What to Watch This Week
Monday, July 4
Not going anywhere on the 4th of July? Not to worry. There are plenty of things to
watch while you're stuck at home -- most of all, marathons. Hours and hours
of your favorite shows. Here's some of the best marathons running on Monday.
MONK (USA) -- Starts at 6 AM and Ends at 11 PM
Whole lotta "Monk" episodes. One great thing about this show is Tony Shalhoub.
He delivers Emmy-calibre performances in every episode. Some of the best
episodes to watch on Monday's marathon: At 10 AM USA airs
the three best episodes in a row, "Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf,"
"Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month," and "Mr. Monk and the Game Show."
They are also airing the very first episode at 9 PM, "Mr. Monk and the Candidate."
KING OF THE HILL (FX) -- Starts At 7 AM and Ends at 8 PM
This show is an underrated gem. It's an animated series about Hank Hill and
his family and all of their mis-adventures. There's a lot of episodes crammed
into those 13 hours. There is no theme to the marathon, just what they think
are the best episodes.
THE WEST WING (BRAVO) -- Starts at 11 AM and Ends at 2 AM
What a great way to celebrate a patriotic holiday -- with a patriotic show. Bravo will air
episodes from the end of Season 4 with episodes from the middle and end of Season 5. The episodes airing from 1-8 PM are some of the best, including "Life On Mars," "Twenty Five," and "7A WF 83429."
Tuesday, July 5
SELENA (@MAX) -- 7 PM
Don't miss this quality movie. Jennifer Lopez, in her career best performance, stars as Tejano superstar Selena. Edward James Olmos and Lupe Ontiveros also give excellent performances. It's a chance to watch Lopez in something decent, not "Maid In Manhattan" or "Anacoda."
THE LADYKILLERS (STARZ) -- 9 PM
This got trashed by critics and bombed at the box office, but this movie
gets way too much flack. It's actually an entertaining film focusing on a criminal mastermind (Tom Hanks) who rents a room in a woman's (the
hilarious Irma P. Hall) basement and plans, with his crew, to dig a tunnel
into a bank's vault.
» Related: Filmfodder Review.
RENO 911! (COMEDY CENTRAL) -- 10 PM
This shows doesn't get the attention it deserves. The ensemble is nothing
short of brilliant. This week a disease scare quarantines the police department.
Wednesday, July 6
BEAUTY AND THE GEEK (WB) -- 8 PM
This funny and touching show comes to a close with the first-season finale.
The final two teams are Richard and Mindi and Chuck and Caitilin.
Richard and Mindi deserve to win, but you never know with these reality shows.
But this isn't it for the show just yet; next week a reunion special airs.
THE INSIDE (FOX) -- 8 PM & 9 PM
A very underrated series. The characters are a little stale, but the cases
are engrossing. FOX is airing two episodes to go against the "Dancing
With The Stars finale." The first episode deals with a suicide hot-line
counselor who in accused of murder. The second centers on a copycat
killer who could turn a past case around.
LOST (ABC) -- 10 PM
I usually hate repeats, but I've found myself rewatching these "Lost" episodes.
I'm trying to find a clue to the series that I missed the first time. This
episode is Sun-centric, focusing on what happened with Sun and Jin
before they got on the plane. The performances from Yunjin Kim and Daniel Dae
Kim are nothing short of amazing.
» Related: Filmfodder's Lost Blog.
Thursday, July 7
BIG BROTHER 6 (CBS) -- 8 PM
I always get addicted to this show over the summer. I don't expect this year
to be any different. This season is filled with twists and some of them have already
been revealed. The big one? All 14 houseguests know one other person
in the house, but they think they are the only ones who know someone else.
If the pairs can keep it a secret and make it to the final two, the
final prize gets bumped up to $1 million. Kinda confusing, but it'll
make sense once the show premieres.
THE O.C. (FOX) -- 9 PM
The best episode of the lackluster second season re-airs. There's so many
storylines happening in this episode it's hard to explain them all. Just
watch and you'll love it. The best moment comes at the end of the episode,
when Summer (Rachel Bilson) and Seth (Adam Brody) share the classic upside-down "Spider-Man" kiss. So sweet.
ER (NBC) -- 10 PM
This great episode focuses on Dr. Weaver
(Laura Innes) who meets with her estranged mother (Frances Fisher). Sissy
Spacek was originally supposed to play her mother, but she backed out at the
last minute due to a scheduling conflict. "ER" rarely features Dr.
Weaver anymore, so it's always a treat when she has an episode to herself.
Friday, July 8
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (HBO FAMILY) -- 8:30 PM
The third Harry Potter movie is the darkest, and, by extension, the best in the series thus far. This story has Harry dealing with an escaped convict (Gary Oldman) and an escaped ex-con who may be
related to Harry.
» Related: Filmfodder Review.
MONK (USA) -- 10 PM
The fourth season of this hit USA series premieres. The opener has
Monk (Tony Shalhoub) working with a private eye (Jason Alexander) who has
some of the same tendecies as Monk. I'm really missing Sharona (Bitty
Schram) -- she was one of the highlights of the show. Now we're stuck
with the blank Traylor Howard.
-- Matt Maltese
Note: All times are Eastern.
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Posted by Mac at July 4, 2005 2:37 PM