On TV this week, April 20-24

On TV this week

MONDAY

Special Report With Bret Baier, 6 p.m., Fox News Channel We'd just like to point out that Bret, formerly the first Atlanta correspondent for Fox News, is moving to the D.C. anchor desk. Uh, not that we watch network news or anything.

Heroes, 9 p.m., NBC Sylar is having an identity crisis. Like, when did I become such a hollow caricature of the menacing freak from Season 1?

Sophie, 9:30 p.m., ABC Family She just had a baby, sure, so the time is ripe to try to start dating again, right? Right?

TUESDAY

The Biggest Loser, 8 p.m., NBC A recession friendly episode has Bob and Jillian taking a break from yelling at the fatties and doing something even our public schools should consider: How to buy healthy food at the grocery store on a budget. Because you can get an entire Big Mac meal for the price of Brussels sprouts these days, you know.

The Real Housewives of New York City, 10 p.m., Bravo Kelly takes time off from being jealous of Bethenny (see The Juice* on Page 23) to get her head shot updated. Boy, life is tough for these gals.

SERIES PREMIERE The Phone, 10 p.m., MTV Justin Timberlake is an executive producer for this new reality series, which basically drops normal folks into the middle of an action movie. Can you imagine what the insurance bill on this thing is?

WEDNESDAY

America's Next Top Model, 8 p.m., CW Now that London was kicked off for gaining 15 pounds in a matter of days (truly, that's astonishing), we can only hope freaky dollface Allison gets the boot. And when will they quit stringing poor, stylish, ugly Celia along?

Criminal Minds, 10 p.m., CBS The team realizes that one case they thought was part of a serial killer's portfolio may actually be the work of another suspect. Hey, it's job security, at least.

The Unusuals, 10 p.m., ABC We just can't handle another cop show. Sorry, but we can't.

THURSDAY

My Name Is Earl, 8 p.m., NBC Hilarity ensues whenever someone gets hit by a riding lawnmower. On TV, anyway.

Trouble the Water, 8:30 p.m., HBO A documentary on Hurricane Katrina will remind you why you should hate the last administration. Leave the current one to the nightly news.

Southland. 10 p.m., NBC Tom Sizemore plays a hard-partying actor and C. Thomas Howell plays a starstruck numbskull. Is this a reality show?

FRIDAY

Ghost Whisperer, 8 p.m., CBS Is this the only show that consistently has new episodes on Friday or what?

NUMB3RS, 10 p.m., CBS Oh, right, apparently not.

Party Down, 10:30 p.m., Starz Meanwhile, we have to turn to cable to find anything even remotely interesting. Nerds at a birthday party are something we can relate to.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

What to do this week

Leary to the rescue He's a long way from his No Cure for Cancer days, but Denis Leary is still provoking fans and critics alike with his Emmy-nominated work on Rescue Me and his new book, Why We Suck. On Tuesday he brings his Rescue Me Comedy Tour, with Lenny Clarke and Adam Ferrara, to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets are $56 and up. rutheckerdhall.com.

No. 1 in our hearts Peggy Fleming shot to stardom when she won the 1968 Olympic gold medal in figure skating and still is an icon of fitness. She will be at Tampa's Westshore Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to promote healthy living and preventing heart disease. This is personal; Fleming lost her father when he was 41 and her sister at age 50 to heart attacks. Sign up for free heart screenings by calling (713) 752-1901.

Another Olympic role model Olympic swimmer/superwoman Dara Torres, who at age 41 won three silver medals at the Beijing Olympics, will be in town Wednesday to sign copies of her book Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life. Get in line behind all the people in mom jeans at 7 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble in Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry.

Fleetwood Mac The tour is touted as their Greatest Hits Unleashed, so get ready for oldies but goodies — but without Christine McVie. The show is 8 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. Tickets start at $49.50. stpetetimesforum.com

EarthFest Wednesday is Earth Day, so plant a tree, recycle a plastic bottle or buy canvas totes at the supermarket. See, don't you feel better already? Eckerd College celebrates its environmental organizations and clubs, organic food and environmentally related crafts at 12:30 p.m. at Hough Quad on the campus at 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 864-7979.

Regis Philbin and Don Rickles Can you believe Rickles — the ultimate putdown artist — is 82? He joins Reeg, 77, for a night of comedy, anecdotes and music, backed by a 22-piece orchestra. You can bet they won't act their age. It's 8 p.m. Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $55-$69. rutheckerdhall.com

On TV this week, April 20-24 04/19/09 [Last modified: Sunday, April 19, 2009 6:40pm]

    

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