This Week on TV – 8/10/08-8/16/08

Welcome to a new week of TV! Last week was crazy! Season finales of a lot of shows, a few premieres, and this week doesn’t slow down much. So let’s just get to it! Jump with me to see this week’s schedule!


Sunday features swimming, women’s synchronized diving , rowing, and women’s gymnasticas team qualifying. Watch Americans Michael Phelps, Katie Hoff and Brendan Hansen chase gold in the pool. Gymnasts take to the mats for women’s team qualifying, with the reigning world champion U.S. led by highly talented and much-decorated teenagers Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin. Finally, women’s synchronized springboard diving finals are contested and rowing continues with heats in the men’s and women’s “eight” events.

Also on tonight:

  • *Special*Generation Kill – HBO @ 9/8c (75-Minute Part 5 of 7-Part Mini-Series)
  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 7/6c (Night 3 of 17)
  • *Special*Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane: The Top 10 Most Fabulous Moments! – Style @ 8/7c
  • *New*Big Brother – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*Brooke Knows Best – VH1 @ 10/9c
  • *New*Gene Simmons Family Jewels – A&E @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *New*Ice Road Truckers – History Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*I Love Money – VH1 @ 9/8c
  • *New*In Plain Sight – USA @ 10/9c
  • *New*Law & Order: Criminal Intent – USA @ 9/8c
  • *New*Mad Men – AMC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Pam: Girl on the Loose – E! @ 10/9c
  • *New*Sunset Tan – E! @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*The Singing Office – TLC @ 12PM/11AMc
  • *New*The Two Coreys – A&E @ 10/9c


Monday is the season finale of The Mole on ABC at 10/9c.

Tonight’s Olympic coverage includes the men’s team gymnastics final concludes, Americans Michael Phelps (200m free), Aaron Peirsol (100m back) and Natalie Coughlin (100m back) chase gold in the pool, and U.S. beach volleyball action. Also, the men’s 10m synchronized platform diving final.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*The Mole – ABC @ 10/9c
  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 8/7c (Night 4 of 17)
  • *Sports*Monday Night Football: Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers – ESPN @ 8/7c
  • *New*Charlie Jade – SciFi @ 3AM/2AMc (Monday night/Tuesday morning)
  • *New*Date My Ex – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*High School Musical – ABC @ 8/7c
  • *New*Intervention – A&E @ 9/8c
  • *New*I Want to Work for Diddy – VH1 @ 9/8c
  • *New*Jon & Kate Plus 8 – TLC @ 9/8c & 9:30/8:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Luke’s Parental Advisory – VH1 @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*New York Goes to Hollywood – VH1 @ 10/9c
  • *New*Paranormal State – A&E @ 10/9c
  • *New*Saving Grace – TNT @ 10/9
  • *New*Take Home Nanny – TLC @ 8/7c
  • *New*The Closer – TNT @ 9/8
  • *New*The Middleman – ABC Family @ 10/9c
  • *New*Top Gear – BBC America @ 8/7c
  • *New*Weeds – Showtime @ 10/9c


Tuesday Olympics features four swimming finals, and Michael Phelps contends for gold in two of them. First, the 200m fly, then the 4x200m free relay. By the end of the Beijing Games, the 23-year-old Maryland native could become one of the all-time most decorated Olympians. Katie Hoff, a product of the same Baltimore-area pool that produced Phelps, also has medal chances, in the 200m free and 200m IM. In the women’s gymnastics team final, highly talented teenagers Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin lead the reigning world champion U.S. contingent against formidable China, among others.

Also on tonight:

  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 8/7c (Night 5 of 17)
  • *Special*Flipping Out – Bravo @ 9/8c (1-Hour Reunion Special)
  • *New*Big Brother – CBS @ 9/8c
  • *New*Eureka – SciFi @ 9/8c
  • *New*Evolve – History Channel @ 10/9c
  • *New*From G’s to Gents – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*General Hospital: Night Shift – SoapNet @ 11/10c
  • *New*How to Look Good Naked – Lifetime @ 10/9c
  • *New*Jurassic Fight Club – History Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Million Dollar Listing – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Must Love Kids – TLC @ 9/8c
  • *New*Rescue Me Minisodes – FX @ 10/9c (5-Minute Minisode)
  • *New*Rock the Reception – TLC @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Say Yes to the Dress – TLC @ 8/7c
  • *New*Smash Lab – Discovery @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Secret Life of the American Teenager – ABC Family @ 8/7c
  • *New*Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood – Oxygen @ 10/9c
  • *New*Wanna Bet – ABC @ 9/8c


Wednesday is the season premiere of Making the Band 4 on MTV at 9/8c.

Tonight’s Olympic coverage features the men’s springboard diving final and the men’s 200m breaststroke final that features gold medal favorite Kosuke Kitajima of Japan and American medal contender Eric Shanteau, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer prior to the Beijing Games. Also, races for gold in the women’s 200m fly and men’s 100m free. In late-night coverage (starting at 11/10c), the Americans, Natalie Coughlin and Katie Hoff, who set the world record in the women’s 4x200m free relay at the 2007 World Championships will swim for Olympic gold in the event. In gymnastics, the men’s individual all-around title is decided. China’s Yang Wei, the two-time world champion, is favored – especially after 2004 gold medalist Paul Hamm of the U.S. withdrew because of injury.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Premiere*Making the Band 4 – MTV @ 9/8c
  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 8/7c (Night 6 of 17)
  • *New*Buzzin’ – MTV @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Criss Angel: Mindfreak – A&E @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Dog the Bounty Hunter – A&E @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *New*Family Foreman – TV Land @ 10/9c
  • *New*Greatest American Dog – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*Ghost Hunters International – SciFi @ 9/8c
  • *New*Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Dallas Cowboys – HBO @ 10/9c
  • *New*Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil – Comedy Central @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Man vs Wild – Discovery @ 10/9c
  • *New*Mythbusters – Discovery @ 9/8c
  • *New*Project Runway – Bravo @ 9/8c
  • *New*Run’s House – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*Scare Tactics – SciFi @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes Including Summer Finale)
  • *New*Shear Genius – Bravo @ 10/9c


Thursday is the season finale of Dragons’ Den on BBC America at 9/8c and Kathy Griffin: My Life On the D-List on Bravo at 10/9c.

Tonight’s Olympic coverage features the swimming gold-medal finals including Michael Phelps (200m IM) and Aaron Peirsol (200m back). Also, in 1984, 16-year-old gymnast Mary Lou Retton won gold in the women’s individual all-around competition. In 2004, 16-year-old Carley Patterson did it. Now, at the Beijing Games, two more U.S. teens each have a chance to win what is perhaps the most illustrious event of the Olympics. Sixteen-year-old Iowa native Shawn Johnson is the reigning world champion and Nastia Liukin, an 18-year-old Russian-born Texan, is a nine-time world medalist.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Dragons’ Den – BBC America @ 9/8c
  • *Season Finale*Kathy Griffin: My Life On the D-List – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 8/7c (Night 7 of 17)
  • *Sports*NFL Pre-Season Football: Carolina at Philadelphia – FOX @ 8/7c
  • *New*Big Brother – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*Burn Notice – USA @ 10/9c
  • *New*Flashpoint – CBS @ 10/9c
  • *New*Penn & Teller: Bullshit – Showtime @ 10/9c
  • *New*Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*Reality Bites Back – Comedy Central @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Some Assembly Required – Discovery @ 8/7c & 8:30/7:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*The Gong Show with Dave Attell – Comedy Central @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Works – History Channel @ 10/9c


Friday is the series premiere of Outsider’s Inn on CMT at 8/7c. When Maureen McCormick, Bobby Brown and Carnie Wilson leave their Hollywood homes behind and head south, it’s Newhart meets The Simple Life. With eight half-hour episodes, this unscripted comedy documents the trials and tribulations that ensue when McCormick makes the unlikely decision to run a bed and breakfast in rural East Tennessee and enlists the help of her Gone Country friends, Brown and Wilson.

It’s also the season finale of Ashley Paige: Bikini or Bust on TLC, starting with a new episode at 10/9c, followed by the finale at 10:30/9:30c, and the season premiere of Gone Country on CMT at 8/7c.

As for the Olympics, if all proceeds to plan, American superstar Michael Phelps may have Olympic history — a record-tying seventh gold at one Olympics — within reach when he swims the 100m fly against rival countryman and world record-holder Ian Crocker. Other swim finals: the men’s 50m free, women’s 200m back and 800m free. Also, beach volleyball, a U.S. men’s volleyball match, and, from track and field, the men’s shot put final and qualifying in the men’s 100m.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Ashley Paige: Bikini or Bust – TLC @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes Including Season Finale)
  • *Series Premiere*Outsider’s Inn – CMT @ 9/8c
  • *Season Premiere*Gone Country – CMT @ 8/7c (1-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 8/7c (Night 8 of 17)
  • *Sports*NFL Pre-Season Football: Oakland at Tennessee – FOX @ 8/7c
  • *New*Country Fried Home Videos – CMT @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *New*Degrassi: The Next Generation – The N @ 8/7c
  • *New*Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation – Animal Planet @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Monk – USA @ 9/8c
  • *New*Psych – USA @ 10/9c
  • *New*Stargate: Atlantis – SciFi @ 10/9c
  • *New*Swingtown – CBS @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Soup – E! @ 10/9c
  • *New*What Not To Wear – TLC @ 9/8c


Saturday is a big night for swimming in the Olympics. Four swimming finals: The men’s 4x100m medley relay could be the eighth and final gold medal race for Michael Phelps at the Beijing Games. If so, he has a chance to surpass the single-Games record set by fellow American Mark Spitz. Also, the women’s medley, the women’s 50m free, and the grueling men’s 1500m free (LIVE ET/CT).

Also on tonight:

  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 7:30/6:30c (Night 9 of 17)
  • *New*Hope for Your Home – TLC @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Primeval – BBC America @ 9/8c

Have a great week everyone! Enjoy the new themes & skins and I’ll see you back next week! 🙂

— Jenny

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