Sorry for the late and shortened posting, but I've been covering the shooting of a Macon police officer.
Anyway, Sunday marks the 450th episode of "The Simpsons," (Fox, 8 p.m.) Guest voices include Anne Hathaway, Eartha Kitt and Jackie Mason. It's followed by a special documentary directed by Morgan Spurlock about the history of the series.
It's hard to argue that any series has had more influence on pop culture than "The Simpsons." Without it, there's no "Family Guy," no "South Park," et. al. Starting out as a series of animated shorts on "The Tracey Ullman Show," Fox took a daring risk in building it into its own series, and it became the face of the network.
Is "The Simpsons" still must-see viewing or at the top of its game? Probably not. But as the movie from a couple of years ago showed, it can still be wickedly funny when it wants to be.
It's hard for me to remember a time when "The Simpsons" hasn't been on the air. It's first season debuted when I was a junior in high school. To put that in perspective, I turn 38 this month.
It's nice to see it as a tradition that keeps on going.
WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: It's nice that the college football season is finally over (Roll Tide!) and that TV is getting back to normal.
CBS is all-new tonight with "Ghost Whisperer," "Medium" and "Numb3rs," while Fox airs one of the last episodes of "Dollhouse" at 9 p.m. Also of note, "Shark Tank" returns on a new night (ABC, 9 p.m.)
SyFy delivers a full night of "Sanctuary," including a new episode at 10 p.m.
On Saturday, the NFL playoffs kick off. Check local listings. There's also a new episode of "Demons" (BBC America, 9 p.m.)
Sunday is chock full of goodness. Or, should I say, "Chuck" full, since one of the most fun hours of TV returns for its third season, with two episodes Sunday (NBC, 9 p.m.) before moving to its regular timeslot on Mondays.
ABC has new episodes of "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters," beginning at 9 p.m., while CBS counters with "Cold Case" at 9 p.m.
PBS' "Masterpiece Classic" debuts the miniseries "Return To Cranford," (PBS, 9 p.m.) a follow-up to last year's popular miniseries starring Dame Judi Dench.
On cable, a new season of the series "Big Love," returns to HBO at 9 p.m.
Finally, SyFy airs "Battlestar Galactica: The Plan" at 9 p.m. I reviewed this a couple of months ago when it was released on DVD. It's a good fix for BSG fans waiting for "Caprica" to debut in a couple of weeks, but it doesn't really add all that much to the series overall as it tells the story of the first couple of seasons from the Cylons' perspective.
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