Sunday, May 1st
Law & Order: Criminal Intent, season premiere at 9pm on USA
– The least successful spin-off of the L&O franchise returns for its tenth and final season. This premiere also marks the return of the show’s two original stars, Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe, as crime-fighting partners Detectives Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames. They both left midway through season 9 after Eames fired Goren and then quit the NYPD. Eames and Goren will be brought back at the request of Joseph Hannah (Jay Sanders), the new Major Case Captain who will replace Zoe Callas. Goren and Eames will replace Jeff Goldblum’s character Detective Zach Nicols and his partner Serena Stevens as the lead detectives. When Detective Goren is at a crime scene, nothing is overlooked. With a broad intellect and cunning instinct that borders on brilliance, this modern-day Sherlock Holmes brings a new level of scrutiny to the NYPD’s Major Case Unit. Detective Eames is the perfect complement to Detective Goren. She understands Goren’s eccentric techniques better than anyone, but as senior partner she isn’t afraid to hold him accountable for the novel police procedures that he sometimes employs.
Wednesday, May 4th
Spouse vs. House, series premiere at 10pm on TLC
– The Learning Channel presents a brand new makeover and relationship show with a big twist! In each show a couple is given the cash so at last they can afford to create their dream home. But here’s the catch: one will have to move out for three weeks leaving their partner to make every home improvement decision alone and do much of the work. Meanwhile the other half is off to a warehouse to create their fantasy home in a life size replica. Interior designer Robert Brown, founder of California-based Brown Design, hosts.
Friday, May 6th
Flashpoint, season premiere at 8pm on CBS
– This drama depicts the emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of a group of cops in the SRU (inspired by Toronto’s Emergency Task Force). It’s a unique unit that rescues hostages, busts gangs, defuses bombs, climbs the sides of buildings and talks down suicidal teens. Members of a highly-skilled tactical team, they’re also trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the suspect’s head to diffuse the situation to try and save lives. In the season premiere, the SRU is called in when a man charged with killing his own baby escapes prison transport and is on the run. Random tidbit…Power Rangers’ Amy Jo Johnson (aka the Pink Ranger!) is the sole woman on the team.
Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden, concert special from 9 to 11pm on HBO
– Five-time Grammy winner and pop icon Lady Gaga headlines her first solo HBO concert taped at Madison Square Garden in Gaga’s native New York City. The special spotlights the pop sensation on her sold-out world tour, accompanied by a ten-piece band and ten backup dancers. The epic concert event features songs from her new album “Born This Way,” as well as monster hits “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Telephone,” “Alejandro,” “Paparazzi,” and my personal favorite “Bad Romance.”