TV tonight: NBA Finals game 4 and final season of 'Intervention'

Will LeBron James and company deliver tonight?

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WASHINGTON, June 13, 2013 —Tonight when Miami takes the floor in San Antonio the LeBron James show will commence. Whether it will be a train wreck or an awe inspiring display of skill is yet to be determined, but James has already acknowledged the 113-77 thumping his team suffered on Tuesday night was his fault.

The 36-point loss matched the largest that James has endured in his career, and his minus-32 rating was the worst of his 899 previous games. Coming back from the worst game in his professional career will be an uphill battle, but James hasn’t been named MVP four times for nothing. James’ performance in tonight’s game will be one worth watching, and serious fodder for water cooler conversations on Friday morning.


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Also on tonight is the last season premiere of the Emmy winning series “Intervention.”

A&E has decided to end the popular series, but other exploitative programs like “Hoarders” and “Obsessed” will continue to re-brand the network and further abandon its original “Arts & Entertainment” format.

Some of the “Intervention” candidates became internet sensations after being on the show, but is it really worth it to show the entire planet just how sick an individual can be? Since the producers of “Intervention” allegedly get over 1000 requests a week to be on the show, the answer must be yes.

The popularity of the reality show format has redefined TV programming and current pop culture along with it. “Intervention” has been parodied on shows like “South Park,” and “Saturday Night Live.” A clip from the Season 7 episode featuring former professional boxer Rocky Lockridge in a meltdown has an amazing 36 million views on YouTube.


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Shows like “Intervention” and “Hoarders” feature very sick people we would probably avoid like the plague if we happened across them in the real world. So why do we watch? Maybe we like watching other people at their lowest to feel better about our own lives. Or maybe we are so starved for entertainment that we watch because there’s nothing better on TV.

Either way, it makes drop kicking the remote and picking up a good book instead more attractive every day.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night: Actor Jack Black; 2-year-old Titus Ashby goes head to head with Metta World Peace.

CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) Leonard arranges a magical Valentine’s Day dinner date for Penny, but the magic doesn’t last after a squabbling Howard and Bernadette join them and Penny’s ex turns up at the restaurant. Meanwhile, Sheldon assigns his research assistant to find a Valentine’s Day present for Amy, while Raj talks Stuart into having a holiday party at the comic-book store.

FOX: Hell’s Kitchen: (Live) The teams must prepare three entrees in a culinary relay race.

NBC: Save Me: (Repeat) Beth is determined to be a Good Samaritan to an elderly neighbor who is a bit of a curmudgeon, which is why Beth’s family and friends are against helping the woman out.

CW: The Vampire Diaries: (Repeat) Elena and Damon attend a fraternity costume party, and he gives her a lesson in choosing a victim. Meanwhile, Rebekah tries to buy Matt’s forgiveness; and Klaus reveals a 12th-century encounter with a powerful group of vampire hunters.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: NBA Countdown: (Live) Pre-game show

CBS: Two and a Half Men: (Repeat) Alan is alone for Christmas, while Walden continues to play his poorer alter ego.

NBC: Save Me: (New) Beth tries to save the hospital where Emily was born from closure, but doesn’t receive much support from her friends, who are growing sick of Beth’s holier-than-thou attitude.

9 p.m.

ABC: NBA Finals: Game 4: Spurs at Heat: Game 4. From the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

CBS: Person of Interest: (Repeat) Reese’s latest case becomes personal after he realizes that he’s going after the sister of a soldier who was killed in action. Meanwhile, the FBI closes in on Reese.

FOX: Does Someone Have To Go?: (New) Employees of DFX Sports and Fitness plead their cases to keep their positions.

NBC: The Office: (Repeat) An office-wide paper-airplane contest is held. Meanwhile, Andy takes on his first acting role in an industrial film and gets help from a local talent agent (Roseanne Barr); Jim and Pam tap into their new relationship skills learned from couples counseling.

CW: Beauty and the Beast: (Repeat) A badly beaten teenager is found comatose in a dumpster. Later, Vincent offers to sacrifice himself.

9:30 p.m.

NBC: Parks and Recreation: (Repeat) Leslie and Ben have two hours to complete a yearlong project; at the same time, Ron’s temper gets him in trouble.

10 p.m.                 

CBS: Elementary: (Repeat) Holmes investigates after someone attacks Detective Bell. The case takes an unexpected twist when the chief suspect is found dead. Meanwhile, Sherlock encourages Watson to learn self-defense.

NBC: Hannibal: (New) Hannibal’s manipulations have Jack suspecting that Will is a copycat serial killer.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

The Hero at 8 p.m. on TNT

Dates From Hell at 8 p.m. on ID

Mountain Movers at 8 p.m. on NGC

Renovation Raiders at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Intervention at 9 p.m. on A&E

72 Hours at 9 p.m. on TNT

Monumental Mysteries at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Burn Notice at 9 p.m. on USA

Chopped at 9 p.m. on Food Channel

Pawn Stars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on History Channel

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

Four Weddings at 9 and 10 p.m. on TLC

Showville at 10 p.m. on AMC

Swamp People at 10 p.m. on History Channel

The Graham Norton Show at 10 p.m. on BBC

Tabatha Takes Over at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Gracelend at 10 p.m. on USA

Sullivan & Son at 10 p.m. on TBS

Giving You the Business at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on Food Channel

Property Wars at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on DSC

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

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Best In Show on ENC

The Ref on FLIX

Blow on FMC

Dark Shadows on HBO

Bathing Beauty on TCM

Austin Powers in Goldmember on IFC

9 p.m.

Collateral on MOMAX

Drive Angry on SHO

Axe Giant on Syfy

Later tonight:

Knuckleball at 9:30 p.m. on SHO

Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle at 9:35 p.m. on ENC

Another Stakeout at 9:40 p.m. on FLIX

Safe House at 10 p.m. on FLIX

The Kids Are All Right at 10 p.m. on HBO

Neptune’s Daughter at 10 p.m. on TCM

The Darkest Hour at 10 p.m. on TMC

Starship Troopers at 10:30 p.m. on IFC


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