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Channel Surfing – September 23, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– One of the biggest questions of the new tube season is how The Jay Leno Show experiment will work out for NBC. The early results aren’t good for the network: From his premiere on Monday, Sept. 14 to his Monday show this week, Leno has lost two-thirds of his audience.

TheWrap.com has a great piece on the vetting process – or lack thereof – for reality TV contestants, particularly timely in light of the recent Megan Wants a Millionaire scandal.

K-Fed is among the stars, ahem, who will compete on the next edition of Celebrity Fit Club. His co-stars: Bobby Brown, Baywatch star Nicole Eggert and Shar Jackson, K-Fed’s other ex.

– On Oprah‘s show today: One Day at a Time star Mackenzie Phillips talks about her new autobiography, in which she says she had a 10-year-long incestuous relationship with her father, Mamas and Papas singer John Phillips.

Steven Spielberg is reportedly developing a Showtime TV series about creating a Broadway show, and that show-within-the-show would eventually hit Broadway. No, that’s not at all confusing.

J.J. Abrams is producing a medical comedy for Fox.

Charlie Sheen‘s chatter about quitting Two and a Half Men seems to be little more than a contract negotiation ploy, but at $875,000 an episode, how much more does he need to see in his pay envelope?

Jennifer’s Body and Juno scribe Diablo Cody will write and produce a big-screen adaptation of the Sweet Valley High books that are a big teen years memory for a lot of us chicks. The books were already adapted into a TV series in 1994, so this also becomes the latest boob tube-to- big screen makeover.

– More scoop from EW.com on Heather Locklear‘s return to Melrose Place: Her Amanda Woodward will be an exec at the PR firm where Katie Cassidy‘s Ella works. In fact, Amanda will be Ella’s boss, meaning: catfights ahead.

– Another sad bit of fallout from Michael Jackson‘s death: People are continuing to pretend LaToya isn’t a whackadoo.

– And tonight in primetime:

Patrick Swayze will be honored on the first Dancing With the Stars results show of the season (8PM ET, ABC)
The New Adventures of Old Christine premieres season five at 8PM on CBS
– New America’s Next Top Model at 8PM on The CW
– It’s the third round of auditions on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM, Fox)
Jay Mohr‘s back for season two of Gary Unmarried at 8:30PM (CBS)
– It’s the season five kick-off for Criminal Minds (9PM, CBS)
– On Glee, Kurt tries out for the football team (9PM, Fox)
– The CNBC special The New Age of Wal-Mart (9PM) examines efforts by the superstore’s execs to re-invent itself
– The snarkfest that is Whatever, Martha premieres season two at 9PM on the Fine Living Network
Law & Order: SVU begins season 11 (9PM, NBC)
– New ep of The Beautiful Life: TBL on The CW at 9PM
CSI: NY, season six, begins at 10PM (CBS)
Vince Vaughn guests on The Jay Leno Show (10PM, NBC)
Penn & Teller guest star on Top Chef: Las Vegas (10PM, Bravo)
– New Black Gold ep on truTV at 10PM
Adam hits Philly and noshes on ice cream and cheesesteaks on Man vs. Food (10PM, Travel Channel)
– Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker announces budget cuts in part three of the Sundance Channel miniseries Brick City (10PM)

NEW SERIES PREMIERE ALERTS:
MERCY (8PM, NBC) Medical drama focusing on the nurses of a New Jersey hospital.
VERDICT: Eh. Forgettable, and also easily confused with the other single-monikered new medical drama (which is also on NBC), Trauma.

MODERN FAMILY (9PM, ABC) Ed “Al Bundy” O’Neill is Pritchett family patriarch Jay, who’s titular modern family includes an uptight daughter and High School Musical-loving son-in-law, a much younger wife and her son, and a gay son who has just adopted a Vietnamese baby with his lover.
VERDICT: It’s the funniest new show of the season.

COUGAR TOWN (9:30PM, ABC) Courteney Cox is a recently-divorced mom of a teenage son who frets that the only dating options in her small town are much younger guys.
VERDICT: It’s worth a few viewings, but the pilot’s laughs come mostly from jokes you’ve either heard elsewhere or will see coming before they leave the actors’ mouths.

EASTWICK (10PM, ABC) A TV update of the 1987 movie, with Rebecca Romijn and Lindsay Price in the witches roles and Due South star Paul Gross in the Jack Nicholson role.
VERDICT: Better than the average remake (yes, I’m looking at you 90210 and Melrose Place), and has the potential to get even better as the season wears on.

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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