Category Archives: What’s Hot on TV

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – James Durbin on American Idol

James Durbin makes his return to the American Idol stage tonight. The rocker finished in fourth place last year and should have some good advice for this year’s crew. Check in with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today include Maya Rudolph, Josh Bowman, and Karmin. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Community. Britta wants her friends to help her stay away from her ex who is visiting, and Dean Laybourne gets Dean Pelton’s help to get Troy into the Air Conditioning Repair Anneex. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. Missing. Becca looks for clues regarding Michael’s location, while Michael plans his escape. 7:00 PM CT ABC

4. American Idol. Another contestant is eliminated. 7:00 PM CT Fox

5. NBA Basketball. Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls. 7:00 PM CT TNT

6. Dateline: Real Life Mysteries. In the first hour, twenty years after a couple were out hiking, and she fell off a cliff, the truth is revealed. In the second hour, a young detective uses her head and heart to try and beat the odds on the job. 7:00 PM CT TLC

7. Truck Stop USA. Bechtold is giving back to his best customers in a huge way. Not only will he offer truckers free cab cleanings with every fill up, he’s giving the 200th customer of Trucker Appreciation Weekend the “monster” opportunity to drive Big Foot! 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

8. Rules of Engagement. Jeff figures out Audrey uses sex to get what she wants, and Timmy and Russell make a soup spoon commercial. 7:30 PM CT CBS

9. 30 Rock. Jack gets encouragement from Liz to open up to his ill mom, Jenna goes out with a musician, and Tracy tries to convince his son to forget about college. 7:30 PM CT NBC

10. The Office. Robert makes the office hold a welcome party for Nellie, and Erin helps Andy practice breaking up with Jessica. 8:00 PM CT NBC

11. Grey’s Anatomy. Christina forces Owen to discuss the intimates details of his affair, Mark takes it seriously when he plays chief for the day, and Arizona, Callie, and Bailey plan a special evening for Teddy. 8:00 PM CT ABC

12. Touch. Martin gets involved in a young woman’s mission for vengeance, and Teller tries to fix things with his estranged daughter. 8:00 PM CT Fox

13. The First 48. In the first hour, a man gets stabbed to death in his apartment in Dallas, with police believing a woman is behind it, and an innocent man dies after a wild gunfight. In the second hour, an update on the widow of a Darfurian immigrant who was shot in his store, as she worries the three men involved might not be brought to justice. 8:00 PM CT A&E

14. Sand Masters. Rusty Croft and the sculptors must design and create a huge, animal-themed sand sculpture to promote the Cheetah Run, a new attraction at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Before digging into their work, the team explores the park’s sprawling, open-air African exhibits, get intimate with giraffes and hand feed rhinos. Then, after a broken water main threatens to flood the entire sand pile, one artist gets seriously injured while another accidentally causes part of the sculpture to collapse right in front of the client. :00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. Swamp People. Follow Bruce as he takes some tourists on one of his famous gator tours. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

16. Mary Mary. Erica and Tina pull together as they make a jaw-dropping decision that will put their financial future, personal relationships and reputation all at risk. To add to the drama, the ladies find themselves stuck in the middle of a heated argument over money between their sister/stylist Goo and manager Mitch. And to further complicate an already complicated situation, Tina is showing signs that she may be pregnant! 8:00 PM CT WE

17. Up All Night. Chris proposes to Reagan again after she loses her engagement ring, and Kevin tries to get back together with Ava. 8:30 PM CT NBC

18. Awake. Capt. Harper is worried about Britten’s interest in a tip that is linked to a case he was investigating before the accident, and Hannah gets ready for the move. 9:00 PM CT NBC

19. Scandal. Olivia protects a new client under investigation, and Quinn finds trouble. 9:00 PM CT ABC

20. Impractical Jokers. The guys go barking up the wrong tree at a pet store and take a swing as golf instructors at the driving range. 9:00 PM CT truTV

21. NBA Basketball. Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors. 9:30 PM CT TNT

22. Conan. Jim Gaffigan and Arctic Monkeys are included on the guest list tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

23. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Tim Allen, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Feist. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Top Seven Perform on American Idol

I’m ready to be wowed again on American Idol. There are a few performers that just make it really interesting to watch this year. Let’s just theye can stick around to make it interesting until the bitter end. Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today include Khloe Kardashian and Ellie Goulding. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. MLB Baseball. Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

3. Survivor: One World. Rumors about the hidden immunity idol get the survivors up in arms. 7:00 PM CT CBS

4. Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. Seniors ask for help texting an intimate message and get signatures for a petition asking that only attractive people be allowed to reproduce. 7:00 PM CT NBC

5. The Middle. Frankie is inspired the pastor of a new church who wants people to fulfill their destiny and live without regrets. 7:00 PM CT ABC

6. American Idol. The final 7 perform. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. NBA Basketball. New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

8. Best Friends Forever. Jessica handles the aftermath of butt-dialing her estranged husband, Rav is convinced by Lennon and Joe to let Jessica cook at the bar. 7:30 PM CT NBC

9. Suburgatory. Dallas’ divorce gets finalized, concerning George, Dalia makes a breakthrough with the aid of her therapist, and Ryan and Tessa go on a date. 7:30 PM CT ABC

10. Criminal Minds. The BAU reopens the case of Morgan’s presumed-dead cousin when Morgan’s sister think she sees her. 8:00 PM CT CBS

11. Rock Center with Brian Williams. The focus is on allegations Remington ignored a possible defect their guns, an Iron Workers union, and a man who books bands to play in his living room. 8:00 PM CT NBC

12. Modern Family. The family does last-minute campaigning for Claire, and she has technical difficulties during interviews. 8:00 PM CT ABC

13. America’s Next Top Model. The contestants are mentored by Lisa D’Amato as they make music videos. Jessica Sutta and Nadine Coyle are guest judges. 8:00 PM CT NBC

14. Dog the Bounty Hunter. In the first half hour, Leland questions Dog’s decision to remove Duane Lee from the team. In the second half hour, Dog believes it’s time to expose the recently graduated Cecily to the family business. 8:00 PM CT A&E

15. Ghost Hunters. Jay and Grant investigate the noise of footsteps occasionally heard in the attic of a fraternity house. They set up the electromagnetic field meter and begin calling out for their presence to be known. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

16. Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis. Jeff and Jenni move in with a life coach (who needs some coaching of her own) in Pasadena and force her to confront issues that go far beyond her poor design choices. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

17. Man v Food Nation. In the first half hour, Adam Richman is in Charlotte, N.C. for a 4-tier cheeseburger, the steaming and glistening signature fried chicken and to coach a college freshman take down the Big Eats challenge. In the second half hour, he’s in Jackson, Miss. for fall off the bone BBQ, an all you can eat comfort food buffet and an authentic southern sandwich, the Po Boy. He also coaches a vegetarian through an all-meat encounter with the Whammy Challenge! 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

18. Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy. Find out why Larry the Cable Guy might be looking for hazard pay on his series. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

19. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. June gets scammed by her new roommate Chloe, then decides to dod the same right back to her, earning the new roomie’s respect. 8:30 PM CT ABC

20. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. A man Stokes helped put away is going to have his conviction overturned, so the team tries to prove his guilt before he’s a free man. 9:00 PM CT CBS

21. Rock Center with Brian Williams. One of Det. Benson’s old cases is reopened because of a rape investigation, and with her work being more scrutinized, her relationship with Exec. ADA David Haden is jeopardized. 9:00 PM CT NBC

22. Revenge. A recap of the story up to this point. 9:00 PM CT ABC

23. Psych. After twenty years, Shawn, Gus, and Henry get a case reopened when a body is found. 9:00 PM CT USA

24. Duck Dynasty. In the first half hour, Pesky beavers keep escaping, and Miss Katy runs a local restaurant in a trial run to see if she could run her own place. In the second half hour, Willie wants to build the world’s largest duck call for the company’s fortieth anniversary, and Miss Kay considers a new home. 9:00 PM CT A&E

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

26. Hot in Cleveland. With the ladies celebrating their birthdays, Elka believes her date is Santa Claus, Victoria gets back together with Captain Lebeau, Melanie’s has a high-pitched voice, and Joy dates a man who has just left the priesthood. 9:00 PM CT E!

27. South Park. Butters is bullied by an unlikely source. 9:00 PM CT Comedy Central

28. Monster Man. Jason “Wee-Man” Acuna guest stars and the team is finding it difficult to create a cast using from his own head as he cannot seem to remain still. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

29. South Beach Tow. Bernice and Jerome venture deep into the Everglades on the hunt for their missing coworkers. 9:00 PM CT truTV

30. Million Dollar Listing New York. Far beyond real estate, our favorite agents handle co-worker problems, romance issues and more in the cut-throat NYC market. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

31. Toddlers & Tiaras. Gabby, Alaska, and local contender Ava vie for the Fairytale Winter Pageant title. 9:00 PM CT TLC

32. Baggage Battles. Viewers get a glimpse into the very profitable business of bidding, buying and reselling unclaimed luggage and other items. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

33. Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew. The crews create their first routines around Britney Spears hits. 9:00 PM CT MTV

34. Happily Divorced. Frank comes to terms with not having children, and Peter agrees to donate sperm so an old pal can have kids. 9:30 PM CT TVLand

35. Ugly Americans. Millions of fans follow a big pop star who turns into a zombie, and Mark makes friends with one of the zombies, and Randall has to deal with his jealousy. 9:30 PM CT Comedy Central

36. NBA Basketball. Golden State Warriors at Portland Trailblazers. 9:30 PM CT ESPN

37. Conan. Lena Dunham, Larry David, and Craig Morgan are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

38. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Jim Gaffigan, and Kaiser Chiefs. 10:00 PM CT CBS

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Big Easy Justice

It seems that New Orleans is following me. While there for the weekend for my niece’s wedding, Cops focused their episode on NOLA. And now, just hours after returning home, it’s the debut of Big Easy Justice on Spike TV. The series focuses on a bounty hunter chasing the bigger criminals throughout the city. I think he might have his work cut out for him. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today include Jane Lynch, Alison Sweeney, and Bonnie Raitt. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. NBA Basketball. Boston Celtics at Miami Heat. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

3. NCIS. Tony heads to Colombia to aid Ziva and her mentor in a search for a missing Marine lieutenant, and Jimmy Palmer picks his best man. 7:00 PM CT CBS

4. The Biggest Loser. It’s back at the White House tomorrow to join Michelle Obama for a workout! The First Lady is a big fan and shares some healthy living tips in the included interview. 7:00 PM CT NBC

5. Last Man Standing. Ed and Mike have second thoughts about having Kyle on their team in an annual sports competition, and Vanessa is overheard saying she doesn’t want to go to Eve’s soccer game and Mandy’s school play. 7:00 PM CT ABC

6. Glee. Cooper, Blaine’s big time actor brother visits Lima. Matt Bomer guest stars 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. Cougar Town. Jules worries her wedding won’t be perfect if she allows Travis to be the photographer, and Bobby and Angie take the next step in their relationship. 7:30 PM CT ABC

8. NCIS: Los Angeles. An ex-Marine is suspected of creating a chemical bomb, and the team help Nate Getz and the FBI investigate. 8:00 PM CT CBS

9. The Voice. Live results with both Cee-Lo Green and Adam Levine losing some of their team. 8:00 PM CT NBC

10. Dancing with the Stars. KISS and the GOTAN Project perform, and the third couple will be eliminated. 7:00 PM CT ABC

11. Ringer. Catherine’s scheme to drive apart Andrew and Bridget, who is posing as Siobhan, doesn’t go off as planned. 8:00 PM CT CW

12. New Girl. Jess is a Nervous Nelly when she invites Russell to the loft for the entire weekend, and Winston gets hired at a sports radio station. 8:00 PM CT Fox

13. Beyond Belief. Near-death experiences and famous mediums. 9:00 PM CT OWN

14. The Real Housewives of Orange County. Alexis’ husband Jim wants her to give up her career to be a stay-at-home wife & mother. Then, things get tense when Gretchen’s friend Sarah confronts Vicki at a bowling party. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

15. Dance Moms: Miami. Lucas gets the starring role in the group performance, Susan’s outbursts affect the studio, and Hannah and Sammy try to prove themselves. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

16. Raising Hope. Nancy Grace does a story on Hope’s mom and interviews each member of the Chance family, with shocking developments being revealed. 8:30 PM CT Fox

17. Hardcore Pawn. Les and Seth eye a $20,000 sale when a client requests a custom diamond ring be made in 24 hours. It’s a break-neck deadline, but with all hands on deck, the cash is as good as theirs. But when Ashley derails the project for her own selfish needs, no one can stop Seth from going after her. 8:30 PM CT truTV

18. NBA Basketball. New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls. 8:30 PM CT ESPN

19. Unforgettable. Carrie and Al try to stop a deranged conspiracy theorist for blowing off a series of bombs. 9:00 PM CT CBS

20. Fashion Star. The contestants decorate blank window spaces with live models and their collections. 9:00 PM CT NBC

21. Body of Proof. Megan is put in a position to be face-to-face with a serial killer she helped put away. 9:00 PM CT ABC

22. Justified. On Raylan’s way to a bloody final showdown, he sets out to go after everyone he holds responsible. 9:00 PM CT FX

23. Big Easy Justice. In New Orleans, Tat-2 is the top dog of bounty hunters in the gritty underworld of post-Katrina New Orleans. He hunts down some of the city’s most elusive criminals and bring them back to justice. With 12 years of bounty hunting under his belt, Tat-2 has brought back more than 10,000 fugitives to jail, whose crimes range from armed robbery, murder, drug possession, domestic abuse and assault, among other crimes. 9:00 PM CT Spike

24. Dream Machines. Brothers Marc and Shanon Parker have dreamed up some of the world’s most impossible vehicles inspired by movies, science-fiction and comic books and turned them into on-the-road realities. In tonight’s premiere episode, the Parker Brothers build a dream machine specially designed for rapper, 50 Cent. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

25. The Little Couple. In the first half hour, it’s Christmas with the Kleins. In the second half hour, life is stressful because of the holidays and the surrogacy attempt, and the Kleins head to the beach. 9:00 PM CT TLC

26. Top Shot. The Blue team comes together and agrees ona clear strategy to bring them a win in this difficult challenge. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

27. Love for Sail. A woman juggles two men who are interested in her, and two women fight over the same man. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

28. Best Ink. The artist creates a tattoo to represent a life-changing event for a client. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

29. Conan. Phil Robertson, Willie Robertson, and M. Ward are tonight’s guests. 10:35 PM TBS

30. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Tonight’s guests include Sean Hayes, Jim Gaffigan, and Shooter Jennings. 10:35 PM NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Quiet Easter Eve

It’s a quiet Easter Eve on TV tonight. The Ten Commandments is showing on ABC, as it does every year, and there’s a new Saturday Night Live with Sofia Vergara hosting, which should be a lot of fun. It’s alright with me for it to be kind of quiet, though, as I’m in New Orleans celebrating my niece’s wedding. Cops airs tonight too, and they’re actually in the Big Easy. Hoping not to see any family there.

1. NHL Hockey.Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings. 12:00 PM CT NBC

2. WTA Tennis. Semifinal of Family Circle Cup from Charleston, SC. 12:00 PM CT ESPN2

3. About Last Night. Yet another 80s classic, which I think is pretty definitive of young relationships form that time. 1:00 PM CT TVLand

4. 2012 Masters Tournament. Third round of the Shell Houston Open fro Redstone Golf Club in Humble, TX. 2:30 PM CT CBS

5. Mary Poppins. Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke star in this Oscar-winning Disney classic. 3:00 PM CT ABC Family

6. Horse Racing. The races leading up to the Kentucky Derby, the Wood Memorial from Aqueduct Racetrack, Santa Anita Derby from Santa Anita Park, and Ashland Stakes from Keeneland Race Course. 3:30 PM CT NBC

7. The Ten Commandments. Nothing to do for the next four hours and forty-four minutes? Here ya go. 6:00 PM CT ABC

8. Escape Routes. The teams take on New YOrk, tasked with finding iconic scenes to have their picture taken. 7:00 PM CT NBC

9. Cops. New Orleans cops race to nab a suspect, find a couple with drug paraphernalia, and question a man involved in a domestic dispute. 7:00 PM CT Fox

10. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. “The Social Edition.” 7:00 PM CT Bravo

11. Undercover Boss: Abroad. The bosses at Best Western, Great Souther Rail, and Boost Juice go undercover in their own companies. 7:00 PM CT TLC

12. Must Love Cats. Teaching cats to swim, jewelry made from cat fur, a cat hotel, and litter box inventions. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

13. NBA Basketball. Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

14. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s. The oldest grandson of Miss Robbie would like to move into her home, Tim deals with Jenae’s wedding planning venture, and a new assistant manager is hired. 8:00 PM CT OWN

15. Tanked: Unfiltered. In the first hour a 1,000-gallon tank design, shark diving, and a phone booth aquarium. In the second hour, a feeding tube construction, and elaborate engagement propsal. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

16. The Smurfs. Those little blue people find their way to a full-length movie, with Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, JOnathan Winters, Alan Cumming, and Katy Perry. 8:00 PM CT

17. 48 Hours Mystery. A dan is suspected of running his daughter down in a parking lot in Arizona just to restore the family’s honor. 9:00 PM CT CBS

18. Beverly’s Full House. Beverly Beverly and Anansa try to improve their relationship with the help of a life coach. 9:00 PM CT OWN

19. NBA Basketball. Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors. 9:30 PM CT ESPN

20. Q’Viva! The Chosen. Marc has a suprise planned for the finalists when they arrive in Vegas. 10:00 PM CT Fox

21. Saturday Night Live. Sofia Vergara is the guest host, and One Direction the musical guest. 10:30 PM CT NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Impractical Jokers

If you haven’t seen Impractical Jokers yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. Four guys set each other up in situations with a hidden microphone. They challenge each other to do and say outrageous things to strangers, and if they fail out of embarrassment, they have to do something even more embarrassing. It’s a riot. Check in with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The View. Christie Brinkley, Jill Zarin, and Kerry Washington are the guests. 10:00 AM CT ABC

2. Caddyshack. It’s hard to believe it’s been more than thirty years since this movie was out. There isn’t any part of this movie that isn’t fun. 10:45 AM CT Comedy Central

3. Bridesmaids. It’s the ladies’ answer to Hangover starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Melissa McCarthy. 10:45 AM CT HBO2

4. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today include Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rascal Flatts, and Kym Douglas. 10:00 AM CT ABC

5. NBA Basketball. New York Knicks at Orlando Magic. 6:00 PM CT TNT

6. The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon tries to meet Stephen Hawking who is working when Wolowitz. 7:00 PM CT CBS

7. Community. A war breaks out on campus over pillows and blankets, and Jeff tries to negotiate. 7:00 PM CT NBC

8. Missing. Becca’s CIA mentor joins the search for Paull’s assassin, and Michael gets warned of what will happen if he tries to escape. 7:00 PM CT ABC

9. American Idol. Another contestant is eliminated. 7:00 PM CT Fox

10. Dateline: Real Life Mysteries. In the first hour, a 6-year-old walking to school from his SoHo home goes missing. In the second hour, a A math teacher and her daughter are kidnapped and locked in a closet for fifty-three days by a former student. 7:00 PM CT TLC

11. Truck Stop USA. Truck Stop proprietor, Joe Bechtold, pulls out all the stops to make his truck stop the next great American tourist destination. In the first half hour, he’s tasked with hosting the Epic Mudrun Race at Midway and mapping potential course routes and obstacle locations for the race. In the second half hour, he gathers his managers outside the diner before a large-scale bike rally begins to give them the lowdown on the event. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

12. Rules of Engagement. Audrey raises money to help her maid get surgery, then finds out she misunderstood the reason the cash was needed. 7:30 PM CT CBS

13. Person of Interest. Reese and Finch believe Elias is targeting his competition when the machines names off the dons of the crime families in New York. 8:00 PM CT CBS

14. Grey’s Anatomy. Lives and relationships are put in danger because of an escaped lion, Lexie over hears Mark mentioning moving in with Julia, Teddy tries to accept Henry’s death, and Callie asks Arizona about the relationships in her past. 8:00 PM CT ABC

15. Touch. Martin meets a man who shares a history with his late wife, A couple in the instrument-repair business works with a band from Iraq, and the band’s teenage fan whares to share his talent for comedy with a U.S. soldier. 8:00 PM CT Fox

16. The First 48. A grandfather in Dallas is murdered and robbed in his bedroom, and Miami drive-by leads to an innocent young woman dying. 8:00 PM CT A&E

17. Tent City U.S.A.. A community in Nashville is formed by homeless people. 8:00 PM CT OWN

18. Sand Masters. A group of artists travel the world creating unimaginable sand masterpieces on a massive scale. In the first half hour, Rusty Croft and the sand sculpting team help an eccentric hotel owner draw a crowd during the annual Fantasy Fest celebration in Key West, Florida. In the second half hour, the sand sculpting team hits the Las Vegas strip to create a huge cowboy-themed sand sculpture for rodeo champion Gary Leffew to celebrate the National Finals Rodeo. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

19. Swamp People. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

20. Mary Mary. Erica and Tina are in hustle mode as they prepare for their fast-approaching tour, but it’s putting undue stress on Erica’s pregnancy and Tina’s relationships with her family. Unwilling to slow down, Erica starts to experience early contractions and is dangerously close to going into pre-term labor. Meanwhile, Tina’s husband Teddy accuses her of not putting enough effort into their relationship. Erica and Tina now face a difficult decision about their tour which may have dire consequences for Mary Mary. 8:00 PM CT WE

21. Up All Night. Chris gets jealous as Reagan begins working closely with Luke, and after finding out her rival will also be competing in a run for charity, Ava hires a trainer. Steven Pasquale, Fred Armisen, and Megan Mullally guest star. 8:30 PM CT NBC

22. NBA Basketball. Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls. 8:30 PM CT TNT

23. The Mentalist. The search is on for a killer who targeted a will-liked teacher, Cho and Summer hid their relationship, and Rigsby gets a special delivery. 9:00 PM CT CBS

24. Awake. Det. Britten is unexpectedly led to collaborating with Dr. Lee in a hostage situation, and Bird has worries about Britten’s lack of sleep. 9:00 PM CT NBC

25. Scandal. On her first day at a new job with a crisis management firm, a young lawyer has to deal with the president of the US being accused. 9:00 PM CT ABC

26. The First 48: Missing Persons. An aspiring model’s disappearance could be due to an online predator, and police hurry to find a mentally disabled man before he becomes a street violence victim. 9:00 PM CT A&E

27. Impractical Jokers. Four friends compete to embarrass each other in the ultimate hidden camera showdown. The guys put their green thumbs to the test as workers in a garden center, demonstrate how NOT to save lives as CPR instructors, and they’re full of baloney working a deli counter. 9:00 PM CT truTV

28. NBA Basketball. Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers. 9:30 PM CT TNT

29. Conan. Aziz Ansari, Christina Hendricks, and Good Old War are included on the guest list tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

30. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Zac Efron, Grace Potter, and the Nocturnals. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Top 8 Perform on American Idol

The top eight on American Idol perform tonight, and it will definitely be a lot calmer without the silliness of Heejun Han. Not that I minded it at all, and I agree with Stevie Nicks that Heejun was just so afraid of failing that he treated it like a joke to protect himself. Expect more of that this week. Everyone is so good this year that the person that will leave will most likely be another person that has a great voice, but just doesn’t totally get the idea. Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. Live ! With Kelly. Peter Facinelli is the guest cohost, and Johnny Galecki is the guest. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Drillbit Taylor. Owen Wilson stars as an ex-soldier who agrees to protect a group of kids against the school bully in order to make some quick money. 11:00 AM CT Comedy Central

3. Backdraft. You can’t lose with this cast, Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, and Robert DeNiro. And op top of that, Ron Howard directs. 1:00 PM CT AMC

4. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today include Emma Stone, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, and Time Salaz. Syndicated, check local listings.

5. MLB Baseball. St. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

6. Survivor: One World. 7:00 PM CT CBS

7. Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. Series Premiere. Seniors playing pranks on young people. 7:00 PM CT NBC

8. One Tree Hill. Old faces come together for the tenth anniversary of Tric. 7:00 PM CT CW

9. American Idol. The final 8 perform. 7:00 PM CT Fox

10. NBA Basketball. Oklahoma City at Miami Heat. 7:00 PM CT ESPN2

11. Best Friends Forever. Series Premiere. Jessica is served divorce papers, then moves back in with her old roommate in Brooklyn, and gets criticized by her 9-year-old neighbor. 7:30 PM CT NBC

12. Criminal Minds. Gothic, ritualistic murders in Oregon are investigated. 8:00 PM CT CBS

13. Bent. In the first half hour, Walt has his mind set on winning back Pete’s mom, and Alex is concerned Pet has gone back to his old habits. In the second half hour, Alex has a romantic dream bout Pete while on a trip with Ben, Walt gets ready for his latest theater production debut, and Gary shares his feelings with Screwsie. 8:00 PM CT NBC

14. Dog the Bounty Hunter. In the first half hour, Leland questions Dog’s decision to remove Duane Lee from the team. In the second half hour, Dog believes it’s time to expose the recently graduated Cecily to the family business. 8:00 PM CT A&E

15. Ghost Hunters International. The team investigates and old warehouse where a man’s face is often seen appearing from the window of the second floor. Catch the sneak peek for the Season Finale of Ghost Hunters International and watch as Joe and Paul are startled by a loud noise they hear from the main floor. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

16. Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis. Jeff and Jenni show up at TV personality Ross Matthews’ house, but they rub Ross the wrong way by siding with his partner. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

17. Amazing Eats. “Classic Comfort Food.” 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

18. Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy. Find out why Larry the Cable Guy might be looking for hazard pay on his series. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

19. Happy Endings. The gang attends Derrick and Eric’s wedding, Grad attempts to share something important with Jane, and Penny meets a cute guy online. Brian Austin Green guest stars. 8:30 PM CT ABC

20. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. It’s one killer that no one can catch. 9:00 PM CT CBS

21. Rock Center with Brian Williams. 9:00 PM CT NBC

22. Psych. Shawn and Gus are hired by a Southern chef who has been wrongly convinced after the Innocence Project sets him free. 9:00 PM CT USA

23. Duck Dynasty. Willie is irritated that Phil and Jase would rather hunt and fish then do Duck Commander business, and Willie helps out on a cooking video with Miss Kay. 9:00 PM CT A&E

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

25. South Park. 9:00 PM CT Comedy Central

26. Monster Man. the team draw sketches for creating a mega spider and produces larger than life patterns and begins to cut pieces out of foam. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

27. South Beach Tow. Robbie, Senior, and Perez head to the Everglades to repo an airboat, where they are confronted by a duo of machete-wielding farmers. And, Bernice clashes with Jerome after her altercation with a vehicle owner ends with a car door being torn off its hinges. 9:00 PM CT truTV

28. Million Dollar Listing New York. What do you do when you can’t sell real estate in New York City? Bring in the MODELS! 9:00 PM CT Bravo

29. Toddlers & Tiaras. Shian and Isabella compete against Paisley for the title 9:00 PM CT TLC

30. The Challenge: Battle of the Exes. Reunion. 9:00 PM CT MTV

31. Ugly Americans. Mark is conflicted over his relationship with Callie, and it’s tested further when they are asked to go on a dangerous mission to the city of Atlantis. 9:30 PM CT Comedy Central

32. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers. 9:30 PM CT ESPN

33. Conan. Seann William Scott, Maria Menounos, and Heartless Bastards are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

34. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Kiefer Sutherland, Eugene Levy, and Nicki Minaj. 10:00 PM CT CBS

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – DWTS and Voice Eliminations

Tonight is the first result show of the season for The Voice and the second one for Dancing with the Stars. The dancing show usually amounts to nothing but fluff until the last five minutes, but I’m not sure how The Voice will pan out tonight. I suspect they’ll have the results a little more spread out throughout the hour. You can probably save some DVR space by flipping back and forth. You definitely don’t want to miss what type of rug Cee-Lo Green is wearing tonight, though. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The View. Nikki Haley, Randy Jackson, and Tori Spelling are today’s guests. 10:00 AM CT ABC

2. Spaceballs. This is a great Mel Brooks classic, parodying Star Wars among many others. Brooks stars in the movie as well, along with John Candy and Rick Moranis. 10:15 AM CT ActionMax

3. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today include Andrew Garfield, Edie Falco, and Mo Isom. Syndicated, check local listings.4. Flipped. Very charming movie about two neighbor kids who fall in love, but not at the same time. 4:00 PM CT HBO Family

5. NBA Basketball. Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat. 6:30 PM CT NBA TV

6. The Biggest Loser. It’s Makeover Week! After an incredible transformation, the players head to the White House to meet the First Lady. 7:00 PM CT NBC

7. Last Man Standing. Ed and Mike have second thoughts about having Kyle on their team in an annual sports competition, and Vanessa is overheard saying she doesn’t want to go to Eve’s soccer game and Mandy’s school play. 7:00 PM CT ABC

8. Raising Hope. Virginia convinces Jimmy that Sabrina and her new study buddy are dong more than homework, and Burt gets obsessive over a wall figurine. 7:00 PM CT Fox

9. Cougar Town. Jules worries her wedding won’t be perfect if she allows Travis to be the photographer, and Bobby and Angie take the next step in their relationship. 7:30 PM CT ABC

10. The Voice. Live results with both Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton losing some of their team. 8:00 PM CT NBC

11. Dancing with the Stars. The second couple will be eliminated. 7:00 PM CT ABC

12. Ringer. Siobhan hears Bridget accusing Henry of murder, and Catherine tries everything she can to get closer to Andrew. 8:00 PM CT CW

13. New Girl. Jess and Cece’s friendship is tested when Jess finds Cece has been holding a secret, Winston has a hard time being the only one to know the secret, and Nick looks for dating advice from Schmidt. 8:00 PM CT Fox

14. The Real Housewives of Orange County. Vicki finally gets some answers about Briana’s health, while the rest of the ladies participate in a “mud run” for charity. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

15. Top Gear. Tanner talks about what it’s like to drive on a wet track with Adam. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

16. Dance Moms. Abby’s team competes at regionals and for Joffrey Ballet scholarship, and Cathy and the Candy Apples enter the competition. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

17. Breaking In. After finding out Molly has a crush on him, Oz loooks for advice from Cash on how to drive off women. 8:30 PM CT Fox

18. Hardcore Pawn. Seth makes a major mistake that could lead the store to a financial disaster. As he scrambles to find a solution, Ashley rats him out to Les and creates a war zone. But later, when Seth lets a major transaction go down in flames, Les steps in and saves the day. Now, it’s Seth who must answer for the failure. 8:30 PM CT truTV

19. Fashion Star. The contestants make high-end garments and mass-market items, on one of them faces not getting a bid from retailers. 9:00 PM CT NBC

20. Body of Proof. The team needs to determine how to treat the illness as more and more people get sick and end up dying. 9:00 PM CT ABC

21. Justified. Raylan closes in on Quarles, who is becoming even more unpredictable, and Boyd starts an alliance with Dickie Bennett in a last attempt to get Mags’ fortune. 9:00 PM CT FX

22. Beyond Belief. Inspirational children who overcome adversity. 9:00 PM CT OWN

23. Tabatha Takes Over. For Tabatha’s final takeover of the season, she must save a failing B&B…that doesn’t serve breakfast. It’s made worse by an owner who’s stuck in old-Hollywood ways. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

24. The Little Couple. In the first half hour, Bill and Jen travel to California again to transfer embryos to their surrogate. In the second half hour, Bill needs to renovate the new pet store, Judy helps him interview potential employees, and Jen gives an opinion on the design. 9:00 PM CT TLCBill needs to renovate and hire employees for his new pet store; Judy helps Bill interview potential employees and Jen gives her opinion on the design.

25. Top Shot. Both Red and Blue struggle to master the crossbow in this elimination challenge. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

26. Best Ink. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

27. NBA Basketball. New Jersey Nets at Los Angeles Lakers. 9:30 PM CT NBA TV

28. Conan. Tonight’s guests include Mike Tyson, Chris Elliott, and Cy Amundson. 10:35 PM TBS

29. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Tonight’s guests include Maya Rudolph and Jason Biggs. 10:35 PM NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – New Orleans, the Place to Celebrate

Who’s going to win the NCAA basketball championship tonight, Kentucky or Kansas? It’s all going down tonight in New Orleans, which has to be the place to be to celebrate. The winning side will be hitting Bourbon Street tonight, I’m sure. I’ll be there celebrating in a couple of days as well, but I won’t be celebrating a championship. I’ll be celebrating my niece’s wedding. I guarantee you we’ll be celebrating on the streets. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly. Mark Consuelos is guest cohost, with Jason Biggs and Heejun Han as the guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. THe guests today include Colin Farrell, Seann William Scott, and Lionel Richie. Syndicated, check local listings.

3. Bruce Almighty. Morgan Freeman plays God and gives Jim Carrey as a TV reporter some of his powers. He’s just hoping it helps him in his relationship with Jennifer Aniston, but does try to do things the right way and help the people who need it … eventually. 3:45PM CT MoreMAx

4. The Voice. It’s finally our turn to decide who advances to the next round. Social Media Correspondent Christina Milian tells you how to vote for your favorite artists during the live rounds in the video below. 7:00 PM CT NBC

5. Dancing with the Stars. The celebrities perform their third dance of the season. 7:00 PM CT ABC

6. Gossip Girl. Chuck wants to show his appreciation to Jack, Dan and Blair find unexpected obstacles trying to take their new relationship to the next level, Ivy gets an ally, and Nate looks for an investor. 7:00 PM CT CW

7. Bones. A sewer exposes the remains of an escaped convict, yet the investigation shows the man died while imprisoned, and despite unconventional circumstances, Brennan gives birth 7:00 PM CT Fox

8. Oprah’s Lifeclass: Tour. Getting past your fears to achieve your dreams 7:00 PM CT OWN

9. The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Amy chooses to attend summer school instead of working, and Dyland and Ben’s parents won’t let them see each other. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

10. Basketball Wives. 7:00 PM CT VH1

11. NBA Basketball. Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls. 7:00 PM CT NBA TV

12. College Basketball. Final in the NCAA Basketball Tournament from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. 8:00 PM CT CBS

13. House. An Army vet refuses treatment unless he and his brother get info about their father who has passed away, and Adams looks for help after she begins to suspect House is sick. 8:00 PM CT Fox

14. Being Human. Josh asks Sally what he should do about the secret he’s holding from Julia. Could Josh’s wolf horrifically destroy the thing he loves most? 8:00 PM CT Syfy

15. Make It or Break It. Coach McIntire’s decision to pair up the gymnasts becomes very demanding on them, and Kaylie is encouraged to think about life post-Olympics. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

16. Smash. The team begins their pursuit of a marquee star, as Eileen charges Tom and Julia with finding a title for the newly reinvigorated musical. 9:00 PM CT NBC

17. Castle. Castle and Beckett team up with a Scotland Yard detective to look into the murder of his friend’s daughter, and Lanie tries to convince Beckett to make a move on Castle. 9:00 PM CT ABC

18. Intervention. A former model tries to escape the pain of a cruel and neglectful family with vodka, and a former cell prodigy can’t get away from the feelings of failure . 9:00 PM CT A&E

19. Lost Girl. Saskia unexpectedly drops by to see Bo and tries to convince her to a night on the town but Bo declines. Watch the sneak peek as tensions heat up when Saskia doesn’t quite know when to quit. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

20. Operation Repo. Despite Lyndah and Sonia’s objections, Lou re-hires an old friend, while Matt and Froy get in way over their heads on a Texas repo. This enormously popular series follows outrageous encounters in the high-pressure world of car repossession. Lou and his team are back on the job, hitching up cars, trucks and other big-ticket items after the property owners reportedly fail to make payments. 9:00 PM CT truTV

21. Bethenny Ever After. Bethenny deals with constant press attacks, but takes time to get some joking parenting advice from ‘Ellen.’ 9:00 PM CT Bravo

22. Bad Girls Club: Las Vegas. Two new roommates enter the house, and one is accused of being the weakest bad girl ever, and Gia can’t decide between two men. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

23. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Betty White, DJ Pauly D, and Eric Hutchinson. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Full Sunday Night of TV

Get those DVRs warmed up now. There is tons of exciting programming on tonight. There’s a special three-hour Celebrity Apprentice, the CMA Awards, season premieres of Game of Thrones and The Killing, and season finales of Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication. There’s also a series premiere of Mary and Rhoda on Hallmark for all you Mary Tyler Moore fans. The only thing I’ll be missing is The Amazing Race. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. NHL Hockey. Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins. 11:30 AM CT NBC

2. NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup. Goody’s Fast Relief 500 from Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville. 11:30 AM CT Fox

3. ATP Tennis. Men’s Final of Sony Ericcson Open. 12:00 PM CT CBS

4. NBA Basketball. Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder. 12:00 PM CT ABC

5. Tropic Thunder. Actors in a war movie find themselves in the middle of the Vietnamese jungle, not acting anymore. It was much better than I thought it would be. Stars Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., and Jack Black. Tom Cruise is nearly unrecognizable here. 1:00 PM CT FX

6. PGA Tour Golf. Final Round of Shell Houston Open from Redstone Golf Club in Humble, TX. 2:00 PM CT NBC

7. NBA Basketball. Miami Heat at Boston Celtics. 2:30 PM CT ABC

8. High School Basketball. American Family Insurance National Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championship from New Orleans. 3:30 PM CT CBS9. 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. 4:45 PM CT TNT

10. NBA Basketball. Denver Nuggets at Orlando Magic. 5:00 PM CT NBA TV

11. Dateline NBC. To solve the case of a missing young man, detective connect previously assumed random crimes. 6:00 PM CT NBC

12. The Cleveland Show. Cleveland makes Donna jealous when he gets close to a coworker, and Cleveland Jr. and Rallo get the attention of a music producer with music video they create. 6:30 PM CT Fox

13. The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton host from the MGM GRand Garden Arena in Vegas. 7:00 PM CT CBS

14. The Celebrity Apprentice. The celebrities face two tasks: creating a limited edition My New York celebrity guidebook and promoting a Walgreens walking kit. 7:00 PM CT NBC

15. Once Upon a Time. Emma looks to prove Mary Margaret’s innocence in the murder of Kathryn, and the source of the queen’s dislike of Snow White is revealed. 7:00 PM CT ABC

16. Mary and Rhoda. Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper, reunite as their popular alter egos, Mary Richards and Rhoda Morgenstern. Mary finds herself single after the death of her husband and Rhoda is in the same boat after her divorce. Now both single with college-age daughters, they’re taking on New York City and the daunting challenges of motherhood and finding new careers at a difficult time to be on their own. 7:00 PM CT Hallmark

17. Jerseylicious. Gayle’s product line upgrade is hijacked, a crisis tests Tracy and Corey’s romance, and a staffer gets pregnant. 7:00 PM CT Style

18. Mob Wives. Renee faces both Junior and her dad going to jail, and rumors circle the streets of Staten Island about Junior surrendering. 7:00 PM CT VH1

19. The Killing. Season premiere. Based on the Danish television series “Forbrydelson,” “The Killing” follows the police investigation of a young girl’s murder in Seattle and the hunt for her killer. 7:00 PM CT AMC

20. Bob’s Burgers. Jimmy Pesto gets a high score on a burger-flipping video and insults Bob, leading to Bob hen becoming obsessed with the game. 7:30 PM CT Fox

21. Desperate Housewives. Susan finds out Mike has a secret, Bree becomes the prime suspect in Gaby’s stepfather’s murder, Gaby finds a path to a higher commission at work, and Tom’s girlfriend tries to make sure his divorce gets finalized. 8:00 PM CT ABC

22. Family Guy. Peter creates and stars in a children’s show after his favorite show is cancelled, and Meg becomes an intern at the hospital. 8:00 PM CT Fox

23. Oprah’s Next Chapter. Oprah visits the South Carolina mom who killed her baby boys. 8:00 PM CT OWN

24. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. NeNe travels to LA to meet with the creators of the hit TV show Glee and entertains the idea of moving to the West Coast permanently. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

25. Long Island Medium. In the first half hour, Theresa’s workout is interfered with by spirits, and after a reading she has an emotional breakdown. In the second half hour, a vet visit is more than a checkup, and Theresa does a reading for a couple who are looking to hear from their son. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

26. River Monsters. Jeremy searches the Indian River Lagoon in Florida for a modern-dan Jaws, and looks for underwater predators in the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

27. Ax Men. Jimmy and boat builder Steve Livingston construct a monster of a log boat, complete with top-of-the-line equipment. Watch as their creation takes shape. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

28. Army Wives. David and a classmate have a sports accident, Trevor and Roxy mediate the relationship of a soldier and his wife, and Claudia Joy’s relationship with Denise is affected by her dislike of Jackie. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

29. Snapped. A woman from Ohio and her boyfriend pul the blame for her roommates’ deaths on each other. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

30. My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. Bride Amber wants a wedding filled with peace, love and the color red- yet her ideas are all over the place! Sunflowers, peace signs and pink bridesmaid dresses just don’t add up. David knows this wedding needs a definite direction – not to mention a whole new venue. David decides to paint the whole wedding red and make Amber’s big day truly unforgettable. 8:00 PM CT WE

31. Big Rich Texas. Pam is accuses of getting plastic surgery, Connie and DeAynni disagree about a charity auction, Kalyn and Tyler have a secret relationship, and Whitney challenges nasty rumors. 8:00 PM CT Style

32. Worst Cooks in America. The aspiring cooks make three-course menus for David Burke, Marcus Samuelsson, and Susan Fenigner. 8:00 PM CT Food Network

33. NBA Basketball. Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland Trailblazers. 8:00 PM CT NBA TV

34. Game of Thrones. Season premiere. Tyrion counsels Joffrey in King’s Landing, Stannis Baratheon plans to claim his late brother’s throne with an invasion, Daenerys and her three dragons look for allies and water, and Bran presides over Winterfell 8:00 PM CT HBO

35. Shameless. Frank plots to break Monica out, Jimmy gets back in Fiona’s good graces, Lip and Sheila try to do what’s right, and Ian and Ned run into each other. 8:00 PM CT Showtime

36. American Dad. After finding out Francine was unfaithful before they got married, Stan goes back in time to find out if Hayley is his biological daughter. 8:30 PM CT Fox

37. GCB. Heather gets her new love interest’s help to get Sheryl Crow to perform at the annual church fundraiser, and Amanda and Carlene come up with a new reason to not get along. 9:00 PM CT ABC

38. Breakout Kings. The team tries to figure out how an inmate pulled off the perfect crime without leaving prison. 9:00 PM CT A&E

39. Khloe and Lamar. Lamar’s trade rumors become a reality, and Khloe goes to New York. 9:00 PM CT E!

40. Jo Koy: Lights Out. The comedian covers joys and struggles of fatherhood, opinionated Filipino women, and more. 9:00 PM CT Comedy Central

41. Oprah Presents Master Class. The focus is on Grant Hill. 9:00 PM CT OWN

42. Shahs of Sunset. Reza Farahan released a battle cry to #PutAMustacheOnIt this past week, and it’s taking off! And this coming Sunday, Reza teaches us another valuable lesson…never give an exotic beauty with a fiery temper access to knives. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

43. Leave It to Niecy. In the first half hour, Niecy tries to find her a new hobby away from her obsession with boys and celebrates her own six-month wedding anniversary. In the second half hour, Niecy bans technology in the home and takes everyone on a vacation in the mountains. 9:00 PM CT TLC

44. Full Metal Jousting. Paula Suda and Josh Knowles put their friendship aside and go head to head in the first quarterfinal joust. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

45. Coming Home. A soldier poses as a member of the University of Hawaii marching band to surprise his son. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

46. Mad Men. Peggy gets a new responsibility, and Don and Harry indulge a client. 8:00 PM CT AMC

47. House of Lies. Marty the Pod arrange a last minute reprieve, Jeannie comes to a decision about Wes, and Roscoe makes a choice that could alter his life. 9:00 PM CT Showtime

48. Ice Loves Coco. Coco lands a guest appearance on Ice’s show, and Spartacus get a new girlfriend. 9:30 PM CT E!

49. NBA Basketball. Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers. 9:30 PM CT ESPN

50. Californication. Hank has a strange trip to a local bar and wants to fix things with Becca, and thinks get out-of-hand on the set. 9:30 PM CT Showtime

 

American Idol, Mar. 22 – Outlook for Remaining Top 8

Hopefully Heejun Han is thinking the past few days that he went out on a good note. He had a few bad weeks, and really did deserve to go last week, but this week he didn’t. He saw the error of his ways and fixed it to launch a comeback. Sadly, it wasn’t enough.

It’s easy to see how someone goes in the wrong direction, though. Since the beginning, Heejun has gotten the funny edit. It seems that’s all we were shown of his time in Hollywood. Then when he was chosen as a semifinalist we were a little surprised that he actually did have some talent, because we weren’t seeing it really until then.

After singing some ballads in the first few live shows, Heejun was told to mix it up and that he couldn’t just do ballads. He did that and got nutty last week to work into that comedic side of his personality and got totally trashed for not taking the show serious enough. There was a line he was missing between funny and talent. We liked the funny guy, but need to see his talent always. It just doesn’t always need to be a ballad. But that in no way means to take any performance that lightly.

That said, he put it all back together this week. He kept some humor about himself, but threw every bit of his emotion into his performance. You could literally see it on his face. He realized he was letting down those kids he works with back home, as well as himself. He put it all on the line, and received a standing ovation from the judges Sadly, it wasn’t enough to win over the voting public, who were surely still remembering last week, but it was a great note to go out on for him.

Here’s a look at what the top 8 have to do to stay next week and possibly make it to the end to avoid making mistakes like Heejun, necessitating a comeback that was just a little too late.

Deandre Brackensick – Deandre finally chose a song that matched up with his voice and style perfectly. I’m not really into that notion of a song sung entirely in falsetto, but I have to admit he does it good. And out of that, he had the original singer, Eric Benet, come and meet him onstage and compliment him. I agree with Jimmy Iovine that there’s still something missing, though, and if Deandre wants to make it to the end, he needs to figure it out, as the guys who are left in the competition had it figured out when they started.

Hollie Cavanagh – Jimmy and the American Idol fans seem to finally be on the same page as me regarding Hollie. While she’s technically a terrific singer, she doesn’t connect emotionally to her music, but that’s something that has to do with age and maturity moree than anything else. And choosing big emotional songs just makes that element a glaring omission. Additionally, she’s going to be continually compared to Jessica, who has surpassed her in getting that part of it figured out. I don’t see her making it much further. However, Jennifer Lopez likes her a lot, so the judges might choose to use the save on her.

Colton Dixon – I completely disagree with Jimmy regarding Colton. He thought he made a big mistake in breaking down emotionally at the end of his song and thinks it hurt him. I so disagree, and I’m pretty sure Jennifer Lopez does as well. That’s what makes people connect to Colton. It humanizes him. I think he probably gained fans with it. So far, I don’t see him doing many things wrong.

Skylar Laine – She made her first appearance in the bottom three this week. What did she do wrong? Not much at all. It’s just that everyone else was that good. However, she showed in the very beginning of the competition she could do non-country as well as country. She needs to return to that so that fans keep remembering she isn’t just country. Jimmy’s right that she needs to do some songs with more melody. That might keep her out of the bottom three next week.

Joshua Ledet – Joshua was great this week, as always. He found a way to still exploit his vocal gifts, yet didn’t take it to church too much. And that would have been easy to do with the theme of the Idol’s idols. He also took some crap from Jimmy for getting emotional. It’s not such a bad thing. The only person that landed in the bottom three and got emotional was Heejun, and for him bottom three was decided last week not this week. Joshua is still on track to make it to the end.

Phillip Phillips – Not only does Jimmy like him, he knows Stevie Nicks does as well, and he commented that Stevie is rarely wrong about someone. She gave Phil the ultimate comment by saying if he’d been their friend in the 70s, he would have been invited to be part of Fleetwood Mac. Jimmy thinks we’re all witnessing an American Idol, and I have to agree. We haven’t had a guy like him yet, and in season 11, we want something different.

Jessica Sanchez – The key difference between Jessica and Hollie is that Jessica has such an old soul to her that she seems to understand the older songs that she sings. They don’t seem weird on her, and as Jimmy said, she can easily breeze through songs that people in the business for twenty years couldn’t do. I don’t know if I have ever seen someone her age with that much talent also know what to do with it. Jimmy’s worried, noting that a girl hasn’t won this show since Jordin Sparks. He knows the young girls are voting, and they’re voting for the young guys, but that’s the fanbase of the show and you really can’t change that.

Elise Testone – I was simply amazed this week with Elise’s rendition of Whole Lotta Love. She proved that the older gals aren’t going to bow out gracefully. She’s here for the long haul. Jimmy thinks she’s at the right age, because Stevie was 26 when she first became successful and Annie Lennox was around the same age as well. Next week is 80s week, and he thinks she’ll benefit. I agree. She’s good for the next few weeks, and this performance could carry her much longer. She’s a vocal coach and could sing like Jessica, but Jessica could never do what Elise did this week.Don’t miss a single recap of this show or others. Check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.