This Week on TV – 7/19/09-7/25/09

Welcome to a new week of TV! Another pretty big week of TV. Several series finales, including Valentine on Sunday and Kings on Saturday. Also, for 5 days in a row is the mini-season or whatever of Torchwood: Children of Earth. So… check it out and let me know what you’re looking forward to, why don’t you? Jump with me to view this week’s schedule!


Sunday is the series finale of Valentine on the CW at 7/6c and the season finale of HGTV Showdown on HGTV at 9/8c.

Tonight is also the series premiere of Pawn Star$ on the History Channel at 10/9c. It’s one of the oldest forms of banking, and until the 1950s, it was the leading form of consumer credit in the U.S. Now, the fascinating world and history of the pawning business is revealed in the new show that takes viewers inside the doors of the only family-run pawnshop in Las Vegas, where three generations of men from the Harrison family grandfather, father and son amusingly clash while running the business together. This family has lived and breathed the pawn business, using their sharp-eyed skills to carefully assess the value of items their colorful customers bring in, objects ranging from the obscure to the truly historic.

Tonight is also the season premieres of two shows. First up is the 1-hour premiere of Ace of Cakes on Food Network at 10/9c. They get a visit from Kate and all the kids from Jon & Kate Plus 8. Second is the premiere of HGTV Design Star on HGTV at 10/9c.

There are 2 specials tonight. First up is the 2-hour part 2 of the mini-series, Meteor, on NBC at 9/8c. Also tonight is a 1-hour Roughest and Toughest Moments Special of Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel at 8/7c.

Also on tonight:

  • *Series Finale*Valentine (#108) – CW @ 7/6c
  • *Season Finale*HGTV Showdown (#HHGSD-304) – HGTV @ 9/8c
  • *Series Premiere*Pawn Star$ (#101/102) – History Channel @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes Including Series Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*Ace of Cakes (#DB0701L) – Food Network @ 10/9c (1-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*HGTV Design Star (#401) – HGTV @ 10/9c
  • *Special*Deadliest Catch (#500) – Discovery Channel @ 8/7c (1-Hour Roughest and Toughest Moments Special)
  • *Special*Meteor – NBC @ 9/8c (2-Hour Part 2 of 2 Part Miniseries)
  • *New*Army Wives (#307) – Lifetime @ 10/9c
  • *New*Big Brother (#1105) – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*Brooke Knows Best (#207-30) – VH1 @ 10/9c
  • *New*Daisy of Love (#111-60) – VH1 @ 9/8c
  • *New*Denise Richards: It’s Complicated (#207) – E! @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Drop Dead Diva (#102) – Lifetime @ 9/8c
  • *New*Entourage (#602) – HBO @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Gene Simmons Family Jewels (#90/419 & 89/418) – A&E @ 9/8c & 9:30/8:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Hammertime (#00/100 & 09/109) – A&E @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (#107) – BBC America @ 8/7c
  • *New*Hung (#103) – HBO @ 10/9c
  • *New*Ice Road Truckers (#308) – History Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*In Plain Sight (#212) – USA @ 10/9c
  • *New*Jesse James Is a Dead Man (#107) – Spike TV @ 10/9c
  • *New*Kendra (#108) – E! @ 10/9c
  • *New*Law & Order: CI (#813) – USA @ 9/8c
  • *New*Merlin (#107) – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *New*The Next Food Network Star (#NF0507) – Food Network @ 9/8c
  • *New*True Blood (#205) – HBO @ 9/8c
  • *New*Untamed & Uncut (#203) – Animal Planet @ 9/8c


Monday is the season finale of 4th & Long on Spike TV at 10/9c.

There are also three series premieres tonight. First up is the premiere of Dating in the Dark on ABC at 10/9c. This is a unique alternative series that asks the age-old question, “Is Love Blind?” Each week, three single men and three single women, all looking for love, will move into a house together, but be totally sequestered from the opposite sex. While they will have no chance of seeing each other in the light, they will have the opportunity to date in a completely dark room. Looks will be taken out of the equation as the men and women get to know each other and form bonds in total darkness. After several days of dating in the darkroom, the participants will select the one member of the opposite sex that they want to see revealed in the light. For the first time, the participants will see whom they’ve been dating, wooing, kissing, snuggling with and forming bonds with. And after they see each other in the light for the first time, they have to make the difficult decision…do they stay with the person they fell for in the dark, or leave them behind? Hosted by Rossi Moreale (Can You Duet?, Temptation).

The second series premiere is The T.O. Show on VH1 at 10/9c. It follows one of the NFL’s biggest and most outspoken stars, former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and new wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, Terrell “T.O.” Owens. In the series, T.O. will be shadowed in the off-season by his best friends / publicists Monique Jackson and Kita Williams as they battle the two sides of his large personality. Viewers will discover that behind all the braggadocio, emotional histrionics, and sculpted physique, that is the outspoken media magnet known to the world as “T.O.” — there is also a quiet, sensitive, mild-mannered guy from Alexander City, Alabama…that’s Terrell.

Finally, the third series premiere is The Wanted on NBC at 10/9c. It brings together an elite team with backgrounds in intelligence, unconventional warfare and investigative journalism. The show focuses on real operators, in search of real targets — all in an effort to see individuals brought to justice.

There is a 1-hour ‘Inside the Hub’ Special for Torchwood on BBC America at 8/7c tonight, followed by the 75-minute season premiere of Torchwood: Children of Earth at 9/8c. The series re-joins Captain Jack (John Barrowman), Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) as they are still coming to terms with the death of two of their closest friends. Yet despite their pain, they know they have a job to do. This time they are faced with their fiercest threat to date – one which throws the future of Torchwood and the entire human race spiralling into danger. Battling against the odds, do they stand a chance of saving mankind?

Finally, tonight is the 2-hour ‘The Men Tell All’ Special for The Bachelorette on ABC at 8/7c. It should be VERY interesting tonight, especially if Wes has the balls to show up. *laugh*

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*4th & Long (#110) – Spike TV @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*Dating in the Dark (#100) – ABC @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*The T.O. Show (#101-30) – VH1 @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*The Wanted (#101) – NBC @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*Torchwood: Children of Earth (#301-75) – BBC America @ 8/7c & 9/8c (1-Hour Inside the Hub Special & 75-Minute Season Premiere)
  • *Special*The Bachelorette (#5S1-120) – ABC @ 8/7c (2-Hour The Men Tell All Special)
  • *New*Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (#512-60) – Travel Channel @ 10/9c
  • *New*Cake Boss (#109) – TLC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Charm School (#310-60) – VH1 @ 9/8c
  • *New*Dance Your Ass Off (#104) – Oxygen @ 10/9c
  • *New*Intervention (#88/703) – A&E @ 9/8c
  • *New*Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (#507) – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Make It or Break It (#105) – ABC Family @ 9/8c
  • *New*Nurse Jackie (#107) – Showtime @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Obsessed (#08/108) – A&E @ 10/9c
  • *New*Raising the Bar (#207) – TNT @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Closer (#507) – TNT @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Great American Road Trip (#103) – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *New*The Secret Life of the American Teenager (#205) – ABC Family @ 8/7c
  • *New*Weeds (#507) – Showtime @ 10/9c


Tuesday is the 2-hour season premiere of Hell’s Kitchen on FOX at 8/7c.

Tonight is also the series premiere of Ruby & the Rockits on ABC Family at 8:30/7:30c. It follows Patrick Gallagher, a former teen idol who has chosen to lead a quiet life with his wife and two sons. But when his former Rockits band mate and brother, David, shows up unexpectedly with his new-found teenage daughter in tow, the Gallagher family’s life becomes anything but normal. David, who refuses to give up his past glory days, comes to Patrick for help in raising Ruby while he continues to perform. Patrick must now put the past with David behind them in order to help raise Ruby and keep order within the rest of the Gallagher clan. This stars Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), Katie Amanda Keane (Eli Stone), Austin Butler (Zoey 101), Kurt Doss (Role Models) and former teen idol David Cassidy (The Partridge Family).

Another series premiere tonight is The Colony on Discovery Channel at 10/9c. What would you do in the wake of a global catastrophe? How would you find the very basics of survival: food, water and shelter? The Colony is a controlled experiment that attempts to determine exactly what it would take to survive and rebuild a functioning new society when the world we’ve grown accustomed to has been destroyed.

Also on tonight:

  • *Series Premiere*Ruby & the Rockits (#101) – ABC Family @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *Series Premiere*The Colony (#101) – Discovery Channel @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*Hell’s Kitchen (#HK-601/602) – FOX @ 8/7c (2-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *New*10 Things I Hate About You (#103) – ABC Family @ 8/7c
  • *New*18 Kids & Counting (#217-30) – TLC @ 9/8c
  • *New*America’s Got Talent (#409-60) – NBC @ 9/8c
  • *New*Better Off Ted – ABC @ 9/8c
  • *New*Big Brother (#1106) – CBS @ 9/8c
  • *New*Deadliest Catch (#515) – Discovery Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Hawthorne (#106) – TNT @ 9/8c
  • *New*Miami Social (#102) – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*NYC Prep (#105) – Bravo @ 9/8c
  • *New*Paris Hilton’s My New BFF (#208-60) – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*Rescue Me (#516) – FX @ 10/9c
  • *New*Saving Grace (#305) – TNT @ 10/9c
  • *New*Street Patrol (#U20221/U20222) – My Network TV @ 8/7c & 8:30/7:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*That’s Impossible (#103) – History Channel @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Cleaner (#18/205) – A&E @ 10/9c
  • *New*The First 48 (#138/820) – A&E @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Little Couple (#112) – TLC @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Superstars (#105-60) – ABC @ 8/7c
  • *New*Torchwood: Children of Earth (#302-75) – BBC America @ 9/8c (75-Minute New Episode)
  • *New*Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood (#409) – Oxygen @ 10/9c
  • *New*Warehouse 13 (#104) – Syfy @ 9/8c


Wednesday is the season premiere of Toddlers & Tiaras on TLC at 10/9c.

UPDATED – President Obama is having a news conference tonight at 8/7c, which is airing on ABC, CBS & NBC. NBC and CBS had nothing new scheduled for that timeslot already. ABC simply moved Wipeout and I Survived A Japanese Gameshow back an hour each, to 9/8c and 10:02/9:02c respectively. There was nothing new scheduled in the 10/9c timeslot, so really, this didn’t do much to make our TV watching lives difficult. 😉

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Premiere*Toddlers & Tiaras (#201) – TLC @ 10/9c
  • *Special*Presidential News Conference – ABC, CBS & NBC @ 8/7c (1-Hour Special)
  • *New*America’s Got Talent (#410-60) – NBC @ 9/8c
  • *New*Dark Blue (#102) – TNT @ 10/9c
  • *New*Extreme Loggers (#202) – Discovery Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Ghost Hunters International (#203-60) – Syfy @ 9/8c
  • *New*I Survived a Japanese Game Show (#206) – ABC @ 10:02/9:02c
  • *New*Leverage (#202) – TNT @ 9/8c
  • *New*Michael & Michael Have Issues (#102) – Comedy Central @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Monsters Inside Me (#104) – Animal Planet @ 9/8c
  • *New*So You Think You Can Dance (#DAN-522/523) – FOX @ 8/7c (2-Hour New Episode)
  • *New*Top Chef Masters (#106) – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Torchwood: Children of Earth (#303-75) – BBC America @ 9/8c (75-Minute New Episode)
  • *New*The Philanthropist (#105) – NBC @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Real World (#2205-60) – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*Verminators (#202) – Discovery Channel @ 10/9c
  • *New*Wipeout (#204) – ABC @ 9/8c


Thursday is a new episode of Samantha Who? on ABC at 8/7c, followed by the series finale at 8:30/7:30c. BOOOOO! I love this show! I REALLY hope she chooses Todd. I mean, c’mon, how can she not??

Also tonight is the season finale of on Bravo at 10/9c.

Tonight is also the series premiere of Wild Russia on Animal Planet at 8/7c, followed by a 2nd new episode at 9/8c. Until now, Russia’s sheer size, logistical complexities and political hurdles have prevented a comprehensive presentation of its many natural wonders. This new show breaks those boundaries, giving viewers a look at six regions of this unbelievably vast wilderness. Kamchatka, Ussuriland, Caucasus, Siberia, the Arctic and Urals are explored in this six-part HD masterpiece.

There are 2 specials tonight. First is the ‘Lost Footage’ Special for The Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo at 9:30/8:30c. Second is the 1-hour ‘Life After Labor’ Special for 16 & Pregnant on MTV at 10/9c.

Also on tonight:

  • *Series Finale*Samantha Who? (#219) – ABC @ 8/7c & 8:30/7:30c (2 New Episodes Including Series Finale)
  • *Season Finale*The Fashion Show (#112) – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*Wild Russia (#101) – Animal Planet @ 8/7c & 9/8c (2 New Episodes Including Series Premiere)
  • *Special*16 & Pregnant (#107-60) – MTV @ 10/9c (1-Hour ‘Life After Labor’ Special)
  • *Special*The Real Housewives of Atlanta (#200) – Bravo @ 9:30/8:30c (‘Lost Footage’ Special)
  • *New*Big Brother (#1107) – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*Burn Notice (#307) – USA @ 9/8c
  • *New*Crime 360 (#15/205) – A&E @ 10/9c
  • *New*LA Ink (#303) – TLC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Penn & Teller: Bullshit (#705) – Showtime @ 10/9c
  • *New*Royal Pains (#107) – USA @ 10/9c
  • *New*She’s Got the Look (#207) – TV Land @ 9/8c
  • *New*So You Think You Can Dance (#DAN-522A/523A) – FOX @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Listener (#108) – NBC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Torchwood: Children of Earth (#304-75) – BBC America @ 9/8c (75-Minute New Episode)
  • *New*Tosh.0 (#107) – Comedy Central @ 10/9c


Friday is the series finale of The Chopping Block on NBC at 8/7c.

Tonight is also the 75-minute season finale of Torchwood: Children of Earth on BBC America at 9/8c.

Tonight’s guests on Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up on Starz at 11/10c are Ray Lipowski, Charles Walden, Talent and Doug Williams.

Also on tonight:

  • *Series Finale*Chopping Block (#108) – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *Season Finale*Torchwood: Children of Earth (#305-75) – BBC America @ 9/8c (75-Minute Season Finale)
  • *New*Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? (#AYS-317) – FOX @ 8/7c
  • *New*Eureka (#311) – Syfy @ 9/8c
  • *New*Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up (#402) – Starz @ 11/10c
  • *New*Mental (#MEN-109) – FOX @ 9/8c
  • *New*Real Time with Bill Maher (#720) – HBO @ 10/9c
  • *New*Say Yes To the Dress (#317) – TLC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Surviving Suburbia – ABC @ 8/7c
  • *New*The Goode Family – ABC @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*The Soup – E! @ 10/9c
  • *New*Whale Wars (#207) – Animal Planet @ 9/8c
  • *New*What Not To Wear (#708) – TLC @ 9/8c


Saturday is the series finale of Kings on NBC at 8/7c.

Tonight is also the season finale of Primeval on BBC America at 8/7c.

Following that is the 75-minute series premiere of Being Human at 9/8c. Mixing the mythic with the commonplace, the farcical with the horrific and the domestic with the epic, the show is a witty and extraordinary look into the lives of three twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. Russell Tovey (Doctor Who, The History Boys), Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush, Doctor Who) and Aidan Turner (The Clinic) star as housemates trying to live normal lives, despite their strange and dark secrets.

Also on tonight:

  • *Series Finale*Kings (#113) – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *Season Finale*Primeval (#310) – BBC America @ 8/7c
  • *Series Premiere*Being Human (#101-75) – BBC America @ 9/8c
  • *New*Can You Duet? (#206-60) – CMT @ 9/8c
  • *New*Dirty Sexy Money (#211) – ABC @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Bill Engvall Show (#303) – TBS @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Singing Bee (#207-60) – CMT @ 8/7c
  • *New*Wedding Day (#106) – TNT @ 9AM/8AMc

That’s it! Hope you all have a great week!

— Jenny

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3 Responses to This Week on TV – 7/19/09-7/25/09

  1. […] News Sources wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptWritten by Jenny on July 18, 2009 – 7:00 pm – Welcome to a new week of TV! Another pretty big week of TV. Several series finales, including Valentine on Sunday and Kings on Saturday. Also, for 5 days in a row is the mini-season or whatever of Torchwood: Children of Earth. So… check it out and let me know what you’re looking forward to, why don’t you?SundaySunday is the series finale of Valentine on the CW at 7/6c and the season finale of HGTV Showdown on HGTV at 9/8c.Tonight is also the seri […]

  2. Megan says:

    So excited for Hell’s Kitchen!!! 🙂 Love that show!

  3. Jenny says:

    haha I know! I got my husband started watching with me on a bunch of shows like this and The Bachelorette, and we sit and mainly laugh and make fun of them. *laugh*