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Channel Surfing – August 31, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Big winners at last night’s Daytime Emmys awards: The Bold and the Beautiful for Outstanding Drama (the show’s first ever), The View for Outstanding Talk Show Host (the show’s first ever in that category), Cash Cab for Outstanding Game Show, The Young and the RestlessChristian LeBlanc as Outstanding Lead Actor, One Life to Live‘s Susan Haskell as Outstanding Lead Actress, Rachael Ray as Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment and The Tyra Banks Show as Outstanding Talk Show/Informative. And then there was Cookie Monster, who ate one of Sesame Street‘s awards.

Rescue Me ends its fifth season Tuesday night, and FX has announced that the show will air its series finale in 2011.

– MTV is up in the air about whether or not to air Gone Too Far, the reality series starring the late DJ AM. AM – real name: Adam Goldberg – was found dead Friday in New York, with reports suggesting a drug overdose as the cause; Gone Too Far revolves around him helping other young people battling addictions.

– The first of several soundtracks for the musical dramedy Glee, which premieres on Sept. 9 (after last spring’s pilot preview), will hit stores on Nov. 3 and feature the cast’s covers of “Gold Digger,” “Sweet Caroline” and “Somebody to Love,” among others.

– More info on The Jay Leno Show premiere: First guest Jerry Seinfeld will be joined by first musical guest Jay Z, with Rihanna and Kanye West. Tom Cruise, Halle Berry and Eric Clapton are among Leno’s other premiere week guests.

– The most-watched cable telecast of 2009 (so far): Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place movie.

– Former First Kid Jenna Bush has landed a part-time gig as a reporter on Today. That must make broadcast journalism grads everywhere proud.

– Jim Halpert’s getting married this season on The Office, and his portrayer, John Krasinski, is getting married in real life, to The Devil Wears Prada star Emily Blunt.

– Spoiler alert: Does this Heroes season premiere photo contradict something fans have thought was true about cheerleader Claire?

– And tonight in primetime:
Kid Rock, Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley are among the performers on ABC’s CMA Musical Festival: Country’s Night to Rock (8PM ET)
– Adrian has bad news for Ricky on The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family)
– Glenn and Jackie attend their college reunion on Glenn Martin, DDS (8PM, Nick)
– Will Cappie change his mind about Casey in the Greek third season premiere (9PM, Fox)?
– NGC investigates the validity of conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11 attacks on 9/11: Science and Conspiracy (9PM)
– New Jon & Kate Plus 8 at 9PM on TLC
– New Real Chance of Love 2 at 9PM (VH1)
– A&E has new episodes of Intervention (9PM) and Hoarders (10PM)
The T.O. Show wraps its first season on VH1 at 10PM as Terrell prepares to head off to training camp
The Soup special Duck! TV’s Most Dysfunctional Couples (10PM, E!) includes, of course, the Gosselins
Clash of the Gods (10PM, History) focuses on the story of Medusa
Tony answers viewer queries on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (10PM, Travel Channel)
– The contestants create pirate cakes and try to win the $10,000 prize on Ultimate Cake Off (TLC, 10PM)
– A winner is revealed on Oxygen’s Dance Your Ass Off (10PM)
– And Weeds concludes its fifth season (10PM, Showtime) as Nancy plans for her future when she finds out about Esteban

Channel Surfing – August 12

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– AMC has landed the rights to produce a TV series based on The Walking Dead comic books. Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) will write, direct and executive produce the series, which follows a group of survivors seeking a safe haven after a zombie apocalypse.

– The New York Times has a detailed breakdown of how the Paula Abdul/American Idol negotiations broke down.

– Abdul, by the way, may be signing on for a guest gig as a new temp on Ugly Betty. One bit of advice for Ms. Abdul: Stay off the Twitter until the contract is signed, m’kay?

– Add LaToya Jackson to the list of celebs reportedly among the contenders on the next season of Dancing With the Stars. Think she would even be considered if the Jackson fam wasn’t so prominently in the news right now? LaToya doesn’t even meet the show’s D-list minimum … Other celebs rumored to be in contention for the new season, which premieres on Sept. 21, include Donny Osmond, Vera Wang and Lou Ferrigno, though‘s wish list line-up is a lot more fun.

USA Today has a fun “where are they now?” feature on how successful the winners of career-related reality TV series have been after their shows.

Heroes lost me after the first season, but things are looking up for season four, with a line-up of new cast members that includes Ray Park (he’ll always be Darth Maul to me), Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper and now, Oz‘s Ernie Hudson.

– Ratings for Comedy Central’s roast of Joan Rivers were down 32 percent from its last roast, of Larry the Cable Guy. Maybe viewers just felt like every joke that could be made about Rivers and her many plastic surgeries had already been made?

– Have you seen the cool new series of U.S. Postal Service stamps honoring classic TV shows? I’m hoping to get a You Bet Your Life Groucho in the mail.

The Washington Post‘s Lisa de Moraes reports that Fox is screening that controversial abortion episode of Family Guy – the one the network is declining to air – for critics and members of the TV Academy tonight in Los Angeles. Have to say, the light-on-details description of the episode don’t make it sound so funny.

Ashton Kutcher had to Tweet his embarrassing skeeball defeat at the hands of Jimmy Fallon on Fallon’s late-night NBC talk show.

– And tonight in primetime:

America’s Got Talent on NBC (8PM ET)
Lauren Conrad tries to win $50K for her fave charity on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (8PM, ABC)
– People continue to reveal incredibly embarrassing, sometimes life-ruining, personal details as the second season of Moment of Truth premieres (9PM, Fox)
– The Leverage team goes after a tabloid newscaster (9PM, TNT)
Wipeout. 9PM. ABC. Big red balls
– Bear’s huntin’ wild reindeer in the Arctic on Man vs. Wild (9PM, Discovery)
Bill wants to sell the house he and the missus renovated on Giuliana & Bill (9PM, Style Network)
Criss Angel: Mindfreak opens season five with Criss getting buried alive in a clear coffin (10PM, A&E)
– The first season of The Philanthropist wraps on NBC (10PM)
– Season premiere of Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals (10PM, HBO)
– Carter’s ticked off when the FBI interferes with the team’s mission to save a kidnapping victim on Dark Blue (10PM, TNT)
– The final four have to cook blindfolded on Top Chef: Masters (10PM, Bravo)
– Seventh season premiere of Dinner: Impossible on Food Network involves Chef Robert trying to feed 250 roller derby queens (10PM)
– Jasmine can’t handle her hooch on Real World: Cancun (10PM, MTV)
– The Verminators take on rats and bats (10PM, Discovery)
– Joan’s chatting with the nouveau wealthy on How’d You Get So Rich? (10PM, TV Land)
Adam tries to down a six-pound burrito at the NASCAR Café n Vegas on Man v. Food (10PM, Travel Channel)
– It’s not just a Southern thang – the action on Toddlers & Tiaras moves to the East Coast tonight (10PM, TLC)
– And Michael & Michael Have Issues about a college gig (10:30PM, Comedy Central)

Channel Surfing – July 29

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Here’s official proof that anyone can get a reality series these days: Tobey Maguire‘s mom – yes, Spider-Man’s mama – is working on a reality series that will focus on her attempts with her other son, 15-year-old Weston, to remain normal in the shadow of her famous son’s Hollywood life. Next up: the guy who waves at you when you drive by his house while he’s mowing the lawn gets his own reality show.

– No surprise here: Both Burn Notice and Royal Pains have been renewed on USA Network. The shows’ popularity led to USA ending July as the most-watched cable network on the tube.

Prison Break star Robert Knepper and his evil Samuel will be a regular on the fourth season of Heroes, and The Hollywood Reporter has a preview clip of the new season.

– Pre-season research is indicating that CBS’ NCIS spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles and The Jay Leno Show could be among the big breakout hits of the fall.

– It’s not a return to Deadwood, but Timothy Olyphant will be playing a marshal again, this time in FX’s new drama Lawman. Olyphant will play Raylan Givens, an Elmore Leonard character whose retro approach to being a lawman gets him sent to Kentucky to deal with baddies in his hometown. Bonus: The Shield star Walton Goggins (who so deserved an Emmy nod for the last season of that show) will be among Lawman‘s guest stars.

– Wonder what you’d look like as a Mad Men character? Would you be a chain-smoking, cocktail-swilling shark of an ad exec, or would you just be drawn that way? Find out at, where you can create your own animated Mad Men-era you.

Degrassi: The Next Generation star Aubrey Graham, who’s better known as red-hot rapper Drake these days, has signed on to co-star with another Degrassi alum, Mazin Elsadig, in a new Canadian sitcom called Us & Them.

The Bachelor‘s Chris Harrison and Dancing with the StarsCarrie Ann Inaba have signed a deal to become the new hosts of the TV Guide Channel’s awards show red carpet coverage, beginning with the Emmys on Sept. 20.

– Emmy nominee Sarah Silverman, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and the Manning brothers will be among the voice guest stars on the 21st season of The Simpsons, which debuts Sept. 27 on Fox.

USA Today has a fun profile of Hoboken Buddy Valastro, who, thanks to TLC’s addictive Cake Boss, has joined Ace of CakesDuff Goldman as a rock star cake baker.

George Lopez‘s late-night talk show will debut on TBS in November.

– And tonight in primetime:

– The top six perform on So You Think You Can Dance (8PM ET, Fox)
– Oxygen is airing the 1998 made-for-TV movie gem Gia (8PM), featuring Angelina Jolie (who won a Golden Globe for the role) as real-life, AIDS-stricken ’80s supermodel Gia Carangi and Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell as her girlfriend
– Nate and the team try to catch a bad guy by releasing a deadly virus on Leverage (9PM, TNT)
– They’re in Vegas, baby, Vegas on America’s Got Talent (9PM, NBC)
– Velcro suits and cat costumes are part of the fun (?) on I Survived a Japanese Game Show (9PM, ABC)
– On Throwdown with Bobby Flay (9PM, Food Network), Bobby tries to make better sloppy joes than the guys who own NYC eatery Schnipper’s (good luck, Bob – they make a mean sloppy joe)
– It’s the champions round on Top Chef Masters (10PM, Bravo)
– Women who live in different cities swap towns to try and find love on the premiere of SoapNet’s Holidate (10PM)
– The Dark Blue (10PM, TNT) team tries to nab a drug dealer who’s hip to cop tactics
– There’s a Ponzi scheme afoot on The Philanthropist (10PM, NBC)
– More stage moms and their heavily make-up-ed tots will creep you out on Toddlers & Tiaras (10PM, TLC)
– On Verminators (10PM, Discovery): rats and an 11-foot alligator
– Joey may get the boot when he’d rather party and sleep than work on The Real World: Cancun (10PM, MTV)
– And Michael & Michael Have Issues (10:30PM, Comedy Central) with trying to find a date for Marla

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