The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

NBC, weeknights, 11:35 p.m. ET |

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TALK

CBS Late Show host David Letterman, in a small eruption of venting to guest Dr. Phil, recently called rival Jay Leno "a complete boob." Well, since reclaiming his slot from Conan O'Brien in March, Leno has reversed Tonight's ratings decline and put the show back on top-simply by being the same complete boob he's always been. Longtime band director Kevin Eubanks will be leaving, with American Idol's Rickey Minor replacing him, but Leno's new Tonight is all about embracing the old Tonight (and tiptoeing away from the smoldering ruins of his bizarre 10 p.m. experiment, The Jay Leno Show). He seems thrilled simply to be back delivering the opening monologue. He rocks on his heels and inhales deeply, as if breathing in once more the pure oxygen of an enormous audience.

Into the Deep

PBS, check local listings |

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HISTORY

It's no exaggeration to call this one whale of a tale. Narrated by Willem Dafoe, Deep is a sprawling but precise history of the American whaling industry and its decisive role (up until the Civil War) in the nation's growth. The central incident here, one that rippled across decades and even inspired Moby-Dick, is the disaster of the Nantucket ship Essex, rammed to bits by an irate sperm whale in 1820. Even as Deep traces the grim changes in the industry-the boats became floating slaughterhouses-it never loses the primordial terror and fascination of man-against-sea.

Jesse Stone: No Remorse

CBS, May 9, 9 p.m. ET/PT |

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CRIME

Tom Selleck obviously gets a kick out of his repeat performances-this is his sixth-as detective Stone, a cranky, crime-solving lump created by the late Robert B. Parker. Suspended from the police force, Stone wanders around in a funk, just as gloomy whether sipping coffee or whiskey, until he's called in to help crack a string of parking-garage murders. The mystery itself isn't terribly intricate, although there's an unusual scene in which Stone tries-very tactfully-to get a mobster to admit being gay. What matters is a fine cast that includes Kathy Baker as a cop. In the middle of a divorce, she's not so chipper either. But she smiles wearily from time to time.

World's Toughest Fixes

National Geographic, Thursdays, 9 p.m. ET |

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REALITY

Back for a third season, World's Toughest Fixes is like playing with a giant's tool kit. Host Sean Riley goes on-site to explain the vast infrastructural repairs of everything from London's Tower Bridge to the tilt-a-whirl stage of Cirque du Soleil's Vegas show KA. It's great fun if you wonder about the glue holding together the modern world-less fun if you suffer from vertigo.

>1 THE AMAZING RACE

SUN. 5/9 8 P.M.

CBS

Host Phil Keoghan presides over the final sprint—it's on to San Francisco!

2 THE PACIFIC

SUN. 5/9 9 P.M.

HBO

Next-to-last episode, and especially bloody. Sledge (Joe Mazzello) is fighting on Okinawa.

3 GLEE

TUES. 5/11 9 P.M.

FOX

Rachel (Lea Michele) gets a sore throat, surely leading to some splendid diva scenes.

4 AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL

WED. 5/12 8 P.M.

CW

On the season finale Tyra Banks arranges a special portrait.

5 PARKS AND RECREATION

THURS. 5/13 8:30 P.M.

NBC

Rob Lowe arrives in sleepy Pawnee, playing a state auditor.

>• The Will & Grace alum, 51, joins the Starz comedy, now in its second season, as a chipper caterer.

EVER SERVE FOOD?

I was a waitress for three weeks when I was 21 in Chicago. I would bring the wrong food to the wrong table. I was terrible!

PARTYGOER OR PLANNER?

My husband (Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman) and I like hosting small parties. We invited a couple over and had Mariachi music and margaritas. But we are not game-night people. I get nervous playing games.

WHAT'S IT LIKE BEING THE "I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT BUTTER!" GIRL?

It's a blast! I've never looked better in my entire life-and it's for a butter commercial. I looked like Julia Roberts in that red dress.

>• Excellent news! Showtime is planning on broadcasting Web Therapy, Lisa Kudrow's gem of an online comedy about a self-trained and completely self-absorbed analyst. The series, in its third season at Lstudio.com, features a terrific cast of guest performers, including Jane Lynch, Courteney Cox Arquette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And Kudrow is in a class by herself: dry, sarcastic, irresistibly ridiculous.

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>The season finale is coming up-and I don't even care! By the hammer of Thor, what went wrong with the Emmy-winning sitcom?

1 THE ANTI-NBC MOCKERY GOT STALE.

The Jay Leno-Conan O'Brien dustup was satirized with a labored gag about a janitor named Khonani. Weak.

2 TINA FEY MAKES A GREAT SARAH PALIN ...

But her Liz Lemon has gotten stranded somewhere between cute irritability and annoying winsomeness.

3 KENNETH HAS NO FREQUENCY.

Jack McBrayer has been wonderful as studio page Kenneth-but putting him in drag? That's what you call a deal-breaker.

>• The New Orleans native, 46, goes home for HBO's post-Katrina drama.

HOW DO LOCALS LIKE TREME?

The whole city is watching the show and discussing the issues it raises. Treme is about the spirit of people trying to overcome.

IS THAT REALLY YOU ON THE TROMBONE?

I'm learning. When you hear me, it's really a guy named Stafford Agee.

ANY MUST-SEES FOR NEW ORLEANS VISITORS?

Preservation Hall, the Blue Nile, the Maple Leaf—any and every place you see on Treme.

>• The actress, 45, who plays Courteney Cox Arquette's married neighbor Ellie, is married to Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence.

DOES BILL EVER WORK YOUR RELATIONSHIP INTO THE SHOW?

Courteney and I are neighbors and we all hang out on weekends. We're always secretly whispering about how annoying our husbands are, even though we love them dearly. Bill will be talking in one conversation and pick up ours, and it will be in a script Monday in very exaggerated form.

THE SHOW HAS TURNED INTO A REAL ENSEMBLE

Bill might change the name. We're taking pitches!

DO ANY OF YOUR THREE KIDS WATCH?

They don't. One time Charlotte, my oldest, who's 9, was visiting on-set and was in the makeup trailer. When I came back from breakfast, she had told the makeup artist that her mommy feels the show was "inappropriate"-so they turned it off. She's very cute.

>1 THE AMAZING RACE

SUN. 5/9 8 P.M.

CBS

Host Phil Keoghan presides over the final sprint—it's on to San Francisco!

2 THE PACIFIC

SUN. 5/9 9 P.M.

HBO

Next-to-last episode, and especially bloody. Sledge (Joe Mazzello) is fighting on Okinawa.

3 GLEE

TUES. 5/11 9 P.M.

FOX

Rachel (Lea Michele) gets a sore throat, surely leading to some splendid diva scenes.

4 AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL

WED. 5/12 8 P.M.

CW

On the season finale Tyra Banks arranges a special portrait.

5 PARKS AND RECREATION

THURS. 5/13 8:30 P.M.

NBC

Rob Lowe arrives in sleepy Pawnee, playing a state auditor.

>• The Will & Grace alum, 51, joins the Starz comedy, now in its second season, as a chipper caterer.

EVER SERVE FOOD?

I was a waitress for three weeks when I was 21 in Chicago. I would bring the wrong food to the wrong table. I was terrible!

PARTYGOER OR PLANNER?

My husband [Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman] and I like hosting small parties. We invited a couple over and had Mariachi music and margaritas. But we are not game-night people. I get nervous playing games.

WHAT'S IT LIKE BEING THE "I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT BUTTER!" GIRL?

It's a blast! I've never looked better in my entire life—and it's for a butter commercial. I looked like Julia Roberts in that red dress.

>• Excellent news! Showtime is planning on broadcasting Web Therapy, Lisa Kudrow's gem of an online comedy about a self-trained and completely self-absorbed analyst. The series, in its third season at Lstudio.com, features a terrific cast of guest performers, including Jane Lynch, Courteney Cox Arquette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And Kudrow is in a class by herself: dry, sarcastic, irresistibly ridiculous. [

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>The season finale is coming up—and I don't even care! By the hammer of Thor, what went wrong with the Emmy-winning sitcom?

1 THE ANTI-NBC MOCKERY GOT STALE.

The Jay Leno-Conan O'Brien dustup was satirized with a labored gag about a janitor named Khonani. Weak.

2 TINA FEY MAKES A GREAT SARAH PALIN ...

But her Liz Lemon has gotten stranded somewhere between cute irritability and annoying winsomeness.

3 KENNETH HAS NO FREQUENCY.

Jack McBrayer has been wonderful as studio page Kenneth—but putting him in drag? That's what you call a deal-breaker.

>• The New Orleans native, 46, goes home for HBO's post-Katrina drama.

HOW DO LOCALS LIKE TREME?

The whole city is watching the show and discussing the issues it raises. Treme is about the spirit of people trying to overcome.

IS THAT REALLY YOU ON THE TROMBONE?

I'm learning. When you hear me, it's really a guy named Stafford Agee.

ANY MUST-SEES FOR NEW ORLEANS VISITORS?

Preservation Hall, the Blue Nile, the Maple Leaf—any and every place you see on Treme.

>• The actress, 45, who plays Courteney Cox Arquette's married neighbor Ellie, is married to Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence.

DOES BILL EVER WORK YOUR RELATIONSHIP INTO THE SHOW?

Courteney and I are neighbors and we all hang out on weekends. We're always secretly whispering about how annoying our husbands are, even though we love them dearly. Bill will be talking in one conversation and pick up ours, and it will be in a script Monday in very exaggerated form.

THE SHOW HAS TURNED INTO A REAL ENSEMBLE

Bill might change the name. We're taking pitches!

DO ANY OF YOUR THREE KIDS WATCH?

They don't. One time Charlotte, my oldest, who's 9, was visiting on-set and was in the makeup trailer. When I came back from breakfast, she had told the makeup artist that her mommy feels the show was "inappropriate"—so they turned it off. She's very cute.

  • Contributors:
  • PAUL CHI,
  • CHANDRA THOMAS,
  • CYNTHIA WANG.