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Pajiba After Dark: Small Screen Ouroboros

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | May 31, 2011 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | May 31, 2011 |

There are times when I have to sit back and look on the self-cannibalizing nature of television with a kind of sick admiration. My favorite example has always been “Trading Spouses” which went from a skit on “Chappelle’s Show” mocking the “Trading Spaces” model by substituting people trading their actual marriages to an actual reality series where people… traded families. Last year there was a fictional series on Lifetime called “Huge” which was set in a weight-loss camp for teenagers. The kids on the show watched a TV series called “Love Handles” which was about overweight contestants battling to find love. “Huge” was cancelled after its first season. Tonight, we see the premiere of “Love Handles” on Lifetime which is a show where a couple go through “a dual transformation as overweight couples attempt to save their lives and relationships as they confront what lies at the core of their issues.” I’m not shitting you. Now, if it was approached in a sensitive and holistic way, it could be interesting. But since the producer is the same woman who produced “The Jersey Shore” and the first episode is called “I Never Planned on Marrying a Fat Girl” that seems unlikely. Here’s your Tuesday night TV:

8:00pm: “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” on ABC

“America’s Got Talent” on NBC. Two hour sixth season premiere.

“Great Performances: Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Concert” on PBS

“Spouse vs. House” on TLC

8:30pm: “NBA Countdown” on ABC

9:00pm: “NBA Finals, Game 1” on ABC. Woooooo! The Heat made it into the finals! Which is… only to be expected, really. Trust me, I have spent as much time watching these games yelling “Now you’re just being lazy” as I have words of encouragement because, seriously. Also, Dwyane Wade needs to find his mojo or whatever because dude has been ridiculously hit or miss during the playoffs.

“Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” on Travel

“Deadliest Catch” on Discovery

“Lee and Grant” on History

9:30pm: “Traffic Light” on Fox. First season finale, and technically series finale since it was announced on May 10th that the show was cancelled. Pity, but I find myself liking “Happy Endings” more so if I have to pick one show featuring several characters in their mid to late 20’s navigating life and relationships, it would be “Happy Endings” which did get renewed. Win some, lose some.

10:00pm: “16 and Pregnant” on MTV

“Chopped” on Food Network

“Deception with Keith Barry” on Discovery. Series premiere.

“The Little Couple” on TLC. Fourth season premiere.

“Love Handles” on Lifetime. Series premiere.

“Million Dollar Decorators” on Bravo. Series premiere.

“Tosh.0” on Comedy Central

“Toya: A Family Affair” on BET

“The Voice” on NBC

10:30pm: “Sports Show with Norm MacDonald” on Comedy Central

Late Night Listings

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC featuring Carson Daly, Flavor Flav, and I See Stars

“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS featuring Ray Romano and Dr.Lisa Masterson

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central featuring Jimmy Fallon

“The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central featuring James B. Stewart

“Chelsea Lately” on E featuring John Caparulo, Jo Koy, and Fortune Feimster

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