Gossip Girl and Dancing Stars heat up

May 4, 2009 at 5:55 p.m. ET

Gossip Girl has Blair and Georgina hatching a revenge plot while Dancing with the Stars dances towards a final four.

Dollhouse gets realWhen I wasn't watching Stanley Cup Playoff Hockey this weekend, I was clearing off the DVR. Finally watched Dollhouse from Friday and what a wowzer that was. Finally, here's the humor and the pacing and the edge that Joss Whedon is known for. Big question is, why did it take them to the second to the last episode to get there?

Num3rs's 100th episode bowled me over with a very creepy case about a serial killer who breaks patterns in order to avoid detection. There were some great misdirection and moments where we thought Charlie might actually be having a break down. I've been a fan of this show from day one, so I was really happy to see all the previous episode references in this episode and I'm very happy about the nice brother moment at the end. The producers have always said this was a show about family and that final scene said it was so. One question: was that an Emmy award I saw in the conspiracy nut's storage room? Did anyone else see that or am I the one who's having a break down?NBC had their upfront announcements today and it looks like Chuck might get that third season pickup after all. They haven't said yes for sure yet, but after last week's fan march on Subway, NBC is taking a serious look at the not so serious spy drama. Ah, the power of fandom.

Tonight On TV -- Monday, May 4

ABC has cut Surviving Suburbia from the schedule so it's two hours of Dancing with the Stars, followed by a missing child case on Castle.CBS is laughing all the way to the bank with The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, and Rules of Engagement. The night finishes with an explosion at a restaurant on CSI: Miami.The CW's Gossip Girl has the gang plotting a little revenge while the lovechild that was supposedly dead of Lilly and Rufus appears to be alive and well. Blair puts Georgina on notice to make amends for her past that plays into the aforementioned revenge plot. The rivalry between Chuck and Nate over Blair reaches an explosive point. Meanwhile, remember Dan's having trouble with paying for Yale. Lily's going to do something about that tonight on Gossip Girl. After Gossip Girl, you're invited to Peyton's baby shower on One Tree Hill.

Michelle Trachtenberg and Ed Westwick on Gossip Girl

Fox's House has troubles of his own as he deals with the case of a breathless ballerina and then Jack Bauer is alone again, naturally on 24. 24 producers are promising a twist tonight to rival all previous twists!

NBC has Deal or No Deal then it's two parts of a three-part Medium that has Allison going corporate.

Over on cable

ABC Family burns off the last four episodes of Roommates tonight then puts that series out to pasture.VH1 has the premiere of NY Goes to Work and Gotti's Way and the finale of I Love Money 2.MTV has new episodes of The Hills and College Life.

News and notable

NBC handed down surprising renewals to two of their new shows, neither of which is doing all that well, the cop drama Southland and Amy Poehler's Parks and Recreation. Medium was also given another season. Chuck and Law & Order are expected to get pickups but it's not official.NBC announced three new shows for the fall season. Community, Parenthood, 100 Questions for Charlotte Payne and the apocalyptic Day One. Gossip Girl's Michelle Trachtenberg will star in the new nursing series Mercy and there's a second medical drama called Trauma.CBS is looking to cut a deal to air another season of Ghost Whisperer, but ABC, who owns the series isn't happy. Word is they may be shopping around to see if another network might want to pick up the show for a better price.I hear we may get one more dose of Denny on Grey's Anatomy. I hope that means Jeffrey Dean Morgan can return to Supernatural for at least one more episode, too!Photo credit:
Dollhouse -- Pictured: Eliza Dushku. Cr: Miranda Penn Turin/FOX
Gossip Girl -- Pictured: Ed Westwick as Chuck, Michelle Trachtenberg as Georgina. Photo Credit: Giovanni Rufino/The CW

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