Midweek Roundup

So, where was the 48-hour non-stop news coverage of Fred Travelena? Or Billy Mays? Where was their moment of silence in coverage?

Though the main coverage of Michael Jackson's death has abated somewhat, you wouldn't believe how many stories are still moving across the wires about it.

BTW, I have an original, very good condition LP of "Thriller" if someone is shopping for one. Bids start at $100.

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: Speaking of Billy Mays, his series "Pitchmen" (Discovery, 10 p.m.) is listed as new, but that could change following his death over the weekend.

I have often written about the "willing suspension of disbelief" as being my key criteria to watch a TV show. Sadly, "The Philanthropist" (NBC, 10 p.m.) failed this test miserably, but the ratings for the first one were decent. It's new tonight, following two episodes of "America's Got Talent."

ABC has new episodes of "Wipeout" and "I Survived A Japanese Gameshow" from 8-10 p.m. No matter how many times I see it, I never get tired of watching people bounce off giant rubber balls into the mud.

Fox delivers two hours of "So You Think You Can Dance" at 8 p.m.