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On TV this week, Jan. 26-30

On TV this week


Kyle XY, 9 p.m., ABC Family There's a ton of stuff going on in the Trager household, but what amazes us most is that people still pay attention to it.

American Experience, 9 p.m., PBS Whatever happened to J. Robert Oppenheimer, the principal architect of the atomic bomb? Well, he was run out of Washington and ended up having his family's ties to the Communist Party used against him. Let that be a lesson to anyone who wants to help the federal government!

SERIES PREMIERE Trust Me, 10 p.m., TNT Another advertising show, this time set in Chicago during the present day. Does that mean this show will focus on the increasing ineffectual nature of advertising, thanks to the fact that we're bombarded with up to 10,000 ads per day?


Mr. Baseball, 8 p.m., Cinemax Every network seems to be taking the week off (except PBS), so here's an old 1992 comedy from the glory days of baseball comedies, starring Tom Selleck as a xenophobe journeyman who lands with a Japanese hardball club. Hilarity ensues.

SEASON PREMIERE Frontline/World. 9 p.m., PBS Right after President Obama announced Guantanamo Bay's detention center would be closed, this news magazine reports about several dozen men from rural China who were held there. A few were released in Albania (?), but 17 are left, waiting for a new president to set them free. Looks like it may happen now.

Nip/Tuck, 10 p.m., FX What is it with surgeons always sleeping with each other? Would someone familiar with this stuff please e-mail us and let us know if docs really are this incestuous?


Make 'em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, 8 p.m., PBS Snappy comebacks are a way of life for comics like W.C. Fields and Chris Rock. Obviously we need to pay more attention to their routines.

Top Chef, 10 p.m., Bravo We're at the point in the season when we can finally remember names, instead of calling all the contestants "short guy" or "gay girl" or "old lady" or "tattooed chick." We don't know how the judges do it.

Law & Order, 10 p.m., NBC A Russian mobster may have something to do with a trucking firm owner's death. Maybe he was shipping natural gas to Ukraine.


The Trials of Ted Haggard, 8 p.m., HBO We're not sure if you can call having sex with a male prostitute and having a meth habit a set of trials, but it sure seems to have made good fodder for a documentary.

Smallville, 8 p.m., CW Clark finds out what happened to Lana, and that Lex is still alive. Of course he is. No one ever dies in the comic book for long.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 9 p.m., CBS Great. As soon as Laurence Fishburne shows up, FBI agents start dropping dead. Coincidence?


Everybody Hates Chris, 8 p.m., CW Chris wants to bone up on the PSAT, but Rochelle wants the family to do something else, we learn that she really doesn't want the kid to succeed in school after all.

The Game, 8:30 p.m., CW Highlight: Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, shows up playing himself. And really, his voice isn't that high.

Friday Night Lights, 9 p.m., NBC Saracen just can't handle the fact that fans want J.D. McCoy to be quarterback. This must be inspired by the Chris Leak and Tim Tebow saga.

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]

On TV this week, Jan. 26-30 01/25/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 26, 2009 4:39pm]
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