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On TV this week, Nov. 1-5

On TV this week

MONDAY

The Women of SNL, 9 p.m., NBC The female members of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players get their own tribute show. Since Gilda Radner can't be there, we have to wonder if it's worth it.

SERIES PREMIERE My Big Friggin' Wedding, 9 p.m., VH1 Couples from New Jersey and New York plan their weddings in a sort of crossover between Jersey Shore and Bridezillas. The series ends when they fill the world with their unholy spawn.

SERIES PREMIERE Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby, 10:30 p.m., VH1 Slater and his girlfriend Courtney Mazza try to raise their baby daughter Gia on TV without ruining their marriage or putting the kid in therapy. Estimated life span: two seasons.

TUESDAY

SERIES PREMIERE Mysteries at the Museum, 9 p.m., Travel A globe-trotting doc that visits museums and galleries and tells the stories behind specific pieces. What's the deal with that Mona Lisa lady, anyway?

Kathy Griffin: Whores on Crutches, 10 p.m., Bravo Griffin goes off at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., ripping on Sarah Palin, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and her mom, Maggie. It's like her TV show, but in front of an audience.

SERIES PREMIERE Running Russell Simmons, 10 p.m., Oxygen So let's get this straight: It's not about Russell Simmons, it's about his staff of aides, crew and interns? Watching browbeaten, overworked lackeys do mind-numbing tasks isn't fun to watch at our office, so why should we watch it on TV?

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, 11 p.m., Comedy Central While the cable networks babble for hours about nothing, providing analysis that's both inaccurate and misleading, we'll be laughing at Jon Stewart and his crew making fun of everyone. If you don't laugh, you'll cry, these days.

WEDNESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE Secrets of the Dead, 8 p.m., PBS Egyptologists try to piece together the life of a pharaoh, hoping to rewrite everything we know about the ancient civilization. Since we haven't heard about Psusennes I before now, we're going to assume they didn't find anything earth-shattering.

MINISERIES PREMIERE Circus, 9 p.m., PBS About 150 performers and workers pull together a circus in this new six-parter that will make you not want to clap for the elephants ever again.

Cougar Town, 9:30 p.m., ABC Ever since we found out Courteney Cox might be dating Brian Van Holt in real life, we've had a hard time concentrating on the plots. This one does involve a Neti pot, though, so at least there's that grossness.

THURSDAY

Community, 8 p.m., NBC Hilary Duff continues her quest to guest star on every prime-time TV show on the airwaves.

SEASON PREMIERE Pranked, 10 p.m., MTV We liked this show better when it was called Punk'd.

SERIES PREMIERE Megadrive, 10:30 p.m., MTV Comedian Johnny Pemberton drives up your insurance rates by crashing tanks, fighter jets and hovercraft. Well, maybe not crashing, but certainly not piloting well.

SERIES PREMIERE Next Stop for Charlie, 11 p.m., Showtime If you saw 2006's Last Stop for Paul, you already know Neil Mandt's character heads off to find his slacker cousin Erik and ends up going on the road on a goofy festival circuit.

SEASON PREMIERE I Can't Believe I'm Still Single: From Portland to Portland, 11:30 p.m., Showtime Eric Schaeffer's series is back, following a filmmaker traveling across the country. Maybe this season he'll run into Charlie.

FRIDAY

SEASON PREMIERE Supernanny, 8 p.m., ABC Jo has to deal with a blended family where a teenager is abusive to the mom and the 4-year-old gets separation anxiety when dad leaves for the day. We're sure it'll all be solved in an hour, though.

Dog Whisperer, 8 p.m., NatGeo Cesar needs to help Boston Legal's Rhona Mitra control her bulldog's violent moods. First step: Helping Oscar the dog forget that his mistress used to be a character model for Tomb Raider's Lara Croft (no, really).

What Not to Wear: Dressing Your Age, 10 p.m., TLC Clinton and Stacy try to convince cougars to stop wearing miniskirts and teenyboppers from wearing mom jeans. Say, how old are those two, anyway?

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this week, Nov. 1-5 10/31/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 30, 2010 12:16am]

    

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