The Week in DVR: Remember Frost/Nixon? Plus, Sexy Alien Ladies and Gossip Girl Has a Threesome

v morena baccarin 1 The Week in DVR: Remember  Frost/Nixon? Plus, Sexy Alien Ladies and Gossip Girl Has a Threesome Monday: Gossip Girl

There is some wear on these treads—specifically with regards to Blair, who has been spinning her wheels in a swampy mess of weekly plotting and scheming for no real reason other than the script telling her to do so—but those breathlessly wailing about the demise of Gossip Girl couldn’t have it more wrong. This is a teen show that sidestepped the pitfalls of sending its teens off to college by excising the one major problem with that situation: actually going to college! More adult than ever—must we direct you to Chuck Bass, who, as played by Ed Westwick, seems as weathered and worn as Don Draper after a two-day bender with hippie drifters—the “kids” on Gossip Girl have left high school behind to face some real world problems… like the ramifications of having a threesome! We won’t spoil whom the three lovers in tonight’s controversial ménage a trios are, but the episode title, “They Shoot Humphrey’s, Don’t They?,” might give you a little hint at the identity of at least one participant. [The CW, 9 p.m.]

Tuesday: V
Say hello to Sean Hannity’s favorite new show! We doubt the producers of V intended their silly science-fiction remake of the overly praised 1983 mini-series to be some bastion of right-wing ideology—at its heart, V is likely supposed to be play on post-9/11 fears and terrorism—but that’s just what happened after the unintentionally hilarious pilot featured a charismatic alien leader talking about universal health care and preaching a message of hope. (No truth to the rumor that the V’s, as they’re called, come to earth by way of Kenya.) Politics aside, V is already much more entertaining than ABC’s other “we wish this was actually Lost” series (that would be FlashForward which gets dumber by the week), simply because of Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell. As the F.B.I. agent trying to stop the alien takeover, Ms. Mitchell displays the same combination of chilled intelligence and beguiling warmth that she did as Juliet Burke. She’s such a strong presence, that we actually worry what Lost will be like without her. [ABC, 8 p.m.]

Wednesday: Frost/Nixon
The 2008 Best Picture nominee you probably forgot existed, Frost/Nixon is perfectly adequate mainstream Oscar bait, until the denouement—a last meeting between disgraced former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella, chewing scenery like a goat) and foppish television talking head David Frost (the sneaky amazing Michael Sheen) at Mr. Nixon’s clandestine California home. It’s in that quiet moment that Frost/Nixon transforms from a rote history lesson on the power of the media to full-fledged Greek tragedy. Say what you will about director Ron Howard, but sometimes he gets things exactly right. [Cinemax, 10 p.m.]

Thursday: Che
Cinemaphiles, take note! Che, Steven Soderbergh’s four-hour biopic on the life of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, hits Sundance channel this week, meaning you can see the movie that nearly ended the acclaimed director’s career; Mr. Soderbergh called it a “mistake from day one.” As a film, Che isn’t the home run you would hope for—the first half, entitled, The Argentine is infinitely stronger than the second, Guerilla-but as with all Soderbergh films, it is a work that becomes impossible to ignore. Benicio Del Toro does what you’d expect him to do as Che, but it’s the wildly charismatic Demian Bichir (Weeds) who steals the show as Fidel Castro. The revolution never looked so good. [Sundance, 8 p.m.]

Friday: Smiley Face
A film starring Anna Faris and featuring appearances by John Krasinski (Jim Halpert!), Adam Brody (Seth Cohen!), John Cho (Harold!) and Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester!) should be hilarious. Too bad Smiley Face, Greg Araki’s stoner comedy misadventure, falls short for long stretches, especially if you aren’t stoned yourself. Still, give Smiley Face credit for one thing: you rarely (if ever) see a movie like this lead by a woman. Ms. Faris, however, appears in almost every scene and is all kinds of funny. If she’s actually the female version of Ryan Reynolds, here’s hoping there’s a Reynolds-like breakout in her future. [Showtime, 4:15 a.m.]