Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Cable Fare

With the networks continuing to be relativerly bare in dramatic programming choices, cable is offerning some new fare tonight.

On Bravo, the new season of "Top Chef" (Bravo, 10 p.m.) kicks off tonight (don't worry, Mom and Dad, I'm taping it.)

The "Project Runway"-style show has a group of chefs competing each week to try to avoid getting booted off. It's hosted by Padma Lakshmi, who should make it worth tuning in, all by herself.

Meanwhile, comic Lewis Black debuts his "Root of All Evil," (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.) a mock trial show that makes fun of things like "Judge Judy" by pitting celebrities against each other, with comics acting as their lawyers.

NEW HBO FARE: Variety is reporting that HBO has ordered 13 episodes of “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” based upon the best-selling Alexandra McCall Smith novel, about the top detective agency in Botswana. I've never read the book, but the script is by Richard Curtis ("Love Actually") and Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient"), who also directs, so it may be of interest.

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: Oh, for the love of Philo T. Farnsworth, when is new network stuff coming back already?

It's reality and game shows galore, including a double-shot of "The Moment of Truth" and "American Idol" on Fox and "Deal or No Deal" on NBC. If 10 p.m. isn't past your bedtime, there is a new "Men In Trees" on ABC and "Law & Order" on NBC.


Zodin2008 said...

Wow...with options like this tonight, I am pleased I have another "Freaks & Geeks" disk on Netflix to watch! My wife will be tuning into the season premier of "Top Chef" though.

That HBO show sounds incredibly bizarre. It sounds like the African version of "Women's Murder Club"?

Synthmob/Kelly said...

I watched in the following order tonight: (SOME SPOILERS ALERT)
American Idol - They voted stripper David H off tonight - I wonder if it was truly his controversy that predicated this result?
South Park - poking fun at culture's current apathy towards HIV/Aids related charities and how it has become passe' to support them... then introducing MONEY as the cure -
Lewis Black - I voted that the Catholic Church was more Evil than Oprah but, oh well... I predict this show will be pretty popular now since Carlos Mencia isn't airing, and there are still lots and lots of subcultures that need new insulting.
Then I caught the ending of Top Chef - and they voted off the only black contestant - how wrong was that?