The Judds, series premiere at 9pm on OWN
– This unique docu-series captures the complex and sometimes comical relationship between Naomi and Wynonna Judd – one of the most successful mother-daughter country music duos in the history of entertainment. Set against the rich backdrop of their much-anticipated 18-city reunion tour, The Judds follows Naomi and Wynonna’s emotional journey, as they work to heal old wounds, reconnect with their fans, and share the spotlight once again.
Upstairs Downstairs, miniseries premiere at 9pm on PBS
– After 36 years, the hit period drama Upstairs Downstairs about an elite British family and their loyal servants returns with new characters. It’s 1936, and 165 Eaton Place sees its first stirrings of life after years of neglect when the house’s new master, Sir Hallam Holland, and his wife, Lady Agnes, cross the threshold. Neglect has strewn cobwebs everywhere and furred the surfaces with dust. But with a sumptuous renovation and the help of the indomitable housekeeper Rose Buck (Jean Marsh), the iconic address so beloved in the original series Upstairs Downstairs is soon restored to its former glory. It’s 1936, a tumultuous time in Britain, and within the walls of 165 Eaton Place, characters from an orphanage, a damp Welsh castle, the heart of the British Raj and elsewhere together will face a changing world, not just upstairs and downstairs, but side by side. Series co-creator Eileen Atkins stars as Hallam’s mother Lady Maud Holland.
Monday, April 11th
Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza, series premiere at 8pm on GSN
– Stand-up comic turned actor-producer, Drew Carey hosts a lively, unpredictable and hilarious half-hour of improvised sketch comedy, complete with audience participation. Carey has brought his golden comic touch to numerous hit television shows, including The Drew Carey Show, The Price Is Right and Whose Line Is It Anyway?, on which he served as host and producer. He has also attracted enthusiastic live audiences across the country with his Drew Carey’s Improv All-Stars. The show features a lineup of performers who appeared on all of Drew’s shows as well as in his Improv All-Stars live shows. The show is based on a series of live improv performances and are taped live in front of audiences at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Law & Order: Los Angeles, midseason premiere at 10pm on NBC
NewNowNext Awards 2011, awards show at 10pm on Logo
– The NewNowNext Awards are about celebrating today what will be trending next year. While some award events honor those who’ve already made it, the Nexties set their sights on brink-of-fame up-and-comers who are sparking the next big buzz in film, TV, music, and new media. With award categories like “TV You Betta Watch,” “#zOMG Internet Award,” and “Brink of Fame: Music Artists” these prizes are about celebrating talent and pop culture that’s on the verge. The coveted “Always Next, Forever Now Award” is given every year to a pop icon who has paved the way for today’s talent. Previous winners have included Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, and Paula Abdul and this year none other than the Queen of Dance Lady Gaga will be the honored recipient.
Tuesday, April 12th
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, season premiere at 8pm on ABC
– Jamie Oliver, impassioned British chef, TV personality and best-selling author is back and he’s headed for La-La-land. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is the inspiring TV docu-series that attacks the problems of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in America. This generation of children is the first that’s not expected to live as long as their parents. Jamie’s show invites viewers to take a stand and change the way America feeds itself at home, in schools and on Main Street. The series has been named as a recipient of the Television Academy Honors, exemplifying “television with a conscience.” In Season Two, Jamie is raising the stakes for his Food Revolution by bringing it to one of America’s biggest cities, Los Angeles. He immediately has to rethink his approach when the L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) slams the door in his face.
Deadliest Catch, season premiere at 9pm on Discovery
– New blood, old wounds, and rivalries that never die. For some it’s a season of change; for others, a chance to make a name for themselves, but some things remain constant: the perilous, icy waters of the Bering Sea and most dangerous job in the world. After a record breaking, heartbreaking season last year with the shocking death of Captain Phil Harris from a stroke, all the captains are back to do what they do best: fish for crab, with a one hundred million dollar reward on the line. This season the dark clouds and long shadow of their father’s death still hang heavy on sons Josh and Jake Harris but now they need to show the rest of the fleet that they can come back and step it up as co-owners of the Cornelia Marie. After briefly auditioning successors in the wheelhouse of the Time Bandit last season, Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand are center stage again with no intention of stepping down but they soon find their lucky streak in crabbing could be coming to an end.
– Join the rambunctious, tight-knit Braxton sisters — Grammy-winning artist Toni Braxton, Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar — and their headstrong mother for an inside look at their lives and the drama of family chaos. They’ll battle it out for the spotlight with sibling rivalry, man drama, bankruptcy, a DUI and much more! Will their super-close sisterly bond and unconditional love get them through the trials and tribulations of life in the fab lane?
Royally Mad, two-part special premiere at 10pm on BBC America
– America’s five most royal-obsessed fans have been selected for the regal trip of a lifetime. SYTYCD’s fabulous host Cat Deeley will lead them on London’s royal wedding path as they live the royal dream and compete to be crowned number-one fan.
Sinbad: It’s Just Family, season premiere at 10pm on WE tv
– Comedian Sinbad stars in his own new reality series: Cameras will follow the actor/comedian and his family as they work and live in Los Angeles, with Sinbad trying to re-launch his comedy career. After The Sinbad Show and his movie roles (remember Jingle All the Way?) dried up, Sinbad re-married his college sweetheart, kicked his 30-person entourage off the payroll, and got back into his original passion of performing stand-up comedy. Now living back in his original home where his career started, he’s working to rebuild his fanbase while his grown-up kids, Paige and Royce, are working on their own careers.
Sports Show with Norm MacDonald, series premiere at 10:30pm on Comedy Central
– As the anchor for Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, Norm Macdonald brought a unique, sardonic wit to the long-running sketch show’s parody of a news broadcast. On this new show, Norm will once again use his dry humor and pitch-perfect delivery to parody the news, but this time the focus will be solely on sports. This blog will seek to extend the show’s coverage of the sports world, posting highlights and extended clips from the show, pointing readers to stories, posting web-exclusive videos of Norm and more.
Wednesday, April 13th
– In this modern comedy, a couple’s break-up will complicate all of their friends’ lives and make everyone question their choices. When life throws you for a curve, hold on tight to the people you love. Every circle of friends has someone who’s the gravitational center. For years, perfect couple Dave and Alex drew their friends in and held them together. Now that they’ve split, does this group have the stuff to stay together? Or do Max, Brad, Jane and Penny have to choose sides? Suddenly every event is a negotiation… like, who gets to go on the annual ski trip? There are a lot of big questions to be answered, but this group has been together so long, somehow, little by little, they’ll figure out how to hold on, even though their center is split up. It helps that Dave and Alex have agreed to stay friends but there will definitely be other complications down the road.
Thursday, April 14th
The Paul Reiser Show, series premiere at 8:30pm on NBC
– Paul Reiser’s back on television and he’s playing… Paul Reiser in a show about his real-life experiences. Paul plays himself, an ex-TV star who’s searching for his next big gig. As Paul waits for that day to come, he spends time with his family and a group of guys who still think they’re 25. It’s all fine, as long as he doesn’t get caught doing something embarrassing that ends up on TMZ. Paul Reiser’s been named one of the greatest stand-ups of all time. And as funny as he is on stage, he’s even funnier at home.
Friday, April 15th
Friday Night Lights, season premiere at 8pm on NBC
– This award-winning series centers on life in Dillon, Texas, where high school football brings the community together — and the drama of small town life threatens to tear it apart. Coach Taylor came to East Dillon to bring home one thing: a state championship title. Complicating his mission wasn’t just the opposing teams, but his own players, coaches and pressures from the community. At the end of Season 4, Coach Taylor led East Dillon High School to a thrilling Thanksgiving Day win over their cross-town rivals. How it will it all end? Can Coach Taylor bring the East Dillon Lions all the way to the state championship? Will Tami revive a school system that most have given up on? How will Julie and the other young people of Dillon, Texas move on from their home town? Now get ready for the fifth and final season of the critically acclaimed series.
American Restoration, series premiere at 10pm on History
– This new reality series features Rick Dale and his crew of loose screws at Rick’s Restorations in Las Vegas, Nevada, as they take rusty, beat-up items and restore them to their original glory. Whether it’s a giant gas pump from the 1940s or a Hopalong Cassidy bicycle from the 1950s, every restoration is a high-stakes business project where worthless rust is transformed into a valuable collectible. However, these restorations aren’t easy. Every project presents unique challenges for Rick and his team, who develop inventive processes to finish each job flawlessly and on time. From old gas carts to timeless slot machines, the items Rick restores are part of the fabric that makes up American culture. Things just aren’t made like they used to be, but at Rick’s Restorations, old becomes new again.
The Whitest Kids U’ Know, season premiere at 10:30pm on IFC
– The award-winning debauched comedy troupe, The Whitest Kids U’ Know, returns for its fifth and final season of their sketch comedy show. The series pushes sketch comedy to a whole new level of depraved genius and this farewell season ups the ante like never before. This season, Trevor, Zach, Sam, Darren and Timmy are providing sardonic cracks on politics, gender, suburbia, and sex while featuring some of their most creative, hilarious, and often shocking material to date. Fans can expect to meet a whole new cast of characters including sex phone worker “Baked Beans”; world class Didgeradoo player “Sal Rosenberg”; child do-gooder “Little Hitler” and many more. The Kids will also feature commercials for some of their latest absurd inventions like the children’s fashion accessory “the Finger Ring”; the next level in nerf combat, the “Nerf Nuke”; and nicotine replacement device “Nic-O-Dick.” Additionally, each episode of this farewell season will end with a segment of an extended re-imagining of the Civil War as a war on drugs (as only the Kids could do).