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Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

* Cougar Town (9:30/8:30c ABC) Although the antagonistic Jules and Grayson can trade insults with the best of them, there's no denying a growing attraction between the two over the course of this first season. But Cougar fans in will-they-or-won't-they mode will have to put those thoughts on hold, because tonight begins a multi-episode arc for Sheryl Crow as Sara, a new love interest for Grayson. And after next week, when the Grammy winner's alter ego greases Grayson's songwriting gears, will Jules even have a chance? * Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (8/7c CBS) The heroes chose to vote out fireman Tom and keep banged-up James, who is hobbling around on a severely injured leg, in the previous episode. That decision could come back to haunt them if James isn't able to perform up to his usually high level. If the heroes falter, James will likely get his torch snuffed. But what has most everyone worried in this episode is the news of a rare double elimination. Rivals Russell and Boston Rob target one another as the next villain to be ousted, but Russell seemingly has the upper hand because he holds the hidden immunity idol. * Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (10/9c NBC) Singer Jill Scott and Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side) guest star as the sister and nephew of a disabled woman who was beaten and raped. They are not only her relatives but also her caregivers, and those roles put them at the top of the suspect list as Benson and Stabler try to get the victim to tell them what happened. This is no easy task, since the victim's advanced multiple sclerosis renders her unable to speak. * The Middle (8:30/7:30c ABC) It's crisis time for Frankie when a hard-nosed motivational consultant (Amy Sedaris from Strangers with Candy) comes to shake things up at the car dealership where she works. Frankie thinks her job may be on the line, so she winds up working extra hours. That leaves Mike with extra responsibilities on the home front, such as helping Brick with a school project, giving advice to Sue's addled former boyfriend and trying to make their home the "fun" house for Axl and his friends by getting a pool table. * Fly Girls (9/8c The CW ) Take four single Virgin America flight attendants who share a "crash pad" in Marina del Rey, add one bitchy colleague to the mix who is - of course! - a former friend of one of the gals before they had a distasteful fallout, and you have the makings of a soaring reality-series success. At least that's what executives at the CW hope. However, the reality is that Fly Girls stalls at the gate due to its tired and contrived format. Virgin America CEO Richard Branson appears in the opener that focuses on the ladies working a company party in Fort Lauderdale. Suffice it to say, this isn't his finest (half) hour. Source Here

Ratings: Idol, Human Target Lead to Another Fox Win

American Idol's first top 12 elimination helped Fox win an extremely weak Wednesday night permeated with repeats. Idol drew 20.1 million viewers and was up 5 percent over the previous week's results show among adults 18 to 49. Its lead-in, Human Target (8 million viewers), was down a bit in the demo, but remained steady with its competition. NBC took second place overall against CBS and ABC, which mostly aired repeats. Mercy (5.6 million viewers) was down in total viewers and in the demo, but Law & Order: SVU (9.5 million viewers) easily won the 10/9c timeslot. CBS' only new show, Gary Unmarried, drew 5.9 million viewers, while its repeats of The New Adventures of Old Christine (5.5 million viewers), Criminal Minds (7.7 million viewers) and CSI: NY (7.5 million viewers) were good enough for third place. ABC's season finale of Scrubs (3.4 million viewers) and a new episode of Ugly Betty (3.3 million viewers) were down 20 and 29 percent, respectively. Taking advantage of ABC's lousy repeat numbers, the CW snuck into fourth place for the night with America's Next Top Model (3.8 million viewers) and High Society (1.2 million viewers), both of which were up against last week among women 18 to 34. Source Here

Pics: Sharon Stone Back on the Set of 'Law and Order: SVU'

Sharon Stone is back on the set of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" to film her 4-episode story arc. The guest star, dressed in blue coat and heels, shared a good laugh with series' regular Mariska Hargitay on the outdoor set in New York City on Wednesday, March 17. There is no date yet for the beginning of Sharon's episode other than the fact that it will kick off in April. The actress has been walking in and out of the set since last week, filming her part as a retired cop who becomes an assistant district attorney. "It is obviously a thrill and a delight to have a star of Sharon's wattage and importance joining SVU," show creator/executive producer Dick Wolf previously said. On related news, Sharon Stone attended the NYPD Police Foundation on Tuesday, March 16, escorted by Detective Bill McDonald. "I'm trying to do a good job, and make you guys proud," she told McDonald, referring to her "SVU" role. She said later on that she has "bad vision" and is "too old" to become a real cop. Source Here

LAW & ORDER SVU "Witness" Season 11 Episode 16 - Preview

Watch a sneak peek of the new episode of LAW & ORDER SVU "Witness" Season 11 Episode 16 airing Wednesday March 17 2009 at 9pm on NBC. Episode Synopsis: Soon after a young girl, Laine McAlister (guest star Diora Baird), is raped in her apartment building's stairwell, Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) meetLaine in the hospital and find her extremely shaken with a large cut on her hand. After an unpleasant exchange with a man she claims is her boyfriend, the detectives become suspicious that she may have fabricated her rape to get attention. Their suspicions grow when she waits to reveal that there was an eyewitness. As the gravity of the situation intensifies, Benson and Stabler find themselves in a race to track down the witness and get a testimony before it is too late. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang). Source & Preview

The CW's Nomads Recruits Michaela McManus

Law & Order: SVU's Michaela McManus is joining the CW pilot Nomads, has confirmed. McManus, 26, will play a young CIA hopeful who must juggle her career ambitions with the feelings she harbors for her handler and another soon-to-be agent. The series follows a group of young backpackers who work secret missions for the CIA to fund their travels. McManus starred on SVU last season as A.D.A. Kim Greylek. Before that, she held a recurring role on One Tree Hill in 2008. The pilot was written by Numb3rs' Ken Sanzel, who will also direct. McManus' casting was first reported by Entertainment Weekly. Source Here

LAW & ORDER SVU "Confidential" Season 11 Episode 15 - Preview

Watch a sneak peek of the new episode of LAW & ORDER SVU "Confidential" Season 11 Episode 15 airing Wednesday March 10 2009 at 9pm on NBC. Episode Synopsis: When security cameras record footage of a woman being abducted, it isn't long before Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) and the SVU squad find the woman dead in the basement. Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer) recalls a similar case from twenty years before, sending Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) to Sing Sing to speak to the culprit, who begs them to reopen his case and prove his innocence. As strange similarities between the two cases begin to arise, Benson and Stabler face fierce opposition from Ingrid Block (guest star Lena Olin), the pit bull attorney for the main suspect who will do whatever it takes to prove her client's innocence. Ultimately, it falls on DA Jack McCoy (guest star Sam Waterston) to decide whether or not the ruthless lengths to which Block went to defend her client constituted a crime itself. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang). Source & Preview

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

* Ugly Betty (10:01/9:01c ABC) A fire may have ruined the Suarez house in Queens a month ago, but as the investigation drags on in this episode, the family is still under one roof: in Betty's Manhattan apartment. And she'll do just about anything - including dating an obnoxious firefighter (Rich Sommer) - if it will help to speed up the process. Meanwhile, Hilda's nervous about meeting Bobby's parents (Lainie Kazan, Nestor Serrano), and Ignacio and Justin confide in Amanda and Marc, respectively, about their recent displacement. * America's Next Top Model (8/7c The CW ) The 14th cycle begins in typical Top Model fashion with 32 would-be models in Los Angeles bringing out their fiercest expressions for Tyra and the J's in hopes of being one of the 13 finalists. But, this being ANTM, there is plenty of drama before that number is whittled down to a baker's dozen. And the lead dramatist is Angelea, the tough-talking Buffalo gal who just missed the cut last season. Is that why she's back? Tonight's 90-minute season debut also features a guest appearance by Perez Hilton. * Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (10/9c NBC) Lena Olin guest stars as Ingrid Block, the fierce defense attorney of a businessman who's suspected of murdering a woman linked to a Ponzi scheme. Benson and Stabler realize their investigation resembles a murder from 20 years prior, so they reopen that case. Soon Block's tactics get extreme, to the point where the legality of her actions is called into question by DA Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston). * Psych (10/9c USA Network ) Shawn once again becomes the target of a madman (or madwoman?) in the fourth-season finale. After finally capturing the serial killer that had eluded his father years before and discovering that the killer was, in fact, a she, Shawn thought he had put Mr. Yang behind him. But a series of deadly scenarios modeled after classic Hitchcock films seems to point back to the imprisoned Mr. Yang. Ally Sheedy returns as the clever psychopath. * High Society (9:30/8:30 The CW ) Welcome to the low-brow of High Society, where drinks and insults are thrown, backbiting is a sport and people are like empty designer handbags - there to impress those who care, but nothing going on inside. The reality series follows Manhattan socialite Tinsley Mortimer and her inner circle, which includes her mother and sister - and a friend who, after explaining that her friends usually aren't Jewish, black or gay, reveals that her dream job is to work for the United Nations. In the opener, Tinsley relocates to a midtown loft following the breakup of her marriage. Source Here

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'Law & Order: SVU': Should NBC have kept the Kathy Griffin/Mariska Hargitay kiss?

One week ago, NBC released video of a same-sex kiss between Mariska Hargitay and guest star Kathy Griffin in an effort to promote last night's return of Law & Order: SVU. But it didn't happen! The U.S. telecast cut directly from Kathy going in for the kiss to Mariska being all 'Back off, bitch!' Or, in Law & Order language (LOL): Whoa, whoa, whoa, now. That's not on the menu. I'm personally more outraged at the cheesy dialogue throughout and Benson's 'I wouldn't go in there if I were you' warning than by NBC's weird decision here. What do you think? Should NBC have kept the kiss? And will this show ever get the gay thing right? Source & Video

Wednesday Ratings: American Idol Overpowers ABC's Comedy Block - Featured

American Idol delivered another powerhouse win in the ratings Wednesday night, as nearly all its competition suffered ratings declines. Fox won the night overall as Idol's two-hour broadcast drew 23.5 million viewers, handily defeating all competitors among adults 18-to-49. Placing a distant second was CBS, whose The New Adventures of Old Christine (6 million viewers) and Gary Unmarried (6 million viewers) were down 26 percent and 17 percent in the demo, respectively. Criminal Minds (13.2 million) fell slightly, but CSI: NY (12.5 million viewers) was down 9 percent in the demo, most likely due to new competition from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit at 10/9c. Two hours of SVU, with special guest stars Kathy Griffin and Mischa Barton averaged 8.5 million viewers, helping to lift NBC to third place overall for the second night in a row. Mercy (6 million viewers) was down 11 percent in the demo going head-to-head against Idol. ABC's comedies also took a tumble. Leading out of a Modern Family repeat, The Middle pulled in 6 million viewers, and slid 28 percent in the demo from its last original episode. New episodes of Modern Family (8.8 million viewers) and Cougar Town (5.4 million viewers) declined 15 and 11 percent in the demo, respectively. Oprah's Oscar special pulled in only 4.4 million viewers, and was 19 percent off Ugly Betty 's average mark in that timeslot. Source Here