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Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, June 1, 2009 - Featured

* I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (8 pm/ET NBC) Do you ever wish some "celebrities," like Spencer Pratt, Heidi Montag and Janice Dickinson, would just go away? Well now they are. Sort of. In this reincarnation of the 2003 series that aired on ABC, 10 shameless famous people are dropped in the heart of the Costa Rican rain forest to have their survival skills tested in a series of challenges voted on by viewers. The C-listers featured on the previous version included Cris Judd (J.Lo's ex), Bruce Jenner and Melissa Rivers. And hey, we haven't seen much of Cris Judd lately, so maybe one day "Speidi" really will go away. We can only hope! * The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (11:35 pm/ET NBC) After more than three months off the air, Conan O'Brien makes the leap to the 11:35 pm/ET time slot. Replacing Jay Leno as host, the lovable carrot top settles into his new studio on the West Coast, but some things haven't changed. The band, including leader Max Weinberg, also made the move to L.A., and Andy Richter is back on the show - this time as announcer. Will Ferrell kicks things off as Conan's first guest (he was the last guest on Late Night, too), and Pearl Jam perform. * Jon & Kate plus 8 (9 pm/ET TLC) Last week's awfully somber Season 5 premiere drew record ratings for TLC, as Jon and Kate offered a surprisingly honest glimpse into their troubled marriage. From the looks of it, a reconciliation is nowhere in sight, so we doubt Jon will be too involved in tonight's episode, which was filmed on Kate's birthday. But have no fear, Duff Goldman is here. The fun-loving star of Ace of Cakes will be on hand to help the kiddies make their mom a memorable birthday cake. * Medium (10 pm/ET NBC) Domestic dream weaver Allison DuBois continues to put the "super" in "supernatural" in tonight's Season 5 finale. (The paranormal crime-time show is slated to rematerialize for a sixth season in September, moving from NBC to CBS.) Allison has endured ghastly and ghostly imagery throughout the years, but tonight's visions are perhaps her most nightmarish yet. She dreams of her very own family's massacre, only to then be comforted by an unfamiliar man. But when this male stranger appears in her actual life, a shuddering Allison fears that her chilling visions will come true. * The Hills Presents: Speidi's Wedding Unveiled (11 pm/ET MTV) Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag tied the knot - officially - in last night's Season 5 finale. This 30-minute special offers a behind-the-scenes look at the attention-loving pair as they prepared to say "I do" in the fairy-tale wedding Heidi has always dreamed of. Source Here

This Week's TV Premieres & Finales (5/31 - 6/5) - Featured

We have a few more finales this week, and some fun summer TV premieres as well, so check out what's wrapping up and what's starting up this week! Sunday 5/31 The Hills finale at 8/7c on MTV - watch it now! Ice Road Truckers premiere at 9/8c on The History Channel - watch it now! Expedition Africa premiere at 10/9c on The History Channel Breaking Bad finale at 10/9c on AMC - watch it now! Monday 6/1 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! premiere at 8/7c on NBC Medium finale at 10/9c on NBC Tuesday 6/2 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit finale at 10/9c on NBC According to Jim finale at 8:30/7:30c on ABC Wednesday 6/3 Law & Order finale at 10/9c on NBC Make Me a Supermodel finale at 10/9c on Bravo The Cougar finale at 10/9c on TV Land Reno 911! finale at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central Thursday 6/4 Burn Notice premiere at 9/8c on USA Network ] The Listener premiere at 9/8c on NBC Royal Pains premiere at 10/9c on USA Network This Weekend: Sunday 6/7 Tony Awards at 8/7c on CBS Meteor premiere at 9/8c on NBC Army Wives premiere at 10/9c on Lifetime Television What will you be watching? Related Stories: Enter SideReel's Ice Road Truckers Prize Pack Giveaway Enter SideReel's Expedition Africa Prize Pack Giveaway 'Breaking Bad's' Finale is a Crazy Rollercoaster Ride! I'm a Celebrity's Janice Dickinson Out to Get Speidi Enter SideReel's Burn Notice Prize Pack Giveaway Royal Pains Q&A with Mark Feuerstein Royal Pains Q&A with Executive Producers & Mark Feuerstein NBC Summer Sneak Peeks: The Listener & The Philanthropist This Week's TV Premieres & Finales (5/24 - 5/29)

Ratings: Jon & Kate Deliver a Big Plus!

See what just a little bit of ink will get you? The Season 5 premiere of TLC's Jon & Kate plus 8 delivered 9.8 million total viewers - the cabler's largest audience ever, and its best draw since an April 2003 Trading Spaces special. It's also more than double what the increasingly dysfunctional parents scored with their previous, less tabloidy premiere. Leading out of Jon & Kate, TLC's Cake Boss only held on to 3.2 million viewers for its premiere. (Hey, maybe people prefer sour over sweet?) Other recent ratings notes: * Harper's Island on Saturday night scored 3.89 mil, besting America's Most Wanted and a Southland repeat, but not ABC's NBA finals coverage. * On Monday, The Bachelorette made a date with 6 mil, down markedly from last week's premiere. ABC's Here Come the Newlyweds in turn debuted to 4.98 mil, placing third far behind a CSI: Miami rerun (7.76 mil) and a fresh Medium (7.75 mi). Source Here

'Medium''s jump to CBS has us wondering: What's 'your network'?

Medium jumping ship to CBS makes so much sense it's scary. As CBS chief Nina Tassler suggested, the show is practically the spiritual lovechild to the Eye's own Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs . NBC offered the somewhat dubious reasoning that the network wants to go younger, and just didn't think people cared enough about Medium. Even though, you know, it gets higher ratings than Chuck . (Surprising, right? Chuck fans must be just very vocal. And also hungry.) With Medium switching networks, and folks rallying for My Name Is Earl to find a new home somewhere not run by Ben Silverman, loyalty seems to lie with the shows, not the networks. Of course, whether fans follow the Patricia Arquette whodunit to CBS remains to be seen, but I bet it'll be just as popular, if not more so. Confession time: The only show I watch on CBS is The Amazing Race . That's all. I've caught a few episodes of How I Met Your Mother, but have yet to fully commit. Yet, out of all the networks, CBS seems to be the most focused, offering procedurals, traditional sitcoms and reality shows for the masses. As Time magazine put it, the network's audience is "sometimes older, sometimes not, but generally more conservative in its taste." There's certainly nothing wrong with that. The network has some of the highest-rated shows on TV in The Mentalist , NCIS and CSI and its brood of stepchildren. But does liking CBS make you less cool? And, uh, boring? Source Here

CBS Announces Fall Schedule - Featured

CBS SCHEDULE Monday 8 p.m.: How I Met Your Mother 8:30 p.m.: Accidentally on Purpose 9 p.m.: Two and a Half Men 9:30 p.m.: The Big Bang Theory 10 p.m.: CSI: Miami Note: Rules of Engagement will return at midseason. Tuesday 8 p.m.: NCIS 9 p.m.: NCIS: Los Angeles 10 p.m.: The Good Wife Wednesday 8 p.m.: The New Adventures of Old Christine 8:30 p.m.: Gary Unmarried 9 p.m.: Criminal Minds 10 p.m.: CSI: NY Thursday 8 p.m.: Survivor: Samoa 9 p.m.: CSI 10 p.m.: The Mentalist Friday 8 p.m.: Ghost Whisperer 9 p.m.: Medium 10 p.m.: Numb3rs Sunday 7 p.m.: 60 Minutes 8 p.m.: The Amazing Race 9 p.m.: Three Rivers 10 p.m.: Cold Case WHAT NEW SHOWS ARE COMING TO CBS? Accidentally on Purpose stars Jenna Elfman as a young woman who gets knocked up and decides to live platonically with the baby-daddy (and the kid). Wackiness ensues. Costars Grant Show and Ashley Jensen The Bridge , set to premiere at midseason, is about a leader of a police union who must balance the demands of his fellow cops and the city administration, all while continuing to fight crime. Stars Aaron Douglas (the Chief from Battlestar Galactica !) The Good Wife should not be confused with last year's Canterbury's Law , even though both star Julianna Marguiles as a lawyer. This time around she plays a wronged woman who washes that man right out of her hair by getting the defense attorney job she always wanted when she was younger. Costars Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski and Matt Czuchry Miami Trauma, also set to premiere at midseaon, is a Jerry Bruckheimer Productions show about, well, trauma surgeons at a hospital in Miami. Think Seattle Grace but sunnier and with more broken bones. Stars Jeremy Northam and Omar Gooding NCIS: Los Angeles focuses on paramilitary investigators who hunt down especially dangerous criminals by using the latest whiz-bang technology. Stars LL Cool J, Chris O'Donnell and Louise Lombard Three Rivers needs no explanation other than that it's the new Alex O'Loughlin medical drama. OK, here's a little more explanation: The three rivers are (maybe) a metaphor for the three streams of humanity that must converge to make a human organ transplant possible: the donors, the recipients and the doctors. Either that or it's set at Three Rivers Hospital...O'Loughlin plays the hotshot doc who leads the transplant team. Costars Julia Ormond and Justina Machado. New reality shows on CBS include Arranged Marriage (exactly what it sounds like) and Undercover Boss , wherein the corporate king takes off his crown, shrugs the ermine robe from his shoulders, and walks among the common people for a day or two, learning a thing or two about the working class and their quaint, wholesome values...

Medium Saved; NCIS Spinoff Ordered

Good morning, TV fans! CBS has just announced its new schedule for next year and here are the highlights about the shows you already know and love! Is CBS the greenest network of all? After NBC dumped Medium in the trash yesterday, CBS plucked it out of cancellation oblivion to recycle/reuse it in a new way. Medium will be joining Ghost Whisperer on Friday nights over on the Tiffany network. And thank god, too. A world without the DuBois family is a world we don't really want to live in! Thanks to the CBS network peeps for making this happen! First-year hit The Mentalist is going to the big-time: Look for it on Thursdays at 10 p.m. next year. The NCIS spinoff, titled NCIS: Los Angeles, has been picked up and will air after the original on Tuesday nights. The Unit, Without a Trace and Eleventh Hour have been canceled.

CBS talks Possible Medium Pick-up - Featured

There is no love lost between CBS and NBC, but the bad blood between the two companies boiled over Tuesday when NBC canceled the CBS TV Studios-produced drama " Medium ." Following NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman's comments, in which he called "Medium" and fellow canceled veteran "Earl" -- both from outside studios -- "an aging franchise, without a single fan letter, with no passion," CBS Studios came out with a sternly worded statement. "NBC's cancellation of 'Medium' is inexplicable to us," the statement said. "The ratings don't lie: 'Medium' outperforms many of NBC's renewed shows. "Despite inconsistent scheduling, 'Medium' -- under the creative vision of (creator) Glenn Gordon Caron, one of the most preeminent producers in television -- has always performed with distinction both creatively and commercially. Multiple award-winning actress Patricia Arquette and the cast have delivered a stellar series for five consistent seasons. The awards and ratings speak for themselves. "We believe the show has a significant future and await developments." For the past couple of seasons, NBC used the procedural as a midseason replacement on Monday. CBS TV Studios is already in talks with sister network CBS about taking in the veteran drama, possibly as a companion for "Ghost Whisperer" on Friday. Similarly, "Earl" producer 20th TV is in discussions with Fox and ABC.

Cancellation Buzz: Earl, Unit, Without a Trace, Privileged Dead; Medium on the Move - Featured

More fate on bubble shows have been announced this morning. EW's Michael Ausiello has confirmed that CBS's procedurals The Unit and Without a Trace are dead (though Cold Case and Numb3rs have survived), as is 4-season NBC comedy My Name Is Earl and CW dramedy Privileged . NBC also passed on Medium for next season, but the show is CBS-owned and may be picked up by that network. Which of these cancellations do you find most upsetting? I am bummed about all of the false hope recently given regarding Privileged. Sources: EW and EW 2

Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, May 4, 2009

* Cook Yourself Thin (5 pm/ET Lifetime) Couch potatoes won't be feeling much guilt watching Lifetime's newest entree five days a week. Hosted by cooking experts Harry Eastwood, Allison Fishman and Candice Kumai, food lovers everywhere learn exactly how to turn recipes for their favorite indulgences into healthy low-calorie dishes without sacrificing taste. First order up: lasagna. Grab your forks, folks! * House (8 pm/ET Fox) So, is it just insomnia that's keeping House awake and Amber (Anne Dudek) in his life? He did fall asleep last week, yet she still won't go away. Look for this situation to build to season-climax proportions. (The finale is next week.) After all, you know what happened to the hot doc on that ABC medical show who had dead-guy hallucinations. Meanwhile, the House-Cuddy thing could heat up, but will Cameron-Chase cool down? As for tonight's patient, she's a ballerina whose skin is falling off. * Medium (9 pm/ET NBC) Allison means business in a two-hour spellbinder tonight. (The conclusion airs next week.) Allison resigns from her post at the DA's office when she's lured by a fellow psychic (Tracy Pollan) to work at a vast and formidable corporation. The lavish, big-money corporate lifestyle enraptures Allison, yet she's also haunted by visions of a serial killer's murderous fury in Phoenix. Then there's her new boss (David Morse), a territorial company bigwig who forbids Allison from sharing her dreams with anyone else - including crimefighters Devalos and Scanlon. In DuBois family affairs, Ariel begins taking pills, hoping they'll block out her ghostly visions. * Inside the Actors Studio (7 pm/ET Bravo ) After a three-month hiatus, James Lipton's enduring (and endearing) interview series returns with a conversation with Emmy-nominated comedian and actor Denis Leary. This Denis is no menace: The Massachusetts-born Leary kick-started his career in the early 1990s with a kinetic, chain-smoking stand-up act before advancing into filmdom, which included star turns in 1994's The Ref and 1996's Two If by Sea. Leary added fire to his career in 2004 by taking on the role of veteran firefighter Tommy Gavin in Rescue Me, a series that he cocreated. * New York Goes to Work (10 pm/ET VH1) This time it's not doctor, lawyer or Indian chief. How about ranch hand, baker or exterminator? Tiffany "New York" Pollard, who has been a reality-TV fixture on VH1, will attempt whichever of those three occupations receives the most viewer votes in the series opener. If she's a success and impresses her new boss, there's a $10,000 bonus in it for her. But if she quits or fails, there's no bailout for her; she'll get nothing. Source Here

NBC Renews 'Medium' but Suspends Judgement on 'Chuck'

NBC has laid down the verdict to some of its shows including " Medium " but chosen to suspend judgment on " Chuck ". While the former has been confirmed to return for another set of season, the latter is not going to find out for another week, whether to have a renewal or not. A sixth season has been confirmed for "Medium" and the order is between 13 to 18 episodes range, according to THR. The decision was officially laid on Sunday, May 3 afternoon and it included also the announcement for the pick up of two young shows " Southland " and " Parks & Recreation ". Meanwhile, talks were still ongoing for the renewal of half-hour show "My Name is Earl". Bubble series "Chuck" was expected to be given an address on Monday, May 4 but apparently the network chooses to slam down the hammer only later. Additionally, Zachary Levi told E! Online, "I thought we were going to hear about it this Monday because NBC's announcing a bunch of its schedule, but I just got an email from (executive producer) Josh Schwartz, and he said stay positive, (but) we're not going to find out on Monday. It could be another week or two. They're making their final tallies and decisions." Joining "Chuck" in the bubble is long-running series " Law & Order ", which is vying to tie "Gunsmoke" to run for 20 years. NBC had promised to announce the full list of pick ups on May 19. Source Here