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Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

9:30PM | NBC
Parks and Recreation – Remember what happened the last time Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) and his ex-wife Tammy (guest star Megan Mullally, Offerman’s real-life wife) got together? Insanity ensued, which is why Tammy’s return in tonight’s episode is must-see TV. Especially since her return is brought about by Tom (Aziz Ansari), who begins dating Tammy to get back at Ron, who’s dating Tom’s ex-wife Wendy (Jama Williamson). Also, a jail cell is involved, so, again, must-see TV.

8PM | FOX
American Idol – After weeks of those drawn out city auditions, the action moves to Hollywood, where we’ll finally see which wannabes have the chops to make it into the finalist pool.

8PM | CBS
The Big Bang Theory – Leonard, a gigolo … Sheldon, his pimp??! If a wealthy widow (guest star Jessica Walter) who wants to donate big bucks to the university – provided she gets some one-on-one time with Leonard – has anything to say about it.

8PM | NBC
Community – The last time I saw Andy Dick‘s name in the news, he was getting thrown out of an awards show for porn. Tonight, he’s guesting on Community. A step up, to say the least.

8PM | ABC
Wipeout – The Hockey Hottie, Mr. Grinch and Holiday Hams … you guess which ones are contestants and which ones are Wipeout obstacles.

9PM | ABC
Grey’s Anatomy – Papa Grey returns with a stomachache that means he’s rejecting the liver Meredith so thoughtfully gave him. He’s also bringing a young, tattooed girlfriend with him, which means Mer’s gonna have a stomachache, too.

9PM | NBC
The Office – Michael and Holly spend Valentine’s Day together, which gives me more hope that the writers will send Mr. Scott off with the happy ending he deserves. Well, the happy ending for him that the audience deserves, anyway.

10PM | NBC
30 Rock – It’s Valentine’s Day and Carol (guest star Matt Damon) is back, which, in Liz Lemon Land, probably means romantic trauma ahead.

10PM | FX
Archer – Archer may be someone’s babydaddy. His favorite hooker’s babydaddy, actually.

10PM | MTV
Jersey ShoreRonnie, Sammi fight. Ronnie mad. Ronnie smash!

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Stefan and Elena try to get romantic on a trip to the lake on The Vampire Diaries (8PM, The CW);
– Booth and Sweets have commitment on their minds on Bones (9PM, Fox);
– On Nikita (9PM, The CW), Michael meddles in Alex’s life with Nathan;
– Colleen helps protect U.S. marshals on Police Women of Cincinnati (9PM, TLC);
– Ace and the gang make a Back to the Future cake for Michael J. Fox (!) on Ace of Cakes (10PM, Food Network);
– And rebellious teens visit San Quentin on Beyond Scared Straight (10PM, A&E).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Seth MacFarlane and Brooklyn Decker;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Former RNC chairman Michael Steele (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Author Michael Lewis (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Snooki (yes, that one);
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Rob Lowe, Amber Riley and Nicki Minaj;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Brad Womack and Taylor Momsen;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Jimmy and Justin Bieber perform their Twitter song;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Jennifer Aniston and Piers Morgan;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Jennifer Beals;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Diplo and Alberta Cross.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

11:59PM | CARTOON NETWORK’S ADULT SWIM
Eagleheart – The show runs a mere 15-minutes long, but fans who’ve been tickled by Chris Elliott‘s uber-goofy sensibilities since the all-too-short-lived class Get a Life will appreciate his newest goofy comedy. Elliott stars as U.S. marshal Chris Monsanto, he of the ridiculous blond wig and addiction to vengeance. Vengeance against who? Vargas, the man who has killed every one of Monstanto’s partners. Monsanto puts the big baddie in his place in tonight’s opener, and then, in a development that tells you all you need to know about the silliness that’s to come, he nurses Vargas back to health … so he kill him the right way later on.

8PM | CBS
The Big Bang Theory – When Sheldon gets some negative feedback from his students via the Twitterverse, he turns to Penny for acting lessons to make him a better teacher.

8PM | NBC
Community – Abed and Jeff try to include a loner student in their fun when they plan a game of Dungeons and Dragons, but it’s another loner – Pierce – they should really be worried about.

8PM | THE CW
Vampire Diaries – Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) daddy issue in tonight’s episode: Her father, John Gilbert, returns to town.

9PM | FOX
Bones – When a man is murdered, disguised as a scarecrow and left in a remote field, Booth and Brennan have to work quickly to solve the crime, before an impending storm disturbs the evidence. And their suspects in the creepy crime: his wives, all three of them; turns out dude was a polygamist, married to three sisters.

9PM | CBS
CSI Are the rumors true? Could William Petersen be making a brief return tonight as Grissom? He certainly factors into the mama drama (and mama-in-law drama) in tonight’s episode: Marlee Matlin guests as Grissom’s ex-girlfriend, a deaf professor who works at the college where Grissom’s mom also teaches, and where Grissom’s wife, Sara, has to investigate the murder of a faculty member.

9PM | NBC
The Office – Michael goes MIA after he makes Jim stop at a gas station bathroom, where Mr. Halpert leaves him when he gets an emergency phone call from Pam’s mom.

9:30PM | NBC
Parks and Recreation – On a show full of scene stealers, Chris Pratt, as resident shoeshine stand owner Andy, is one of the best, and most subtle. Tonight, Andy turns to newbie Chris (Rob Lowe) for advice on how to win April back, while Leslie gets advice on her time capsule project from guest star Will Forte.

10PM | FX
Archer – Has our favorite animated spy group been Madoff-ed? Malory decides to sell ISIS after she’s wiped out in a Ponzi scheme.

10PM | MTV
Jersey Shore – Will Sammi and Ronnie make it through this episode without another crying/screaming breakup/meltdown? Probably not, but Ronnie has bigger issues to deal with.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– It’s the sixth audition episode for this season of American Idol (8PM, Fox);
– It’s a safe bet that there’s nothing sweet about the gingerbread house obstacle on tonight’s Wipeout (8PM, ABC);
– Ed (William Shatner) gets jealous when a wealthy guy (guest star Lee Majors) wants to date Rosemary on $#*! My Dad Says (8:30PM, CBS);
– The Chief is unimpressed with Bailey’s efforts to integrate social media into the OR when she Tweets live from the operating room on Grey’s Anatomy (9PM, ABC);
– Season four kicks off on Million Dollar Listing (9PM, Bravo);
– Alex asks for Nikita’s help when she’s asked to kill a prince at a party, but when Division finds out Nikita’s present, Michael is ordered to kill her on a new Nikita (9PM, The CW);
– On Police Women of Cincinnati (9PM, TLC), Colleen brings down a drug dealer who’s operating in a public park, while Mandy helps a single mom whose ex-boyfriend is threatening her with a gun;
Duran Duran, Kid Rock and Jason Derulo perform at the Super Bowl Fan Jam 2011 (9PM, VH1);
Duff and the crew make cakes for the New York Rangers and Medieval Times on Ace of Cakes (10PM, Food Network);
– Six teens are put into tiny cells in a South Carolina prison in hopes of deterring them from continuing their wicked ways on Beyond Scared Straight (10PM, A&E);
– Jane is taken hostage by a murder suspect who wants t prove his innocence – by replacing the murder rap with a kidnapping charge? – on The Mentalist (10PM, CBS);
– Season four of Ultimate Factories premieres with visits to the factories that make the Dodge Challenger (10PM, NGC);
Howard Stern is Dave‘s guest on The Late Show With David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS);
– And Episodes star Matt LeBlanc chats with Craiggers on The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:37PM, CBS).

Whatchoo Talkin’ ‘Bout, Willis?: January 31-February 6, 2011

In TVScreener.com’s new week-in-preview column, here’s what Willis, and everyone else in TV land, will be talking about in the week ahead …

1. Super Bowl XLV
Steelers vs. Packers (Feb. 6, kick-off at 6:25PM ET, Fox), plus halftime performance by the Black Eyed Peas, the national anthem performed by Christina Aguilera, Glee star Lea Michele singing America the Beautiful and a whole sea of Terrible Towels.

2. Super Bowl Commercials
Among the advertisers rolling out big-budget ads (a 30-second spot reportedly costs $2.9 million) during the Super Bowl in Dallas: Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch, GoDaddy.com, BMW, Chevy and Doritos, as well as clips for movies like Kung Fu Panda 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Captain America, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Thor, Super 8, Rango and Cowboys and Aliens. And, as in years past, odd celebrity pairings will be among the most buzzed about Super Bowl ads, as Roseanne and Richard Lewis star in a Snickers spot that’s a continuation of last year’s Betty White/Abe Vigoda clips, while Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne (for reals) co-star in a commercial for Best Buy.

3. Puppy Bowl VII
Puppies, kittens, chicken cheerleaders, hamsters on the flyover blimp, the Kitten Halftime Show and the debut of the Puppy Cam, with a puppy-eye-view of the action on the field, make up the most adorable special of the year, the Puppy Bowl (Feb. 6, 3PM, Animal Planet). And be sure to stick around for the post-game awarding of the MVP – Most Valuable Puppy – award.

4. A Glee-ful Super Bowl Aftershow
The Glee gang landed the cushy post-Super Bowl spot on Fox with an episodes titled “The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle.” The installment, the most expensive in the show’s history with a budget between $3-5 million, promises to deliver, with a New Directions spin on Michael Jackson‘s Thriller, a guest appearance by Katie Couric and an homage to Katy Perry‘s California Gurls video.

5. A Wayne’s World Reunion?
Hey, if Saturday Night Live can wrangle the real Mark Zuckerberg to meet up with the movie (The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg) and TV (SNL Zuckerberg impressionist Andy Samberg) versions of Zuckerberg, it’s possible that Mike Myers might pop in this Saturday night (11:30PM, NBC) when his fellow SNL alum, and Wayne’s World co-star, Dana Carvey hosts the show for the first time since 2000, right? Sure, the two aren’t actually pals in real life (as detailed in that 2008 Entertainment Weekly article that shed some unflattering light on Myers’ personal relationships with his business cohorts), but it’s not like they couldn’t both use the buzz such a reunion would stir. At the very least, we’re almost certain to see the return of the Church Chat lady.

6. Charlie’s Angels II
It’s never too early to look at next TV season, and already, one of the most anticipated series is ABC’s remake of Charlie’s Angels. Robert Wagner (awesome) has already signed on as the voice of Charlie, Dexter/Veronica Mars/Vampire Diaries director Marcos Siega will direct the pilot, Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar are writing and producing the redo and Friday Night Lights alum Minka Kelly just joined Rachael Taylor (who debuts as Callie’s obstetrician in the Feb. 3 episode of Grey’s Anatomy) and General Hospital‘s Annie Ilonzeh as the new Angels.

7. This Charlie’s No Angel
A porn-watching marathon with a porn star, a briefcase full of cocaine, a trip to the hospital, another trip to rehab and a hiatus for Two and a Half Men … that’s Charlie Sheen‘s latest mess, but the headline on this Hollywood Reporter story puts it in a far better perspective: “Charlie Sheen’s Top 5 Scandals of the Past 5 Months.” The fact that his most recent skanky shenanigans have to be narrowed down to a top 5 truly does say it all.

8. Cousin Jeri?
Facts of Life and Deadwood star Geri Jewell reveals in her upcoming autobiography I’m Walking as Straight as I Can that she is gay. The actress and stand-up comedienne, who was born with cerebral palsy, became the first person with a disability to have a regular role on a primetime TV series with her performance as Blair’s cousin Jeri on Facts. Her book will be released on April 1 from ECW Press.

9. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion, Part II
They’ve obviously saved the biggest dramas for Tuesday night’s conclusion (10PM, Bravo), during which we find out exactly what happened between Lisa, hubby Ken and their former houseguest/friend Cedric, as well as the alleged Kim Richards drinking problem that most of the cast members – including Kim’s sister Kyle – have been rudely alluding to every chance they get.

10. Jersey Shore Stars: The Butts of Their Own Jokes
Last week, it was about Deena and the rumor her Ronnie-alike hook-up started about her alleged fondness for a sexual act that no amount of Ron Ron Juice could make appealing. This week, it’s all about the butt again, as Ronnie, the real one, asks Sammi to accompany him to the doctor after sharing with her that he’s got anal bleeding issues. See the clip below, which is uncomfortable to watch, not only because of poor Ronnie’s exam, but also because of the – is it glee? – with which Sammi discusses boyfriend Ronnie’s sitch. On another note, how do you know that it might be time to consider the possibility that your career has taken an unfortunate turn somewhere along the way? When it becomes necessary to use the phrase “anal bleeding” to describe a reality TV show.

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‘Jersey Shore’ Season 2: Here’s, Uh, The Situation

There will definitely be a second season of MTV’s guilty pleasure hit Jersey Shore, but the cast may be filled with fresh faces.

TMZ.com reports that today’s the deadline for The Situation, Snooki, Pauly D, J-WOWW, Ronnie, Sammi and Vinny to accept MTV’s new contract offer — $10,000 per cast member per episode, plus a $10,000 signing bonus — or they’ll be replaced with new Guidos and Guidettes.

The cast is reportedly sticking together, a negotiating tactic that was famously, and very successfully, employed by the Friends cast back in the day, with The Situation and Pauly D doing most of the talking. TMZ reports that MTV is willing to sign individual cast members, however, so we’ll see how committed the Joisey pals really are to keeping their little group together.

Meanwhile, in other Jersey Shore news:

– MTV.com has launched a Jersey Shore Yourself” game, because, really, who doesn’t want to see themselves Ed Hardy-ied and hair gelled to the bejesus?

– In case these contract negotiations don’t turn out well, Television Without Pity has some clever suggestions for other reality shows the cast could join.

– And, even if there are new cast members for season two, we’ll always have Jersey Shore: The Movie, thanks to Craig Ferguson and a few famous pals.

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