Channel Surfing – October 19, 2009

Channel Surfing – October 19, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– ABC has a novel way of promoting its upcoming V series remake, which premieres on Nov. 3: The network has hired skywriters to create giant “V”s in the sky near 26 U.S. landmarks, starting on Nov. 23 and continuing until the show debuts.

Southland producer John Wells says two networks are interested in picking up the cop drama that NBC canceled before its second season began.

Taylor Swift will pull a Justin Timberlake by being the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live‘s Nov. 7 episode.

– Fox is developing a sitcom based on the dog-training life of The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan. That 70s Show star Wilmer Valderrama will play a character based on Milan.

– Last week’s Balloon Boy saga, not surprisingly, was part of a stunt to land Balloon Boy’s family on (another) reality show; the fam had already appeared on ABC’s Wife Swap.

Samuel L. Jackson isn’t starring in a TV series yet, but he is producing two in-development projects, including a comedy and a medical drama for CBS.

Mad Men Emmy nominee Elisabeth Moss is guest starring on NBC’s medical drama Mercy. Her episode, in which she plays a cancer patient, airs on Nov. 4.

The Hills star Stephanie Pratt – sister of Spencer Prattwas arrested on Sunday on suspicion of drunk driving.

The Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel is engaged.

– On Glee this week (Weds., Fox, 9PM ET): Will sings “The Thong Song” and Puck sings Neil Diamond.

Kelly Ripa confirms she and hubby (and former All My Children co-star) Mark Consuelos will return to the soap for a couple of episodes to celebrate AMC‘s 40th anniversary.

– And The New York Times wonders if the late DJ AM‘s participation in the MTV reality series Gone Too Far might have led to his drug use relapse.

– And tonight in primetime:
– Barney tries to talk Robin into becoming a U.S. citizen on How I Met Your Mother (8PM ET, CBS)
– A guest appearance by Ernie Hudson is at least one (and maybe the only) reason to watch Heroes (8PM, NBC)
– On One Tree Hill (8PM, The CW), Nathan’s scandal jeopardizes his endorsement deals
Dancing With the Stars week five (8PM, ABC)
– On Good Eats (8PM, Food Network): cooking with beer and wine
– New Lincoln Heights (8PM) on ABC Family
– A police detective thinks he’s going to die at 40, because all the men in his family do on a new House (8PM, Fox)
– On a special Man Caves episode (8:30PM, DIY), Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman gets a cool new space for his band to practice
– Billie gives the fellas love advice on Accidentally on Purpose (8:30PM, CBS)
– On Greek (9PM, ABC Family), if Evan’s not known as the rich kid, then who is he?
– HBO’s Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags (9PM) unfolds the history of the garment district in New York City
– Serena and Nate team up to help Carter on Gossip Girl (9PM, The CW)
Pot City, USA (9PM, A&E) is just what it sounds like, an investigation into the pot-heavy area of Humboldt County, California
– Witch Haze, Daffy and Tweety join Bugs Bunny for Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween on the Cartoon Network (9PM)
– A murder case puts to Lightman Group in danger on Lie to Me (9PM, Fox)
– Fall goodies like pumpkin pie, apple cider and candy corn are spotlighted on Unwrapped (9PM, Food Network)
– New Trauma episode (9PM, NBC)
Wil Wheaton guests on The Big Bang Theory (9:30PM, CBS), as Sheldon’s competition in a trading card contest
The Jay Leno Show continues to feel 90 minutes early on NBC (10PM)
Castle (10PM, ABC) and Beckett investigate the murder of a woman whose body was found in a manhole cover
Guy visits oldies but goodies – like a 1940s diner in L.A. – on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (10PM, Food Network)
– The chefs create circus-themed cakes on Ultimate Cake Off (10PM, TLC)
– New Million Dollar Listing ep (10PM) on Bravo
DJ AM stages an intervention for a young heroin addict on Gone Too Far (10PM, MTV)

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