WASHINGTON, July 30, 2013 —With CW’s recent reality show entries “Whose Line is it Anyways” and “Capture,” Tuesday night now has six competitive reality shows on the major broadcast networks. If we could only get all the reality shows to migrate to a single night, the TV audience could celebrate by turning off the flat screen and go socialize with the rest of the world.
We could call it “Turn off Tuesday” and encourage everyone to go spend some time and money at a locally owned business. Since Tuesday nights are traditionally slow for restaurants, bars, and business in general, the boycott of reality TV could bolster local economies while avoiding the relentless dumbing down of the TV audience. It’s a win-win situation that could actually result in people interacting in person rather than by social networking.
Until this time comes the TV viewer has two choices; buy into the competitive reality TV by watching it, or channel hop cable for something decent to watch. Fortunately cable has stepped up their game to offer alternatives that don’t involve Hitler documentaries or how to refinish a roll top desk.
Tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN “Nine for IX” features the story of Sheryl Swoopes, the three time Olympic gold-medalist and WNBA star. Swoopes was one of the first WNBA stars with four straight championship titles and a Nike endorsement deal.
For men the eight p.m. time slot on cable is championed by one of the longest running reality shows on the air; “Deadliest Catch.” Discovery Channel is airing back-to-back episodes of this Emmy winning series that wraps up its ninth season tonight.
For fans of procedural dramas, basic cable offers up a veritable feast tonight with “Covert Affairs,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Perception” and “Suits.” But for those with a taste for something different, the obvious choice tonight is “Doomsday Preppers Bugged Out” at 10 p.m. on NGC.
The people featured on this show are more than a little unorthodox in their belief that life as we know it could end in a split second. In theory this is true and we all know it, but watching someone prepare for surviving the eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano seems as futile as pulling Detroit out of bankruptcy. Both are possible but does anyone really want to be around for either?
All times are EDT:
ABC: Extreme Weight Loss: (New) Chris helps Chantell, a stylish 25-year-old from Chicago, lose weight and defy the odds that show four out of five black women are overweight.
CBS: NCIS: (Repeat) Gibbs searches for a terrorist, with the help of a Marine captain dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Meanwhile, Abby gets excited about the NCIS Thanksgiving dinner; and Ziva makes special plans for the opera.
FOX: So You Think You an Dance: (Live) The top 14 dancers perform to win America’s votes.
NBC: Hollywood Game Night: (Repeat) Party-game celebrity players are Sean Hayes, Dax Shepard and “Saturday Night Live” personalities Maya Rudolph, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen and Amy Poehler.
CW: Whose Line is it Anyway?: (New) Kyle Richards appears.
CW: Whose Line is it Anyway?: (New) Synchronized swimmers Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva; comedian Jeff Davis.
CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (Repeat) Callen goes undercover to infiltrate a terrorist group that is recruiting foreign fighters to help carry out an attack in the U.S.
NBC: America’s Got Talent: (New) The remaining contestants gear up for the second week of live performances from Radio City Music Hall.
CW: Capture: (New) Luke Tipple hosts this new action-adventure reality series where 12 teams of two are about to enter the Hunting Grounds, a high-tech wilderness compound, where they must live in primitive conditions for one month in a winner-take-all battle to survive.
ABC: Body of Proof: (Repeat) Megan and Tommy investigate two murders that seem to be the work of a vigilante; Megan takes up an offer of counseling, from a victim’s father.
CBS: Person of Interest: (Repeat) Reese and Finch face an ethical dilemma when the Machine gives them the number of a mob enforcer who’s in danger. Meanwhile, Finch gets help from an unlikely ally.
PBS: Frontline: (New) Examining the operations at an assisted-living company. Included: whether the push for profits has resulted in lapses in care.
New episodes of:
Pretty Little Liars at 8 p.m. on ABCFAM
Nine for IX at 8 p.m. on ESPN
Deadliest Catch: The Bait at 8 p.m. on DSC
Property Virgins at 8 and 8:30 p.m. on HGTV
Mythbusters at 8 and 9 and 10 p.m. on SCI
The Haves and Have Nots at 9 p.m. on OWN
Dance Moms at 9 p.m. on Life
Covert Affairs at 9 p.m. on USA
Rizzoli & Isles at 9 p.m. on TNT
Deadliest Catch at 9 p.m. on DSC
Who Do You Think You Are? At 9 p.m. on TLC
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Storage Wars New York at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E
Counting Cars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on History Channel
Perception at 10 p.m. on TNT
Little People, Big World: Welcome to the Jungle at 10 p.m. on TLC
Pretty Wicked Moms at 10 p.m. on Life
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
Catfish: The TV Show at 10 p.m. on MTV
Doomsday Preppers Bugged Out at 10 p.m. on NGC
Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Suits at 10 p.m. on USA
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
For movie lovers:
Air Force One on ENC
Three Fugitives on FLIX
Baby Mama on FXM
True Grit on FX
Scarface on IFC
Schindler’s List on SUND
The Conspirators on TCM
Moonrise Kingdom on HBO
Meet the Fockers on MOMAX
The Patriot on Starz
Save the Date at 9:15 p.m. on SHO
The Golden Bowl at 9:40 p.m. on FLIX
Casablanca at 10 p.m. on TCM
Beyond Borders at 10 p.m. on TMC
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