TV Junkie: 'Men of a Certain Age' Premieres; Martha's Guest Line-Up; 'Monk' Breaks Record
"Men of a Certain Age" premieres at 10pm on TNT - Starring Andre Braugher, Ray Romano, and Scott Bakula, it's the pick of the night
Please check out our interview with multi-Emmy-winner Andre Braugher who is starring in TNT's premiere of "Men of a Certain Age" tonight at 10pm. The show is penned and produced by Ray Romano and it's no three-camera-with-studio-audience comedy. It's an excellent show and despite the name it's not targeted at 40-something guys. In our screener viewing party, the women in our (non-scientifically-selected) audience liked it at least as much as the men.While it's great fun to see Courtney Cox back on TV, the fact that every single joke on "Cougar Town" is an age joke makes that show pretty darn boring. "Men of a Certain Age" doesn't suffer from that affliction - sure, some of the situations are age/marital status-related but the comedy is about much more than that and despite being more meaningful, are no less funny.
Daytime: Martha Stewart is doing some fun stuff this week with Cheryl Hines on today, cooking with Wyclef Jean tomorrow, and making glittered garland with Seth Meyers on Thursday (all at 2pm on NBC). Also, on "Wake Up With Al" on The Weather Channel (7am) - Al Roker will be sending in segments from Afghanistan all week long.
Friday's (excellent) 2nd half of the "Monk" series finale was the most-watched hourlong series episode on record.
Economy be damned: Spanish language conglomerate Univision is launching Univision Studios, a major expansion of its original production and co-production capabilities. The new division will produce and co-produce telenovelas, reality shows, dramatic series, entertainment specials and other programming formats for all of the company’s platforms including its three television networks - Univision, TeleFutura and Galavisión. More fodder for "The Soup" and "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien".
The TV Junkie Plan: "How I Met Your Mother", "Cake Boss", "The Big Bang Theory", "Men of a Certain Age", "The Daily Show", Letterman, Fallon.
11am-6:00pm Lady Gaga Fuse - The network is devoting 7 hours of programming to Lady Gaga with interviews and other content
8:00pm How I Met Your Mother CBS - The gang tries to help Ted when the perfect woman (Joanna Garcia) becomes available; Marshall finds a letter written by his younger self.
9:00pm Alice Syfy - Conclusion. A young woman (Caterina Scorsone) searches for a way to escape from the fantasy world Wonderland
9:00pm The Closer TNT - The squad investigates the death of a 12-year-old boy whose body is found at a known gang party house; Fritz brings home a surprise for Brenda.
9:00pm Gossip Girl The CW - Chuck struggles with an issue from the past; a car accident rocks the Upper East Side
9:00pm Cake Boss TLC - Colorful Characters & Christmas Costumes
9:30pm The Big Bang Theory CBS - Sheldon tries to help Penny understand Leonard's work; Wolowitz gets jealous when Leonard starts hanging out with his new girlfriend.
10:00pm Men of a Certain Age TNT - Series Premiere. Please see our interview with series star Andre Braugher.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Dan Rather
11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Actress Kathy Griffin; actor Rico Rodriguez; performance by Sean Paul (see our red carpet footage of Sean Paul at the 2009 VMAs)
11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Choreographer Bill T. Jones
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Ray Romano; actress Anna Kendrick.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien NBC - TV host Howie Mandel; author Deepak Chopra; Michael McDonald performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Musician Wayne Newton; actress Shirley Manson.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Jason Bateman; 50 Cent performs.