Tue, May 31
Maya Rudolph teams up with Martin Short for this new hourlong sketch/variety series, which includes comedic sendups of current events and personalities, celebrity guest appearances, and musical performances. Current SNL player Kenan Thompson also joins in the fun.
Gibbs (Mark Harmon) has a special investment in helping a DEA agent (guest star John Gabriel) with a cold case in "Personal Day." Eventually, DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) discovers why Gibbs is so keen on having the rest of the team assist, as they wonder why Gibbs suddenly is wearing spiffier attire around the office. Robert Knepper also guest stars. Pauley Perrette, David McCallum, Sean Murray and Emily Wickersham also star.
Well, look who's back on American television: none other than Simon Cowell, whose penchant for snark helped propel "American Idol" to success in its early years. He has rightful claim to be at the judges' table in this contest's 11th season, which starts with "Auditions," since he created the format that has expanded to other countries. (He's also an executive producer.) Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel are back as judges. Nick Cannon is the host.
The new episode "Vienna Inn" is set in Southbridge, Mass., but the site visited by Gordon Ramsay reflects an atmosphere that tourists likely would find in Austria. Not all of the locals are charmed by it, though, and Ramsay tries to help the married owners give the place a needed update. That's not a simple process, since it's a matter of continuing the traditional feel while also modernizing the inn.