TV highlights

By Tom Shales
Monday, November 1, 2010; C06


Washington's ABC affiliate launches a three-part series, "The Day Every Second Counted" (WJLA at 5 p.m.), which looks at heart health for women in the wake of WJLA reporter Jennifer Donelan surviving a heart attack in September. The first segments air within the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on Monday, followed by Part 3 during the 5 p.m. news on Tuesday. Part 1 features an interview with Donelan.

Sherri Shepherd adds another gig when she takes over "The Newlywed Game" (GSN at 6 p.m.) as the rebooted, classic game show returns for another season.

Turner Classic Movies begins the seven-part documentary "Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood" (TCM at 8) on Monday night. Airing Monday nights through Dec. 15, each part is accompanied by a panel discussion about the week's topic on the following Wednesday at 11 p.m., hosted by Robert Osbourne and Jon Wilkman. Part 1, titled "Peepshow Pioneers," starts with the years 1889-1907.

The remaining couples on "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC at 8) must dive into the history books on the show's 200th episode and perform a dance originally done by the likes of Kelly Osbourne, Mel B, Drew Lachey, Hélio Castroneves, Gilles Marini and Emmitt Smith; plus, the six former contestants return to judge how well the current contestants can measure up.

"The Women of SNL" (NBC at 9), a special that looks back at famous "Saturday Night Live" actresses, is previewed by Tom Shales.

Missing the Jersey drama since "Jersey Shore" wrapped up for the season? Fear not -- the "Shore" producers have returned with "My Big Friggin' Wedding" (VH1 at 9), following five East Coast couples from Long Island and New Jersey as they plan their over-the-top weddings. Yes, we're talking about receptions that involve lasers and smoke machines.

McGarrett faces a nearly impossible situation on "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS at 10) when a Navy SEAL (on the run for murder, though he promises he's innocent) flees on a memorial battleship with hostages in tow.

If a '90s TV star had a major life change, but doesn't have a reality show to document the process, did it ever really happen? Either way, try to forget that "Saved by the Bell" star Mario Lopez and his girlfriend, Courtney Mazza, had a baby girl back in September, as new show "Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby" (VH1 at 10:30) premieres and follows the couple getting ready for impending parenthood many months ago.

Actor Robert Downey Jr. stops by "Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS at 11:35) as does musical guest Elvis Costello.

"The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC at 11:35) hosts Janet Jackson, "Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson and a performance by Duffy.

-- Emily Yahr

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