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Channel Surfing – July 15

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Tonight’s big premiere: Michael and Michael Have Issues (10:30PM ET, Comedy Central), a great new comedy about comedians/The State alums/real-life pals Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter and their sometimes prickly relationship. In the premiere, the two, who co-star in a show-within-the-show sketch series, get into a little war over the attention of a reporter – a high school newspaper reporter – who’s an intern at the show and wants to write a feature on them. I’ve seen the first two episodes, and I think it’s my favorite new comedy since I discovered the joy of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Mad Men season two is out on DVD today, and has a great list of 15 feminist moments from the show.

– Does Simon Cowell have plans to become the new Walt Disney?

Russell Brand is returning as host of the MTV Video Music Awards, which are returning to New York City, on Sept. 13.

– So many TV shows are headed to the big screen, but TBS is bringing a sitcom version of the Ice Cube flick Are We There Yet? to the tube next June.

– Hapless photographer Jo (Daphne Zuniga) – really, she had some of the worst luck of any female on the show – will return to Melrose Place when the remake hits The CW this fall.

Jennifer Garner has a new development deal with ABC, though it does not, unfortunately, involve her sharing the screen with Vaughn, Marshall, Dixon, Sloane, Weiss or Papa Bristow.

– FX is filming a new semi-improvised sitcom called The League, about a group of thirtysomething dudes and their fantasy football league. The show co-stars comedians Nick Kroll and Paul Sheer, as well as Popular‘s Leslie Bibb and My Name Is Earl‘s Nadine Velazquez.

– NBC Universal Digital has released the first three episodes of its latest online sitcom, CTRL, which features the always delightful Tony Hale, a.k.a. Arrested Development‘s Buster and Chuck‘s Buy More associate, Emmett.

Eliza Couple, one of the best additions to Scrubs last season as intern Denise/Jo, has been upgraded to regular status for next season.

– That mediocre, at best, Entourage season premiere scored big ratings, more than doubling the number of viewers who tuned in for the previous season premiere. In fact, HBO’s whole Sunday night line-up, which includes the red hot True Blood and new dramedy Hung, saw a ratings increase on Sunday.

– And tonight in primetime:

– A 58-year-old grandma is among the contenders on Wipeout (8PM ET, ABC)
– The Travel Channel turns its cameras on Extreme Barhopping (8PM), including a bar that serves a $10,000 drink
Mariah Carey‘s new video “Obsessed” (the one where she dresses like a dude and reportedly makes fun of Eminem) premieres on America’s Got Talent (9PM, NBC), which is hosted, natch, by her hubby, Nick Cannon
Timothy Hutton returns with his merry band of Robin Hood-ish con men for the second season premiere of Leverage (9PM, TNT)
– CNBC examines Porn: The Business of Pleasure (9PM)
The Practice star Dylan McDermott makes primetime a lot prettier as he returns to the tube in the new Jerry Bruckheimer undercover cop drama Dark Blue (10PM, TNT)
– Season two of Verminators premieres at 10PM (Discovery)
– Bravo has a new ep of Top Chef Masters (10PM)
– E! premieres a new True Hollywood Story on the late Natasha Richardson (10PM)
– On The Real World: Cancun (10PM, MTV), everybody’s trying to get laid. So, it’s like every other episode of RW
– It’s the aforementioned premiere of Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues at 10:30PM
– And, it’s not quite primetime, but you at least have to set the TiVo for Paul McCartney‘s first trip to The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS), and his first return to the Ed Sullivan Theater since he and The Beatles made their American debut there 45 years ago

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About the ‘Entourage’ Gang?

The boys are back in town, and headed for the red carpet in Sunday’s season six premiere of Entourage (10:30PM ET, HBO), which makes it the perfect time to test how much you know about all things related to Vinnie Chase and his pals … be warned, there are some toughies in here!


‘Entourage’: Vinnie Chase Is the Comeback Kid

HBO’s dishing up some details about the sixth season of Entourage, which premieres on July 12 (10:30PM ET), and it looks like Vinnie Chase (Adrian Grenier) is making a comeback to the A-list.

Season five saw Vince and the fellas – Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) – suffer the fallout of Vinnie’s critically-panned Medellin collaboration with Billy Walsh (Rhys Coiro) and his ill-fated Smoke Jumpers role as Vinnie’s stock (and his income) in Hollywood plummeted. Only some hustling on E’s part put Vince on the comeback trail, and when the season ended, he had landed a role in Martin Scorsese‘s “re-imagining” of The Great Gatsby.

Season six, then, kicks off with Gatsby set to premiere, Vince making an appearance on The Tonight Show (the old, Jay Leno version), Eric thinking about moving into a house of his own, Lloyd (Rex Lee) demanding a promotion from Ari (Jeremy Piven) and Vince actually planning to finally get a driver’s license. Curious to see what that will mean for permanent driver Turtle …

Speaking of, the new season will also find Turtle still dating Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler (who’s dating Ferrara in real life), while Ari tries to make Mrs. Ari (Perrey Reeves) befriend the wife (Jami Gertz) of his new partner, Andrew (Gary Cole), and Drama, who became the proud owner of Johnny Drama’s, a bar in Queens, at the end of season five, will be sought after by a producer (Prison Break‘s William Fichtner) who wants to remake a ’90s teen TV series for Drama to star in. Could it be Beverly Hills 90210-ish? As we know from Drama’s resume, he once guest starred on 90210 as Eddie, a guy who stalked Donna (Tori Spelling).

Meanwhile, among the celebs making cameos this season: Tom Brady, Ed Burns, Sigler, Zac Efron, 50 Cent, Leno, Steve Nash, Lil’ Wayne, LeBron James, David Schwimmer, Aaron Sorkin and Entourage producer Mark Wahlberg, while Beverly D’Angelo is back as Ari’s partner Babs, Debi Mazar returns as Vince’s publicist Shauna, Bow Wow continues as Eric’s writer client Charlie and Emmanuelle Chriqui is Eric’s returning love interest Sloan.

Channel Surfing – June 8

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Weeds premieres its fifth season tonight (10PM ET, Showtime). Check out my interview with Emmy nominee Elizabeth Perkins (also a star of one of my all-time fave movies, About Last Night) at AOL TV.

– Here’s hoping Jimmy Fallon really can pull off a Saved by the Bell reunion tonight. And PS – So happy Zach Morris clipped the ‘do.

– Is Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) alive on Lost? Okay, so then why’s he playing foosball in that new ABC promo?’s Michael Ausiello has the surprising answer. PS – IGN TV thinks the secret show is Flash Forward.

– More from Ausiello: There may be a Cagney & Lacey reunion on Burn Notice next year.

– Think you’ve got advertising skills? Put ’em to use pimping – ha – HBO’s new series Hung, about a middle-aged guy (Thomas Jane) who becomes a gigolo, and you might win $10,000.

– Cougars are all the rage on network TV, especially now that Erica Kane‘s become one.

Go and Prison Break star William Fichtner will guest star on the upcoming sixth season of Entourage, which premieres on HBO on July 12.

Kathy Bates, Tim Curry and Colm Meaney will star in Sci Fi’s Alice in Wonderland miniseries.

– Uncle Jesse – the Full House one, not the Dukes of Hazzard one – is itching to make a big-screen version of his cheesy, but endearing sitcom, sans Olsen twins and with, oddly, James Franco taking over his role.

Once and Again and My So-Called Life producer Marshall Herskovitz has a plan to radically change up the way TV pilots are sold. He ain’t tellin’ what it is, though.

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