Tonight’s TV Addictions: January 13, 2009

Returning for its eight season, the reality TV juggernaut promises big changes. Will new judge Kara DioGuardi be enough to stem the rating slide? Will this be the season that Simon and Ryan Paula finally acknowledge all that pent up sexual tension? Will Randy have expanded his vocabulary passed “Dawg?” Will somebody pleeeaaasseeee wake us up when the contestants get to Hollywood.

90210 (8PM CW, 9PM Global in Canada)
Tabitha buys Annie and Dixon a brand new car without asking their mom for permission. Asking their mom for permission? How about asking us? Because there is no way all of Shenae Grimes off-screen antics warrant a new car. We’re just sayin’

LAW & ORDER: SVU (10PM NBC, CTV in Canada)
One dead teenager! Sex trafficking! Prostitution rings! Geez…. could SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT be anymore of a downer?

SCRUBS (9PM ABC, CityTV in Canada)
Carla wants to teach a self-centered intern a lesson in humility. Hey, maybe that whole crossover with GREY’S ANATOMY that I suggested last week is coming to pass! In other news, Kelso and Cox team up to try and get rid of Dr. Maddox… and seeing as she’s portrayed by Courtney Cox, who only signed on for a three-episode arc, we’re betting his chances of success are pretty decent — CT

In Detroit, a guy is questioned about having handguns and a human skull in his van. But it’ll probably all make a lot more sense to the officers when they discover he’s from Tennessee. — CT

I’ll admit to not being a big fan of non-LAW & ORDER procedurals. But since this episode involves a witch claiming to have used her powers on a football player who killed her cat, I might have to give this one a try. After all, 20 million viewers can’t be wrong, right? (Unless we factor in AMERICAN IDOL, of course.) — CT 

PRIVILEGED (9PM CW, 8PM CityTV in Canada)
This outing is titled “All About Tough Love” but it might as well be called “(Almost) All About Lily” as the jailed troublemaker deals with the consequences of having drugs found in her hotel room. In other news, Sage buys a gift for Luis (played by Ignacio Serrano — best known to most for his stint as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s text-message killer, Diego), who doesn’t have quite the reaction she’d hoped for. — CT

Sean’s health problems draw him closer to Liz. Okay, read that again with porn music in your head an an emphasis on the word “closer.” Is Liz — you know, the out and proud lesbian — really going to prove that there’s a fine line between love and hate, or at least lust and loathing? Shark alert! — CT

Apparently not realizing that in Port Charles, only the good die young (Georgie, Emily, etc.), Claudia urges Sonny to do away with his former right-hand-man, Jason. Chances of that actually happening are right up there with a cop in this town actually making charges against a mobster stick. — CT

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  • Alyssa

    For Nip/Tuck, I think you mean Christian not Sean.

    Shark Alert! is much better but I still think that we can find a phrase that isn’t nearly a decade old.

  • Ace

    I don’t know why but I can’t get into Sage being interested in Louis on Privileged. It just doesn’t seem very Sage-like.

  • tim w. in tx

    LOL @ CT’s comment about “Homeland Security” and the guy being from tn. LOL I’m from Tn and find that hilarious. Of course, I made sure I was noted living in Tx now. LOL As for a new car being a major plot point on 90210, what year is this? 1950? I’m done. No more 9021 crappy OH. Not even Kelly and Brenda can get me to watch this crap no more. Over and done. First TV Guide and now me, will America follow? Now I know the C in CW means crappy. Took me long enough.

  • Morjana

    New episode of NCIS tonight on CBS too. Torri Higginson, who was on Stargate Atlantis; reprises her NCIS role as Dr. Jordan Hampton. TVaddict should really try watching this series.

  • TVFan

    I’m not so sure a guest appearance by Torri Higginson (Who?) qualifies as either New and/or Notable! :)

  • ct

    Alyssa: I continue to be baffled by your insistence that we stop using a “decade-old” term. Isn’t the whole point of phrases such as this one that they become part of the national language and debate, and allow an instant short hand? Isn’t coming up with a “new term” just starting the same cycle… everyone adapts it, it becomes shorthand, then someone gets “bored” with it and suggests we start from scratch?

    That said… the floor is yours. We’ll happily accept any and all alternative phrases, and then throw them into casual conversation here on the site and see how people react!