Category Archives: What’s Hot on TV

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – On the Fly

While we were waiting for a weather-delayed flight in Chicago, we saw a TV show setting up shop and interviewing passengers on another airline with a weather delay. That airline was Southwest Airlines, so we’re thinking that show we saw filming angry passengers must have been On the Fly. If so, tonight’s episode might be the one we say being filmed. I set the DVR, just in case. Check in with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly. Mike Greenberg is the guest cohost, and Kristen Stewart and Bill Hader are the guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Duets. The stars perform with their duet partners. 7:00 PM CT ABC

3. Breaking Pointe. Series Premiere. Behind the scenes at a professional ballet company. 7:00 PM CT CW

4. Touch. Season Finale. Martin and Abigail work together as Aster Corp.’s interest in Jake rises, and events that seem unrelated reveal connections. 7:00 PM CT Fox

5. 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee. From Washington D.C. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

6. NBA Basketball. Game 3 of Western Conference Finals. San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder. 8:00 PM CT TNT

7. On the Fly. Series premiere. In the first half hour, a passenger refuses to turn off his phone, and passengers have missed connections after a flight delay. In the second half hour, passengers vent about an oversold flight, and a passenger’s bag won’t fit in the overhead bin, causing cursing 8:00 PM CT TLC

8. Swamp People. When he’s out on the swamp, all Bruce thinks about is gators. But during his down time, Bruce’s focus moves to hogs. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

9. Mary Mary. Just twenty days after giving birth, Erica pushes herself to get ready for the Grammys where Mary Mary is nominated for two awards. Erica and Tina are also set to perform their newest single “Go Get It” after three months off stage. And, after Teddy revealed how unhappy he has been in their relationship, Tina takes drastic measures to save their marriage. 8:00 PM CT WE

10. Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding. Wig-loving Housewife Kim Zolciak is pressured by her family to wear her REAL hair on her wedding day. 8:30 PM CT Bravo

11. Rookie Blue. While searching for a police car that students stole as a prank, Andy and Swarek also end up following a teen w ho robbed and assaulted a local criminal. 9:00 PM CT ABC

12. Men at Work. Mil and Gibbs meet a woman in a bar and things get awkward, TYler gets in touch with his feminine side with Amy’s help, and Neal gets jealous when Amy and Tyler share time together. 9:00 PM CT TBS

13. Kathy. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

14. Tattoo School. In the first half hour, a woman struggling to get out of the family business, a shy house cleaner, and a kid his is talented but troubled. In the second half hour, three past students come back for the advance class to tackle tattoo virgins. 9:00 PM CT TLC

15. Mountain Men. Series premiere. It’s a race against winter for men who make their living off the land – hunting, fishing and trapping – and survival is predicated on using ancient skills perfected over hundreds of years. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

16. L.A. Hair. Series premiere. Drama looms like a black cloud over celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble as she manages her high-profile and high strung salon and her impressive list of A-list clients amidst growing dissention from one of her employees, Angela. With tension building for months, Angela’s lack of respect hits a new low when Kim finds her asleep on the job during peak business hours. Plus, Kelly Rowland enlists Kim’s expert hair services for a photo shoot.9:00 PM CT WE


What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Night 2 of So You Think You Can Dance

Tonight is night two of the So You Think You Can Dance auditions. Last week was very much a surprise. It was filled with touching moments. I’m wondering if we’ll see more of that tonight or if they just shoved all those moments into the first episode. Has Nigel Lythgoe found a heart? Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today include Vanessa Williams, Sarah Hyland, Mia Shaikewitz, and Angela Rockwood. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Dogs in the City. Series Premiere. Justin helps a skateboarding bulldog, the aggressive dog of a model agency owner, and the obese dog of a single dad. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. 2012 Stanley Cup Final. Game 1. Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. So You Think You Can Dance. Night two of the auditions. 7:00 PM CT Fox

5. Melissa & Joey. Season Premiere. In the first half hour, Joe’s management style creates more problems for the home renovation, and Lennox’s school wants to stage her original play. In the second half hour, Mel and Joe find tension because of the lack of privacy caused by the home renovation, and Lennox gets appointed to the spirit committee at school. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family’

6. NBA Basketball. Game 2 of Eastern Conference Finals. Boston Celtics at Miami Heat. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

7. America’s Next Top Model. Season finale. Working on a commercial and photo shoot, one finalist has a panic attack, and the winner is crowned after the innovative runway show. 8:00 PM CT CW

8. Hatfields & McCoys. The Hatfields are forced deeper into the mountains by Bad Frank’s raids, Johnse is after another McCoy woman, Nancy McCoy spies on the Hatfields, and a battle shatters New Year’s Day. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

9. The Soup. 9:00 PM CT E!

10. Hot in Cleveland. Victoria gets the cast’s help to make an episode of her canceled soap opera that she turns into an app. 9:00 PM CT TV Land

11. Total Blackout. Season Finale. Prepare for one more dose of fear as a new batch of contestants battle the darkness. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

12. Around the World in 80 Plates. The chefs are off to Marrakech where the Course takes them on a perilous trip through the Medina.. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

13. Toddlers & Tiaras. Emma, McKenzie, and Liz compete in the Mississippi Sweet Pea pageant. 9:00 PM CT TLC

14. Baggage Battles. The action experts travel to outside of Glasgow, Scotland, where the Lothian and Borders Police sell unclaimed items that are handed in to the force’s lost property office. High-end cameras, sporting equipment and diamond necklaces are just some the items that Laurence & Sally Martin, Mark Meyer and Billy Leroy will have a chance to bid on at this bi-monthly auction. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. Locked Up Abroad. After being convicted of drug smuggling, a terminally ill woman escapes to Peru to see her family one last time before she dies. 9:00 PM CT National Geographic

16. Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew. RedFood hands out the challenges, and the LMFAO choreographers stop by to lend a hand. 9:00 PM CT MTV

17. Happily Divorced. Frank ignores Peter’s advice and tries to help Cesar and his wife with their marital troubles. 9:30 PM CT TV Land


What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Cougar Town Season Finale

Tonight is the season finale of Cougar Tow, and the finale overall on ABC. The series is moving to TBS for season four. Will it work? Well, it worked great for Southland to be moved from NBC to TNT. I think if anything kills the show it won’t be the venue change, but Jules and Grayson getting married … that and the death of Big Carl. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly. The guest cohost is Ed Robertson, and Amy Brenneman andJessica Sanchez are the guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. A live action film of the classic story of the cat who comes in and helps a pair of siblings who are bored at home. Mike Myers, Dakota Fanning, Spencer Breslin, Kelly Preston, and Sean Hayes star. 11:00 AM CT HBO Family

3. Dying Young. An unexperienced woman answers an ad to be a live-in nurse for a wealthy young man dying of cancer and unexpectedly begins to fall in love with him. Julie Roberts and Campbell Scott star. 12:40 PM CT Encore Love

4. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today include Vince Vaughn, Kat Graham, and Bethenny Frankel. Syndicated, check local listings.

5. MLB Baseball. Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

6. Cougar Town. Season finale Grayson sees his life as “Groundhog Day,” prompting Jules to want that as her bachelorette party theme. They decide to elope, but of course, they don’t get to go alone. 7:00 PM CT ABC

7. The Catalina. Series Premiere. A pool party over spring break doesn’t go well, bartenders Kris and Nancy see sparks fly, and Morgan competes in a volleyball tournament. 7:00 PM CT CW

8. Giuliana & Bill. Giuliana gets surprised with a trip as she and Bill wait for important news. 7:00 PM CT Style

9. America’s Got Talent. The auditions continue in Tampa, Florida. 8:00 PM CT NBC

10. 20/20. The Royal family and the queen’s staff discuss Queen Elizabeth. 7:00 PM CT ABC

11. The L.A. Complex. Season finale. Abby and Nick try to further their careers as well as their relationship, Connor looks for answers, and Raquel mulls over her decisions. 8:00 PM CT CW

12. NBA Basketball. Game 2 of Western Conference Finals. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs. 8:00 PM CT TNT

13. American Ninja Warrior. The top 30 of the Midwest qualifying round try to advance to the national finals. 8:00 PM CT G4

14. Fact or Faked. Destination Truth’s Josh Gates assists in the search for a British gargoyle! 8:00 PM CT Syfy

15. The Real Housewives of Orange County. The ladies head to Costa Rica – but things get heated about Alexis’ behavior. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

16. What Not to Wear. In front of a live studio audience, Anna gets the ultimate fashion surprise. 8:00 PM CT TLC

17. Mysteries at the Museum. Wildman explores mysteries including the Black Dahlia, the French Angel and the Sterling Hall bombing. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

18. Hatfields & McCoys. Anse’s younger brother is murdered by the McCoys, the Hatfields set out for revenge, and friends, neighbors, and others join the feud. 8:00 PM CT History

19. 48 Hours Mystery. Imprisoned New England Patriots player Erick Naposki shares new info regarding the murder he says he didn’t commit. 9:00 PM CT CBS

20. Hollywood Treasure. What secrets will Joe and the team unearth in their latest search? 9:00 PM CT Syfy

21. Pregnant in Heels. Rosie takes her husband advice and visits a speech therapist, but her new clients are leaving her a bit tongue-tied. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

22. Big Brooklyn Style. Series Premiere. In the first half hour, a woman gets a new professional look, an unconfident grad looks for an interview outfit, and a woman needs cruise clothes. In the second half hour, a bride needs a rehearsal dinner outfit, a new mom needs non-mommy clothes, and a woman needs a new dress. 9:00 PM CT TLC

23. Dance Moms: Miami. Leonora and daughter Mia join the competition team, upsetting the moms. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime


What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Two Mini Concerts on The Bachelorette

Tonight on The Bachelorette, Emily takes two bachelors on one-on-one dates that include mini concerts. They’ll be treated to performances from Luke Bryant and Dolly Parton. The other bachelors will be grilled by Emily’s friends on a group date. They definitely luck out this week. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today include Ellie Kemper, Rufus Wainwright, and the 2012 National Teacher of the Year. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. America’s Got Talent. Tampa, Florida auditions. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. The Bachelorette. Emily and one lucky bachelor have a one-on-one watching a Luke Bryant performance, and another gets a one-on-one watching a private concert at Dollywood. Those on the group date get questioned by Emily’s friends. 7:00 PM CT ABC

4. The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Rumors are spread about Amy and Anne, and Ben tries to convince his dad into letting him transfer schools to be closer to Dylan. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

5. Pawn Stars. In the first half hour, the pawned items include rare $1 and $5 from the 1800s, a Big Bang Cannon, a sailor’s memento from the sinking of the most feared WWII German submarine. In the second half hour, a rifle from the Hatfield-McCoy feud, a Denny Dent painting, and an inkwell owned by William Andrews Clark. 7:00 PM CT HISTORY

6. Rags. An aspiring singer is kept from realizing his dreams by his family, and a pop superstar is tired of others always having more control over her career. Max Schneider, Keke Palmer, Zak Santiago, Drake Bell, and Avan Jogia star. 7:00 PM CT Nickelodeon

7. Fashion Mob. Series premiere. Eight women receive fantasy makeovers from Ken Paves, Jeannie Mai, and Selita Ebanks. 7:00 PM CT Style

8. Basketball Wives. Jen’s behavior gets called out, and Shaunie looks for help in making a big decision. 7:00 PM CT VH1

9. NBA Basketball. Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals. Boston Celtics at Miami Heat. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

10. American Ninja Warrior. The Midwest region preliminary round finishers move on. 8:00 PM CT NBC

11. Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Bruce has his feelings hurt by Rob, and Kris experiences road rage. 8:00 PM CT E!

12. Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels. Season premiere. Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed adjust to a new life as a married couple. 8:00 PM CT A&E

13. Cake Boss. Season premiere. In the first half hour, Baby Carlo’s first birthday cake, Marissa finds out about being part of the crew, and Grace has hated it with Mary’s tardiness. In the second half hour, Buddy creates a trash-truck cake and a cake for a synchronized swimming team, and Buddy needs to do handle a situation of Mary being rude to the staff. 8:00 PM CT TLC

14. River Monsters. Season finale. Jeremy heads to Guyana’s Essequibo River to search for mysterious giants from folklore. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

15. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Season premiere. Bourdain travels to Tijuana, Mexico and the Baja Peninsula – a place he admittedly knows very little about. As Bourdain explores these areas separated from the rest of Mexico, he encounters an extraordinary display of food, wine and culture. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

16. Hatfields & McCoys. Premiere. The miniseries chronicles the bloody hostilities between two clans that escalated to the point of near war between two states. Kevin Costner Bill Paxton star. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

17. Tanisha Gets Married. Tanisha has an attorney draft a pre-nup, and Flo and Natalie will not play nice. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

18. Single Ladies. Keisha’s loyalty to Malcolm gets her in trouble with the FBI, April anticipates dating after her divorce, and Raquel heads to Atlanta. 8:00 PM CT VH1

18. Mrs. Eastwood & Company. A look at Dina’s hoarding, and Tyler tries to destroy an expensive bag. 9:00 PM CT E!

19. Monster In-Laws. Season premiere. A grandma’s dying is is for the family to reconcile, but a mother-in-laws honesty could prevent that. 9:00 PM CT A&E

20. Bethenny Ever After. Season finale. Bethenny Frankel gathers the gang for a Christmas party before dealing with a serious life change. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

21. Tanisha Gets Married: Unseen, Out Loud & Outrageous. Behind the scenes at Tanisha’s wedding. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen


What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Race Day!

There really isn’t much else on today. If you don’t have good weather, it’s a good time to sit in and watch both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600. But if you have some good weather, hit the DVR and go outside and enjoy the day! Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. 2012 French Open Tennis. First Round from Paris. 11:00 AM CT NBC

2. 2012 Indianapolis 500. From Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 11:00 AM CT ABC

3. MLB Baseball. Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox. 12:30 PM CT TBS

4. PGA Tour Golf. Final Round of Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial from Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. 2:00 PM CT CBS

5. Golf. Final Round of Senior PGA Championship from Benton Harbor, MI. 2:00 PM CT NBC

6. Joe Dirt. A mulletted David Spade shares the story of the search for his birth parents with a radio DJ years after being abandoned by them in the Grand Canyon. Dennis Miller and Kid Rock also star. 2:53 PM CT Comedy Central

7. NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup. Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. 4:30 PM CT Fox

8. 60 Minutes. A retired Marine gets the Medal of Honor after saving his fellow comrades fro being trapped, wounded soldiers getting closure, and brothers in the Marine Reserves. 6:00 PM CT CBS

9. Harry’s Law. Series finale. Harry is forced to plan her ex’s funeral after no one claims his dead body, Oliver wants Cassie’s help with his client who is a law student suing the school that wouldn’t admit her, and Adam and Phoebe face off in court. 7:00 PM CT NBC

10. River Monsters. Jeremy Wade looks back on his catfish encounters. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

11. Mob Wives. Reunion. 7:00 PM CT VH1

12. MLB Baseball. Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

13. NBA Basketball. Game 1 of Western Conference Finals. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs. 7:30 PM CT TNT

14. Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kourtney has a grudge against Kris, Kim is looking for payback, and Kendall and Kylie get a shot at working for Seventeen Magazine. 8:00 PM CT E!

15. American Ninja Warrior. Midwest qualifying round. 8:00 PM CT G4

16. Oprah’s Next Chapter Oprah interviews Newark Mayor Cory Booker. 8:00 PM CT OWN

17. Sister Wives. In the first half hour, Christine discusses her problems with Robyn, and in the second half hour, the family answers viewer questions. 8:00 PM CT TLC

18. Mermaids: The Body Found. Scientific theories and CGI animation are used to explore mermaids. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

19. Snapped. A preacher’s wife sins when solving her financial crisis and troubled marriage. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

20. Mob Wives Chicago. Nora heads back to Chicago to look into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the burial of her dad, and Renee has difficulties with trust issues. 8:00 PM CT VH1

21. The Killing. Sarah teeters on the edge while Stan attempts to make amends and Richmond receives an unexpected boost in the mayoral race. 8:00 PM CT AMC

22. Game of Thrones. Stannis’ fleet attack King’s Landing, leaving Tyrion and the Lannisters to fight for their lives. 8:00 PM CT HBO

23. Mrs. Eastwood & Company. Francesca is put in a bad situation by Tyler, and Dina is afraid of what Morgan might do at a party. 9:00 PM CT E!

24. My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding. A teenage birder struggles with the traditions, and a gypsy-style baby shower. 9:00 PM CT TLC

25. Mad Men. Don’s challenged by a pitch and Peggy contemplates a trip. 9:00 PM CT AMC

26. VEEP. Selina gives up a secret to Amy during an healthy eating event, Mike has a press briefing, and Amy and Dan entertain a group of school kids. 9:00 PM CT HBO

27. Girls. Hannah figures out Adam’s defining trait, Marnie gets tiresome after seeing Charlie, and Ray becomes a spirit guide for Shoshanna. 9:30 PM CT HBO


What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics

I have to hand it to the Philadelphia 76ers. They have a flair for the dramatic and they’re just not ones to give up. They were just supposed to be also-rans in the first round of the playoffs, going up against the Chicago Bulls, and they pushed the series to the limit and won. Now they’re doing the same to the Boston Celtics. Tonight they take them on in a sudden-death game 7 on ABC, the last of the second round of NBA playoffs

1. Red Bull Signature Series. FMX series for freestyle motorcross from San Bernardino, CA. 1:00 PM CT NBC

2. National Lampoon’s European Vacation. We don’t seem to see enough of the first Vacation sequel. The Griswolds go to Europe, thanks to their Pig in the Poke game show win. 1:00 PM CT TBS

3. NASCAR Racing: Nationwide Series. History 300 from Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, Nc. 1:45 PM CT ABC

4. PGA Tour Golf. Third round of Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial form Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. 2:00 PM CT CBS

5. Golf. Third round of Senior PGA Championship from Benton Harbor, MI. 2:00 PM CT NBC

6. The Wrestler. Mickey Rourke makes his comeback as a professional wrestler who has fallen on hard times and looking to make a comeback of his own. 4:00 PM CT FMC

7. MLB Baseball. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates. 6:00 PM CT Fox

8. How to Be a Gentleman. In the first half hour, Bert and Andrew start a relationship with the same woman, but she spends every night with Bert, upsetting Andrew. In the second half hour, Bert hits send on angry emails Andrew wrote, forcing Andrew to make things right with the people receiving the emails, and Bert’s dad comes for a visit. 7:00 PM CT CBS

9. NBA Basketball. Game 7 of Eastern Conference Semifinals. Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics. 7:00 PM CT ABC

10. UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir – Prelims. Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir, CAin Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva, and Roy Nelson vs. Gabriel Gonzaga. 7:00 PM CT FX

11. The Firm. In the first hour, Mitch defends a woman on a solicitation charge and discovers her secret, and Claire and Abby head to Kentucky to see Abby’s mom and dad. In the second hour, Mitch’s client is an unstable novelist dealing with a murder rap, and Molly gets closer with Dr. Wilson 8:00 PM CT NBC

12. River Monsters: Unhooked. Jeremy reflects back on his search for a killer fish in India. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

13. 48 Hours Mystery. Police bring a detective with ties to the victim’s husband up on a murder charge more than twenty years after a nurse was killed in her own home . 9:00 PM CT CBS

14. Undercover Boss: Abroad. The boss at PoundWorld goes undercover behind the scenes in his own company. 9:00 PM CT TLC

15. Robert Redford Presents The Imperialists are Still Alive. A successful visual artist working in post-9/11 Manhattan, Asya lives the life of the hip and glamorous, replete with exclusive art parties, supermodels, and stretch limousines while she carefully follows the situation in the Middle East on television. Asya learns that her childhood friend, Faisal, has disappeared-the victim of a purported CIA abduction. That same night, she meets Javier, a sexy Mexican PhD student, and romance blossoms. 9:00 PM CT Sundance Channelf


What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Magic City Marathon

It’s slim pickins’ tonight on TV for the kickoff to the Memorial Day weekend. There’s a Magic City marathon tonight on Starz leading up to net week’s finale, and a few other new episodes sprinkled about cable, but there is absolutely nothing new on network TV tonight. Catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Matt LeBlanc, Olivia Munn, and Rascal Flatts are among the guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Crocodile Dundee. A country guy from Australia is brought to New York City and experience a total culture shock. Crikeys! 4:20 PM CT Spike

3. Finding Bigfoot: Further Evidence. The team looks back on a trip to Kentucky to find evidence sasquatches exist. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

4. Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids. In the first half hour, sibling rivalry makes things interesting, and a bride can’t keep her bridesmaids under control. In the second half hour, a bride is against her sister showing off, and another bride will only get a pink dress if her whole family agrees. 8:00 PM CT TLC

5. River Monsters: Unhooked. Jeremy reflects back on his search through Mongolia for a killer fish. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

6. America’s Most Wanted. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

7. Boxing. From St. Louis, Ji-Hoon Kim vs. Alisher Rahimov. 8:00 PM CT ESPN2

8. The Ricky Gervais Show. Ricky, Stephen, and Karl examine their own ideas of the quintessential Englishman, and Karl mentions that he would be Italian if he were given a choice. 8:00 PM CT HBO

9. Magic City. Before the series finale next week, viewers can catch up on the first seven episodes via marathon. 8:00 PM CT Starz

10. Insane or Inspired. Join Syfy’s special guests and comedic masterminds 9:00 PM CT Syfy

11. River Monsters. Jeremy Wade shows previously unseen footage and shares stories not previously heard. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

12. The Dead Files. Medium Amy Allan and retired NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi investigate a home in Wichita, KS that is the center of a bone-chilling paranormal mystery dating back to the cowboy days of the 1800s. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

13. Real Time with Bill Maher. Panelists include Michelle Bernard, Paul Krugman, Arthur Laffer, Jeffrey Gettleman, and Kevin Nealon. 9:00 PM CT HBO

14. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Gen. Colin Powell, Col. Greg Gadson, All-American Rejects. 10:35 PM CT NBC


What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Premiere of Duets

I do wish ABC had come up with another name for this show. There are too many other “Duets” on TV that it makes me think of, both on Fox. One was a comedy back when Fox was first starting out, and the other was Celebrity Duets, which was somewhat like this, I guess. There’s also the movie Duets that features my favorite version ever of Freebird Nevertheless, I’m looking just as forward to this incarnation on ABC. Check in with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly. Seth Myers is the guest cohost, and Kevin Costner and William Levy and Cheryl Burke from Dancing with the Stars. are the guests Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Cheaper By the Dozen. Fun remake with Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt raising a family of twelve kids, while managing separate careers. 12:30 PM CT Cinemax

3. The Green Hornet A newly svelte Seth Rogen stars as the spoiled playboy who takes over the company after his father’s death and secretly becomes a crimefighter trying to create headlines. 2:30 PM CT Starz Edge

4. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today include Charlize Theron, Rainer and Atticus Muuss, a disabled woman who saved her kids from a tornado, and So You Think You Can Dance dancers. Syndicated, check local listings.

5. Duets. Series premiere. The stars perform with their duet partners. 7:00 PM CT ABC

6. Perez Hilton All Access. Perez’ guest tonight is Lady Gaga 7:00 PM CT CW

7. So You Think You Can Dance. Season premiere. Kicking off the auditions in Dallas and New York 7:00 PM CT Fox

8. Undercover Boss: Abroad. The president of FedEx Canada goes undercover working behind the scenes in his own company 7:00 PM CT TLC

9. NBA Basketball. Game 6 of Eastern Conference Semifinals. Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

10. On the Fly. Series premiere. In the first half hour, a wheelchair passenger gets upset, a passenger is traveling in disguise, and a supervisor needs to decide if a man is fit for flight. In the second half hour, an angry passengers, frustrated passengers, and a student with an unlikely travel companion 8:00 PM CT TLC

11. River Monsters: Unhooked. Jeremy reflects back on his search for a Russian underwater killer. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

12. Swamp People. Liz doesn’t need a grocery store to cook her family dinner, she’s going straight to the Swamp. Today, she’s after redfish. Joe lives in Myrtle Grove and his community is at the mercy of rising waters. Today, he explains the science and beauty behind the bayou’s intricate levee system. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

13. Mary Mary. After a false labor scare, Erica is unable to join Tina and Teddy in Nashville for the Stellar Awards where the gospel duo is nominated for seven awards. Tina and Teddy finally get to enjoy some private time together, but Teddy reveals unexpected news — he doesn’t think Tina has been very effective in balancing her personal life and her career, and reveals he is concerned about the impact on their marriage. Plus, Erica goes into labor while attending her sister-in-law Joi’s listening party. 8:00 PM CT WE

14. Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding. Kim is sent into an emotional tailspin just days before the wedding (caused by her RHATL matron of honor) and shares her provocative wedding gift to Troy – a painted-on body suit with his Falcons uniform. 8:30 PM CT Bravo

15. Awake. Season finale. A conspiracy threatens both Britten’s realities as he being to realize the truth behind the accident. Britten goes after Det. Hawkins, and Dr. Lee and Dr. Evans united in a debate that has Britten being forced to decide on a path. 9:00 PM CT NBC

16. Rookie Blue. Season premiere. Andy faces a tribunal that will decide her fate after a 3-month suspension, and a multi-car crash is caused by a drunk driver with a grudge against police. William Shatner guest stars. 9:00 PM CT ABC

17. Kathy. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

18. Tattoo School. Dr. Bill Pogue teaches people the art of tattooing in just two weeks. 9:00 PM CT TLC

19. River Monsters. Jeremy Wade reflects back on some of his more deadliest encounters. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

20. Conan. Josh Brolin, Alison Brie, and White Rabbits are the guests tonight. 10:35 PM CT TBS

21. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guest list tonight includes Glenn Close, Phillip Phillips, and Nelly Furtado. 10:35 PM CT NBC


American Idol, May 23 – A Winner, a Proposal, and a Legend

I’ve been through all eleven seasons of American Idol and it’s no less thrilling tonight, waiting to see whether Phillip Phillips or Jessica Sanchez won than it was watching to see if Kelly Clarkson or Justin Guarini won. Well, okay. It’s not quite the same. And there have been some seasons where I cared a little less about the outcome, but it’s still no less thrilling.

It starts out with a performance by the final 12, all dressed in white singing Run Away Baby. It’s good to see Erika Van Pelt still has her hair short and sassy. Colton Dixon and Skylar Lane look to be flirting a little, certainly not taking anything away from the rumors about them. The instrumental break is filled with dancers who might want to audition for So You Think You Can Dance tomorrow night.

The judges are announced and walk out through the lines of the final 12, and Ryan Seacrest joins them as well. He’s looking smart in a bow tie tonight. Predictably he asks who it’s going to be, and predictably you can’t tell what the audience is saying. A new record was made with the votes last night 132 million. Phillip and Jessica take the stage and are looking good in white. They admit to getting some sleep surprisingly.

Phillip sings a duet with John Fogerty, Have You Ever Seen the Rain that he covered earlier this season. Both of them are on acoustic guitar. Carrie Underwood sings along from the audience. These two really sound good together. They could honestly perform as a duet and take this show on the road. The judges are jamming along with them. Phillip announces their next duet, Bad Moon Risin’. This is so in Phillip’s wheelhouse and exactly what he should be singing.

After clips of the funnier moments from the auditions, Joshua Ledet takes the stage singing Take Me to the Pilot. Does this mean Elton John is going to be joining him in a few minutes? Nope, it’s Fantasia. And she has long straight hair and tight clothes that she shouldn’t be wearing. She looks quite different. It’s Fantasia with Mantasia. I do have to admit that they combine really well vocally. The Idol commercials cut them off when they just keep going and going. I don’t know if they ever would have stopped.

I know now I’m not the only one that gets screwed up typing Jennifer and Jessica all season. It turns out Jimmy Iovine has been getting them mixed up as well. In his taped bits he keeps calling Jennifer Jessica. It’s good to know I’m not alone. He tells Jennifer after the clips that his daughter’s name is Jessica and that’s why he gets mixed up. Well, that’s not going to prompt her to stay past this season.

The female finalists take the stage singing Ain’t Nobody. I’m shocked somewhat, as they don’t sound as good as they did the rest of the season. They launch into I’m Every Woman and Chakak Khan joins them the stage. She’s looking good, but perhaps shouldn’t wear tight clothes either. What is it with the wardrobe tonight? Someone stick it in the dryer? For some reason Ryan is sitting in Jennifer’s chair and is jamming along. Jane Lynch is jamming in the audience as well.

Ford put together a little tribute to the finalists, but the problem is, Phillip really wasn’t in the Ford shoots too much, resting up because of his health. Ford wanted to do something special for the finalists’ musical mentors, and Phillip talks again about his brother-in-law, while Jessica counts on a close family friend who has helped her musically. Ford brought the two mentors to the finale to support them. and is also giving the two of them Ford Escapes. They are excited to say the least. And for Phillip and Jessica, they also get new cars, Ford Fusions.

Rhianna takes the stage singing Where Have You Been. It’s a light show extravaganza. At the end, she shouts out, “I love you, Idol!” It’s a little surprising, but good to see her sincerity. Or is this like that part in a concert where the singer yells out, “I love you, Chicago!”

Skylar Lane starts singing good, Turn on the Radio to Steven, then walks up onstage and introduces Reba. It’s a great performance, and I’m sure it’s the thrill of a lifetime for Skylar. But seriously, all I can think of is the Saturday Night Live skit and Kenan Thompson. Jennifer is still missing from the judges’ table.

It’s a look inside Steven Tyler’s dressing room. He says he may be a rock star, yet he leads a modest life. A walk inside shows Playboy bunnies and a pet sloth. Really? Is that really his pet? He has a monkey in there as well, and a sign on his bedroom door that issues the warning, “All Who Enter Must Surrender the Booty.” On the wall is a picture with Michael Jackson and a letter from Paul McCartney. This is eclectic-ness at its best.

Jessica Sanchez takes the stage singing I Will Always Love You. It’s just as gorgeous as it was the first night. Steven sings along from the judges’ table. I’m not kidding when I say I’d really like to hear his rendition of it. I am wondering why she is getting an additional solo, one without any big stars joining her. It’s making me wonder if it’s because she won’t be singing the Idol Coronation song at the end.

The top 12 guys take the stage singing Coming to America, followed by Cracklin’ Rosie, so I’m guessing we’ll be seeing Neil Diamond at the end of this song. Yet they launch into I’m a Believer, which is great with a lead from Joshua Ledet. Finally Neil takes the stage singing Sweet Caroline. Or rather he’s talking it, as it seems his voice hasn’t held up too well over the years. Nevertheless, the man’s a legend. Phillip is curiously missing.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Season 11 Idol Winner is Announced

Tonight’s the big night on American Idol. The winner will be decided between Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez. The bigger question could be how soon Phillip heads out for his surgery, if he waits a few days or does it immediately after. If he wins, I’m guessing it’ll be after he hits the talk show circuit. Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today include Will Smith and Justin Bieber. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. MLB Baseball. Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

3. Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. Pranks include a man trying to get another to join him in a bromance, free back rubs, and going overboard to prevent littering. Rob Schneider guests playing Betty’s shrink. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. The Middle. Season finale. The Hecks aren’t surprised to be invited to Mike’s brother Rusty’s wedding, but are surprised their address is on the invitation as the location, and Brick isn’t allowed to go to a party that coincides with the same day of the wedding. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. American Idol. The winner of season 11 is announced. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. Top 5 – Killer Coasters. We hit up Six Flags Over Texas to ride the wooden badass known as the New Texas Giant, then hang on for dear life as we plunge 300 feet on world’s longest rollercoaster, the Steel Dragon in Japan. We catapult from 0 – 80 in 2 seconds on the Xcelerator at Knott’s Berry Farm in California, then speed up to 150 mph on the world’s fastest coaster – Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi, before pulling into the station in Coney Island, New York for a head-banging ride on the most legendary coaster of all time – the Cyclone! 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

7. NBA Basketball. Game 6 of Eastern Conference Semifinals. Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

8. Top 5 – Fast & Furious. We burn rubber in the dry heat of Las Vegas, hitting 150mph in an authentic NASCAR racecar at the Richard Petty Driving Experience, and then cool off zooming down a difficult and dangerous Olympic bobsled course in Park City, Utah. We take flight in Hawaii and get blown away by the intense and often uncontrollable thrill of kitesurfing. We hit the highest peak in the Northeast for a nearly-vertical black diamond ski challenge in Lake Placid, NY, and then scorch the clouds thousands of feet above California in shockingly real air-to-air fighter pilot combat. 7:30 PM CT Travel Channel

9. Modern Family. Season finale. Gloria helps Cam and Mitch pursue a second adoption, leaving Jay and Manny to babysit Lily, Alex goes to her first prom, and Haley shocks everyone with an announcement. 8:00 PM CT ABC

10. America’s Next Top Model. Highlights of the current season. 8:00 PM CT CW

11. River Monsters: Unhooked. The search through the Australian outback for a rare creature. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

12. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. Season finale. June tries to part at the same pace as Chloe, and James gets upset to find out Dean Cain’s dressing room is bigger that his. 8:30 PM CT ABC

13. South Beach Tow. Season finale.Robbie’s efforts to bring Christie back to Tremont are thwarted by an explosive attack. Bernice gets confronted by rowdy frat guys. Robbie and Jerome get more than they bargained for when attempting to tow a limo from a busy hotel. Larry and Perez crash Tremont with a shocking ultimatum. 8:30 PM CT truTV

14. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season finale. An underage escort is found dead at a high-profile bachelor party, and a forder SVU detective helps Benson and Amaro investigate. 9:00 PM CT NBC

15. Revenge. Season finale. Emily plans to finally exact her revenge, the Graysons keep self destructing, and everything is changed by an explosive event. 9:00 PM CT ABC

16. Duck Dynasty. In the first half hour, Jase and Si go after wild game for an annual family cookoff, and Phil finds things have changed at the warehouse. In the second half hour, Phil and the employees go on a company retreat, and Si finds giant snapping turtles. 9:00 PM CT A&E

17. The Soup. 9:00 PM CT E!

18. Total Blackout. A new lineup of contestants faces their fear in darkness. Who will emerge victorious? 9:00 PM CT Syfy

19. Around the World in 80 Plates. On the course in Spain, the chefs’ knife skills are tested when they work alongside local fishermen on the docks of Barcelona. As they settle into their journey, the competition starts to get fierce and the banter is not so friendly. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

20. Toddlers & Tiaras. Ava-Cate works on her booty smack, Samantha makes sure everything is perfect, and Traven excites the audience. 9:00 PM CT TLC

21. River Monsters. Jeremy Wade looks back on his past encounters with water beasts. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

22. American Restoration. An old amusement park ride gets tricked out. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

23. Locked Up Abroad. A man tries escaping one of Mexico’s most notorious prisons after getting caught smuggling. 9:00 PM CT National Geographic

24. Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew. “Rihanna.” 9:00 PM CT MTV

25. Conan. Howie Mandel, Alice Eve, and John Ramsey are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

26. Watch What Happens Live. Host Andy Cohen will get the dirt from musician John Mayer when he stops by the clubhouse on Wednesday. 10:00 PM CT Bravo

27. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Juanes 10:35 PM CT NBC