Sunday, April 17th
Mob Wives, series premiere at 8pm on VH1
– This new reality series follows the lives of four women at a crossroads, having to pick up the pieces and carry on while their husbands or fathers do time for Mob-related activities. The women are long time friends who live in New York City’s “forgotten borough”, Staten Island. Along the way they battle their friends, families and each other as they try to do what’s best for themselves and their children. It’s not easy to maintain the lifestyle they were accustomed to when the family’s primary breadwinner is in lock up. From The Godfather to The Sopranos to My Cousin Vinny, these women are sick and tired of the lies and stereotypes that exist about their lives. They’re determined to finally set the record straight and show the world once and for all that while their lives may seem crazy at first glance, and that they love, laugh and get their hearts broken just like everyone else.
Game of Thrones, series premiere at 9pm on HBO
– It’s Lord of the Rings meets Playboy in the highly anticipated and critically acclaimed hypersexual medieval fantasy series. The series, based on author George R.R. Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among noble families for control of the Iron Throne of Westeros. The struggle for the throne will stretch from the south, where the heat breeds plots, lusts, and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings, queens, knights, renegades, liars, lords, and honest men will all play The Game of Thrones. The price tag for the larger-than-life production, even for HBO standards, cost between an estimated 50 and 60 million for the first season. You can’t afford to miss out on this epic television event.
Audrina, series premiere at 9pm on VH1
– This new reality series follows former Hills star and Dancing With The Stars season 11 contestant Audrina Patridge into the next stage of her life and career, introducing viewers to a whole new cast of characters, most importantly her large, outrageous, Orange County family. As the series begins, Audrina finds herself trying to balance the demands of two worlds. On one hand, there is Hollywood and its many golden opportunities in acting, modeling and business. Will she be able to parlay her fame into a career that avoids the varied potential pitfalls of stardom?
Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, prequel movie at 9pm on USA
– Before Sam Axe teamed up with Michael and Fiona for the do-gooding explosive-loving trio, he was Commander Axe, U.S. Navy SEAL. The Fall of Sam Axe tells the story of how Sam (Bruce Campbell) went from respected Naval Commander to the man of mystery we’ve come to know on Burn Notice. On what will turn out to be Sam’s last military mission, he is sent to the jungles of Colombia to investigate claims of a vicious terrorist organization known only as the “Espada Ardiente” (Flaming Sword). His mission: to determine whether U.S. military aid is necessary to deal with the threat. But when he arrives, things are more complicated than he’d imagined. He receives word that the rebels have targeted a small civilian clinic deep in the jungle. Sam must now save the clinic’s doctors and patients from certain death. However, nothing is as it seems and the Espada Ardiente may not be the biggest threat Sam Axe faces. This TV movie/prequel is directed by Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan himself who plays burned spy Michael Weston on the hit series.
TV Land Awards 2011, special awards show at 9pm on TV Land
– The Ninth Annual TV Land Awards will be in an Empire State of mind, as the star-studded celebration moves to New York City for the first time. The TV Land Awards pays tribute to classic and contemporary luminaries of TV, music and movies. The event will honor the entire casts of The Cosby Show, Family Ties, The Facts of Life and Welcome Back, Kotter. The Cosby Show will receive The Impact Award, which is presented to a show that offered both entertainment and enlightenment, with comedy that reflected reality. The entire cast of The Facts of Life (one of my all time favorite shows) will receive the Pop Culture Award and perhaps more importantly, will be reunited on stage for the first time since the show went off the air in 1988. Daryl Hall and John Oates will both receive a Music Icon Award and perform some of their most popular hits.
Tuesday, April 19th
16 and Pregnant, season premiere at 10pm on MTV
– Another season, another batch of pregnant 16-year-olds trying to navigate their teenage woes all the while dealing with the added stress of becoming a young mom due to an unplanned pregnancy that turns their lives upside down. Each episode follows a 5-7 month period in the life of a teenager as she navigates the bumpy terrain of adolescence, growing pains, rebellion, and coming of age; all while dealing with being pregnant. Each story offers a unique look into the wide variety of challenges pregnant teens face: marriage, adoption, religion, gossip, finances, rumors among the community, graduating high school, getting (or losing) a job. Faced with incredibly adult decisions, these girls are forced to sacrifice their teenage years and their high school experiences. But there is an optimism among them; they have the dedication to make their lives work, and to do as they see fit to provide the best for their babies.
Dresscue Me, series premiere at 10:30pm on Planet Green
– This new series follows the fashion world’s best-kept secret-Shareen Mitchell, beloved by fashionistas and recessionistas alike for her unique, affordable approach to vintage clothing. A self-taught designer with retail outlets on both coasts, Mitchell is renowned for her ability to give new life to dowdy old duds by turning them into chic, fashion-forward frocks. To create these one-of-a-kind pieces, Mitchell welcomes her exclusively female clients into her hip boutiques in both downtown Los Angeles and New York’s Chelsea district, to hear their stories and make them over in a distinctly Shareen Vintage style that helps them look and feel their best. From launching a new line, to building presence in New York, to juggling her home life with her husband, actor J. D. Cullum, the series takes viewers inside the everyday ups and downs of the fashion industry.
Call Me Fitz, series premiere at 9pm on DirecTV
– Beverly Hills 90210 star Jason Priestley makes his big comeback to the small screen in this hit Canadian dark comedy series. Handsome, substance-abusing used car salesman Richard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick torments his naïve co-workers, sleeps with any woman who has a pulse, and thinks nothing of it. Then one day, after a stunt that puts his customer in a hospital, he finally meets his conscience – in the flesh! Don’t miss this hilarious new comedy about a man who is literally forced to battle with his inner conscience – and share a desk with him.
Friday, April 22nd
Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country, concert special at 9pm on CBS
– Tune in to watch glammed up country supertars in stilettos…and the crooking country boys who love them. The night’s honorees included The Judds (who just debuted their new reality series last week), Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Reba, and Carrie Underwood. Rascal Flatts feted Reba with a sassy cover, rock legend John Fogerty honored The Judds, Little Big Town harmonized with Martina McBride, Ronnie Dunn brought Jennifer Nettles to tears, Vince Gill and Carrie Underwood took us to church and Blake Shelton serenaded Miranda Lambert (who also debuted her new girl group, Pistol Annie).
Saturday, April 23rd
Doctor Who, season premiere at 9pm on BBC America
– The 48-year-old sci-fi series is the continuing saga of a mysterious alien time traveler, aka the doctor, who picks up human companions, faces evil foes with little more than his wits and a sonic screwdriver, and journeys throughout time and space in a police phone booth called the TARDIS. Or, as the famed Whovian Craig Ferguson once said, it’s about “the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism.” The first half of the terrific two-part season premiere takes us to the late ’60s, which finds the Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy, Rory, and River Song all secretly summoned to the Utah desert on a mission that leads ultimately to the Oval Office.