On TV this week, Jan. 25-29

On TV this week

MONDAY

SERIES PREMIERE The Inbetweeners, 9 p.m., BBC America The best part about British comedies is that they're all very short. This one is only six episodes. Surely you'll have your fill of four school chums by then, wot?

SEASON PREMIERE Damages, 10 p.m., FX As if Glenn Close wasn't enough, Lily Tomlin and Martin Short show up, with Keith Carradine joining the cast. It seems actors who've been out of the spotlight for a spell are getting their own stimulus package from this show.

Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders, 10 p.m. (check listings), PBS Sacha Baron Cohen's brother Erran tries to make amends to Kazakhstan after his brother's movie Borat, and some song called A Man Like Putin is all the rage in Russia. But is it in the Billboard Top 40? Didn't think so.

TUESDAY

Iran and the West, 8 p.m., NatGeo An increasingly ineffectual Democratic president hemmed in by a recession and a fuel crisis not of his own making is forced to deal with a quagmire in the Middle East. Wait, this was 30 years ago?

Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal, 9 p.m., A&E A couple of kids are terrified by nightmares and visions that seem to come true. Tom Cruise puts them in a hot tub and forces them to predict murders so he can charge suspects before the crimes are even committed.

SERIES PREMIERE 24/7 Jimmie Johnson: Race to Daytona, 10 p.m., HBO A four-part doc on the four-time Sprint Cup champ. That's an hour for each race, for you NASCAR fans out there.

WEDNESDAY

The Simpsons Movie, 8 p.m., FX We quit watching the show regularly years ago, so we didn't go to the theaters or watch this on premium cable. Thanks, FX; we may find some time now.

SERIES PREMIERE The National Parks: America's Best Idea, 9 p.m. (check listings), PBS Ken Burns dissects the places you hated to go as a kid in six two-hour slices. Tonight: Yosemite and Yellowstone.

SEASON FINALE Launch My Line, 10 p.m., Bravo Actually, this is only the first of a two-part finale, but the designers have to start putting their 10-piece collections together, so we say this counts for the SEASON FINALE tag.

THURSDAY

Live for the Moment, 8 p.m., CBS Survivor's Jeff Probst hosts this special in which he takes a man with Lou Gehrig's disease on a series of adventures to help him feel alive as he battles a terminal illness. The timing is strange, since Survivor's Jennifer Lyon just died of cancer last week.

Winter X Games, 9 p.m., ESPN Consider the next four days the empty calorie appetizer to the unsatisfying main course that is the Vancouver Games.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 9 p.m., CBS Taylor Swift shows up as the investigators try to determine just why her career will end up dead from overexposure. Seems like a pretty straightforward case.

FRIDAY

Dog Whisperer, 8 p.m., NatGeo Cesar adopts four puppies in an attempt to show you all that letting your dog jump up on us or scratch our arms or sit on our furniture is not funny. It's damned annoying.

SEASON PREMIERE Kitchen Nightmares, 9 p.m., Fox Gordon Ramsay screams at another set of hapless lackeys who seem to have apparently never seen this show before.

Medium, 9 p.m., CBS Allison dreams of a schizophrenic child who turns out to be the well-adjusted roommate of a missing psychiatry patient. Well yes, pharmaceutical advances do allow us to control schizophrenia at this point, Allison.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this week, Jan. 25-29 01/26/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 12:29pm]

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