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Obama inauguration specials abound

Hail to the Chief is the song of the day as we celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama.

New Yorkers in Times Square celebrate Obama's InaugurationQuite 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.

Fringe is new tonight as it gets BoundABC 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!

The Leverage cast strikes a pose

Over on cable

The Leverage 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 on E!.

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 Nitke
Leverage — Pictured: Aldis Hodge, Beth Riesgraf, Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman Christian Kane. Photo by Alan Markfield

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