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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Amazing Race and X-Factor

That’s right. Both The Amazing Race and X-Factor are on tonight. What’s a reality TV fan to do? If you’re a football fan, it gets even worse. The Minnesota Vikings are taking on the Chicago Bears tonight. As a Chicago football fan and reality TV fan, I have a lot of TV-watching to do tonight! Catch up on your other favorite shows and head to TV-Links.

1. Forrest Gump. I wonder if what makes this movie so entertaining and endearing is the chance that maybe we all wish for a simple life like Forrest’s. Despite his difficult beginnings, it seemed like stuff was always simple for him … like a box of chocolates. 11:30 AM CT TBS

2. NFL Football. Buffalo Bills at New York Giants. 12:00 PM CT CBS

3. NFL Football. St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers. 12:00 PM CT Fox

4. IndyCar Racing. World Championships at Las Vegas from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 2:30 PM CT ABC

5. NFL Football. Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots. 3:00 PM CT Fox

6. Dow Tour Championships. Part Two from Las Vegas. 3:00 PM CT NBC

7. What Happens in Vegas. Two strangers get married in Vegas, and the next morning realize soberly their mistake, only to win the jackpot the next morning. Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz star. 5:00 PM CT FX

8. 60 Minutes.An interview with Gen. John Allen discussion Afghanistan, and a report on the life of Vincent van Gogh. 6:00 PM CT CBS

9. America’s Funniest Home Videos.Clips include a mom cheering for the wrong girl at a swim meet, a man wrestling with a giant fish, and misbehaving cats. 6:00 PM CT ABC

10. The Amazing Race. A difficult underwater challenge, and a climbing challenge that gives one team a big advantage. 7:00 PM CT CBS

11. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The family of a girl with dwarfism gets help with the building of a new home, and reality TV’s Jen Arnold, Bill Klein, and Matthew Roloff pay a visit. 7:00 PM CT ABC

12. X-Factor. Performances from the judges’ homes continue. 7:00 PM CT Fox

13. Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind. A look inside Tyler Perry’s life 7:00 PM CT OWN

14. Tough Love: Miami. Conveying feelings using body language. 7:00 PM CT VH1

15. MLB Baseball. National League Championship Series between St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. 7:05 PM CT TBS

16. NFL Football. Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears. 7:15 PM CT NBC

17. The Good Wife. Alicia take a client pro bono who started out as a witness, then became the prime suspect. Diane and Will consider the firm’s future. 8:00 PM CT CBS

18. Desperate Housewives. Gab wants to exact revenge on a parent volunteer from Juanita’s school, Bree finds something out about her daughter’s business, Lynette believes Tom has begun dating, and Susan tries to ease her guilt by taking an art class. 8:00 PM CT ABC

19. Sister Wives. Kody and his wives go back home as open polygamists, and Robyn and Kody announce the baby’s name. 8:00 PM CT TLC

20. Ask Oprah’s All Stars. A checklist for living the best life possible, and an update on the 52-year-old virgin. 8:00 PM CT OWN

21. Bridezillas. Kera has a wild night out on the town, and Tifani puts up a fight about trying on her dress. 8:00 PM CT WE

22. Brothers on Call. features sibling contractors Terry and Jon Wittmaack and follows their Ridgewood, N.J., based family-owned remodeling company as they show viewers what it takes to succeed in the competitive world of construction. 8:00 PM CT DIY

23. The Walking Dead. This season will continue to tell the story of a group of survivors fighting for their lives after a zombie apocalypse. 8:00 PM CT AMC

24. Boardwalk Empire. At a birthday party for Mayor Bader, Nucky’s attorney has a legal brainstorm that could turn the tide in Nucky’s election-rigging case. Facing a local liquor surplus, Jimmy and Mickey head to Philadelphia in search of buyers, while Nucky strikes an unlikely deal to get booze into Atlantic City. Eli frets over the Commodore’s ability to lead; Margaret doles out staff bonuses; Chalky is cornered at work and at home; Owen puts his munitions expertise to work; Van Alden’s agents target Mickey’s warehouse; Richard lets down his guard in the name of art; Gillian recalls her “first time” with the Commodore.. 8:00 PM CT HBO

25. Dexter. A serial killer from Dexter’s past makes a return, and Debra isn’t comfortable in her new job. 8:00 PM CT Showtime

26. CSI: Miami. The team is on the hunt for a killer who takes the victims’ eyes, and HOratio gets challenged by a new adversary. 9:00 PM CT CBS

27. Pan Am. The crew heads to Rangoon after a last-minute change, Maggie shows Laura the more wild side of the city, and hearing news of a space mission makes Ted reflect on his past. 9:00 PM CT ABC

28. Kendra. Kendra helps Little Hank’s nanny prepare for a blind date while Hank seeks out career opportunities in New York. 9:00 PM CT E!

29. The Real Housewives of New Jersey. A reunion with Caroline Manzo, Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, and Kathy Wakile. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

30. Our America with Lisa Ling. A look at people who choose to share their sex lives via the Internet. 9:00 PM CT OWN

31. IRT Deadliest Roads. Lisa meets her new partner, Hugh tries not to turn the local market into a demolition derby, Tim gets a shot at Death Road with rookie spotter Tino riding shotgun. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

32. Million Dollar Contractor. Stephen Fanuka, who is well-known as the “contractor to the stars” for his work with the world’s top designers, architects and celebrity clientele, including Tyra Banks, Nate Berkus, Tony Bennett, Michael J. Fox and Lindsay Lohan, gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most amazing spaces and construction of Manhattan’s high-end luxury homes. 9:00 PM CT WE TV

33. Hung. Ray mistakenly believes a former student is a client, Tanya gets put in charge of a felon, Jessica gets a job, and Lenore and Sandee make a deal.
9:00 PM CT HBO

34. Homeland. The Brodys get ready for a TV interview, Carrie’s team closes in on an Al Qaeda plot. 9:00 PM CT Showtime

35. Dirty Soap. Kelly and Farah are concerned when Kirsten shows up to a photo shoot looking ill; Nadia joins Brandon in New York where he walks in Fashion Week, and Galen and Jenna argue over having a baby. 9:30 PM CT E!

36. How to Make It in America. CRISP gets a promising gig, Ben gets a gift from RAchel, Cam raises money for an apartment, and Rene makes a viral video. 9:30 PM CT HBO

37. Haunted House for Sale. These three beautiful houses in North Carolina, Florida and New Jersey harbor a hidden secret, they are haunted. On this one-hour special, each home buying couple chooses to face their fears to find out exactly who is haunting their perfect home. 9:30 PM CT DIY

“Paranormal Witness,” October 12 – It’s Raining Demons

It feels like they saved the best episode of Paranormal Witness for the season finale. This episode starts out in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. What is it about Pennsylvania, that there are so many unusually haunted places and people? In 1983, Don Decker was a young man who went to prison. He wanted to, feeling he could do his time and get his life back on track.

Decker had no idea what was about to happen to life. He was in prison and informed by the former warden, Dave Keenhold, that his grandfather had passed away. Don was already in prison and felt tormented enough, and was not upset over his grandfather’s death. He claimed his grandfather was mean and abusive, but the warden released him to attend his grandfather’s funeral. Don was glad his grandfather passed away; he was a very bad man. Don did not want to be at the funeral, but attended out of respect.

Bob Kiefer met Don through his wife; she worked with Don’s mother, and Bob had met Don after his grandfather died. Bob told him he could stay with him and his family because Don’s mother did not want him at her house. Bob was worried about Don; he had begun to act strange, but seemed content. Shortly before dinner Don headed upstairs to the bathroom to wash up for dinner. Bob said he never knew the exact details between Don and his grandfather and why Don did not like him.

Don was still in the bathroom washing up when he turned to grab a towel and said it felt like all the air left the room. He said it was the worst feeling of his life. Don was pressed against the bathroom wall in a panic when he saw a face outside the bathroom window. It looked evil and terrified him. The face appeared for a few moments, making Don feel trapped in the bathroom as if he were trapped in vacuum. He had the life knocked out of him and felt he was being attacked, but by what or who? He was alone.

Don believed in his heart that some kind of entity was attacking him and trying to hurt him. The face Don had seen was the face of an older man, and as Don tried to regain his composure and come out of the shock he was in, he looked down at his wrist, and it was bleeding. He had three large scratches and was bleeding badly. He tried to wash the wound up and covered his arm with his sleeves. Don was confused and scared. Bob could not figure out what was taking Don so long, so his son Larry ran to the steps and called for Don to come downstairs for supper.

Don finally came downstairs and sat down with the family at the dinner table. He reached for his drink, and Bob noticed the blood. He grabbed Don’s hand and turned it over. Don was pale and looked like he was in pain. Bob asked him what he did to himself, Don replied that he did not do it to himself. Don was hesitant, but came right out and told Bob the truth.

Don looked at Bob and told him that he saw the face of the devil and was attacked by something. Bob didn’t feel there was any way Don would hurt himself, and he could not figure out why Don would make something up. After dinner the family cleaned up the dinner table and went into the living room. Don felt the same cold air he felt in the bathroom. As they all sat in the cold living room, Bob’s wife Jeannie stood up slowly and walked towards the wall. She turned and looked at Bob and said, “I think we have a problem.”

Bob walked towards the wall where Jeannie was standing, and there was water flowing down the wall. I think seeing the devil and water pouring down your wall is a big problem. Bob claims it was not just water; it felt sticky and tacky. As Bob and Jeannie tried to figure out where the water was coming from, they both turned around when it started raining in their living room. Maybe they should have left, but Don did not seem upset. He sat on the sofa in a trance. As they tried to figure out if they had leaky pipes, it began raining harder in the house.

Bob described the feeling and said it was nothing less than pure evil, an intense eerie feeling. The family was frightened and did not know what to do. Bob decided the best thing to do would be to call his landlord, because in situations where it rains in your house that is who you call. Forget the Ghostbusters; let’s call the landlord. Bob was too scared to go and check upstairs, so he waited for the landlord who arrived with his wife. Ron and Romayne Van Why arrived at the house (they should have brought umbrellas), and Rob now knew why Bob was so upset.

Romayne looked around the room, and it had not rained for several days, but Romayne was sure it was nothing more than a leak. Ron was also convinced the roof was leaking. Don still sat motionless on the sofa, as Bob and Ron began to check out the house and look for leaks. Ron is a bit creepy himself, but did help Bob check the house for anything unusual. Something felt very wrong, and the family should have left the house. Maybe if blood would have been running down the wall, they would have left.

X-Factor, Oct. 13 – Showing Up a Day Late

If you’re a contestant on X-Factor this week, are you more excited  to still be in it, making it through the auditions and Las Vegas, or are you more excited to be going to the home of one of the judges, the person who will serve as your mentor throughout the competition? One week they’re someone who has always had the dream to be a recording star, but has been living an everyday existence, and now they’ll be spending time at Simon Cowell’s home, or Paula Abdul’s, Nicole Scherzinger’s, or L.A. Reid’s. It has to be mind-boggling for them.

After waiting an entire extra day because of the baseball playoffs, we learn the group category are headed to Paula’s house in Santa Barbara, the Boys under 30 are heading to L.A.’s place in the Hamptons, the Over 30s are headed to Nicole’s place in Malibu, and the Girls under 30 are headed to Simon’s place in France. Hmmm. Who made out better here? Frankly, I’d rather be in any of those places than where I am now, and the contestants probably feel the same. But France has a certain extra allure over Santa Barbara. Rachel Crow, 13, of Boulder, Colorado asks how many girls her age get to say they’re going to France.

The girls, Rachel, Caitlin Koch, Tora Woloshin, Simone Battle, Drew Ryniewicz, Jazzlyn Little, Melanie Amoro, and Tiah Tolliver, who don’t know who their mentor will be yet, arrive in France, and they pose for pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower, of course, Rachel is hoping someday they’ll get to live here when their careers take off. The eight girls meet Simon, and everyone is happy. He tells them this is absolutely the category he wanted, as he knows the winner is one of them. 

In Santa Barbara, the groups arrive and try to figure out who it is that lives in this palatial mansion. They include The Stereo Hoggz, 2Squar’d, 4Shore, The Brewer Boys, Illusion Confusion, and Anser, and the two new groups formed from other acts, Intensity, and Lakoda Rayne. Paula feels there is no one better than her to work with them, as she has built a whole career out of choreography and staging. She greets them all with a hug. A member of 2Squar’d mentions that Paula represents everything a woman wants to be, and I’m not sure what that means.

The Over 30s, Elaine Gibbs, Tiger Budbill, Leroy Bell, James Kenny, Josh Krajcik, Christa Collins, Dexter Haygood, and Stacy Francis, arrive in Malibu. Leroy thinks it must be Simon’s house they’re at, as it’s the biggest house in the neighborhood. Instead, it’s Nicole’s, and she mentions she loves this category, as each of them have a story to tell. They meet her and are a little less bubbly than than the Girls under 30. Tiger thinks Nicole is the only one of the judges that knows what they’re going through, as she came up and made it to the top. He’s old enough that he should remember Paula’s chart-topping hits. She did make it to the top and has fought hard since.

In the Hamptons, the Boys under 30, Brennin Hunt, Brian Bradley, Skyelor Anderson, Nick Voss, Tim Ciphers, Phillip Lomax, Marcus Canty, and Chris Rene, are living it up. This is how Marcus wants to live. L.A. figures pound for pound, they have the most talent. They’re excited to see L.A. is their their mentor. Phillip is worried his style is a little different than what L.A. is looking for, and Chris just feels blessed.

Each judge has another person from the music industry to help them shape this talent. Nicole and the Over 30s get help from Enrique Iglesias. It’s going to be hard for Christa to focus, because he’s just so pretty. He explains when Nicole invited him, he was extremely happy, because they get along, are good friends, and have worked together in the past. For him it’s about the uniqueness. 

Paula’s guest is Pharrell. Some, as well as me, seem to have no idea who this guy is, but others are ecstatic just at the mention of the name. Simon’s special guest was supposed to be Mariah Carey, but because of Hurricane Irene, her plane didn’t take off, leaving Simon to judge the girls on his own. L.A. introduces his special guest, Rihanna. L.A. is the one who originally signed her. He definitely has an eye for talent, doesn’t he? 

Brian, 14, of Brooklyn, is the first to perform for L.A. and Rihanna. He was impressed with him during his audition, but felt later in Boot Camp he was too young. A lot of people told him he wasn’t going to make it far because he was a rapper, but to be top eight in his category, it tells him he’s talented. He thinks this house looks like the perfect one for himself and his mom to live in. He’s practicing every single night, because he wants to make it to the live shows. He even practiced after his mom told him to stop. L.A.’s backyard is missing some acoustics. It’s hard to hear Brian over the music track. 

Rihanna and L.A. seem like they’re enjoying Brian. Rihanna has a hard time commenting after, but does say he’s cute, like a mini J-Cool. She  likes his confidence, and can’t believe he’s just 14. L.A. knows the country has never judged a rapper in this type of environment, and is worried he’ll be seen as a novelty.

Simone, 22, of L.A., has seemed to be more into being a star than a singer. Regardless, she’s wanted to be a singer since she was 4. She forgot her words in her last performance, and wants to be sure she’s on point this time. She sings the Beatles’ Help, and adds her own spin, slowing it down quite a bit. I’ve never liked her as much as I do now. However, the song does tend to drag a little. She admits afterwards that her voice cracked a few times because she was so nervous,

Simon isn’t truly doing this alone. He’s getting some insight from vocal coach Savan Kotecha and producers Graham Stack and Ray Hedges. They discuss how badly Simone messed up. It doesn’t bother Simon, though, as he feels the crack added to the emotion of the performance. He just thinks she’s fantastic.

“Scare Tactics” October 10 – the Blood King and the Prom Queen

An all new season of the hilarious Scare Tactics returned to the Syfy channel with Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”) as the host and executive producer. He utters the tagline “Watching us is hilarious, but copying us is dangerous. Don’t do it.” Scare Tactics gives friends and loved ones a chance to play the ultimate pranks on one another. The show is set up to be scary and funny. Featured on each episode is the victim, and their friend or family member who sets them up unknowingly with an elaborate prank.

The episode tonight starts with Pedro the Accomplice who sets up his friend Helder. He’s led into a museum setting by a curator who has him sign into the museum. Helder is rushed to sign in and get out as soon as possible and does not seem to be on to them yet. The curator provides him information about the brief tour he would go through and what he has to do. Helder asks how she acquired the job as the new curator and hears the old curator just disappeared, and no one seems concerned.

Helder does not seem to think much of this as he proceeds to move on to the interactive portion of the exhibit with Tracy playing the tour guide. Tracy introduces the legendary Blood King, a mummy that is kept in the museum and apparently related to Tracy. Helder is still game and ready to go as the curator asks him to rate Tracy’s tour guide performance. He gives Tracy four-and-a-half out of a five. (No wonder he is on Scare Tactics).

Helder and the curator walk toward a pile of maps and begin to open them, and while doing so, the large out-of-place crate begins to shake and everything crashes to the floor. Helder and the curator watch as the Mummy punches his way through the crate, because we all know that is something a Mummy would do. The Mummy leaps out of his crate as the curator starts screaming. Helder looks in shock as if he has never seen a Mummy before. Helder finally realizes that the Mummy came to life and chases him and the curator.

Tracy appears on the interactive screen that shuts off moments before Mr. Mummy made his appearance. Tracy smiles and asks Helder if he is scared. Helder looks in shock. It is official. He is scared. Pedro comes out to inform his friend that he just played the ultimate prank on him and scared the life out of him.

The show continues with Vikash or as we will call him, the victim, and Fardina, his girlfriend, who wants to set him up because of the way he acts at times. She is going to get him back by making him believe he works in a high risk secret government agency with a strange creature hidden in a government containing unit. (Where is the cast of Warehouse 13 when you need them?) Vikash sits at the desk watching the computer monitors as a makeshift security guard gives him instructions and tells him to just keep an eye on the monitors. The security guard tells Vikash he has to run downstairs and check on something.

A few brief minutes pass by, and the security alarm is going off. Vikash is trying to remain calm. The man is wearing a Batman shirt; it is going to take more than an alarm to get him up. A man dressed like a doctor appears at a glass door and tells Vikash there has been a security breach and he needs to get help. Vikash tells the man to remain calm and he will get help. I say run for your life, but I digress.

Vikash is trying to get the code from the man locked in the glass room. His fellow security guard returns to try and help Vikash. The man in the glass room is trying his best to provide Vakash with an escape code as his face is bubbling up and nearly peeling off. Vikash figures out the code on his own after the man provides him with four numbers and he only needs one more number. He figured it out on his own.

Vikash thinks he has saved the day, but now the toxic gas is leaking into their secure room. The security guard tries to hide the vent, and Vikash calls on the radio for help. He wants to get out now or he is going to bust the doors down and leave him. The security guard says he is going to die, then crawls up the desk and asks Vikash if he is scared. Poor Vikash looks confused as the security guard tells him he should be, because he is on Scare Tactics.

Vikash’s girlfriend Fardina runs out and tells Vikash she was in on the prank, which is true love. Vikash does not seem too happy, although he takes it in stride. It just shows how good they are on the show.

The next victim is Kaia, who is set up by her friend Karen who believes that Kaia runs away from any type of scary situation. Kaia thinks she will be appearing in a low budget slasher film called “The B*tch is Back,” about a murdered prom queen who comes back to life. (Hello Mary Lou, Prom Night 2 … maybe this is the re-make.) The actress playing the lead is a really good actress who goes insane after Kaia tries to instruct her how to perform her scream scene.

What's Hot on TV Tonight – X-Factor, Take Two

20110928-054405.jpgLet’s try again. X-Factor fans tuned into Fox last night to watch the contestants battle it out within the judges’ homes, only to end up watching baseball that had been rain-delayed. Last night’s episode is supposed to air tonight. Let’s hope there isn’t yet another rain delay Catch up with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live with Regis and Kelly. Taylor Swift, Lauren Alaina, and Jerry O’Connell are the guests today. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Despicable Me. In this animated flick starring Steve Carell, a super villain plans on carrying out the ultimate plan to steal the moon, but gets stuck with three little orphaned girls that stand in his way. 11:40 AM CT Cinemax

3. Stripes. Is there ever a time when this movie isn’t good? Clearly a classic. I think we should all honor Sgt. Hulka, our big toe, and watch it this afternoon. I can’t get Bill Murray’s theme music from the movie out of my head now. 2:00 PM CT VH1 Classic/p>

4. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Kaley Cuoco, Adam Scott, and Lupe Fiasco are the guests today. Syndicated, check local listings.

5. MLB Playoffs. American League Championship Series between Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers. 3:19 PM CT Fox

6. The Big Bang Theory. Leonard and Sheldon get invited to a party at Wil Wheaton’s house, and Howard gets an opportunity. 7:00 PM CT CBS

7. Community. Troy and Abed host a party at their new apartment and things get strange. 7:00 PM CT NBC

8. Charlie’s Angels. The Angels investigate a Cuban kidnapping ring, only to be framed and thrown into a women’s prison. Bosley works alongside his ex and CIA operative Samantha Masters. 7:00 PM CT ABC

9. The Vampire Diaries. Carline tries to ensure that the high school’s senior prank night is pulled off, Damon believes Jeremy can help defeat Klaus, and STefan gets used for violet purposes that are increasingly more dangerous. 7:00 PM CT CW

10. The X-Factor. Night one of the judges’ houses. 7:00 PM CT Fox

11. Oprah’s Lifeclass. A discussion covering Oprah’s 1997 interview with Ellen DeGeneres. 7:00 PM CT OWN

12. MLB Playoffs. National League Championship Series between Milwaukee Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. 7:05 PM CT TBS

13. Parks and Recreation. To combat Ron’s guys only wilderness group, Leslie takes the ladies on an adventure weekend, Ben is forced into a day of relaxation with Donna and Tom, and Chris and Jerry spend time together. 7:30 PM CT NBC

14. Person of Interest. Reese and Finch focus on a threat to a promising young doctor. Linda Cardellini guest stars. 8:00 PM CT CBS

15. The Office Tom impress Robert, Andy throws a garden party at Schrute Farms, leading to Dwight researching how to be a good host. Andy is made to feel self-conscious by his family. 8:00 PM CT NBC

16. Grey’s Anatomy. The residents work on impressing Jackson’s mom when she arrives at Seattle GRace to perform a groundbreaking surgery. Alex and Arizona run into a familiar face in the ER, and Bailey makes a decision about her love life. 8:00 PM CT ABC

17. The Secret Circle. Cassie is torn between loyalties as she deals with secrets, Melissa wants Nick’s help, Diana sets up a date with Adam, and Charles surprises Dawn. 8:00 PM CT CW

18. The First 48. Part of a hit-and-run car is left at the scene, and a drug deal turns fatal. 8:00 PM CT CW

19. The Millionaire Matchmaker. Patti looks to match up bodybuilding brothers who own a clothing line. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

20. Truck Stop Missouri. Joe and Kenny are tested when the Derby girls visit, and Joe attempts rapping. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

21. Project Runway. The designers are challenged create a mini-collection. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

22. College Football. USC at California. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

20. George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Part 2. Director Martin Scorsese traces Harrison’s life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker, weaving together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies and photographs. Much of the material in the film has never been seen or heard before. The result is a rare glimpse into the mind and soul of one of the most talented artists of his generation and a profoundly intimate and affecting work of cinema. 8:00 PM CT HBO

23. Whitney. Whitney and Alex try to beat each other in the romance department, and Lily anxiously awaits Neal’s propsal. 8:30 PM CT NBC

24. The Mentalist. Janes tries to prove a man caught with a gun at a political rally was planning murder, and Lisbon investigates a photographer’s death. 9:00 PM CT CBS

25. Prime Suspect. Jane believes the the wife is responsible in the mysterious death of a stockbroker, and uses hypnosis to stop smoking. Matt’s ex doesn’t want her attending their son’s birthday party. 9:00 PM CT NBC

26. Private Practice. Jake and Addison are asked by a woman without a uterus to help her have a baby, Amelia takes care of a woman with Parkinson’s who is unfaithful, and Violet has a hard time being a stay-at-home mom. 9:00 PM CT ABC

27. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Frank’s long lost brother arrives unexpectedly at the pub. 9:00 PM CT FX

28. Bordertown: Laredo. In the first half hour, intelligence shows a marijuana shipment will be arriving. In the second half hour, an undercover Roly catches a suspect who recently shot an officer. 9:00 PM CT A&E

29. The Joy Behar Show. Linda Evans and Laura Berman are the guests tonight. 9:00 PM CT HLN

30. Jersey Shore. Deena tries to be with Paul, the meatballs don’t go over so well, and everyone turns on Mike. 9:00 PM CT MTV

31. The L
No one is happy with the draft, Jenny starts working as a realtor, and Ruxin wants to get Geoffrey into a Jewish preschool. 9:30 PM CT FX

32. After the Runway. An interview with this week’s eliminated contestant. 9:30 PM CT Lifetime

33. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Zachary Levi and Gloria Estefan. 10:35 PM CT NBC

What's Hot on TV Tonight – Inside Simon Cowell's Home

WHOTV.jpgEver wondered what the inside of Simon Cowell’s house is like? How about Paula Abdul’s? You’ll get a chance to find out tonight when the X-Factor contestants get mentoring from inside the judges’ homes. Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. The Talk. The guests today are Andie MacDowell and Rocco DiSpirito, and the guest cohosts are Carnie Wilson, Molly Shannon, and Sheryl Underwood 1:00 PM CT CBS

2. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Glen Campbell is among the guests today. Syndicated, check local listings.

3. MLB Baseball. American League Championship Series between Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers. 3:19 PM CT Fox

4. Survivor: South Pacific A survivor gets emotional dealing with his past, and as one alliance breaks, another is formed. 7:00 PM CT CBS

5. Up All Night. Reagan has concerns her schedule interfering with her parenting, Chris gets in with Amy’s playgroup, and Ava is stress to not spend enough time with Reagan. 7:00 PM CT NBC

6. The Middle. Frankie finds out Axl hasn’t studied his PSATs, Sue auditions for cheerleading, and Mike makes an attempt to toughen Brick up. 7:00 PM CT ABC

7. H8R. Levi Johnston and Janice Dickinson face their haters. 7:00 PM CT CW

8. X-Factor. The acts visit the judges’ homes. 7:00 PM CT Fox

9. Oprah’s Lifeclass. Fain in oneself, finding true calling, Jim Carrey, J.K. Rowling, and Ralph Lauren. 7:00 PM CT OWN

10. MLB Baseball. National League Championship Series between Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. 7:05 PM CT TBS

11. Free Agents. Alex gets frustrated by Dan’s success with the ladies when the team does research at bars. Helen starts spending time with Emma and her friends after work. 7:30 PM CT NBC

12. Suburgatory. One mom is threatened by Georg’s popularity in the PTA, and Tessa joins the school newspaper, then helps Malik revamp its style. 7:30 PM CT ABC

13. Criminal Minds. Reuniting survivors of high school massacre are targeted by a killer, and HOtch is afraid that his own son is being bullied. 8:00 PM CT CBS

14. Harry’s Law. Harry and Ollie defend a teen who outed a classmates as being a lesbian, only to have her then commit suicide. Jenna could be lured away with a tempting job offer. 8:00 PM CT NBC

15. Modern Family. Jay and Manny don’t want any part of Gloria trying to help them with their problems, Claire thinks about running against the councilman, and Cam and Mitch are part of a hit-and-run. David Cross guest stars. 8:00 PM CT CW

16. America’s Next Top Model. The models compete with fashion designed by the Kardashians, and LaToya Jackson appears as a guest judge and helps the models during a photo shoot. 8:00 PM CT CW

17. Ghost Hunters. Jason and Grant are kicking back to try and put themselves in position where there’s been reports of hearing heavy breathing, cold sensations, and having an arm grabbed. They’re trying to affirm the spirit or ghost that everyone still misses him, and that they still remember him. Suddenly they start to feel the cold drafts, and it’s clearly not coming from the vent. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

18. Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. The artists are challenged to use pieces of “bad” art. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

19. Man v. Food Nation. Adam heads to Cincinnati to help a little league coach with a Reuben sandwich challenge. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

20. Happy Endings. Penny’s optimistic mom arrives for a visit, and Penny finds out her mom is hiding some bad news. 8:30 PM CT CW

21. New Girl. Jess finds out from Nick that Cece has feeling for her, and Schmidt tries to get together with Cece. 8:30 PM CT Fox

22. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The team looks through history for clues when the former mayor of Las Vegas is shot in a mob museum. 9:00 PM CT CBS

23. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. A man with a unique tattoo rapes a dancer, and the case reminds Rollins of one she was tracking in Atlanta. 9:00 PM CT NBC

24. Revenge. The Graysons are left on edge because of recent scandals, Emily targets a psychiatrist that was behind her being institutionalized as a child, and Declan and Jack face a tough decision. 9:00 PM CT ABC

25. Psych. When trying to get a Darth Vader collector’s item, Shawn finds a body. 9:00 PM CT USA

26. American Horror Story. Vivien and Violet get into a dangerous situation, and Ben returns to Boston to fix a mistake. . 9:00 PM CT FX

27. South Park. “Ass Burgers.” 9:00 PM CT Comedy Central

28. Paranormal Witness. A man walks into the restroom to wash up for supper as a weird feeling starts to arise within him. He turns to dry his hands on a towel and all at once air starts to leave the room and it’s like he’s been sucked into a vacuum. Next, he starts to feel as if he’s being attacked, but can’t see the pursuer. He looks towards the window and sees an old man that creates chills up and down his spine. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

29. Top Chef: Just Desserts. The chefs are challenged to create carnival cuisine. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

30. The Joy Behar Show. Paula Deen is the guest tonight. 9:00 PM CT HLN

31. The Real World. After Frank hooks up all ove rthe house, tension is high, and a roommate may end up leaving. 9:00 PM CT MTV

32. Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time. An unfortunate mishap in the bathroom, a paternity test for a space alien, and a cleaning product. 9:00 PM CT Comedy Central

33. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Zooey Deschanel, J.R. Martinez, and Fountains of Wayne. 10:35 PM CT NBC

What's Hot on TV Tonight – John Corbett on Parenthood

I don’t know what it is about John Corbett, but I think he should be on the X-Factor, and I don’t even know if he can sing or not. He just seems to have “it.” He’s always exciting, whether he’s co-starring on Northern Exposure or guest starring on Sex in the City. Tonight he’s back on Parenthood as Sarah’s ex. He’ll be causing a little bit of trouble between her and younger man Mark Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. From Justin to Kelly. The movie that nearly killed Kelly Clarkson’s career before it started. TPTB wisely stopped there before a From Clay to Ruben. Think we’ll see a From Scotty to Lauren? 11:55 AM CT HBO Zone

2. The Talk. The guests today are Jaclyn Smith and Foreigner, with a focus breast cancer survivors and audience members getting mammograms. 1:00 PM CT CBS

3. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today include Liz Minnelli, Keith Urban, Lester Smith, and the Pink Well Challenge. Syndicated, check local listings.

4. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Disney piece starring Rick Moranis as a dad whose invention accidentally shrinks his kids. It’s also a great attraction at Disney World. My son was scared to death when he was little. 3:30 PM CT HBO Family

5. NCIS. A contract assassin targets a Navy lieutenant commander, bringing an investigation. Tests for a kidney donation brings about information about Abby’s family. 7:00 PM CT CBS

6. The Biggest Loser. The contestants are joined on the Ranch by previous seasons’ contestants, and participate in an element-battling challenge. 7:00 PM CT NBC

7. Last Man Standing. Series Premiere. Mike intends to set Mandy up with Kyle, his employee, but Kyle ends up meeting Kristin instead. The family baby-proofs the house. 7:00 PM CT ABC

8. 90210. Silver is asked to make campaign videos by a candidate running against Teddy’s uncle, Annie’s date is interrupted by Leila, and an unexpected visitor threatens Liam and Jane’s relationship. 7:00 PM CT CW

9. Made in America. George heads to Connecticut to play wiffleball, see the country’s first drum maker, and look under the hood of a Corvette. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

10. Oprah’s Lifeclass. Included tonight is a look at Terry McMillan’s appearances on Oprah and anger. 7:00 PM CT OWN

11. MLB Playoffs American League Championship Series between Texas Rangers and Detroit Lions. 7:05 PM CT Fox

12. NCIS: Los Angeles. The murder of a news reporter brings and investigation into the rebel movement in Libya, information about Callen’s past is let out by Hetty. 8:00 PM CT CBS

13. Dancing with the Stars. Another couple will be eliminated. 8:00 PM CT ABC

14. Ringer. Gemma wants a favor, Henry is dealt a blow with news about his writing career, Andrew and his daughter continue to have a difficult relationship, and Bridget meets a potential sponsor at a meeting. 8:00 PM CT CW

15. Gene Simmons Family Jewels. In the first hour, Shannon insists the family eat healthier after Gene faces a medical scare. In the second hour, the planning for Tracy’s wedding gets out of hand, and Shannon hires a professional.. 8:00 PM CT A&E

16. The Rachel Zoe Project. Rachel bets help on her first Elle shoot from Joey and Jeremiah. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

17. Viking Wilderness. In the first hour, a look at the thousands of animals that consider the Scandinavian coastline home. In the second hour, creatures adapting in order to survive. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

18. Mysteries at the Museum. A bad engineering mistake is shown in blueprints, a work of literature inspired by a journal, and a frightening rag doll. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

19. Downsized. Laura tries to convince Todd to see a family counselor and talk about their financial disagreements. Meanwhile, Bailey discovers that senior pictures are astronomically expensive, and worries she won’t enjoy this last rite of passage. But senior pictures become the least of her worries, when her family discovers mysterious bruises on her body. 8:00 PM CT WE

20. Unforgettable. Carrie’s memories are essential after a crime scene is destroyed by an explosion. 9:00 PM CT CBS

21. Parenthood. An unexpected sources provides help to Kristina, Joel and Julia get family news, and Sarah’s ex could come between her and Mark. John Corbett and Jason Ritter guest star. 9:00 PM CT NBC

22. Body of Proof. A man previously presumed dead walks away from Ethan’s examination, bringing about a shocking discovery by the team. 9:00 PM CT ABC

23. Sons of Anarchy. The relationship between SAMCRO and the cartel comes into jeopardy when an important package is compromised. 9:00 PM CT FX

24. Mad Fashion. Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo seeks out March’s help in creating a unique dress for the biggest drag queen event of the year, Night of a Thousand Gowns. Dina wants her look to evoke 1950s Hollywood glamour. She is willing to suffer for fashion but when Chris chooses a fabric best described as “glittery sandpaper,” he may have pushed the limit of wearable art a little too far. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

25. The Joy Behar Show. The guests tonight are Edward Beck, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Imam Johari Malik and Carre Otis. 9:00 PM CT HLN

26. The Little Couple. In the first half hour, Bill and Jen are desperate to find temporary living while their home is being
finished, and Jen’s parents visit from Florida. In the second half hour, Jen’s parents, Jen, and Bill, along with their five dogs, are living in a rental apartment, and go bowling to blow off steam. 9:00 PM CT TLC

27. Off Limits. Boston innovations, including the subway and waste treatment plant.. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

28. Top Shot. One of the fasting shooting handguns available is sued, and the contestants are stunned after a shocking turn of events. 9:00 PM CT History

29. Fashion Hunters. Wilson has his first consignment with LaQuon Smith pieces. 9:30 PM CT Bravo

30. Conan. Will Arnett, Deepak Chopra, and Merle Haggard are tonight’s guests. 10:00 PM CT TBS

31. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Tonight’s guests include Julie Bowen, animal handler Dave Salmoni, and Imelda May. 10:35 PM CT NBC

Whats Hot on TV Tonight – Cher on Dancing with the Stars

More of the focus on tonight’s Dancing with the Stars will be on the audience, rather than the dancers. That’s because Cher, Chaz Bono’s mom, will be in the audience to cheer him on. This won’t be the first time, though that the attention is placed on the audience. Here’s a look at some other famous families in the audience. Catch up on other TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Social Network. The story on how Facebook came to be. The question here is if Mark Zuckerberg created a better network than any of the others, or if he took the idea and made it better. 12:05 PM CT Starz

2. The Talk. Cheryl HInes, Kirsten Vangsness, and Parvati Shallow are the guests. 1:00 PM CT CBS

3. Little Shop of Horrors. Rick Moranis stars in this musical of a flower shop employee who finds a Venus flytrap-type of plant that only grows by eating human flees and blood. 2:00 PM CT LOGO

4. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Christina Grimmie are today’s guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

5. MLB Playoffs. American Leagues Championship Series between Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers. 3:19 PM CT Fox

6. How I Met Your Mother. Marshal steps in after his boss settles with a million dollar company, and Ted’s class trip isn’t what he had planned. 7:00 PM CT CBS

7. Sing Off. For the second week in a row, the remaining groups perform both a current song and memorable one from the 1960s. 7:00 PM CT NBC

8. Dancing with the Stars.The couples take on new dance styles. 7:00 PM CT ABC

9. Gossip Girl. Diana wants Nate to forget his morals, Chuck attempts to get Dan to accept his fate, and Serene goes back to the Upper East Side. 7:00 PM CT CW

10. Terra Nova. Elisabeth, Jim, Malcolm, and Taylor investigate a radio silence and find an outbreak of a mysterious fatal virus. 7:00 PM CT Fox

11. The Lying Game. Sutton gets to experience what it would be like to be Emma, as Emma tries to find out what Kristin knows. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

12. Oprah’s Lifeclass. “Fat Wagon and the Power of Ego.” 7:00 PM CT OWN

11. Basketball Wives LA. An MMA outing brings Laura’s issues to a head, and Jackie and Laura delve into Draya’s past. 7:00 PM CT VH1

14. MLB Playoffs. National Leagues Championship Series between St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers. 7:05 PM CT TBS

15. 2 Broke Girls. Caroline wants Max’s help to break into her old townhouse to get the night guard she needs. 7:30 PM CT CBS

16. NFL Football. Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

17. Two and a Half Men. Walden looks for love, while Alan has a chance at getting back together with Lyndsey. 8:00 PM CT CBS

18. Hart of Dixie. Zoe wants to win the gumbo competition, Lemon isn’t happy to find Lavon is crushing on another woman, and Brick and Zoe work together on a life-saving surgery. 8:00 PM CT CW

19. House. House gets the chance to help Princeton Plainsboro with a patient, and Wilson doesn’t appear interested in reconnecting with House. 8:00 PM CT CW

20. American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior. Mike remembers his better moments from the show. 8:00 PM CT Discovery

21. Scare Tactics. The team acts as if it’s shooting a video focusing on nocturnal animals. The victim is the co-host and is joining the host in the forest to try and find everyday animals, and they find something right away. A ranger appears and asks if they have a permit to shoot, and advises them that they probably won’t find any live animals around. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

22. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Dana hosts a game night. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

23. Cake Boss. In the first hour, viewers learn Buddy’s secrets. In the second hour, Regis Philbin learns how to decorate cakes, a bride has her fiftieth wedding, Joey gets a visit from the fire chief, Buddy makes a beehive cake, and a wife wants to play a prank on her husband. 9:00 PM CT TLC

24. Bath Crashers. Produced similarly to the popular House Crashers and Yard Crashers series, crasher Matt Muenster ambushes homeowners while they’re home improvement shopping. When he identifies the ultimate bathroom challenge, he follows the lucky homeowner home and totally overhauls a bathroom in need of repair. 8:00 PM CT DIY

25. Bored to Death. Jonathan gets bad news about the family, George gets back with his daughter, Ray and his son spend time together, and Jonathan’s case has him in a precarious position. 8:00 PM CT HBO

26. Mike & Molly. It’
s an adjustment for Mike when he moves in with Molly and her family. 8:30 PM CT CBS

27. Kitchen Crashers. The series goes to stores across America looking for the perfect weekend warriors who could definitely use some help with their kitchen. 8:30 PM CT DIY

28. Enlightened. Series Premiere. A corporate employee has a meltdown, and after getting therapy at a holistic treatment center, begins a new life. 8:30 PM CT HBO

29. Hawaii Five-0. A deep-sea diver, famous for the finding a valuable treasure, is murdered. 9:00 PM CT CBS

30. Castle. Beckett and Castle find the gun that killed a young woman is the same one a serial killed stole from Detective Ryan. 9:00 PM CT TNT

31. The Joy Behar Show. The guests tonight include Kara DioGuardi, Frank Decaro, Susan Etok and Harry Belafonte. 9:00 PM CT HLN

32. Urban Legends. a bar owner thinks he’s heard it all, until a story about a DJ named Eduardo Sanchez. One night he’s unwinding with some friends after a set at the bar and realizes he’s low on cash. He steps outside and runs into some friends who invite him to a house party, but he passes on the offer. Shortly after that, he vanishes without a trace 10:00 PM CT Syfy

31. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Aaron Eckhart, Julianne Hough, and Amos Lee. 10:35 PM CT NBC

Project Runway 9, Episode 11 – A Challenge That's for the Birds

Last week on Project Runway, the designers had to make two outfits that 1) were inspired by the 1970’s and 2) could be sold on Anya lost her money envelope and thus had to borrow money and fabric from her fellows. She won the challenge anyway. The guest judge, Olivia Palermos, fell in love with Bert’s white dress and decided to sell it along with Anya’s winning jumpsuit. Anthony was sent home.

Next morning, Laura talks about how she misses Anthony. Viktor tells us that he see Josh as his chief competition, but adds that Josh has trouble editing. Then it’s off to the runway, where Heidi tells them they will have to “spread their wings” and “elevate their looks.” The designers guess they will be making something for skydivers. Um, we’ve already had “the ridiculously small niche challenge,” back when they had to make outfits for stilt-walkers.

The designers go back to the workroom, where Tim will “fill them in on the details.” He’s there, all right, but so is Collier Strong, the make-up artist from L’Oreal Paris, plus four birds: an owl, a raven, a cockatoo, and an Amazon parrot. It turns out that L’Oreal is putting out a make-up line inspired by the aforementioned birds, which means there really is some eye-shadow called “Raven,” which I predict will be a hit in Baltimore, at least during the football season.

Tim and Collier then explain the challenge: Make a runway look inspired by one of the birds. The look will also incorporate the relevant make-up. The winner will get both an editorial in Marie Claire magazine and 20 grand from L’Oreal Paris. The designers will have two days to work on the challenge.

To the designers’ dismay, Tim then tells them that this will be a team challenge. He then announces the teams: Anya and Laura, Josh and Bert, Viktor and Kimberly. He then assigns each team a bird: Anya and Laura get the raven, Josh and Bert are assigned the parrot, and Viktor and Kimberly get the cockatoo. Tim then informs the teams that they will not be working together after all. Instead they will be competing against each other head to head. One teammate will be given the high score, while the other will get the low score.

While the designers sketch, Bert tells us that he’s not happy having to use the parrot. He doesn’t find the bird particularly inspiring, and he thinks green and yellow look cheap. Uh-oh, now’s not the time to decide to blow off a challenge! Kimberly points out that she had used a bird-inspired look in an earlier challenge, so she will have to come up with something that won’t strike the judges as repetitive.

At Mood, Kimberly picks out nude chiffon, which isn’t something she normally uses. Anya realizes she will have to work outside her comfort zone. As a raven is solid black, her usual prints won’t fly. (Sorry.) She tells us she’s not used to working with just solids. Josh decides to buy some feathers. Viktor is also buying feathers, since he wants to make a gown with an airy look. Laura decides to make pants and a tailored jacket.

No sooner have the designers begun work on their designs then Tim comes in to announce a twist: They have to design a second look. As they begin to sketch, Anya decides she’s make something more structured than her usual. At Mood, Josh asks Tim if it’s okay if he uses fabric that’s a different color from the parrot. Tim answers that it doesn’t matter. Laura picks out some velvet ribbons.

Back at the workroom, everybody’s worried about time. Laura vows to show off her tailoring skills, which she believes to be superior to Anya’s. Kimberly knows that Viktor has the advantage when it comes to construction– and she’s intimidated by that fact. Bert thinks the differences between himself and Josh will work to advantage, since they aren’t likely to copy each other.

The next day, Kimberly jokes about calling in sick. At the workroom, Laura is almost finished her first look. Josh studies his first look, a striped green and yellow monstrosity, and decides he hates it. Kimberly is struggling with her look, as she’s using fabrics she’s not accustomed to. (Why will designers do that to themselves? I understand the desire to not look like a one-trick pony, but completely new techniques and materials should be saved for Fashion Week.) She then spots a cockroach and vaults onto a table, freaking out. (I thought women only did that in cartoons, not real life.) Anya grabs a shoe from the accessory wall and bashes the offending insect.

Collier comes by for the make-up consultations. Naturally, everybody is using the eye-shadow associated with their assigned bird. Bert, who’s 57, comments that he thinks the others have adjusted to him by now. Roach-phobic Kimberly is the next oldest at 35, so there’s definitely a generation gap here. Viktor and Laura also comment that it’s easier to get along with Bert these days.