Over the past couple seasons, Monday night on CBS has officially become the most ridiculous night on television, thanks to Ms. Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny on The Big Bang Theory. My guess is that Penny came about late in the show's development stages, in a meeting between the writers and network execs. My guess is, it went down a little something like this:
Tonight, there's a wide range of entertainment for your viewing pleasure. A man diagnosed with the Liar Liar syndrome is brutally honest with the staff on House; General Juma totally commandeers the White House on 24; Sylar finally meets his father on Heroes; Summer Glau from Terminator:TSCC gives the nerds on The Big Bang Theory a collective boner; and John Matrix blows up everything in sight and swears at bad guys in Commando. Your preview after the break.
Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists, the kind of "beautiful minds" that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny moves in next door. Sheldon, Leonard's roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow CalTech scientists Wolowitz and Koothrappali. However, Leonard sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities… including love.Network: CBSAirs: 8/7c
Welcome back to Dillon, Panther fans. The roller coaster that is Friday Night Lights ebbed and flowed last week as well, and we may have said some teary goodbyes to some characters while getting better introductions to others. Mac McGill collapsed on the field during practice, and has been laid up in a hospital bed ever since. Coach Taylor reluctantly hired Wade Aikman, JD’s personal quarterback coach, to be his interim Offensive Coordinator. If that weren’t enough for him to chew, Tami found her dream home and put that on his plate. Cash left for the Rodeo circuit, and he and Tyra had a falling out over his reluctance to remain faithful over the stretch. Matt became frustrated with his lack of playing time and the receivers’ inability to run the correct routes, and he decided to lobby Coach to let him tryout as a receiver. Jason and Riggins went to New York to pay Wendell’s agent a visit and perhaps get Jason’s foot in the door for that job as well. Things didn’t always go to plan, just like life, and each character was judged not by the original plan, but how they responded to adversity.
Riley is back, bringing more drama to John and Sarah’s table, while a small glitch in Cameron’s wiring makes her actions volatile.To Kill A BirdThe episode begins with Cameron speaking to a bird who is flying around the living room. Cameron explains to the bird that the chimney is an unsuitable nesting spot for multiple reasons. She tells the bird that she is a migratory bird and should find a mate. The little creature flaps its wings, and soars right into the glass screen door, falling to the ground. Cameron picks it up and escorts it outside. Holding it in her hand she attempts to free the bird, who cannot fly because Cameron’s is unable to release her grip. After a moment, Cameron’s robotic fingers unwillingly clench violently, crushing the bird between them. It’s lifeless body then falls to the ground.Riley Returns
We join Walter and Jesse where we left them at the end of last season. Our two favorite meth manufacturers are able to produce enough pure, albeit blue, crystal meth to satisfy their new sociopath dealer named Tuco. After Tuco leaves, Walter, who is suffering from terminal lung cancer, decides he will need to make about $750,000 to leave to his wife and kids. Jesse buys a gun for protection at a fast food restaurant after he and Walter witness Tuco accidentally murder one of his lackeys. Jesse figures that Tuco will probably be coming for them to tie up all the lose ends. So Jesse and Walter contemplate murdering Tuco during an upcoming drug deal. Hank views the video from a robbery that Walter and Jesse committed at the end of last season. Hank theorizes that they’re some new big players in town and that they should be careful not to be caught by rival dealers first. Little does Hank know that Walter is the burglar from the video.
The producers of the original Battlestar Galactica had a plan. In the late 1970s, it wasn’t uncommon for a male lead in a TV series to have a major pop career. So when they found out early on that the Bee Gees – the biggest recording act in the known universe – were fans of their show, they reached out. The plan was this: the Bee Gees would write a thumping disco tune; Dirk Benedict would sing it; coke and hookers and cash to every AM station imaginable and voila! a world-wide smash that would guarantee a second season of Galactica.That song was called “Islanded in a Stream of Stars.” I’ll be giving you a taste of the words throughout this recap. For example:Islanded in a stream of starsDeath and betrayal is what we areTrust and love have gone so farIslanded in a stream of stars
Over the past few weeks, Friday nights on Fox at 9/8c have just gotten a lot hotter, thanks to Joss Whedon's new femme fatale-fest, Dollhouse.So take a moment to get to know three of the show's lethal ladies, and be sure to check it out tonight. It's Whedon, so you know he's got some cool stuff in store. (And yes, Buffy was a darn fine show.)Photos and info after the jump.
Breaking Bad follows protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Anna Gunn) and teenage son (RJ Mitte) who has cerebral palsy. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to secure his family's financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world. The series explores how a fatal diagnosis such as White's releases a typical man from the daily concerns and constraints of normal society and follows his transformation from mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade.Network: AMCAirs: Sundays 10/9c
"They Can Be Anyone You Want…"The show follows an organization that employs mind-wiped DNA-altered humans known as "Dolls" who are implanted with false memories and skills for various missions and tasks. When they are not 'at work' they are living in a real life Dollhouse which gives the show the name. One of those mind-wiped ladies, a young woman named Echo (Eliza Dushku) is slowly starting to become aware of herself and what's going on – all the while somebody on the outside is trying to bring the Dollhouse down while getting closer to Echo – possibly not aware that she is one of the Dolls he is after.Fridays @ 9PM ET/PT on FOX
This newest installment of 30 Rock starts with the end of 30 Rock’s fake sketch comedy show. Everyone is clapping and joyous because the show is over. Frank asks Liz Lemon if she wants to join the writers at a bar. She says no because she will go to a donut shop instead. Pete knows that Liz is upset and asks her about why.Before Liz can answer, Jenna runs up to Liz and asks why Tracy got more lines in the show than she did. Jenna doesn’t get the response she desires and claims she hurt her ankle. She is faking the injury to get attention. Jack is still at the office after the show. He tells Liz he's committed to Elisa, and won’t do anything involving other women while she is away. He sees the writers leaving to go to the bar and Jack follows them. He knows there are no women where those writers are going. Liz and Pete are at the donut shop. The donut shop girl is pregnant. Liz is getting a dozen assorted donuts to eat at the shop, and Pete realizes she wants to stay and talk to the pregnant teen. Pete bails from the donut shop and leaves Liz alone with the girl.
This weekend, teleport to the couch, grab your snuggie, and turn into TV Watchman. Only four more episodes of Battlestar Galactica, Jason hits the big apple in Friday Night Lights, Cameron's got a nasty glitch in Terminator: TSCC, and Sunday begins the second season of AMC's excellent foray into Crystal Meth with Breaking Bad. Also, scope out the updated 'Late Show Roundup,' where the amount of stuff to watch has increased by %150. Go Watchman, Go! Your preview after the break.
A blood drive van shows up in the Dunder-Mifflin parking lot, and as Michael's giving blood he talks to a cute lady whom he has a hard time forgetting, setting up a singles mixer in the office in an attempt to find her. Outside of the office, Jim and Pam go on a couples date with Phyllis and Bob, swapping stories and exchanging awkwardness. It's a pretty decent Office this week, right after the jump.
Take a dive right into your Thursday night TV. After three weeks, The Office is back with a timewarp back to Valentine's day, while 30 Rock is obsessed with babies. Be sure to catch some mad bboy action on MTV tonight–it's Quest Crew (all guys) vs. the Beat Freaks (all girls). Also note our updated 'Late Night Round-Up,' with an invasion of the Jimmys. Your leg twirling, body movin' TV preview after the break.
Beginning March 15, Warner Bros. and Turner will partner to launch WB, a 24-hour Warner-branded channel that will bring its TV and film library to the country. [Variety] If you work in the film or TV industry – don't worry. They only outsource real jobs to India. We at Screen Junkies would like to think that eventually the channel will open up to original content, and one of our sources sent us this top secret proposal for a 2009 WB India Fall Lineup. Seems like they're headed in that direction.See it after the jump:
So whatever happened to Sawyer and the gang since Locke pushed the old whirly-wheel? Well, according to this episode, their time jumps have been fixed, but unfortunately they're about thirty years before the time they crashed on the island. We jumps back and forth between present time and three years from now, watching the present Sawyer & Co. encounter both Others and Dharma, while future Sawyer & Co. are members of the Dharma Initiative, trying to help a a pregnant woman in labor, with romance blossoming on the side between two most unlikely lovers…and it's all in this week's Lost, after the jump.
Tonight, Lost hits it's midseason stride with a bunch of filthy, dishonest Islanders, while Demetri Martin digs deep into the complex world of the 'chair.' Also, Discovery Channel is airing an special on why Flight 1549 had to crash land in the Hudson River. Too bad the internet already told us. Find out what I'm talking about, along with your TV preview, right after the jump.
Claire sees a new side of her mom as she tires to figure out a way to help Alex escape, and Parkman and Peter receive intel from Rebel on where to find Daphne, so they head to Building 26 to take her back. Sylar's also back in this episode, with his trusty sidekick Microwave Boy, shedding further light on his dark past when he stumbles upon an old diner where his father took him long ago. It's a surprisingly decent Heroes after a string of steadily declining ones, and it's after the jump.
Why no new shows? The screwiness of the Digital Conversion has forced the "TV Sweeps", usually scheduled for February, to be pushed back to March 5th. In the meantime, TNT pretty much plays entertaining movies every night, and an epic monkey battle rages on tonight in Dark Days in Monkey City. Your preview after the break.
Are the Sangalese Terrorists from 24 going to blow up Washington D.C?! Too bad they'll have to blow up Jack Bauer first. Tonight he gets the main stage with 2HRs of no-nonsense screaming at corrupt gov't officials, explosions, and the emergence of Jon Voight as Bauer's new arch nemesis. You don't need to really know anything before watching this episode–just sit back and get your face blown off. Likewise, Heroes also offers some telepathic mind blowings tonight as well. Your preview after the jump.
Dubaku is still out cold in the hostipal. A laundry man gets past security, pulls out a syringe and injects Dubaku with a drug that makes start to convulse severely. Cut to a shot of General Juma who has a statement playing on a CNN-like channel, preaching his country's victory over the American invaders. "Find him, wherever he is," the President orders. And wait! There's more…
Sarah battles with vanquished enemies, deceptive doctors, smoking roommates, and a bad case of insomnia in this week's installment of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Celebration rang out this week in Dillon as the Panthers made it to the playoffs for the third straight year. However, the more pressing issues concerning the town’s parents’ relationships with their children may have overshadowed this cause.
"Relief Pitcher Kenny Powers was poised to rule the Big Leagues, but two things got in the way: his fading fastball and his insufferable personality. After a spectacular career flame-out, Kenny came home to Shelby County, NC and picked up a job as a substitute gym teacher (mostly so his brother Dustin would stop threatening to kick him out). He's spent every moment since then cashing in the last of his dying fame while plotting his inevitable comeback… one beer at a time." — HBO Produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Starring Danny McBride ('Pineapple Express'), Katy Mixon ('Four Christmases'), John Hawkes ('Deadwood') and a host of other talented comedians (including, on occasion, Mr. Ferrell), 'Eastbound & Down' was created by McBride along with two friends from film school: Jody Hill and Ben Best (the co-writer/director and co-writer of The Foot Fist Way, respectively). Network: HBO Airs: Sundays @ 10:30PM EST
Now this? Is more like it. Aaron Douglas, Katee Sackhoff and Grace Park were all given chances to shine, and it goes without saying that they all were great. Given the reveal at the end, some people might wonder if anybody might have said something to Kara at some point, but it’s not like she doesn’t have a history of acting out in public.
Fantastic TV Friday is patiently waiting for your gaze. Do what you can to drink up the !@#$ out of Battlestar–only 4 more episodes! What are we dorks going to do without the Cylons and the frak and the spaceships and the space drama and the Caprica 6? (I guess wait for this?) On the other hand, Terminator and Friday Night Lights are in the prime of their seasons, and as Sunday Special Treat, the How's Your News crew of intrepidly unique reporters visits the Mardi Gras capitol of the world. Your preview after the break.
This episode starts with Jack and Elisa on the street buying a hot dog. Jack spots a man juggling with his change and his baby. Jack is disgusted, saying, "that used to be a man." Elisa gets mad at Jack and confesses to him she wants kids someday.
Perform a karate chop (or a nunchuk) to turn on that TV of yours, and then pull a flying jump kick onto the couch for a solid night of comedy from NBC. Jack Black is back and totally wack as Po, the overweight kung fu master Panda, and Tracy Jordan gets interviewed by Larry King, which somehow makes the city of New York go into chaos. Hiiiii-ya. Your preview after the jump.
Locke, back on the mainland, three years later (hint: where the Oceanic Six are, dumbass), finds himself soon face to face not with Ben or Eloise Hawking but Charles Widmore, who soon introduces him to his old friend Abaddon, who will help him convince his friends to go back with him, and by help he means “chauffeur.” Locke goes to meet several of the Oceanic Six, and some others too, including one teenager who has an older but very familiar face. Check it out in another jaw-dropping Lost, after the jump.
Another Wednesday for you to glue your face to the TV screen for the next installment of Lost. Also, Demetri Martin comdecially expounds the topic of "brains." Your Wednesday movie treat has the guys who won't let you remember. Your preview after the jump.