George is throwin’ a party tonight, and it’s taking over the Turner cable world. “Lopez Tonight” premieres tonight at 11 on TBS, with simulcasts on TNT and truTv. The lone finale tonight is “Lincoln Heights” on ABC Family at 8 p.m.
News on this Monday morning, The Disney/ABC/NBC/Universal/Heart television partnership announced it was cutting 10 percent of jobs at A&E and Lifetime, which the TV group acquired in August.
While Lifetime is cutting, Showtime is adding. The premium network will be the first to air “Twilight” on January 23. On January 25, “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” airs at 10 p.m. and “Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union” at 10:30. Monday will be comedy night next ytear with “Nurse Jackie” at 10 and “united States of Tara” at 10:30. Showtime also announced that the fourth and final season of “The Tudors” will premiere April 11 at 9 p.m.
Bravo announced that “The Real Housewives of Orange County” attracted nearly 50 percent more viewers on its season five opener last Thursday than it did last year.
TNT acquired the exclusive syndication rights to the CBS drama “The Mentalist” which will start airing the cable network way out in 2012. “The Mentalist” is in its second season. USA Network got exclusive cable syndication rights to the hit CBS spin-off “NCIS Los Angeles.”
A ton of A&E news today. A&E has a reality miniseries about the Jackson Family called “The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty” scheduled to start December 13 at 9 p.m. with a two hour premiere. The series will focus on Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon Jackson preparing for a tour after the death of Michael. A&E also announced that it approved an hour-long pilot for “Sugarloaf” about a Chicago cop who gets fired after his captain shoots him and wrongfully accuses him of sleeping with his wife. The cop moves to Florida and joins the state police. A&E’s new drama “The Quickening” will star Jeffrey Nordling, John Heard and Michael Arden with Radha Mitchell. The show is about a cop who gets demoted to desk work after it surfaces that he’s bipolar.
Finally this morning, HBO is planning a new drama called “T” about a woman who undergoes gender transformation into a man. No word on an air date.