Critic’s NotesOn The Air TonightCronkite Salutes, Lindsay's Return
By Roger Catlin, Hartford Courant
TV Critic, in his “TV Eye” blog, July 19, 2009
Weekend newscasts have been full of tributes, but the death of iconic anchorman Walter Cronkite Friday at 92 will be properly cited with two shows on the network that gave him his career.
This morning "CBS Sunday Morning"
(CBS, 9 a.m.) will include tributes by other newsmen and clips of his past work. Tonight in place of "60 Minutes" will be the official CBS News special "That's the Way It Is: Remembering Walter Cronkite"
(CBS, 7 p.m.) with comments and stories from current anchors Katie Couric, Brian Williams and Charles Gibson as well as reporters such as Mike Wallace, Andy Rooney, Morley Safer, Ted Koppel and Diane Sawyer and citizens ranging from Spike Lee to Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, comic Robin Williams, George Clooney and President Obama.
Lindsay Lohan returns to the Disney company fold to revive her career with an agreeable enough little romp "Labor Pains"
(ABC Family, 8 p.m.) in which she pretends to be pregnant in order to keep her publishing job. Your instinct may be to bash the star (and why is that exactly?). But she's actually pretty good in it and there's a cast that includes Cheryl Hines, Chris Parnell and Janeane Garofalo.
There are worse ways, in other words, to spend your Sunday. To wit: "Big Brother 11"
(CBS, 8 p.m.).
Samuel L. Jackson hosts the 17th ESPY Awards
(ESPN, 9 p.m.) from Los Angeles, and, alas, not Bristol. The whole thing was taped Wednesday."Ace of Cakes"
(Food, 10 p.m.) returns for a new season, with Chef Duff whipping up something to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alaska's statehood. Taking a cue from leaders there, he quits right in the middle.
Another group of successful or aspiring designers assemble to compete for TV stardom on a fourth season of "Design Star"
(HGTV, 10 p.m.). The format is changed slightly, the show is set now in Los Angeles, new judges Genevieve Gorder and Candice Olson are joining returning judge Vern Yip.
It's the conclusion of the two-night mini-series "Meteor"
(NBC, 9 p.m.) with Christopher Lloyd, Billy Campbell and Marla Sokoloff. Usually, you could expect the thing to crash or have a near-miss in the conclusion, but it was pretty much of a disaster last week.
Cheeky Brit Graham Norton hosts the new reality competition "Most Popular"
(We, 10 p.m.), which offers $10,000 to the member in the audience everybody likes best.
The role Gordon Gekko played in inspiring the worldwide economic meltdown will likely not be mentioned in "The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas"
(TV Land, 9 p.m.).
Never turn down an opportunity to see "An American in Paris"
(TCM, 8 p.m.), part of a double bill tonight about Americans abroad, also featuring "The Teahouse of the August Moon"
(TCM, 10 p.m.).
Sunday's biggest show, probably rightfully so, is "True Blood"
(HBO, 9 p.m.), part of a solid lineup that also includes the new "Hung"
(HBO, 10 p.m.) and "Entourage"
(HBO, 10:30 p.m.), which has one of those romantic E episodes tonight, as they plan dates for Vince's opening. And earlier they have Meryl Streep singing in "Mamma Mia!"
(HBO, 7 p.m.).
The popular network special "Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist"
(TLC, 8 p.m.), gets a replay on cable.
Joan Collins guest stars on the latest Miss Marple caper, "They Do It With Mirrors" on "Masterpiece Mystery"
(PBS, 9 p.m.)
It's the final round in the British Open
(TNT, 6 a.m.), picked up by ABC at 8 a.m. -- and sending "This Week with George Stephanopolous" into a sand trap.
The Tour de France
(versus, 7:30 a.m.) is still in the mountains.
Baseball includes Tigers at Yankees
(TBS, 2 p.m.), and Mets at B
raves (ESPN, 6 p.m.).Sunday Talk
: Sen. Orrin Hatch, Rep. Charles Rangel and former astronaut Sen. John Glenn.David Gregory
: health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Sen. Mitch McConnell.John King
: White House budget direcyor Peter Orszag, Sens. Patrick Leahy and Jeff Sessions, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.Chris Wallace
: Peter Orszag, Sen. Judd Gregg, astronaut Buzz Aldrin.http://blogs.courant.com/roger_catlin_tv_eye/