- Anthony Bourdain's nine-season jaunt around the world comes to a close tonight, when the Travel Channel airs its last episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Bourdain must be thrilled to finally be done with his commitment to the show, which required him to go around the world to exotic locations and eat delicious ethnic food for free. Sounds like torture. He's leaving the Travel Channel for CNN, where he will host a new show about foreign cultures and cuisine -- he sure knows how to stay in his comfort zone. For his final episode, Bourdain will visit probably the most bizarre community he has ever encountered: Brooklyn.
- Election Day is finally here, and it could not come any sooner. After tomorrow, we won't have to sit through endless attack ads when we're trying to watch Jeopardy. Expect to see an overwhelming use of infographics, a lot of clapping and a ton of balloons. Depending on who wins, either Fox News or MSNBC will erupt in celebration around 11 p.m., while the other station should probably be on suicide watch.
- There are some rumors that Nashville, the best-reviewed new drama of the year, won't make it past one season. Despite its obvious merit, the show's suffering from a problem that plagued Connie Britton's old show, Friday Night Lights: People can't get past the perceived subject matter and actually watch to figure out what it's all about. With that program, people thought they couldn't watch a show about football, even though it was, at its core, a story about a town and a marriage between Britton's character and Kyle Chandler's. People see Nashville and say, "Ew, country music," not realizing that the show's capable of creating drama with great characters and performances. And speaking as a non-country fan, the music is actually great. So watch -- TV's better when Connie Britton's on it.
- Frankenstorm provided the perfect opportunity to catch up on some shows On Demand, and none were more worthy than the pilot of Last Resort, which aired about a month ago. The episode is a tense hour with a conceit that's never been seen on television: A U.S. submarine gets sketchy orders to nuke Pakistan, and when the crew stalls by waiting for official confirmation, the U.S. sends a missile right up its nose. The crew survives and takes over a tropical island, from where the captain (Andre Braugher) gives an awesome warning speech to the rest of the world not to mess with them. This low-rated but high-quality show fears the ax as well, but for now, there's nothing better on basic cable.
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