Category Archives: What’s Hot on TV

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Lindsay Lohan on SNL

Lindsay Lohan is guest hosting Saturday Night Live. There are so many skits they can do just around her, let alone things she could play a part in for a few laughs. It should be a good one. It’s definitely worth the DVR space. And maybe it’s just me, but she doesn’t even look like herself in the picture to the left. She looks like a caricature of Lindsay Lohan

1. College Basketball. Memphis at Tulsa. 11:00 AM CT CBS

2. College Basketball. Pittsburgh at Connecticut. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

3. College Basketball. Big South Tournament from Asheville, NC, Asheville vs. Virginia Military Insitute. 11:00 AM CT ESPN2

4. Gymnastics. American Cup from New York. 12:00 PM CT NBC

5. College Basketball. Washington at UCLA. 1:00 PM CT CBS

6. College Basketball. Cincinnati at Villanova. 1:00 PM CT ESPN

7. College Basketball. Final Round of Ohio Valley Tournament from Nashville. 1:00 PM CT ESPN2

8. PGA Tour Golf. Third round of the Honda Classic from Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 2:00 PM CT NBC

9. Must Love Dogs. A lonely couple meet up with each other through a computer dating site. It doesn’t have as much to do with dogs as it sounds, but is still a cute movie. 2:00 PM CT WE

10. College Basketball. Louisville at Syracuse. 3:00 PM CT CBS

11. College Basketball. Vanderbilt at Tennessee. 3:00 PM CT ESPN

12. NASCAR Racing: Nationwide Series. Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 from Phoenix International Raceway. 3:30 PM CT ESPN2

13. MacGruber. It’s hard to believe they made a whole feature film out of this short Saturday Night Live bit, but they did! 4:30 PM CT ThrillerMax

14. College Basketball. North Carolina at Duke. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

15. College Basketball. Final round of Atlantic Sun Tournament from Macon, GA. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

16. NBA Basketball. Milwaukee Bucks at Orlando Magic. 6:00 PM CT NBA TV

17. Q’Viva! The Chosen. Ex-couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony do a Latin version of American Idol. 7:00 PM CT Fox

18. The Firm. Mitch and Ray investigate a mysterious death and end up mixed up in the world of terror law, and Tammy tries to further the Sarah Holt case by getting a new job. 8:00 PM CT NBC

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

20. Parking Wars. In the first half hour, a man tries to drive away while being towed, and Kim gets into a row with a person who removed a handicapped parking sign. In the second half hour, a card dealer wants to take some sidewalk space, and Eric helps firefighters get more access to hydrants 8:00 PM CT A&E

21. Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal. A woman looks for the company of another man while her husband is in Iraq, and a man has an affair with the secretary at his company. 8:00 PM CT OWN

22. Too Cute. The early months of cats that includes exploring and playing with other pets.. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

23. College Basketball. Texas at Kansas. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

24. College Basketball. First Semifinal round of West Coast Tournament from Las Vegas. 8:00 PM CT ESPN2

25. Soul Surfer. A teenager surfer loses her arm in a shark attack and tries to find a way to keep competing in the sport that has become her whole life. AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, and Dennis Quaid star. 8:00 PM CT Starz

26. 48 Hours Mystery. A professional poker player’s parents are brutally murdered, placing him as a suspect. 9:00 PM CT CBS

27. Billy the Exterminator. In the first half hour, a backyard is turned into a playground of horrors because of a raccoon and giant beehive. In the second half hour, an attic holds a bat colony, and a 10-foot python is found in a family swimming pool. 9:00 PM CT A&E

28. Beyond the Headlines: The Real Blue-Eyed Butcher. The story of a Texas housewife who tried to cover up her crime after stabbing her husband 193 times. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

29. NBA Basketball. Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland Trailblazers. 9:00 PM CT NBA TV

30. Saturday Night Live. Lindsay Lohan is the guest host, and Jack White the musical guest. 10:30 PM CT NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Reba on Who Do You Think You Are

Reba McEntire researches her family history tonight on Who Do You Think You Are? and as much as I try not to, I won’t be able to stop myself from thinking of Keenan Thompson’s impression of her on SNL. That song just tickles me! BTW, I tried to stick a YouTube link here, but NBC has disabled them, other than just the audio. Catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The View. Kris Jenner is the guest cohost, and Dr. Drew Pinsky, Katharine McPhee, and Michael Corbett are the guests today. 10:00 PM CT ABC

2. The Breakfast Club. Out of all the Brat Pack/John Hughes movies, I think this one will stand the test of time the most. Just in case you wanted to feel old, it’s been 27 years. 11:30 AM CT HBO Signature

3. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Steve Harvey, Gabriel Mann, and Jason Mrazl. Syndicated, check local listings.

4. Firehouse Dog. This was actually a very cute family movie, with a terrier mix that happens to look a lot like my dog, an Airedale Terrier mix. 4:00 PM CT Fox Movie Channel

5. College Basketball. Akron at Kent State. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

6. Undercover Boss. Lynne Zappone, Chief Talent Officer of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, goes undercover working in her own company. 7:00 PM CT CBS

7. Who Do You Think You Are? Reba McEntire researches her family history. 7:00 PM CT NBC

8. Shark Tank.The ideas pitched include mix-and-match flavored lip balm, a revolutionary clothing item, new kitchen products, and a device that recycles heat, and a followup on the Daisy Cakes creator. 7:00 PM CT ABC

9. NBA Basketball. Golden State Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

10. A Gifted Man. Michael finds a special connection between Anna and a clinic patient and reunites with a friend suffering from a rare illness. 8:00 PM CT CBS

11. Grimm. Nick and Hank need to look for rare coins after a robbery is botched and ends in murder, and Aunt Marie’s friend visits with info on Nick’s family. 8:00 PM CT NBC

12. Primetime: What Would You Do? The scenarios include A man refusing to marry his fiancé after hearing her secret, a woman who looks abused, a boy telling his dad he’s gay, and a woman stealing things from a ski store. 8:00 PM CT ABC

13. Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. A brides unexpected future needs a dress to fit the situation, and another needs a dress that is fit to her personality and style. 8:00 PM CT TLC

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

15. Boxing. Joan Guzman vs. Jesus Pabon. 8:00 PM CT ESPN2

16. Blue Bloods. While investigating a story, Frank’s reporter friend is almost attacked. Danny and Jackie look for the assailant, and Jamie makes progress in his undercover case. 9:00 PM CT CBS

17. Dateline NBC. An investigation into daycare. 9:00 PM CT NBC

18. 20/20. A man is a suspect in the murder of his wife who died while on their honeymoon. 9:00 PM CT ABC

19. Merlin. Morgana visits the Dochraid who advises her to visit the Pool of Nemhain, and to cast her magical coin in the depths of the still water for her wish would be granted. Morgana does what she is told and soon after, the water begins to bubble and out immerges a man who claims he is at her service. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

20. Four Weddings. Kate plans an eco-friendly party, Jennifer has chocolate favors shaped like handcuffs, and Erika plans a German polka for her guests, while Roula’s do traditional Greek dancing. 9:00 PM CT TLC

21. Real Time with Bill Maher. Panelists include James Carville, Neil Degrasse Tyson, John Heilemann, former WI Sen. Russ Feingold, and Bob Lutz. 9:00 PM CT HBO

22. Spartacus: Vengeance. Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) urges his restless rebels to train for the defense of their new sanctuary. Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) and Ilithyia (Viva Bianca) seek comfort from each other, while Glaber’s (Craig Parker) forces swell with some deadly new recruits. 9:00 PM CT Starz

23. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns. 9:30 PM CT ESPN

24. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The guests tonight are Emily Blunt, Geoff Stults, and Scars on 45. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

American Idol, Mar. 1 – A Surprising, Yet Very Talented, Top 13

It’s become cliché, but this really could be the most talent ever this year on American Idol. It’s not which bad singers will round out the top 13, but which really good singers will be sent home. Over 33 million votes came in to help us decide that top 13. Other than a select few, I have no idea how this night is going to go, and that right there makes it kind of fun for a change.

We’re hitting the results really quickly, and it’s a good thing, as several of the contestants look like they’re about to barf. Chase Likens, Phillip Phillips, and Jeremy Rosado are called up to the front. Chase calls it beyond belief how nervous they all are. Jeremy says his heart is beating out of his chest.

Producer Jimmy Iovine says Jeremy has a great voice and probably gets the reward for the nicest person he’s seen in a long time, but it doesn’t cut it on this show, as you need much more than that. He calls Chase a goodlooking guy, but says to win on this show, you have to bring something fresh, original, and exciting, and he saw none of that. Jimmy knows they desperately need originality on the show, and Phil has that. A lot of people try to sing like him, but come out affected. He believes every word he sang and would sign him on the spot.

Looking at Jeremy, Randy Jackson agrees with Jimmy that it takes more than great looks, but thinks he has a great voice as well. Well, that’s what he said about Phil, not Jeremy. Jennifer Lopez thinks voices supersede some other things, and they re looking for the whole package, but she thinks Jeremy has that. Phil can’t even speak to what Jimmy said about him. Steven Tyler understands what Jimmy is talking about commercially when it comes to Chase, but sometimes the voice can come through, like Chase’s.

Jeremy and Chase do not make the top 10, but Phil does. Jeremy and Chase will have to hope for a wildcard shot with the judges. With Phil sitting alone in the chairs, Ryan Seacrest comes over and asks him if he can get him anything, but is only met with nervous laughter.

Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavanagh, Brielle von Hugel, and Hallie Day are brought down to center stage. Jimmy calls Hollie a little girl with a big voice. She could have been a little more believable, and with the right material, she could do some real damage. He doesn’t feel Brielle has a very Staten Island name, and he has family there. He thinks she has a lot of charisma, but doesn’t understand her song choice, thinking it will hurt her. Jimmy calls this Hallie’s best show so far, with real poise, restraint and a great tone. There’s a lot of blondes, and he’s not sure who people will vote for. He thinks Jessica has talent from A to Z and would sign her on the the spot tonight. She has the pole position in this race.

Brielle still stands by her song choice, as she loves putting a twist on old classics. She’d just like to tell Jimmy that she’s respectful of him and loves him. Jennifer isn’t sure whether Hallie was a standout enough over the others to be in the top five. Brielle and Hallie do not make it, while Jessica and Hollie do, as they join Phil on the stools. The others are hoping for a wildcard. I’m a little surprised Hollie made it, as she didn’t seem to show anything different.

During the commercial breaks, the judges were bickering, and Randy jokes they were arguing over life’s issues, but truthfully, they’re already arguing about who they will put through as wildcards.

Returning to the guys, Joshua Ledet, Heejun Han, and Adam “White Chocolate” Brock are called to center stage. Adam addresses the how the night is go ing backstage, saying they’re excited, but thinking everyone did well, and it all neutralizes each other. It’s cheesy and corny, but they all love each other.

Jimmy knows Joshua is the real deal. He sang great, and there’s no question he’ll get through. He’s looking forwad to working with him, but it’s his job to make sure they don’t turn him into Sister Act III. Jimmy talks about Adam’s comment that he has a large black woman trapped in a white body, but he doesn’t think he’s putting them both on right now. He wants him to merge them into one and show up as one person. Jimmy is completely confused by Heejun. He gets the persnality and schtick with sort of a good voice, but this “isn’t American Comedian, it’s American Idol.”

Heejun is asked what he thinks about Jimmy’s comments about him, and asks back, “Who’s that?” He’s of course taking it seriously and knows it’s a singing competition, He thinks he has a lot to work with alongside comedy. Growing up singing in the church taught Joshua to sing from his soul and heart and everything he’s been through is helped by that. Adam wishes he could take his comments about himself back, but does get it. Joshua and Heejun make it through, while White Chocolate will hope for a wildcard.

Baylie Brown, Chelsea Sorrel, Skylar Laine, and Shannon Magrane approach center stage. Jimmy thinks Skylar did herself a lot of favors this week picking Stay With Me, blending soul with country. She brought a lot of charism and has a lot of stage presence. He would have voted for her and thinks the viewers will as well. He thinks Baylie has all the pieces, beautiful and a nice tone, but they didn’t come together. “Out of tune and out of here.” Chelsea has a real nice voice, but he doesn’t think “Carrie Underwood Karaoke” is original enough and thinks she’ll be in trouble. Jimmy really likes Shannon, seeing a really good voice and great poise, but thinks she was dressed more for going to the prom (He’s stealing my lines!), but he thinks she’ll do well tonight.

Shannon cries, saying she can’t help but do it, as she’s so happy, so excited, and she’s gone through so much. It’s such an amazing opportunity, and she doesn’t want it to end. Baylie would have sung on key if she could do anything differently. Well, duh. Skylar’s confidence comes from her loving the song and everyone getting into it with her. She knows what type of artist she wants to be and just wants to show that in everything she does.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Final 13 Revealed on American Idol

American Idol reveals it’s top 13 finalists after two months of auditions in hometowns, Hollywood, and Las Vegas. All 25 of them performed this week, and despite them saying everything it’s one of the most talented groups they have had, it really will be hard to choose which ones move on, especially with the guys. Catch up with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The View. Nancy Grace guest cohosts, and Zac Efron and Quanitta Underwood and sister Hazzauna are today’s guests. 10:00 AM CT ABC

2. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Justin Bieber, Megan Mullally, and Lauren Gray. Syndicated, check local listings.

3. College Basketball. Michigan at Illinois. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

4. College Basketball. Florida State at Virginia. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

5. 30 Rock. Frank tries to convince his mom he’s dating Liz in the hope of hiding his true relationship with Lynn, and Jenna and Tracy try to figure out how Pete’s whiskey disappeared. 7:00 PM CT NBC

6. American Idol. The votes for ten of the the finalists are revealed, and the others perform for a shot at being the three judges’ wildcard picks. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. NBA Basketball. Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic. 7:00 PM CT TNT

8. Rob. Rob’s dad tries to charm Maggie’s family, and Rosa gives cooking lessons to Hector. 7:30 PM CT CBS

9. Parks & Recreation. Leslie’s opponent gets a powerful campaign manager, Ron has to to hold interviews for Leslie’s replacement, and an unlikely person finds a solution to a difficult problem. 7:30 PM CT NBC

10. The Office. At the Sabre store opening, Dwight works on impressing Nellie with a theatrical presentation, and Andy has an embarrassing injury 8:00 PM CT NBC

11. NY Ink. Ami confronts Chris face to face when he can’t stop talking trash, Megan needs to make a choice between career and love, and Ami gets Tim’s help with the shop. 8:00 PM CT TLC

12. Swamp People. For the first time in his career, Tommy is on his own. Bruce takes the hunt to a the Stinky Bayou, a remote blog, and Liz and Kristi hope to have another big payday and take a big risk. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

13. Project Runway All Stars. The designers create avant garde designs with lighting technology. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

20. Braxton Family Values. As the sisters continue planning Mom Evelyn’s wedding, the bride has no clue what she wants, leaving her daughters frustrated. As they plan the bachelorette party, Evelyn becomes annoyed when she discovers they’re auditioning a male stripper. Meanwhile, Toni goes back into the recording studio with her ex-husband, Keri, to work on a new song. Vince continues recuperating, which pleases Tamar although she’s not so happy about his latest request… a puppy. 8:00 PM CT WE

15. College Basketball. Georgia at Kentucky. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

16. College Basketball. Villanova at Rutgers. 8:00 PM CT ESPN2

17. Up All Night. Reagan and Ava get a new militant boss when their idol acquires the show, and Chris helps Reed with the refurbishing of his bike. 8:30 PM CT NBC

18. Awake. Det. MIchael Britten has a car crash, then has two realities dueling it out with each other, one where his wife is killed, and another where his son is killed. 9:00 PM CT NBC

19. Archer. Archer’s abilities as an agent are affected by his sex life. 9:00 PM CT FX

20. Project Runway All Stars: After the Runway. Behind the scenes of the last episode. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

21. Jersey Shore. Mike makes the decision to tell the truth, and Pauly, Vinny, and Deena have difficulties being single roommates. 9:00 PM CT MTV

22. NBA Basketball. Miami Heat at Portland Trailblazers. 9:30 PM CT TNT

23. Unsupervised. Gary and Joel try to win the science fair with a psychic’s help. 9:30 PM CT FX

24. 24 Hour Catwalk. Astro turf is used to create a whimsical look, and a woman’s natural beauty is highlighted in a collection. 9:30 PM CT Lifetime

25. Conan. Megan Mullally, Steven Ho, and Mona are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

26. Inside Comedy. Sarah Silverman and Garry Shandling are the guests this week. 10:00 PM CT TBS

27. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Juluianne Moore, Brady Barr, and Chickenfoot are the guests tonight. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

American Idol, Feb. 29 – Adele and More Adele

Leap year only comes around once every four years. It doesn’t seem that long, but last time it did, David Cook was a contestant. Now that seems a long time ago. It was so long ago that it was the last year the three judges were Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson, the year before Kara DioGuardi joined the show. Now that really seems like a long time ago. In 2016 will we be saying the era of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy seems like a long time ago? From the guys’ talent we heard last night, it’s bound to be a memorable season. Will the girls’ talent tonight add to that?

Starting right out of the block tonight is Chelsea Sorrell, 23, from North Carolina. Just like the guys, the girls were all given cameras to show us a slice of their lives back home, and she shows us the first and second stoplights in her small town. Also shown is her shooting targets and her mom shopping. She wants to make her mommy and daddy proud tonight.

Chelsea sings Cowboy Casanova, and sounds really good. Her rendition doesn’t make us forget Carrie Underwood’s, but she’s good, nonetheless. She adds a little bit of sexy to the country girl thing, as well as a little bit of grit.

Randy tells Chelsea she can definitely sing and has a huge, big voice, and she showed that with the big note at the end. But he just wondered if it was the best choice, as they’ve seen the Carrie thing, and even though that’s what she likes, she needs to separate herself out. She needs to say this is who I am, as it’s like being compared to Steven Tyler, because you’re not going to compare. Yet it was strong vocals.

Jennifer is a big fan of Chelsea’s, and has loved her voice since the beginning. But to her, the song seemed a little nasally to her, which she hadn’t heard in her voice before. It makes her feel people didn’t get to hear the best part of her. It sucks to go first, so maybe the nerves added to that. Steven can feel her heart pounding from where he’s sitting. He thought she sang good, but he wants her to watch her phrasing and timing.

Erika Van Pelt is 26 and from Rhode Island. She introduces us to her mom and says she’s really shy, which she feels is weird, because she herself isn’t. The rest of the family is introduced as well. She rides mini bikes when she’s not mobile DJing. It’s nice to take a break from that after carrying the same speaker for ten years.Tonight she just wants to be electric and rock really hard to show everyone what she’s made of.

With What About Love, Erika takes the stage with straightened hair, which gives her a different look. Again, she’s really good, just like Chelsea, but I’m not sure the performance stands alone to make us remember it. She definitely has some great glory notes in it though.

Steven tells Erika it was beautiful, and there’s something magical about having the confidence she just had, as it breathes wings into a song. She nailed it. He loves the confidence and the way she hit the notes. Jennifer recognizes Erika as being one of the power voices, and as being comfortable up there. She feels she could have gone even further with it, knowing her. She wants her to let loose next time. Randy agrees with Jennifer, but says she showed the confidence with a restraint, almost like Adele. The first time he heard that, he thought if this girl DJs half as good as she sings, she’s dangerous.

Jen Hirsh, 24, of Agora Hills, CA, shows her apartment off, as well as her dog, Sadie. Oddly, she says she’s like her daughter as she’s walking her on a leash. Perhaps she shouldn’t become a mom. She also shows her boyfriend, who is not on a leash. The family vineyards also picks up a highlight as well as her new baby niece. She’s singing my favorite Adele song, One and Only Will this season be filled with Adele hits and comparisons? She does great with the song and does a few different things with it while staying true to the song itself. She has a great glory note in the middle.

J-Lo calls this beautiful and thinks Jen is the first one to come out and really let loose a little. She went for the high notes and she felt the emotion in the song. Steven thinks something about confidence makes a voice fly, and hers was soaring. She had a little rouble at the end, but she has what it trakes. Randy has loved Jen and her voice since the beginning with the swag and R&B, as she can do the runs. She needs to always remember she can go there. He thinks she’s one fo the best singers in the competition this year.

Ryan Seacrest puts Randy on the spot here and asks how the guys and girls are comparing gender to gender. Randy went home and watched the show last night and felt they were a little lenient and a little soft on them. There were some great perfromances, but some of them weren’t quite there. Ryan asks for names, and Randy is hesitant to do that. He thinks the girls are coming out scorching tonight and that the girls might come out winning the two-night rally. From where I’m sitting, so far the guys are taking the rally.

Brielle von Hugel, 17, from Staten Island, is a typical teenage girl. She goes to high school where she’s a cheerleader. She shows her brother and her house, as well as her mom, but we know Stage Mom very well. Apparently she Stage Moms the whole group. We didn’t see that coming, did we? Nah.

Brielle sings Sittin’ on the Dock of Bay surrounded by the top 13 guys. She leaves them behind and takes the stage. She has a great voice, but is missing the soul from this song. I’ve heard it sung by a street perfromer in new Orleans, and that’s the type of grit the song needs. It’s a grit that a 17-year-old isn’t going to recognize, but she does make ea valiant attempt to throw it up there at the end.

Steven tells Brielle she did it and has a great sense of the blues. He calls it beautiful and nice, nice, nice. That guy needs to head to New Orleans. I’m going to a wedding there on Good Friday; do you think Steven wants to go? This is what Jennifer loves about Brielle. She doesn’t know if people think of her as one of the big voices there, but she loves that she’s a true performer, eating it up and understanding what it takes to entertain. Randy was a little worried in the beginning, and thought it might be too low of a key for her, but she got into a sweet spot vocally. She can really swing and surprised him, with almost a little Janis Joplin in there.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Top 12 Girls Perform Live on Idol

The list of who has made it through the final judgement on American Idol haas been published, but I haven’t peaked! Watching the judges announce it is too much fun, and I don’t want it ruined. I’m fully prepared, or as much as I can be, to watch at least a few of my favorites go home. Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly.Alec Baldwin is guest cohost, and Larry the Cable Guy, Taylopr Kitsch, and animals from Busch Gardens and SeaWorld are today’s guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Kacie B. and Steve Spangler. Syndicated, check local listings.

3. College Basketball. Maryland at North Carolina. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

4. College Basketball. Marquette at Cincinnati. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

5. Survivor: One World. New conflicts come to the tribes during harsh elements, and the immunity challenge leads to frustration and contestants scrambling. 7:00 PM CT CBS

6. Whitney. Whitney is confronted with a mugger, leading to an unexpected reaction, Lily tries to stay busy after her wedding to Neal is called off, and Mark suggests Neal talk about his feelings. 7:00 PM CT NBC

7. The Middle. For her leap year birthday, Sue wants a big ta-do, Frankie finds out Make has been taking care of a stray cat, Brick starts crushing on a classmate, and Axl picks up a fascination with vacuuming. 7:00 PM CT ABC

8. One Tree Hill. Haley gets news that could prove tragic, Dan is taken back to his dark past, Julian and Brooke deal with Xavier, and Chase gets pushed to his boundaries. 7:00 PM CT CW

9. American Idol. The top twelve females compete for a shot at the final 13. 7:00 PM CT Fox

10. Are You There, Chelsea? After a minor league baseballer she’s been dating gets traded to the Yankees, Chelsea has to deal with her dad. Rick helps Nikki’s grandma. Wilmer Valderrama and Estelle Harris guest star. 7:30 PM CT NBC

11. Suburgatory. Fred thinks Sheila has an interest in George, and the new poetry teacher is interested in Dalia’s work, even though Tessa tries hard to impress her. 7:30 PM CT ABC

12. Criminal Minds. A series of murders in ATlanta appear to be been committed by more than one unsub. 8:00 PM CT CBS

13. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Featured tonight are the genocide crisis in the Sudan, the 24-year-old new mayor of Ithaca, NY, and Alexei Navalny. 8:00 PM CT NBC

14. Modern Family. Mitchell is pressured to make Cameron’s birthday even more special than usual, Jay’s manliness is questioned, and the girls interfere with Phil’s plans for leap day. 8:00 PM CT ABC

15. America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion. Season premiere. Former contestants of Britain’s Next Top Model compete against Americans. Kelly Osbourne is a guest judge. 8:00 PM CT CW

16. Ghost Hunters International. The team is off to Italy to find out if an Italian prison’s most famous inmate is guilty of paranormal crimes. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

17. Amazing Eats. “BBQ Bliss.” 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

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18. NBA Basketball. Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

19. College Basketball. Oklahoma at Texas. 8:00 PM CT ESPN2

20. Happy Endings. Dave obtains a liquor license for his food truck to make it a new hot spot, and the gang tries to stay away from Dave because they have sex dreams about him when they drink his signature cocktail. 8:30 PM CT ABC

21. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The team needs to utilize old-school methods to find a child abducted during a blackout. 9:00 PM CT CBS

22. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Child serves threatens to take the kids of Olivia’s half-brother away, and the abandoned baby a homeless couple finds leads to a shocking discovery. 9:00 PM CT NBC

23. Revenge. A recent scandal united the Graysons, Emily gets more and more anxious, and Amanda’s location comes into question. 9:00 PM CT ABC

24. Psych. Despereaux, Shawn, and Gus look for a dagger that according to a myth is said to unlock a hidden treasure. 9:00 PM CT USA

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

26. Face Off. The contestants are tashed with creating a character worthy of a Tim Burton film to be judged in front of Burton film veteran Catherine O’Hara. As the contestants get down to work, Ian notices that Sue had the same idea when it cam to designing their character. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

27. Top Chef: Texas. Chef’testants who’ve had to “pack their knives and go” return to compete in the finale – this time for the privilege to sous chef for their former adversaries and maybe even boost their damaged egos a bit. Surprise judges will decide if their dishes make the cut. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

28. The Challenge: Battle of the Exes. CT and Diem bring their relationship to a dark place, Paula and Ty try to further their relationship, and Rachel and Aneesa try out trust. 9:00 PM CT MTV

29. Conan. Khloe Kardashian, Matt Knudsen, and Jeb Corliss are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

30. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight are Neil Patrick Harris, Taylor Kitsch, Robert Glasper Experiment, and Lupe Fiasco and Bilal. 10:35 PM CT CBS

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Men Perform Live on American Idol

We’re finally able to catch the performances live now on American Idol, meaning we’ll get whole songs, and not just snippets. Should be an exciting night as the thirteen male finalists perform. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The View. Lucy Liu is guest cohost, and Poppy Montgomery is today’s guest. 10:00 AM CT ABC

2. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Kate Walsh is today’s guest. Syndicated, check local listings.

3. Independence Day. Will Smith seemed to really come into his own with this movie. He plays a fighter pilot who has the responsibility of saving the world heaped on him. 3:00 PM CT MoreMax

4. College Basketball. Michigan State at Indiana. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

5. College Basketball. Kansas State at Texas A&M. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

6. NCIS. “Need to Know.” 7:00 PM CT CBS

7. The Biggest Loser. During an 18-day trip home, the Losers are forced to test their knew resolves. One contestant wins immunity, and another $10,000. 7:00 PM CT NBC

8. Last Man Standing. A teen pulls a prank and hurts himself on the Baxters’ property, and Mike is asked to pay the bill. Kristen returns to school. 7:00 PM CT ABC

9. American Idol. The 13 boys semi-finalists perform. 7:00 PM CT Fox

10. Switched at Birth. Daphne has second thoughts about her relationship with Wilke, and Emmett finds out Bay is still in contact with Ty. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

11. Natural World. A marine biologist tags and tracks fifty sharks. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

12. Cougar Town. Jules spends her time making wedding plans until Travis has an accident and lands in the hospital. A new game takes a turn towards danger. 7:30 PM CT ABC

13. NCIS: Los Angeles. The team looks for evidence to prove Kensi is innocent after a meeting involving her father’s sniper unit turns deadly. 8:00 PM CT CBS

14. The River. The Magus crew goes aground in another vessel, and tears come from a shocking discovery. 8:00 PM CT ABC

15. Ringer. Andrew proposes again as Bridget realizes she’s in over her head, Olivia grows suspicious of Malcolm, and Juliet is forced to make a choice that will have Catherine taking drastic measures. 8:00 PM CT CW

16. Jane by Design. India asks Jane to go along on a business trip, which spoils her chance for spending the weekend with Nick. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

17. The Real Housewives of Orange County. Vicki and Briana have a heartfelt conversation, Slade tries out a comedy career, and Alexis and Heather try to resolve their differences. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

18. Hidden City. Don takes a second look at cases involving Bigfoot, the largest art heist, and an escape from Alcatraz. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

19. Top Gear. The crew tries to bring back a dangerous car’s reputations with challenges that end in a demolition derby. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

20. Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best. Fresh off her breakup with boyfriend Jason, Melissa is feeling depressed and overwhelmed. After consulting a medium who advises Melissa to take the time she needs to heal, Joan jumps at the opportunity and takes over some of Melissa’s mom duties and work responsibilities. But Joan’s ‘help’ doesn’t go quite as planned when she botches a business meeting and over-promises that Carol Burnett will guest host Cooper’s school fundraiser. 8:00 PM CT WE

21. College Basketball. Florida at Vanderbilt. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

22. Unforgettable. Nina and others of the police department are taking hostage by the father of a suspect shot by Roe, pushing Carrie and Al to the sidelines. 9:00 PM CT CBS

23. Parenthood. The family celebrates a wedding, Joel and Julia try to recover from the loss of Zoe’s baby, Adam and Crosby decide the fate of the Luncheonette, and Sarah looks at a big decision. 9:00 PM CT NBC

24. Body of Proof. Parents of a family that seems perfect are murdered, Curtis struggles with his new position, and Megan’s romantic life sparks. 9:00 PM CT ABC

25. Southland. “Fallout.” 9:00 PM CT TNT

26. White Collar. Agent Kramer tries to derail Neal’s commutation, Neal tries to fix something done in the past, and Peter has to pick sides. 9:00 PM CT USA

27. Justified. The feud between Quarles and the Detroit mob and Raylan heats up, setting Raylan up against the FBI. 9:00 PM CT FX

28. Ink Master. Human subjects are left with bad art after Portrait tattoos. 9:00 PM CT Spike

29. Tabatha Takes Over. Tabatha gives a salon owner a wakeup call to inspire his staff to step it up instead of walking out.. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

30. Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder. Britain’s most extreme hoarder spends forty minutes just to get to his front door through a passageway. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

31. Top Shot. Chris Reed makes a return to teach about modern shotguns, and the contestants compete in a head-to-head shotgun battle. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

32. Jersey Couture. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

33. Teen Mom 2. Season finale discussing the issues with Dr. Drew. 9:00 PM CT MTV

34. Late Show with David Letterman. Tonight’s guests include Nathan Lane and Estelle. 10:35 PM CBS

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Daytona 500?

A rain delay put off the Daytona 500 on Sunday, but will t hey be able to do it today? If so, it will be the first time ever for that particular race to be held on a Monday Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe plays the game as a celebrity contestant. Find out more. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Live! With Kelly. Kelly and guest cohost Neil Patrick Harris discuss the Oscars the morning after. Syndicated, check local listings.

3. NASCAR Racing. Rescheduled Daytona 500. 11:00 AM CT Fox/p>

4. The Color Purple. Steve Spielberg takes on Alice Walker’s novel, and includes an impressive lineup of stars, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and Oprah Winfrey. 2:40 PM CT RetroPlex

5. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Meredith Vieira and Emily VanCamp. Syndicated, check local listings.

6. College Basketball. Notre Dame at Georgetown. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

7. How I Met Your Mother. Barney woos Quinn even though she’s a stripper, Marshall and Lily show Robin all about suburban living, and Ted tries to come up with a plan for Robin’s room. 7:00 PM CT CBS

8. The Voice. More of the blind auditions. 7:00 PM CT NBC

9. The Bachelor. Ben and his final three have overnight dates in Switzerland, and one of the rejected women returns. 7:00 PM CT ABC

10. Gossip Girl. Blair believes Cyrus found a loophole in the prenup, Georgina and Chuck scheme leading to a surprising outcome, and a crisis has William van der Woodsen returning to the city. Billy Baldwin guest stars. 7:00 PM CT CW

11. House. The team tries to save a blind man who has a mysterious illness, and House’s mom visits unexpectedly. 7:00 PM CT Fox

12. Pretty Little Liars. The annual father/daughter dinner dance creates a conflict between the generations of those attending, and Ashley looks in’s Hanna’s affairs with help from an unexpected source. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

13. Basketball Wives. Evelyn and Chad discuss infidelity accusations, shocking videos of Kenya are found, and Royce pursues an off-Broadway production. 7:00 PM CT VH1

14. 2 Broke Girls. Max accompanies Carolina on a visit to the prison to see her dad. 7:30 PM CT CBS

15. Two and a Half Men. Walden’s ex-business partner is looking to bury the hatchet, and shows up at the beach house. 8:00 PM CT CBS

16. Hart of Dixie. George gets selected as Bluebell’s Man of the Year, disappointing Brick, Zoe helps Lavon in hosting a cocktail party honoring George, and Magnolia asks Wade to join her in composing and performing a song. 8:00 PM CT CW

17. Alcatraz. A man who was wrongfully imprisoned returns and now starts committing crimes. 8:00 PM CT Fox

18. American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior. OCC does a vuild for Veterans Airlift Command, while PJD finishes one for the One Call Concepts, and Senior is focused on reconciling with Mikey and Junior after his mom’s death. 8:00 PM CT Discovery

19. Hoarders. A diabetic woman is refused entry to her messy home, and another woman’s dirty home threatens her little grandson. 8:00 PM CT A&E

20. Being Human. Sally races down the steps to of the brownstone and finds the house in disarray. She calls out to ask whoever is causing this to stop but finds herself being faced with the mysterious force that’s been hunting her. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

21. The Lying Game. Ethan avoids Emma who is trying to find out what really happened on the reservation, Thayer starts to doubt Alec’s alibi, and Kristin becomes suspicious of Ted’s story of Justin’s mom. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

22. Bethenny Ever After. Bethenny and friends have a girl’s weekend in Montauk, and Bethenny realizes she can’t trust anyone but her closest friends. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

23. Bizarre Foods America. Andrew travels to West Virginia, where people are using methods both old and new to prepare the wildlife that flourishes in the state’s mountains and rivers. From eating fresh deer organs after a hunt, tasting New Appalachian cuisine like groundhog burgoo, to helping judge a “road kill cook-off,” Andrew finds that West Virginia is home to some of the best foods nature has to offer. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

24. College Basketball. Kansas at Oklahoma State. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

25. Mike and Molly. Molly suggests they writing their own vows, stressing Mike out, and Carol comes up with an unorthodox solution. 8:30 PM CT CBS

26. Hawaii Five-0. A retired NYPD bomb expert crosses paths with the team during an investigation into the death of a talk-radio host. 9:00 PM CT CBS

27. Smash. Karen needs to learn how to get ahead in the Broadway world, Derek hosts a party for a hot, young celebrity, Eileen tests out a new fundraising strategy, and Tom has a date. 9:00 PM CT NBC

28. Castle. Two women dressed as fairytale characters are found dead, and Castle and Beckett race to solve the crime before the killer strikes again. 9:00 PM CT ABC

29. Intervention. A woman could lose her family because of spending her son’s child-support money on booze. 9:00 PM CT A&E

30. Lost Girl. Bo pays a visit to Lauren after she reports of feeling ill but doesn’t seem to find anything out of the ordinary. Kenzi abruptly walks in a claims she is not feeling well either and while Lauren begins to examine her, Bo finds herself imagining the two in a somewhat intimate setting. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

31. Lizard Lick Towing. Ron grows aggravated when Bobby is a no-show on a work day. First, Ron heads to Bobby’s house to drag him out of bed for a potentially nasty repo. Then, back at the lot, Ron goes toe to toe with some of his workers in a crazy towing game he invented. And finally, with Ron and Bobby still trying to get out from under Dwight’s shadow, they get called out on a repo that could end with someone in the back of a police car. 9:00 PM CT truTV

32. It’s a Brad, Brad World. Brad gets a suruprise from Gary and is the stylist for a successful shoot for J Brand. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

33. Bad Girls Club: Las Vegas. Elease, Erica, Gia, and Demitra begin an alliance, while the twins are still focused on sending Elease home. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

34. The Amandas. Amanda is completely stressed out before her mother, the Reigning Queen of organization and Amanda’s role model, comes to town. Plus, can the Amanda’s create a nursery, baby-proof the house and host a successful garage sale before their client’s water breaks? 9:00 PM CT Style

35. Conan. Kathryn Hahn, Artie Lange, Nick DiPaolo, and Chiddy Bang are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

39. The Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Ed Helms, Dan Patrick, and Lyle Lovett. 10:35 PM CT CBS

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Billy Crystal’s Back on the Oscars

Billy Crystal is back as a last-hour host of the Academy Awards. He’s just a guy you can count on when you need him, just like the list of nominees, which seems to be all the usual names with Meryl Streep and George Clooney. There probably won’t be too many surprises tonight. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup. Daytona 500 from Daytona International Speedway. 11:30 AM CT Fox

2. College Basketball. Indiana at Minnesota. 12:00 PM CT ESPN

3. Back to the Future. You know what’s interesting about this movie is that the older it gets, the more the clothes and references to 1985 are like the references to 1955. 1955 seemed to so long ago and 1985 so modern, but now in 2011, it’s beginning to seem far away as well. 12:45 PM CT HBO Family

4. College Basketball. Pittsburgh at Louisville. 1:00 PM CT CBS

5. PGA Tour Golf. Finals from the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, AZ. 2:00 PM CT NBC

6. Vegas Vacation. Griswolds, Cousin Eddie, Las Vegas … Need I say more? 2:45 PM CT Comedy Central

7. College Basketball. Wisconsin at Ohio State. 3:00 PM CT CBS

8. 60 Minutes. Featured tonight are extreme athletes, white sharks, and Alex Honnold. 6:00 PM CT CBS

9. Oscars Red Carpet Live. Robin Roberts, Tim Gunn, Louise Roe, Jess Cagle, and Nina Garcia host the arrivals. 6:00 PM CT ABC

10. 2012 NBA All-Star Game. From Amway Arena in Orlando. 6:30 PM CT TNT

11. The Amazing Race. One team is reduced to tears, and the teams head to the world’s largest cattle market in Buenos Aires. 7:00 PM CT CBS

12. Jerseylicious Olivia is in charge, but booking two events for the same night may push Olivia to the breaking point with Gayle. Still lacking jobs and an income, Tracy and GiGi team up with “Glam Fairy” Alexa to style hair for a photo shoot at The Glam Factory. While keeping his salon managerial dream in sight, Filippo continues to press Anthony to begin his training now at Anthony’s current salon so that he is well prepared to handle the volume of work with the new salon opens. 7:00 PM CT Style

13. The 84th Annual Academy Awards. Billy Crystal hosts from the Kodak Theatre in L.A. 7:30 PM CT ABC

14. The Celebrity Apprentice. The teams are challenged to present a spectacular show for Medieval Times. 8:00 PM CT NBC

15. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The ladies are back from their African adventure. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

16. Ax Men. Casey Daugherty and Belinda Stanga take to the waters of the swamp and the Suwannee to show the men how it’s done. Oregon’s got a new logging outfit, and new company owner Levi Brown needs to round up his crew. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

17. Big Rich Texas. Connie and Melissa are planning a joint Sweet 16 party for Maddie and Grace, but Melissa gets frustrated when Connie’s crazy schedule makes it impossible for her to pull her weight. 8:00 PM CT Style

18. Worst Cooks in America. The aspiring cooks learn how to make pizzas. 8:00 PM CT Food Network

19. The Walking Dead. The fate of an outsider puts Rick and Shane in conflict, and Andrea helps Hershel’s daughter with an important decision. 8:00 PM CT AMC

20. Luck. Escalante is forced by Ace to swap jockeys, Marcus has concerns over his future, Kagle wants a handout, and Ace gives a lucky check to Claire. 8:00 PM CT HBO

21. Full Metal Jousting. One team uses an unusual training technique, and two jousters battle in the hardest joust so far. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

22. Comic Book Men. Walt wants Bryan to direct the Stash’s first commercial, and a customer brings in a fanboy’s dream. 9:00 PM CT AMC

23. Eastbound & Down. Kenny travels north to look for April and tries to liberate Stevie. 9:00 PM CT HBO

24. Life’s Too Short. Warwick makes a guest appearance at a wedding and gets hired to help in researching a role. 9:30 PM CT HBO

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Slow TV Saturday

It’s a very slow TV day, but that’s okay, as I’m on a weekend getaway in F-L-A. Thanks to the miracles of WiFI in airports and on two separate flights, I wrote up What’s Hot on TV Tonight. Speaking of Florida, the Nationwide race is on today coming out of DAytona

. College Basketball. Vanderbilt at Kentucky. 11:00 AM CT CBS

8. Jurassic Park. Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton came together for this movie that capitalized on the dinosaur craze at the time:.. Or maybe it’s that the craze was created from the movie. It stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. 11:00 AM CT Spike

1. College Basketball. Vanderbilt at Kentucky. 1:00 PM CT CBS

2. College Basketball. Notre Dame at St. John’s. 11:00 AM CT ESPN2

3. NASCAR Racing. Nationwide Series: Drive4COPD 300. 12:15 PM CT ESPN

.4 College Basketball. Villanova at Georgetown. 1:00 PM CT CBS

5. PGA Tour Golf. Quarterfinals of WGC Accenture Match Play Championship from the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, AZ. 1:00 PM CT NBC

6. College Basketball. Texas A&M at Oklahoma State. 1:00 PM CT ESPN2

.7 College Basketball. Missouri at Kansas. 3:00 PM CT CBS

.8. Ali 70 from Las Vegas. A celebration of Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday. 3:00 PM CT ABC

9. College Basketball. North Carolina at Virginia. 3:00 PM CT ESPN

10. College Basketball. Creighton at Indiana State. 3:00 PM CT ESPN2

11. Wedding Crashers. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson star as a pair of guys who use wedding receptions to crash weddings to meet women. Their mentor is a character played by Will Ferrell. 3:25 PM CT TBS

12. College Basketball. St. Mississippi State at Alabama. 5:00 PM CT ESPN

13. College Basketball. George Mason at Virginia Commonwealth. 5:00 PM CT ESPN2

14. Cops. In the first half hour, The suspect in a wallet-stealing gets tased, police nab a guy with 37 pieces of crack, and two men disagree on racial issues at a bus stop. In the second half hour, a drugged-out man is found crouching in a driveway, an officers finds a hit-and-run suspect has narcotics on him, and the truck of a vehicle turns up marijuana in a gallon-sized bag. 7:00 PM CT Fox

15. College Basketball. Richmond at Xavier. 5:00 PM CT ESPN2

16. The Firm. After the police clear Mitch, they release him, he visits Sarah in jail, yet she’s not talking, Ray gets clues about who’s pursuing Mitch, and cTammy and Abby investigate Moxon’s list. 8:00 PM CT NBC

17. Too Cute. The early stages of the lives of pugs, miniature Australian Shepherds, and Rottweilers.. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

18. College Basketball. Syracuse at Connecticut. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

19. 48 Hours Mystery. A former reality TV producer discusses the accusation he killed his wife and landed in Mexican prison. 9:00 PM CT CBS

20. College Basketball. Long Beach State at Creighton. 9:00 PM CT ESPN2

21. NBA Basketball. Atlanta Hawks at Portland Trailblazers. 9:00 PM CT NBA TV