Viewer’s Guide to Television: Feb 21-27, 2011

20 Feb

“The Can’t Miss List” – Your Guide to the Top 10 Must See Events on TV

February 21 – 27, 2011:          

 The week of February 21st makes up for a lack of compelling sporting events by bringing us a host of new episodes for our favorite television shows, as well as a great conclusion to the weekend with the Academy Awards presentation (all listings are in Eastern time).

 10.       The Office –  Thursday, 9pm, NBC:  The chemistry between Steve Carell and Amy Ryan always elevates the quality of this series; in this new episode, Michael Scott’s crude friend Todd Packer makes another appearance at the Dunder Mifflin office.

9.         Fringe – Friday, 9pm, FOX:  Truly one of the highlights of Friday night

programming, Fringe is a sci-fi based show that seems to get better with every passing episode; intriguing plotlines in both universes continue to propel us towards the season finale.

8.         Parks and Recreation – Thursday, 9:30pm, NBC:  Don’t flip the channel once The Office ends; stick around for this highly amusing comedy series centered around a small town Parks and Recreation Department that features great writing, stellar acting, and new recurring roles for Rob Lowe, Adam Scott, and various special guests.

TBS, Conan is the only original programming you have that is funny. Are We There Yet? House of Payne? NOT FUNNY

7.         Conan – Monday, 11:00pm, TBS:  Conan is worthy of your viewing attention on a nightly basis; an appearance by Ed Helms, who has started to land some well-deserved leading roles on the big screen, elevates this to the must see Conan episode of the week.

6.         Lakers at Thunder – Sunday, 2:30pm, ABC:  These two teams met in the 2010 NBA Playoffs and gave us one of the more memorable series of the entire postseason.  LA will be looking to start the second half of their season on the right track after heading to the All-Star break with many doubts surrounding their title aspirations.

5.         Modern Family – Wednesday, 9:00pm, ABC:  Arguably the funniest show on all of television, Modern Family almost always guarantee to not only make you laugh, but to make you laugh out loud uncontrollably at least once. 

4.         American Idol – Wednesday and Thursday, 8:00pm, FOX:  Say what you will about the judging panel for this season, American Idol’s time tested structure is able to overcome the lack of any value the judges bring to the show.

3.         Glee – Tuesday, 8:00pm, FOX:  Glee is the type of show that plays much better on the screen than it does on paper; if you haven’t seen an episode yet, do yourself a favor by making time to catch it this week.

2.         Heat at Bulls – Thursday, 8:00pm, TNT:  This game has two of the top Eastern Conference powers  meeting  in a possible preview of the upcoming Conference Finals, and features two of the top MVP candidates in the entire league in LeBron James and Derrick Rose.

We can guarantee you that Brendan Fraser won't be winning one of these for his leading role in "Furry Vengeance."

1.         83rd Academy Awards – Sunday, 8:30pm, ABC:  There are so many movies up for Best Picture this year that it was almost surprising to not find Furry Vengeance amongst the nominees; the best part of the program promises to be how hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway respond to the immense scrutiny they are sure to receive.  You read it here: these two underrated comedic actors will do just fine, and create the template for future Oscars presentations to follow.

Just Missed List of Guilty Pleasure Honorable Mentions:

10a.     Jersey Shore – Thursday, 10:00pm, MTV:  Any reality show that features so many people known by simply a nickname has to be good, right?  Right?

10b.     Wipeout – Thursday, 8:00pm, ABC:  The true definition of a guilty pleasure, this show always seems to have at least 4 to 5 moments per episode that feature a hilarious wipeout of a contestant.   Be sure to check your underwear each commercial break to see if you really did end up wetting yourself during one of your violent laughing streaks.

10c.     1000 Ways to Die – Wednesday, 10:00pm, Spike:  Just look at who the hapless victims are this week: a caretaker, 2 hunters, a Japanese game-show contestant, and a stripper.  Enough said.  Half of the fun of this show is simply trying to guess what the show’s creators name each of their stories.

10d.     Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern – Tuesday, 9:00pm, Travel:  Andrew’s mouth goes where most men’s mouths only dare dream of: this week, he travels to Namibia to tackle wildebeest eyeballs.

10e.     Piers Morgan Show – Monday, 9:00pm, CNN:  The star of the show isn’t Morgan, who has received mixed reviews so far as Larry King’s successor.  The true attraction is his guest, Rod Stewart, whose success on and off the stage continues to generate jealousy in the minds of countless men.  Here’s hoping that Rod shares with the rest of us how he went about signing a pact with the Devil that promised him lifelong career success and an endless supply of supermodels to father children with.

10f.      When Harry Met Sally – Saturday, 8:00pm, E! 

10g.    Love Actually  Saturday, 11:00pm, LMN

Saturday affords us little in the way of original programming, so why not use this opportunity to curl up in front of the TV with your soul mate and generate some romance for the night?  And with “Saturday Night Live” being a rerun this week, “Love Actually” is a wonderful movie to laugh and smile yourself to sleep with.

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