by pat howard

THE FRIDAY FIVE | Coming this summer, part one

In The Friday Five on May 29, 2009 at 4:21 pm

It’s going to be a long, hot summer. And while there’s plenty to do outdoors, that infernal box is still serving up worthwhile programming, though it can be a little harder to find during these months. Here are a handful of highlights from the next few weeks.

Oz/Deadwood
[The 101, Sunday, May 31, 9p/8c & 10p/9c]
Two classic HBO series get the encore treatment on DirecTV’s The 101, which is getting a makeover this weekend. Oz and Deadwood will run uncut and in HD for the first time outside of HBO. The 101 saved Friday Night Lights from cancellation and is establishing itself as an entertainment destination, lately by acquiring unaired episodes of cancelled series. ABC’s bank robbery drama The Nine is unfolding Wednesdays at 10p/9c, and its run will feature four previously unaired episodes.

The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
[NBC, Monday, June 1, 11:35p/10:35c]
The ginger host has moved to L.A., reunited with sidekick Andy Richter, and added another permanent member to the Max Weinberg-fronted house band. O’Brien unseats Jay Leno, whose 17-year run as host of late night’s longest-running franchise.

Weeds
[Showtime, Monday, June 8, 10p/9c]
Season five begins, in typical Weeds fashion, where the previous season ended. Nancy dropped her baby bombshell on Esteban, and Agent Till swore he’d avenge the death of his DEA partner/lover. Meanwhile, Celia was kidnapped in Mexico and Silas pondered a new business venture. Where do we go from here? I don’t know, but this thrill ride has become a classic summer series.

Nurse Jackie
[Showtime, Monday, June 8, 10:30p/9:30c]
Edie Falco is almost all you need to know about this new dramedy that will follow Weeds over the summer. Falco plays the title character, a nurse who’s good at her job but has a complicated personal life. Look for a review of the pilot on this site before its premiere.

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
[Bravo, Monday, June 8, 10p/9c]
Love her or hate her, it’s hard to pretend she’s still on the D-list, though the nature of her upward mobility remains debatable. Though Life chronicles Griffin’s work as a comedian, it balances weighty stuff with her ridiculous antics. Episodes last season included a visit to the Walter Reed army hospital, Kathy’s relationship with Steve Wozniak, and her attempt to emulate Oprah by building a school in Mexico. A “deleted scenes” special precedes the season premiere by a week, airing Monday, June 1, at 10p/9c.

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