What Else is On? March 5-11, 2014

Shirley Temple Black (Photo: TCM)
Shirley Temple Black (Photo: TCM)

This week’s new television features George Lopez, Cesar Milan, Shirley Temple, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and a cavalcade of stars. Here’s what else is on TV.

Thursday, March 6

You kind of have to admire the tenacity of George Lopez. I have no idea who his audience is, but there must be one because he is getting yet another series, this time on FX. Saint George is the latest 10/90 experiment, which means if the first 10 episodes do well then the series gets produced to the point of syndication. Surely the piñata was his idea? The show premieres at 9pm.

Remember Lance Bass? Remember MTV Cribs? Now Lifetime has brought the two together for the documentary-ish series Celebrity Home Raiders. Each half-hour episode features a guided tour of a famous person’s swanky pad, including price tags for all of their creature comforts. Ummm, neat. The first episode airs at 10pm.

Review stars Andy Daly as a critic who tries to approach life with an open mind when presented with situations from “viewers.” Umm, I have some thoughts on this, which I will share with you Thursday afternoon. You can tune in at 10pm on Comedy Central.

USA has teamed up with Denis Leary (Rescue Me) and one of the makers of Wedding Crashers for the network’s first comedy series Sirens. I encourage you to read the show description, which is the vaguest, least-enticing pitch I’ve encountered in quite a while. Notice that the sole person-of-color in the cast gets no adjectives, as his only characteristic is that he is the best friend of another character. Step up your game, USA. Sirens premieres at 10pm.

Friday, March 7

The fabled Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan is back for a new series on National Geographic Wild called Cesar 911. I’m not sure how this will be that much different from his previous series, though the (artificial) stakes may be a teensy bit higher. Whatever: DOGGIES! The show begins at 9pm.

Sunday, March 9

Shirley Temple Black passed away last month, so TCM will be hosting a retrospective of her work. Programming begins with Heidi at 3:30pm and ends with The Little Princess at 8:30pm.

All-around science dude Neil deGrasse Tyson has teamed up with Seth MacFarlane (yeah, the Family Guy guy) to produce a new season of Carl Sagan’s science documentary Cosmos. The original series will marathon on National Geographic Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, while Cosmos will multicast on several Fox networks at 9pm.

ABC tries to salvage its Sunday drama block with the new series Resurrection. This show is about a community whose dearly departed loved ones come back, just as they were the day they died however many years ago. It’s an interesting concept, but it would be even more awesome if it featured all the people who died on Six Feet Under coming back to say howdy. The dead rise at 9pm.

Monday, March 10

Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuaron and uber-producer J.J. Abrams have joined forces for the new sci-fi series Believe. A young girl is shown to have supernatural powers, so of course the only person able to protect her is a convicted criminal. The promos almost literally say “Save the Cheerleader. Save the world,” so we may already have fair warning as to what to expect. The show debuts at 9pm on NBC.

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Mike has been writing about TV online since 2008, when he started the blog WTF Little House on the Prairie? The blog was a project to practice writing about television analytically prior to getting an MA in Television-Radio-Film from Syracuse University, or as he likes to call it "TV Camp." After a lengthy stint at TVLatest, Mike wanted to launch a site that brought in classic TV, diamonds in the rough, and the shows everybody watches. E-mail: mike@whatelseison.tv