A look at some noteworthy television this week:
The Simpsons (Sunday, 8:00 p.m., WNYW 5) America’s favorite cartoon family celebrates its 400th episode tonight. Not bad for something that started as an animated short on The Tracey Ullman Show twenty years ago.
Deal or No Deal (Monday, 8:00 p.m., WNBC 4) Subway hero Wesley Autrey tries his hand at winning a suitcase full of money. We do hope we wins and we guess being trapped under a subway train is probably a less traumatic experience than dealing with Howie Mandel.
Heroes (Monday, 9:00 p.m., WNBC 4) The live action comic book show wraps up its first season as predictions come true.
Veronica Mars (Tuesday, 8:00 p.m., WPIX 11) Thanks to some stupid programming decisions the two episodes airing Tuesday will be the last two of the series, barring a miracle. As a bit of irony, the final episode is titled “”The Bitch is Back”.
On the Lot (Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., WNYW 5) Survivor’s Mark Burnett (one of the people responsible for the plague that is fakeality television) teams up with Steven Spielberg for what can be best described as Project Greenlight meets American Idol. Viewers will get to pick their favorites and the winner will get a $1 million film development deal.
Saturday Night Live in the ‘90s: Pop Culture Nation (Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., WNBC 4) if you missed this retrospective on SNL in the 1990s here is your chance to catch it.
American Idol (Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., WNYW 5) If you are a fan of the show, you will be sad to see it go, but excited to see who is crowned as the new American Idol. If you hate the show, you can rejoice that it is finally over for this year.
The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet (Thursday, 9:00 a.m., WNYW 5) The Subway Idol is crowned this morning.
Ugly Betty (Thursday, 8:00 p.m., WABC 7) The only successful adaptation of the telenovella format this season is ABC’s Ugly Betty. Here is your chance to see the pilot episode of the series.
City at War: London Calling (Thursday, 8:00 p.m., WNET 13) A look back with Walter Cronkite at some legendary American reporters, like Edward R. Murrow, who reported from London in the early days of World War II.
Grizzly Man (Thursday, 8:00 p.m., Discovery Channel) Remember the guy who teased bears in Alaska and was killed by one? This 2005 documentary is his story and a prime example of natural selection in action.