Sunday, May 6th
Sherlock, season premiere from 9 to 10:30pm on PBS
– The dynamic, if dysfunctional duo of detective Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch, “War Horse”) and former army doctor and beleaguered friend Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman, “The Hobbit”), battles the worst of 21st- century London in this hit British series. In three thrilling new episodes, Sherlock and Watson team up to solve a dizzying array of crimes with his signature deductive reasoning and his stunning lack of social grace. From Belgravia mansions to windswept moors, the dynamic, if dysfunctional duo battles diabolical — and greatly-anticipated — villains, including a computer-savvy arch-villain who wants to rule the world and a hound from the hinges of Hell.
The Comedy Awards, special awards show from 9 to 11pm on Comedy Central
– The awards show, now in its second year, is dedicated to celebrating the art of comedy with an historic, one-night-only celebration honoring the most talented writers, directors, actors and stand-ups, who provided the laugh track to our lives this past year. Modern Family, “Bridesmaids,” 30 Rock, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” and Louis C.K. lead the nominations for 2012 and fans can vote for “Breakout Performer of the Year.” Robin Williams is this year’s recipient of the prestigious “Stand-Up Icon” award and Don Rickles will be honored with the “Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence,” both of which will be presented during this year’s ceremony.
Tuesday, May 8th
United Stats of America, series premiere at 10pm on History
– Here’s a stat for you: The average American male is on earth for about 900 months, and in that time he will spend almost two months shaving, roughly five months on hold, and another five months complaining about his boss. He’ll also spend a whopping 198 months watching TV… but only two months having sex. Randy and Jason Sklar were born a statistic: They’re identical twins and stand-up comedians who also just happen to have an obsession with numbers and an amazing knack for finding the incredible stories behind the stats. The wisecracking brothers are the hosts of United Stats of America, which reveals the stories behind the most interesting and surprising statistics in American history—stories that tell us more about who we are as individuals and as a nation. Randy and Jason bring their irreverent brand of humor to locations across the country, uncovering hidden facts about America and Americans while engaging in stunts and experiments that help them uncover the story behind the stats. The Sklars will also utilize cutting-edge computer technology and visually stunning infographics to help bring these numbers to life. Episodes explore the stats that help us understand how much money we make (and what we spend it on), how long we will live (and how we will die), what we do with our free time (and how to make more of it) and a whole lot more.
The Devils Ride, series premiere at 10pm on Discovery
– It’s a bike club. It’s a brotherhood. It’s The Devils Ride. For the first time Discovery goes inside the world of motorcycle clubs with the members of San Diego’s Laffing Devils. The Devils Ride sports a diverse crew, but one bonded by a commitment to each other and the club. Meet Laffing Devils president Gipsy, who must balance the club’s growing ranks with pressure from older members to maintain the status quo. An ex-Marine who served in Iraq, Gipsy credits the club for helping him deal with the emotional scars of war. Then there’s club vice-president Billy the Kid, who waits in the wings wondering if he’ll have the chance to lead the Laffing Devils. And younger member Snubz breaks all the biker stereotypes with his degree in finance and a full-time corporate job. The Devils Ride finds the Laffing Devils not only in open conflict internally, but also at risk of losing their homebase. The Laffing Devils’ unofficial headquarters is the auto body shop owned by fellow member Hawkster, but police pressure might force the club to find a new home. Moving is going to cost the club money, so Gipsy seeks out security work for the Laffing Devils guarding a liquor store in a very dangerous part of town. Will their new responsibilities pit the club against one another?
Wednesday, May 9th
Around the World in 80 Plates, series premiere at 10pm on Bravo
– Renowned chefs Cat Cora and Curtis Stone host Bravo’s new culinary/travel competition featuring cringe-inducing food challenges a la The Amazing Race. Around the World in 80 Plates takes culinary competition to the next level as 12 chefs travel across the globe testing their skills and determination. In each episode, the contestants will travel to a different international city where they will learn the local customs, cultures, and cuisines as they participate in a gauntlet of culinary challenges. Ultimately, they will face-off in a kitchen takeover where they will not only recreate, but reinvent the menus for world-renowned restaurants and their demanding owners.
Friday, May 11th
Common Law, series premiere at 10pm on USA
– USA’s new dramedy is about two cops with a problem – each other. Despite their differences, they are incredible detectives. When things come to a head during their “seven-year itch” as partners, their captain forces them into couples’ therapy to save their “work marriage.” Despite being an odd couple, Travis Marks (Michael Ealy, “Think Like A Man”) and Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole) are incredible at what they love most – enforcing the law – and have a seven-year track record as the LAPD’s best detectives in the Robbery-Homicide Division. As their constant bickering begins to have a major impact on their work, their new-age captain (Jack McGee) sends them to couples’ therapy to bring back the flame in their relationship. Tough-as-nails therapist Dr. Ryan (Sonya Walger) is brought in to help them understand and resolve their conflicts and confront their demons in order to enhance their ability to work together solving crimes.
The Half Hour, series premiere at 11pm on Comedy Central
– Comedy Central is shining the spotlight on some of the funniest and most unique comedians out there today with a new stand-up series filmed in Boston. Join Joe Mande, Theo Von, Garfunkel and Oates, and more for their first solo specials, every Friday night.
Saturday, May 12th
Mom Caves, series premiere at 8:30pm on HGTV
– Dad’s got his man cave, the kids have their playroom — even the dog has a kennel! But what about Mom? It’s time she had a space of her own, and don’t even think about the kitchen! She wants a mom cave. We’ll design and build the ultimate space for Mom, a place where she can kick back and relax with her friends or family and do what she likes to do best. Mom Caves is hosted by designer Matt Muenster and Beth Stern, who has firsthand knowledge in this area as the proud owner of two mom caves: one in New York and a two-story version in her new home in the Hamptons. Both of Beth’s mom caves are dressing rooms where she chills out with friends and gets ready for big nights out, and they’re off-limits to her shock jock husband, Howard. Mom Caves will incorporate great cutting-edge design with the fun and glamour of Beth’s world as we celebrate the women in our lives.