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By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | July 10, 2011 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | July 10, 2011 |

There is just a whole mess of reality shows on tonight, including the premiere of another bakery focused reality show set in the Jersey Shore which has to be some kind of Mad-Libs approach to green lighting new reality series. Even the name (“Tough Cookies”) sounds like something a comedian came up with while doing a bit about how stupid reality TV has gotten to be in recent days. I’m betting the only reason something about housewives weren’t worked in there is because if someone is working in a bakery they’re obviously not a housewife. Anyway, that rounds tonight’s reality show gauntlet to three set in Jersey, three that have to do with cooking and another four that are shows about famous people being totally famous. There is some overlap but there are also some I didn’t touch on. Here’s your Sunday night TV:

7:00pm: “Dateline NBC” on NBC

8:00pm: “Big Brother” on CBS

“Jerseylicious” on Style

“Mob Wives: Reunion Special” on VH1

“Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes” on OWN

“Sunday Best” on BET

9:00pm: “Bridezillas” on WE

“Celebrity Rehab with Dr.Drew” on VH1

“Secrets of Seal Team 6” on Discovery

“Drop Dead Diva” on Lifetime

“Finding Sarah” on OWN

“The Glee Project” on Oxygen

“Hoarding: Buried Alive” on TLC. Third season premiere.

“Ice Road Truckers” on History

“Leverage” on TNT

“Masterpiece!: Miss Marple VI: The Pale Horse” on PBS

“The Next Food Network Star” on Food Network

“Primetime” on ABC. This episode is about Jaycee Dugard and I’m getting a little disgusted with the way the media treats the cases of women who have been held in captivity and repeatedly raped (Miss Dugard, Elizabeth Smart, Elisabeth Fritzl) with this sort of breathless interest in every last little detail of what happened to them. It just reminds me a little too strongly of that time Hustler tried to publish pictures of Meredith Emerson’s nude, decapitated body in a story about her murder. You can justify it any way you like, but it still feels slimy.

“True Blood” on HBO

10:00pm: “Amsale Girls” on WE

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” on HBO. Eighth season premiere.

“Falling Skies” on TNT

“Famous Food” on VH1. Series premiere.

“Finding Bigfoot” on Animal Planet. First season finale.

“The Glades” on A&E

“In Plain Sight” on USA

“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” on E

“The Marriage Ref” on NBC

“Police POV” on TruTV

“The Protector” on Lifetime

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” on Bravo

“The Real L Word” on Showtime

“Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals” on OWN. I can’t believe they got their own show. Every time I encounter information about the personal lives of these two I find I like them less.

“Sand Masters” on Travel

“Sex, Lies, and Power” on TLC

“Tough Cookies” on Food Network. Series premiere.

10:30pm: “Ice Loves Coco” on E

“Sky Island” on PBS

11:00pm: “Watch What Happens” on Bravo

11:45pm: “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” on Adult Swim

Intern Rusty has a Masters degree in Music Business and Entertainment Industry. While looking for a job she has taken to blogging again so you can read more about her at Rusty’s Ventures if you’re into that sort of thing.

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