Interesting mix of the TV tonight, a bit heavy on the reality series but that’s par for the course in terms of summer. I know that many of you are connoisseurs of Lifetime movies and we’ve got one tonight that is evidently based on the life of Joanne Rowling. Now, I won’t deny that her story of going from a single mother on the dole to world famous and obscenely wealthy author is probably an awesome story but the source I found indicates that they’re beginning the movie during her childhood which… yeah. Moving on! Also we’ve got “The Big C” which is the second show in two nights that I’ve had to write about that is supposed to feature a dying protagonist and yet is into it’s second season? I’m beginning to feel that perhaps basing series around characters who aren’t meant to be alive too long is a bad idea, because you either have to limit the series or you have viewers (or non-viewers as the case may be) sitting around going “…wait, aren’t you supposed to be dead now?” which isn’t usually how writers want their viewers to react. Anyway, here’s your Monday night TV:
8:00pm: “The Bachelorette” on ABC
“Basketball Wives” on VH1
“Eureka” on SyFy
“Giuliana & Bill” on Style. Fourth season premiere.
“Hell’s Kitchen” on Fox. Ninth season premiere.
“Magic Beyond Words: The J.K Rowling Story” on Lifetime. Original Telefilm. Really? This is happening? Alright then.
“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” on ABC Family
9:00pm: “American Pickers” on History
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” on Travel. The show will be headed to Macau this week, a city which is best known for gambling but which is also interesting for reasons beyond that.
“Cake Boss” on TLC
“The Closer” on TNT
“Mann v. Ford” on HBO. This is a documentary about the Ramapough Mountain Indians who are suing Ford for dumping toxic industrial waste near where they lived, causing severe health problems particularly in the children. Honestly, it sounds extremely interesting but also appalling so… tread carefully?
“Hoarders” on A&E
“Man vs. Wild” on Discovery
“Masterchef” on Fox
“RuPaul’s Drag U” on Logo
“Single Ladies” on VH1
“Switched at Birth” on ABC Family
“Unfaithful” on OWN
“Warehouse 13” on SyFy
“WWE: RAW” on USA. Listings are always approximate. Please check your local guide for the most accurate start time of any shows listed in this column.
10:00pm: “Alphas” on SyFy
“The Dr.Laura Berman Show” on OWN
“Intervention” on A&E
“Pawn Star$” on History
“Abraham and Mary Lincoln, A House Divided: American Experience” on PBS
“Rizzoli and Isles” on TNT
“Surprise Homecoming” on TLC
“Surviving the Cut” on Discovery
“Teen Wolf” on MTV
“Vanished with Beth Holloway” on Lifetime
“Weeds” on Showtime
“Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” on ABC
10:20pm: “James May’s Road Trip” on BBCA
10:30pm: “The Big C” on Showtime
Late Night Listings
“The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS featuring Emma Watson, George Lopez, and Incubus
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC featuring Howie Mandel, David Feherty, and Joss Stone
“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS featuring Elijah Wood and Cat Deeley
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC featuring Kid Rock, Emily Rose, and Panda Bear
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central featuring Denis Leary
“The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central featuring Michael Shermer
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