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Thursday Watch List: LeBron’s Big Moment

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    Welcome to Watch List, where we identify five things on TV to watch while you stay at home and flirt over Twitter. Wait, people can actually READ what you write on Twitter, and SEE pictures you post? Really? I’ve been doing it wrong the whole time. LET’S GO!

    NBA FINALS, GAME 5 – 9:02PM (ABC) Things are starting to get real now. After the Dallas Mavericks tied the series at two games apiece Tuesday night (thanks to a listless performance from LeBron James), the Mavs and Heat now square off in pivotal game 5. And if the Mavericks manage to somehow come back and win this series against a team that is, in my mind, clearly better, well then we’re going to have a while new year of LeBron bashing on our hands. I can’t wait! ANTICIPATION: HIGH!

    JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: GAME NIGHT – 8:00PM (ABC) Before the big game, check out Jimmy Kimmel’s live pregame show, which happens before the actual pregame game, which starts at 8:30PM (tune in and you’ll see Mike Wilbon with his nose literally up in the air). Tonight, Kimmel welcomes notable loose cannon Ron Artest. I hope there’s nothing flammable on stage. ANTICIPATION: ARTESTY!

    LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN – 11:30PM (CBS) It’s a listless night in primetime, so watch the game and then flip around the late night dial. Tonight, Letterman has Neil Patrick Harris (always enthusiastic) and a live performance from Rush drummer Neil Pearl. Just Neil Peart. No Geddy Lee or anything. If I don’t get a 50-minute drum solo on kit the size of Wembley, I’ll be disappointed. ANTICIPATION: PEARTY HIGH!

    THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO – 11:30PM (NBC) How much money does Jim Carrey really need? Shouldn’t he be making more movies like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” instead of his umpteenth big stupid family comedy? I thought a guy who talked out of his butt would be much smarter than that. ANTICIPATION: CARREY!

    IT ONLY HURTS WHEN I LAUGH – 10:00PM (TLC) A break dancer gets injured. FACT: Break dancing has a higher injury rate than pro football. ANTICIPATION: MAMAS DON’T LET YER BABIES GROW UP TO DO THE BOOGALOO!