THIS WEEK IN TV is going to be a pretty short section for a while, as we've entered the long dark tea-time of the soul network television series. On Monday, American Gladiators, The Bachelorette, and Dateline NBC were new. MyNetwork has The Movie Preview Awards, which no-joke "celebrate[s] the best in movie trailers" and is hosted by Sinbad. On Tuesday, According To Jim has its last two new episodes, Moment of Truth has its summer premiere, and we get new episodes of Most Outrageous Moments and Hell's Kitchen, along with a special 48 Hours Mystery (entitled "Polygamy: A World Apart"). On Wednesday, NBC airs Game 3 of The Stanley Cup Finals, FOX sees the Wednesday premiere of So You Think You Can Dance, The CW moves new episodes of Farmer Wants A Wife to 9:00 pm Eastern, while ABC has new episodes of Wife Swap, Supernanny, and the return of Men In Trees for three weeks so that they can burn those episodes off. On Thursday, the big news is the two-hour season finale of Lost. Otherwise there are new episodes of So You Think You Can Dance and Last Comic Standing. MyNetwork is showing Hoosiers. On Friday, ABC airs the final two hours of the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The early parts air 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Eastern on ESPN. ESPN's portion will be hosted by SportsCenter anchor Chris McKendry; ABC's portion will be hosted by Tom Bergeron; both portions will feature appearances by America's Sexiest Sportscaster, Erin Andrews (link is SFW and does not feature ERIN ANDREWS NAKED but your IP department may not want you going to any links on playboy.com). There's also new episodes of WWE Smackdown, Dateline NBC, and 20/20. FOX is showing theatrical movie Little Black Book, while MyNetwork is going with Three Fugitives, starring Nick Nolte and Martin Short. On Saturday, NBC airs Game 4 of The Stanley Cup Finals. Jeez, they get 2 days off between game 3 and 4? A 7 game series must take two weeks. Fox has the usual Cops and America's Most Wanted. On ABC, you can catch The Rookie, based on the story of 35-year-old MLB rookie Jim Morris. CBS interestingly airs a special Elite XC Saturday Night Fights. Elite Xtreme Combat is an MMA organization. It'll be an interesting test to gauge the popularity of MMA vs the popularity of hockey. Their website say that televised card is as follows (height, weight and record according to their website as well): Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (6'2, 250 lbs, 2-0) vs. James Thompson (6'4, 155 lbs (I'm guessing that should be 255), 14-8) Gina Carano (5'8, 140 lbs, 5-0) vs. Kaitlin Young (5'9, 140 lbs, 4-1) Robbie Lawler (5'11, 185 lbs, 15-4) vs. Scott Smith (6'0, 185 lbs, 13-4) Elite XC MW Title Fight Phil Baroni (5'10, 185 lbs, 10-9) vs. Joey Villasenor (6'0, 185 lbs, 25-6) Jon Murphy (6'3, 255 lbs, 4-2) vs. Brett Rogers (6'5, 265 lbs, 7'0) swing bout. On Sunday, ABC will be devoted to Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, should it be necessary. CBS has the series premiere of Million Dollar Password, which of course features Regis Philbin as the host. Celebrities confirmed to appear include Rosie O'Donnell, Betty White, Tony Hawk, Neil Patrick Harris, Shanna Moakler, Monique Coleman, and Rachel Ray. There are also new episodes of 60 Minutes and Dateline NBC.
"those dead seasons when Dick Ebersol ran the show"? Didn't he run the show the season they had Martin Short, Billy Crystal, Harry Shearer, and Chris Guest? That was one of my favorite seasons. Either way, this is good news.