Channel Surfing – August 24, 2009

Channel Surfing – August 24, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Megan Wants a Millionaire contestant Ryan Jenkins, who was wanted by police in the murder of his model wife, was found dead in a Canadian motel. VH1 has officially cancelled Millionaire, by the way.

– Former Miss California Carrie Prejean is reportedly in talks to be one of the contestants on the next season of Donald Trump‘s Celebrity Apprentice.

– Speaking of beauty pageants, how embarrassing was the Heidi Montag performance on the Miss Universe pageant?

– BET may pick up The CW comedy The Game.

– Really, Simon? I almost always agree with Simon Cowell‘s American Idol assessments, but he called this X-Factor performance the “best first audition I have ever heard.” It’s okay, but, really, the best ever?

Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that Nielsen has released the results of “awareness studies” re: the new fall TV series, and, most surprising in the report: The low scores for NBC’s Community. The show, one of the best pilots I’ve seen amongst the glut of new fall 2009 series, BTW, has been promoted pretty heavily …

– That Guiding Light Sept. 18 series finale is getting closer and closer. The New York Post has a peek at the cast’s wrap party in New York.

Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry says the show’s sixth season will feature a “Who Shot J.R.”-type mystery storyline.

– So, which Family Guy “Where’s My Emmy?” spoof is your favorite? I gotta go with the Entourage clip, if only because the show has become so mock-worthy this season.

– And tonight in primetime:

– The Great American Road Trip reaches the end of the road for season one (8PM ET, NBC)
Glenn Martin, DDS (8PM, Nick) doesn’t know it, but he’s accidentally thrown in with the mob
– Amy tries to keep Ben’s interest on The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family)
Make It or Break It takes a break with its summer finale (9PM, ABC Family)
Kevin Bacon directs the missus in The Closer fifth summer finale (9PM, TNT)
– Turn the lights on: Dating in the Dark ends its first season (9PM, ABC)
– The chicks fight over the doofus Stallionaire sibs on Real Chance of Love 2 (9PM, VH1)
– She’s baaaaack, and it looks like she still hasn’t eaten a solid meal in forever: It’s season two of The Rachel Zoe Project (10PM, Bravo)
Raising the Bar is dunzo for the summer after tonight’s ep (10PM, TNT)
– On Weeds (10PM, Showtime), Doug and Dean launch their plot for revenge against Celia
The T.O. Show heads to Vegas (10PM, VH1)
Clash of the Gods (10PM, History) examines the legend of the minotaur
– On a The Soup Presents special (10PM, E!), Joel and crew recall the best reality TV moments – so far – from 2009
– Tony heads to Montana on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (10PM, Travel)
– And Nurse Jackie ends her first season (10:30PM, Showtime) with a stressful night in which her worlds collide

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