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Tonight's Hot List: Friday, July 24, 2009 - Featured

* Torchwood : Children of the Earth (9/8 CT BBC America ) The entire human race could be wiped out in the conclusion of this thrilling miniseries if the prime minister doesn't deliver on his promise to give 10 percent of the world's children to that slimy alien race known only as the 456. Jack Harkness, however, won't let that happen without a fight. Still reeling from the Thames House tragedy, the Captain is determined to atone for his sins of the past and save the children - something he failed to do 40 years ago. * Wizards of Waverly Place (8/7 CT Disney Channel ) The series begins a four-episode story about a family of vampires, the Van Heusens, who open a rival sandwich shop that takes a serious bite out of the Russos' Sub Station business. In tonight's opener, Justin spies on the new family to gain information but ends up head-over-heels for the Van Heusen's beautiful daughter, Juliet (Bridgit Mendler). The story line is scheduled to wrap up August 14. * Chopping Block (8/7 CT NBC) The competition comes to a close as the two remaining couples combine all that they've learned to launch their restaurants. The pairs must put the finishing touches on their remodeling projects, plan the perfect menu and prepare top-notch service for the opening-night celebration. Not only do they serve a packed house, but Marco and his guest Piers Morgan are in the crowd - no pressure! The winning duo walks away with $250,000. * Eureka (9/8 CT Syfy ) Last year, actor Colin Ferguson guest starred on an episode of Ghost Hunters. Tonight, the man Eureka calls Sheriff Jack Carter might want the ghost hunters to return the favor as the reopening of Global Dynamics' Section 5 sets loose things best described as poltergeists. General Hospital alumna Jamie Ray Newman kicks off her recurring-role residency as Dr. Tess Fontana. * 20/20 (10 /9 CT ABC) According to Charles Gibson, oil companies made approximately $180 billion in 2008, yet gas-station owners make more money selling soda than gasoline. Gibson explores reasons why - and why oil prices swing so wildly - as he follows oil from pump to platform, with side trips to Washington, D.C., and the New York Mercantile Exchange. It's a rocky ride - and that's before the producers trot out the stock footage of Saudi sheiks. And climate change? Secretary of Energy Steven Chu calls it "the new 800-lb. gorilla." * Degrassi: The Next Generation (8/7 CT The N) Exam time causes lots of problems for various Degrassi students, including Mia, whose grades are falling because of her modeling schedule. Realizing she doesn't have time for everything, Mia considers dropping out of school. Meanwhile, Holly J. is not happy about the C she received in an art class, and she's got vengeance on her mind. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, June 26, 2009

* Princess Protection Program (8 pm/ET Disney Channel ) Disney stars and real-life BFFs Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez give appealing performances in this charming 2009 cable comedy that tweens will likely devour. Lovato is pampered princess Rosalinda Marie Montoya Fiore, who is soon to be crowned queen of her tiny nation, Costa Luna. But a neighboring dictator launches a military coup, and Rosalinda is rescued by the Princess Protection Program and relocated to rural Louisiana. There she rooms with Carter (Gomez), a local teen who is her polar opposite. Sparks fly. But a budding friendship is also ignited. * Virtuality (8 pm/ET Fox) Originally commissioned as a series pilot that had sci-fi blogs salivating, this futuristic thriller from Battlestar Galactica 's Ronald D. Moore finally takes off as a two-hour movie. The story takes place on the Phaeton, a spaceship from Earth which is outfitted with a virtual-reality device to distract the crew from a do-or-die mission. But what will happen to these astronauts - and their planet - when the system goes haywire? Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Clea DuVall and Sienna Guillory star. * Chopping Block (8 pm/ET NBC) The teams take a field trip to New York's Little Italy tonight to shop for authentic Italian ingredients and to prepare for a lunch service. Aside from the usual undercover food critic, celebrity foodies are also in the house as Vincent Pastore, Frederico Castelluccio and Mario Batali give their thoughts on the teams' service. But the amore doesn't flow freely in the restaurants: The food critic gives one of the harshest reviews yet, and Marco isn't too happy about it. * Crossroads (9 pm/ET CMT) Earnest Canadian pop-rock singer-songwriter Bryan Adams and Georgian contemporary country singer-guitarist Jason Aldean were both early bloomers, starting their musical careers at age 14. Here, they find musical common ground by performing each other's songs together and talking about their music. The songs include the veteran Adams' evocative "Summer of '69," the romantic power ballad "Heaven" (a heartfelt acoustic rendition) and "Run to You," and relative newcomer Aldean's "She's Country" and "Hicktown." * Let Freedom Hum: An Evening of Comedy Hosted by Martin Short (10 pm/ET TBS) The cable net isn't short on laughs this weekend as Martin Short presides over this rib-tickling event, one of several comedy showcases culled from the 2009 Just for Laughs comedy festival. (Ellen's Bigger, Longer and Wider Show airs tomorrow; Comedy You Can Believe in with David Alan Grier is presented on Sunday.) Here, Short goes long in Chicago, bringing together performances by comics Greg Giraldo, Jeremy Hotz, Kathleen Madigan, Tom Papa and John Pinette. Source Here

NBC Resurrects 'The Chopping Block' for This June

NBC apparently has not lost its faith in reality cooking competition, "The Chopping Block ". The network is looking forward to give it a second chance by putting it in the Fridays slot for the remaining five episodes. Network sources, according to Futon Critic, have confirmed this. The show was yanked out of the Wednesdays air time after only three episodes last month. It has since been replaced by the re-run of " Law & Order: Criminal Intent " episodes with a plan to air the remaining episodes "at some point". The plan is now to have it aired starting June 19 at 8/7c and ending July 17. Since debuted on March 12, "The Chopping Block" which attempts to compete with Fox's " Hell's Kitchen " opened with 3.9 million viewers according to Nielsen Media Research. It dropped in rating up to the third episode that withdrew 2.6 million. "The Chopping Block" is a cooking competition that challenges teams consisting of two people in a bid to open their own restaurants. The fourth to the episode before the finale have been aired online following the yank. Source Here

NBC May Cancel 'The Chopping Block' After 3 Episodes

There is a chance that The Chopping Block fate is on the chopping block itself. NBC reportedly is looking towards cutting the reality show after only three episodes. The Hollywood Reporter which was first to report, noted that the cooking show will be absent from the screen starting next Wednesday, April 1. The changes are as informed by NBC sources that also dished out that there's a plan to air the remaining episodes "at some point". The vacant slot will then be filled with the re-run of " Law & Order: Criminal Intent " episodes. These are the repeats of the episodes that only ran on USA Network. The series' eight season will still premiere as scheduled on April 19. Since debuted on March 12, "The Chopping Block" which attempts to compete with Fox's " Hell's Kitchen " has opened with mild numbers. The March 26 episode absorbed only 2.6 million viewers, a far comparison to " Law & Order " that aired two hours later and earned 7.2 million viewers. Source here

Ratings: American Idol Is Red Hot - Featured

Wednesday's ratings recap: * 8 pm/ET American Idol 's Motown Week kick-off averaged 25.6 million total viewers over its two-hour run, up 19 percent from last week's (Tuesday) sing-off and a 3 percent increase from the comparable night a year ago. A Survivor clip show placed a distant second with 8.15 mil. ABC's Scrubs (5.33 mil, -470K) and Better Off Ted (4.7 mil, down 16 percent) both dropped. Top Model (2.85 mil) plunged 21 percent but still beat out NBC's Chopping Block (which chopped off another 26 percent, hitting 2.6 mil). * 9 pm Criminal Minds came in second with 14 million viewers, gaining 520K week-to-week. Lost lost another 260 thou to set a new low of 8.82 mil. Life inched up a hair, to 4.32 mil. * 10 pm CSI: NY topped the hour with 12.6 million viewers, followed by Law & Order (7.25 mil, up 180K). The penultimate episode of Life on Mars (5.67 mil) gained 400 thou. Source here

Ratings: All-Time Low Harshes Lost's Mellow - Featured

Wednesday's ratings recap: * 8 pm/ET Fox's Lie to Me led the pack with an audience of 10.03 million total viewers, down 10 percent from its week-ago time-period premiere. CBS' sitcoms combined for second, though both Old Christine (7.37 mil, down 260K) and Gary (7.57 mil, down 140K) dipped a bit. Placing third was ABC's Scrubs (5.8 mil) and lead-out Better Off Ted (which premiered to 5.64 mil). Top Model (3.6 mil) tumbled 19 percent yet still bested NBC's rotting Chopping Block (3.46 mil). * 9 pm American Idol 's results show delivered 23 million viewers, slipping 7 percent week-to-week. Criminal Minds followed with 13.5 mil, down a half mil. Lost 's numbers weren't terribly groovy, dropping 14 percent to an all-time low of 9.08 mil. (Next week, Sawyer & Co. face an even tougher hurdle: Idol's Obama-cized, two-hour performance show!) Life also took a plunge, to 4.22 mil. * 10 pm CSI: NY won the hour with 12.7 million viewers (down 800K), followed by Law & Order (7.07 mil, down 530K). Life on Mars showed some life, surging 15 percent to 5.27 mil. Source here

Slot switch works for Fox 'Lie to Me,' 'American Idol' top Wednesday

Fox effectively switched timeslots for " American Idol " and rookie drama " Lie to Me " on Wednesday, with the combo producing week-to-week gains despite the start of daylight-saving time, which results in fewer people watching television. CBS also was on the upswing, as both it and Fox took advantage of weak lineups on ABC and NBC. According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, "Lie to Me" easily led the 8 o'clock hour (3.4 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall) and actually drew more viewers than the previous week when it followed "American Idol." And "Idol" itself shot up thanks to airing in the later 9 p.m. timeslot (8.8/22 in 18-49, 24.9 million viewers overall), more than doubling any other program in the hour. CBS, whose entire lineup ran original episodes for the first time in a month, racked up its best numbers on the night since December. It ran second with comedies " The New Adventures of Old Christine " (2.1/7 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) and " Gary Unmarried " (2.3/7 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) and drama " Criminal Minds " (3.5/9 in 18-49, 14.1 million viewers overall) and then easily led at 10 p.m. with " CSI: NY " (3.5/9 in 18-49, 13.5 million viewers overall). NBC fared poorly kicking off the night with the premiere of cooking contest "The Chopping Block " (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), which came in about in line with the now-canceled drama " Knight Rider (2008) ," which had been airing at 8. " Life " followed with slightly improved numbers (1.8/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall), and 10 p.m. drama " Law & Order " picked up some from there (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall). The CW 's " America's Next Top Model " (1.9/6 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) was up a bit vs. its two-hour premiere of the previous week, logging the second largest audience of the season for the franchise -- behind only the fall finale. It ranked second to Fox in adults 18-34 (2.0/7). ABC was not a factor on the night, finishing behind Univision and CW with its lineup of " Scrubs " repeats (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), a " Lost " repeat (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and an original " Life on Mars " (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall). Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 6.1/17; CBS, 3.1/8; NBC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.7/5; ABC, 1.4/4; CW, 1.2/3. In total viewers: Fox, 18.0 million; CBS, 11.8 million; NBC, 5.6 million; ABC, 4.1 million; Univision, 4.0 million; CW, 2.7 million. Source Here

Ratings: Fox Tells a Bigger Lie in Earlier Time Slot

Wednesday's ratings recap: * 8 pm/ET Fox's Lie to Me wore its new time slot well, topping the hour with 11.12 million total viewers - a 9 percent increase over its most recent, apres-Idol audience. CBS' sitcombo placed second, with both Old Christine (7.63 mil, +310K) and Gary Unmarried (7.71 mil, +450K) seeing gains. Top Model was looking pretty in third (!) place, surging 15 percent from its premiere to 4.47 mil. NBC's Chopping Block barely bested Scrubs repeats with an audience of under 4 mil - the Peacock's lowest-rated premiere of the season. * 9 pm American Idol unveiled its "Judges' Save" twist to 24.9 million viewers, an increase of 11 percent from last Wednesday's results show (yet down 6 percent year-over-year). Criminal Minds came in second with 14 mil. Life , at 5.3 mil, was up 430 thou. Lost returns next week! * 10 pm CSI: NY dominated with 13.52 million viewers, up 820K week-to-week. Law & Order followed with 7.6 mil (up 440K). Life on Mars continued to die on the vine, dropping 19 percent to 4.58 mil. Source here

Tonight's TV Hot List for Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - Featured

* The New Adventures of Old Christine (8 pm/ET CBS) Solid? Dependable? A "rock"? Doesn't sound much like Christine, but that is exactly what a fellow scatterbrained mom (the always hilarious Kristen Johnston) considers her to be. At first, Christine takes to the compliment and the new friendship, but she soon tires of being the responsible one. It was only a matter of time. * American Idol (9 pm/ET Fox) Thirteen is the lucky number. In an unforeseen twist last week, the Top 12 was upped to a Top 13, and that baker's dozen sang through showcases last night. In tonight's accompanying results show, we'll discover who advances and who must face the music and bid adieu. And Idol chatter has it that Kelly Clarkson - whose star rose from Idol, of course - will take to the stage to render "My Life Would Suck Without You," plus Kanye West is slated to perform his tune "Heartless." * Ghost Hunters (9 pm/ET Sci Fi) The reality show's fifth-season premiere is one for history buffs. TAPS venture to Glen Mills, Pa., to probe a house built in 1695, and they document disembodied voices, phantom footfalls and unaccountable magnetic fields. Then the team visits Philadelphia to investigate the home of that famous seamstress Betsy Ross, the mother of our star-spangled banner. * Chopping Block (8 pm/ET NBC) Celebrated chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White, who has appeared on the UK version of Hell's Kitchen, is no stranger to reality TV or to conflict in the kitchen. Known for his quick temper (not unlike his former mentee Gordon Ramsay), White uses his quiet form of intimidation to guide 16 aspiring restaurateurs, who are split into two teams and assigned to open competing restaurants. In the opener, the teams plan and prepare their menus and have their first encounters with a food critic. * South Park (10 pm/ET Comedy Central) School is back in session at South Park Elementary as Cartman, Kyle, Stan, Kenny and the gang return for a 13th season. And since the show is nothing if not topical, including last season's Chinese takeover of the U.S. and, on a lighter note, the High School Musical craze, could these crafty kids have an answer this time around for the nation's economic woes? Well, why not? At this point, anything is worth a try, even if it comes from cartoon characters. Source here

The Chopping Block: Season Premiere Preview

The contestants have only 48 hours to open their restaurants for business on the premiere episode of NBC's The Chopping Block starring famed chef Marco Pierre White. Noted food critic Corby Kummer from Atlantic Magazine critiques the service and the food before Marco sends one team packing. On the premiere episode of NBC's The Chopping Block (Wednesday, March 11, 8-9 pm ET) the contestants are divided into two teams and each have 48 hours to open their restaurant's for business under the watchful and critical eye of celebrated chef, Marco Pierre White. Eight couples arrive in Manhattan with the hopes of fulfilling a single dream - to open their own quality restaurant. The heat is on when White ushers the two teams into two empty restaurant spaces on the same street in the middle of Manhattan. There, they are given less than 48 hours to accomplish a multitude of tasks including: a design and makeover of each space, planning a menu and generating buzz-worthy publicity to ensure a crowd on opening night. Both establishments will open at the same time and will be competing for the same hungry customers. As if that isn't enough pressure during their first challenge, noted food critic of Atlantic Magazine, Corby Kummer will dine in each establishment and observe the chaos that inevitably unfolds on his plate and in the front of the house. At the end of dinner service, White will return with Kummer's reviews. Afterwards, a surprising turn of events take place during Marco's elimination. The eight couples competing are: Angela and Samantha Alex and Nate Panya and Michael Mikey and Chad Lisa and Michael Denise and Khoa Kelsey and Vanessa Dean and Shari Source here