Just because it’s the weekend, doesn’t mean you can get away from TV! OH NO!

That said, tonight’s only new show is on…


“Pan Am,” 10 P.M.

What Is It?: ABC’s blatant attempt to capture some “Mad Men” fans, with a show about airline stewardesses in the 1960’s.

Why To Watch: You weren’t too impressed by NBC’s “The Playboy Club,” but still crave a weekly dose of 1960’s sexism and fashions. Also, Christina Ricci stars, and the show could turn into some kind of crazy retro “Alias” with tales of international intrigue…

Why To Turn the Channel: Again, “Mad Men” is not just its setting and costumes, and unless this show looks beyond those things, it’ll be just another bit of empty TV entertainment. Also, seeing how great airplane travel used to be will just piss you off.

Returning Shows:


“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” premieres at 8 P.M. They will extremely makeover a home. “Desperate Housewives,” follows, with what will be its final season, at 9 P.M. I really hope they just go balls to the wall with craziness, knowing this is the end, because the show has been way, way too predictable and boring for a long time now.


“The Amazing Race,” is back, and all is right with Sunday night TV! Can you believe it’s been on the air for TEN YEARS?! As in recent past seasons, they continue to cast famous or previous contestants, so you can either love or hate the addition of “Survivor” couple Ethan and Jenna.

“The Good Wife,” moves to a new night and time at 9 P.M., and when we last saw Alicia and Will they were finally, FINALLY going to do the dirty. Of course, their future won’t all be all puppies and rainbows. This is television, after all, and rare is the couple that ends up happy on a network show.

And finally at 10 P.M. we have “CSI: Miami,” for those who enjoy that type of thing.


The 23rd season of “The Simpsons,” premieres at 8 P.M., and I’ll just let that number sink in for a little bit. Wow, right? Tonight, Marge wants to be a contestant on “Top Chef” and Homer makes a new friend. Also, fans will be able to vote on whether or not Ned Flanders and Edna Krabappel should date. (I say no. She’s much too wild for him, and he would only bring her down)

The rest of the night on Fox is filled with their usual slate of Seth MacFarlane-tainted animated shows: “The Cleveland Show” at 8:30 P.M.; “Family Guy” 9 P.M.; and “American Dad,” at 9:30 P.M. If you Google “i hate family guy,” an entry on my blog is amongst the top five results, so I think that probably tells you all you need to know about my opinion on this particular set of shows.

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Rain Jokinen watches a lot of television and movies and then writes things about them on the Internet. She's a San Francisco native, and yeah, she'll rub that fact in your face any chance she gets.

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