Dish of Salt: Wednesday TV Dish (TV Tonight, Dennis Hopper Tribute & ‘Glee’ Preview)
First Published: June 2, 2010 3:56 PM EDT Credit: NBC
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- What shows are worth your time tonight? I’ve got the answer. Plus, a tribute to Dennis Hopper and a preview of the finale of “Glee.” It’s all in today’s Dish.
On TV Tonight
“So You Think You Can Dance” -- After a stellar start to their seventh season last Thursday, the show moves to its regular day and time tonight. The auditions continue with stops in Chicago and Los Angeles. Meanwhile, a list has leaked out on to the Internet with the top ten finalists. I don’t want to be the one to spoil it for you, so if you want to know you will have to follow the link to the list HERE. FOX, 8 PM ET/PT.
“America’s Got Talent” – Tonight, TV watchers are in for two more hours of variety acts strutting their stuff for judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel. Viewers seem to be enthralled with the acts, as it was the most watched showed of the night on Tuesday, wrapping up with 13.5 million viewers. Tonight the auditions head to Dallas, Texas. NBC, 8 PM ET/PT
“Toddlers & Tiaras” — Season 3 kicks off tonight of this series that follows young pageant queens in the making and the stage moms and dads that make it all happen. The whole thing is a little creepy, watching little girls get spray tans, apply fake eyelashes, get hair extensions and generally make themselves look 20 years older. However, it’s just one of those shows you can’t seem to turn away from when it’s on. TLC, 10/9 C
“Are We There Yet?” – This one’s a family sitcom based on the 2005 film of the same name about newlyweds (Essence Atkins, Terry Crews) dealing with the obstacles of raising their newly blended family of two children. Ice Cube, who starred in the big screen version, is an executive producer and has a recurring role on the show. TBS, 9 PM/8 PM C
“Curb: The Discussions” -- TV Guide Network begins airing repeats of the entire HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” beginning tonight with the show’s original pilot. Immediately following the show is the premiere of “Curb: The Discussions,” a chat show about the ethical dilemmas and repercussions of star Larry David’s behavior. Sussie Essman hosts with a rotating panel of celebrity guests, which tonight include Hill Harper, Jon Hamm and “Millionaire Matchmaker” Patti Stanger. Larry’s former “Seinfeld” buddy Jerry Seinfeld joins the panel on a future show. TV Guide Network, 10 PM/9 PM C
“Ghost Hunters Academy” — A new class of wannabe paranormal investigators come together tonight, as this series returns with all new episodes. For their first assignment, the cadets visit a sanatorium in Louisville. Sounds spooky good. SyFy, 9 PM/8 PM C
Hopper Movie Marathon
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will dedicate its Tuesday, June 8, primetime and overnight lineup to celebrating the life and career of Oscar-nominated actor/director/screenwriter Dennis Hopper, who passed away on May 29 at the age of 74 after a long battle with prostate cancer. The night’s collection will feature his film debut in the memorable drama “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955), as well as his groundbreaking film “Easy Rider” (1969). The following is a complete schedule:
8 PM — “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) – Dennis Hopper co-stars with John Wayne and Dean Martin in this rowdy Western about the sons of a frontier woman determined to learn why their mother died penniless.
10:15 PM — “True Grit” (1969) – Hopper found himself in the presence of “The Duke” once again with this Western about an aged marshal who helps a girl find her father’s killer. John Wayne earned an Oscar for his performance.
12:30 AM — “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955) – Hopper made his film debut as one of the rebellious youngsters in Nicholas Ray’s searing portrait of teen angst. James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo star.
2:30 AM — “Easy Rider” (1969) – Hopper became one of the most iconic figures of his generation with this groundbreaking film about a trio of societal dropouts heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Not only did he direct and star in the film, he also earned an Oscar nomination for his work on the screenplay with co-star Peter Fonda and Terry Southern. Jack Nicholson and Karen Black co-star.
4:15 AM — “Night Tide” (1963) – Hopper stars as a lonely sailor who falls in love with a mysterious woman who plays a mermaid on the Santa Monica pier. Linda Lawson co-stars in this unique, dreamy drama written and directed by Curtis Harrington.
“Glee” Finale Preview
Next Tuesday night is the season finale of “Glee” and Vevo has a sneak peek at one of the show’s final performances as the Glee club heads to regionals. Check out New Directions singing “Faithfully” HERE.
The song will be included on yet another album from the show – “Journey to Regionals,” which hits stores on June 8, the same day as the finale. Meanwhile, “GLEE: The Music, Vol. 3 Showstoppers” album is atop the Billboard 200 again this week, edging out the Stone Temple Pilots reunion album to claim the No. 1 spot!
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