TV Daily

Friday/weekend: "This American Life," must-see TV for the NPR set. Plus: What did you think of "Grey's Anatomy" on Thursday?


Salon Staff
May 2, 2008 2:05PM (UTC)

Weekend Pick

Showtime / Monty Brinton

Video killed the radio star! Ira Glass may not be the most riveting guy to watch on the small screen, but that doesn't mean that "This American Life" (10 p.m. EDT Sunday on Showtime) doesn't belong there. The second season of the show returns with all of the cinematic beauty and understated storytelling of the first, making it a must-see show for the NPR set. (Imagine that!)

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Also…

On Friday, "20/20" (8 p.m. EDT on ABC) investigates whether Michelangelo included coded messages on the Sistine Chapel (hello, Celestine prophets!), and Starbuck continues her search for Earth on "Battlestar Galactica" (10 p.m. on Sci Fi). On Saturday, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" is featured on the Wonderful World of Disney (8 p.m. on ABC), then "Robin Hood" airs at 9 p.m. on BBC America. And fans of Rosamunde Pilcher's novel "The Shell Seekers" may want to check out the movie starring Vanessa Redgrave (9 p.m. on Hallmark). On Sunday, the finale of "Wire in the Blood" airs at 8 p.m. on BBC America, and Masterpiece features "Cranford," a three-part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel starring Judi Dench (9 p.m. on PBS, check listings).

Last night

What did you think of "Grey's Anatomy" on Thursday? Go here to discuss.

On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Jeff Probst, Penn Badgley, Carly Simon

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Gwyneth Paltrow, Ward Connerly

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Terrence Howard

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Tom Cruise

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

TBA

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT

TBA

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Patrick Dempsey, Isabella Rossellini, Nick Lowe

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Sally Field, Jesse Ventura, Sleepercar

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Tobias Wolff, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Terrence Howard, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, Estelle

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Matthew Broderick, Michelle Monaghan, NASA contestant Brian Turner

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Helen Hunt, Kal Penn

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