Quite a historic day! If by tonight you need more than inauguration recaps, a couple of networks have got you covered.
Before we go there, let's talk about where we've been. Friday night hooked me again with Flashpoint and Numb3rs, though in the end I didn't care for the how the hostage-takers on the tour bus storyline played out. Flashpoint, as usual, took a very human turn when a decision to not enter a building puts a woman at risk. Honestly, I don't know how people do these jobs in real life -- how do they make peace with their decisions when things go sideways and people get killed?
On a lighter note, let's talk 24. Yes, really. How wacky is this show? Jack and Tony are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake -- but, wait -- they're the good guys! So the security guy lived and FBI girl will easily get out of her grave, but didn't the baddies shoot all of the other people at the ambassador's mansion? I keep swearing I'm going to stop watching and yet I keep tuning in. I suppose I want to see how truly outrageous it can get.
Superstars of Dance made their last eliminations before the finals last night and that wonderful team of Irish step dancers was given the bump. The South African judge thought he was on 24 as he took pot shots at nearly every dancer to hit the stage. A four! He gave someone a 4. Shouldn't 4's be handed out in the first round and not the semi-finale? This show still confuses me.
While I try to figure it all out, you take a look at what's on tonight.
Tonight on TV -- Tuesday
The big three are all going presidential for at least part of the night, but Fox is new with American Idol
and the fantastic Fringe
ABC has Inauguration Celebration
, A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama
CBS starts with an NCIS
rerun then follows with Dream Big Dream: The Inauguration of Barack Obama
, the 44th President of the United States
and finishes with The Mentalist
NBC has 2 hours of The Biggest Loser 7
and then an hour recap of The Inauguration of Barack Obama
The CW has business as usual with 90210
and a new Privileged
FOX hopes to take it all with more American Idol
auditions and then the second half of the season premiere of Fringe
. Have we mentioned: don't miss Fringe!
Over on cable
team takes on a fertilizer mogul on TNT tonight.
Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Orange County
while Nick Cannon plans a party on Party Monsters: Cabo
Check out the new Food Network competition series Chopped
at 10:00 or The Bad Girls Club
on Oxygen at the same time.
If you're still humming Hail to the Chief
, History Channel and National Geographic are both dedicating their evenings to presidential history.
News and notable
ABC is developing a series about a thirtysomething guy torn between his girlfriend and his slacker best friend.
Sasha Alexander returns to CBS in a new comedy called The Karenskys
about a woman who moves back to her hometown and is reunited with her wacky family.
Viacom is preparing a Spongebob Squarepants
documentary. Or should that be mockumentary?
FOX has picked up four new comedy pilots and seven dramas. Included are Ben Stiller's The Station
, which revolves around a covert CIA operative and his workmates who are embedded in a South American banana republic with a mission to install a new dictator. And then there's Warlorsky
about a lazy mall cop forced to step it up thanks to a new partner. With the success of the film Mall Cop
in theaters this past week, this one sounds like a sure winner.
On the drama side there is Maggie Hill
about a female surgeon dealing with adult-onset schizophrenia and WBTV
is working on a drama about past life readers.
Photo credit:Fringe: Bound
-- Ari Graynor (L) guest-stars as Rachel, Olivia's (Anna Torv, R) sister. Fox: Barbara NitkeLeverage
-- Pictured: Aldis Hodge, Beth Riesgraf, Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman Christian Kane. Photo by Alan Markfield
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