Archive for Friday, May 4, 2012

Mommas square off in the kitchen

May 4, 2012


Mother’s Day arrives early as comic Ralph Harris (“On Our Own”) hosts the premiere of “My Momma Throws Down” (8 p.m., TV One). Each episode will pit two matriarchs against each other in a race to create their signature dishes. Contestants will be assisted (or distracted) by family members and judged by a rotating panel of chefs, restaurateurs and celebrities. This celebration of mothers and their recipes was created by the makers of “Iron Chef.”

• Looking for something smart, adult and compelling, with a welcome absence of extreme sex and violence? “Lilyhammer” isn’t a television show in the traditional sense. It is the first drama made available exclusively to subscribers of the Netflix streaming service. It’s not available to all, but neither is “Damages,” now seen only on DirecTV.

“Lilyhammer” stars musician and actor Steven Van Zandt (“The Sopranos” and the E Street Band) as Frank Tagliano, a New York gangster who chooses the unlikely Norwegian city of Lillehammer for his stint in the witness protection program. He really enjoyed watching the 1994 Winter Olympics.

All eight episodes of “Lilyhammer” can be streamed on Netflix. About a third of the dialogue is in English, with the remainder in subtitled Norwegian. Consider it part of the evolution of what we call television — a show that is never “on” but always available.

Tonight’s other highlights

• A corporate sign-maker toils as an “Undercover Boss” (7 p.m., CBS).

• Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation”) appears on “Who Do You Think You Are?” (7 p.m., NBC).

• The father of Rollerblades has a new idea on “Shark Tank” (7 p.m., ABC).

• Mobsters ask Walter to locate a voodoo doll on “The Finder” (7 p.m., Fox).

• Residents of a whaling community threaten action on “Whale Wars: Viking Shores” (8 p.m., Animal Planet).

• A business big shot’s murder may be linked to a housing project on “CSI: NY” (8 p.m., CBS).

• A posh family falls for a Ponzi schemer with gruesome results on “Grimm” (8 p.m., NBC).

• Walter revisits his past on a new episode of “Fringe” (8 p.m., Fox). This series has just been renewed.

• An investor’s death evokes suspicions on “Blue Bloods” (9 p.m., CBS).

• A grim end for a family restaurant on “The Dead Files” (9 p.m., Travel).


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