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Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 - Featured

* Winter Olympics (8/7c NBC) "We have to do something new every year," says U.S. ice dancer Tanith Belbin. "Ice dancing has been changing." The biggest change for Belbin and partner Ben Agosto may have been friends and rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White defeating them for the first time at the U.S. Nationals, giving the U.S. two teams capable of medaling. Tonight is the compulsory dance. Also on tap is the men's Super G, which should bring out all the top names in Alpine skiing. "The Austrians and the Swiss are the powerhouses," says U.S. veteran Marco Sullivan, "but you can gauge yourself off [Norway's] Aksel Lund Svindal." For those who have enjoyed any neighborhood sledding this winter, tonight's men's and women's skeleton finals may be appealing, but going headfirst at 80 mph may cause second thoughts. And veteran Olympic viewers may remember Harry Potter-lookalike Simon Ammann (Switzerland) from 2002 and 2006. He's back to take on Austrian sensation Gregor Schlierenzauer on ski jumping's large hill. * Smallville (8/7c The CW ) Lois and Chloe turn on each other over Clark when the man of steel finally gets his every wish fulfilled. His desires are simple: a traditional relationship with his girlfriend and a best friend who will come to his rescue every now and again. Unfortunately, Clark is unaware that he has been infected with dream-come-true Kryptonite on Valentine's Day. So when Lois quits her job and moves in with her man and when Chloe takes her role as defender seriously...things fall apart. * The Ricky Gervais Show (9/8c HBO ) The comedy duo of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, teamed with, as Gervais puts it, the "round-headed buffoon that is" Karl Pilkington, had a hit with this podcast of their admittedly "pointless conversations," which is the bedrock for a new animated series. Bedrock may be apt, considering the cartoon doppelgängers of Gervais and Merchant resemble, height differences aside, Fred and Barney of The Flintstones. More animation follows with the Season 2 opener of The Life and Times of Tim. * Real Time with Bill Maher (10/9c HBO [) Bill Maher rarely wastes a chance to go after Sarah Palin, including the occasion of his HBO special last weekend. So don't be surprised if her name comes up in tonight's Season 8 premiere, especially since the panel includes animator Seth MacFarlane, whose Family Guy took some heat - including some from Palin - for Sunday's episode that poked fun at a special-needs child. The panel also includes commentator Norah O'Donnell and former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, and Congressional Oversight Panel chair Elizabeth Warren is interviewed. * American Loggers (10/9c Discovery Channel) Water can be a tree's best friend: Not only does it help trees grow, it also hinders logging operations. The Pelletier clan returns for a second season of sawing and hauling, and the wet weather makes neither easy. Tune in to see Lester and Wayne experience highs and lows in the form of a really steep (and dangerous) road. * Funny or Die Presents (Midnight/11c HBO ) Don't adjust your set: Let "Funny or Die Presents" do it for you. The popular sketch-comedy website "Funny or Die" became an instant hit in 2007 with "The Landlord," about a profane, beer-swilling toddler, and now makes its move to conquer another medium...television. Tonight's skits include "Drunk History: Frederick Douglass," starring Will Ferrell, Don Cheadle and Jen Kirkman, and "Designated Driver," with Rob Riggle and Paul Scheer. Source Here

STEPHEN MERCHANT Talks The Ricky Gervais Show

In anticipation of the premiere of HBO's new series, THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW, executive producer and co-host Stephen Merchant took some time to answer a few questions from the press. The Ricky Gervais Show is based on a series of pointless conversations/podcasts that Ricky Grevais and Stephen Merchant (both creators of The Office and Extras) had with their friend Karl Pilkington. Stephen Merchant talked about the decision to make the show animated, how they come up with the things they talk about each episode, Monkey News, possible future plans and more. So enjoy and make sure you tune in and watch The Ricky Gervais Show when it premieres this Friday, February 19, at 9pm on HBO. To Read More Click Here .

Ricky Gervais gets animated with HBO

From THR: HBO says Ricky Gervais will be a star voice in a 13-episode animated comedy series early next year. The cable network said Tuesday that "The Ricky Gervais Show" will be based on his wildly popular podcasts. Voices will include Gervais, longtime collaborator Stephen Merchant and their friend Karl Pilkington. Pilkington's musings often inspire the series' offbeat storylines. Gervais has appeared on HBO in the series "Extras," which won him an Emmy as best comedy actor. He also created and starred in the British TV series "The Office," from which the hit NBC version was adapted. His new show will debut Feb. 19. He is also hosting NBC's broadcast of the Golden Globes Awards on Jan. 17. Source

HBO finds time for 'Tim' - Featured

HBO toon comedy The Life & Times of Tim has set Feb. 19 as the premiere for season No. 2. Skein, which has been off the air since November 2008, is currently in production and will once again air 10 episodes. In addition, cabler has given "Tim" an attractive Friday timeslot: At 10:30 p.m. immediately following the new half-hour animated series The Ricky Gervais Show , based on the comedian's popular podcasts. Previously, "Tim" was paired with "Summer Heights High," which lasted only one season. Much like the cabler's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Tim's" premise is that he finds himself in awkward situations and usually does an awful job of finding an easy way out. Tim" was created by Steve Dildarian, who also exec produces along with Tom Werner, Jimmy Miller, Mike Clements and Leynete Cariapa. Media Rights Capital produces. Besides Dildarian, other voice actors include Mary Jane Otto, Peter Giles, Matt Johnson and Nick Kroll. Last season, "Tim" averaged 1.2 million viewers per episode across all linear and on-demand plays. Source Here