I’m writing this column super early today so that I can spend my afternoon and early evening at a sports bar watching the World Cup final. The magic octopus has already called the game for Spain, but the fun is in watching how it turns out. It is a bit sad; the World Cup ending means that soccer and vuvuzelas will disappear from American consciousness (not, however, the vuvuzela app on my phone. I love that thing) for about another four years. And the rest of summer begins to look even bleaker, entertainment wise. Here’s your Sunday night TV:
7:00 p.m.: “60 Minutes” on CBS.
“CMT Special: Jimmy Buffet and Friends: Live from the Gulf Coast” on CMT. 90 minute special presentation.
“Dateline NBC” on NBC.
“Sons of Tuscon” on Fox.
8:00 p.m.: “Big Brother” on CBS.
“Food Network Challenge: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Cakes” on Food Network.
9:00 p.m.: “Bridezillas” on WE.
“Drop Dead Diva” on Lifetime.
“Ice Road Truckers” on History. As I’ve been following the trade news, I see they’re making this into a movie. I can’t even watch a full episode without drifting off, I have no clue how they’re going to make a movie out of this. Unless, perhaps, they screw around with geography so that the ice road runs over R’lyeh and Cthulu is sleeping under the ice and the noise of the trucks rumbling back and forth begins to wake him from his sleep, bringing about the return of The Old Ones. I’d watch that movie.
“Kate Plus 8” on TLC. Special presentation.
“Leverage” on TNT.
“Masterpiece!: Poirot X: Murder on the Orient Express” on PBS.
“The Next Food Network Star” on Food Network. 90 minute episode.
“Ocho Cinco” on VH1. 90 minute series premiere. There is no way this version of Ocho Cinco can be more amusing than the version the guys over at Kissing Suzy Kolber like to write about. Actually, this is kind of how I feel about the potential for the “Hard Knocks” season that’s going to be focusing on The Jets. Rex Ryan can not compete with Rex “How the fuck you doing, boys?” Ryan.
“Scoundrels” on ABC.
“True Blood” on HBO.
“Warehouse 13: Inside Secret Government Warehouses: Shocking Reveled” on SyFy. Two hour special presentation. So … not a new episode of the series then? Also, SyFy needs better proof readers.
9:30 p.m.: “Kate Plus 8” on TLC.
10:00 p.m.: “Army Wives” on Lifetime.
“Comedy Central Special: Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny” on Comedy Central. One hour special presentation.
“The Gates” on ABC.
“The Glades” on A&E. Series premiere. Man, South Florida is like, having it’s big cultural moment right now. We got LeBron, we’ve got four crime dramas set in the city (“Burn Notice,” “Dexter,” “CSI: Miami,” and now this) and the two lesser Kardashians. Woo! Miami!
“Hung” on HBO.
“Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami” on E!
“Las Vegas Jailhouse” on TruTV. Second season premiere.
“The Real L World” on Showtime.
“TLC Special: The Bakery Bunch” on TLC. One hour special presentation.
“Top Shot” on History.
10:30 p.m.: “Children’s Hospital” on Adult Swim. Series premiere.
“Entourage” on HBO.
“Holly’s World” on E!
“Las Vegas Jailhouse” on TruTV.
“The TO Show” on VH1. Second season premiere at a special time.
11:30 p.m.: “The Boondocks” on Adult Swim.
12:00 a.m. “Squidbillies” on Adult Swim.
Intern Rusty is a Masters student at the University of Miami. You can learn more about her at Rusty’s Ventures.