The biggest thing happening on TV today is the rescue of the Chilean miners who have been trapped underground since August 5th. It’s been going on since late last night and will probably take hours more, since they seem to be getting out one miner per hour. As of the time I’m writing this, they’ve just gotten the 13th miner out so there’s about 20 to go, plus the rescue workers they sent down to check on the remaining miners. The worst part of the whole thing so far, for me, is the American coverage. Last night one of the American reporters on the scene compared the situation to an American football game, and there have been multiple comparisons to the moon landing. Because nothing can be something awesome and inspiring on it’s own, we have to find some sort of comparison because otherwise viewers won’t understand the sheer magnitude of pulling 33 men out of the ground after over two months. Bite me, CNN. Here’s what else will be on TV tonight:
8:00pm: “America’s Next Top Model” on The CW
“Campus PD” on G4
“Hell’s Kitchen” on Fox. 100th episode.
“The Middle” on ABC
“Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook: Best Bands in the Land” on PBS
“Survivor” on CBS
“Undercovers” on NBC
8:30pm: “Better With You” on ABC
9:00pm: “Carlos” on Sundance
“Criminal Minds” on CBS
“Dog the Bounty Hunter” on A&E
“Ghost Hunters” on SyFy. So have they caught any ghosts yet? Got them mounted on the wall? No? They are terrible hunters.
“Hellcats” on The CW
“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” on NBC. Last week when I was sick, I found out that they play this basically all day long on USA, because I remember lying on my couch semi-dazed watching Benson and Stabler being Very Serious, for several hours at a time. It also reminded me of my former theory that with all the channels offered by most cable and/or satellite companies you could probably watch “Law and Order” or one of its spin offs for a full 24 hours. I haven’t tested that theory yet, though.
“Man vs. Food” on Travel
“Modern Family” on ABC
“Mythbusters” on Discovery. They’re teaming up with the storm chaser guys to test storm myths.
“God in America” on PBS
9:30pm: “Dog the Bounty Hunter” on A&E
“Ma’s Roadhouse” on TruTV
“Cougar Town” on ABC
10:00pm: “Black Gold” on TruTV
“Changing Lanes” on BET
“The Defenders” on CBS
“Food Wars” on Travel
“Harry Loves Lisa” on TV Land. The ads for this show just makes me miss “Veronica Mars.”
“I Love Money” on VH1
“I Shouldn’t Be Alive” on Animal Planet
“LA Ink” on TLC
“Law and Order: Los Angeles” on NBC
“The Real World/Road Rules Challenge” on MTV
“Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible” on Science
“South Park” on Comedy Central
“Steven Seagal: Lawman” on A&E
“Storm Chasers” on Discovery. Fourth season premiere. Chasing tornados, to me, is one of those things where I understand why it’s important but I still think it’s pretty goddamn crazy.
“Terriers” on FX
“Top Chef Just Desserts” on Bravo
“The Ultimate Fighter” on SpikeTV
“What’s Eating You?” on E!. Series premiere. Oh look! The celebrity gossip network that regularly reports on the weights of celebrities as though they were a measure of that individuals worth has a show about eating disorders! How cute.
“Who the (bleep) Did I Marry?” on ID
“The Whole Truth” on ABC
10:30pm: “Steven Seagal: Lawman” on A&E
“Ugly Americans” on Comedy
Late Night Listings
“The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS featuring Hillary Swank
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC featuring Harrison Ford and M.I.A
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC featuring Gabourey Sidibe, Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim, and Mark Ronson
“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS featuring Minnie Driver and Diedrich Bader
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC featuring Whoopi Goldberg and My Morning Jacket
“Last Call with Carson Daly” on NBC featuring Zane Lamprey, “Celebrity Autobiography” performances” and Lissie
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central featuring Condoleezza Rice
“The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central featuring Austan Goolsbee
“Chelsea Lately” on E! featuring Lauren Conrad, John Caparulo, Josh Wolf, and Jim Breuer. I hadn’t been listing this before, but someone said they watched it, so now I will. I’m here for you!
Intern Rusty is a Masters student at the University of Miami. You can learn more about her at Rusty’s Ventures.