Monday, September 5, 2011

Weekend TV: Memorial Day programming

Monday, September 5, 2011

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and CBS kicks off the season with a double-run of Chaos (Saturday, 8 ET/PT), a spring failure scheduled to burn off its episodes in this slot.

  • Gary Sinise: On hand to co-host concert.


    Gary Sinise: On hand to co-host concert.


Gary Sinise: On hand to co-host concert.

This unpolished CIA comedy wasn't quite ready for seasonal prime time, but don't dismiss it out of hand.

If broadcast networks produced scripted shows for summer, this is the USA Network-kind of show they'd probably be making — and it's better than the new USA shows you'll soon be getting.

•One of the holiday's best TV traditions returns Sunday when PBS airs The National Memorial Day Concert (8 ET/5 PT, times may vary), live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna are co-hosts, with performances and readings by Colin Powell, Dianne Wiest, B.B. King, Jason Ritter, Pia Toscano, Yolanda Adams and the National Symphony Orchestra, among others.

•The live celebration continues in our nation's capital with the National Memorial Day Parade (Military Channel, Monday, 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT).

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