TV Junkie: Farewell 'Law & Order', We Knew Ye A Bit Too Much, Perhaps
It wasn't our intention yesterday to gloss over the "series" finale of "Law & Order" - with series in quotes because with so many spin-offs we're not really sure that "Law & Order" is over with, particularly for LA denizens as "Law & Order: Los Angeles" will be launching this Fall. There's also been talk of a big made-for-TV movie as well as cast members of the original making regular appearances on each of the spin-offs.
Getting a guest spot on the series was a right of passage for hundreds of actors over the last 20 years but perhaps one of the best things that "Law & Order" should be known for is its wonderful use of New York City as the setting for all of its drama. The city is a character as much as anyone else, something that we're missing from series set in LA. Perhaps the creators will make this an emphasis when "Law & Order: Los Angeles" airs later this year. "Law & Order" was a ground-breaking series far too long ago and unfortunately has become the embodiment of the word "procedural". If "Robot Chicken" (above) can effectively communicate all the exchanges and plot points of an episode of "Law & Order" with clucking, then it's time to throw in the towel. With all the spinoffs, however, "Law & Order" really isn't going anywhere for a while.
At 5pm, just before tonight's NBA's Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns, TNT will air an interview that Marv Albert did with President Obama in which the President will speak about the Suns' reactions to Arizona's immigration policy.
Dear Gleeks, tonight is Lady Gaga night. Check out our quickie interview with Jane Lynch at last week's Peabody Awards at the end of this post.
Tonight is also Dinner Party over at IFC with "Food Party" followed by "Dinner With The Band" - see our video with hosts Thu Tran and Sam Mason at the end of this post.
Miscellany: With tonight marking 20 years of broadcasting, the E! network will be celebrating with "vintage" footage on "E! News" as well as a party in Hollywood. -- Tomorrow on Martha, Brent and Josh of Planet Green's soon to be airing "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" (watch for our show profile in a week or so) will milk some goats and share a recipe for caramel cajeta cinnamon rolls. -- We are thrilled that tonight on "Chelsea Lately" our friends Greg Proops and Chris Hardwick will both be manning the round table, a volatile mix that might result in a giant comedy money shot all over Chelsea.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Hired", "IFC Media Project", "Glee", "Justified", "Chelsea Lately" (Greg Proops, Chris Hardwick), Leno (Bret Michaels, Jane Krakowski), Ferguson (Judd Apatow)
5:00pm President Obama Interview w/Marv Albert TNT - In addition to several topics, the President touches on the Suns' reaction to the new Arizona immigration policies
6:30pm Hired MTV - Candidates apply for a job at shoe-bizzer Steve Madden
8:00pm Dancing with the Stars ABC - Season Finale.
8:00pm The Biggest Loser NBC - Season Finale.
8:00pm American Idol Fox - The final two contestants perform.
8:00pm The IFC Media Project IFC - With Nir Rosen.
9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS - Callen tries to find a woman with information about his past and a forgotten fortune before a ruthless adversa
9:00pm Glee Fox - Mr. Schuester encourages the members of glee club to express themselves using Lady Gaga's music; Rachel has a life-changing encounter
9:00pm Deadliest Catch Discovery - The Cornelia Marie runs aground leaving Skipper Phil to face another massive repair
10:00pm Justified FX - When Boyd Crowder and his crusaders become vigilantes, Raylan tries to shut them down.
10:00pm Food Party IFC - The Oregano Garden and Cannibal Holiday
10:00pm Independent Lens PBS/KCET - Vietnamese refugees fight against the opening of a toxic government-imposed landfill in New Orleans.
10:00pm Parenthood NBC - Season Finale. Sarah meets with Mr. Cyr (Jason Ritter) to discuss Amber; Crosby must decide if he will stay with his old family or move in with his new one.
10:00pm 9 by Design Bravo - Bob and Cortney are hired to design the interior of a boutique hotel in New Jersey.
10:30pm Dinner With the Band IFC - Guests include Kid Sister and Flosstradamus.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Psychic James Van Praagh, comics Greg Proops and Chris Hardwick; writer Heather McDonald.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Sarah Jessica Parker; the Black Keys perform.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Musician Bret Michaels; actress Jane Krakowski; John Butler Trio performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Jake Gyllenhaal; the winner of "Dancing With the Stars"; Peter Frampton performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Kristin Davis; producer Judd Apatow.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Kim Cattrall; UFC President Dana White; Frightened Rabbit performs.
Jane Lynch aka Sue Sylvester of Fox's "Glee" at last week's Peabody Awards in NYC. [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis]