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Channel Surfing – June 18

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– The Seinfeld cast reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm is shaping up to be bigger than it was originally rumored to be. Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the newly-“reformed” (according to Larry David) Michael Richards will reportedly appear in half the episodes of the upcoming season of Curb, which is scheduled to premiere this fall.

– It’s a definite go: Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams are teaming up again, to make Mission: Impossible IV for a 2011 release.

– In addition to tonight’s “The Last Supper” special episode (Bravo, 9PM ET) of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the network is stretching the show’s first season to July 9 with three more episodes, including two reunion eps and a “lost footage” installment. The so-called season finale that aired Tuesday night drew 3.5 million viewers, the highest number ever for an episode of the Housewives franchise.

– Will you really make it to your destination if Homer Simpson is giving you directions? You can find out with a TomTom GPS and the company’s celebrity voice navigator feature, which now includes Homie as an option. Other TV celeb voices available from TomTom: Kim Cattrall, Mr. T, Burt Reynolds and Dennis Hopper.

T.R. Knight‘s definitely vamoosing from Grey’s Anatomy, which just makes the show even more tiresome as the off-camera dramas continue to overshadow the on-screen action.

Twin Peaks lives again, as an Internet series? It is if original series star, and current Desperate Housewives baddie Kyle McLachlan, has anything to say about it.

– And, Twitter tip, the always awesome John Lithgow will play a serial killer on the new season of Dexter, and he’s Tweeting about it at @John_Lithgow.

Channel Surfing – May 22

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Memorial Day weekend means TV marathons, and has a round-up of ’em.

Nurse Jackie, the quirky new nurse dramedy starring Edie “Carmela Soprano” Falco, debuts June 8 on Showtime, but you can watch the first episode now, free, at The password: “shifthappens.”

– Now that the networks have announced their schedules for next season, they have to deal with the dismal stats of the just-concluded 2008/09 season: ratings were down 16 percent.

Don’t read this story unless you want to know the major twist that will kick off The CW’s remake of Melrose Place in the fall.

– Tonight’s season finales: Starz’ terrific comedies Party Down (10:30PM ET) and Head Case (10PT), which features a funny cameo by Jerry Seinfeld.

– What was missing from the American Idol finale (besides an Adam Lambert win, of course)? A goofy Will Ferrell song that was cut.

Fringe‘s Kirk Acevedo took to his Facebook page earlier this week to say he’d been fired from the show. Not so, says a show producer.

– First Guiding Light is cancelled, and now All My Children killed Stuart Chandler. What is going on in daytime TV?!

– Just when you think you can’t possibly love Neil Patrick Harris more, you find out he has pop-up books in his guest room, Kiehl’s products in the shower and a selection of magazines in his bathroom. NPH!

– And in more things that make perfect sense to me, Project Runway star (and he is the real star of the show) Tim Gunn will become a Marvel Comics superhero.

Here It Is: NBC’s 2009-2010 Primetime Schedule

Here’s the official line-up from NBC, followed by the network’s description of its new series:

(All Times ET)

8PM – Heroes
9PM – Trauma
10PM – The Jay Leno Show

8PM – The Biggest Loser
10PM – The Jay Leno Show

8PM – Parenthood
9PM – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10PM – The Jay Leno Show

8PM – SNL Weekend Update Thursday
8:30PM – Parks and Recreation
9PM – The Office
9:30PM – Community (moves to Thursdays 8PM after multi-episode run and 30 Rock returns)
10PM – The Jay Leno Show

8PM – Law & Order
9PM – Southland
10PM – The Jay Leno Show

8PM – Dateline NBC
9PM – Trauma encore
10PM – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit encore

7PM – Football Night in America
8:20PM – NBC Sunday Night Football

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Upfront Week Preview: NBC

Monday marks the official kick-off of Upfront Week, the annual New York City gathering of TV execs, advertisers and media during which the networks announce their schedules for the TV season ahead. Like every other industry, the TV biz has been hit by the country’s economic downturn and there are lots of TV actors, actresses, writers, producers and other crew members who are waiting to find out if they have a job.

Here’s a schedule of this week’s Upfront presentations, plus a rundown of what is/isn’t/might be popping up on the networks’ 2009-10 primetime schedules, starting with NBC:

NBC (“Infront” presentation was held May 5; fall 2009 schedule announcement: Tuesday, May 19)
Returning series: 30 Rock, The Biggest Loser, Celebrity Apprentice, Chuck, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Southland
On the bubble series: Law & Order: Criminal IntentMedium, My Name is Earl
New series : Jay Leno‘s nightly talk show at 10PM, and …

100 Questions (Comedy)
Plot: Charlotte (Red Dwarf‘s Sophie Winkleman) joins an online dating service (where she has to answer the titular 100 questions) to find Mr. Right.
Stars: Winkleman, Heist/Quarterlife‘s David Walton and Coupling‘s Christopher Moynihan
It’s like: Every other Friends knock-off that wasn’t as funny as the original

Breakthrough With Tony Robbins (Reality)
Plot: The self-help guru helps those in need help themselves
Stars: Uh, Tony Robbins
It’s like: The Biggest Loser for every other challenge someone might be facing

Community (Comedy)
Plot: Following the students of Greenville Community College, including a lyin’ attorney (The Soup‘s Joel McHale) who needs a degree, fast.
Stars: McHale, Chevy Chase and Greek‘s Danny Pudi
It’s like: The funniest show NBC’s unleashed since 30 Rock

Day One (Drama)
Plot: The residents of a California apartment building who survived some sort of apocalyptic event try to rebuild society and find out what exactly happened to their world
Stars: ER‘s David Lyons, The Shield‘s Catherine Dent, 24‘s Xander Berkeley and Popular‘s Carly Pope
It’s like: Melrose Place-meets-Jericho. And I mean that as a good thing

The Marriage Ref (Reality)
Plot: Celebs, comedians and athletes mediate disputes between real-life marrieds. Because, as we all know, nowhere can you find better advice on how to have a good marriage than from Hollywood types
Stars: It’s executive produced by Jerry Seineld
It’s like: Well, getting marriage advice from Hollywood celebs

Mercy (Drama)
Plot: Medical drama as told through the eyes of a nurse who has just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq
Stars: Newcomer Taylor Schilling, Men in TreesJames Tupper, Delroy Lindo, WeedsGuillermo Diaz and Buffy/Gossip Girl‘s Michelle Trachtenberg
It’s like: ER-meets-China Beach

Parenthood (Drama)
Plot: The Braverman siblings raise their own broods
Stars: Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen, Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia and Mae Whitman
It’s like: An occasionally funny, less annoying Brothers & Sisters

Trauma (Drama)
Plot: An intense drama about the first-responder paramedics at San Francisco General
Stars: Derek Luke and Jamey Sheridan
It’s like: Rescue Me-meets-Third Watch

Who Do You Think You Are? (Reality)
Plot: Celebs find out about their family trees
Stars: Episodes will feature Lisa Kudrow (an exec producer on the show), Susan Sarandon and Sarah Jessica Parker
It’s like: E! True Hollywood

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