You know what I don’t understand? People who say things like, “I don’t have a TV” or “I don’t get cable,” and seem all proud of themselves about it. Because here’s the thing: television is freaking awesome. This week, there’s a lot going down on the small screen—or in my case, ginormous screen that takes up half my apartment. First, we have William Baldwin beaming down as Serena’s dad on “Gossip Girl.” Then, the season seven premiere of “The Hills” which brings us up close with “Heidi 3.0″—her words, not mine. We also have the launch of two new shows that look pretty dope—”Happy Town” and “Sunset Daze.” After the jump, see previews.
The Show: “Gossip Girl”
Set Your DVR For: Tonight, 9pm (EST), The CW
Jenny and the newly-bad Chuck conspire to split up Serena and Nate by wedging Jenny in the middle. But the real highlight of this episode? William Baldwin as Serena’s dad, who Lilly may be (make that probably is) sleeping with.
The Show: “The Hills”
Set Your DVR For: Tuesday, 10pm (EST), MTV
The seventh and final season of “The Hills” begins this week. And it looks like it’s gonna be a great season. Heidi travels to Colorado to show her family her new face. Audrina has a new boyfriend, Ryan Cabrera. When Brody tries to bring a new girl into the group, Kristen isn’t having it. Meanwhile, looks like Heidi and Spencer might be headed towards a divorce. Oh, the drama.
The Show: “Dinner with the Band”
Set Your DVR For: Tuesday, 10:30pm (EST), IFC
We love this cooking show, which takes indie rock superstars like Les Savy Fav and Tokyo Police Club and (a) makes a meal with them and (b) has them play a few ditties. This week, the uber-cocky Rufus Wainwright.
The Show: “Happy Town”
Set Your DVR For: Wednesday, 10pm (EST), ABC
This show may have the worst name, possibly ever. But it’s being billed as the heir to “Twin Peaks.” It’s the story of a woman who moves to a small town to open a candle shop. Only, the town turns out to be super creepy and effed up. Will it live up to the hype?
The Show: “Sunset Daze”
Set Your DVR For: Wednesday, 10pm (EST), WEtv
I love people. And so I am very much looking forward to “Sunset Daze,” which takes a group of senior citizens living in a retirement community and shows that they are more “Jersey Shore” than Geritol Complete. I’m already obsessed with the ex-nun who now loves to race cars and jump out of planes.
The Show: “White House Correspondents Dinner”
Set Your DVR For: Saturday, 9pm (EST), MSNBC
In past years, the comedians at this presidential roast have been hilarious, like Stephen Colbert and Wanda Sykes. This year, however, we get Jay Leno. We thought Obama had better taste and would have voted for Conan, but we’ll watch anyway since it’s a big deal.