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Biography Reboot Headed to A&E

A revampedBiography is poised to tell a bunch of new stories at the place that made it famous. The non-fiction series will return to A&E, the basic cable network where it was once a staple, A&E announced Tuesday. This revampedBiography will focus on the most meaningful moments in our culture from some of the most [] //

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 List - Featured

* The 11th Annual A Home for the Holidays With Faith Hill (8/7c CBS) Adoption is a subject that is close to Faith Hill's heart. She was adopted as an infant and returns to host this 11th annual event to raise awareness of adoption. She is joined by fellow adoptee Michael Franti, who performs "Have a Little Faith." Also showing their support are native Oklahoma superstars Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire. Other performers include Mary J. Blige and Shakira. In addition to the musical performances, the hour highlights stories about children who have been adopted and those who are still waiting to join a loving family. * Dog the Bounty Hunter (9/8c A&E ) Dog and Beth celebrate the holidays by talking about a bounty of a different nature. They invite viewers into their home for a family gathering, where the members share the bountiful blessings they have and how each person has changed through the years. It's not a complete break from bounty hunting though, as they also share their favorite moments in the pursuit of fugitives. * Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... (10/9c Sundance) Host Elvis Costello sets out to "build a band" and recruits master craftsmen - pianist Allen Toussaint, drummer Levon Helm, guitarist Richard Thompson and bassist Nick Lowe - for the job. Each star gets a chance to shine individually, but it's when they pool their talents that things take off. The final two numbers percolate as they take a funky ride with Toussaint's "A Certain Girl" and then load up with even more talent as singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne joins in on a chill-inducing sing-along to the Band's "The Weight." * Biography (11/10c Bio) It's unfortunate that the last thing many people remember about the brilliant and intense actor Joaquin Phoenix is his awkward February 2009 interview (if you could call it that) with David Letterman. It would be good then to revisit his career and achievements in this profile, which recalls his unconventional childhood and rise to fame in the films Gladiator (2000), The Village (2004) and Walk the Line (2005). * Christmas at Belmont 2009 (8/7c PBS) Joy to the world! Country music star Trisha Yearwood fulfills the ho-ho-host duties for the annual Christmas concert held at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where various Belmont University ensembles perform such classics as "Jingle Bells," "Winter Wonderland" and "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen." Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 - Featured

* America's Got Talent (8/7c NBC) A contortionist break-dancer. An opera singer. A tenor trio. A golden-girl comic. Power tap-dancing siblings. These ace entertainers are among the final 10 acts who took the stage in Monday's last-chance performance episode. With tension spiking and nerves popping, they are now in line to score the big $1 million prize and a headlining Vegas show. With the big-stage curtain finally closing on the sprawling star search, one of them will be named the winner in tonight's two-hour Season 4 finale. Performers include Britain's Got Talent phenom Susan Boyle, pop songstress Shakira, English singer Leona Lewis, country stars Rascal Flatts and high-flying act Cirque du Soleil. * The Beautiful Life : TBL (9/8c The CW ) After a rough summer that included a stint in a psychiatric ward, Mischa Barton makes her return to network television in this sexy new drama about the New York modeling world, which exec producer Ashton Kutcher says will be a more accurate portrayal of the fashion industry than the "sanitized" version we've seen on some reality shows. Barton plays veteran model Sonja Stone, who gets upstaged by newcomer Raina Marinelli (Sara Paxton) in the series opener. Elle Macpherson and High School Musical alum Corbin Bleu also star. * Live from Lincoln Center (8/7c PBS) The New York Philharmonic opens the 2009-10 season under the baton of new music director Alan Gilbert, the first native New Yorker to hold the post. Selections include an overture by composer-in-residence Magnus Lindberg, Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique and Messiaen's Poemes pour Mi, featuring soprano Renée Fleming. Alec Baldwin hosts. * Glee (9/8c Fox) So far, the glee club hasn't felt much love around McKinley High, and don't look for that to change anytime soon. In fact, even Will neglects the kids tonight (the girls, anyhow - he's forming an all-male a capella group), and when Mercedes falls in love she doesn't exactly get the response she seeks. Josh Groban has a cameo as himself, lending moral support to Will's new group, the Acafellas, and Victor Garber begins his recurring role as Will's dad. * Top Chef : Las Vegas (10/9c Bravo ) It was a French connection in the previous episode when our food fighters served up delicate French fare. (Hector got French dissed due to his ill-cooked beef. Au revoir, Hector.) This leads us to tonight's challenge, an affair that turns campy when the foodies visit a campsite and concoct a menu for a collection of Las Vegas cowboys. The heat is on, especially when cooking outside in blazing temperatures, and it appears that ace taste tester Tom Colicchio has to spit out some food in disgust. That's going to be hard to swallow for one contestant. * Biography (10/9c Biography ) George Clooney started small in the 1984-85 sitcom E/R, but it was his role as Dr. Doug Ross in the NBC drama ER that made the actor a star. This profile of Clooney looks beyond his roles as a TV heartthrob, director and Oscar-winning actor, and explores the life of a man who is also known for his outspoken views and actions as a social activist. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 - Featured

* Big Brother 11 (8/7 CT CBS) It doesn't matter who is on the chopping block tonight because one of the houseguests will secretly be given the power of coup d'etat, which allows him or her to replace one or both nominees for eviction right before the live vote. Viewer votes determine the coup d'etat winner and the person can use the newfound advantage tonight or next week. It may seem unfair to Russell, this week's Head of Household who made the nominations, but it's a great way to get fans involved and to shake up the game. * So You Think You Can Dance (8/7 CT Fox) It all started on May 21 with the first round of auditions, but we've finally arrived on the magical night of the Season 5 finale. Brandon Bryant, Evan Kasprzak, Jeanine Mason and Kayla Radomski have made it this far, but only one of them can be crowned America's favorite dancer. In addition to tonight's dramatic ending, the evening also features performances by hip-hop dance group the Rage Boyz Crew and So You Think You Can Dance Australia Season 2 winner Talia Fowler. * Burn Notice (9/8 CT USA Network ) Fiona and Michael haven't exactly been seeing eye-to-eye these days as Michael remains determined to find his way back into the intelligence community. But all that conflict is pushed to the back burner in tonight's summer finale when a dangerous man from Fiona's past returns to Miami and goes after the spunky ex-operative. Needless to say, Michael is none too happy about it. He pairs up with Fiona's brother to get his girl back. * Bollywood Hero (10/9 CT IFC) Former SNLer Chris Kattan has the role he was born to play - himself - in this engaging and enjoyable three-part miniseries, which airs over three consecutive nights. Languishing in parts that he deems beneath him (his latest is a "rambunctious alien" in a "moronic" sci-fi cable show), he feels that he's ready to step up to "leading man...hero" status. So when an Indian filmmaker offers him the starring role in a Bollywood epic in which he "fights, dances and gets the girl," he accepts. Ah, but not all turns out to be cinematic nirvana for him. * Man vs. Fish with Matt Watson (10/9 CT Discovery Channel) When Roy Scheider's police chief Martin Brody met the great white from Jaws, his desire to be on a bigger boat became part of our pop-culture lexicon. When a mako shark smiles for his close-up in the debut of this aptly titled reality series, extreme fisherman Matt Watson meets the pointy-toothed predator while manning a sinking raft. Let's hope the host doesn't get too "chummy" with his guest. * Biography (10/9 CT Biography) In "Badlands," one of his countless blue-collar anthems, Bruce Springsteen sang the words, "talk about a dream; try to make it real." But he's done more than talk. From the time he first bought an electric guitar at a pawnshop, Springsteen made his dream a reality by becoming the voice of the common man. As Bono said at Springsteen's 1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, "They call him the 'Boss.'...He's not the boss. He works for us." Springsteen also rose above early-career hype (including simultaneous Time and Newsweek covers) to create songs and characters brimming with integrity and passion. This hour recalls his life and his enduring career. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

* America's Got Talent (9/8 CT NBC) The summertime star search begins to evolve and advance, as tonight's episode marks the 10th and final audition installment. Off-the-street contestants (and some off-the-tracks train wrecks) continue their pursuit of star-bright entertainment fame by performing in showcases. These first-rounders hope to advance to the "Vegas Verdicts," which begin next week. In those Sin City shows, the judges will debate their fate and begin forming the coveted Top 40. * Black in America 2 (8/7 CT CNN) Today and tomorrow, Soledad O'Brien follows up last year's Black in America reports by examining efforts to address pressing problems facing the black community. Among the subjects profiled in the stellar documentary: Wedded Bliss Foundation's Nisa Muhammad, who's striving to save troubled black marriages; and Dr. Lisa Newman, a lead investigator of triple-negative breast cancer (which disproportionately affects black women). Tomorrow, O'Brien details the development of future black leaders. * Leverage (9/8 CT TNT ) It's justice for all when Nate Ford and his scheme team continue to drive hard to take down white-collar hoods, crooks of capitalism and abusers of privilege. Our high-tech Robin Hoods pack a punch tonight: They target a crooked fight promoter and attempt to snare him in a scheme involving a faux television deal. But their mark isn't punch-drunk - he's sly and he's on to the sting, forcing Eliot to enter the ring. Mixed-martial-arts fighters Ed Herman and Matt Lindland guest star. * Biography (10/9 CT BIO) Considered among the greatest actors of his generation, Academy Award winner Robert De Niro wrote his name in film history by immersing himself in unforgettable characters in the 1970s films Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and The Godfather, Part II; and 1980's Raging Bull. He even parodied his tough-guy persona in the films Analyze This (1999) and Meet the Parents (2000). This hour recalls his childhood and rich career. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - Featured

* Smile Pinki (7 pm/ET HBO ) Like Pinki, the little girl of the film's title, you'll be grinning ear-to-ear - and shedding tears of joy - after seeing this 2008 Oscar-winning documentary short. Director Megan Mylan's heartwarming work chronicles efforts in India to encourage parents of children born with cleft lips to take them to a hospital for free corrective surgery. The defect causes public shame and makes speaking difficult, but all of these kids, including 5-year-old Pinki and 11-year-old Ghutaru, are finally ready for their close-ups. * Law & Order (10 pm/ET NBC) Murder! Blackmail! Political intrigue! Kinky fetishes caught on tape! Who knew that charity work could be so exciting? Donate some couch time to the venerated drama's 19th-season finale to find out what kind of human insects the detectives and district attorneys find tangled up in the web of a charity executive's murder. * Make Me a Supermodel (10 pm/ET Bravo ) You've got male. An all-male trio advance to tonight's Season 2 finale after the sole lass, Mountaha, was bumped in last week's fired-up challenge. Chiseled Branden, Brit family man Jonathan and Caribbean looker Sandhurst vie for the $100,000 and plum modeling contract, and one will be declared the winner by episode's end. They'll have to compete in two photo shoots and an extended catwalk challenge, but there's a brief respite when they're visited by family members. Photographer and videographer Matthew Rolston is the guest judge. * Biography (10 pm/ET Biography) The headliner of a night of rocker bios is this new one on Metallica. The hour follows the highs and lows of the Bay-area band led by Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield. Founded in 1981, the quartet soon became one of the most influential metal bands of the '80s, and their 1986 album, Master of Puppets, was a landmark of the genre. While touring in support of that album, their tour bus crashed in Sweden, and bassist Cliff Burton died as a result of the accident. After the tragedy, the band regrouped and eventually found mainstream fame with their 1991 self-titled release, which featured the classic "Enter Sandman." * The Cougar (10 pm/ET TV Land) A few weeks ago Stacey met, with varying degrees of success, some of the Cubs' families, but the challenge for Jimmy and Colt in the first-season finale involves relatives who should be the ultimate arbiters of a suitable suitor: her three children. And while the demanding Stacey has been dashing hopes left and right all season, one of them will be brought to his knees - quite literally - when he drops down and asks her to marry him. Source Here