September 21, 2009

TV Tonight

This is the time of year when TV fanatics contemplate greatness in every time period, only to be crushed. I try to catch all the new series on network TV at least once, and revisit a few returning shows that I don't quite like enough to watch regularly (I might try Two and a Half Men tonight, just to see how the creator of one of my favorite sitcoms (The Big Bang Theory, which follows "Two") can mold one show that I love and one that I loathe. And I'll watch Accidentally on Purpose, which debuts at 8:30 EST on CBS. This Jenna Elfman vehicle has just about the worst buzz of any new sitcom.

But whether you are excited about House returning tonight, or want to see how David Letterman handles his interview with President Obama, you might want to check out a couple of movies and one documentary series that might fly under the radar.

Ricky Gervais killed, as usual, on the Emmys last night. You can see him tonight (and many other times this week) in a feature film I've heard great things about but missed in its theatrical release, Ghost Town. It's on HBO at 9:00 p.m. I also missed Man on Wire, the acclaimed documentary about high-wire extraordinaire Philippe Petit, which debuts on Sundance at 8:25 p.m. Following Man on Wire is the first installment of Brick City a five-part documentary series about the attempt to revive Newark, New Jersey (10:00 p.m. on Sundance).