Smallville leads tonight's TV

Oct 2, 2008 at 5:39 p.m. ET

America's Next Top Model was a disaster last night! The girls each had to pose as natural disaster that's common in Los Angeles (tidal waves?) while destroying a tiny mock up of the city of angels. Neat set, but the photos didn't have the impact I was expecting. Really, there's no one in this bunch that really shines for me. I feel the same way about the designers of Top Design. Everyone plays it so safe all the time. Remember that year when one of the designers cut up the furniture to make a really cool piece of art out of his room? There's none of that this time around.

Project Runway pulled the same nonsense they pulled last year, no elimination, leaving all four to come back with collections before they make the final decision. And as much as I'd like to see Kenley's designs, I don't think she should be rewarded for her poor attitude. She needs a dose of humble pie.

I packed a lot of TV in last night with the second episode of Knight Rider and Tuesday's Fringe. I love them both for totally opposite reasons. Fringe is all complicated and mysterious. Knight Rider is simple and geeky cool. I am nothing if not well-rounded in my approach to TV.

Things get Toxic for Clark and Smallville

Tonight on TV - Thursday, October 2

Tonight is the first vice-presidential debate. Sarah Palin and Joe Biden will be squaring off on a plethora of issues. The debate can be seen on all the major networks so check your local listings for specific times.

Wilhelmina tries to entice Betty to take on a job as her assistant in a new Ugly Betty tonight on ABC.

This evening, on CBS's Survivor: Gabon -- Earth's Last Eden, tempers flare as a few of the tribe members are eating more than their fair share.

A new episode of Smallville on the CW, has Clark and Chloe scurrying around to find a cure for what is ailing Oliver before it takes his life. Then on Supernatural, Dean takes a trip back in time to meet his mom and dad when they were young and man...the secret he finds out is going to break his heart. (NOTE: Some CW stations are airing the debates, so check your listing to be sure.)

On Fox hip-hopers compete against rock stars in Hole in the Wall. Then, the crazy gets kicked up a notch as the divas from both the Flavor of Love ("FLAVA-FLAVE!") and Rock of Love go head-to-head in the second round.

Both back-to-back episodes of My Name is Earl on NBC are new, one of which guest stars Jerry Van Dyke, who portrays a surly, former green beret.

Over on cable

Not really into watching the mudslinging? Cable has a few options this evening!

While it may be a bit intense to watch, the Discovery Channel has a new episode of Destroyed in Seconds.

If comedy is what you seek, check out some of the humorous excuses drivers give traffic officers on two new episodes of Speeders on TruTV.

Get some fabulous "how to" ideas on HGTV tonight with new Myles of Style, Rate my Space, Extreme Living and House Hunters.

Tabatha's Salon Takeover is new on Bravo and so is Ace of Cakes on The Food Network.

FX has Mac and Charlie faking their own deaths on two new episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

News and notable

Fox has picked up a full season of Fringe, which thrills me. I love this show.

Singer Neal E. Boyd took the top prize on America's Got Talent.

American Idol's David Archuleta will pay a visit to iCarly.

The new season of Top Chef will begin on November 12 with New York City as the setting.

Rumor is Rosie O'Donnell is preparing for a primetime special on NBC.

Dawson's Creek's Kerr Smith will guest on an upcoming episode of Eli Stone.

Photo credit: Supernatural: Toxic, Tom Welling as Clark Kent (standing), Erica Durance as Lois Lane, and Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen, Photo by: Michael Courtney/The CW

Recent television news

Dancing with the Stars: Week two recap
Tina Fey gets Sarah Palin perfect again on SNL
Tonight on Reality TV
October's big premieres still remain