American Idol began in the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Or maybe that should be the other way around? The producers have stayed true to their word by limited the airtime for the crazy people but there were a few that had to be seen to be believed. The most interesting was Mark Mudd, descendant of the famous Dr. Mudd who treated John Wilkes Booth after the Lincoln assassination. Mudd had a full-on country twang that would never make it on Idol so he was sent packing. His farewell words to the judges? Be careful. I'm with Paula on this one, that sounds like a threat. Yeah, I say that to my teenager and grandmas say it to their grandkids, but isn't that a rather odd thing to say when leaving the judging room on Idol? I hope security walked this guy out.
Next up was the premiere of Lie to Me. Let me start by saying, I hate it when a network purposely runs a show long just to keep you from switching channels! The six minute overage played havoc with my DVR which was trying to record Top Chef and Law & Order. Come on Fox, have some confidence in your own show, will you?
The truth is, Lie to Me held my attention through to the very end. It's a sharper version of The Mentalist with Tim Roth taking the lead as an expert in body language and facial expressions. What I found truly fascinating was how they used photos of famous people to demonstrate their theories. The show hit the ground running with two very different plots woven together, one about a boy accused of murdering his teacher, the other about a senator accused of improper sexual acts. It was a lot to take in but I enjoyed the characters and the show's styling so I'll be tuning in again next week.
Last up was Restaurant Wars on Top Chef. This is the day where two teams much each build a restaurant from scratch -- theme, decor, menu and service. It's a tough enough job without a round of slap and tickle to make things awkward in the kitchen. Yes, Hosea and Leah went for a round of groping on the couch the night before then both recorded confessionals about how it was a big mistake as they both have steadies back home. Make that had steadies. It threw them both off their game but they're bacon was saved by Stefan's fabulous desserts and Fabio's front of the house personality. Radhika was sent packing for being a bad leader and, well, she didn't even cook anything and it was her concept, so I'm happy with her going home. Overall though, a tough call.
My favorite show, Supernatural, is on, so it's an easy call for me tonight.. I'm counting the hours.
Michael goes after a medical scam artist on a new Burn Notice on USA at 10:00.
It's always funny until someone gets hurt. It's Greg Behrendt's Wake-Up Call on SoapNet.
LA Ink is new on TLC as is Dragons' Den on BBC America.
And for you DIY lovers, This Old House returns with hour long episodes tonight on your local PBS station.
Bones: Double Trouble in the Panhandle. Photo Credit: Greg Gayne/FOX
Smallville: Pictured: (L to R) Erica Durance as Lois Lane, Sam Witwer as Davis Bloom, Aaron Ashmore as Jimmy Olsen, Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan, Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Cassidy Freeman as Tess and Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels, The CW
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