TV tonight: Basic cable offers up a feast of man friendly programming

‘Deadliest Catch,’ the Great American Fish Tale, returns. Photo: History Channel/American Restoration

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2013 — Tonight’s network TV schedule is dominated by the usual reality show fare. But there are alternatives in tonight’s lineup, especially for men. Along with the dynamic NCIS duos on CBS, there’s also an excellent array of choices on basic cable.

One of Discovery Channel’s first reality shows, “Deadliest Catch,” has back-to-back episodes airing tonight starting at 8 p.m. “Deadliest Catch” first aired back in 2005, making it one of the first and longest lasting reality shows on TV.

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The ninth season premiere of “Deadliest Catch” was the most watched cable show of the night with almost 3.5 million viewers. Even more impressive, “Deadliest Catch” has become a global phenomenon that is currently airing in over 150 countries. Never underestimate the macho power of a really good fish story!

Also on tonight are “Counting Cars” and “American Restoration,” two spin-offs from History Channel’s popular show “Pawn Stars.” Featuring the restoration of everything from pinball machines to Pontiacs, the success of both shows is largely attributed to the devoted male following that continues to grow with each season.

Reality shows that attract a lot of women like “The Voice” and “Dancing With the Stars” may win tonight’s ratings race. But man caves all over America will happily echo with the sound of power tools and revving engines. As the late Howard Cosell might say, “there’s a veritable plethora” of manly shows on TV tonight. Dig in, dudes.

(We’ll watch “Dancing With the Stars” in the other room.)

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Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Splash: (New) The final three contestants compete; the previously eliminated celebrities return for a final dive; the studio audience selects the winner.

CBS: NCIS: (New) A Department of Defense investigator scrutinizes the NCIS team’s response to the Bodnar case involving the murder of Ziva’s father and Vance’s wife. Meanwhile, the team examines whether a Petty Officer is suffering from paranoia or if his claims of being followed are tied to a matter of national security.

FOX: Hell’s Kitchen: (New) Hell’s Kitchen holds its first-ever quinceañera party, and the chefs are challenged to put together a tasting menu for the guest of honor. Later, during the dinner service, a betrayal leads to disaster.

NBC: The Voice: (New) Shakira and Blake’s artists perform live, knowing your votes could decide who moves ahead.

CW: Hart of Dixie: (New) After having a rough time in BlueBell, Zoe (Rachel Bilson) decides a little time in New York City might be the perfect opportunity to give her some much needed perspective. But a medical emergency on the plane forces her to complete the trip with an unexpected companion.

9 p.m.

ABC: Dancing With The Stars: (Live) The couples face elimination; Jason Derulo performs; Emeli Sand performs.

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (New) Deeks goes undercover to obtain information about an infamous arms dealer looking to get back in the business, but the woman he befriends leads the operation in a dangerous directon. Meanwhile, Kensi confronts new emotions as she runs surveillance on Deeks and his female source.

FOX: New Girl: (New) Jess’ father (Rob Reiner) visits at an inopportune time, forcing Nick to spend time alone with him. Meanwhile, Jess gets a new job opportunity; Schmidt deals with his feelings about Elizabeth; and Winston expects a surprise birthday party, but no one remembers to throw one.

CW: America’s Next Top Model: College Edition: (Repeat) Alicia Keys visits the girls and informs them they will model in a fashion show to raise money for a charity. At the photo shoot, the ladies pose as cheerleaders on a football field.

PBS: Constitution USA With Peter Sagal: (New) NPR’s Peter Sagal undertakes a cross-country motorcycle trip to explore the relevance of the Constitution in modern America, starting with federal power vs. states’ rights. Among the issues addressed: medical marijuana, gun control and Obamacare.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: The Mindy Project: (New) Mindy is upset by Casey’s decision to spend a year in Haiti, so she tags along with a premed student she’s mentoring to a frat party, where she runs into her ex-boyfriend Tom. Meanwhile, Danny and Jeremy try to steal Morgan back from the midwives.

10 p.m.

ABC: Body of Proof: (New) When a gunman causes a deadly plane crash in Philadelphia, Megan and her team go into disaster mode; while Megan conducts autopsies during frequent blackouts, one body goes missing.

CBS: Golden Boy: (New) Clark investigates the murder of a high-end prostitute who was last seen alive by deputy mayor Carlton Holbrook. At the same time, Diaco feels conflicted about his decision to place his ailing father in a nursing home.

NBC: Grimm: (New) Nick falls victim to a muse-like Wesen who’s dangerously captivating. Meanwhile, Juliette’s feelings towards Nick intensify as her memories come back.

PBS: TED Talks Education: (New) Educators and education advocates discuss teaching and learning. Speakers include Geoffrey Canada (Harlem Children’s Zone); Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth (University of Pennsylvania); Bill Gates (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation); poet Malcolm London; and social activist Ken Robinson. Host: John Legend.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Deadliest Catch: On Deck at 8 p.m. on DSC

Dance Moms at 8 and 9 p.m. on LIFE

Deadliest Catch at 9 p.m. on DSC

Hardcore Pawn at 9 p.m. on truTV

Airport 24/7: Miami at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Polygamy, USA at 9 p.m. on NGC

19 Kids and Counting at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC

Counting Cars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on History Channel

Storage Wars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E

Weird or What? at 9 and 10 p.m. on Syfy

Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

American Hoggers at 10 p.m. on A&E

Tosh.0 at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central

The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius at 10 p.m. on SCI

Who Gets the Last Laugh? At 10 p.m. on TBS

Backyard Oil at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on DSC

The Little Couple at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on TLC

American Restoration at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel

Inside Amy Schumer at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central

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

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The Italian Job on AMC

Speedway on ENC

The Prince & Me on FLIX

The Tourist on FCM

Soul Surfer on FX

The Prestige on IFC

The Asphalt Jungle on TCM

Liberal Arts on TMC

9 p.m.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on HBO

Joyful Noise on HBO

Shaun of the Dead on MOMAX

Looper on STARZ

Later tonight:

The Color Purple at 9:40 p.m. on ENC

King of California at 9:40 p.m. on TMC

A Guy Thing at 10 p.m. on FLIX

The Cat’s Meow at 10 p.m. on SUND

Drive Angry at 10:30 p.m. on SHO

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