This Week on TV – 8/17/08-8/23/08

Welcome to a new week of TV! Sorry this is up late. I got busy with work and listening to my “Twilight” on CD. So got so distracted I completely spaced last night. We are one more week closer to the new season ladies and gentlemen. Is anyone else excited? Let’s see what will take us that much closer this week too, shall we? Jump with me to see this week’s schedule!


Sunday is the series premiere of Skins on BBC America at 9/8c, followed by a 2nd new episode at 10/9c. Teenagers grab life by the balls in BBC AMERICA’s hot new comedy drama, Skins. Starring Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy, The Weather Man), and with a team of writers averaging the age of 22, the award-winning show is a coming of age story for 2008. A potent mix of humorous, heartbreaking and shocking stories unfolds as the group tackles the trials of adolescence while pushing boundaries and managing their parents in ways only teenagers can.

It’s also the season finales of In Plain Sight on USA and The Two Coreys on A&E, both at 10/9c.

Tonight’s Olympic coverage on NBC starts at 7/6c. The first night of gymnastics individual event finals, including men’s floor and pommel horse; the women perform floor and vault routines. Also, track and field finals, including a U.S.-Jamaica dominated women’s 100m, and the women’s 3m springboard diving final.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*In Plain Sight – USA @ 10/9c
  • *Season Finale*The Two Coreys – A&E @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*Skins – BBC America @ 9/8c & 10/9c (2 New Episodes Including Series Premiere)
  • *Special*Generation Kill – HBO @ 9/8c (75-Minute Part 6 of 7-Part Mini-Series)
  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 7/6c (Night 10 of 17)
  • *Special*Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget – Comedy Central @ 10/9c (90-Minute Special)
  • *Special*Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story – Lifetime Movie Network @ 8/7c
  • *New*Army Wives – Lifetime @ 10/9c
  • *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*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


Monday is the series premiere of Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein on the Discovery Channel at 10/9c. It’s a thrill ride filled with adventure and mystery, ancient riddles and modern day issues as international explorer Josh Bernstein journeys on an epic quest. Tonight he searches for Noah’s Ark.

Tonight is also the season premiere of The Hills on MTV at 10/9c. Following that is the series premiere of Busted on MTV at 10:30/9:30c. In this action-packed, high stakes, 1/2 hour reality series, MTV will show you what happens when kids take things too far and end up breaking the law. Taking it one step further, viewers will also hear why these rebels thought they could get away with committing these crimes, the cops perspectives and the serious consequences they will have to face now that they are busted!

Finally, tonight’s Olympic coverage includes: Gymnastics coverage includes the women’s trampoline final and night two of individual event competition (men’s rings and vault; women’s uneven bars). On the uneven bars, Moscow-born, Texas-raised gymnast Nastia Liukin is a three-time world championship medalist. Track and field action features men’s 400m hurdles, long jump and women’s pole vaulting. The semifinal-round of the women’s beach volleyball tournament could include Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, who have claimed three straight world titles and the 2004 Olympic crown. Likely challengers are China and traditional beach powerhouse Brazil (LIVE ET/CT). Also: Gymnastics, trampoline and track and field finals.

Also on tonight:

  • *Series Premiere*Busted – MTV @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *Series Premiere*Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein – Discovery @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*The Hills – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 8/7c (Night 11 of 17)
  • *Sports*Monday Night Football: Cleveland Browns at New York Giants – 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 & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Saving Grace – TNT @ 10/9c
  • *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 is the season finale of Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood on Oxygen at 10/9c.

Tonight’s Olympic coverage includes: Coverage of men’s BMX cycling. New to the Olympic program, the unpredictable racing event features steeply banked turns, big jumps and huge crashes designed for top-level riders. In gymnastics, it’s the final night of individual event competition (men’s parallel and high bars; women’s balance beam). Track and field gold medal races are held in the women’s 400m, 100m hurdles, and men’s 1500m. In the latter, 2007 world champion Bernard Lagat – a U.S. citizen of Kenyan descent – has a chance to end an Olympic medal drought for his adopted country that dates back to 1968. In diving, historically dominant China is favored for gold in men’s 3m springboard final.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood – Oxygen @ 10/9c
  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 8/7c (Night 12 of 17)
  • *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*Making the Band – MTV @ 9/8c
  • *New*Million Dollar Listing – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Rescue Me Minisodes – FX @ 10/9c (5-Minute Minisode)
  • *New*Smash Lab – Discovery @ 10/9c
  • *New*The First 48 – A&E @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Cleaner – A&E @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Secret Life of the American Teenager – ABC Family @ 8/7c


Wednesday is the season finale of Ghost Hunters International on SciFi at 9/8c and Family Foreman on TV Land at 10/9c.

Tonight’s Olympic coverage includes: Coverage of the Champions Gala: Watch the stars of the Beijing gymnastics competition perform exhibition routines. Also, track and field finals. The U.S. swept the men’s 200m medals four years ago, led by Shawn Crawford, who’s back at the fore of another strong American group. But the favorite may be Jamaican sensation Usain “Lightning” Bolt. Also, the women’s 400m hurdles. BMX racing is one of the new events at the Olympics – an all-out, full-contact race through a twisting course with plenty of jumps. Though the event is unpredictable in nature, the American men have unmatched depth, featuring 2007 world champion Kyle Bennett. On the women’s side, Jill Kintner was the top American finisher at the 2007 World Championships. Defending Olympic beach volleyball champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh could confirm their status as “Queens of the Sand” in the women’s gold medal final (LIVE ET/CT). Their top competition is expected to come from fellow Americans, Brazil and host country China.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Family Foreman – TV Land @ 10/9c
  • *Season Finale*Ghost Hunters International – SciFi @ 9/8c
  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 8/7c (Night 13 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*Greatest American Dog – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *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*Shear Genius – Bravo @ 10/9c


Thursday is the series premiere of a crapload of well… probably crap. But anyway, first up is Destroyed in Seconds on the Discovery Channel at 9/8c, followed by a 2nd new episode at 9:30/8:30c.

Next is the series premiere of Glam God with Vivica A. Fox on VH1 at 10/9c. It searches for the next great celebrity stylist who has what it takes to become the stylist to the stars through their ability to create a chic masterpiece using the three key elements of fashion — hair, make-up and wardrobe. Each week the “stylista” contestants will be asked to compete in various challenges that will test their knowledge of fashion and style trends as they create the perfect look from head to toe. Those that fall short of creating that perfect look will have their style license revoked and will be sent packing. The one stylist that manages to rise above the rest will be given the ultimate reward — the chance to launch a career by styling an A-list celebrity and being awarded $100,000.

Another series premiere is Jacked: Auto Theft Task Force on A&E at 10/9c. A&E takes viewers inside the real-life dramatic pursuits of a specialized elite squad of police officers who set out each night under the cloak of darkness to put car thieves behind bars.

Yet ANOTHER series premiere is Tabatha’s Salon Takeover on Bravo at 10/9c. The straight-talking, perfectly coifed Tabatha Coffey lends her sound advice and styling expertise to help desperate salon owners turn their struggling businesses around.

In case that wasn’t enough, check out the series premiere of The Cho Show on VH1 at 11/10. The show will follow the irrepressible comedian Margaret Cho and her eccentric entourage as she fights to be herself in an industry that in the past wanted her to be something other than herself. The series will touch upon all aspects of Margaret’s “anything goes” lifestyle, from the strained and awkward moments provided by her somewhat traditional Korean parents, to the more irreverent and outrageous moments shared with her colorful cast of friends and colleagues.

Finally, it’s the series premiere of The Principal’s Office on TruTV at 9/8c, followed by a 2nd new episode at 9:30c. Fall semester is right around the corner, and it’s time for students to start getting ready to head back to the classroom. For some kids, however, it won’t be long before they’re face to face with a school administrator. From the first bell to the last after-school prank, from minor infractions to suspension-worthy violations, truTV is going be there to capture their moment of truth.

Tonight is also the 2nd season premiere (following last week’s 1st season finale) of Dragon’s Den on BBC America at 9/8c, and the season finales of Penn & Teller: Bullshit on Showtime and on MTV, both at 10/9c.

Last up, tonight’s Olympic coverage includes: During the men’s 110m hurdles the host country will likely come to a standstill for 13 seconds as its Olympic hero Liu Xiang attempts to repeat as Olympic champion, on his home track. Other coverage includes the men’s 400m, the women’s 200m, the men’s triple jump, and Day 1 of the two-day decathlon. Also, women’s diving finals. It’s the women’s 10m platform diving gold medal final, and Laura Wilkinson is used to being the underdog. Eight years ago in Sydney she came back from eighth place to win an unexpected title while competing with broken bones in her foot. Now, at age 30, the Texan plays the underdog again, this time behind two Chinese teens half her age. Also, coverage of marquee events from track and field.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Penn & Teller: Bullshit – Showtime @ 10/9c
  • *Season Finale*Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*Destroyed in Seconds – Discovery @ 9/8c & 9:30/8:30c (2 New Episodes Including Series Premiere)
  • *Series Premiere*Glam God with Vivica A. Fox – VH1 @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*Jacked: Auto Theft Task Force – A&E @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes Including Series Premiere)
  • *Series Premiere*Tabatha’s Salon Takeover – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*The Cho Show – VH1 @ 11/10c
  • *Series Premiere*The Principal’s Office – TruTV @ 9/8c & 9:30/8:30c (2 New Episodes Including Series Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*Dragons’ Den – BBC America @ 9/8c
  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 8/7c (Night 14 of 17)
  • *Sports*NFL Pre-Season Football: 49ers at Bears – FOX @ 8/7c
  • *New*Big Brother – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*Burn Notice – USA @ 10/9c
  • *New*Flashpoint – CBS @ 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 Discovery Project Earth on the Discovery Channel at 9/8c, followed by a 2nd new episode at 10/9c. You’ve heard the dire warning; you’ve seen the detailed PowerPoint; you’ve even bought that light bulb with the swirls, but how about some real action? Now the world’s leading scientists meet three uncompromising visionaries to put the most ambitious geo-engineering ideas to the test, tackling global climate change.

It’s also the series premiere of Who Are You Wearing on TLC at 10/9c. Red carpet events are known for their glamour, their celebrities, and – most of all – their fashion. Pages of magazines and hours of television are devoted to what famous people are wearing and the question on everyone’s lips always is, “who are you wearing?” TLC gets ready to sew up a brand new meaning to that question when it gives everyday people the opportunity of a lifetime: to design for and dress a celebrity for a red carpet event.

Tonight is also the season finale of Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation on Animal Planet. There are 3 new episodes, including the season premiere, starting at 8:30/7:30c, then 9/8c & 9:30/8:30c.

Tonight’s Olympic coverage includes: Semifinals of the men’s 10m platform diving event (LIVE ET/CT). Once again China is expected to field two strong contenders while American teens David Boudia and Thomas Finchum are the top U.S. divers. From track and field, the world’s fastest men and women race for medals in the 4x100m relay finals. Also, the decathlon concludes, and gold-medals finals in the women’s 5000m, women’s long jump, and men’s pole vault.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation – Animal Planet @ 8:30/7:30c, 9/8c & 9:30/8:30c (3 New Episodes Including Season Finale)
  • *Series Premiere*Discovery Project Earth – Discovery @ 9/8c & 10/9c (2 New Episodes Including Series Premiere)
  • *Series Premiere*Who Are You Wearing – TLC @ 10/9c
  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 8/7c (Night 15 of 17)
  • *Sports*NFL Pre-Season Football: Houston at Dallas – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*Country Fried Home Videos – CMT @ 9/8c
  • *New*Gone Country – CMT @ 8/7c
  • *New*Monk – USA @ 9/8c
  • *New*Outsider’s Inn – CMT @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Psych – USA @ 10/9c
  • *New*Stargate: Atlantis – SciFi @ 10/9c
  • *New*What Not To Wear – TLC @ 9/8c


Saturday has the following Olympic coverage: The men’s marathon (LIVE ET/CT). Plus, more track and field finals – including the men’s 800m, the 4x400m relays and the men’s long jump – and the men’s 10m platform diving final.

Also on tonight:

  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 7:30/6:30c (Night 16 of 17)
  • *Sports*NFL Pre-Season Football: Pittsburgh at Minnesota – CBS @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Hope for Your Home – TLC @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Must Love Kids – TLC @ 12PM/11AMc
  • *New*Primeval – BBC America @ 9/8c
  • *New*Rock the Reception – TLC @ 9:30AM/8:30AMc

Have a great week everyone! I’ll see you back next week!

— Jenny

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