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Tuesday: ‘Nip/Tuck’

[IMG:L]Nip/Tuck — 10/9c on FX

It’s premiere night for one of America’s favorite cable shows, and like it or not, there is a massive change in store: Plastic surgeons Sean (Dylan Walsh) and Christian (Julian McMahon) have headed west.

It makes sense to leave Miami for Los Angeles, the one place that exceeds its appetite for shallowness and nip/tucks—true, they go hand in hand—so at least give this relocation a chance before rushing to judgment.

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The highly anticipated season 5 premiere finds the good-ish doctors struggling to build McNamara/Troy from the ground up as they settle into their new Beverly Hills digs. But a slick Hollywood suit (Lauren Hutton) gives them the opportunity to change that with a TV-show opportunity.

If that storyline doesn’t entice you, the list of guest stars most certainly will: Oliver Platt, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Coolidge, Portia de Rossi, Craig BierkoDaphne Zuniga (Melrose Place alert!), Tia Carrere, and Rosie O’Donnell (reprising her season 4 role) are all slated to appear.

ALSO…

NBA Basketball: Trail Blazers at Spurs; Rockets at Lakers — 8/7c; 10:30/9:30c on TNT
Do not adjust your browser—this is a sporting event. It’s opening night in the NBA, a big deal for sports fans weary of the infrequency of football and a wham-bam-thank-you-mam World Series, as well as eager fantasy-basketball fiends. The NBA brings out such big guns tonight that even you, the non-fan, will recognize a couple of players taking the court: Yao Ming, aka Really Really Tall Dude from China, and Kobe Bryant, aka Guy You See Jack Nicholson Staring at During Nationally Televised Laker Games.

[IMG:R]The Tonight Show with Jay Leno — 11:35/10:35c on NBC
Hmmm… How to remain objective. Tom Cruise hasn’t granted a formal sit-down since 2005, when, as you may or may not remember, he appeared on Oprah and The Today Show. Tonight he’s on Leno, presumably to discuss zilch other than his new movie Lions for Lambs. Whew, subjectivity averted!

Frontline: The Undertaking — 9/8c on PBS
A look at funeral homes, featuring poet Thomas Lynch (The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade), proprietor of Lynch & Sons, a Central Michigan funeral home. It’s Six Feet Under without the sex, drugs and drama!

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