TV Junkie: 'Better Off Ted' Returns; 'Alice' Criticism; TV Beats Web
"Better Off Ted" returns tonight - 9:30pm on ABC
The Twitterverse was abuzz with mentions of TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" which premiered yesterday - the show scored as the top new series launch for basic cable this year. In the meantime, check out our interview with series star Andre Braugher who had a powerful performance in the pilot.Tonight we're looking forward to the return of "Better Off Ted" on ABC at 9pm as well as the finale of "The Biggest Loser" because that will mean it's off the air for a while.
Did anybody watch Syfy's "Alice"? With stunning set designs and an impressive cast that included Kathy Bates, Tim Curry, Harry Dean Stanton, and Matt Frewer the show turned out to be nothing more than the jumbled result of the brown acid everyone was warned about at Woodstock. This interpretation was in sharp contrast to Syfy's mostly excellent take on The Wizard of Oz in 2007's "Tin Man" (mostly because the last 15 minutes just plain sucked). C'mon Syfy, what's next, Jack and Jill?
We have occasionally reported on web-based programming, shows becoming available on Hulu as well as mobile devices, but the fact is that 99+% of all video viewing still happens on a plain old TV.
The LA Times had a write-up of Lost University, a set of courses covering themes that come up in the "Lost" series (philosophy, physics, hieroglyphics, etc.) - courses that are only accessible if you have purchased the Blu-ray discs of the series.
NBC will air a Saturday Night Live Christmas special on December 17th at 8pmto be hosted by Kristin Wiig's Gilly character. We think Wiig is probably SNL's greatest asset but for the two-hour "SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas" to be hosted by what is probably her weakest character seems like a mistake. We'll still be watching.
The TV Junkie Plan: "A Charlie Brown Christmas", "Scrubs", "Better Off Ted", "Lopez Tonight", Kimmel.
8:00pm A Charlie Brown Christmas ABC - The classic, if you can stand all the frickin' commercials.
8:00pm The Biggest Loser NBC - The third finalist is announced; the eliminated contestants compete for the $100,000 at-home prize; the "Biggest Loser" is announced.
8:00pm 90210 The CW - Jasper reveals his suspicions about Annie's involvement in the hit-and-run; Liam and Naomi try to forgive each other.
8:00pm So You Think You Can Dance FOX - The remaining eight contestants perform.
9:00pm Scrubs ABC - J.D. and Drew learn a tough lesson in mentoring when Dr. Cox and Lucy show them that the student is sometimes the teacher.
9:00pm Dirty Jobs Discovery - Mike travels to The Original Dirt Shirt Company to make shirts, then learns how to make marbles
9:30pm Better Off Ted ABC - Veridian Dynamics tries to match employees based on their genetic compatibility; Linda and Ted find themselves instantly attracted to their supposed matches.
9:30pm Outer Space Astronauts Syfy - Series Premiere.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Mike Huckabee, Former Governor of Arkansas and cop killer unleasher
11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Clint Eastwood; actress Jane Lynch; performance by Dierks Bentley
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Journalist Barbara Walters; Blakroc performs.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien NBC - Actor Josh Brolin; Tillie the dog artist; comic Chad Daniels
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman; Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon Jackson; Passion Pit performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Michael Clarke Duncan; actress Gillian Jacobs; Rosanne Cash performs.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Director Tom Ford; Jawbox performs.