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Channel Surfing – September 22, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– It’s official: The CW has announced that Heather Locklear will rejoin the cast of the new Melrose Place, beginning with the Nov. 17 episode.

– The first new show of the season to get a pick up for season two: Fox’s Glee.

– Here’s a rundown of President Obama‘s appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, and the complete top 10 list Letterman and staff wrote for the appearance.

– There’s Psych and The Mentalist, and now Discovery Channel may air a series about a real-life mentalist.

House star Hugh Laurie is suffering for his art: the actor says faking his character’s limp is causing him real pain.

– “Surreal” is how judge Carrie Ann Inaba described Tom DeLay‘s performance on Dancing With the Stars last night, and that really is the only word that fits. Check out the video here if you missed it.

– NBC’s new nurse-focused medical drama Mercy (which premieres Sept. 23 at 8PM ET) prompted The Daily Beast to compile a list of the 15 Top TV Nurses.

– Thanks to TVTattle.com for the link to The Office‘s Jim and Pam wedding page.

– Cool guest star news: Comedy legend Betty White will play herself on an upcoming episode of 30 Rock.

– And more casting awesomeness, from USA Today: Lily Tomlin and Martin Short will join Damages next season, with Tomlin playing the head of a family who’s taking on Patty Hewes (Emmy winner Glenn Close), while Short plays Tomlin’s attorney and, as previously announced, Campbell Scott will play Tomlin’s son. Damages‘ third season is scheduled to premiere on FX in January 2010.

– And tonight in primetime:

NCIS premieres its seventh season on CBS (8PM ET)
– It’s week two of The Biggest Loser (8PM, NBC)
– New 90210 at 8PM on The CW
– It’s a two-hour episode of Hell’s Kitchen on Fox (8PM)
– The female celebs perform on Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC)
Warehouse 13 ends its first season with a great cliffhanger (9PM, SyFy)
– Now’s the time to start watching the new Melrose Place (9PM, The CW) with Heather Locklear’s return on the way
The Universe (9PM, History) imagines 10 ways Earth could be destroyed
– On Sons of Anarchy (10PM, FX), Zobelle tries to get Hale to cook up trouble for SAMCRO
Pee Wee Herman and Amy Poehler are the guests on The Jay Leno Show (10PM, NBC)
– Jeff turns to his dad for advice when he feels betrayed by a friend on Flipping Out (10PM, Bravo)
– New Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel episode on truTV (10PM)
– Sundance Channel has the second episode of the Brick City miniseries (10PM), following the mayor of Newark, NJ as he tries to rejuvenate his troubled city

NEW SERIES PREMIERE ALERTS:
NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9PM, CBS) Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J star in this spin-off of NCIS
VERDICT: If you dig the original, this likable spin-off makes for a good two-hour block of viewing

THE FORGOTTEN (10PM, ABC) The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama follows The Forgotten Network – led by Christian Slater‘s Alex Donovan – a group of volunteers who try to solve murders involving unidentified corpses.
VERDICT: Interesting if a) there’s nothing better on and/or b) you want to build a stash of dramas on the TiVo. When you hear Christian Slater is the lead on a TV show, you expect to see a lot of Christian Slater, and he really plays more of a co-star here, to both the rest of the cast and the premise (it is a Bruckheimer show, after all). Also, while watching, you keep asking yourself: Who has this much time on their hands? These people are doing the work of a police squad … as volunteers.

THE GOOD WIFE (10PM, CBS) Julianna Margulies is a stay-at-home mom who has to return to work as an attorney when her politician hubby (Chris Noth) is caught in a sex and corruption scandal
VERDICT: Two big thumbs up. After all, who hasn’t wondered what happens after all those disgraced politicians’ mea culpa press conferences?

THE NAUGHTY KITCHEN WITH CHEF BLYTHE BECK (10PM, Oxygen) Sassy Chef Beck tries to revamp a Dallas restaurant with her larger-than-life ideas and personality, which, inevitably, rub some people the wrong way
VERDICT: A very fun alternative to the perky, sometimes saccharine female hosts on the Food Network

Channel Surfing – September 16, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Ron Howard‘s back with another TV comedy: The Arrested Development producer is working on a workplace comedy set at the Internal Revenue Service and written by The Office director/writer Brent Forrester.

– No surprise: The audience for the second night of The Jay Leno Show was down 34 percent from Monday’s premiere.

– The Sept. 23 episode of Dancing with the Stars will include a tribute to Patrick Swayze.

– You just knew nothing good could come out of The View having Kate Gosselin as a guest co-host: E! Online reports that she may get her own View-ish talk show, along with … Paula Deen?!

– Now this makes perfect sense: Betty White will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild at the SAG Awards ceremony on Jan. 23.

President Obama is hitting late night as the sole guest on the Sept. 21 episode of The Late Show with David Letterman.

Star Trek actor George Takei and his husband, Brad Altman, will be the first-ever gay couple to appear on The Newlywed Game. The show’s new season kicks off on Oct. 12.

The A-Team big-screen movie update: District 9 star Sharlto Copley is Murdoch, Patrick Wilson is a CIA agent and Jessica Biel is an ex-girlfriend of Bradley Cooper‘s Faceman.

– The Devil’s moving into the Dollhouse: Reaper star Ray Wise is joining the cast of Joss Whedon‘s Fox series.

– FX is airing a sneak preview of its animated spy spoof, Archer, at 10:30 on Thursday, after the season five premiere of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The show will launch its first season on the network in January.

The Real Housewives of Orange County, the show that started it all, premieres its fifth season on Nov. 5.

Travel and Leisure.com has a fun feature on how to experience New York City like the Mad Men (and women!) do.

– And tonight in primetime:

America’s Got Talent announces the million-dollar winner at 8PM ET (NBC)
– More Wipeout fun at 8PM on ABC
– New So You Think You Can Dance on Fox (8PM)
Lauren Conrad is the guest judge on America’s Next Top Model (8PM, The CW)
Josh Groban guest stars on Glee (9PM, Fox)
The Beautiful Life premiere on The CW at 9PM
Dark Blue wraps its first season at 10PM (TNT)
– MTV has the Real World: Cancun reunion special at 10PM
Robert‘s cookin’ for 400 employees at the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Vermont on Dinner: Impossible (10PM, Food Network)
– New Toddlers & Tiaras on TLC (10PM)
Adam hits Sarasota on Man vs. Food (10PM, Travel Channel)
– New Black Gold on truTV (10PM)
– The contestants have to cook with cactus on Top Chef: Las Vegas (10PM, Bravo)
Robin Williams and Miley Cyrus hang with Jay on The Jay Leno Show (10PM, NBC)
– And a new season of Biography kicks off with an episode on George Clooney (Bio, 10PM)

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