The Week in DVR: French Fluff, Friday Night Lights Shine, Billy Wilder’s ‘Best Picture’

dvr 6 The Week in DVR: French Fluff, Friday Night Lights Shine, Billy Wilders Best PictureMonday: How I Met Your Mother

We were a little disappointed by Saturday Night Live this weekend when Neil Patrick Harris hosted. Not because he wasn’t hilarious-he was!-but because they did too much Doogie and not enough Barney, Mr. Harris’ slimy, yet weirdly charming womanizer on HIMYM. Over the last few years, this Friends-ish pal comedy has gained a healthy following, but it hasn’t yet become the breakout we think it should be. So tune in tonight for a new episode; for better or for worse, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt and Kim Kardashian guest star. [CBS, 8:30pm]

Tuesday: The Dreamers

If you find yourself in the mood for something outrageously decadent–perhaps maddeningly so--The Dreamers is the mid-week movie for you.

Monday: How I Met Your Mother

We were a little disappointed by Saturday Night Live this weekend when Neil Patrick Harris hosted. Not because he wasn’t hilarious-he was!-but because they did too much Doogie and not enough Barney, Mr. Harris’ slimy, yet weirdly charming womanizer on HIMYM. Over the last few years, this Friends-ish pal comedy has gained a healthy following, but it hasn’t yet become the breakout we think it should be. So tune in tonight for a new episode; for better or for worse, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt and Kim Kardashian guest star. [CBS, 8:30pm]

Tuesday: The Dreamers

If you find yourself in the mood for something outrageously decadent–perhaps maddeningly so--The Dreamers is the mid-week movie for you. Bernardo Bertolucci’s 2003 drama features a then-unknown Eva Green as a stunning, elusive Frenchwoman in a bizarrely close relationship with her brother Theo (Louis Garrel), who draws a young American student (Michael Pitt) into her strange world of movies, ideas and French stuff. Paris ’68 is the backdrop, and much of the film follows the young stars wandering in and out rambling rooms half-dressed. [IFC, 12am]

Wednesday: The Apartment

Even though The Apartment is a Christmas movie (in the sense that the plot involves an office holiday party and the time of year is New York in December), you can watch it any time of year. Shirley MacLaine is the hotel operator at a big insurance company; Jack Lemmon is the push-over who loves her; and Fred MacMurray is the married man driving her insane. Billy Wilder won the 1960 Best Picture Oscar for The Apartment-if ever a film deserved it, it’s this one. [TCM, 8pm]

Thursday: Tool Academy

We actually watched the first episode of this show, the latest in Vh1′s stable of makeover programming, and liked it, mostly for one reason: after years of watching women claw each other to shreds on reality tv, and generally expose themselves as the mean, mindless jerks they are, now we get to see men do it! On Tool Academy, a group of guys enrolled by their girlfriends for being bad partners are forced to confront the realities of their relationships, and their many emotional shortcomings, through various tasks and therapy sessions. Some can handle, others can’t; tantrums ensue. One things for sure: these guys all belong there. [Vh1, 11am]

Friday: Friday Night Lights

Like HIMYM, Friday Night Lights is a show that should be as big as Doctor Who is in Britain. (That’s big!) And this, it’s third season (which aired on DirecTV last fall) is going to make or break this show for good. If you aren’t into sports, get over it. FNL isn’t really about football. It has the best parental characters since The OC. The teen cast is ridiculously beautiful. You will laugh, you will cry. Just watch it. You’ll only be sorry you didn’t earlier. [NBC, 9pm]