We’ve been having a lot of “fall finales” going on lately; there’s another one happening tonight, so I’m kind of curious to see what I get to talk about for the next couple months. Obviously we’ve just seen the tip of the iceberg as far as sappy Christmas specials go, so more of those will be coming our way and you’ll all get to hear how much I hate Christmas. Or not Christmas, exactly, but what Christmas means in a cultural sense vis a vis … screw it. I hate Christmas. Deal with it. Also we’ll probably get some more mid-season replacement-type shows which are occasionally interesting but usually just make you realize why they’re mid-season replacements and not full season orders. (Don’t write angry comments about all the wonderful shows that started out as mid-season replacements. Just because there’s occasionally a gem to be found in a load of crap doesn’t negate the rest of the load of crap. It just makes it easier to forget that the load of crap is there.) For the moment, though, this is what your Wednesday night looks like:
8:00 p.m.: “Mercy” on NBC.
“The New Adventures of Old Christine” on CBS.
“So You Think You Can Dance” on FOX.
8:30 p.m.: “Gary Unmarried” on CBS.
“The Middle” on ABC.
9:00 p.m.: “Criminal Minds” on CBS,
“Friday Night Lights” on DirecTV. It’s KILLING ME that I don’t know what’s going on yet, but at the same time I want to wait and find out on my own. Goddamn NBC refusing to keep this show on the network. I WANT MY TIM RIGGINS BACK.
“Glee” on FOX, 1st season fall finale. I’m anticipating a cliffhanger of some kind. I wouldn’t have high hopes for Emma’s wedding, that’s for damn sure.
“Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit” on NBC.
“Modern Family” on ABC.
“Mythbusters” on Discovery.
9:30 p.m.: “Cougar Town” on ABC.
10:00 p.m.: “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009” on ABC, which I will not watch out of fear that one or both Gosselins will be featured.
“CSI: NY” on CBS.
“The Jay Leno Show” on NBC.
“Nip/Tuck” on FX.
“The Real World/Road Rules Challenge” on MTV, 18th season finale.
“Steven Seagal: Lawman” on A&E.
“Top Chef” on Bravo, part 2 of the 6th season finale. I’m super annoyed about Jen getting sent home last week because the way the show was presented on TV it seemed like Michael V had the worse dish, although there’s some indication that had more to do with the editing than anything else. Still, I’m suspicious that the producers just wanted to keep both the brothers in for the whole finale.
10:30 p.m.: “Steven Seagal: Lawman” on A&E.
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