Tonight’s TV Addictions: September 17, 2009

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BONES (8PM FOX)
We watch for the Sam and Dianne will they or won’t they dynamic, and it seems ever so closer to being realized in the season premiere: six weeks after his injury, Booth (David Boreanaz) is starting to realize his feelings for Brennan (Emily Deschanel) – except, ah, a catch, one involving guest star Cyndi Lauper as a psychic and a clown. Hey, it’s progress, right? Grade: B — Aleks Chan

FRINGE (9PM FOX, ‘A’ in Canada)
We last saw FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv, who’s like a Jennifer Garner-Elizabeth Mitchell hybrid), she was gazing out of a still-standing World Trade Center in an alternate universe. We next see her hurling out the front windshield of her SUV. Not a lot of explanation in the premiere (which is mostly the producers setting the stage for the season), but its back in the same focused state of mind we left it in, and it only makes the tricky season ahead seem that much more promising. Grade: B+ — Aleks Chan

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Tonight’s TV Addictions: June 29, 2009

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING:
WEEDS (10PM Showtime)
Dark comedy done right. HUNG take note.

NURSE JACKIE (10:30PM Showtime)
Jobs we would not want to have include being the teacher, school nurse and/or district psychologist who have to let Jackie know that her daughter Grace needs to go on anti-anxiety medication.

NEW & NOTABLE:
AMERICAN IDOL: THE JACKSON TRIBUTE (8PM FOX)
As much as our first reaction to FOX continuing to mine, not to mention profit from the Michael Jackson tragedy by re-broadcasting this season’s AMERICAN IDOL Michael Jackson Songbook is one of disgust. It’s pretty hard to blame the network when Janet is already making a ‘surprise’ appearance at last night’s BET awards while father Joe Jackson hit the BET red carpet to promote his record label.

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Tonight’s TV Addictions: June 28, 2009

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING:
THE SIMPSONS (8PM FOX, Global in Canada)
Do you follow the TV Addict on twitter? If you did, you’d already know that, “THE SIMPSONS will re-air the ‘Do the Bartman’ music video in memory of Michael Jackson before Sunday’s episode at 8PM on FOX.” If you don’t, really… what are you waiting for?

HUNG (10PM HBO)
THE PUNISHER’s Thomas Jane stars as a high school gym teacher who looks to turn his life around with the help of his biggest err… asset.

NEW & NOTABLE:
BET AWARDS (8PM BET)
As the saying goes, the show must go on. Which is why tonight’s Jamie Foxx hosted BET awards is dedicated to Michael Jackson.

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Tonight’s TV Addictions: June 25, 2009

NEW & NOTABLE:
Always quick to capitalize report on a tragedy, ABC will air a prime-time special about Jackson’s life at 9PM, followed by FARRAH FAWCETT: HER LIFE, HER LOVES, HER LEGACY, a special edition of 20/20 hosted by Barbara Walters.

Over on NBC, the peacock network will dedicate the 9-11PM slots to retrospectives on both Jackson and Fawcett’s remarkable careers while CBS will air a prime-time special on Jackson at 10PM which may also include coverage on Fawcett’s career.

BURN NOTICE (9PM USA)
While Michael is away infilitrating a gang in order to take down a highly sought-after criminal, Sam must face down his most challenging foe yet: The IRS (Da-Da-Duh!)

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (9PM FOX)
Two more dancers have their dreams crushed on national television. Awkward.

Tonight’s TV Addictions: June 23, 2009

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING:
BETTER OFF TED (9:30PM ABC)
Since top-notch writing and acting didn’t seem to do the trick, BETTER OFF TED returns tonight with the two things America can’t ever seem to get enough of: Blondes and boobs, courtesy of Andrea Anders doing her best impersonation of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS.

NEW & NOTABLE:
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (9PM NBC)
America may have talent, but do they have their very own version of Britain’s Susan Boyle? Tune in to tonight’s two-hour premiere and find out.

HAWTHORNE (9PM TNT)
Two episodes in and the Jada Pinkett-Smith vehicle is already pulling out the big guns. No, husband Will Smith isn’t dropping by, rather COSBY SHOW alum Malcolm-Jamal Warner guests as a brain-aneurysm patient who spirals into dementia.

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Tonight’s TV Addictions: Monday June 22, 2009

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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING:
MAKE IT OR BREAK IT (9PM ABC Family)
This Stick It-esque drama about young gymnasts with dreams of the Olympics may mine every teen sports movie trope there is (showbiz mom and dads; catty competition; down-on-her-luck protagonist defies odds and scores huge), but it manages to do so with a naturalness that’s a relief — I don’t I could take another broadly drawn teen drama. It’s no FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, but even if you’re not this show’s target audience, you shouldn’t feel bad for liking it. Grade: BAleks Chan

NEW & NOTABLE:
STAR TREK: TNG (8PM Sci Fi)
JJ. Abrams STAR TREK re-boot got you itching for more? Why not jump on the NEXT GENERATION bandwagon with the thrilling two-part episode that assimilated this TV Addict into the annals of TV nerdom.

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Tonight’s TV Addictions: June 18, 2009

NEW & NOTABLE:
THE INCREDIBLE HULK (8PM Cinemax)
More like THE only a moderate improvement over the previous less than incredible HULK

THE FASHION SHOW (10PM Bravo)
UGLY BETTY’s Becki Newton guest judges, which means the models best not be walking down the runway in anything be-fitting a Betty. We’re just sayin’

THE LISTENER (10PM NBC, CTV in Canada)
The Listener morphs into The Suspect when a women with whom Toby left a nighclub with turns up dead the morning after.

Tonight’s TV Addictions: June 17, 2009

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING:
GREAT PERFORMANCES (8PM PBS)
Idina Menzel does in fact defy gravity by flying across the pond to perform, alongside Adam Pascal and Josh Groban in the London Concert Revival of the 1986 cult musical “Chess.” Great performances indeed.

NEW & NOTABLE:
LOOK-A-LIKE (8PM TVGuide Channel)
A woman gets a makeover to look like Hilary Swank, which we’re not gonna lie, would not be our first choice for celebrity makeovers. But hey, we once that Dawson Leery was cool. So really, who are we to judge.

TOP CHEF MASTERS (10PM Bravo)
LOSTerminds Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse take a break from their other job to drop by tonight’s TOP CHEF MASTERS, which has contestants Wylie Dufresne, Suzanne Tracht, and Elizabeth Falkner concocting meals inspired by their hit ABC show in an episode aptly titled, “The Lost Supper.”

Tonight’s TV Addictions: June 16, 2009

NEW & NOTABLE:
I’M A CELEBRITY GET ME OUT OF HERE! (8PM NBC)
Last night, there was much discussion of Janice’s inability to poop. Fortunately, a quick trip to the doctor got the crap out of her system… not that it did anything about her notorious potty mouth! Tonight, the competition delayed by storms takes place.

HAWTHORNE (9PM TNT)
Good News: ALIAS’ Michael Vartan returns to series TV. Bad News: In another trademark TNT series (snoore!) featuring a career-driven woman (Jada Pinkett Smith) who must deal with her demons, both personal and professional.

MENTAL (9PM FOX)
Think you’re addicted to Wii or whatever system you play on? Tonight, Jack treats a kid obsessed with a video game… that only exists in his head. Here’s hoping he’s not a big fan of boxing!

FRONTLINE (9PM PBS)
Using Bank of America as the backdrop, this episode examines the role of big banks in the economic collapse of 2008… and how to turn the situation around.

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Tonight’s TV Addictions: June 15, 2009

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING:
GREEK (8PM ABC Family)
For those old school BEVERLY HILLS 90210 fans fretting over the outcome of tonight’s big Cappie/Max dilemma, we’ve got some good news for you. Casey does not pull a “Kelly Taylor” by choosing herself!

WEEDS (10PM Showtime)
Silas and Doug second-guess their latest pot growing scheme. Which considering how well things have worked out for the Botwin clan as of late, probably isn’t the worst idea in the world.

NURSE JACKIE (10:30PM Showtime)
In a plot that will undoubtedly send the pulse of real-life nurses racing, Jackie substitutes the artificial sweetener in the hospital administrator’s coffee with a narcotic.

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