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Channel Surfing – October 28, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Emmy and Oscar-winning director and producer Barry Levinson thinks TV networks should program Saturday nights with must-see-TV. Saturday nights are a repeat wasteland now, but in the past, hits like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues, Golden Girls, Love Boat, Mission: Impossible, Gilligan’s Island, The Streets of San Francisco, M*A*S*H, The Carol Burnett Show, The Jeffersons, Emergency, Kung Fu, Starsky & Hutch, Get Smart, Gunsmoke, Facts of Life and Leave It to Beaver claimed primetime real estate on Saturday nights.

– An all-Madonna episode of Glee? It’s happening.

Hulk Hogan is returning to wrestling, on Spike’s TNA iMPACT.

George Lopez has lined up Ellen DeGeneres, Eva Longoria-Parker and Kobe Bryant for the Nov. 9 premiere of his TBS late-night talk show Lopez Tonight, and has also booked Larry David, Sandra Bullock, Ray Romano, Jessica Alba, Charlie Sheen, Queen Latifah, Ted Danson, Andy Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Oscar de la Hoya and Kathy Griffin.

– They’re dropping like flies from the ESPN payroll these days. On the heels of the firings of Steve Phillips and his mistress from the sports net, ESPN has suspended commentator Bob Griese for making an offensive comment about Colombian NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

– Yet another reason to love Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson: When the lights went out in his studio (and all of CBS Television City) Tuesday night while he was interviewing Alicia Silverstone, he turned on a flashlight and kept right on going with the show.

– ABC has ditched plans to promote its V remake with the giant red skywritten “V”s. The campaign was going to create quite a bit of pollution, as Washington Post critic Lisa de Moraes calculated, and it was feared that the giant red Vs might freak some people out, reports The Hollywood Reporter‘s James Hibberd.

The Wire and The Office star Idris Elba is developing a new legal drama, with Battlestar Galactica producer David Eick, for NBC.

– TruTV’s Las Vegas Lockdown is an upcoming reality series that will follow arrestees through the Sin City county jail, including partiers who prove that what happens in Vegas, sometimes leads to the hoosegow.

Ricky Gervais on hosting the Golden Globe Awards in January: “Everyone is sitting around and drinking. I’m going to be drunk, and I’m not going to rehearse. So, it’s the perfect gig for me.” Unless they get him to host the Oscars, too, the Globes should be, far and away, the best awards show of the year.

– Last Sunday’s episode of Dexter was the series’ highest-rated installment ever, with more than two million viewers.

Gabourey Sidibe, the newcomer who’s the buzz-making star of the early Oscar-fave film Precious, is in talks for a role in Showtime’s upcoming Laura Linney dark cancer-themed comedy The C Word.

Patrick Swayze‘s widow Lisa will chat with Oprah on The Big O’s Friday show.

– And tonight’s must-see-TV: Barring continuing rain (it’s an icky day here in NYC), the Yankees and Phillies kick off the 105th World Series on Fox (8PM ET); Brick (a.k.a. scene-stealing kiddie actor Atticus Shaffer) is deemed “socially challenged” at school, but proves himself to be a mechanical genius at home on The Middle (8:30PM, ABC); Jay and Gloria argue about Manny’s new school outfit on Modern Family (9PM, ABC); for those with DirecTV, it’s the fourth-season premiere of Friday Night Lights (9PM); Robert has to whip up a feast at the Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Dinner: Impossible (10PM, Food Network); and Adam tackles steak and blue crab in Baltimore on Man vs. Food (10PM, Travel Channel).

Channel Surfing – October 27, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Microsoft has pulled the plug on its planned sponsorship of the Nov. 8 Family Guy variety special, saying “it became clear that the content was not a fit with the Windows brand.” As Hollywood Wiretap points out, it’s almost like Microsoft execs had never seen an ep of the show, since the variety special’s topics – including jokes about the Holocaust, deaf people and incest – are actually fairly tame by most Family Guy episode standards.

– Top this, Oscar people! Ricky Gervais is hosting the Golden Globes on Jan. 17.

– Gotta love the cleverness of this clip from ABC’s Castle, in which Nathan Fillion‘s Richard Castle pays homage to Fillion’s Captain Malcolm Reynolds role in Firefly by donning a space cowboy costume for Halloween.

George Clooney is producing a new TNT drama about a cop who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator. Sons of Anarchy fans will note similarities to Bobby Elvis, the biker/accountant who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator.

– TV director Linda Day, one of the few female directors who worked regularly in TV in the 1980s according to The Hollywood Reporter, died on Oct. 23. The 71-year-old TV vet had helmed episodes of shows like Married … With Children, Archie Bunker’s Place, Kate & Allie, Mad About You, Clueless, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Who’s the Boss?

– Blue Collar Comedy Tour funny guy Ron White will produce and provide voicework for a new Comedy Central animated comedy called Hounds, which will revolve around a character named Chicken, “a countrified Yoda with a bottle of Jack and a bag of weed, an opinionated Southern philosopher who considers himself the center of the universe.”

Ernie Hudson will pop up on Law & Order as the new boyfriend of S. Epatha Merkerson‘s Lt. Van Buren.

– Seen that DirecTV ad with David Spade “interacting” with dead pal Chris Farley in a scene from Tommy Boy? Are you creeped out by it, too? I’m also really surprised that Spade would sign on to do it. He was not only Farley’s co-star, but also one of his closest friends, and it just seems like an awfully insensitive, exploitative move by someone in that position. Maybe Spade thought it was something fans of the movie and Farley would find endearing?

– Perez Hilton says Saturday Night Live producers are trying to arrange a Kanye West appearance for the show Taylor Swift is hosting on Nov. 7. Swift is also the musical guest on the episode, which, presumably, would poke fun at the Swift/West MTV Awards brouhaha.

– And tonight’s must-see-TV: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (8PM ET, ABC), one of the three best Peanuts specials (along with the Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes, of course); Derek Jeter guest starring on The Biggest Loser (8PM, NBC); the star-studded Scream Awards on Spike (10PM); and an episode of Sons of Anarchy (FX, 10PM) that will leave Jax in an interesting position in his battles with Clay, after a decision by Jax costs someone close to SAMCRO very dearly.

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