THIS WEEK IN TV We have the season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares (Friday on Fox), and the returns of Smallville, Family Guy, American Dad, and 'Til Death (moving to Sunday). We also have the series finale of Dollhouse and most likely the series finale of Better Off Ted this week.
Monday-CBS is in reruns. Tuesday-ABC airs last season's two-hour finale of Lost. I guess that's to remind you of what happened because the new season starts next week. The Good Wife is a rerun on CBS. Human Target is airing on Tuesday night instead of Wednesday night. I presume that is because of the President's State of the Union speech airing Wednesday night. HT moves back to its normal timeslot next week. Wednesday-Other than the State of the Union Address, the only new network programming is American Idol. Thursday-Only The Deep End is new on ABC. CBS airs the special (and back-door pilot) Live for the Moment. And the comedies on NBC are all reruns. (Feel free to make your own Jay Leno Show joke here.) Friday-Everything is new except for the rerun of Smallville that airs after the new episode, and also the rerun of Law & Order. Saturday-the same shows that are always new on Saturday are new this Saturday. CBS airs The Magic of Ordinary Days (The W at Amazon) earlier in the night. NBC airs Truth in Motion: The US Ski Team's Road to Vancouver. Sunday-CBS follows up 60 Minutes with The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. As noted above, two new episodes of 'Til Death start out the night on Fox. 'Til Death was prempted on October 23rd (3 weeks after the season premiered), and then 4 new episodes aired on Christmas. NBC follows up the two-hour Dateline NBC with the two-hour SNL Sports Extra special.
TV RATINGS Since all five networks were airing Hope For Haiti on Friday, I think comparing them creates a real interesting contrast.
Sooooo, just for completeness, jus' bceause it was a kinda special week for latenight -- do we happen to have the comparative "late night" numbers? Y'know, just for this week ... Possibly even pulling out the Conan finale episode on 1/22/10 on its own ...?
Ok, it's picking up a little bit. The positive step forward includes less of an emphasis on "manatee jokes not funny enough to make it to Family Guy" and more of an emphasis on establishing characters.