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TV best bets with ‘BET Hip Hop Awards,’ ‘Cake Boss,’ ‘Friday Night Lights’

Ludacris performs at the Civic Center for the BET hip-hop awards. CREDIT: Hyosub Shin/ajc.com

Ludacris performs at the Civic Center for the BET hip-hop awards. CREDIT: Hyosub Shin/ajc.com

The ‘BET Hip Hop Awards,’ taped in Atlanta earlier this month, will finally air on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on BET. Expect plenty of Atlantans on the show, including Ludacris, Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy.

BET, which has numerous shows shot here in Atlanta, adds another one after the awards show: “Monica,” which focuses on the R&B singer’s life as she tries to get her career going again. (I interviewed her last week and will post a blog entry later today about it.)

Otherwise, you have shows like “Cake Boss” coming back on TLC because really, American’s can’t get enough of cake. And DirectTV has brought back the critically acclaimed series “Friday Night Lights” for a fourth season. (You Comcast subscribers will have to wait until early 2010 to see the show on NBC.)

Plus, FX debuts another comedy that it hopes can be the next “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” called “The League” on Thursday. Reviews, though, have been less than robust.

MONDAY
“The Dr. Oz Show” 3 p.m. WXIA — Steve McCoy of B98.5 asks a question.
Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Many are still peeved that Natalie Coughlin got cut last week before the likes of Michael Irvin.
So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox (special night) — A look at the top 20 dancers, including Augusta’s .Kathryn McCormick.
“Real Chance To Love” 9 p.m. VH1 (90-minute second season finale) — The two bros pick gals you know they won’t be dating in a year.
Cake Boss” 10 p.m. TLC (second season debut) — Someone wants a cake based on poisonous plants.
Castle” 10:02 p.m. ABC — This show has been guaranteed a full season. A man with vampire teeth is found with a stake through his heart.
TUESDAY
BET Hip Hop Awards” 8 p.m. BET — Young Jeezy, Snoop Dogg and numerous appearances by Atlanta’s Gucci Mane.
Dancing With the Stars” 9 p.m. ABC — Taylor Swift performs and two celebs get cut.
Frontline: Close to Home” 10 p.m. GPB — A view of the recession through the eyes of a salon owner in Manhattan.
Monica” 10 p.m. BET (new series) — Atlanta R&B singer Monica is back in the spotlight.
Sons of Anarchy” 10 p.m. FX — Last week, this show drew more 18-49 viewers than “The Jay Leno Show.” Samcro’s shortage of weapons forces them to take some extreme measures.
The Little Couple” 10 p.m. TLC (second season debut) — Jen gets her lungs tested to see if she can have a baby.
WEDNESDAY
Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space” 8 p.m. NBC — Ginormica and her buds check out alien pumpkins.
The Middle” 8:30 p.m. ABC — Mike helps his socially challenged son via basketball but he’s better souping up lawnmowers.
The Bureau” 9 p.m. ID — The FBI’s point of view of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing .
Friday Night Lights” 9 p.m. DirectTV (fourth season debut) — A new Dillon high school opens so teams and loyalties are split in half.
Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — Olivia and Elliot stumble upon a Mexican drug cartel and an FBI agent also working on the case.
Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — Natalie Portman pops by. Atlanta Kevin Gillespie lost Restaurant Wars last week though it was hardly his fault.
THURSDAY
FlashForward” 8 p.m. ABC — This show is no “Lost,” unfortunately. Dominic Monaghan, formerly of “Lost,” might help as he joins the cast.
Vampire Diaries” 8 p.m. the CW — Good news for fans: show has been guaranteed a full season. Elena tries to convince to Jeremy to stay away from Vicki.
CSI” 9 p.m. CBS — An entire football team is under suspicion when the coach is murdered.
The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Pam and Andy embark on cold calling to drum up sales.
The League” 10 p.m. FX (new series) — A comedy set with fantasy football as the backdrop.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 10 p.m. Bravo — Part one of a two-part reunion episode. The claws, of course, come out!
FRIDAY
The Ghost Whisperer” 8 p.m. CBS — The Headless Horseman haunts Melinda.
Law & Order” 8 p.m. NBC — A fashion company’s owner death leads to threatening Web site postings.
Smallville” 8 p.m. the CW — Oliver tries to help Mia (“Speedy”), who doublecrosses here.
Monk” 9 p.m. USA — Monk reluctantly watches over a dog while seeking clues about why the owner disappeared.
Stargate Universe” 9 p.m. SyFy — Now, it’s a water shortage so the crew seeks it from an ice planet.
Ugly Betty” 9 p.m. ABC — Betty is so overwhelmed, she is assigned Marc as her assistant. That won’t go well.
Numb3rs” 10 p.m. CBS — A decommissioned air base is home to “paranormal” disturbances.
WEEKEND
Superfetch” 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. tonight Animal Planet — Atlantan Zak George teaches a dog to usher guests at a wedding.
The Locator” 10 p.m. tonight WE (third season finale) — David helps his stepdaughter Christa find her biological father.
Amazing Race” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — A former Miss America doesn’t seem so chipper in the Netherlands.
Desperate Housewives” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Bree begins to fall for Karl and drift further from Orson.
Dexter” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Dexter tries to stay ahead of the Trinity investigation.
Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew” 10 p.m. Sunday VH1 (new series) — This sounds like a great addiction but Dr. Drew shows it isn’t.

20 comments Add your comment

atlBOY

October 26th, 2009
12:56 am

hmm, this week’s selections just don’t excite me, sorry to say. I DO love ‘Friday Night Lights’, though.

sdn

October 26th, 2009
6:19 am

Isn’t Cake Boss on TLC? Is it moving to Food Network?

Matt

October 26th, 2009
11:12 am

FNL is easily one of the best shows on TV.

Lissa

October 26th, 2009
11:53 am

I’m so glad to see Castle has been guaranteed a full season. I love Nathan Fillion! The writers of this show do a fantastic job knowing it’s audience. The Firefly references alone make it worthwhile.

a$$play

October 26th, 2009
1:14 pm

FX is where it’s at. Who watches “Network” any more when Tues- Son’s of Anarchy, Wed. – Nip/Tuck (not mentioned) Thurs- Always Sunny in Philly. Thank God for cable! Rodney… where is the love for shows like “Breaking Bad” on AMC from last year??? That show and SOA are the best shows of the year! Just like the atlanta radio market sucks… so does the local TV market.

steve walsh

October 26th, 2009
5:20 pm

TV has been savaged and is now eating itself. BET awards??? Best Bets??? That’s what this medium has to offer??? WATCH THE MOVIE “NETWORK”. It fortells the state that this broadcast medium has devolved into.

Stan

October 26th, 2009
7:30 pm

The Hip Hop awards on a channel nobody really watches is this weeks best bet? Srsly?

eyes

October 26th, 2009
8:27 pm

@Stan………….you may not watch it, but I bet you plenty do!!!!! Yes…..srsly!!!!!

eyes

October 26th, 2009
8:29 pm

@Stan…you may not watch it, but plenty do……….@Steve……………..do not like don’t watch!!!! Why so many haters!!!!!!!!

junebaby

October 26th, 2009
8:56 pm

there they go! so much hate, it brings ‘em out everytime. it’s not enough for “those people” not to like it, they have to try and tell everyone else what not to watch. i’d bet if they were broadcasting “Birth Of A Nation”, “those people” would be quick to endorse that show. it just goes to show; to “those people”, it’s not about what bet is broadcasting, it’s about who’s watching it, and how much “those people” hate them. actually, “those people” are pretty predictable!

Stan

October 26th, 2009
10:00 pm

What the heck is Birth Of A Nation? My tv lineup is House, Survivor, and Dexter. All of the rest of the shows are as lame as anything BET could ever put on. Besides, I don’t even know if Dish network even has BET.

eyes

October 26th, 2009
11:09 pm

@Stan….please do not be so immature……….if you need to know ch 124……..If you do not watch it why comment on it…………

Mark

October 27th, 2009
8:51 am

Birth of a nation is one of the best movies made. It portrays the negro as the animals that they are.

EYES

October 27th, 2009
11:51 am

@Mark………………….you really need to get a life. Now you are calling people animals. Trust me in life you had bad people in ALL races, not just one……where do you live under a rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT THE EFF?!?!

October 27th, 2009
1:19 pm

How in the world could you forget that the greatest piece of television art is also coming on tonight?

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” – 8PM on WSB channel 2.

Screw the hip hop awards. That’s not real hip hop anyway.

Tee Yea Teach You

October 27th, 2009
5:34 pm

I’m not trying to be prejudice but WHY IN THE HECK THE BET HIP HOP AWARDS ISN’T TAKING PLACE IN THE BRONX?! They must of forgot where it really came from huh?

BigboomNY

October 28th, 2009
11:30 am

Tee Yea Teach You – please tell these peoples wassup… Ny is the Alpha and Omega of Hip Hop.

Uncle Tom

October 28th, 2009
11:40 am

Oh nuts, I forgot to tune into Glee last week!

raydera

November 3rd, 2009
10:42 am

i think drake is so sexy he is my numba #1 boo

raydera

November 3rd, 2009
10:45 am

hey uncle tom your a b**ch for saying that because you should have tune into glee it was alsome