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What's Hot On TV Tonight – DVR/VCR Alert

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This season I have no idea what’s going to happen on tonight’s American Idol as far as timewise. Last season for final five, they decided with each Idol singing two songs that they would save the critiques until the end, but then decide to critique everyone at once after the first song, resulting in Paula Abdul’s screwup of critiquing Jason Castro for his second song which he hadn’t even sung yet. Now they’re having a big problem fitting everything into an hour, which the show is again tonight, yet they again have the final five singing two songs each. Having only two judges critique each didn’t work too well. Despite only being scheduled for one minute of overrun, I’m also recording Fringe, just in case we run over.

1. Journey to the Center of the Earth. Brendan Fraser brings this classic story to a more modern edge. 11:45 AM CT HBO West

2. Dudley Do-Right. Why not just make it a Brendan Fraser Film Fest? He stars in another classic story here. This time in a live action version of the cartoon 11:45 AM CT HBO Family

3. The Bonnie Hunt Show. Bonnie’s guests include Carson Daly, Brandon McMillan, and Phil Keoghan who checks in again from his his bike tour for MS. I know too many people with MS, so anything to raise awareness and funding for research is a good thing. 2:00 PM CT NBC

4. NBA Playoff: Game 5: Bulls at Celtics. Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. 6:00 PM CT TNT

5. NCIS. The first of two parts. Tonight, Gibbs and McGee works along with the NCIS Office of Special Projects in L.A. to investigate the murder of a Marine, as it turns into a national security case. 7:00 PM CT CBS

6. The Biggest Loser: Couples. It’s the last week on the ranch for the Losers as they create workouts for Bob and Jillian. They also have the challenge of lugging bags with the amount of weight they’ve lost, and will try on their goal outfits. In a new twist, they’ll then return home for thirty days before the final ranch weigh-in, all before the finale to happen next week. 7:00 PM CT NBD

7. According to Jim. Jim is left in charge of the kids when Cheryl gets some time out with her friends, and he then becomes the host of a big playdate with other dads and their kids in the same predicament. 7:00 PM CT ABC

8. Reaper. Sam is sent an attractive tutor by the Devil, but plans to seduce her for info on defeating Satan. Nina wants revenge against Ben and Sock. 7:00 PM CT CW

9. American Idol. Tonight’s theme is the songs of the Rat Pack, which each of the remaining five Idols singing two songs apiece. 7:00 PM CT Fox

10. According to Jim. Any goes along with Jim’s plan to play football in the snow, despite Mandy’s warning. After Andy gets hurt, they try and cover their tracks. Snow? It’s the end of April. 7:30 PM CT ABC

11. The Mentalist. A mobster who was in witness protection is murdered. 8:00 PM CT CBS

12. Dancing With the Stars. Robin Thicke will perform, the competition for a new pro will continue, and one more couple will go home. It would be very sad if Melissa Rycroft went home after doing so well, but getting injured yesterday. 8:00 PM CT ABC

13. 90210. While temporarily living with the Wilsons, Naomi is surprised to find her older sister has returned. Adrianna and Navid inform his parents about their plans for the future, and Naomi sets Annie up with Liam’s friend. 8:00 PM CT CW

14. Fringe. Olivia, Peter, and Walter investigate a serial killer that drains the spinal fluid from his victims, and are led to a scientist who could be linked to a ZFT cell of bioterrorists. 8:01 PM CT Fox

15. NBA Playoff: Game 5: Mavericks at Spurs. Gave 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series. 8:30 PM CT TNT

16. The Phone. This reality series starts a four strangers receive phone calls with instructions to stop a fictional serial bomber in Seattle. Justin Timberlake is an executive producer. 8:00 PM CT MTV


17. Without a Trace. Shortly after witnessing an expose on a corrupt politician, a reporter disappears. 9:01 PM CT CBS

18. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. An Amber Alert doesn’t bring relief to the case of a missing 2-year-old, and detectives begin focusing on the irresponsible young mother. Ripped from the headlines? Gail O’Grady and Hilary Duff guest star. 9:00 PM CT NBC

19. Cupid. Trevor tries to find a match for a former jewel thief turned locksmith and looks to the man’s parole officer. Claire’s apartment is burglarized, and after leaning on Trevor for support, he shares information with her about his parents. 9:02 PM CT ABC

20. Rescue Me. Lou becomes interested in Genevieve and wants to cooperate with her, yet she’s interested in Tommy, who doesn’t reciprocate, but does watch some disturbing 9/11 footage she gives him. Mike’s bar opens, Sean’s back is still hurting, and Sheila’s “psycho-dramaturge” wants her to get rid of Tommy. 9:00 PM CT FX

21. The Phone. In the second hour of this tonight, players work on uncovering a corporate conspiracy threatening an environmental group 9:00 PM CT MTV

22. Jimmy Kimmel Live. Michael J. Fox guests, as well as Asher Roth, and the latest to be voted off DWTS. 12:05 AM CT ABC

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