I’ve been waiting for this Michael J. Fox special, Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, since I saw his appearance on Oprah earlier this year. I’m always fascinated by issues of the brain (see my review of the upcoming The Alzheimer’s Project), and everything he’s going through is fascinating to me. Enough so that I immediately downloaded his most recent book, Always Looking Up, to my Kindle App on my iPhone (review to follow on that one.) He told a story on Oprah that while filming tonight’s special, he was in one place where they measure the the national level of joy and found himself not as sick. See? It’s fascinating!
1. Regis and Kelly. Broadcast from Miami Beach, guests include Eric Dane and Lil Kim and Derek Hough, voted off of DWTS on Tuesday night. It’s almost just as shocking two days later. Syndicated, check local listings.
2. The View. Guests include Michael J. Fox and Nancy Snyderman. 10:00 AM CT ABC.
3. Mask. Eric Stoltz and Cher star in this true story of a teenager that’s disfigured enough to make it alarming, and his biker mom. Watching how this kid perseveres is fascinating. 12:40 PM CT Encore Drama
4. Disturbia. Shia LaBeouf stars in this movie that is so scary I nearly climbed into the lap of the people I was sitting next to in the theater, and they were strangers. Even in the daytime it would be scary. 2:15 PM CT HBO Zone
5. Survivor: Tocantins – The Brazilian Highlands. Debbie is seeing the writing on the wall and jumps on the boat to get rid of Coach. Also, it’s the videos from home show. 7:00 PM CT CBS
6. My Name Is Earl. The conclusion of this multi-parter, the disappearance of Crab Shack owner Ernie Belcher is investigated by a news magazine show and airs eight years after his disappearance, as Earl and Randy become suspects. Geraldo Rivera and Michael Waltrip guest star. 7:00 PM CT NBC
7. Ugly Betty. An heir to the Meade empire is kidnapped, threatening the hope that Mode will be saved from bankruptcy by Matt’s wealthy father. Hilda helps Archie Rodriguez with his political aspirations. 7:00 PM CT ABC
8. Smallville. Chloe seeks help from Clark in killing Davis when she’s not able to control him. Tess works with Plastique and others to track down Davis, as she plans a double cross. When her plans are found out, things don’t go so well. 7:00 PM CT CW
9. Bones. It’s a Fox crossover as Stewie from Family Guy makes an appearance after Brennan suggests she and Booth have a baby. A wine critic’s body is found inside a barrel … at a wine-tasting. 7:00 PM Fox
10. Parks and Recreation. Leslie’s mother is honored at a banquet, and Leslie doesn’t make a good impression. Mark and Tom work on picking up some ladies. 7:30 PM CT NBC
11. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. A cop goes undercover as a motorcycle gang member and is murdered at a biker bar after he’s found out. During the investigation, it’s found out that his widow was involved with Brass at one point. 8:00 PM CT CBS
12. The Office. Michael loves the idea of a “cafÃ© disco” and introduces it to the office, giving everyone a big jolt. Jim and Pam get read for a secret tip. 8:00 PM CT NBC
13. Grey’s Anatomy. With Meredith and Derek’s wedding getting closer, college students that had been on their way to graduation ceremonies are involved in a car crash and brought to the ER. Izzie has deja vu. 8:00 PM CT ABC
14. Supernatural. In order to detox from demon blood, Sam is locked inside Bobby’s panic room, but Bobby wants to let him go to help fight the apocalypse, but Dean disagrees and looks for help from Castiel. 8:00 PM CT CW
15. Hell’s Kitchen. The two finalists discuss their potential menus and restaurant spaces in Atlantic City, then compete in one last dinner-service competition. 8:00 PM CT Fox
16. 30 Rock. Reassured by Liz and Tracy, Jack searches for his real father. On the other side of the coin, Tracy introduces his recently discovered illegitimate son to the staff at TGS, although Liz and Pete wonder if the son has some ulterior motives. Jenna is credited for an idea of Liz’s. Guest stars include Alan Alda and Steve Buscemi. 8:31 PM T NBC
18. Southland. Salinger has his weapon stolen by gang members, and although reluctant, Bryant and Moretta don’t report the crime, but search for the thieves. A man exposes himself outside Adams’ home. 9:00 PM CT NBC
19. Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist. Michael J. Fox explores the world and the power of optimism, including a Himalayan nation the encourages joy in everyone. 9:02 PM CT ABC
20. Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Guests include Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow, both very successful in the film business. Yet, I’m going to be turning on to watch Apatow, as I think he’s a comedy genius in his films.10:35 PM CT CBS
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