SUNDAY, JAN. 27
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS
8 P.M. | TNT/TBS
Here's one awards show with lots 'o stars—including presenters Kate Hudson
, Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey
MONDAY, JAN. 28
8 P.M. | CW
Serena van der Woodsen and her dear friends relocate to a new night of the week with a repeat of the 2007 pilot episode.
9:30 P.M. | HBO
Conceptually nervy half-hour drama—it airs five nights a week—about a psychiatrist (Gabriel Byrne) and his patients.
TUESDAY, JAN. 29
THE BIGGEST LOSER
8 P.M. | NBC
Temptation arrives in the alluring form of soda, after which comes an escalator challenge.
10 P.M. | A&E
Philadelphia parking workers issue tickets, boot wheels and enrage the driving citizenry.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30
LAW & ORDER
10 P.M. | NBC
Detectives Green and Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) pursue a politically connected creep in a multiple homicide case.
THURSDAY, JAN. 31
THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE
9 P.M. | NBC
One of the star contestants plays mole, defecting to the opposing team with the secret objective of spying. This sounds more le Carré than le Trump.
9 P.M. | CW
Those handsome, intrepid Winchester boys (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) investigate a coven of witches in Massachusetts. Well, it wouldn't be Delaware.
ABC, Jan. 31, 9 p.m. ET
Look! Our distress signal—vigilantly kept lit as the writers' strike dried up the supply of fresh programming and American Idol
swept in like the Cloverfield
beast—has finally been answered. Lost is back. At this point, frankly, I'd be grateful for an episode performed by sea monkeys, but new viewers should seek out the show and give their minds over to its crazily entertaining enigmas. As season 3 ended we witnessed the heroic (and—ooooh!—foretold) death of Charlie (Dominic Monaghan), then caught glimpses of what looked like a future off the island for Jack (Matthew Fox) and Kate (Evangeline Lilly
). ABC didn't send out a preview, to safeguard surprises. Fine. Just let the rescue operation begin.
ABC, Jan. 31, 10:02 p.m. ET |
Eli Stone is a sharp young San Francisco litigator whose life changes when he meets George Michael—more specifically, when a serious cerebral misfire triggers a fantasy that the pop star (playing himself) is in Eli's living room, singing "Faith." As his prophetic visions continue, Eli begins to take on the sort of wild, tilting-at-windmills cases you find on Boston Legal
. Jonny Lee Miller is quite good as Eli—no cloying cuteness and an aquiline profile that seems to pilot Eli forward with moral purpose. But the surreal touches don't have much magic, and the legal issues don't seem to make much sense. One can only wonder what trajectory the show might have followed if Michael had sung "I Want Your Sex."
Malcolm in the Middle
dad Bryan Cranston, 51, leaves sitcoms behind as a teacher turned meth dealer on AMC's Breaking Bad
ON HIS EDGY ROLE I've played a variety of characters, and this is one of my favorites. He's complex—he's burdened. He's a good guy who's got a bad deal.
ON GAINING WEIGHT FOR THE ROLE I didn't recognize myself [onscreen]. There were an extra 11 lbs. of heft around my middle. My wife doesn't like it for the obvious reasons, but I like it because I can eat anything!
ON KEEPING UP WITH THE MALCOLM GANG Jane Kaczmarek and I get together about every three months at a local place, and we catch up over coffee. People passing by will do a double take and go, "Hey, you guys are together! Look at you!"
Is this the next High School Musical
? The Jonas Brothers star in the Disney Channel movie Camp Rock, airing in June. Here's an exclusive peek at the cast: (from left) Meaghan Jette Martin, Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato, Kevin Jonas, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Jasmine Richards and Alyson Stoner. "It really was like going to camp," says Joe Jonas of the shoot last year in Canada. Off-camera, the brothers golfed, rowed—and threw dance parties. "That's the Jonas thing," says Joe.