This Week on TV – 4/17/11-4/23/11

Welcome to a new week of TV! Lots of great new episodes on this week, as well as quite a few premieres & finales, so check it out!

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Jump with me to view this week’s schedule.

Sunday

Sunday features 5 series premieres. To read more about each of those, click the link below. Otherwise, check out tonight’s schedule!

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Tonight is the series premiere of Mob Wives on VH1 @ 8/7c. The series follows a group of suburban women who lead anything but “normal” lives, a sisterhood forged by suffering, shame and the strength it takes to start over and find their own identities. Renee Graziano grew up during the heyday of the mob, enjoying the lavish lifestyle that her father Anthony Graziano’s connections afforded her. But now that her ex-husband is facing charges, she is doing her best to balance her allegiance to the street life and hopes that her son will live a life that is free of it. Karen Gravano, daughter of the legendary Mafia informant ‘Sammy the Bull Gravano’ who took down John Gotti and the Gambino crime family, is returning to Staten Island after 12 years. She feels it is now time to step out of her father’s infamous past and reconnect with old friends. Drita D’avanzo must take care of her two daughters while her husband serves his second round of jail time for bank robbery. Drita must figure out if she wants to continue with this lifestyle or if it’s time to move on and find a way to support her family on her own. Carla Facciolo grew up with a father in prison, but it hasn’t stopped her from living the lifestyle she grew to love. Although Carla thought she had finally gotten away from the lifestyle she lived growing up, her husband was convicted of stock fraud and sentenced to an 8-year stretch in federal prison. Do these women have what it takes to step out of the mob lifestyle and make a life of their own to take care of their families?
 
Following that, it’s the series premiere of Audrina on VH1 at 9/8c. Mark Burnett and VH1 have teamed up to give viewers a never-before-seen look into the life of Audrina Patridge. Besides Audrina’s blossoming career and tumultuous love life, the television personality has something else to focus on – her family. The show will introduce the world to a never-before-seen side of Audrina – her large, outrageous, Orange County family. As she advances her acting, modeling and business career, she is juggling a prominent role in her large, tight-knit family. With her tell-it-like-it-is mom, Lynn, and chilled-out dad, Mark, at the center of this crazy bunch, Audrina is still expected to have an active presence in the lives of her three younger siblings: former wild child Casey, now married to motocross star Kyle Loza and mother of two; genial younger brother Marky, who aspires to pro motocross himself and has an annoying habit of befriending Audrina’s exes; and 15-year-old sister Samantha, who is already exhibiting a rebellious streak that could put Casey and Audrina’s to shame. Work-focused and family-oriented, yet still sexy and dynamic, Audrina shows a personal side of herself on VH1 that is funny, relatable and endearing to anyone who’s ever had to balance the expectations of family and friends against their own hopes and dreams. From her #1 debuting album Kaleidoscope Heart, Sara Bareilles’ anthemic song “Uncharted” is the theme music. Other songs from “Kaleidoscope Heart” will also be used throughout the series as featured placements.
 
Following THAT, it’s the series premiere of Saddle Ranch on VH1 at 9:30/8:30c. Every year, thousands of young people come to Hollywood to chase their dreams and while they’re waiting to be discovered they’ve got to pay the bills. If they’re dynamic, outrageous, and lucky, they work at the hottest place on the famous Sunset Strip – Saddle Ranch Chop House. The show takes us on a sexy, rock ‘n roll mechanical bull ride into the lives, loves, and “fake it ’til you make it” dreams of the guys and girls who work at this iconic restaurant – from the hosts at the bottom of the totem pole, to the beautiful bartenders and wait staff, to the demanding managers who watch their every serve and pour. We’ll also follow the staff in their daily lives as they struggle to make a career in show business. Some will go on to be celebrities themselves (Kelly Clarkson and AnnaLynne McCord are just a few of the many former bartenders who are now celebrities). Others will get distracted by the easy money, late nights and fast living of the Hollywood nightlife. Only a lucky few will see their lifelong dream come true. For some, it will be a bad dream that they can’t wake up from. Others will discover working at “Saddle Ranch” is a dream come true of its own.
 
Tonight is also the series premiere of Game of Thrones on HBO at 9/8c. In a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, trouble is brewing. From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and the ancient Wall that protects the realm from the darkness beyond, two powerful families are engaged in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. As betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdoms, their bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. As the series opens, King Robert Baratheon, who is married to Cersei Lannister of the wealthy and corrupt Lannisters, asks Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark to come south and help run his kingdom after the questionable death of his right-hand man. Meanwhile, there is a threat to the throne from the east by the exiled teenage Princess Daenerys and her brother Viserys, whose family ruled the Kingdoms for many years before their bloody ouster. And there are rumors of strange things happening at the edge of the Kingdoms, north of the Wall, where Jon Snow, Ned’s bastard son, goes to be part of the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch, which is sworn to protect the Kingdoms.
 
Finally, tonight is the series premiere of Inspector America on History Channel at 10/9c. New York, New York – America has one of the greatest infrastructures in history. Roadways, dams, tunnels and bridges were built to last. But over the decades, the infrastructure that helped our country grow hasn’t kept up with the times – from underground sewers built during the Gold Rush to highways designed for 1925 traffic. Now, HISTORY sets out to inspect the country to see what is up to code and what needs to be fixed. Timothy Galarnyk, an infrastructure safety inspector with over 35 years of experience, hosts. Galarnyk’s initial sweep takes him to six American locations that have infrastructure challenges. He uses the tools of his trade to evaluate the structures, gauge dangers and offer opinions on how to deal with it. Galarnyk also highlights the good news and positive projects in the area.
 
Tonight is the 2-hour TV Movie, Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, on USA at 9/8c. Before Sam Axe teamed up with Michael and Fiona, he was Commander Axe, U.S. Navy SEAL. The Fall of Sam Axe tells the story of how Sam went from respected Naval Commander to the man of mystery we’ve come to know on Burn Notice. On what will turn out to be Sam’s last military mission, he is sent to the jungles of Colombia to investigate claims of a vicious terrorist organization.
 

Also on tonight:

  • *Series Premiere*Audrina (#101-30) – VH1 @ 9/8c
  • *Series Premiere*Game of Thrones (#01/101) – HBO @ 9/8c
  • *Series Premiere*Inspector America (#101) – History Channel @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*Mob Wives (#101-60) – VH1 @ 8/7c
  • *Series Premiere*Saddle Ranch (#101-30) – VH1 @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *Sports*NBA Playoffs: New Orleans at LA Lakers – ABC @ 3:30/2:30c
  • *Special*Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe – USA @ 9/8c (2-Hour TV Movie)
  • *New*After Lately (#107) – E! @ 11/10c
  • *New*American Dad (#DAD-608) – FOX @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*America’s Funniest Home Videos (#2120) – ABC @ 7/6c
  • *New*America’s Next Great Restaurant (#107) – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *New*Army Wives (#507) – Lifetime @ 9/8c
  • *New*Ax Men (#417) – History Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Bert the Conqueror (#204-30) – Travel Channel @ 8/7c
  • *New*Breakout Kings (#???) – A&E @ 10/9c
  • *New*Brothers & Sisters (#519) – ABC @ 10:01/9:01c
  • *New*Coming Home (#107) – Lifetime @ 10/9c
  • *New*CSI: Miami (#920) – CBS @ 10/9c
  • *New*Desperate Housewives (#718) – ABC @ 9/8c
  • *New*Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (#818) – ABC @ 8/7c
  • *New*Family Guy (#FG-815) – FOX @ 9/8c
  • *New*Human Planet (#103/104) – Discovery Channel @ 8/7c & 9/8c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Iron Chef America – Food Network @ 10/9c
  • *New*Khloe & Lamar (#102) – E! @ 10/9c
  • *New*Last Cake Standing – Food Network @ 9/8c
  • *New*Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom (#903) – Animal Planet @ 7/6c
  • *New*River Monsters (#302) – Animal Planet @ 10/9c
  • *New*Ruby (#407-60) – Style Network @ 8/7c
  • *New*Sister Wives (#206) – TLC @ 9/8c
  • *New*Strange Sex (#205-30/206-30) – TLC @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*The Amazing Race (#1808) – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*The Borgias (#104) – Showtime @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Celebrity Apprentice (#1107-120) – NBC @ 9/8c (2-Hour New Episode)
  • *New*The Cleveland Show (#CLE-119) – FOX @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *New*The Dance Scene (#102) – E! @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*The Killing (#104) – AMC @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Real Housewives of Orange County (#607) – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Undercover Boss (#221) – CBS @ 9/8c
  • *New*Watch What Happens: Live (#425) – Bravo @ 11/10c

Monday

Monday features 2 season premieres. To read more about each of those, click the link below. Otherwise, check out tonight’s schedule!

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Tonight is the season premiere of Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too on Oxygen and the season premiere of Urban Legends on Syfy, both at 10/9c.
 

Click here for “late night” guests schedules

Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) & Judy Greer (Mad Love) are two of the guests on Lopez Tonight, on TBS at 12AM/11PMc.
 
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town) & Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) are two of the guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live, on ABC at 1:36AM/12:36AMc.
 
Tina Fey (30 Rock) is one of the guests on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, on CBS at 1:37AM/12:37AMc.
 

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Premiere*Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too (#201) – Oxygen @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*Urban Legends (#301) – Syfy @ 10/9c
  • *Special*Intervention – A&E @ 8/7c
  • *New*90210 (#318) – CW @ 8/7c
  • *New*Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (#707-60) – Travel Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Bethenny Ever After (#208) – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Beverly Hills Fabulous (#106-30) – VH1 @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Chuck – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *New*Conan – TBS @ 11/10c
  • *New*Cougar Town (#215) – ABC @ 9:31/8:31c
  • *New*Dancing with the Stars (#1205-90) – ABC @ 8/7c (90-Minute New Episode)
  • *New*Gossip Girl (#418) – CW @ 9/8c
  • *New*Hawaii Five-0 (#121) – CBS @ 10/9c
  • *New*House (#HOU-719) – FOX @ 8/7c
  • *New*How I Met Your Mother – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*Jimmy Kimmel Live – ABC @ 1:36AM/12:36AMc
  • *New*Kate Plus 8 (#204) – TLC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Law & Order: LA (#111) – NBC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Lopez Tonight – TBS @ 12AM/11PMc
  • *New*Love & Hip Hop (#106-30) – VH1 @ 8/7c
  • *New*Mad Love – CBS @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Make It or Break It (#214) – ABC Family @ 9/8c
  • *New*Meat & Potatoes – Food Network @ 10/9c
  • *New*Mike & Molly – CBS @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *New*Nurse Jackie (#304) – Showtime @ 10/9c
  • *New*Paranormal State (#82/604 & 79/601) – A&E @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Pawn Star$ (#347/348) – History Channel @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Relapse (#05/105) – A&E @ 9/8c
  • *New*Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory (#403-30) – MTV @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Southern Fried Stings (#305) – TruTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*Stargate Universe (#217) – Syfy @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Bad Girls Club (#612) – Oxygen @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Chicago Code (#CHI-107) – FOX @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Event (#117) – NBC @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Hard Times of RJ Berger (#205-30) – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson – CBS @ 1:37AM/12:37AMc
  • *New*The Secret Life of the American Teenager (#318) – ABC Family @ 8/7c
  • *New*The United States of Tara (#304) – Showtime @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Too Fat for 15 (#207) – Style Network @ 8/7c
  • *New*Wedding Wars (#106-60) – VH1 @ 11/10c
  • *New*WWE Tough Enough (#503) – USA @ 8/7c

Tuesday

Tuesday features 1 season premiere & 2 season finales. To read more about each of those, click the link below. Otherwise, check out tonight’s schedule!

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Tonight is the season premiere of 16 & Pregnant on MTV at 10/9c.
 
Tonight is also the season finale of Destination Truth on Syfy at 9/8c, and the season finale of Parenthood on NBC at 10/9c.
 

Click here for “late night” guests schedules

Tina Fey (30 Rock) is one of the guests on Conan, on TBS at 11/10c.
 
Dax Shepard (Parenthood) is one of the guests on Lopez Tonight, on TBS at 12AM/11PMc.
 

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Destination Truth (#414) – Syfy @ 9/8c
  • *Season Finale*Parenthood (#222) – NBC @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*16 & Pregnant (#301-60) – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (#612-60) – Travel Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Body of Proof (#105) – ABC @ 10:01/9:01c
  • *New*Conan – TBS @ 11/10c
  • *New*Dancing with the Stars (#1205A) – ABC @ 9/8c
  • *New*Deadliest Catch (#702-120) – Discovery Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Glee (#GLE-217) – FOX @ 8/7c
  • *New*Hellcats (#118) – CW @ 9/8c
  • *New*Hogs Gone Wild (#104) – Discovery Channel @ 10/9c
  • *New*Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (#202) – ABC @ 8/7c
  • *New*Jimmy Kimmel Live – ABC @ 1:36AM/12:36AMc
  • *New*Lopez Tonight – TBS @ 12AM/11PMc
  • *New*Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen (#105) – Syfy @ 10/9c
  • *New*One Tree Hill (#818) – CW @ 8/7c
  • *New*Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy (#112) – History Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Pregnant in Heels (#103) – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Raising Hope (#HOP-117) – FOX @ 9:01/8:01c
  • *New*The Biggest Loser (#1116-120) – NBC @ 8/7c (2-Hour New Episode)
  • *New*The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson – CBS @ 1:37AM/12:37AMc
  • *New*Top Shot (#211) – History Channel @ 10/9c
  • *New*Traffic Light (#TRF-108) – FOX @ 9:30/8:30c

Wednesday

Wednesday features 1 series premiere & 2 season finales. To read more about each of those, click the link below. Otherwise, check out tonight’s schedule!

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Tonight is a new episode of Glamour Belles on Lifetime at 10/9c, followed by the season finale at 10:30/9:30c. Tonight is also the season finale of Hoarding: Buried Alive on TLC at 10/9c.
 

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Tyler Perry is one of the guests on Conan, on TBS at 11/10c.
 
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance? host) is one of the guests on Lopez Tonight, on TBS at 12AM/11PMc.
 
Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga movies) & Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) are two of the guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live, on ABC at 1:36AM/12:36AMc.
 
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) is one of the guests on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, on CBS at 1:37AM/12:37AMc.
 

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Glamour Belles (#105-30/106-30) – Lifetime @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *Season Finale*Hoarding: Buried Alive (#218) – TLC @ 10/9c
  • *New*American Idol (#ID-1030) – FOX @ 8/7c (90-Minute New Episode)
  • *New*America’s Next Top Model (#1609) – CW @ 9/8c
  • *New*Better with You – ABC @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Breaking In (#BIN-105) – FOX @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *New*Coal (#104) – Spike TV @ 10/9c
  • *New*Conan – TBS @ 11/10c
  • *New*Cougar Town (#216) – ABC @ 9:31/8:31c
  • *New*Extreme Couponing (#104) – TLC @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *New*Fact or Faked (#205) – Syfy @ 10/9c
  • *New*Ghost Hunters (#709-60) – Syfy @ 9/8c
  • *New*Happy Endings (#103/104) – ABC @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*I’m Alive (#208) – Animal Planet @ 10/9c
  • *New*Jimmy Kimmel Live – ABC @ 1:36AM/12:36AMc
  • *New*Justified (#211) – FX @ 10/9c
  • *New*Lopez Tonight – TBS @ 12AM/11PMc
  • *New*Minute to Win It – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *New*Modern Family – ABC @ 9/8c
  • *New*Mythbusters (#915) – Discovery Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Storage Wars (#18/118) – A&E @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Survivor (#2210) – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson – CBS @ 1:37AM/12:37AMc
  • *New*The Middle – ABC @ 8/7c
  • *New*The Real World (#2507-60) – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Ultimate Fighter (#1304) – Spike TV @ 9/8c
  • *New*Top Chef Masters (#303) – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Tori & Dean: Storibook Weddings (#103) – Oxygen @ 10/9c
  • *New*Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (#179/707 & 180/708) – TBS @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Workaholics (#104) – Comedy Central @ 10:30/9:30c

Thursday

Thursday features 1 season premiere & 2 season finales. To read more about each of those, click the link below. Otherwise, check out tonight’s schedule!

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Tonight is the season premiere of 24 Hour Restaurant Battle on Food Network at 10/9c.
 
Tonight is the season finale of Archer on FX and the season finale of Bear Whisperer on Animal Planet, both at 10/9c.
 

Click here for “late night” guests schedules

Kevin McHale (Glee) is one of the guests on Conan, on TBS at 11/10c.
 
Tyler Perry is one of the guests on Lopez Tonight, on TBS at 12AM/11PMc.
 
Jessica Capshaw (Grey’s Anatomy) is one of the guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live, on ABC at 1:36AM/12:36AMc.
 
Alfred Molina (Law & Order: Los Angeles) is one of the guests on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, on CBS at 1:37AM/12:37AMc.
 

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Archer – FX @ 10/9c
  • *Season Finale*Bear Whisperer (#203) – Animal Planet @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*24 Hour Restaurant Battle – Food Network @ 10/9c
  • *New*30 Rock (#520/521) – NBC @ 10/9c (1-Hour 150th New Episode)
  • *New*American Idol (#ID2-1030A) – FOX @ 8/7c
  • *New*Bones (#BON-617) – FOX @ 9/8c
  • *New*Community (#221) – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *New*Conan – TBS @ 11/10c
  • *New*Gigolos (#103) – Showtime @ 11/10c
  • *New*Jimmy Kimmel Live – ABC @ 1:36AM/12:36AMc
  • *New*Lopez Tonight – TBS @ 12AM/11PMc
  • *New*Mounted in Alaska (#105/106) – History Channel @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Nikita (#119) – CW @ 9/8c
  • *New*Parks and Recreation (#310) – NBC @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *New*Police Women (#603) – TLC @ 9/8c
  • *New*Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew (#603-60) – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*Secret Diary of a Call Girl (#403) – Showtime @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Swamp People (#204) – History Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson – CBS @ 1:37AM/12:37AMc
  • *New*The Office (#721) – NBC @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Paul Reiser Show (#1??) – NBC @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*The Real Housewives of New York City (#403) – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Vampire Diaries (#219) – CW @ 8/7c
  • *New*Watch What Happens: Live (#426) – Bravo @ 11/10c

Friday

Friday features 1 season premiere. To read more about it, click the link below. Otherwise, check out tonight’s schedule!

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Tonight is the season premiere of Dual Survival on Discovery Channel at 9/8c.
 

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Premiere*Dual Survival (#201) – Discovery Channel @ 9/8c
  • *Special*Say Yes to the Dress – TLC @ 9/8c (1-Hour ‘Princess Brides’ Special)
  • *New*American Loggers (#308) – Discovery Channel @ 10/9c
  • *New*American Restoration (#107/108) – History Channel @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Chaos (#1??) – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*CMT’s Next Superstar (#103) – CMT @ 9/8c
  • *New*Friday Night Lights (#502) – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *New*Fringe (#FR-320) – FOX @ 9/8c
  • *New*Killer Outbreaks (#102) – Animal Planet @ 9/8c
  • *New*Outrageous Foods – Food Network @ 10/9c
  • *New*Sanctuary (#312) – Syfy @ 10/9c
  • *New*Smallville – CW @ 8/7c
  • *New*Supernatural – CW @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Haunted (#204) – Animal Planet @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson – CBS @ 1:37AM/12:37AMc
  • *New*The Singing Bee (#406-60) – CMT @ 8/7c
  • *New*The Soup – E! @ 10/9c

Saturday

Saturday is a 1-hour special for Doctor Who on BBC America at 8/7c, followed by the season premiere at 9/8c.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Premiere*Doctor Who (#601) – BBC America @ 8/7c & 9/8c (1-Hour Special & Season Premiere)
  • *New*Chase – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *New*Dogs 101/Cats 101 (#312) – Animal Planet @ 9/8c
  • *New*How Do I Look? (#1204) – Style Network @ 8/7c
  • *New*It’s Me or the Dog (#308) – Animal Planet @ 8/7c
  • *New*Parking Wars (#61/502 & 60/501) – A&E @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)

That’s it! Hope you all have a great week!

— Jenny

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