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Pajiba After Dark: Television Envy is an Ugly Emotion

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | May 1, 2011 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | May 1, 2011 |

Sunday night always makes me sad that I can’t afford the premium channels because I’d love to be watching either “The Borgias” or “Game of Thrones.” I’d probably be able to follow “The Borgias” a little bit better, but “Game of Thrones” looks extremely pretty and people keep talking about it and I just wish I could be one of the cool kids who actually gets to watch it. I mean, yeah, sure, DVDs will be coming out later but that’s FOREVER from now and then I won’t have anyone to talk to about it because everyone else will be all “Yeah, way ahead of you.” Maybe there should be “book clubs” or something similar for series that have come out on DVD so there’s a way people watching them for the first time can have somewhere to talk about the show without having to worry about spoilers, or annoying their friends. Anyway, here’s your Sunday night TV:

7:00pm: “60 Minutes” on CBS

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” on ABC

“Dateline NBC” on NBC

“Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” on Animal Planet

“NHL Playoffs: Tampa Bay at Washington, Game 2” on Versus

8:00pm: “The Amazing Race” on CBS

“America’s Next Great Restaurant” on NBC. First season finale.

“Bert the Conqueror” on Travel. Bert will be doing his thing in Alberta this week.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on ABC

“The Family Crews” on BET

“Mob Wives” on VH1

“Nature: Salmon” on PBS

“Ruby” on Style

“Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes” on OWN

“The Simpsons” on Fox. Tragically, it appears that satire is actually lagging behind reality; this episode is called “The Real Housewives of Fat Tony” which was probably conceived long before “Mob Wives” started airing. I’ve known that it’s impossible to parody reality TV since the “Trading Spouses” bit on “Chappelle’s Show” became a real show with exactly the same name.

9:00pm: “The Apprentice” on NBC

“Army Wives” on Lifetime

“Audrina” on VH1

“Ax Men” on History

“Desperate Housewives” on ABC

“Game of Thrones” on HBO

“Last Cake Standing” on Food Network. So, I guess that “Cupcake Wars” show had it’s season finale because I keep looking for it but I haven’t seen it in a while BUT: I was at the gym the other day and my gym has one or two TVs always tuned to the Food Network (which I think is hilarious) and “Cupcake Wars” was on. I happened to glance up to see a girl talking about her strategy wearing a shirt advertising her shop that said “Two Girls One Cupcake” and I’m pretty certain that’s the WORST possible name for a cupcake shop. Anyway, that’s my little story.

“Law and Order: Criminal Intent” on USA. 10th season premiere.

“Who Killed Chandra Levy” on TLC. Wow. Cutting edge work there, TLC.

“Undercover Boss” on CBS. Second season finale.

9:30pm: “Saddle Ranch” on VH1

10:00pm: “Amazing Wedding Cakes” on WE

“The Borgias” on Showtime

“Breakout Kings” on A&E

“Coming Home” on Lifetime

“CSI: Miami” on CBS

“In Plain Sight” on USA. Fourth season premiere.

“Iron Chef America” on Food Network

“The Judds” on OWN

“Khloe and Lamar” on E

“The Killing” on AMC

“Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers” on PBS

“Police POV” on TruTV

“The Real Housewives of Orange County” on Bravo

“Treme” on HBO

“Brothers and Sisters” on ABC

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Genevieve Burgess is a Features Contributor for Pajiba. You can follow Genevieve Burgess on Twitter.