Tuned In: What’s Hot, Hotter And Definitely Not Happening In TV

What’s Hot: Tuesday Ratings

Fox won Tuesday night again due to “American Idol,” but CBS is close behind based on the potent 1-2 punch of “NCIS” and “The Mentalist.” Idol ran about 8 minutes long, which helped boost the returning “Fringe” to a bigger audience than its last new episode in February. ABC and NBC were in a close race for third, with ABC’s Peanuts special “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” finishing a lackluster fourth in its timeslot.

What’s Hotter: The Tudors

Showtime’s sinfully addictive drama returned Sunday for its third season and held up strongly compared to its previous season. When all is said and done, the premiere pulled in around 1.3 million viewers, which is comparable to last year’s finale. This season deals with the aftermath of Ann Boleyn’s beheading as well as the rise of Jane Seymour. Showtime has promised that we will see ALL of Henry’s wives in the duration of the series, and we gotta say, learning history has never been this much fun (or this sexy).

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What’s Definitely Not Happening: Kings

Sadly, my earlier fears that “Kings” might not last the season were not far off. NBC has moved the new drama to the wasteland that is Saturday night to burn off its remaining episodes there, starting April 18th. It remains to be seen whether the network will indeed let the remainder of the episodes air on Saturdays (remember, they did this with “Kidnapped” a few years back also, and then pulled it from Saturday’s lineup) – but we can hope for that at least. Although not appointment television, it is a nice break from the procedural and reality heavy line-up NBC has going on right now.

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Wednesday Sizzlers:

  • America’s Next Top Model: 8pm on The CW Tune in tonight to see the divas go crazy as Clay Aiken (yes, he’s still alive) appears as a guest judge. Let’s hope the girls aren’t forced to sing…
  • The Unusuals: 10pm ET on ABC Amber Tamblyn returns to television, this time playing a young cop named Casey Schrager, who’s hiding a big secret and learns that her fellow cops all have something just a bit off about them.
  • Real World/Road Rules Challenge: 10pm on MTV Hook-ups, hot tubs, drama and a whole lot of money are on the line as the Duel II kicks off. Most of your favorites (and the ones you LOVE to hate) are back to humiliate themselves all for the chance at some extra coin.
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