It was all cable and DVDs for me last night as the curse of the holiday reruns continues. I started off watching pastry chefs spend hours on sugar showpieces that came crashing down on Food Network Challenge. Then I watched a great old Graham Norton Show with Stephanie Powers and Robert Wagner in a salute to Hart to Hart. If you've never seen Graham, you must give him a try. He is the most outrageous talk show host ever - very bawdy stuff though, so make sure there are no children in earshot.
Of the big MTV premiere's last night, I could only bring myself to watch The City. I turned on Bromance and felt myself growing ill within seconds. Did anyone watch? I'd love to know what you thought of it.
As for The City, well it's simply The Hills with new people, isn't it? There is plenty of meaningful, nasty glares when only the camera is looking -- three restaurants in 22 minutes and lots of noisy bar gossip. I hope Whitney didn't pay much for her dresses since they're all missing about six inches of fabric at the bottom! Yikes! As for Aussie Jay, I thought he was sexy and adorable for all of about ten minutes. I'm over him, too. Sorry, but I don't think I'll be tuning in for anymore episodes, but then I'm not exactly the demographic for this piece so no great loss for MTV.
Tonight on TV, Tuesday, December 30
CBS has a star-studded night on tap.
It begins with an NCIS rerun but then it's off to Washington DC for The Kennedy Center Honors. Honorees include Morgan Freeman, Barbara Streisand, Twyla Tharp, Pete Townsend and Roger Daltry.
NBC is all Law & Order with one regular and two SVU's.
Fox has reruns of House and Fringe.
The CW has 90210 and Privileged.
ABC has a weird mix of Happy New Year Charlie Brown and Rudolph's Shiny New Year (both very forgettable) followed by new episodes of According to Jim and Eli Stone.
Over on cable
History Channel looks at the 7 Deadly Sins. Tonight it's lust and envy!
VH1 continues its look at Hard Rock Songs and the Real Housewives of Orange County are all new on Bravo.
Make a fresh start in the new year with HGTV's Spice up Your Kitchen and Secrets That Sell.
Best pick of the night -- Leverage on TNT when Nate and the team take on the mob.
News and notable
The New York Times is saying that Scrubs
(aka, the show that wouldn't die) may live on past this current season only without the creator or star. And the point is...?
Don't miss our interview with Scrubs star Zach Braff on January 5.
Entertainment Weekly is saying that ABC has released Balthazar Getty from his Brothers and Sisters contract. The magazine says he may continue on as a recurring guest but Getty's people say he's not going anywhere.
ER fans, set your DVR's for January 15 for the return of Dr. Elizabeth Corday, aka Alex Kingston. Keep it set there after, as several other former ER stars will return before all is said and done.
The 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors -- Pictured left to right, (front row) Choreographer Twyla Tharp, Actor Morgan Freeman, Singer And Director Barbra Streisand, (back row) Musician Roger Daltrey, Musician Pete Townshend and Singer George Jones photographed at the State Department dinner Saturday December 6, 2008. Photo: Tony Esparza/CBS
According to Jim -- Courtney Thorne-Smith stars as Cheryl and Jim Belushi stars as Jim. Photo: ABC/Bob D'Amico