Week in DVR: Vintage Drew, Life After People, Jack’s Back

Monday: 24
The laws of diminished expectations at work: The seventh season of 24 has been relatively free of both logic and tension, but because it is so infinitely better than season six, critics and fans alike have praised its resurgence. Don’t believe them. As we head into the final six episodes of the season—get ready to sigh: 24 shifts locales to New York for season eight—Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland, still trying) must stop hero-turned-villain-turned-hero-turned-villain-again Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard, master of the whisper) from killing more Americans all while dealing with the potentially fatal side effects from exposure to a chemical weapon. About the latter issue, we wouldn’t worry too much: Daughter Kim is back (Elisha Cuthbert, sans cougar) ready to give up her precious stem cells to help with the cure. Seriously, this is an actual plotline. [Fox, 9 p.m.]

Tuesday: Life After People
Because we haven’t seen the apocalypse played out on the big screen enough over the past five years, The History Channel brings us Life After People. Based on the successful movie event of the same name, the 10-episode series—which premieres the day before Earth Day—will track what would happen to the planet after our extinction. By the end of the first episode, expect to have an answer to the following question: Where do all those dead bodies go? [The History Channel, 10 p.m.]

Wednesday: Leatherheads
Stasis, thy name is John Krasinski. By all rights, the handsome Guy Next Door should be a huge movie star by now. Instead, he’s been left to look increasingly bored on The Office—as a friend recently said, Jim has become the least interesting character on the entire show—and stumble around in relatively lame studio pictures. Leatherheads is certainly better than his previous attempt at movie stardom, License to Wed, but that isn’t saying a whole lot. Despite many charms, the film ends up feeling too easy for Mr. Krasinski. Perhaps he needs to get out of his comfort zone before he can hit the big time. Growing a beard for Sam Mendes’ summer indie, Away We Go, is a start. [HBO, 7:30 p.m.]

Thursday: Trouble the Water
During his mostly unfunny one-man show, You’re Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush, Will Ferrell–as–Dubya framed the president’s handling of Hurricane Katrina around the American public’s lack of attention span: “It’s great because you can half-ass shit and it doesn’t matter.” We’re coming up on five years since Katrina ravaged New Orleans and at this point the story seems about as newsworthy as bird flu. Trouble the Water, however, puts the disaster back front and center. The outstanding 2008 Academy Award–nominated documentary about the hurricane and its aftermath makes its broadcast television debut here, and we would highly suggest giving it your full support. You can watch that new episode of Grey’s Anatomy over the weekend. [HBO, 8:30 p.m.]

Friday: Never Been Kissed
Why doesn’t Drew Barrymore get more credit? The question needs to be asked after seeing her riveting tragicomic performance in HBO’s Grey Gardens. Ms. Barrymore has been Hollywood royalty since she was a kid, has weathered storms of personal crisis and is still young at 34 … yet it seems like she’s an afterthought when people discuss superstar actresses. Never Been Kissed is vintage Drew, of course, but we love it for the supporting males: Michael Vartan, when he was still famous, as her bland crush; David Arquette, when he was still famous, as her wacky brother; and John C. Reilly, when it was still a novelty to see him slumming in a comedy, as her curmudgeonly boss. [@Max, 12:15 p.m.]

Week in DVR: Vintage Drew, Life After People, Jack’s Back