New Show: Hollywood Exes
8 p.m. Wednesdays
Yes, it's come to this. Now, just the act of being somebody who was once married to somebody famous who you later kicked to the curb (or kicked you to the curb, as the case may be) is enough to warrant a starring role on your own reality TV show. Here, if the "I was famous once" reality show formula holds true, the former wives and/or baby mamas of Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, Prince, R. Kelly and Jose Canseco will live in L.A., drive expensive convertibles, drink gallons of wine, eat salads, buy a lot of shoes, whine about their weight and generally make themselves look like unrepentant gold diggers in the name of their five minutes of fame. Something tells me this show is going to be must-see TV around the Smith, Murphy, Prince, Kelly and Canseco households. After all, no revenge is sweeter than watching your ex (or your spouse's ex) make a narcissistic ass out of herself on national TV. Up next on VH-1: "Waitress to the Stars!" a new reality show about a woman who once served Tom Cruise a latte at Starbucks! No, really. She totally did.
New Season: Louie
Thursdays at 9:30
It's this easy: if you're not watching FX's "Louie," you're missing some of the best TV comedy of all time. Comedian Louis C.K. is a visionary on stage, rightfully placed in the same pantheon as "comics' comics" like George Carlin, Bill Hicks and Richard Pryor. When he was given the chance to do a show for FX, he told them there was only one way he'd do it: no outside interference, with him writing, directing and editing every episode from beginning to end. In a world full of cookie-cutter "comedy" shows in which every aspect seen on screen — from the scripts to the wardrobe to what kind of soda is in the refrigerator — has been hashed, re-hashed, executive-decisioned and focus-grouped to death, the result of all that freedom is nothing less than an auteur's revelation of absurdity, heart, vulgarity and vision. The simple (but never simplistic) story of a perpetually confused and lonely comic trying to raise two daughters in New York City, "Louie" is a true one-man show that lives up to Louis C.K.'s seemingly near-religious devotion to delivering truth through comedy. Here, "Louie" comes back for a new season, promising more hilarious, bizarre, WTF-inducing moments. Tune in. You'll thank yourself when you're telling your grandkids how cool you were back in the day.