5 Shows After Dark: Some Contestants Have Experience Doing Stupid Dances in Front of Large Crowds
"Dancing With the Stars" on ABC at 8:00pm ET. 16th season premiere. Just so you're passingly informed when people inevitably try to engage you in conversation about this show, the big "stars" this go around are Andy Dick, Dorothy Hamill, D.L Hughley, Jacoby Jones, Wynonna Judd, Victor Ortiz, and Alexandra Raisman. Then you've got your standard handful of reality starts and a Disney Channel star for good measure. Also, they've added contemporary and jazz dances to the show, so if you've ever wanted to watch an NFL wide receiver roll around on the floor in a leotard while a plaintive female voice warbles in the background, this could be your season.
"American Winter" on HBO at 9:00pm ET. This is a documentary centered around eight families in the Portland, Oregon area who are struggling with unemployment or underemployment. It sounds like it will be either thoroughly depressing or terrifyingly familiar.
"RuPaul's Drag Race" on Logo at 9:00pm ET.
"Bates Motel" on A&E at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. The Oedipal complex comes to cable!
Genevieve Burgess sincerely believes that contemporary dance should only be attempted by professionals, and even then it's a risky proposition.