We're preparing ourselves for the last night of Late Night Conan with some BBC. It's important to check out what the Brits are chortling at these days because NBC will be repackaging it soon.
Mistresses [8 PM, BBC America] - It's Friday and we're feeling saucy, so a British Sex and the City derivative where none of the four smart, driven women (played by Sarah Parish, Sharon Small, Orla Brady and Shelley Conn) believe in fidelity. In the first episode, the friends celebrate Katie's (Sarah Parish) birthday, who is a doctor and is sleeping with her terminally ill and married patient. We're excited that the characters are all shades of Samantha, so there's more of a slut-level playing field, rather than someone who has to act prudish no matter what is happening.
Late Night with Conan O'Brien [12:35 PM, NBC] - To paraphrase the Beatles: In the end, the Pimpbot 5000 you take is equal to the Robot on a Toilet you make. That does not make sense, but the past couple of weeks has felt like a goodbye to the old Conan. Even though Nathan Lane's song was pretty boring and last night's Will Arnett's mini-tribute was predictable, there's an awkwardness about everything that suggests the last days of the summer after senior year of high school when people realize that nothing will ever be the same again. It felt that way when Andy Richter left the show, but they just found new uses for other staff members and the local comedy community (Jack McBrayer, et al.). The White Stripes are the guaranteed guest tonight, but there should be a bunch of other surprise appearances and probably a show of honest emotion. Good luck, man.
The Soup Awards [10:30 PM, E!] - After a new Soup episode, the death knell of awards season will be sounded as Joel McHale lauds entertainers who will likely go unrecognized this weekend at the Spirit or Academy Awards. Clocking in at 30 minutes, this might be the only awards show we will ever watch all the way through.
Dollhouse [9 PM, Fox] - The series premiere left us feeling a little strange, as the action sequences lacked suspense and the Echo (Eliza Dushku) part of the plot was not a quarter as interesting as the history/mythology behind the Dollhouse or the pursuit of Echo by Agent Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett). It's not like anything else is on that will keep us from watching this, we just felt let down by the pretty conventional espionage procedural. In tonight's episode, Echo is hunted by an expert outdoorsman. Meanwhile, Ballard gets closer to discovering her real identity. The show has so much potential (not just for Whedon fanatics), and we humbly implore the producers to make the action sequences look better than what Nash Bridges was doing a decade ago.