Channel Surfing – October 20, 2009

Channel Surfing – October 20, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Think you have an idea for a great new Simpsons character? Send a description of the new Springfieldian to producers at TheSimpsons.com and you could see your creation drawn into a January 2010 episode of the ‘toon. But hurry: The contest ends Oct. 24.

American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert is the cover boy on the November issue of Details mag, where he talks about kissing girls, his wild pre-Idol days and the trip that led him to trying out for American Idol.

– A TV producer is spilling about his experience with Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene, who sounds shadier and creepier every day.

– Tube hostess Brooke Burke, the CEO of ModernMom.com, has signed on as the “mommy correspondent” on The Doctors.

– IFC has picked up the rights to all three seasons of Arrested Development, and will begin airing them on Sunday and Tuesday nights.

The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels is starring in a spin-off series, Losing It With Jillian, in which she’ll move in with families and help them adopt healthier eating and exercise habits.

– Fox is planning two more new hour-long dramas, one about a group of housewives who become criminals (based on the British series Daylight Robbery) and one about a polygamist who lives with his two wives.

– The man responsible for the iconic Green Acres and The Addams Family theme songs, Vic Mizzy, died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 93.

The Hollywood Reporter has a rundown of the cast for HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones.

– Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has been given the legal thumbs up to compete on the third season of Celebrity Apprentice. Um, yay?

Michelle Obama will play along with Jay Leno‘s 10-questions bit on Friday’s The Jay Leno Show.

– But the news continues to be bad for Leno’s show, especially for the NBC affiliates whose ratings have taken a hit thanks to the lackluster viewership for Leno as an 11PM news lead-in.

Big Brother winner Adam Jasinski has been arrested for allegedly dealing drugs.

Buffy and Dollhouse daddy Joss Whedon will direct an episode of Glee.

Mischa Barton says she’s done with TV after her recent flop The Beautiful Life on The CW, but I don’t think TV’s gonna miss her one little bit.

– And tonight in primetime:
– It’s the Shark Tank season one finale on ABC (8PM ET)
– Was a practical joker Marine killed on Halloween because of a prank? The NCIS (8PM, CBS) team aims to find out
– New Biggest Loser installment on NBC (8PM)
– Annie’s up to no good on 90210 (8PM, The CW)
– It’s game four of the American League championship series on Fox (8PM)
– Original Melrose-r Jo the photog (Daphne Zuniga) returns to Melrose Place (9PM, The CW)
– New NCIS: Los Angeles (9PM) episode on CBS
– Tonight’s Dancing With the Stars ep (9PM, ABC) includes a tribute to Michael Jackson
Mike recycles toilets on a truly literal Dirty Jobs episode (9PM, Discovery)
Flipping Out wraps its third season on Bravo at 10PM
– With the fellas in jail, it’s up to Gemma to secure bail – with help from the rich, SAMCRO-indebted Elliott – on Sons of Anarchy (10PM, FX)
– Back-to-back new eps of Parking Wars on A&E at 10PM
– Jackie and Alicia tangle over whether the kids should visit their dad in prison on The Good Wife (10PM, CBS)
– New ep of The Forgotten (10PM) on ABC
Heidi worries her sister’s boozing too much on The Hills (10PM, MTV)
– Parsnips and crackers are among the ingredients on a new Chopped (10PM, Food Network)
– “Marriage agencies” are the topic on The Secret Lives of Women (10PM, WE)
Andrew meets up with sponge divers and mermaids in Florida on Bizarre World (10PM, Travel Channel)
Erin continues to be suspicious of Olivia on The City (10:30PM, MTV)

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