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Spelling visits 90210 and American Idol boogies

Tori Spelling as Donna Martin is proving powerful for the CW as Spelling’s guest-starring run on 90210 continues, while American Idol does disco and Dancing with the Stars loses one star.

Last night, I was Dancing with the Stars when the heat took the lights out. The sudden heat wave in southern California that pushed temperatures into the high 90s caused me to miss six minutes of Dancing with the Stars, but karma was with me as the whole six minutes was filled with commercials!

We’ve got more on Dancing with the Stars in a minute.I had to skip Castle, so don’t tell me whodunit as I won’t be able to watch until tonight. Actually, after reviewing the schedule below, I may not have a free moment.

Tonight On TV: Tuesday, April 21

Fox is top on my list tonight with American Idol, and then Olivia witnesses a suicide that likely isn’t a suicide on Fringe.The CW has a new episode of Reaper and 90210.

What is Tori thinking? Why is my mom not talking to me!

ABC starts with a double dose of According to Jim, followed by the Dancing with the Stars results show, and then the new crime drama, The Unusuals.

CBS is all reruns tonight — a curious mix of The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, NCIS, and The Mentalist.

Big Bang is all new

NBC goes with Biggest Loser: Couples and finishes with a rerun of Law & Order: SVU.

Over on cable

MTV debuts their new series The Phone. It’s an interesting hybrid of action movie and reality show from the mind of Justin Timberlake. Cell phones are hidden in a city, and if someone picks one up and agrees, the game begins immediately. Participants are tasked to take on fantasy action scenarios that involve actors playing mobsters and other criminals, and I hear a car blows up in the first episode. Haven’t seen it yet, but it sounds like a blast.Former Melrose vixen Jamie Luner is joining All My ChildrenOn the tamer side, BET has College Hill, Bravo goes with Real Housewives of New York City, and BBCAmerica is finishing up Last Restaurant Standing.On the scripted side, FX has a new Rescue Me, and it’s board-game night on TBS’s My Boys.

News and notable

Former Profiler star Jamie Luner joins the cast of All My Children beginning this Friday.ABC is pulling In the Motherhood and Samantha Who off their schedule after this week’s airing on April 23. This is one week earlier than originally announced. Ugly Betty will return early to fill the spot.E! has ordered episodes of a Kardashians spin-off series following younger daughters Kourtney and Khloe as they open a boutique in Miami.Heidi and Spencer have signed up for I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here. The title is ironic, since the show features people such as The Hills couple, Gov. Rod Blagojevich and (it’s rumored) Sanjaya from American Idol.HBO has picked up Deadwood and Oz to air as part of their Sunday night slate. They will run unedited and in high def.NBC is in talks to bring Debra Messing back in her own sitcom.Photo credit:
The Big Bang Theory: The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis — Christmas is a source of stress for Leonard (Johnny Galecki, left), whose handsome colleague starts dating Penny (Kaley Cuoco, center). His friends are being tormented by Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons, right) obsession with gift-giving etiquette. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS
90210: Between a Sign and a Hard Place — Pictured: Tori Spelling as Donna. Photo: Michael Desmond/The CW
All My Children — Pictured: Jaime Luner. Photo: ABC/ Steve Fenn.

More TV tonight

Simon Baker tells us about The Mentalist
Don’t miss our American Idol site with news and interviews
Dancing with the Stars’ Cheryl Burke dishes

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