Channel Surfing Weekend Edition – August 14-16

Channel Surfing Weekend Edition – August 14-16

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– So many TV shows are headed to the big screen, but here’s the flip side: ABC is turning the angsty ’80s Brat Pack drama St. Elmo’s Fire into a weekly series.

– More big screen-to-boob tube news: Kate Winslet is going to star in an HBO miniseries remake of Mildred Pierce, the 1945 movie that nabbed an Oscar for Joan Crawford.

How I Met Your Mother‘s fifth season, which premieres on CBS on Sept. 21, will include a musical installment to celebrate the show’s 100th episode. Bring it on, NPH.

– The first guest on The Jay Leno Show when it premieres on Sept. 14: Jerry Seinfeld.

Reno 911!‘s not the only series to get the boot this week; TNT just cancelled the Holly Hunter cop drama Saving Grace.

– In case you missed that Big Brother shocker last night, in which Jeff used his viewer-granted power to oust Jessie … take a look at it here.

– The Real Housewives of Atlanta producers are apparently looking to cast The Hot, Fabulous Gay Men of New York City for their next series.

Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh on Family Guy?! Uh huh.

– And check out TV Tattle.com‘s round-up of links for everything you ever wanted to know about the third season of Mad Men, which starts Sunday night at 10PM ET on AMC.

– And this weekend in primetime:

FRIDAY
– The first season of Mental wraps at 8PM ET on Fox
– Sweet Caroline! Neil Diamond, in concert, on CBS (9PM)
– The Degrassi gang heads to L.A. in the appropriately titled Degrassi Goes Hollywood made-for-TV movie (8PM, The N)
Southland encore on NBC at 8PM
– VH1’s Lords of the Revolution miniseries ends with a profile of pop art God Andy Warhol (8PM)
– VH1 celebrates the 40th anniversary of Woodstock with the doc Woodstock: Then and Now (9PM)
Monk (9PM, USA) bonds with a fellow widower
– Henry’s ship returns on Eureka (9PM, SyFy)
What Not to Wear (9PM, TLC): What this drag racer mom is wearing
– Paul sees a vicious whale killing on Whale Wars (9PM, Animal Planet)
Tom Cruise is spending Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (9PM, BBCA)
Lock ‘n Load with R. Lee Ermey (9PM) examines the history of handguns
– Shawn and Gus investigate the murder (or is it?!) of a billionaire on Psych (10PM, USA)
Project Runway alumni Johnathan Kayne Gillaspie has gone Gown Crazy (10PM, TLC) as he starts his own wedding fashions biz
The Soup (10PM, E!) is good food
– Tonight’s Catch It Keep It (10PM, Science Channel) prize: a killer grill
Brad Pitt and Ashton Kutcher guest on Real Time with Bill Maher (10PM, HBO)

SATURDAY
– Dogs are behaving badly on back-to-back eps of In the Dog House on Animal Planet (8PM)
– Fuse has highlights from Lollapalooza, including a Kings of Leon performance, on Fuse Fest: Lollapalooza 2009 (9PM)
– Vanessa Huxtable (Tempestt Bledsoe) and her real-life hubby Ron Johnson (Darryl M. Bell) play house on the new Fox Reality Channel series Househusbands of Hollywood (9PM)
– BBCA has a new ep (9PM) of its new drama Being Human
– SyFy’s guilty pleasure movie of the week: The Terminators, a knock-off of that much more famous movie series (9PM)
– Susan hates Bill’s beard on The Bill Engvall Show (9PM, TBS)
– CMT has The Singing Bee season finale at 8PM

SUNDAY
Rachael Ray competes for charity on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (8PM, ABC)
– Nominations for the next eviction are revealed on Big Brother 11 (8PM, CBS)
Ruby (8PM, Style) heads to the beach
– New ep of Merlin on NBC (8PM)
– Eight neighboring families are walled off into a community where they compete for a $250,000 prize on There Goes the Neighborhood (9PM, CBS)
– The Shark Tank-ers tussle over a big business op (9PM, ABC)
– New Drop Dead Diva (9PM, Lifetime)
– Another bachelorette party fight on Bridezillas (9PM, WE)
– Gold digger Megan Hauserman tries to land a rich dude on Megan Wants a Millionaire (9PM, VH1)
True Blood (9PM, HBO) continues its sophomore season as Hoyt sticks up for Jessica
Beyonce guests on America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV (9PM)
– It’s the penultimate episode of the season for Ice Road Truckers (9PM, History)
– In a geeky sorta spin on Entourage 2 Months, $2 Million (9PM, G4) – four math nerds move to Vegas and try to win $2 million in two months playing online poker
– On the actual Entourage (10PM, HBO), Andrew’s wife goes to Ari looking for answers about her straying hubby
Mad Men! Season three, 10PM, AMC
– On Hung (10PM, HBO), Jessica invites Ray to dinner
– Back-to-back episodes of Pawn Stars on History Channel (10 and 10:30PM)
Gilmore Girls grandma Kelly Bishop guests on Army Wives (10PM, Lifetime)
Office Space star Ron Livingston is an astronaut who embarks on a long mission to Venus in the new ABC drama series Defying Gravity (10PM)
Antonio Sabato Jr. tries to find love, Bret Michaels-style, on VH1’s My Antonio (10PM)
– The other Kardashian sisters move to Miami on Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami (10PM, E!)

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