In Honor of This Week's Premieres...

"Some people are just born evil. That kid from "The Omen."
The Children of the Corn. Chad Michael Murray."
- Gus (Psych)

Ditto Burton Guster, you wise sage.

The oft-ignored bastard child of my TV roster, One Tree Hill, returns with a two-hour premiere on Tuesday. The "kids" have flashed forward four years, which might make things slightly more believable - No more 28 year olds trying to pass for 18. Then again, they've cast K-Fed as a rock star.

Moving on...

A show I've never been ashamed to admit to watching, Psych returns on Friday with its second season winter premiere. Anyone else giddy to see the "Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus?" Check out these cute
bios for the little tykes. Apparently little Shawn is repelled by broccoli and Molly Ringwald, but shares Gus' love of Mr. T.

This week also brings the beginning of the end of fresh new episodes. Desperate Housewives concludes the tornado disaster storyline tonight, followed by the series premiere of Cashmere Mafia. Read on for the rest of the week's schedule and deets.

9 PM (ABC) - Desperate Housewives [season finale due to strike]

"Following the tornado, Wisteria Lane residents begin to rebuild their lives, but with Mrs. McCluskey's house completely destroyed, Lynette faces the possibility that her family and Ida Greenberg didn't survive. Meanwhile, Katherine finds out that someone knows the truth about her mysterious past."

10:01 PM - Cashmere Mafia (ABC) [series premiere]- from "Sex and the City" creator Darren Starr

"Four ambitious, sexy female friends in Manhattan share the ups and downs of their careers and personal lives in a girls-club setting. First up: Mia (Lucy Liu) and her fiancé vie for the same promotion; Caitlin (Bonnie Somerville) falls in love; and Juliet (Miranda Otto) decides to avenge her husband's indiscretions."

8 PM - One Tree Hill (The CW) [season premiere]

"As the fifth season opens, the series flashes forward four years to postcollege life. While most of the gang struggle to find their footing in the working world, now-famous fashion designer Brooke faces the challenges success brings her in New York City."

9 PM - One Tree Hill

"Skills and Lucas enter Jamie in a soap-box derby and begin coaching the Ravens. Meanwhile, Haley encounters difficulties on her first day as a teacher and interviews potential nannies for her son."

9 PM - Gossip Girl (The CW) [season finale due to strike, grrr]

In "A Thin Line Between Chuck and Nate," Serena is seen purchasing a pregnancy test, and this info gets reported on Gossip Girl's Web site before the facts are all checked.

10 PM - Cashmere Mafia (ABC) [timeslot premiere]

"After being appointed publisher of the Barnstead Media Group, Mia is ordered to fire her mentor. In romantic matters, Zoe has a new rival for Eric's favor; Kate and Alicia take their relationship to a new level; and Juliet and Davis' counseling hits a snag."

THURSDAY 1.10 - the last Thursday of an almost full slate of new eps :(
8 PM - My Name is Earl (NBC) [season finale]

"When his postprison life offers no home, no job and no money, a bitter Earl renounces karma and regresses to his old bad self. As Randy plans a Christmas-morning intervention, karma comes calling for Earl in the form of Billie (Alyssa Milano) and a car."

8 PM - Ugly Betty (ABC)

"Amanda seeks help from a clairvoyant (Annie Potts) in the search for her father's identity; a visit to the magazine by Justin and his classmates prompts Betty to coax Daniel to change the image of Mode's models; a new twist develops in Wilhelmina's designs on the Meade empire. Rappers Bow Wow and Omarion appear as themselves."

8:30 PM - 30 Rock (NBC) [season finale]

"As Jack wheels and deals with German TV bigwigs to close a huge television project, he also works to keep his long-distance romance with C.C. (Edie Falco) alive and well. Meanwhile, Liz buys into real estate. And here's the buzz on Kenneth: He becomes addicted to caffeinated coffee. Singer Gladys Knight guest stars."

9 PM - Grey's Anatomy (ABC) [season finale] -- can I just vent for a quick sec? I hate ABC's promo dept. If any of you've seen the preview for this ep, the big drama has already been spoiled. I really hate ABC's promo dept.

"While Bailey's family faces a medical trauma, the doc faces a marital one. Meanwhile, a surprise visit from George's mother (Debra Monk) comes as a shock to both Izzie and Callie; a faith healer challenges Erica and Alex's beliefs in Western medicine; and Derek must deal with the aftermath of his kiss with Rose (Lauren Stamile)."

10 PM - Big Shots (ABC) [returns w/ the first of three new eps]

"Duncan tries to distract himself from Lisbeth's marriage to Terrence by pursuing a rival company's model; James eyes an opportunity for a proper date with Katie; a stranger (Charisma Carpenter) charms Brody; Cameron discovers shocking news about Zack."

10 PM - ER (NBC)

"Abby returns from rehab and feels judged by her peers. Elsewhere, she treats a young fire victim who may have problems with her eyes, and Harold gets an ego boost after a night with Neela's cousin."

10 PM - Psych (USA)

"A woman claiming to be Gus' wife hires Shawn to search for someone. Kerry Washington guest stars."

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