City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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TV best bets with return of ‘Private Practice,’ ‘Lie To Me,’ ‘The Hills,’ and season end of ‘Entourage’

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Most new fall shows have debuted but the networks are trickling a few out late, including ABC’s “Private Practice” Thursday, Fox’s “Lie to Me” Monday and Fox’s “Til Death” Friday.

A handful of new shows arrive, too, including the promising “The Middle” with Patricia Heaton Wednesday on ABC and the not-so-promising NBC drama “Trauma” Monday.

And if you’re hankering for a reunion of the “Seinfeld” crew, check out the fictional version on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Sunday. It’s well worth a look.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Ratings are sagging over last year. Is anyone going to miss Macy Gray’s goofy faces?
“How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. CBS — Ted is set up on a blind date with a gal he was set up for a blind date seven years earlier.
Intervention” 9 p.m. A&E (seventh season finale) — Sober companions help high-risk addicts to live on their own.
Trauma” 9 p.m. NBC (new series) — Paramedics deal with the aftermath of a nasty accident. Great action, so-so characters.
Lie to Me” 9 p.m. (second season debut) — A woman with multiple personalities might be the killer.
Hoarders” 10 p.m. A&E (first season finale) — Missy grapples with her son’s hoarding tendencies.
“Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” 8 p.m. CMT — Paula Deen may be smart with sweets but can she handle math?
Hell’s Kitchen” 8 p.m. Fox — Of the final 5, the likeliest winners may be Kevin, Tennille or Dave, who is hanging in there with a bad wrist.
NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — A bizarre death of a Marine and his two friends may be linked to the team’s past.
NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — Huge numbers last week (18 million plus) sampled this spinoff. Will they be back?
The Hills” 10 p.m. MTV (fifth season debut) — Lauren’s gone but Spencer and Heidi are still around. “The City” follows at 10:30.
“The Good Wife” 10 p.m. CBS — Alicia reps a stripper who claims she was raped by a prominent businessman.
Hank” 8 p.m. ABC (new series) — After “Back to You” died after one season, Kelsey Grammer tries again as an ousted exec forced to downsize. It’s not much better.

I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant” 8 p.m. TLC (second season debut) — Gotta give TLC credit for finding more examples for another season!
“The Middle” 8:30 p.m. ABC (new series) — After “Back to You” died after one season, Patricia Heaton tries again as a frazzled mom. This one is actually funny.
Glee” 9 p.m. Fox — Kristin Chenoweth, fresh off an Emmy,, guests.
“The Beautiful Life” 9 p.m. the CW — This show has actually been yanked off the air after two disastrously low-rated airings.
“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Big ratings last week. Can it hold fort week two? Jay and Manny have awkward father-son time.
Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — Bones and Brennan check out the remains of an Amish music prodigy.
Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Russell is successfully angling to be the most evil contestant ever and is pulling his team’s strings – so far.
Flash Forward” 8 p.m. ABC — Mark and Demetri track a suspect who may be connected to the blackout.
Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — Izzie returns to work after her near-death experience.
CSI” 9 p.m. CBS — A porn producer and a drug dealer are found dead.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 10 p.m. Bravo — Kim celebrates her “Tardy for the Party” song.“Private Practice” 10:01 p.m. ABC (third season debut) — Addison and Naomi fight to save Violet.
Brothers” 8 p.m. Fox — Adele takes over as a bartender to try to bring Chill and Mike together.
Ghost Whisperer” 8 p.m. CBS — The chain e-mail on this show is worse than your typical spam.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars” 8 p.m. Cartoon (second season debut) — Bounty hunter Cad Baine infiltrates the Jedi Temple.
“Til Death” 8:30 p.m. Fox (third season debut) — Ally and Doug camp out in a trailer in Eddie and Joy’s backyard. So much for the jacuzzi.
Diettribe” 9 p.m. Lifetime (second season debut) — A group of friends decide to diet en masse.
Stargate Universe” 9 p.m. SyFy (series debut) — An exploration team is trapped on an aging spaceship and can’t return to Earth. SGU will be more serialized than other Stargate shows.
Superfetch” 8 p.m. Saturday Animal Planet (new series) — Atlanta native Zac George turns ordinary pets into tricksters.
Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Ryan Reynolds and Lady GaGa guest.
America’s Funniest Home Videos” 7 p.m. Sunday ABC (20th season debut) — Falling on your bum never looked so good!
“The Simpsons” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox — Bart gets Mrs. Krabappel, drunk on spiked coffee, fired.
Curb Your Enthusiasm” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Larry gets the “Seinfeld” gang back together for a reunion with ulterior motives, of course.
Three Rivers” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS (new series) — Organ donation was never so schmaltzy.
Kourtney & Khloe ” 10 p.m. Sunday E! (first season finale) — Miami couldn’t be happier to see this end.
Entourage” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO (sixth season finale) — Drama resolves to give up acting. For what? Bartending?

7 comments Add your comment


September 27th, 2009
8:53 pm

Dexter all the way. Premiers tonight and I can’t wait.


September 27th, 2009
8:58 pm

Estoy mirando adelante a todas estas demostraciones esta semana. Gran televisión!

Archie Bunker

September 28th, 2009
9:18 am

Kelsey Grammer’s new series – “Hank” doesn’t seem that much of a stretch from “Frazier.” I hope I’m right, as the country is in dire need of something – anything – other than the trash geared toward the 20’s and 30’s audience.


September 28th, 2009
9:49 am

Brothers has some potential. I hope it doesn’t fall into the Black WB sitcom category of starting off great and then moving to straight buffoonery. I see Fox is finally trying to push their Friday Nights now with Brothers, Dollhouse and Til Death. Glad to see Fox is doing the Brothers House Party after the football games to boost the show. Now maybe if they did this previously, we could have seen more Wanda at Large and some conclusion to Boston Public.


September 28th, 2009
12:34 pm

I prefer the blogs that discuss the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Those small screen egotistical guerillas and the over the top nauseating homosexual make for great T.V.


September 29th, 2009
7:12 am

The new promos of Three Rivers are so much better than what you have posted here and the show is anything but schmaltzy…..many many people’s lives have been touched by organ donation/transplantation…..either themselves, family member, friend or co-worker. This IS an important subject and should be treated with respect. This show has some serious supporters behind it and Alex O’Loughlin, the star who plays Dr Andy Yablonski, is an Ambassador for Donate Life. Please give the show another look-see…….you’ll be pleasantly surprised.


October 2nd, 2009
10:52 pm

all good things