TV tonight: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ premiere and ‘Snake Salvation’ on Natgeo

Why not send snake handlers to DC to convert some real sons of anarchy?
Photo: Sons of Anarchy/FX

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2013 — President Obama will be addressing the country about military intervention in Syria tonight. This will preempt major network programming, so expect a delay for all shows starting at 9 p.m.

The much anticipated season six premiere of “Sons of Anarchy” at 10 p.m. on FX promises to be a blood bath, according to the show’s creator Kurt Sutter. Regular viewers should be good to go for this one.

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A bit earlier in the evening (and likely to get bumped a bit by the Beltway Gang), National Geographic, aka NatGeo will be premiering yet another “reality” show entitled “Snake Salvation.” The channel describes the series in one PR piece as a trip “Inside the Controversial World of Serpent-Handling Churches.” Of course, for the snake-handlers themselves, there’s no controversy involved. But this makes for good hype for the network’s producers and 1%ers.

For the uninitiated, (or the un-saved), this latest video descent into hell is all about the trials, tribulations and (presumably) salvation of fearless fundamentalist Christians who add into their faith practice an extra dollop of religious challenge. Namely that, if the intensity of your belief system doesn’t allow you to get involved in handling some nasty, poisonous serpents, you’re not likely to get past St. Peter and the Pearly Gates on your journey to the afterlife.

Which journey, of course, could happen pretty quickly if you don’t know what you’re doing with those snakes living among us in this Vale of Tears.

It’s hard to say whether a series like this is geared up to make us laugh at these passionate, and perhaps foolhardy believers; or whether the intent instead is to generate a real fear factor to attract and repel TV’s vicarious thrill seekers, à la the frissons produced each year during Discovery’s fabled “Shark Week.”

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Now if you think about it, given the international politics that’s likely to pre-empt some of your viewing pleasure tonight, and given the general mess this country is already in anyway, we think it might be a better idea for NatGeo to re-script “Snake Salvation.” Why not send the show’s two brave, snake-handling preachers to Washington to see if they can safely snuggle up to—and convert or clear out—the biggest nest of poisonous vipers they’ll ever encounter in this life: Congress.

Saint Patrick himself would find this a formidable task. And imagine the potential viewership for this kind of miracle!

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Shark Tank: (Repeat) A fragrance that smells like money; luxury soap with a twist; a unique guitar learning system; a blinking accessory for jeans; a follow-up on the creator of the shrimp burger.

CBS: NCIS: (Repeat) A Department of Defense investigator probes the team’s response to the Bodnar case that involves the murders of Ziva’s father and Vance’s wife.

FOX: So You Think You an Dance: (Live) America’s favorite dancers are crowned as the winner is chosen.

NBC: Million Second Quiz: (Live) Contestants face off in intense trivia bouts in the series premiere of this interactive game show. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, who is also an executive producer.

CW: Whose Line is it Anyway?: (Repeat) Kevin McHale; comedian Heather Anne Campbell.

PBS: American Masters: (New) A profile of Billie Jean King, who won 39 Grand Slam tennis titles; helped form a precursor to the WTA Tour; founded the Women’s Sports Foundation and Women’s Sports magazine; co-founded World TeamTennis; and defeated Bobby Riggs at a much-ballyhooed “Battle of the Sexes” match.

8:30 p.m.

CW: Whose Line is it Anyway?: (Repeat) Laila Ali; comedian Jeff Davis.

9 p.m.

President Obama’s speech will preempt all major network schedules

ABC: The Bachelor: (Repeat) Hilarious moments — on-screen and off — from past seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” include spontaneous gaffes and faux pas.

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (Repeat) Deeks goes undercover to obtain information on a former arms dealer who is seeking to get back in business. In the process, Deeks befriends a female source who takes the investigation in a dangerous direction.

NBC: America’s Got Talent: (New) The 12 most talented acts in America battle it out for the $1 million prize.

CW: Capture: (New) The village is reeling in the aftermath of the game-changing reversal of fortune that sent one team packing. Clearly, no one is safe. Now, Luke Tipple raises the stakes again when he reveals that the teams will sleep in the wild at the end of the first hunt.

9:30 p.m.

PBS: Frontline: (New) A look inside the hidden world of assisted suicide includes the stories of a man who’s facing a manslaughter charge for helping a terminally ill friend kill himself; a terminally ill woman who’s ordered medication that will kill her; and the sister of a mentally ill woman who received assistance with her death from the Final Exit Network by claiming she had terminal cancer.

10 p.m.

ABC: A Special Edition of 20/20: (New) A lottery winner who was murdered; author Carl Hiaasen; the upcoming series “Lucky 7” and real groups of co-workers who hit the jackpot together; lucky numbers.

CBS: Person of Interest: (Repeat) The Machine is affected by a virus that causes it to put out erratic numbers. Meanwhile, the team look for an elusive tech millionaire; and Det. Carter works to bring down Cal Beecher’s killer, but her mission has unintended consequences.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Dance Moms at 8 p.m. on LIFE

Hero Dogs of 9/11 at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet

Amish Mafia: The Devil’s Cut at 8 p.m. on DSC

Face Off at 8 and 9 p.m. on Syfy

Covert Affairs at 9 p.m. on USA

Rizzoli & Isles at 9 p.m. on TNT

Amish Mafia at 9 p.m. on DSC

Top Gear at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Who Do You Think You Are? At 9 p.m. on TLC

Snake Salvation at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on NGC

Tickle at 10 p.m. on DSC

Gangsters: America’s Most Evil at 10 p.m. on BIO

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

Suits at 10 p.m. on USA

Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Sons of Anarchy at 10 p.m. on FX

Catfish: The TV Show at 10 p.m. on MTV

Doomsday Castle at 10 p.m. on NGC

Cold Justice at 10 p.m. on TNT

Brickleberry at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The Man With the Golden Gun on ENC

Boat Trip on FLIX

Jackie Brown on IFC

Silverado on REELZ

Roxanne on SUND

Nanook of the North on TCM

The Darkest Hour on TMC

9 p.m.

Robin Hood: Men in Tights on BBC

Argo on HBO

Saw on SHO

Later tonight:

The Thief og Bagdad at 9:30 p.m. on TCM

Paycheck at 9:30 p.m. on TMC

Chairman of the Board at 9:35 p.m. on FLIX

In Their Skin at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Shame at 10 p.m. on HBO

Anna Karenina at 10 p.m. on HBO

Box of Moonlight at 10 p.m. on SUND

Zero Dark Thirty at 10:05 p.m. on STARZ

Guess Who at 10:10 p.m. on ENC 

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