A look at some of this week's noteworthy television:
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: In the Blink of an Eye (Sunday, 9:00 p.m., WNET 13; Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., WLIW 21) A paparazzi with ties to the Bosnian conflict is found murdered in the 6th series finale.
Fox Business Network (Monday, 5:00 a.m., Fox Business Network) Fox’s new business channel debuts. Check your cable listings for channel, but it apparently will be on channel 43 for Time Warner customers.
The Price Is Right (Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m., WCBS 2) Monday marks a television sea change with CBS airing the first episode of The Price Is Right without the legendary Bob Barker, who hosted for 35 years. The new host, comedian Drew Carey, has some awfully big shoes to fill and we’ll see if the ratings will come on down. Although the buzz is he does quite a good job.
NewsChannel 4 at 5:30 (Monday-Friday, 5:30 p.m., WNBC 4) Sue Simmons is back in the afternoon, this time with a new anchor husband Michael Gargiulo, with this newscast that will replace the canceled News 4 You. From what we have heard it is sounds like it is going be a condensed version of Live at Five.
The Mysterious Human Heart (Monday, 9:00 p.m., WNET 13; Thursday 9:00 p.m., WLIW 21) The first two episodes of filmmaker David Grubin’s look at the human heart and how it works. The third part of the series airs next Monday at 9:00 p.m. on WNET and next Thursday at 9:00 p.m. on WLIW.
Samantha Who? (Monday, 9:32 p.m., WABC 7) Christina Applegate returns to television playing Sam, a woman who wakes up after a coma as an amnesiac and finds that her former self wasn’t very nice. It sounds promising, but it has the strike of being an ABC sitcom against it.
E:60 (Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., ESPN) From the boys and girls up in Bristol, Connecticut it is new sports news magazine show. So expect more in depth reporting than you would find on SportsCenter since given the title seems to evoke 60 Minutes.
Frontline: Cheney’s Law (Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., WNET 13) Did you know that Vice President Dick Cheney has been working for three decades to expand presidential powers? This Frontline follows the history of Cheney’s drive to increase executive branch power in the PBS documentary series season premier.
Independent Lens: Wordplay (Tuesday, 10:00 p.m., WNET 13) A profile of crossword maven and New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz and other crossword enthusiasts.
Wired Science (Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., WNET 13) A look at the science of baseballs (we suspect they aren’t injected with steroids), cloned meat, new wheelchairs and ultrasonic waves.
BET Hip-Hop Awards (Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., BET) Yet another awards show, this time focusing on Hip-Hop. Apparently this is the second year for the event.
Viva Laughlin (Thursday, 10:00 p.m., WCBS 2) An American version of the BBC mini-series Blackpool or as it was called on this side of the pond Viva Blackpool, which was the name of the BBC sequel. Given it is a murder mystery musical, we can’t but think of the colossal failure known as Cop Rock and given it is an American adaptation we are sure they are going to try to stretch it out more than the sensible British. Still, it is better than yet another fakeality show.
Mad Men (Thursday, 10 p.m., AMC) AMC’s first original drama, set on 1960s Madison Avenue wraps up its season. The great show will be back for another season
The Next Great American Band (Friday, 8:00 p.m., WNYW 5) It is American Idol, with bands and without Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest. In a bit of brand synergy, the show has its official website on News Corp sister property MySpace.
Austin City Limits (Saturday, 1:00 a.m., WNET 13) Buried in the Friday night into Saturday morning timeslot is this live (to tape) multi-genre music show from Austin. This week indie rockers The Decemberists are the featured attraction. So if you want to hear a real band instead of some mainstream pop schaltz, stay up.