Best Bets Tonight

Feb 26th 2008

London Free Press

MUST SEE

Robson Arms, 9:30 p.m., CTV. As the fine and funny series set in a fictional Vancouver apartment building returns, Dave Foley (NewsRadio, The Kids in the Hall) makes his series debut as Chuck Hoskins, the neighbourly yet manipulative new landlord of the charming building. Together with his wife, Trixie (Allison Hossack, Falcon Beach) and her top-secret barbecue rub, they organize a seemingly friendly "meat 'n greet" for the eclectic group of tenants. In the first episode, Gila Monster, Chuck and Trixie assign Yuri (John Cassini, Intelligence) the task of evicting Bobbi (Gabrielle Miller, Corner Gas) for overdue rent. To get him onside, Chuck presents Yuri with a symbol of power, a Texas-style jacket made of Gila Monster skin. Yuri is conflicted, but decides to do his job and post the eviction notice anyway. In the end, Bobbi manages to scrape up the rent money but it's too late, Chuck's promised the apartment to his wife. Will Yuri live up to his commitments, or shed his new responsibilities?

OTHER CHOICES

MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives, 9 p.m., CBC: A ripped-from-the-headlines plot mirrors Canadian NHL player Todd Bertuzzi's infamous on-ice attack on Steve Moore in 2004. Former Canadian Football League player Peter Miller acts in this episode as a fictional troubled hockey star that starts the fight.

quarterlife debut, 10 p.m., NBC, E. One of TV's great teams, Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, again pulls us inside complex characters. Dylan is a little like Angela in their My So-Called Life. She's bright and caring; she's at the edge of life, almost fitting in. The difference is she's in her 20s, with a new way to be express herself. With her computer camera, she blogs about her life and her roommates. This series was made on a tiny budget, but it has the great writing and camera work Herskovitz and Zwick have offered since thirtysomething. The actors are unknowns, but Bitsie Tulloch is great as Dylan.

Jericho, 10 p.m., CBS, CTV: Things are turning darker. Maj. Beck, a decent sort, has been brushed aside and a company man is in charge. Also a fierce disease is advancing. Townspeople scramble, in a strong hour.

American Idol, 8-9:30 p.m., Fox, CTV. It's the guys' turn now. With the field trimmed from 12 to 10 -- and with the early introductions taken care of -- the show trims back to 90 minutes.

Back to You, 9:30 p.m., Fox, Global. This excellent comedy was one of the first shows to disappear when the writers' strike began. It won't be back until April 16, but Fox did have two leftover episodes, which it airs this week. Tonight, Kelly (Patricia Heaton) is supposed to give a eulogy for a former colleague who had claimed they had a relationship. Chuck (Kelsey Grammer) uses the time to bond with their daughter, Gracie.

What Would You Do? 10 p.m., ABC. The show creates unusual situations, then uses a hidden camera to see reactions.


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