THIS WEEK IN TV * Finales this week include Better Off Ted, Scrubs, Everybody Hates Chris, Dollhouse, The Amazing Race, The Apprentice, Cold Case, The Unit, and Brothers & Sisters. I have heard a media expert give his opinion that this is the series finale for Everbody Hates Chris, since it will have 4 seasons and 88 episodes, which is enough for off-network syndication. * Deal Or No Deal returns on Monday. This is the first new episode to air since January 2nd, and the first time it's been a regular part of the schedule since it aired on Fridays in November. * There's a two-hour Dancing With the Stars on Monday which prempts Surviving Suburbia. * Better Off Ted has its season finale on Tuesday, which is not its normal timeslot. It sounds like President Obama's foray into primetime last week really screwed up ABC's schedule. So they're going to end it this week no matter what it takes, which includes prempting According To Jim to do so. Incidentally, Better Off Ted was supposed to have 13 episodes, and this finale makes 7. I'm going to go ahead and say a shortened season order is not a good sign for renewal. * Airing after Better Off Ted is a new episode of Scrubs. They need to do that so that on Wednesday night, they can air the two-part finale, "My Finale Part 1 and 2". * Thursday night on ABC, Private Practice is prempted by a special: Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist. * On Friday night, ABC airs the movie Happy Feet (The W at Amazon), since both Wife Swap and Supernanny ended last week. * The episode of Dollhouse is the 12th episode to air. The network ordered 13, but that included the original pilot, which they rejected. There is another episode, but it will not air on TV. According to Joss Whedon: "The decision had to do with the studio saying, 'We need another episode for our package, and we can't afford one. Can you do a clip show? Can we show the unaired pilot?' I'm like, 'No, you can't. It wouldn't make any sense. Besides, we cannibalized it for parts. Most of it's in other episodes.' And they were like, 'Well, we really have to have 13 for foreign.' And I said, 'I'll tell you what. I'll shoot a post-apocalyptic thriller that's all on our sets in six days with a cast of four other people, then we'll pepper it with different bits from our regular cast, and we can do it all during the schedule. It'll cost you half. I can do this.' And I was so in love with the idea that I just came up with off the top of my head, and that's what it turned into. It's one of the best episodes we've ever made." So it's set in the future from the series proper and features only small appearances by the regular cast. It did feature a guest appearance by Felicia Day. As noted, you won't see it unless you live in another country or you buy the Dollhouse DVD when it comes out. * Sometime after I posted last week's information, CBS moved Harper's Island to Saturday. This is as good a place as any to mention that In The Motherhood and Samantha Who? have been placed on hiatus. I don't think I've mentioned that, even thought it happened several weeks ago. In Samantha Who?'s case, I'm pretty sure this is the 4th time they've done so. Let's see: they ran reruns of it in August 2008, then the new season premiered on Monday at 9:30 Eastern in October. It went on hiatus after the December 1st airing, then returned March 26th, airing 8:30 Eastern on Thursday. It was placed on hiatus after the April 16th airing. There are supposed to be 7 more episodes of SW?, but no idea if or when those would air. Was anyone still watching it? So anyway, CBS is airing reruns of CSI in place of Harper's Island, and ABC brought back Ugly Betty to take the place of Motherhood and Samantha. * Saturday is for sports programming, with Game 3 of the NBA series between Cleveland and Atlanta on ABC in primetime, while FOX has NASCAR's Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway in Darlington, SC. * The CW's Sunday night movie is The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), featuring Roger Moore as James Bond and Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova, "Agent Triple X". Like other James Bond movies, this is now only available on DVD as part of the James Bond Ultimate Edition, in this case Volume 2.
LAST WEEK'S RATINGS Hey, did you know you can buy episodes Video On Demand at amazon.com? For some shows, buying it is the only legal way to watch it if you've missed it. Click the links below (where available) to go to the most recent show available.
Sunday's ratings are not available due to delays from Nielsen.
Dear Bravo: After watching the Top Chef marathon while convalescing from a good ol' case of the stomach flu (irony, no?), you've got me hooked. However, I ask only one thing for season two: For the love of god, NO Katie Lee Joel.