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Watch this (week of May 12)

The must-see event of the week: “The Office” wraps up after nine seasons with a retrospective and supersized episode.  Here are some other highlights for the week: SUNDAY A winner will be picked on “Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs.  Favorites” (8 p.m., CBS). Following is the traditional reunion special, where Jeff spends about a minute interviewing earlier rejects we’ve long since forgotten about, and the rest of the time talking to or about the final three. Emily reconsiders her quest… Read More »

Watch this (week of Sept. 30)

Remember when all the good shows were on Sunday? This week is another of those times, with several favorites returning:  “Once Upon a Time,” (8 p.m., ABC); “Revenge,” (9 p.m., ABC); “The Good Wife,” (9 p.m., CBS) and “The Mentalist,” (10 p.m., CBS). Fox is also relaunching most of its animated comedies, with the return of “The Simpsons” (8 p.m.), “Bob’s Burgers” (8:30 p.m.), and “Family Guy” (9 p.m.) (“The Cleveland Show” returns next week.) On cable, Showtime is bringing… Read More »

When your shows will return

September is a busy month on TV. While this is the time of year when attention focuses on all those bright and shiny new shows the networks are hoping you will watch, most of us are more eagerly awaiting the return of old favorites. So when will your favorite show return? Here’s a list of what’s premiering when on the networks. ABC Dancing with the Stars, 8 p.m. on Sept. 24 Castle, 10 p.m. on Sept. 24 Private Practice, 10… Read More »

Watch this (week of May 20)

There are a few more finales this week, and a couple of reality show returns. MONDAY Probably the  most notable finale of the week: After eight seasons, “House” concludes with a one-hour retrospective followed at 9 p.m. by the series finale, with House facing six months in jail while his best (only?) friend, Wilson, will likely be dead from cancer in five. TUESDAY After performances on Monday, a winner is announced Tuesday on “Dancing with the Stars” (8 p.m., ABC)… Read More »

Watch this (week of Feb. 26)

SUNDAY Billy Crystal returns for the ninth time as host of “The 84th Academy Awards” (ABC, 5:30 p.m.) This is less a show than an all-night event, so stock up on the snacks now, and prepare to watch “Hugo” and “The Artist” go head to head. MONDAY It’s the last of the blind auditions on “The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.) Yes, there’s talent this year. (My favorite so far was Lindsey Pavao’s interpretation of “Say Ah!” – see below) But… Read More »

Watch this (week of Jan. 29)

So… you have a week to kill until the Super Bowl. What’s on TV between now and then?  Sun., Jan. 29: “Undercover Boss” (8 p.m. CBS): Grab a glass of wine and the remote… the long-awaited (in Sonoma County at least) episode featuring Kendall Jackson’s president, Rick Tigner, airs Sunday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe0PODre0-0 After “Undercover Boss,” don’t change the channel: On “The Good Wife” (9 p.m., CBS), Wendy Scott-Carr intensifies her campaign against Will in an effort to send him to prison.… Read More »

5 good TV moms… and 5 bad ones

While raising their broods, quintessential moms Carol Brady, Marion Cunningham and June Cleaver remained upbeat, sometimes crossing over into downright perky. But that might be owed only partially to solid maternal instincts and more to a lack of those instincts being seriously tested. I mean, was the insincere Eddie Haskell all that bad when compared with the drug-and-sex-pushing peers today’s TV teens contend with? And sure, Carol Brady had a large family, but she also had help from housekeeper Alice.… Read More »

Shows to savor

TV and food…two things I love. So naturally, I sometimes think in ways that combine the two. Here’s a sampling of what’s on my TV menu these days. Appetizers: These shows aren’t the main course, but rather something you can watch when you don’t want something too heavy. Maybe you want to pass the time before the kids go to sleep, or while the pasta for dinner is boiling, or between errands while pairing up the socks in the laundry… Read More »