A look at some noteworthy television this week:
Family Guy (Sunday, 9:00 p.m., WNYW 5) Peter helps Bill Clinton fix a flat tire and wackiness ensues.
Live at Five/News 4 You (Monday, 4:57 p.m./5:30 p.m., WNBC 4) The post Sue Simmons era of Live at Five begins Monday when David Ushery and Lynda Baquero anchor the 5p.m. newscast and Perri Peltz anchors the new features and consumer news based News 4 You at 5:30 p.m. We are hoping that WNBC isn't going to make the same mistakes made at sister stations in Chicago and Philadelphia with lighter newscasts. And fans of Sue don't worry, you'll see her at 6 and 11.
The Pirate Queen: A New Musical – A Broadway Journey (Monday, 9:00 p.m., WLIW 21) A behind the scenes look at the development and production of the new musical from Les Misérables and Miss Saigon creators Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and Riverdance producers Moya Doherty and John McColgan. The show, hosted by Gabriel Byrne gives some historical background on pirate queen Grace O’Malley’s’ story (since this musical isn't based on some bad movie), and follows the development of the musical from its early days to the out of town tryout in Chicago to the final tweaks after it returned to New York getting ready for its debut. Monday night Doherty and McColgan along with stars Stephanie J. Block (Grace O'Malley) and Hadley Fraser will be in WLIW's studios to talk about the musical during the pledge breaks.
FOX 5 News at 10 PM (Monday-Saturday, 10:00 p.m. WNYW 5) All this week, Fox 5 looks back on 40 years of their 10 p.m. newscast, which was the first one in the tri-state area. The Tuesday newscast marks the 40th year on the air.
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (Tuesday, 10:00 p.m., WNET 13) In 1968 the BBC filmed a concert film of the Stones with a circus theme. The BBC never broadcast it and it was found in the trash of the London vault of The Who in 1989. The guest line up really sounds like a real musical circus - Jethro Tull, The Who, Marianne Faithfull, Taj Mahal, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Mitch Mitchell. A special PBS pledge time bonus interview with The Who's Pete Townshend about the rounds out the program.
Mythbusters (Wednesday, 9:00 p.m. Discovery) The Mythbusters try to bust some dog related myths. Will the Mythbusters teach some old dogs new tricks?
Andy Barker, P.I. (Thursday, 9:30 p.m. WNBC) Andy Richter stars in this Conan O'Brien backed show about an accountant who accidentally becomes a private detective. The show is a funny action-comedy which seems to know the genre it is spoofing. If you don't want to wait until Thursday NBC has the all the episodes of the show on-line.
Raines (Thursday, 10:00 p.m. WNBC) Jeff Goldblum plays a cop who sees murder and finds their killers in this new series. Hmm… wasn’t something like this tried a few times before? Hopefully there will be something new and different with this one.
New York's First. New York's Best. Celebrating 40 Years at 10 (Friday, 10:30 p.m. WNYW 5) A half hour retrospective 40 years of the ten o’clock news on channel 5. Expect historical clips and interviews with some of the talent from over the years from the tri-state area's first 10 p.m. newscast. We hope they include some of vintage clips of “It’s 10 p.m . do you know where your children are?” In case you were wondering, sister station WTTG in Washington claims to be the first in the country with a primetime newscast, rolling it out in 1966.
St. Patrick's Day Parade (Saturday, 11:00 a.m. WNBC 4) If you don't want to go see the 246th annual parade in person, WNBC offers live coverage.