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On TV this week, Jan. 19-23

On TV this week


Inside the Actors Studio, 7 p.m, Bravo Want to see what real talent is like? Check out James Lipton's interview with Ricky Gervais, the Brit who's responsible for half the funny stuff on the tube lately.

Gossip Girl, 8 p.m., CW We'd give you a plot synopsis, but the latest ratings numbers show none of you watch this show anyway, so who cares?

SEASON PREMIERE Paranormal State, 10 p.m., A&E A house in New Jersey has uninvited guests. And no, they aren't relatives from Camden.


Note: President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration is today, so tune into just about any channel on TV during the day to see what's happening. Festivities are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on the West Front of the Capitol.

Privileged, 9 p.m., CW Steven Culp, a.k.a. Rex Van De Camp from Desperate Housewives, guest stars as Will's dad. Nice to see it only takes about five years to find work again after your character gets killed off on a hit show.

Dateline NBC, 10 p.m., NBC If for some reason you didn't watch the historic moment earlier, this show will take a look at the hoopla around the inauguration.

Leverage, 10 p.m., TNT When in doubt, send the cast to the Cayman Islands for some reason.


SEASON PREMIERE Lost, 8 p.m., ABC If you've done your homework, sit back and enjoy two hours of indecipherable plot. If you haven't seen this show before, sit back and enjoy two hours of indecipherable plot.

Knight Rider, 8 p.m., NBC This show has already been canceled, so at this point all you can do is enjoy the ride.

SERIES PREMIERE Lie to Me, 9 p.m., Fox No, it's not another talk show about politics, but rather features Tim Roth as a human lie detector. Kind of like Robert De Niro in Meet the Parents, but without the funny.


Grey's Anatomy, 9 p.m., ABC Even while Meredith tries to get Eric Stoltz to off himself so a little kid can get a liver, Dr. Hunt continues to show her and the rest of the cast what real emotional damage is like. Oh, mommy didn't love you, Mer? Try working in a war zone!

Winter X-Games, 9 p.m., ESPN There are apparently these sports you play that require you to have the ground covered in white stuff. Ni Hao Kai-lan told us it was called "xue," but others say it's called "snow."

30 Rock, 9:30 p.m., NBC Jenna's thinking of doing a lot of drugs and Jack wants Liz to go to the company retreat with him, but somehow Kenneth explaining diabetic diet guidelines sounds the funniest.


The Game, 8:30 p.m., CW You mean there are players on sports teams who are gay? That must be news to everyone except Malik.

Supernanny, 9 p.m., ABC So they're 5-year-olds who wear diapers and drink from bottles. Is there something wrong with that?

Friday Night Lights, 9 p.m., NBC Jumbotron or educational expenses? I think we all know the answer to that one. Hey, you can't watch the game in hi-def on a math book.

— Joshua Gillin

On TV this week, Jan. 19-23 01/18/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 18, 2009 8:46pm]
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