Category Archives: What’s Hot on TV

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – A Walton Easter

One of the most popular TV families ever is back tonight on Hallmark Channel. First they’re back in A Walton Easter, albeit in a TV movie from 1997. Then Earl Hammer, Jr., the creator and narrator of the show, hosts a look at the show, comparing it to his own life which the show is based on. I’m hoping this special includes some recent looks at the cast with a where are they now.

1. ATP Tennis. Women’s Final of Sony Ericcson Open from Miami. 11:30 AM CT CBS

2. Red Bull Signature Series. Showcasing the best all-around snowboarders. 12:00 PM CT NBC

3. A League of Their Own. Now that baseball season is in full swing, we can watch a non-traditional baseball movie, the one that shined some light on the first women’s professional baseball league. Just remember the golden rule, “There’s no crying in baseball.” 1:00 PM CT TVLand

4. PGA Tour Golf. Third round of the Shell Houston Open fro Redstone Golf Club in Humble, TX. 2:00 PM CT NBC

5. NBA Basketball. New Orleans Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers. 2:30 PM CT NBA TV

6. The Final Four Show. Preview of semifinals of NCAA Basketball Tournament from New Orleans. 3:00 PM CT CBS

7. The Blind Side. So much more than a football movie. It’s a movie about the realization that everyone deserves a chance at life, and just that simple chance can change everything. Sandra Bullock stars. 4:00 PM CT ABC Family

8. College Basketball. First Semifinal of NCAA Basketball Tournament from New Orleans. 5:00 PM CT CBS

9. A Walton Easter. From 1997. John-Boy (Richard Thomas) is now a married New York TV news anchor and is writing a new book. When John-Boy and his very pregnant wife Janet (Kate McNeil) join his family for the celebration of his parent’s 40th wedding anniversary, John-Boy yearns to move back to the mountain which conflicts with Janet’s wishes to stay in New York. As they struggle to resolve their differences, Elizabeth (Kami Cotler) finds heartache with an old flame. When Janet gives birth, the family is drawn closer together than ever before. 5:00 PM CT Hallmark

11. NBA Basketball. Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks. 6:30 PM CT NBA TV

12. Escape Routes. Six teams of two compete in a national road trip. 7:00 PM CT NBC

13. Q’Viva! The Chosen. Injuries hamper some of the contestants’ chances. 7:00 PM CT Fox

14. A Decade of the Waltons. This family special highlights the greatest moments from one of America’s most beloved series, “The Waltons.” Earl Hammer, Jr., creator and narrator of the original show, hosts and reminisces about his own childhood which is the basis for the Emmy® Award-winning series. 7:00 PM CT Hallmark

15. 48 Hours: Hard Evidence. In the first hour, the Casey Anthony verdict. In the second hour, A real estate mogul accused of stealing $40 million is murdered. In the third hour, a woman’s ex disappears, and her lies do her in. 7:00 PM CT TLC

16. Must Love Cats. A Hamptons chef cooking gourmet meals for cats, and New Jeresey kitty couture. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

17. College Basketball. Second Semifinal of NCAA Basketball Tournament from New Orleans. 7:30 PM CT CBS

18. The Firm. Sarah Holt admits to the truth about her case to Mitch, he makes a mistake that could imprison one of his clients for life, and Tammy asks a hacker to look for clues on Sarah’s computer. 8:00 PM CT NBC

19. 20/20. “My Extreme Affliction.” 8:00 PM CT ABC

20. Seattle Superstorm. A scientist looks for answers when the planet is threatened by cataclysmic weather. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

21. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s. Time and Jenae move in with Miss Robbie, leading to tensions running high among Robbie and Tim. 8:00 PM CT OWN

22. Too Cute. “Pool Puppies.” 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

23. Midnight in Paris. A screenwriter/novelist vacations with his fiancee in Paris, and while alone at night in the city, finds himself back in time with icons of art and literature. Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams star. 8:00 PM CT Starz

24. Beverly’s Full House. Beverly gets ready to open her house to her daughter and family, and a turbulent past is back at the forefront. 9:00 PM CT OWN

25. NBA Basketball. New Jersey Nets at Sacramento Kings. 9:00 PM CT NBA TV

Good night, John Boy!

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Tough Week to Send Someone Home on Idol

Who’s going home tonight on American Idol? No one did terribly last night. And people who have been in the bottom three did terrifically. The next question is who would the judges decide to save? So far they haven’t seemed like they’re even considering it, yet they like all these people so much. Check in with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Talk. Miranda Lambert is guest cohost, and Niecy Nash and Chris Young are the guests. 1:00 PM CT CBS

2. College Basketball. Final of NIT Tournament from Madison Square Garden. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

3. The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon gets haunted by Mr. Spock when Penny buys he and Leonard Star Trek collectibles, and Raj thinks he could have met his eventual wife after a blind date. 7:00 PM CT CBS

4. Community. Shirley, Pierce, and Britta make evil plans agains the cafeteria’s new sub shop, Vice Dean Laybourne continues to work on recruiting Troy to the Air Conditioning Repair Annex, and Troy and Abed compete in a blanket fort contest. 7:00 PM CT NBC

5. Missing. Becca searches through Europe for Michael until her best friend unexpectedly arrives with complications, and Michael tries to figured out why he was abducted. 7:00 PM CT ABC

6. The Vampire Diaries. Damon and Stefan bring in Elena, Caroline, and Matt to help them destroy Klaus, Bonnie works on a spell for Klaus after he threatens someone lose to her, and Klaus and Rebekah try to make Finn cooperate. 7:00 PM CT CW

7. American Idol. Nicki Minaj and Scotty McCreary perform, and another contestant is eliminated. 7:00 PM CT Fox

8. NBA Basketball. Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat. 7:00 PM CT TNT

9. Dateline: Real Life Mysteries. In the first hour, a rich woman puts a hit out on her estranged husband, but is arrested before the dirty deed. In the second hour, a socialite, woman in law enforcement, businesswoman, and a new wife order up hits. In the third hour, a fatal fire is investigated. 7:00 PM CT TLC

10. Rules of Engagement. Audrey is sent by Jeff on a romantic scavenger hunt, and Adam has Russell believing Jen has a sex tape. 7:30 PM CT CBS

11. 30 Rock. Jack tries to figure out how to transform KableTown, Liz tries to keep up with her new hobby, Jenna believes she is cursed, and Hazel obsesses over Liz. 7:30 PM CT NBC

12. Person of Interest. The machine leads Reese and Finch to a person with nearly no digital footprint and who seems to be leading a double life. 8:00 PM CT CBS

13. The Secret Circle. An old acquaintance of Jake’s arrives to deliver a message to Blackwell, Cassie finds out what Eben has been planning, Diana is concerned her secret will lead to a wall between her and Grant, and Faye and Melissa make a deal with Adam. 8:00 PM CT CW

14. Touch. Martin meets a homeless man who shares Jake’s number obsession, and Teller visits Jake’s board-and-care facility. 8:00 PM CT Fox

15. The First 48. “Tiny Dancers; Right Hand Man.” 8:00 PM CT A&E

16. Sand Wars. Two one-hour specials that pit four two-person teams against each other in a three-round sand sculpting competition at Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, FL. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

17. Swamp People. The biggest storm post Hurricane Katrina is headed towards the swamp, Joe and Tommy reunite to try and stay ahead of it, and Troy Landry breaks up the boats to conquer multiple places at once. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

18. Braxton Family Values. Hosted by Wendy Williams, the Braxton sisters join mom Evelyn to discuss season two highlights. Taped in front of a live studio audience, and featuring special guest Dr. Sherry, they’ll touch on everything from Toni heading back into the studio, Trina and Towanda’s complicated marriages, Evelyn’s failed walk down the aisle and per usual, Tamar’s take on everyone else’s business! 8:00 PM CT WE

19. Up All Night. Reagan and Ava try to book Stevie Nicks on the show, but personal responsibilities get in the way, and Chris joins a younger hockey league 8:30 PM CT NBC

20. The Mentalist. Jane runs into a musician he used to tour with while investigating a murder, and finds out his old pal is hiding something. 9:00 PM CT CBS

21. Awake. Detective Britten becomes the suspect when his tracking methods are questioned, Hannah thinks about moving to Oregon for school, and the doctors believe a move out of L.A. could stop Britten’s dreams. 9:00 PM CT NBC

22. The First 48: Missing Persons. Detectives focus on a dental student’s husband and mother when she disappears, but both end up passing a polygraph test. 9:00 PM CT A&E

23. Impractical Jokers. Four friends compete to embarrass each other in the ultimate hidden camera showdown. The guys try to sell diamonds to couples ready to tie the knot, and pose as members of a very unwelcoming committee down at the boardwalk. 9:00 PM CT truTV

24. Mary Mary. The spotlight is on Erica and Tina Campbell, sisters and the two halves of the Grammy® award-winning gospel duo, Mary Mary. Offstage and away from the lights, Erica and Tina are wives and moms struggling to balance both worlds. When a special out-of-town Thanksgiving appearance gives them a chance to perform for 100,000 new fans, the ladies must decide between career and family. 9:00 PM CT WE

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

26. Conan. Galactic is included on the guest list tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

27. Inside Comedy. Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters are the guests this week. 10:00 PM CT Showtime

28. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Piers Morgan, Liam Hemsworth, and Mat Kearney. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

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

The final 9 on American Idol perform tonight, but I’ll still be sad after watching Erika Van Pelt go home. She was a good egg, as my sister would say. With her gone, will she stop splitting votes with the other older gal in the competition, Elise Testone? Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. The Talk.Gary Sinise and Lesley Jane Seymour are today’s guests. 1:00 PM CT CBS

2. NBA Basketball. Orlando Magic at New York Knicks. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

3. Survivor: One World. A survivor throws allegiances into question by making a bold move. 7:00 PM CT CBS

4. Whitney. An expired driver’s license sets of an unusual chain of events that interferes with Whitney and Alex’s plans to get married at City Hall, until Whitney’s dad comes to the rescue. 7:00 PM CT NBC

5. One Tree Hill. Haley prepares to emcee the Burning Boat Festival, Brooke faces her dad’s betrayal, Julian reconsiders an old idea, Mouth and Millie make changes to their show, and Clay and Quinn get ready for the first night with Logan. 7:00 PM CT CW

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

7. Are You There, Chelsea? After Sloane spends the night drinking with her sister, her husband announces he’s on his way home, and it’s up to Chelsea to fix her up before he gets there. 7:30 PM CT NBC

8. Bent. In the first half hour, Pete decides to tell Alex after he catches Ben in a compromising situation, and Walt and Screwsie lend help to Charlie in fighting off a bully. In the second half hour, Pete fills in for Ben as Alex’s date at a wedding at her boss’s house, Screwsie wants Walter’s help to cater the wedding, and one of Alex’s necklaces disappears. 8:00 PM CT NBC

9. America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion. The potential models spend Toronto’s fashion week going on casting calls, then pose amongst foliage and covered in maple syrup. Beverly Johnson is guest judge. 8:00 PM CT CW

10. Dog the Bounty Hunter. In the first half hour, Duane Lee’s role in the business discussed, and the family comes together to nab a chronic violator. In the second half hour, Dog heads to Colorado to help capture a violent offender with plans to vanish, and Duane Lee becomes distracted, leaving Dog high and dry. 8:00 PM CT A&E

11. Ghost Hunters International. Joe and Scott investigate the kitchen of an old Villa when Scott exits frantically from the laundry room claiming he saw an apparition dressed in white. Joe rushes over to examine the room and communicates to rest of the team through radio about the incident and Barry advises them to continue to investigate to see if they can catch anything on camera. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

12. Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis. Jeff and Jenni uncover the deep-rooted issues of a new client as they attempt to remodel the house he has inherited from his dead aunt. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

13. Untold Stories of the E.R.. An older person with prolonged CPR, a stabbing victim found on the street, and the dream job of a doctor becomes a nightmare. 8:00 PM CT TLC

14. Amazing Eats. “Spectacular Sandwiches.” 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy. The FBI trains Larry in the art of the “breach”, also known as “busting in a door to get the bad guys!” 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

16. Happy Endings. Penny tells a white lie to avoid an old childhood friend, and the lonely and jealous landlord of Dave and Max falls for Alex. 8:30 PM CT ABC

17. Operation Repo. Faced with possible legal action, Froy hatches a plan to travel to Texas to clear his name. 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. 8:30 PM CT truTV

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

19. Psych. Shawn and Gus try to save Wood from being fired for making a mistake by searching for the cause of death of a body. 9:00 PM CT USA

20. Duck Dynasty. In the first half hour, Willie gets the biggest order ever in the company, leaving the guys to build a conveyor belt, and Phil wants to blow a beaver dam up. In the second half hour, Phil and Si ruin career day at a school, and Jase and the guys lead a nighttime search for frogs at Willie’s country club. 9:00 PM CT A&E

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

22. Hot in Cleveland. Joy dates a guy she believes is her teen crush, Victoria wants to fire the housekeeper, Melanie is made to feel stupid by her pretentious professor, and Elk has had it with her writing partner. Georgia Engel guest stars. 9:00 PM CT TVLand

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

24. Monster Man. SOTA FX is tasked to build a bug-like creature and Cleve has the team digging through his mold garden to try and find old pieces they can use to cast new parts. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

25. South Beach Tow. Eddie is confronted by a rich girl with a pink sports car – and a secret. A lemur wreaks havoc in the Tremont waiting room. Robert Jr. and Bernice travel to a faraway car show on a repo tip but the unexpected outcome leaves them furious. 9:00 PM CT truTV

26. Million Dollar Listing New York. Ryan’s client has a pet that’s making him more than a little jumpy, while Fredrik tries to sell a load of units in his new construction. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

27. The Challenge: Battle of the Exes. The top three teams face the toughest challenge yet eating a Viking’s feast, tunneling through snow, and scaling a glacial mountain. 9:00 PM CT MTV

28. NBA Basketball. San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings. 9:00 PM CT NBA TV

29. Happily Divorced. In order to pay for a roof repair at Frantastic Flowers, Fran sells Peter’s spot in the family burial plot. 9:30 PM CT TVLand

30. Ugly Americans. Callie and the crew throw a roast for Twayne to celebrate his tenth anniversary of running the D.O.I., before his first day as boss ends, and Mark makes a management mistake so bad that is almost destroys all of New York City. 9:30 PM CT Comedy Central

31. Conan. Dana Carvey, Mayim Bialik, and Donovan are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

32. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Rainn Wilson, Debbie Gibson, and Gavin DeGraw. 10:00 PM CT NBC

 

The Voice, Mar. 26 – Cee Lo’s Crying Edition

Ok people, here we go.  The last of the battle rounds! Next week, we start the live rounds.

Cee Lo is up first and he chooses Wade vs. James Mason and gives them True Colors by Cyndi Lauper, not to mention by a whole host of other people.  We get a quick glimpse of their journeys to this point, and I can’t help but notice how James’ hair seems longer than it used to be.  Wade’s doesn’t.

Cee Lo meets them for rehearsal. Even the piano player, who I think used to be on Rock Star INXS and Rock Star Supernova (And I think that band toured with Paul Stanley of KISS for a solo tour), helps out.  James is clearly nervous, and it shows.

James meets Ne-Yo, and the focus is definitely on James’ nerves and believing in himself.  Ne-Yo believes that James can do it, if only James will believe it as well. Wade gets together with Babyface who compares Wade to Al Green and Luther Vandross.  In their final rehearsal, Cee Lo is actually moved to tears.

They both start out with competing “yeahs,” then James takes the beginning verse, Wade the first chorus. James doesn’t sound bad and looks more confident.  I think they’re throwing each other off a little. Their voices don’t mesh really well, but it had its moments. Not sure how this is going to go.

Adam says James’ voice captured his attention more and recommends him.  Blake comments on James’ jacket.  He likes James better too.  Christina as well.  Cee Lo admits he was surprised how hard it was and how he cried during the day.  It seems Cee Lo was planning on going with Wade, but really feels James took it, and ultimately chooses him.

Adam pairs up Nicole Galyon and Mathai and gave them Love Song by Sarah Bareilles.  Adam gave them a song that goes with a piano that works for Nicole, but with swagger that goes better for Mathai.  Are they going to let Nicole play piano? Sounds like Adam is open to the idea and even entertains the idea of starting off playing piano, then moving to vocals only.

Robin Thicke really likes Nicole and advises her to bring her sweetness in there.  She’s still struggling over whether to play piano or not.  Mathai meets with Alanis Morissette who coaches her not to cut off her notes.  We get to see them rehearse together, and Nicole plays the piano until Adam pushes the piano off to the side and says it’s not working.

They take the stage looking spectacular.  Nicole starts off, followed by Mathai. They both do pretty well and Nicole moves around better than I thought she would.  I hear some bad notes from them both, especially that last one which actually hurt.

Blake says the battle comes down to breathing and Mathai gets it.  Christina agrees.  Cee Lo calls Nicole generic and gives it to Mathai as well.  Adam wasn’t happy overall, but the winner is Mathai.

On team Christina, we get a pairing of The LiNE, (Haley and Leland) and Moses Stone.  They’re going to be doing (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones.  So Christina put a country duo with a hip hop artist? Ok. She’s looking to challenge them all, especially Moses, wanting him to be more than just Hip-Hop.

Moses gets surprised by Lionel Ritchie. Moses and Christina duel, and Lionel Ritchie seems pretty encouraging.  Jewel works with The LiNE and compares them to a wedding band. That’s not good. We get a moment of all three of them working together.  Christina tells the LiNE that they need better stage presence. Moses seems to be in everyone’s personal space.

The show explodes with a back and forward of the “I can’t get no’s.”  Moses is working the crowd much more, but the LiNE is doing their thing as well.  It’s going much better than I thought. Here comes Moses with the Hip-Hop.  The LiNE sound amazing thought.  And Haley is really fighting her way through.

Cee Lo loved it and calls Moses a natural. He liked the LiNE, but gives it to Moses.  Adam, however, gives it to the LiNE. Blake thought it was weird, but good, and gives it to the LiNE.  Christina gives her take on how “The Voice” can be many things.  She gives it to Moses, and while I can’t say she’s wrong, I feel a bit disappointed the she didn’t choose The LiNE.  (Although I won’t miss having to type The LiNE like that.)

And Christina is done for the night.

We’re back with Adam next, and the only two singers left for him are Orlando Napier and Karla Davis.  He chooses Rich Girl by Hall & Oates. Orlando promptly announces that he doesn’t know the song. Really??? Personally, I’d have sent him packing right then and there.  How can you not know Rich Girl by Hall & Oates?

Neither Karla nor Orlando do well with the song initially, so Adam changes it to Easy by the Commodores.  (Too bad Lionel Ritchie is with team Christina.)  Both seem happier with this selection.  Except, of course, me.  But no one asks me!  I like me some Hall & Oates.

Karla meets with Alanis Morissette.  Somehow they decide to name Karla’s big voice Bertha.  I don’t know how this is supposed to help. Yet, to my surprise, it really seems to. Orlando gets together with Robin Thicke who calls Orlando a painter (in a good way) and compares him to Picasso. Robin gives a voice lesson, and now I’ll walk away hearing them in my head. Thanks.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – First Elimination for Dancing with the Stars

The first elimination on a new Dancing with the Stars season is usually a pretty obvious one. If tonight goes that way, we’ll be saying goodbye to Martina Navratilova. With the outstanding dancers they have this year, she kind of stands out like a sore thumb. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Talk. Fran Drescher and Jackie Warner are today’s guests. 1:00 PM CT CBS

2. Big. And who doesn’t love Tom Hanks? Here he plays a kid who gets his wish to grow up. Baby corn will forever remind me of him. 9:50 AM CT Encore Love

3. Bolt. Surprisingly a really good animated film with a definite message of Hollywood with John Travolta providing the voice of a dog who is the star of his own TV show, and Miley Cyrus providing the voice of his female human costar. 4:00 PM CT Disney XD

4. College Basketball. First semifinal of NIT Tournament from MAdison Square Garden. Massachusetts vs. Stanford 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

5. NBA Basketball. Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers. 6:00 PM CT NBA TV

6. NCIS. The team investigates a petty officer’s murder, which leads them to the brother-in-law of Director Vance. 7:00 PM CT CBS

7. The Biggest Loser. Season 12 fan faves Antone, Becky and Vinny return to judge a cooking contest! 7:00 PM CT NBC

8. Dancing with the Stars. In the first hour, a look back at dancers’ first two performances and behind-the-scenes moments. In the second hour, Sugarland and Matt Nathanson perform, and the first couple will be eliminated. 7:00 PM CT ABC

9. 90210. PJ proposes to Naomi, and Annie finds out it’s for financial reasons, Dixon shares with Navid that while he got a recording contract, the label didn’t want Adrianna, and Lima finds out that Vanessa emptied the joint account. 7:00 PM CT CW

10. Raising Hope. Burt ends the race for chairperson of the Natesville church group, running against Sarah Louise, and Burt tries out pig-sitting, but it doesn’t go so well. 7:00 PM CT Fox

11. NCIS: Los Angeles. Evidence points to a team of SEALs as being responsible for a Navy intelligence officer’s death, leaving Sam to interrogate the group, which could potentially compromise their next mission. 8:00 PM CT CBS

12. Ringer. Bridgets doesn’t think she’ll feel safe unless she testifies against Macawi, Machado gets suspended, and Henry gives Siobhan an ultimate after growing impatient with her. 8:00 PM CT CW

13. New Girl. Jess and Russell’s date doesn’t go as planned, Nick’s college friend tries to help him get past his relationship with Julia, and Schmidt and Cece’s relationship is found out. 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. Adam shows us around the Top Gear set. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

16. Dance Moms. The dance company finds out a scout will be attending the next competition, Abby creates two trios which pits the girls against each other, and Nia pushes herself too hard. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

17. Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best. Season finale. Joan is at it again when she is scheduled to do stand-up at a major casino resort in Las Vegas and learns that Melissa’s assistant Sabrina is celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary that same weekend. Joan encourages Sabrina to come to Vegas to renew her vows and invites the whole gang along. 8:00 PM CT WE

18. College Basketball. Second semifinal of NIT Tournament from Madison Square Garden. Minnesota vs. Washington. 8:00 PM CT ESPN2

19. Breaking In. Oz tries to show that Contra’s top salesman is a reality, Veronica wants Cameron’s help to make friends, and Cash is advices by an unlikely source. 8:30 PM CT Fox

20. Hardcore Pawn. Seth must prove his worth after Les hands him the keys to the kingdom. Business heats up, customers unravel and all eyes are on Seth. With so much on the line, will he be able to handle the pressure? 8:30 PM CT truTV

21. Unforgettable. A murder investigation shows that Carrie’s boyfriend, the son of a mob boss, he ties with the suspects. 9:00 PM CT CBS

22. Fashion Star. The contestants meet with trend reporters before their challenge to create summer trends for their brands. 9:00 PM CT NBC

23. Body of Proof. Everyone is put at risk by a city-wide outbreak of a lethal virus, and a CDC officers takes over the investigation to get to the source. Luke Perry guest stars. 9:00 PM CT ABC

24. Justified. Raylan goes against two Detroit hitmen, and Boyd and Quarles’ battle comes to a head. 9:00 PM CT FX

25. Beyond Belief. The search for the Virgin Mary. 9:00 PM CT OWN

26. Tabatha Takes Over. Tabatha travels to a high-end suburb of Atlanta to set straight a salon owner who is faced with crippling debt and a lack-luster attitude. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

27. The Little Couple. In the first half hour, Jen hires a service to decorate their home with a holiday display. In the second half hour, Bill and Jen find out there are more things in their new home that could use a personal touch, and he refinishes the floor of the garage while she decorates her closet. 9:00 PM CT TLC

28. Top Shot. A contest shooting bowling pins, bottle openers, and other targets leaves two shooters going head-to-head to avoid elimination 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

29. Best Ink. The artists’ abilities are tested in the first challenge, and have to cover bad ink with new art in the second challenge. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

30. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors. 9:30 PM CT NBA TV

31. Conan. Tonight’s guests include Josh Hutcherson and Macy Gray. 10:35 PM TBS

32. Late Show with David Letterman. Tonight’s guests include Jason Sudeikis, Lionel Richie, and Jason Aldean. 11:05 PM CBS

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Dancing with the Stars, Week 2

The first week of the new season of Dancing with the Stars seemed to be their best debut ever. No one got bad scores, and in fact the two teams that tied for the bottom had scores of 20. There wasn’t a single dance that scored a 5 from any of the judges. Can they do that for a second week in a row? Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Voice. Week four of the voice battles begin, with help from Jewel, Lionel Richie, Alanis Morissette, Robin Thicke, Babyface, Ne-Yo, Kelly Clarkson, and Blake Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert. 7:00 PM CT NBC

2. Dancing with the Stars. The new celebrities perform their second dance of the season. 7:00 PM CT ABC

3. Alcatraz. The Rebecca and Doc get closer to finding the man who could have info about the returning criminals, Hauser finds something important, and Rebecca pursues the man while offed her partner 7:00 PM CT Fox

4. Oprah’s Lifeclass: Tour. Making peace with your past, the search for loving relationships, and the ultimate lesson plan. 7:00 PM CT OWN

5. The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Amy admits she’s not feeling a big rush to get married, Ben gets interested in Dylan, and Adrian and Grace attend summer school and move in together. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

6. Basketball Wives. Jen and Ev’s confrontation continues to have a fallout effect, and kenya is challenged by Ev for being called “loose.” 7:00 PM CT VH1

7. NBA Basketball. Denver Nuggets at Chicago Bulls. 7:00 PM CT NBA TV

8. American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior. Junior goes in a different direction with a custom muscle car kit that he plans to unveil at Daytona Bike Week. 8:00 PM CT Discovery Channel

9. Being Human. Sally lies, unable to wake from a dream and Josh and Aidan are found wondering where she might be. Apparently, Sally is actually dreaming about a life with the Reaper and might never locked inside forever. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

9. Being Human. Sally lies, unable to wake from a dream and Josh and Aidan are found wondering where she might be. Apparently, Sally is actually dreaming about a life with the Reaper and might never locked inside forever. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

10. Make It or Break It. Payson, Kaylie, and Lauren start an eight-week training period getting closer to the Olympics, and a gymnast who wasn’t invited hopes to get a spot on the team. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

11. Smash. The team handles the after-effects of the workshop, Derek wants Karen to help him steal away the show from Tom and Julia, and Eileen is forced to deal with her ex when her daughter visits as a surprise. 9:00 PM CT NBC

12. Castle. Beckett and Castle try to solve a protest rally bombing case by reconstructing the moments just before the explosion. 9:00 PM CT ABC

13. Intervention. A young woman is led down the wrong path thanks to an abusive dad and enabling mom. 9:00 PM CT A&E

14. Lost Girl. Dyson’s apparent murder of a Dark Fae is complicated by his lack of memory and apparent links to Vex. Bo and Kenzie try to figure out what exactly happened to Dyson and attempt to figure out who the real killer is. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

15. Operation Repo. Matt and Froy hit the open road to Texas on a mission to clear Froy’s name. 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

16. Bethenny Ever After. Bethenny is shocked to learn the contents of a story that her estranged mother sold to the tabloids. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

17. Bad Girls Club: Las Vegas. The twins leave the house permanently, and the other girls try to get Mimi to come back to the house. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

25. NBA Basketball. New Orleans Hornets at Los Angeles Clippers. 9:30 PM CT NBA TV

26. Conan. Ewan McGrego, David Mizejewski, and Dana Gould are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

27. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Elizabeth Banks, Carson Daly, and Jake Owen. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

Project Runway All-Stars: Vampires, Safaris, and Therapy, Oh My!

Last week on Project Runway, the three finalists faced their last challenge:  Make a mini-collection of five outfits in four days.  Inevitably, they also faced the inevitable Project Runway “twist”:  Make an extra outfit in the remaining time.  (I put “twist” in quotation marks, because Project Runway does this every season, so it really can’t be considered unexpected.)  The real twist — in the sense of something unexpected — was that the designers had to make the sixth outfit out of leftover fabric from earlier challenges.  Fortunately, they were also given help in the form of eliminated designers Mila, Anthony, and April.  They also got visits and advice from the judges, and Mondo practically had a nervous breakdown.

The four days of prep time are up, and the guys get gussied up for their big show.  All of them are excited and all of them really, really want to win.  Michael feels confident and Mondo believes he deserves to win.

The finalists then go to Gotham Hall in Manhattan, which is the site of the big show.  They are suitably impressed by the gorgeous building, and they check out the auditorium where the runway show will be held.  They also take time out for a group hug.

They then go backstage to finish their preparations.  Each man has his own work space and design area.  Austin quickly gets to work on a metallic red and black dress which isn’t quite finished.

The models come in for their final fitting.  Here, Michael discovers that the sleeves on one shirt don’t fit properly:  One is too tight, while the other is too loose.  Worse, he discovered that another dress was about six inches too wide at the waist.  Whoops.  Mondo is having problems with a pair of leggings.

Joanna stops by to see how everybody is doing.  She seems happy with Mondo’s collection– but gives him a once-over with a lint roller.  Heh.  She isn’t happy to see that Austin’s ball-gown has pins in it.  He plans to cover them up with a sash.

Showtime!  Angela goes out onstage to introduce the judges:  Georgina Chapman, Isaac Mizrahi, plus guest judges Ken Downing of Nieman Marcus and designer Tommy Hilfiger.  The camera pans around the audience, and we see that Nina Garcia is in attendance.

Austin is up first, and he calls his collection “Austin Scarlett.”  His clothes tell the story of a vampire from the 18th century who currently resides in Williamsburg and borrows clothes from Hasadic dandy friends.  No, I’m not kidding.  He actually said that.

His first look is a pair of pink capris with a matching top and a black jacket.  The capris flare out to the sides, making the model’s hips look enormous.  His second look is a short-sleeved dress made of lacquered black lace.  Like the capris, it also exaggerates the hips.  Um, why?  I don’t know too many women who want to look bigger than they really are.  His third look is a knee-length, high-waisted black leather skirt paired with a sleeveless pink top.  His fourth look is the red and black dress that had been giving him fits earlier.  It’s sleeveless and tiered.  The skirt below the knees flares outward.  His fifth is a sleeveless, snug black leather jumpsuit.  It is actually his sixth look and is made from materials used in the “street muse” challenge.  Austin’s final look is a white wedding dress.  The floor-length, flaring skirt looks as if it’s made of tulle or some similar material.  The bodice and asymmetrical overskirt are scalloped.  The model is also wearing a black veil, belt, and long gloves.

 

Mondo is next.  He explains how his stress and reaction to said stress during the challenge inspired him to create his “Therapy” collection.  His first look consists of a black top with white polka dots and billowing, half-length sleeves teamed with a snug metallic black mini-skirt and  black leggings.  His second look is a patterned, sleeveless black and white mini-dress with oversized pockets ringed with black leather.  His third look is a sleeveless, black and white patterned tunic over a pair of black leggings.  It’s this look that was made from his leftover fabric.  The upper part of the tunic (from the shoulders to just above the breasts) consists of black mesh.  Mondo’s fourth look consists of a patterned jacket of guess what colors, billowing dark pants, and a white top decorated with a Rorschach inkblot.  Mondo’s fifth look is a slinky, knee-length, black and white dress with Rorschach inkblots down the front.  His final look is a metallic black, silver and red sleeveless long dress.

Last up is Michael, who calls his collection “Serengeti.”  The first look is a snake-print off-white one-piece jump suit with billowing pants.  His second look is a long-sleeved, snug mini-dress made of zebra print.  His third look is a long sleeved Little Black Dress with a silhouette similar to the second look’s.  His fourth look is a print jacket with matching shorts.  His fifth look appears to be another jumpsuit– but it’s actually separates.  Both the shirt and the billowing pants are made of the same zebra print as his second look.  His final look is a sleeveless draped white Grecian dress.  It’s also his sixth look and is made from the same material that he’d used in the flag challenge.

After the show is the usual glimpse backstage, where different people talk about their favorites.  Eric Damon liked Mondo’s pantsuit, while Irina from Season 6 enjoyed all three collections.

Then it’s time for the designers to face the judges, who critique them one at a time.  They start with Austin, while Michael and Mondo wait backstage.  Tommy is amazed by what he accomplished in such a short time.  Georgina sees some good ideas, while Isaac says it feels more like a retrospective showing a “best of” over the years, rather than a true collection.  Tommy thinks many of the pieces have a rocker vibe — but the wedding dress doesn’t go with anything else.  Georgina thinks the wedding dress was amazing, but also thinks the red and black ball gown was unflattering.  Ken loves the lace dress, and Isaac says he can imagine the person who would wear Austin’s clothes.  The judges think Austin’s collection feels youthful. Austin later tells us that he feels confident.

Mondo is next.  Georgina likes the graphics, prints, and colors.  Isaac thinks Mondo’s collection was the most cohesive of the bunch.  Tommy was impressed by the first look, but thought the second one was too busy.  Ken loves the Rorschach print.  Isaac loves the metallic dress, while Angela thinks it doesn’t quite go with the rest of the collection.  Mondo later notes that all of the judges had different favorites.  (This is probably good, because it means there was no single look everybody hated.)

Last up is Michael.  Georgina tells him that his collection was exceptional.  Tommy believes it would sell well and goes so far as to say, “it could be in stores tomorrow.”  Ken deems it cohesive.  Georgina cautions Michael to be careful with prints, and Isaac adds that he doesn’t care for the way the prints were mixed.  Tommy loves the draped dress.  Angela appreciates the sex appeal of Michael’s clothes which make them very salable.  Georgina thinks the white dress is both sensual and elegant.  Michael is happy the judges like his clothes.

Afterwards, the judges deliberate.  They think Austin is the most artistic of the group, but his wedding dress doesn’t go with the rest of the collection.  They agree that an Austin Scarlett boutique would work, but he also has too many ideas.

Mondo’s collection showed amazing workmanship.  The judges are impressed by his ability to mix prints.  Ken thinks some of his details can be cartoonish.

The judges agree that Michael’s collection was very cohesive, but Isaac thinks it’s unsophisticated.  He also doesn’t like the prints.  Everybody agrees his clothes would sell, but he may actually be too commercial.  The judges agree that all three men are capable designers.

Finally, the judges are ready to announce their decision.  To soften the blow, Angela announces that the runners-up won’t leave empty-handed:  They’ll each get trips to Paris for two.

Michael is first out.  Angela hands him his tickets and he leaves.  The contest is then between Austin and Mondo– and the winner is Mondo.  Angela gives Austin his tickets to Paris, as the eliminated designers bring champagne onstage to help Mondo celebrate.

Thus endeth All-Stars.  The producers gave it their all, and Angela, Georgina, Isaac, and Joanna did creditable jobs.  Isaac proved to be a happy surprise, as he wasn’t annoying like he’d been on Fashion Show.  He also avoided the sometimes strained attempts at humor that Michael Kors indulged in.

All-Stars‘ chief problem was the casting; not all of the designers chosen struck me as All-Stars material.  Unfortunately, I don’t know if the producers can actually fix this.  Consider:  Aspiring designers go on Project Runway for the exposure.  If they make it at least half-way, it’s probably a case of “mission accomplished.”  They’ve been on T.V. for several weeks, and people have a feel for their style and skill level.  After Project Runway, many designers go on to bigger and better things.

That’s great– for them.  Unfortunately, it means the makers of All-Stars probably had to settle for those designers who didn’t have major projects in their pipelines.  For example, during an episode of After the Runway, Mila mentioned that her latest gig was designing costumes for the latest Star Trek movie.  If she’d been involved in that while All-Stars was being made, she probably would have not been able to participate, and someone else would have been cast.  This could certainly explain why none of the winners took part in All-Stars.  Mondo and Rami were the only runners-up to participate; everybody else had finished third place or lower.

The Project Runway All-Star Challenge of 2009 got around this problem, as it had been a single, two-hour long episode– and therefore much easier for designers to squeeze into their schedules.  Of the eight designers who’d participated, one, Jeffrey Sebelia, had won his season, while three others had been runners-up.  If Lifetime plans another All-Stars season, they are going to have to deal with people’s scheduling conflicts in such a way that they get more top-tier designers and fewer also-rans.

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – From Media Mogul to Pizza Delivery

No wonder acting is so popular. You get to play such a wide variety of characters. Proving that he wasn’t typecast, Jesse Eisenberg, who previously starred as the creator of Facebook in The Social Network, tonight stars as a pizza delivery guy in 30 Minutes or Less on Starz.

1. College Basketball. Final round of NCAA Division II Basketball from Highland Heights, KY. Motevallo vs. Western Washington. 12:00 PM CT CBS

2. Get Smart.Interestingly, they seem to have this on a lot on Thursdays, a day when The Office would normally be on. I think the part of Maxwell Smart was made for a remake by Steve Carell. Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin, and Dwayne Johnson join him. 12:25 PM CT TBS

3. PGA Tour Golf. Third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational from Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, FL. 1:30 PM CT NBC

4. College Basketball. Regional final of NCAA Basketball Tournament from Phoenix Florida vs. Louisville. 3:20 PM CT CBS

5. NASCAR Racing: Nationwide Series. Royal Purple 300 from Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. 4:30 PM CT ESPN

6. College Basketball. Regional final of NCAA Basketball Tournament from Boston. Ohio State vs. Syracuse. 5:40 PM CT CBS

7. Lion King. The animated Disney flick that seemed to start a whole franchise between movies, Broadway, etc. It’s definitely a modern Disney classic. Thanks to my son watching it every day as a toddler, I know every single word. 5:00 PM CT ABC Family

8. Q’Viva! The Chosen. After watching all the contestants perform, the judges decide who will advance to the next round. 7:00 PM CT Fox

9. 48 Hours: Hard Evidence. In the first hour, the West Memphis 3. In the second hour, a celebrity dog trainer disappears from his home. 7:00 PM CT TLC

10. Must Love Cats. Cheshire cats, pub kittens, the world’s loudest cat, and a theory on where cats go when they leave home. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

11. NBA Basketball. Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets. 7:00 PM CT NBA TV

12. The Firm. A man on death row wants to help the family that put him there, Tammy’s inheritance causes problems with Ray, and the group finds out more about Sarah Holt 8:00 PM CT NBC

13. Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal. The husband of a woman who begins exotic dancing retaliates with an affair, and a man thinks he has landed his soulmate. 8:00 PM CT OWN

14. Too Cute. Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chow Chow, and Havanese puppies. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

15. 30 Minutes or Less. A pizza delivery guy is forced to rob a bank with a bomb strapped to his chest. Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, and Nick Swardson star. 8:00 PM CT Starz

16. 48 Hours Mystery. Boxer Arturo Gatti’s wife discusses the legal battles surrounding his death. 9:00 PM CT CBS

17. NBA Basketball. Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors. 9:30 PM CT NBA TV