Soap opera stars abound on Ghost Whisperer as a spirit reeks havoc on the set of a popular daytime drama.
Speaking of the ghostly, last night Sam and Dean found and lost a baby brother in the space of forty-five minutes. It was the best Supernatural episode I’ve seen in a long time and left me both mighty happy and terribly sad. The sad came from the ending where the boys realize they’ve lost what could be the only blood relative they had left. The happy comes from the incredible tension, action and chills in this episode about ghouls who have moved on to snacking on the living instead of the dead.
Kudos to Supernatural for placing a subtle tribute to their fallen godfather, director Kim Manners in the episode. It came in the form of an advertisement for a local happy hour that contained a doctored photo of Manners as well as the initials KM. Again, so sweet and so sad.
Murder and mayhem was the theme of the night as I rolled from Supernatural into Harper’s Island. This episode didn’t hold my attention as last week’s did, maybe because there was only one murder instead of three. Totally surprised, though, by who bought the big one. And what’s with the red ink they found in suicide girl’s eyes? Very creepy.Seems like tonight’s viewing will be more of same but I’m good with that. I’ve been looking forward to this episode of Numb3rs since I first heard about it. I think I’ll need to keep a box of tissues handy because this one is going to be a grabber.
Tonight On TV — Friday, April 24
CBS will again be the one to beat with all new episodes of their top shows. First off, that pesky ghost is loose on the set of a soap opera on Ghost Whisperer. Don’t miss soaps.com story on the CBS soap synergy here. Stars Thad Luckinbill and Amelia Heinle are only two!Then on CBS, a pregnant woman is abducted by a merciless crew of thugs on Flashpoint, and finally, Don’s life hangs in the balance after he’s brutally stabbed on Numb3rs.
ABC has a new Wife Swap that matches meat-eaters with vegans, then it’s an extended version of 20/20.
Fox sends a sniper after Linc on Prison Break and Adelle creates a new best friend on Dollhouse.NBC has a double dose of Howie Do It, then it’s a two-hour Dateline.The CW has Everybody Hates Chris, The Game, and America’s Next Top Model.
Over on cable
Escape to Chimp Eden is a great show for the family. Catch that on Animal Planet.Dogs rule on National Geographic tonight; Dog Whisperer followed by DogTown.It’s the premiere of Wild Weddings on TLC and HGTV has a few new home programs for those who are fixing up or buying new.
News and notable
It was good news for a dozen of ABC’s tried and true TV shows. There will be another season of Wife Swap, Ugly Berry, America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Brothers and Sisters, Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Private Practice, and Supernanny.
The Style Network is in production on Mothers and Daughters of Dallas. This eight-part series looks at socialite moms and their debutante daughters in the Big D.
BET is launching a new network called CENTRIC. Aimed at the upscale African American audience, original programs include Model City, Real Life Divas and Urban Livin’. Look for the channel to pop up on your cable box later this year.Photo credit:
Supernatural: Jump the Shark — Jake Abel as Adam Milligan, Jensen Ackles as Dean, Jared Padalecki as Sam. Photo: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW
Numb3rs: The Fifth Man — Alan (Judd Hirsch, left) tenderly touches his son Don’s (Rob Morrow, right) hand as Don recovers from surgery after being stabbed. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS
Desperate Housewives – stars Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Dana Delany as Katherine Mayfair, Marcia Cross as Bree Van De Kamp, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Nicollette Sheridan as Edie Britt and Eva Longoria Parker as Gabrielle Solis. (ABC/Randee St. Nicholas)