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This week’s column is just all about the listings. With the Thanksgiving holiday I haven’t had a chance to do much in my viewing other than getting all caught up on FRINGE. Even though I have some thoughts and theories there isn’t really enough to write up a full article on. Here’s the Cliff Notes:

  1. The alternate universe has been a great story telling mechanism since the middle of last season and it has been a complete and utter mind-bending winner for me this season as well.
  2. The stakes are too high that they’ve laid out. Only one of these two universes can survive? This makes me think that weeks from now PETER is going to be stepping into this mystery machine because he’s going to believe doing so will be a valid alternative option.
  3. Given everything that they were shown prior to the last episode I already thought it was pretty clear that WALTERNATE was trying to engineer  a situation where PETER is inadvertently doing what WALTERNATE wants him to do even though he’s on the other side. The last episode pretty much locked this in for us. I just can’t understand how these supposedly smart characters can’t see what I even thought was obvious before the story confirmed it.
  4. I really can’t buy that no one could really tell that FAUXLIVIA isn’t their real OLIVIA since they all really knew her.
  5. It boggles my mind to think where they are going to go from here.
  6. Now that FRINGE is being moved to FRIDAY does this mean that FOX just wants to show to go quietly into that good night?

Now that I got that out of my system let’s look at the viewing choices for the next seven days.

MONDAY

NBC - 8:00 PM: I’m really hoping that the return of LINDA HAMILTON this week on CHUCK marks the return to story telling that I actually give a crap about.

ABC - 8:00 PM: I don’t even know why I’m mentioning SKATING WITH THE STARS since I won’t be watching a single moment of it.

LOGO - 8:00 PM: Normally I wouldn’t mention a syndicated show but the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER episode titled THE BODY was probably one of the best episodes of the show that ever aired.

AMC - 8:00 PM: I still think one of the very overlooked newer holiday classics is the BILL MURRAY film SCROOGED so much so that I wonder why it isn’t part of my home video library. It will be on AMC for the next four nights so try and catch it if you never have.

ABC FAMILY - 9:00 PM: When I originally saw the title of THE DOG WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS VACATION I was hoping for a mash-up of the CHEVY CHASE classic but instead you get PARIS HILTON voicing a dog.

TUESDAY

FOX - 8:00 PM: The group on GLEE finally heads to sectionals. I’m sure the numbers they perform won’t be nearly as flashy or as choreographed as the numbers they put on for just themselves in their school auditorium.

NBC - 8:00 PM: Behold the festivities around the illumination of plant life with the 78th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER.

CBS - 8:00 PM: It’s just not the holiday season until they air RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER.

ABC - 8:00 PM: The Alphabet offers up a green and mean double header with THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS followed by SHREK THE HALLS.

NBC - 9:00 PM: Tonight the contestants on THE BIGGEST LOSER have to overcome their biggest challenge yet, being moved an hour later to 9 PM.

FX - 10:00 PM: It’s the season finale for SONS OF ANARCHY.

CBS - 10:00 PM: I didn’t think they could possibly make the VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW but then they go and get KATY PERRY to perform.

WEDNESDAY

ABC FAMILY - 8:00 PM: I have to admit that there are some parts of me that actually enjoy the live-action film DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. It is a bit alarming though to see the GRINCH talking like FIRE MARSHALL BILL a whole lot.

AMC - 8:00 PM: SCROOGED is still an option tonight is all I’m saying.

USA - 10:00 PM: Tonight’s episode of PSYCH is also a TWIN PEAKS tribute.

THURSDAY

ABC - 8:00 PM: Fond childhood memories of watching SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN are now replaced by the sad realization that kids today have no idea who any of the people doing the voices for this special even are.

NBC - 8:00 PM: I’m not sure if the time continuity is accurate here but it doesn’t matter because tonight TROY turns 21 on COMMUNITY so let the drinking jokes begin!

FOX - 9:00 PM: After two weeks we finally get to find out what PETER does after the phone call he received two weeks ago on FRINGE.

NBC - 9:00 PM: MICHAEL, for whatever reason, decides he must stop the global power that is China on tonight’s episode of THE OFFICE.

DIY - 9:00 PM: How was I unaware of THE VANILLA ICE PROJECT? Home renovation and aged rap music for the win!

FRIDAY

THE CW - 8:00 PM: Somehow CLARK gets bounded to an alternate universe where he was raised by the LUTHORS instead of the KENTS on tonight’s episode of SMALLVILLE. Wait, is this a FRINGE cross-over?

CBS - 8:00 PM: After tonight there are only 3 more episodes of MEDIUM ever.

ABC FAMILY - 8:30 PM: Will this finally be the year that I watch THE POLAR EXPRESS?

SATURDAY

LOGO - 6:00 PM: It was very shocking for fans when the WB some how lost BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and even more shocking for fans when the fifth season ended with the title character dieing. If you want to relive it you can watch a mini-marathon today.

MTV - 8:00 PM: ADAM SANDLER has really accomplished a lot but EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS is definitely not a jewel in his crown.

G4 - 8:00 PM: Do you know how little there is on tonight? I’m recommending SUPER HIGH ME on G4, that’s how little there is on tonight.

SUNDAY

ABC FAMILY - 7:00 AM: Want a real lazy Sunday? How about an all day HARRY POTTER movie marathon from THE SORCERER’S STONE up through ORDER OF THE PHOENIX?

DISC - 4:00 PM: OK, maybe you actually did something with the better part of your day and now you want a lazy Sunday evening? How about a MYTHBUSTERS marathon that includes the  Top 25 Moments starting at 7?

USA - 6:00 PM: Don’t look now, it’s another airing of ELF.

AMC - 10:00 PM: There is not greater sadness then the recognition that tonight is the first season finale of THE WALKING DEAD and we will probably have to wait until next October for more.

A&E - 10:00 PM: I’m sorry, I was wrong. there is no greater sadness than knowing there is now a reality show being shot around THE HASSELHOFFS.

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