TV tonight: ‘Saturday Night Live’ reunion on ‘Hollywood Game Night’

SNL alumni Fred Armisen and Amy Poehler on tonight’s ‘Hollywood Game Night’

Photo: NBC/Hollywood Game Night

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2013 Five competitive reality shows air tonight, but only one has set the stage for a mini “Saturday Night Live” reunion. Tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC “Hollywood Game Night,” host Jane Lynch has the good fortune to have Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis and Maya Rudolph as celebrity contestants.

The show’s creator, Sean Hayes of “Will and Grace” fame and Dax Shepard will join the group of SNL alumni in what promises to be one very entertaining hour. These celebrities will be joined by two everyday people who compete for a prize of  $25,000, but considering the celebrities the contestants get to hang out with, the monetary prize is just icing on the cake.

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If the 24/7 coverage of the royal family isn’t quite enough, OWN is airing “William, Kate & the Royal Baby” at 9 p.m. According to a press release; “in addition to the couple’s enchanting love story, this special also gives viewers a look at what lies ahead for the newest member of the world’s oldest monarchy, how the new parents will survive the pressures of being modern royals and the big roles that family members will play in the newborn’s life.”

For fans of reality shows, tonight at 10 p.m. on A&E the genre takes an urban twist with “My Life as a Gangster Girl.” “For the first time, three former gang girls tell their stories of life in the hood: the violence and intimidation they used to survive in their gangs, and what it tk to turn their backs on them and walk away.”

Reality shows about rednecks, hillbillies and wannabe stars have already been done, so it was just a matter of time before a show about “gangsters” hit the air waves. Reality show producers have a knack for focusing on people we know little about, but do we really want yet another show that mocks the fringes of society for profit?

Tonight’s viewing:

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All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Wipeout: (New) Contestants tackle obstacles that include Wipeout’s Jet Skis, Fail Boat, the Miami Pound Machine and Wipeout City’s Window Washers.

CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) Sheldon earns a date with the Employee Relations Department when he gets accused of sexual harassment, and it looks like Leonard, Raj and Howard may go down with him.

FOX: Hell’s Kitchen: (New) The final two chefs compete for the Hell’s Kitchen title and a life-changing prize.

NBC: The Winner Is…: (Repeat) Six acts compete before a panel of 101 judges.

CW: The Vampire Diaries: (Repeat) Shane leads an expedition to a mysterious island near Nova Scotia, where he believes he can locate a cure. Back in Mystic Falls, Tyler confronts Klaus, which leads to violence that involves Caroline.

8:30 p.m. 

CBS: Two and a Half Men: (Repeat) Walden runs into his ex-wife, Bridget, at a singles event, and their conversation turns to reconciliation, but Alan worries that they’re no longer compatible.

9 p.m.

ABC: Motive: (New) The murder of a news shop owner leads detectives to a respected pediatric doctor with a secret past.

CBS: Big Brother: (Live) The Power of Veto competition is held.

NBC: The Winner Is…: (New) Six more talented singers take the stage hoping to move one step closer to the million-dollar prize.

CW: Beauty and the Beast: (Repeat) Secrets about Cat’s family are revealed in the Season 1 finale. Later, Gabe takes drastic measures.

10 p.m.

ABC: Rookie Blue: (New) When the investigation of a missing girl is linked to a past case, Detective Luke Callaghan comes back to help with search; Traci realizes she needs to get past Jerry’s death; Sam and Andy face their past.

CBS: Elementary: (Repeat) Holmes investigates a plane crash and tries to prove that the disaster was not an accident after he becomes convinced that one of the victims died before the aircraft went down. Meanwhile, Watson attempts to get Holmes to meet with his elusive father.

NBC: Hollywood Game Night: (New) Guest stars Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, Sean Hayes and Dx Shepard team up with two regular people to compete in.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

The Hero at 8 p.m. on TNT

Summer Camp at 8 p.m. on USA

Property Wars: Boom or Bust at 9 p.m. on DSC

Monumental Mysteries at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Burn Notice at 9 p.m. on USA

Beyond Scared Straight at 9  p.m. on A&E

How it’s Made at 9 p.m. on SCI

William, Kate & the Royal Baby at 9 p.m. on OWN

Project Runway at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Renovation Raiders at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Property Wars at 9:30 p.m. on DSC

Anger Management at 9:30 p.m. on FX

My Life as a Gangster Girl at 10 p.m. on A&E

Sullivan & Son at 10 p.m. on TBS

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Gracelend at 10 p.m. on USA

Wilfred at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on FX

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

That’s My Boy on ENC

The Deer Hunter on FLIX

Dear John on FXM

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie on TCM

9 p.m.

Magic Mike on HBO

The Bourne Legacy on HBO

Crazy, Stupid Love on MOMAX

Harold & Kumar go to White Castle on STARZ

10 p.m.

Snow White and the Huntsman on CINEMAX

Beetlejuice on ENC

Dear John on FXM

Pitch Perfect on HBO

Dead Poets Society on TCM

The Darkest Hour on TMC

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