THIS WEEK IN TV The Olympics are over, which means we're back to nearly full schedules. The networks are taking the opportunity to make a few changes:
Of course we've got that NBC business. Law & Order has two new episodes on Monday, Parenthood premieres on Tuesday (reairs on Saturday), they have two new episodes of Law & Order: SVU on Wednesday, The Marriage Ref on Thursday, and more Dateline NBC on Friday. In turn, let's point out that the only new CW shows this week are on Monday night. One Tree Hill goes away for two months. It's doing that so that Gossip Girl can finally come back next week (the last new episode of GG aired on December 7th). And GG is joined by Life Interrupted.
Monday * Castle (Monday on ABC) isn't back until next week, because we have the quasi-finale of The Bachelor followed by The Bachelor: After The Final Rose. * House isn't back with new episodes for two more weeks. Tuesday * On ABC they're still airing a rerun of the previous week's Lost before the new episode. The Forgotten is prempted by 20/20: Before They Were Stars. If you miss that 20/20, it reairs on Saturday. Wednesday * ABC has prempted Ugly Betty and replaced it with The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special. Ugly Betty returns next week. And the Oprah special reairs on Saturday. Thursday * The Deep End had its season finale last week. You get reruns of Grey's Anatomy for the next two weeks until Flash Forward returns. * Fox decided Past Life wasn't working and cancelled it. Kitchen Nightmares airs in that timeslot for a few weeks. * The Office is a one-hour episode this week, so 30 Rock doesn't return until next week. Friday * Reruns on Fox. * NBC premieres Who Do You Think You Are?. That's a show where celebrities trace their family trees. In the premiere episode, we find out that Sarah Jessica Parker's great grandmother was a horse. (That was a cheap shot, I'm sorry). Sunday * ABC is all about the Oscars all night. It starts with a Barbara Walters' Oscar Special, followed by the Oscar Red Carpet 2010 followed by the Academy Awards proper. * Only 'Til Death is new on Fox. * NBC isn't ready with the new Sunday schedule until next week, so we're stuck with Dateline NBC and Bad Boys II (The W at Amazon) on Sunday night. I wondered what Martin Lawrence was up to. IMDB says Death At A Funeral (with 11 names on the poster!), Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride, and Big Momma's House 3. So, yeah.
I was also struck by how much Slade looked like John McCain. I wonder if that was deliberate. This has been a fun season so far with all the guest stars and I hope they've got it ramping up to a great finish in the spring.