars in AMC’s upcoming remake of The Prisoner, is developing a mockumentary series in which he would play his fictional brother, Murray McKellen, who runs a fledgling drama school.

– Pop star Rihanna will give her first interview about her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown to Diane Sawyer this Thursday and Friday on Good Morning America.

– And tonight’s must-see-TV: It’s the premiere of ABC’s remake of V (8PM ET), starring Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell and Party of Five-er Scott Wolf; Kathy Griffin skewers Britney, the Gosselins and lots of other deserving celebs on her latest Bravo special Kathy Griffin: Balls of Steel (9PM); the documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama (9PM, HBO) looks back at the 2008 election; Tabatha’s Salon Takeover starts its second season on Bravo at 10PM; Jax and Clay’s rivalry hits a breaking point on Sons of Anarchy (10PM, FX); and two siblings try to cut a boot off their car on Parking Wars (10:30PM, A&E).

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