TV Junkie: White Does Right
NBC promo pic of "Saturday Night Live" star Kristen Wiig and guest host Betty White
In case you missed Betty White's appearance on "SNL" Mashable's got all the clips including the dress rehearsal skits that didn't make it to the live broadcast. The show was also a reunion for former regulars including Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon. The Facebook movement to get White on the show as host resulted in hype that ensured the largest "SNL" audience since the fall of 2008 (remember their election surge?).We've seen a lot of criticism of the show not living up to the hype and complaints about the "blue" comedy bits that featured Whitem but it's that juxtaposition of squeaky-clean and blue, that White knowingly engages in, that has been a large part of her success dating back to "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". Was it the best material ever written? No. Were their opportunities missed? Yes, particularly since there was a chance to comment on the recent healthcare debate with a personality as vibrant as White. Did White live up to the hype? Absolutely. She outshone most of the hosts of the last couple seasons with her professionalism and willingness to thrown herself into whatever the sketch called for - it also appeared that she had memorized her lines, a basic skill that seems to be missing from the performances of almost every host we've seen in recent memory. Congrats to Betty on pulling it off and congrats to "SNL" for taking what was thrown upon them and having a good time with it.
When we interviewed "Lie To Me" showrunner Shawn Ryan back in November, he was excited about his new FX show, "Terriers" - he's evidently so excited that he's making "Terriers" his main priority and will not be returning to run "Lie To Me" even if the show is picked up this fall.
In less that 2 weeks the final episode of "Lost" will air but some say it's doubtful that ABC will get that much a lift from what is expected to be an excited audience. The show is on too late with no opportunity for leads ins to new programming.
The TV Junkie: "Attack of the Show", "Chuck", "24", "Nurse Jackie", "The United States of Tara", "Chelsea Lately", Letterman (Evangeline Lilly, Sam Rockwell), Fallon (Kristen Wiig, Green Day)
7:000pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Military tech; rides and whips.
8:00pm How I Met Your Mother CBS - Ted, Marshall, Lily and Barney crash a party at a swanky New York apartment.
8:00pm Chuck NBC - Struggling with disturbing dreams, Chuck thinks his most-recent dream foretells danger for a visiting head of state.
8:00pm Antiques Roadshow - San Jose PBS/KCET - Tlingit bowl and ladle is found at Winchester Mystery House
8:00pm House Fox - House recounts the case of a woman who came to the emergency room with an unexplained illness and no memory of her identity.
8:30pm Rules of Engagement CBS - When she attends her high school reunion, Audrey aims to prove to her former classmates how good her life is; Russell ruins Timmy's dinner party.
9:00pm 24 Fox - Day 8: 12:00PM- 1:00PM Determined to discover who is behind the day's devastating events, Jack uncovers an unexpected lead.
9:00pm Gossip Girl The CW - Tension builds between Rufus and Will; Jenny shares information that could destroy Rufus and Lily's marriage;
9:00pm American Experience PBS/KCET - Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World The whaling industry in America rises as an economic force in the 18th century but declines following the Civil War.
9:00pm Trauma NBC - Season Finale.
9:00pm Best Food Ever TLC - Sweet bakery treats, including peanut butter French toast, cupcake cocktails and the "creamy seduction cookie."
9:30pm The Big Bang Theory CBS - Leonard and Sheldon compete for a physicist's attention.
10:00pm Nurse Jackie Showtime - Coop sets Georgia up on a date with Eddie; Grace attends her first session; a man refuses to leave the emergency room.
10:00pm The Real Housewives of New Jersey Bravo - Jacqueline and Ashley butt heads; Teresa and Danielle's daughters are invited to model during fashion week.
10:00pm Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern Travel - Andrew encounters some food items for the first time in Mongolia, where people live off the rugged land
10:30pm United States of Tara Showtime - Tara prepares for an art show; Kate starts a controversial new business; Marshall and Lionel grow closer; Max makes a life-changing decision.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Amanda Seyfried, round-table participants include Sarah Colonna, Ben Gleib and Mo Mandel.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Evangeline Lilly; actor Sam Rockwell; eliminated "American Idol" contestant Aaron Kelly
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Former first lady Laura Bush; businessman Donald Trump; Limp Bizkit performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Don Cheadle; actor Geoff Stults; Crash Kings perform.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Russell Crowe; Wilco performs
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Kristen Wiig; Green Day performs; Taj Mahal performs with The Roots.