Courtesy of ABCAnother week, another reality TV boondoggle. I know you know about American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, and The Biggest Loser, and because I don't have spoilervision, I don't know which to tell you to watch. So reality TV is up to you. Here, the best of the rest for this week's couch-potatoing.
Based on the 1999 film, this sitcom about two sisters and their dad (loosely based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew) premiered last summer to praise for its snappy dialogue and likable ensemble. Didja miss it? Are you looking for another mother-daughter bonding show while waiting for Glee to return? Catch up on the first two episodes now, in preparation for the premiere next week.
Monday 3/22 12:30 a.m.
I know I said no reality TV, but I just can't resist family tension and disastrous reunions. The contestants have to continue to eat right even when they visit home. Cue rounds of "Whaddaya mean, you don't want my meatballs?" Good times!
Tuesday 3/23 10 p.m. ABC
Another catch-up. V stands for Visitors, as in outer-space alien lizards in human suits bent on taking over the world. Originally a miniseries from the '80s, this update is slick, engaging, and fun to watch -- though, boohoo, science-fiction geeks, Alan Tudyk (from Serenity and Dollhouse) gets killed off. Still, ABC mushes the first four episodes together here for you, in hopes you'll get hooked before next week's new ep.
Wednesday 3/24 9:30 p.m. ABC
Love Courtney Cox. Love this kooky series. And this week, love that Sheryl Crow is guesting as a wine rep. Plus, Jules swears she's going to give up wine for a month. Does month=minute? Because if not, then no.
Wednesday 3/24 10 p.m. ABC
Sob! Maybe if we all watch every last episode, and wish really, really hard, the network honchos who cancelled it will have a change of heart? A girl can dream. Meanwhile, the always adorable uber-girl-next-door Kathy Najimy guests as an orthodontist/fairy godmother kinda thing. Look, it involves a dream sequence. Just watch.
Wednesday 3/24 11:30 p.m. CBS
No way. Remember that viral video where the two guys were reunited with the lion they'd known as a cub? And he galloped into their arms to the strains of Aerosmith? OMG, are you crying just thinking about it it? Then watch this documentary that tells the whole story. And stock up on Kleenex.
Thursday 3/25 9:30 p.m. NBC
Cannot stop thinking about this premise: A surrogate, carrying babies for a couple, goes into a coma from which she'll never wake. The couple wants to keep her alive long enough for the babies to finish gestating; the woman's husband says "she agreed to be a surrogate, not an incubator." So. Horrible. May not be able to turn away.
Classic Movie of the Week:
Never mind that the actual plot is just plain disturbing (girl raised to be a courtesan finds true love -- sort of like My Fair Lady meets Pretty Woman). This is a classic, so just enjoy the retro weirdness. It's in the AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Passions list of great love stories, and features Lesie Caron, Maurice Chevalier (singing "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," ew ew ew!), great songs, and sumptuous sets.
This premiered last week, and we're kind of loving it. The premise: Three boys find themselves dad-less when their father goes to prison. They travel to Tucson, where he has a house and some cash, and hire a local dork named Ron to play their dad when they need one. Which is increasingly often. It's quirky. Who doesn't like quirky? Give it a try.
What are you watching this week?