All the tube news that’s fit to surf …
– Great ratings for last night’s Grammy Awards – the viewership numbers were up 32 percent vs. last year, and it was the highest-rated Grammy telecast in six years. Six was also a lucky number for Beyonce, who was the night’s biggest winner, as she became the first female artist to win six Grammys in one night. As for performances, I think Pink stole the show … what was your fave?
– Jersey Shore season two is a go, with the same cast! The big change: It won’t take place at the Jersey Shore; rumors suggest the guidos and guidettes may head to The Hamptons, instead.
– MTV has also renewed Teen Mom for a second season, set to air this summer. Season two will follow the same four girls – Amber, Maci, Catelynn and Farrah – as they continue life after teen pregnancies. In the meantime, we’ll find out what the girls are up to now when MTV airs a Teen Mom reunion special with Dr. Drew Pinsky on Feb. 2 (10PM ET). Sadly, a teaser suggests Amber, who was on track to get her GED and juggle raising adorable Leah with a job and having her own apartment, might be preggers again, by the hapless Gary.
– ManCrunch.com says CBS is discriminating against the company by rejecting its Super Bowl ad, and CBS says it was a credit issue … take a look at the ad and you make the call. One thing’s for sure – people definitely would have been talking about the commercial the next day.
– Meanwhile, as the Christian Science Monitor points out, CBS opened the door to the controversy when the network made the financial decision to change its policy on “advocacy” ads, including the anti-abortion spot that will air during the Super Bowl.
– Those cheesy, over-the-top original movies that SyFy airs on Saturday night will soon include the network’s spin on classic fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood.
– Former TV teen stars Melissa Joan Hart and Joey “Whoa!” Lawrence will star in a new ABC Family comedy series about a female politician and the male nanny who helps her raise her live-in niece and nephew.
– Bollywood’s coming to the small screen? The Hollywood Reporter says Indian-themed sitcoms are a mini-trend among fall TV pilots.
– Neil Patrick Harris, game show host? Indeed. NPH can do it all.
– By the way, Mad Men star Jon Hamm‘s second Saturday Night Live hosting performance? Excellent. The “Hamm and Buble” skit with musical guest Michael Buble makes me laugh every time I think about it.
– And tonight, in a ridiculously busy primetime: Barney tries to sleep with seven women in seven days on How I Met Your Mother (8PM, CBS); That weasel Vienna continues to tick off the other women – and seemingly further endear herself to Jake – on The Bachelor (8PM, ABC); Chuck has to train new Buy More employee (and his new love interest?) Hannah (Kristin Kreuk) on Chuck (8PM, NBC); Jack is back in full Jack mode – be warned, baddies! – on 24 (9PM, Fox); A new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres on Logo at 9PM; There’s a major family reunion when Baze’s parents insist on meeting Lux on Life Unexpected (9PM, The CW); Ray J picks someone to hang out with ’til next season on the season two finale of For the Love of Ray J (9PM, VH1); Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson are among the performers on the BET Honors awards show (9PM); Sheldon gets a job at the Cheesecake Factory on The Big Bang Theory (9:30PM, CBS); Worst Cooks in America names a winner in the first season finale on Food Network at 10PM; Kell on Earth, a reality series starring ahem, outspoken, People’s Revolution founder and The Hills and The City star Kelly Cutrone, premieres on Bravo (10PM); Secret Diary of a Call Girl season three premieres on Showtime at 10PM; Anthony Michael Hall guest stars as a family killer – or IS he?! – on CSI: Miami (10PM, CBS); The guys try to get a date with Megan Fox for Ben and help a young girl deal with her fear of heights on The Buried Life (10PM, MTV); It’s the season two premiere of Ultimate Cake Off on TLC (10PM); History Channel has back-to-back new eps of Pawn Star at 10PM; Casey’s got a case of the guilts on Greek (10PM, ABC Family); and the day of the big talent show is here on My Life as Liz (10:30PM, MTV).
Charlie Sheen, Russell Brand and Louis C.K. are getting most of the attention, but I’m most excited that one of the best new shows of last TV season — Wilfred — returns for its second season on FX tonight (10PM ET). Season one of the series ended with a cliffhanger — had Ryan (Elijah Wood) […]