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TV Junkie: Obama's Ratings Fall but he's still the President; Cheryl Hines' 'In the Motherhood'

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"The Office" on NBC @ 9pm


"The Office" on NBC @ 9pm
Nielsen says that President Obama's latest press conference slipped in the ratings and that the CW series, "Reaper", gained (the implication is that Obama is suffering from overexposure). I'm not sure how many teens would be that in economics, much less everyday Americans. I guess former President Bush avoided these kind of comparisons by not doing press conferences and by spending more time on vacation than any other president.We are trying to be optimistic about tonight's debut of "In the Motherhood" on ABC @ 8pm. The reviews for it haven't been great - perhaps a reason why ABC didn't send us a copy. "In the Motherhood" started out as a web series but the transition to TV hasn't sat well with many. Regardless, our not-so-secret crush on Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") will keep our blinders on for at least the first episode.

Last night's "Damages" has us primed for next week's season finale. More pieces are falling into place; William Hurt was brilliant; Rose Byrne was still too skinny; and it looks like Patty Hewes has everyone by the short hairs. Another great season, hands down.

The TV Junkie: Chris Isaak, "In the Motherhood", "The Office", "30 Rock", Charlie Rose, Fallon

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6:30pm NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal CBS - Villanova vs. Duke Game 2. From Boston.

7:00pm The Chris Isaak Hour BIO - the band, Chicago.

8:00pm In the Motherhood ABC - Series Premiere

8:00pm X-Play G4 - Game Developer's Conference coverage.

8:00pm SoCal Connected PBS/KCET - How movie/TV on location production can turn your home into a money maker.

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8:00pm American Idol FOX - One contestant is eliminated; Smokey Robinson and former "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard perform.

8:30pm Samantha Who? ABC - New time slot

9:00pm The Office NBC - Michael's relationship with the new vice president gets increasingly tense; Pam is challenged by a new copier.

9:00pm Hell's Kitchen FOX - Actors Eric McCormack and Robert Patrick stop by Gordon Ramsay's restaurant.

9:00pm Smallville CW - Chloe lives Lois' life when she wishes to see how the other half lives. Tom Welling directs.

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9:30pm 30 Rock NBC - Jack plans his 50th birthday party

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Paul Giamatti; actress Emma Roberts; Prince performs.

11:30pm Charlie Rose PBS/KCET - Nandan Nilekani, co-chairman of Infosys Technologies Ltd.; columnist Tom Friedman; author Dambisa Moyo.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Reality TV family Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly Osbourne; actor Bobby Cannavale; comic Todd Glass.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Ray Liotta; actress Cheryl Hines; John Rich performs