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Tonight's TV Hot List for Thursday, April 16, 2009

* MLB Baseball (12:30 pm/ET MLB) Sound the trumpets, release the doves, and be in awe as the new Yankee Stadium opens its doors for the Bronx Bombers' long-awaited home opener. Alongside analysts Jim Kaat and Harold Reynolds, MLB Network reintroduces none other than 19-time Emmy winner Bob Costas for his first play-by-play since the 2000 ALCS, played across the street in what was The House That Ruth Built. That was the last World Championship season for the Yanks, so maybe Costas is the cosmic influence Joe Girardi's bunch needs to find October happiness. The Blue Jays and Twins play in the network's regular Thursday Night Baseball game. * CSI : Crime Scene Investigation (9 pm/ET CBS) It's not a crossover episode but Battlestar Galactica fans should enjoy this quirky hour, which gives a generous nod to the sci-fi series. BSG's Kate Vernon guest stars, and it's directed by Galactica helmer Michael Nankin and written by former Battlestar scribes David Weddle and Bradley Thompson. The action takes place at a sci-fi convention, where a producer is murdered. Fortunately, Hodges and Wendy are at the showcase and investigate, which allows the underused Wallace Langham and Liz Vassey to shine in numerous fantasy sequences. * Bones (8 pm/ET Fox) Nowadays Booth and Brennan may be lying on Sweets' psychiatric couch, so to speak, but tonight they get a visit from their old therapist, Dr. Gordon Wyatt (Stephen Fry). Wyatt, whom we haven't seen since 2007, helps Sweets with a book he's writing on our intrepid crime solvers, and he also pitches in when the team investigates a gruesome discovery in the death-metal music scene. * American Chopper (9 pm/ET TLC) Teutul family conflict has always been the norm at Orange County Choppers, but the blowup between Sr. and Jr. in last week's Season 6 opener took things to a whole other level. Tensions between the father and son continue to escalate tonight, and the shop's entire foundations are seriously shaken. On a lighter note, the rest of the crew clowns around while building a motorcycle inspired by the circus. And a Woodstock-themed bike is built in celebration of the legendary music festival's 40th anniversary. * 30 Rock (9:31 pm/ET NBC) Liz Lemon is sometimes tart - yet always palatable - but she's turning slightly sour tonight. The squeeze is on Lemon when she's saddled with a suspension from work. A lost soul without all the TGS chaos and rolling Rock rowdyism, Liz seeks a way to bide her time. Meanwhile, there's some reel-world anxiety when film bigwigs mull over pulling the plug on Jenna's Janis Joplin movie. In a desperate response, Jack and Jenna try (just a little bit harder) to stir up buzzworthy publicity. Source Here

Preview of 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' 9.20: A Space Oddity

" CSI : Crime Scene Investigation" will have a sort-of-crossover episode with " Battlestar Galactica " next Thursday, April 16. Called "A Space Oddity", the episode sees Hodges and Wendy running into each other at a science fiction convention for one of their favorite classic television shows. They end up investigating the murder of one of their beloved actors. Speaking more about the episode was executive producer Naren Shankar who said "It's about a murder at a science fiction convention. Hodges (Wallace Langham) and Wendy (Liz Vassey) re-enacting scenes from a campy - and entirely fictional - 1960's era sci-fi TV show." BSG star Kate Vernon will play Dr. Penelope Russell along with the show's creator Ronald D. Moore who plays himself. The episode is written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson, who previously wrote an episode for BSG. Occasional BSG director Michael Nanking will sit in as the helmer. Weddle previously mentioned that there would be "other surprise cameos for sci-fi fans." To See The Preview Click here . Source Here

Charisma Carpenter Throws CSI a Panty Party

This Thursday on CSI (9pm/ET, CBS), Buffyverse alumna Charisma Carpenter gets caught in the middle of a deadly love/lust triangle when a skydiver takes the plunge - and not in a matrimonial sort of way. Carpenter shared a peek at her guest-star turn - "panty party" merriment and all - and previewed her upcoming big-screen role opposite Jason Statham and other action heavyweights. She also talked about the sudden passing of Angel . To Read The Interview Click Here .

Watch a sneak peek of this new episode

Nick's case of a deceased skydiver takes an interesting turn when Catherine discovers there may be a connection between the skydiver and a mysterious double murder case, on CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Thursday, April 9 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Charisma Carpenter ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and Greg Germann (" Ally McBeal ") guest star. To Watch The Preview Click Here . Source here

Guest Director William Friedkin Spills 200th Episode Details

You probably know this, but this isn't William Friedkin's first time to direct an episode of CSI, much like he did for tonight's episode, the series' 200th. There was this episode that aired last season, the episode involving a murdered club owner found in a garbage trunk, and a then very much alive Warrick (Gary Dourdan) finding a woman he had sex with dead - in his own car. Or you probably know him for the film The Exorcist. So why return to the series? Perhaps one reason is his friendship with William Petersen: after all, the two worked together in the 1985 flick To Live and Die in L.A., and the latter still acts as the show's executive producer despite leaving his on-screen role as Gil Grissom. He came down [to watch the shooting] for two or three days, Friedkin said. We're very close friends. I'm just crazy about him. I sort of discovered him, and we've stayed very close over the years and I'm not at all surprised by his success. And then there are the rest of the cast and crew. Laurence Fishburne's just a great actor, he said of the newest member of the cast. It was really a pleasure to work with the other guys. I love working with Marg [Helgenberger], Paul [Guilfoyle], George [Eads], and Eric [Szmanda]. Liz Vassey, I think, is underused on that show. I think she's wonderful. He's also worked with some of the show's crew: A lot of the guys on the crew are people I've worked with for years, he revealed. Many of the years I worked with going back to The Boys in the Band and The French Connection and The Exorcist. If anything drew him to work on tonight's episode of CSI - where Langston (Fishburne) finds one of his former students murdered, and leads the team to the world of Mexican wrestling - it's the theme. It's a fascinating underground world, he said. I'd like to say that very little is known about it in Mexico and up here it's sort of underground. But a lot of people are aware of it and it's huge in the Hispanic neighborhoods here in Los Angeles. I went to some of the bouts that are in underground arenas and you'll see whole families there on a Sunday evening. The twist to his episode? I was able to mix it in with sort of Cuban voodoo, he said. And there's a Cuban video scene that's very authentic. Cuban voodoo and Lucha Libre are kind of the undercurrent of the show. You don't see it every day on television. Friedkin's episode, named Mascara , hits screens tonight from 9pm on CBS. You probably saw the preview earlier; images from tonight's show are on the slideshow below. Source here

CSI Season 9 Episode 18, "Mascara"

Langston is shocked when his former student is found murdered and becomes the focus of a CSI investigation into the world of Mexican wrestling, on CSI : CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Thursday, April 2 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner William Friedkin (" The Exorcist ") directs this 200th episode of the series. To Watch The Sneak Preview Click Here . Source here

CSI's Marg Helgenberger Files for Divorce

Marg Helgenberger has filed for divorce from her husband, Alan Rosenberg, of nearly two decades, according to court documents. The CSI star, who separated from Rosenberg near the end of last year, cited irreconcilable differences in documents filed Tuesday in Los Angeles. Helgenberger, 50, is also seeking spousal support while asking the court to deny any for Rosenberg, 58, the president of Screen Actors Guild. At the time of their separation, Helgenberger's rep told People she and Rosenberg "love and respect each other and remain committed to their family." Helgenberger and Rosenberg were married in 1989 and have one son together. Source here

Preview of 'CSI' 200th Episode: Murder of Langston's Protege

" CSI : Crime Scene Investigation" will celebrate its 200th episode on April 2, and a preview for the monumental event has been released. Called "Mascara", the episode is helmed by Academy Awards and Golden Globe Award-winning director William Friedkin (" The Exorcist "). A murder takes place in the world of Mexican wrestling and the CSIs must solve the crime. The team has to enter the world of Luche Libre to catch the killer of the victim which turns out to be one of Langston's former students. Friedkin had previously directed another "CSI" episode in 2007 called "Cockroaches". It teamed him up with screenwriter Dustin Lee Abraham who happens to also write for "Mascara". Additionally, executive producer Naren Shankar is also involved in the scriptwriting. Source here

Henry Thomas, That Kid From 'E.T.', Gets A Guest Role

Remember that kid from E.T.? No, not Drew Barrymore - she's the other kid. The main guy, yeah. Henry Thomas. The kid who found himself with a much deeper connection to an alien lost in this planet. Yep, that guy. Now I had that out of the way, the new stuff. Entertainment Weekly now reports that he will appear as a guest in an episode of CSI , slated to air this May. It's not a comeback for him: he's never really disappeared from acting, staying active in movies throughout the past decade or so. Then again, his television acting roles are much rare: his first small-screen role popped up only in 2005, and most recently, he took a two-episode story arc in Without a Trace . For this CSI episode, Thomas will appear as Jeremy Kent, a murderer who was convicted of a crime almost twenty years ago. The person who investigated his case happens to be Catherine (Marg Helgenberger), in what turns out to be her first solo case. Simply put, we'll be given a chance to look back at her origins as a police investigator. Now, the catch is, Jeremy's been in prison for almost two decades, and along the way he's picked up and learned everything he can about forensics. All of a sudden, he is contesting Catherine's findings back in 1991, perhaps in an aim to get himself free with all that fancy technology and techniques we see the CSI team work with on a weekly basis. And then all the questions start coming out: did Catherine make a mistake back in her early years? What could this mean for her as a crime investigator? Will it even make any difference? Y ou know, all that stuff. Just in time for May sweeps. Perhaps one definite is, we won't be seeing that alien come to his rescue. Of course, I was kidding. Soruce here

Ratings: Did Clooney Make ER's Numbers Palpitate? - Featured

Thursdays ratings recap: * 8 pm/ET Survivor gained 880K from last week's Idol-ized outing to top the hour with 12.89 million total viewers. Bones placed second with a typical 9.55 mil, followed by Ugly Betty (7.2 mil, up 830K). Smallville returned to an audience of 3.72 mil, down 150K from its last fresh outing. But hey, it nearly tied Kath & Kim (4 mil) for the No. 4 spot, come 8:30. * 9 pm CSI plunged 18 percent week-to-week, delivering an audience of 16.96 mil. Grey's Anatomy was No. 2 with 13.54 million viewers (a 12 percent drop from its last fresh outing), but of course topped the demos. Trailing Hell's Kitchen (7.777 mil), both NBC's The Office (7.5 mil) and 30 Rock (6.4 mil) fell 13 percent. Supernatural returned to an audience of 2.84 mil, down 600 thou from its last new entry. * 10 pm Eleventh Hour held onto the top spot with 11.8 million viewers, dipping 370K week-to-week. A cavalcade of returning faves helped ER surge 22 percent to hit 10.7 mil, and place No. 1 in the demos. Did it dawn on anyone else that Seattle plays home to both McDreamy and the McDreamyER Doug Ross? Kinda makes up for all the rain, doesn't it, ladies? Private Practice came in third with 9.07 mil, plummeting 20 percent. Source here