This is a week of big ol’ mega-casts, as I like to call them. Perhaps the biggest, taking over all the major networks: Barack Obama‘s State of the Union address, which will be going down at 9 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday. Then, on Saturday, TLC brings you the Miss America Pageant at 8 p.m. (EST)—I’ll be watching to try to identify this year’s Carrie Prejean. Finally, the Grammy Awards are coming at you Sunday night at 8 p.m. (EST) on CBS, with performances by Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Taylor Swift. But around these events, what new episodes and finales will you want to catch? Keep reading.
The Show: “La La Land”
Set Your DVR For: Tonight, 11 p.m. (EST), Showtime
Showtime’s Monday night lineup is as stellar as it gets. Come for the new season of “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” stay for fresh episodes of “Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union,” and then enjoy this new show, from British comedian Marc Wootton. The basic concept is “Da Ali G” show goes to Hollywood, with Wootton seeing what happens when he unleashes three characters—a cocky actor, an inept psychic, and a right-wing documentary director—on the unsuspecting folks of LA.
The Show: “Launch My Line”
Set Your DVR For: Wednesday, 10 p.m. (EST), Bravo
Am I the only one who is actually kind of liking Bravo’s attempt to reconstruct the glory that was “Project Runway” before it moved to Lifetime? The show is basically the same concept as “PR”—except that the clothes are more wearable, the guests are more interesting (Lady Gaga!), and instead of Heidi and Tim, we have Dean and Dan Caton of DSquared2.
The Show: “Little Chocolatiers”
Set Your DVR For: Sunday, 10 p.m. (EST), TLC
Wow, that preview made me hungry. This show follows a pair of chocolate makers, a husband and wife who happen to be little people, as they head to the World Chocolate Championship. If you loved “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” this is for you.
The Show: “Tough Love 2″
Set Your DVR For: Sunday, 9 p.m. (EST), VH1
It’s the season finale of my number-one television obsession of the moment. Will Liz be cool with the fact that Dave’s been married before? Is Adam as good a guy as Angel thought? Will Jenna actually find love with adorable Tucker? I’m bizarrely excited to find out.