November 5, 2009 in Features

VH1 profiles former teen star

 

“Broke and Famous” (10 p.m., VH1), offers a profile of actor Willie Aames, a teen star of the 1970s and ’80s who bottomed out after stabs at rehab and born-again Christianity.

Aames’ case came to media attention when he held an estate/yard sale last spring to raise money to save his house.

He also is a veteran of “Celebrity Fit Club” and the co-author of “Grace is Enough,” with his ex-wife Maylo Upton-Aames. Shortly before attempting suicide last Thanksgiving, Aames had been acting in a series of religious videos called “Bibleman.”

•Economic hard times have even furrowed the Botox-injected brows on the orange faces of the “Real Housewives of Orange County” (10 p.m., Bravo) entering its fifth season of bickering, shopping and contrived fights between eerily similar-looking women.

With the real estate market in the tank, one mother is reduced to taking financial advice from her 16-year-old, who is remarkably practical, considering his upbringing.

•How do you top going to hell? OK, that’s a weird question, but we’re talking about “Supernatural” (9 p.m., CW, TV-14), a place where brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) deal with demons all the time.

This week, an evil nemesis named The Trickster dooms the boys to an inferno of reruns in a TV-themed Hades, where they have to endure the scripted shenanigans of a sexed-up medical soap opera, a Japanese game show, a “CSI” type drama and a sitcom.

•Turner Classic Movies celebrates what would have been the 80th birthday of actress Grace Kelly with a monthlong salute, airing Kelly films every Thursday beginning today with “Fourteen Hours” (5 p.m.), “High Noon” (7 p.m.) and “Mogambo” (8:30 p.m.).

Other highlights

Aaron meets a friend of his late daughter’s on “FlashForward” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

Jim and Pam agree to a dreaded double date on “The Office” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

Two random crimes share a common thread on “CSI” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14,V).

The staff does not react well to auditions for a new cast member on “30 Rock” (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

Jane shares insights from his prison cell on “The Mentalist” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

Heidi Klum hosts “Project Runway” (10 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14).

The gang hatches a merchandising scheme on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA).

Series notes

Jeff Probst hosts “Survivor: Samoa” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) … Jeff’s lack of lodgings does not go unnoticed on “Community” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14) … Stefan receives a surprise birthday visitor on “Vampire Diaries” (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG,D,L,V) … Ron’s ex (Megan Mullally) becomes Leslie’s rival on “Parks & Recreation” (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14). … A major donation overshadows a complex surgery on “Grey’s Anatomy” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14) … A new doctor sparks a new melodrama on “Private Practice” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

Late night

Wanda Sykes, Rachael Ray and Sebastian Manicalco are booked on “The Jay Leno Show” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14) … Bill Maher, Gabourey Sidibe and Keith Urban visit “Late Show with David Letterman” (11:35 p.m., CBS) … Conan O’Brien hosts Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde and Zac Brown Band on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) … Florence and The Machine appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (12:05 a.m., ABC) … Ian McKellen, Paula Patton, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon chat on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (12:35 a.m., NBC) … Craig Ferguson hosts Denis Leary and Jena Malone on “The Late, Late Show” (12:37 a.m., CBS).


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