Not every week, but some weeks I hit a midweek slump on Wednesday. I just look at what I have left to do this week and experience a nearly overwhelming desire to crawl back into bed until someone forces me out. It’s an attitude thing, as I don’t have a ton extra to do this week than I do any other week, but somehow that doesn’t really seem to be the issue at hand. Anyway, we’ve got a few premieres and more finales on TV tonight, gearing up towards next week when the regular shows come back in force and all those series premieres that have been hyped for the last six weeks finally begin to show up to be judged according to their content rather than their sexy commercials (looking at you, “Undercover”). So that’s something to look forward to. Here’s your Wednesday night TV:
8:00pm: “America’s Got Talent” on NBC. Two hour fifth season finale. FINALLY. I don’t even watch this show, but I was getting increasingly sick of the commercials.
“America’s Next Top Model” on The CW
“Changing Lanes” on BET
“My Child Won’t Talk” on Health
“Masterchef” on Fox. Two hour first season finale.
“Survivor” on CBS. 21st season finale. Those of you out there who are still watching this, how is it not terribly dull yet? I’ve always thought the limitation of reality shows is that after a season or two it’d get repetitive and boring, because the premise stays the same and because it’s always the same type of people who audition for reality shows. I’m bewildered when they stay on the air this long. So if you are tuning in, what’s holding your attention? I’d really like to know.
9:00pm: “Big Brother” on CBS. Two hour 12th season finale.
“Dark Blue” on TNT. Two hour second season finale.
“Ghost Hunters” on SyFy
“My Kid’s Smarter Than Me” on Health
“Hellcats” on The CW
“Man vs. Food” on Travel
“Man vs. Wild” on Discovery. The episode is called “Extreme Desert” and I’m pretty sure I saw a promo for this where the production crew was deliberately, like, setting up fans or flooding Bear’s campground to simulate “Natural Disasters.” Honestly, all this show makes me want to do is never go camping again anywhere.
“Ma’s Roadhouse” on TruTV. Series premiere
10:00pm: “Black Gold” on TruTV
“Chasing Mummies” on History. First season finale. I have to ask; did they catch any?
“The Choir” on BBCA
“Clean House” on Style
“Food Wars” on Travel
“LA Ink” on TLC
“Outlaw” on NBC. Series premiere. Nice to see Jimmy Smits getting work.
“The Real World” on MTV. 24th season finale.
“Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible” on Science
“Surviving the Cut” on Discovery
“Terriers” on FX
“Top Chef” on Bravo. Seventh season finale.
“Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” on TBS
“The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike. 12th season premiere.
“Who the (bleep) Did I Marry?” on ID
Late Night Listings
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC featuring Ben Affleck and Julie Bowen
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC featuring Dr.Phil McGraw, Nathan Fillion, and Trace Adkins
“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS featuring Don Rickles and Brie Larson
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC featuring Regis Philbin and Emma Stone
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central featuring Jon Hamm
“The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central featuring Saul Griffith
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