Channel Surfing – September 28, 2009

Channel Surfing – September 28, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– First, the good news: Last TV season was the least-watched in history for several networks, but this fall season is starting off to be a good one, ratings-wise.

– The not-so-good news: Just two episodes in and The CW has pulled the plug on its Ashton Kutcher-produced drama The Beautiful Life.

– And A&E has canceled the Benjamin Bratt drama The Cleaner after two seasons.

– Fox execs may be wishing they’d kept The Sarah Connor Chronicles instead of Dollhouse, which did not fare well in its season two premiere.

– Oct. 8 is definitely the date of The Office episode with the Jim and Pam nuptials, from which the big smooch photo comes.

– Miss the big F-bomb drop by Saturday Night Live newcomer Jenny Slate in the show’s 35th season premiere? Here’s the edited replay.

Madonna, on the publicity trail to hype her new greatest hits CD, will hit The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday.

– How much do the reality stars of The Hills make? Millions, people. Millions. Sigh.

Real Housewives of New York City star Kelly Bensimon is posing for Playboy, a fact that will cause a ruckus on the new season of the show according to The New York Post.

Jon & Kate Plus 8 has lost 9 million (!) viewers since hitting its all-time high this summer. Is this – pleaseohpleaseohplease – a sign that these creeps will be off our pop culture radar soon?

– A cartoon Gordon Ramsay? Some would say he already is something of a cartoon …

One Life to Live is rumored to be the next daytime soap on the chopping block.

– And tonight in primetime:

– Barney and Marshall have a guys’ night out on How I Met Your Mother (8PM ET, CBS)
Dancing With the Stars at 8PM on ABC
– The History Channel special Day After Disaster (8PM) examines what would happen in the event of a nuclear attack on Washington, D.C.
– Bishop is back and bent on revenge on Lincoln Heights (8PM, ABC Family)
– Peter meets a woman with new abilities on Heroes (8PM, NBC)
House quits his job (8PM, Fox)
– Things get worse for Nathan and Hayley on One Tree Hill (8PM, The CW)
– New Accidentally on Purpose on CBS (8:30PM)
– It’s the second season premiere of Lie to Me on Fox (9PM)
– A bacon-themed episode of Unwrapped (9PM, Food Network) includes bacon ice cream and bacon cupcakes
– Georgina decides Dan should be her boyfriend on Gossip Girl (9PM, The CW)
– Alan’s girlfriend moves in on Two and a Half Men (9PM, CBS)
– Casey’s sorority calendar project doesn’t go off as planned on Greek (9PM, ABC Family)
Lewis Black guest stars on The Big Bang Theory (9:30PM, CBS)
– The Hoarders season finale airs at 10PM on A&E
– New CSI-er Jesse is taken hostage on CSI: Miami (10PM, CBS)
Bill Maher is the guest and Brad Paisley and Sheryl Crow perform on The Jay Leno Show (10PM, NBC)
– Car-themed cakes are up on Ultimate Cake Off (10PM, TLC)
Castle gets mixed up with a double murder (10PM, ABC)
Rachel has to decide if Brad or Taylor will go to Paris with her for Fashion Week on The Rachel Zoe Project (10PM, Bravo)

TRAUMA (9PM, NBC) One of three new medical dramas this season (including two on NBC), Trauma revolves around a team of paramedics in San Francisco.
VERDICT: Meh. The rescue sequences are okay, but the characters … meh. If NBC wants an ER replacement, they’re going about it without any big-name stars, the one thing this drama desperately needs.

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