Archive for Thursday, October 13, 2011

New cable shows seem very familiar

October 13, 2011

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The case for cloning continues on cable. “Selling LA” (9 p.m., HGTV) becomes the West Coast companion to the network’s popular series, “Selling New York.” As on the Gotham version, we’re concerned here just with properties that will set you back $5 million to $40 million in the most luxurious locales.

‘‘Selling LA” also includes famous and quasi-celebrated buyers and sellers. Motivational speaker Grant Cardone wants to unload his mansion and believes a party will attract a buyer with $18 million to spend. Matt Sorum, who has drummed for Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, is looking for a new domicile but can’t quite muster an explanation of what he needs. It’s all about the “vibe.”

• Another new series, “Bordertown: Laredo” (9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., A&E;), follows the daily routine of police officers in Laredo, Texas, and some of their counterparts in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. These border towns are essential conduits in the massive illegal drug trade, bringing so much corruption and violence to our neighbor to the south.

It’s nothing new for these officers to pull over a small Dodge Neon with 100 pounds of marijuana in the trunk. This is hardly the first documentary series to take place on the volatile border. There’s little about this show that will be unfamiliar to hard-core “COPS” fans.

• “Independent Lens” (9 p.m., PBS) moves to Thursday nights in many PBS markets. Check local listings. The first film in its 10th season is “Wham! Bam! Islam!” It’s about a therapist from Kuwait and his efforts to create a comic book featuring Muslim superheroes. Early on in the film he describes how reading books and comic books helped him through an awkward adolescence when he was a pudgy, nearsighted and acne-scarred loner. If this film has a message it’s that “Muslims can be nerds, too.” And that notion alone may create bridges of understanding.

• Fall’s revolving door continues. Last seen on Thursdays, the CBS show “How To Be a Gentleman” will move to Saturday nights to air a few remaining episodes. And the CBS show “Rules of Engagement,” originally scheduled for Saturday nights, will air on Thursdays, beginning Oct. 20. If you like NBC’s “Whitney,” you can see a repeat of it next Wednesday. That will replace “Free Agents,” which was canceled.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Competition continues on “The X Factor” (7 p.m., Fox).

• Assignment: Cuba on “Charlie’s Angels” (7 p.m., ABC).

• A new name emerges on “Person of Interest” (8 p.m., CBS).

• Andy throws a garden party on “The Office” (8 p.m., NBC).

• Jackson’s mother visits on “Grey’s Anatomy” (8 p.m., ABC).

• Time to devise a mini-collection on “Project Runway” (8 p.m., Lifetime).

• Jane tries to avert political violence on “The Mentalist” (9 p.m., CBS).

• A broker falls under suspicion on “Prime Suspect” (9 p.m., NBC).

• A would-be mother has anatomical issues on “Private Practice” (9 p.m., ABC).

• Frank’s estranged brother reveals family secrets on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (9 p.m., FX).

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