We Like to Watch Feb. 14th-20th, 2011
Hooters helps you find your Dream Girl. They’re thoughtful like that.
There’s a lot of TV options to choose from. Too much for any one person to completely monitor, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to do our best to sift through all the listings and figure out what you should be watching every week…with all the highlights, lowlights and guilty pleasures you can stand.
Monday, Feb. 14th
8:30 p.m. Mad Love (CBS)
On one hand, yet another freaking midseason relationship comedy about different couples at different stages of their lives sounds about as appealing as, well, actually watching one of those shows. But the cast of Mad Love has us optimistic that this one won’t suck. You have a cast comprised of Jason Biggs (American Pie), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Tyler Labine (Reaper) and Judy Greer (Arrested Development), who have all proven to bring the funny in the past (yes, even you, Biggs). We’re hopeful they can do some good with a tired and well-worn premise.
Also on Monday
9:00 p.m. American Pickers (History Channel)
It’s hard to keep all the junk shows straight, but this is the one about two dudes rummaging through peoples’ houses (not abandoned storage units, not estate sales) and offering them cold, hard cash for their crap. This week, the Pickers are tasked to boldly go where many toupee stylists have gone before: William Shatner‘s house. Apparently, Shat has the guys come to his crib and tasks them with a list of things he’s looking for FOR his house. Maybe he’s going for that Applebee’s look? Whatever the reason, this sounds like it will be worth the 60 minutes just to peek into T.J. Hooker’s digs. We’re sure your valentine will understand.
Tuesday, Feb. 15th
11:00 p.m. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
January Jones plays the lovely but increasingly annoying Betty on Mad Men. She’s also in the upcoming film Unknown and will appear as the White Queen in X-Men: First Class this summer. We’re curious to see how Jon Stewart handles the interview. Will we get “hard-hitting, thinks he’s the voice of the people” Stewart, or will he just be stunned by her angelic glory? We’re in the latter camp.
Thursday, Feb. 17th
9:00 p.m. The Office (NBC)
Ever since 2005’s “The Client” episode, we’ve wanted to see a theatrical version of Michael Scott’s spy thriller Threat Level: Midnight starring the dashing Michael Scarn. This week we’ll finally get our chance. Could the self-produced film be amazing? Could Michael will parlay it into a blockbuster that will lead him out of Scranton? That would be the best possible way to get Steve Carell off the show.
Friday, Feb. 18th
11:00 p.m. Hooters Dream Girl (FX)
As 99 percent of the content on this site will attest, sometimes old-fashioned T&A is just what the doctor ordered…and we love getting that prescription filled. On this special taped in Cancun, 16 buffalo wing-toting waitresses compete for the label of “Dream Girl.” The Internet’s involved (you get to vote), and we’re sure “cheerleading and foamy pitcher-handling skills” are, too. Not sure about “warding off unwanted advances,” though.
THE SILVER LINING
Monday, Feb. 14th
11:35 p.m. Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
Letterman kicks off the week with not only what will surely be a slick performance by hip-hop artist Theophilus London, but also boasts the Top Ten as read by the 10 candidates for this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl (followed by the big reveal of which beauty won the honor…not likely to be Britney Spears above, sadly). This is history-in-the-making type stuff not to be missed, not even for Valentine’s Day/Night.
NOT EVERYONE NEEDS A REALITY SHOW
Tuesday, Feb. 15th
9:00 p.m. Only In America With Larry the Cable Guy (History Channel)
Does anyone else find it strange that a show called Only In America features host Larry the Cable Guy hanging out in a swamp, then with clowns at a circus, followed by competing in a soapbox derby? That breaks down to something gross, something that originated in Ancient Rome, and something that no one cares about anymore. Nothing about that lineup makes us want to bellow “God bless the U.S.A.!” Sorry, Larry. Maybe the show should be renamed Shit in America That’s Boring or Done Better on Other Programs with Hosts Who Own Sleeves.