Monday, March 24, 2008

All Things Britney

In case you have missed the 8,000 promos for it, tonight is the guest appearance from Britney Spears on "How I Met Your Mother." (CBS, 8:30 p.m.)

It's a double-edged sword for me. On the one hand, HIMYM is always one of those bubble shows, and anything that helps improve the ratings for what I consider to be the best sitcom on the air right now is a good thing.

But, geez, do I hate stunt casting at the best of times, and to do it with the world's most over-exposed (in many different ways) schizophrenic is not really the direction I want to see HIMYM go.

At least in the snippets they are showing as promos, Brit seems to be mostly sane-looking. And in a side note, they are auctioning off her wardrobe from the episode for charity. You have to wonder who would bid on it.

All of the rest of the CBS sitcoms - "Big Bang Theory," "Two & A Half Men" and "Old Christine" - are also new, though Spears-less. "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 10 p.m.) joins them with its first new episode since the strike.

MONDAY'S BEST BETS: "Canterbury's Law" (Fox, 8 p.m.) is following the "Rescue Me" format of mixing individual cases with a season-long arc, not really a surprise since both shows are produced by Denis Leary and Jim Serpico. It's followed by a new "New Amsterdam," which has surprised me by already getting the two main characters together in a romance just four episodes in.

ABC airs its monster reality lineup of "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC, 8 p.m.), followed by "The Bachelor" at 10 p.m. That runs against a new "Medium" (NBC, 10 p.m.)

The second season of "Greek" (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) kicks off tonight.

Finally, PBS' "Frontline" examines the Iraq war, beginning at 9 p.m.


zodin2008 said...

Pretty much in agreement on the Britney assessment. Honestly, I think I'd rather see a stunt Britney casting for one episode of "Mother" which will still 'bring the funny', then the 42 minute gum commercial "Smallville" delivered during Pete's return.

It still makes me cringe and I may never buy that brand of gum again (besides that it might be filled with Kryptonite).

Wow, "CSI: Miami" is back? Perfect time to catch up on "John Adams" on DVR.

Anonymous said...

How can Britney be on TV tonight? "South Park" blew her head off last week then had her sacrificed for harvest. Remember, a sacrifice in March gives corn more starch.

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Jonathan said...

Is "Canterbury Law" still on tonight? I saw a promo for a repeat of "House" for Monday, and I was thinking it had already been cancelled. If it hasn't I guess it's still worth it to go back and check out the first couple of episodes.

Phillip Ramati said...

As far as I know, Canterbury's Law is on tonight. I haven't it seen it yanked anywhere.

Zod, you don't want stretching powers with your gum?

I saw that South Park - maybe Britney is performing with half a head...

Mac said...

She's actually not a bad comedic actress in this, even if Sarah Chalke (predictably) blows her out of the water.