Where to be & what to watch…
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/13/2008 8:00:00 PM
Monday, July 14
Week two of the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour is on at the Beverly Hilton. Fox gets things going with a Prison Break-fast. Speaking of busting out of the pokey—uh, is there a statute of limitations on Martha Stewart jail quips?—the daytime doyenne kicks off “Martha's Summer Session,” comprised of two weeks of fresh Martha Stewart shows. Today features “two intriguing simple suppers” and “an inventive craft idea for displaying treasured photos.” On the tube, TNT trots out the season premiere of The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick, at 9 p.m. ET, followed by the premiere of Saving Grace.
Tuesday, July 15
FX gets its turn at the press tour, with close-ups of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Shield, among others, before the weary critics break for a Bonnie Hunt Show-themed lunch. And here's a logical double feature on the box. G4 debuts Hurl!, which sees contestants subjected to all sorts of excruciating combinations of speed-eating and being jostled about until they barf (known as a “reversal of fortune,” in competitive-eating parlance). Hurl!'s on at 9:30 and, fittingly, The Cleaner follows on A&E at 10. Cleaner's not about a mop-wielding janitor, but an “extreme interventionist” who's dealing with his own addictions.
Wednesday, July 16
The High Definition Summit, presented by B&C, Multichannel News and Broadcast Engineering, starts up at the Burbank Airport Marriott. Elsewhere in Southern Cal, the likes of Google CEO Eric Schmidt and NBC Entertainment co-chair Ben Silverman headline the Madison & Vine Conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel, while across town, ABC takes its turn at the TCA wingding. Entertainment president Steve McPherson hosts the executive session at 9 a.m., before Scrubs stars Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke try on their new ABC scrubs. Meanwhile, back in Gotham, “Detroit's urban station” WADL—home of vintage hits like Sanford and Son and Hawaii Five-0—holds its fall presentation at the Rainbow Room.
Thursday, July 17
The day starts off extra early in Hollywood, as Pushing Daisies star Kristin Chenoweth and How I Met Your Mother stud Neil Patrick Harris join Academy of Television Arts & Sciences chairman John Shaffner to announce the Primetime Emmy Awards nominations at 5:40 a.m. local time. Smart money says Harris references his Mother character with a well-placed “wait for it...” Eight hours later, at TCA, the ABC show-runner panel features the likes of Carlton Cuse and Shonda Rhimes, while the Desperate Housewives cast and brain trust dish about what's on over at Wisteria Lane come fall. And your name doesn't have to be Horton to hear some Who—VH1 Rock Honors: The Who premieres on VH1 at 9, celebrating Townshend, Daltrey, Moon, Entwistle and all the guys who came after them. Tenacious D performs.
Friday, July 18
CBS gets its turn at the critics' tour, with a peek at Worst Week and Project Gary. And back on the East Coast, Miley Cyrus takes the stage for the Good Morning America concert series, so, like, how psyched is the tween in your life? Speaking of psyched, don't forget the season premiere of...wait for it...Psych on USA at 10.
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