TV Junkie: Friday Nights Are Back on Network Radar; 'Southland' Season Finale
Tune in to TNT's "Southland" season finale at 10pm
According to this story on The Hollywood Reporter, finally Friday nights are getting a second look by the networks. As a kid of the '70s and '80s, we remember Friday nights being a big deal only to see the night turn into reruns sometime in the '90s. We don't really see a lot of value in "Ghost Whisperer" and "Medium" and neither do viewers as the ratings for those shows have been trending lower.We've watched Syfy take a sizeable chunk of Friday nights over the last few years, what with "Battlestar Galactica" and a host of other shows. Starting this January, the premium network Starz, has been scoring big with "Spartacus: Blood & Sand", not because it's an amazingly written and performed artwork, but because there is hardly anything else on Friday nights (ok, we'll grant USA network props for "Monk" and "White Collar"). This is a wide-open opportunity and we hope it results in some decent shows and that the networks stick with quality.
Please check out our interview with "Southland" star Ben McKenzie and please check out the season finale tonight at 10pm on TNT. We hope that TNT brings back this excellent series, if you are a fan, let them know.
Former "Desperate Housewives" star Nicollette Sheridan is suing NBC and series creator, Marc Cherry, for an alleged September 2008 assault. Sheridan, whose character was written off the show in April 2009, wants $20 million - don't we all?
Since there is nothing interesting or exciting about a Tiger Woods press conference, he doesn't say anything and the press that show up don't ask him anything relevant, why the hell are they still making it onto television? Dear News Directors, please stop covering these Boresville-Snoresville events, they are almost as boring as golf itself.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Attack of the Show", "NOVA", "Lost", "Southland", "Chelsea Lately" (Ed Asner!!), Letterman (Steve Carrell), Ferguson (Mindy Kaling, Dom Irrera)
7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Secrets revealed; Wondercon; new DVDs.
8:00pm 90210 The CW - Annie tries to cope with Jasper's decision; driven by jealousy, Dixon and Ivy decide to go on a fake date
8:00pm Dancing With the Stars ABC - Reba performs; another celebrity is eliminated.
8:00pm NOVA - Hunting the Edge of Space: The Mystery of the Milky Way PBS/KCET - Three centuries of engineering has enhanced Galileo's simple spyglass, resulting in powerful telescopes that sit on mountaintops, orbit the Earth and circle other planets.
8:00pm American Idol FOX - The nine remaining singers perform songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
8:30pm Dad's in Heaven with Nixon Showtime - Special Presentation. A woman ensures that her autistic young son will become an independent adult.
9:00pm Lost ABC - Desmond wakes up and realizes he is back on the island.
9:00pm How the States Got Their Shapes History - Special Presentation
9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS - Sam goes under cover as a mixed martial arts fighter while investigating the murder of a Marine
10:00pm V ABC - Anna introduces her program to invite select humans to stay on the 29 spaceships
10:00pm Justified FX - Raylan competes against the mob to capture a fugitive heading to Mexico.
10:00pm Chopped Food - Season Premiere. The chefs discover rattlesnake meat in their appetizer baskets
10:00pm Little Miss Perfect We - Season Finale
10:00pm Southland TNT - Season Finale. John gets an unexpected request from his ex-wife; a maximum deployment is used to capture a suspect who has been impersonating a cop
10:00pm Survivors BBC America - Samantha wants to reintroduce the judicial system and starts by arresting Tom.
10:00pm Parenthood NBC - Kristina's constant worrying affects her love life; Max starts working with a young behavioral aide (Minka Kelly)
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actor Ed Asner; round-table participants include Wil Anderson, Loni Love and Josh Wolf.
11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - The Rev. Al Sharpton
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Steve Carell; eliminated "American Idol" contestant Didi Benami; a performance from Broadway's "The Addams Family."
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Kirstie Alley; actor David Boreanaz; Slash and Andrew Stockdale perform.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Professional basketball player Kobe Bryant; the latest celebrity eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars"; Kelis performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Mindy Kaling; comic Dom Irrera.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Christopher Meloni; actress Taraji P. Henson; Dr. Dog performs.