30 Rock finally returns tonight after Tina Fey’s Emmy victory in September, her priceless Sarah Palin impersonations on SNL, and now she’s ready to illuminate fall TV with her signature sitcom.
I don’t know what happened on KTLA last night, my CW affiliate station, but I never saw America’s Next Top Model and Stylista. They were listed as being bumped to 11:00 thanks to a basketball game, but at 11:00, Friends popped up instead. Grrr. I don’t like missing my shows, particularly for sporting events!
What I did watch was the first part of the two part finale of Top Design. The remaining four contestants had to make-over one room in a townhouse as an example of how they would decorate the whole house. Nathan almost did himself in by shying away from his usual bold style in an effort to show the judges that he could be traditional as well. Not a good choice but still he squeaked through along with Preston and Ondine as the final three. Eddie ended his chances with yet another Martha Stewart-inspired room and when he showed up at panel in that tweed suit and bowtie – it was time to go! I like this final three and I’m still 100 percent behind Nathan.
The biggest perk of my night was getting a sneak peak at the new TNT series Leverage. Wow, it’s Mission Impossible meets The A-Teamand I loved every second of it. Clever, witty, action-packed. This is going on my hit list and I’ll tell you more about it closer to the premiere.
In the meantime…
Tonight On TV – Thursday, October 30
It’s a big night for NBC with return of 30 Rock and guest Megan Mullally, but before that it’s My Name is Earl, Kath & Kim, and The Office. After the laughs, there’s plenty of drama on a new ER.
Over on CBS it’s Survivor: Gabon, then it’s a strange case of mixed up blood on CSI, and someone is experimenting on autistic teens on Eleventh Hour.
Jimmy gets close to the truth on The CW’s Smallville then the Winchester brothers take on the origins of Halloween in a Supernatural episode titled It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester.
Fox almost returns to its normal schedule with two episodes of Kitchen Nightmares, one old and one new.
ABC starts with a special guest visiting Hilda’s salon on Ugly Betty, then Bailey gets some new responsibilities on Grey’s Anatomy, and Sam runs into his own mother on Life on Mars.
Over on cable
For some really wacky, Halloween fun, tune in for The Rocky Horror Picture Show on My Network TV or Young Frankensteinon The Fox Movie Channel.
If you’re watching with children, try Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed on ABCFamily or Goosebumpson Cartoon Network.
Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style is new on Bravo, as is Iconoclastson Sundance.
Today’s clip: Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style
News and notable
USA made an unexpected announcement yesterday, bumping the return of Law & Order: Criminal Intentfrom next week to 2009. They say it’s the economic climate and nothing production related.
Apparently E! thinks it’s still complicated, as they’ve given Denise Richards the greenlight for a second season of her reality show.
Courteney Cox returns to TV with a new half-hour comedy for ABC called Cougar Town.
Rapper Ice Cube is in development on a police-themed comedy for NBC.
30 Rock: Do-over – Pictured: (l-r) Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, Megan Mullally as Bev — NBC Photo: Nicole Rivelli
Grey’s Anatomy: Life During Wartime – Pictured: Katherine Heigl (ABC/Eric Mccandless)