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Sunday July 19, 2009 12:25 pm

This Week on TV (7/20-7/26)

Hell's Kitchen 6 cast

(Make sure to check out TV Envy’s Programming Schedule.)


MONDAY (7/20)
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family, 8pm):  “Amy tries to devise a way to tag along with Ben on his trip.” She eventually settles in for listening in with the baby monitor.”
  • The Closer (TNT, 9pm):  “Numerous mysteries spin around a high-profile shoot-out that left two cops and a teen boy dead. Enter Force Investigation Division bigwig Sharon Raydor (), whose merciless snooping upends Brenda’s investigation.” Brenda better watch out—this one stands with fist!
  • Dating in the Dark (ABC, 10pm):  Series premiere. “In the opener of a dating reality show in which contestants meet and get acquainted in a completely dark room, the contestants are given an article of clothing belonging to one of their dates.” Thankfully, Ed Hardy t-shirts can’t be seen with the lights off.
  • Obsessed (A&E, 10pm):  “A woman with a fear of the weight of objects and the harm they could cause.” This is often referred to as the “I Hate Working Out Syndrome.”
TUESDAY (7/21)
  • Hell’s Kitchen (FOX, 8pm):  Season premiere. “Sixteen new contestants get a chance at culinary stardom—and a shot at a head chef’s job at the Canadian resort town of Whistler B.C., a 2010 Winter Olympics event site.” It’s about time hell moved north to Canada.
  • Ruby & the Rockits (ABC Family, 8:30pm):  Series premiere. “In the series opener, teenage Ruby connects with her dad, David (), a pop star whose heydey was in the ‘80s.” The ‘80s? Uh, try the ‘70s.
  • Better Off Ted (ABC, 9pm):  “Ted thinks Phil and Lem’s potential cure for baldness will impress his hard-to-please dad.” A good Father’s Day gift is hard to come by.
  • Miami Social (Bravo, 10pm):  “Trixia pushes Hardy to take their six-year romance to the next level.” She hears the “seven year itch” is when things become interesting.



**NOTE: A primetime presidential news conference may interfere with regularly scheduled programming**

  • Ghost Hunters International (SyFy, 9pm):  “The team probes a castle in the Czech Republic that was allegedly built over a portal to hell.” In other news, announced production on Real World: Czech Republic.
  • Clean House (Style, 10pm):  “A May-December couple’s cluttered house is spruced up.” It would probably help if they cleaned up more than twice a year.
  • Verminators (Discovery, 10pm):  “Roman takes on a rat infestation at a vegan stronghold.” After sampling the vegan cheese alternatives, the rodents left on their own.
  • Top Chef Masters (Bravo, 10pm):  “The chefs cook up meals based on items in a mystery box.” Some found that thing called “Hamburger Helper” to be less than helpful.


  • Samantha Who? (ABC, 8pm):  “Andrea tries to seduce her gay fiance.” What’s the worse that could happen? He marries her anyway?
  • The Real Housewives of Atlanta: The Lost Footage (Bravo, 8:30pm):  “Atlanta housewives DeShawn, Kim, Lisa, NeNe and Sheree are featured in previously unseen footage from the show’s first season.” If you thought DeShawn Snow was boring before, wait until you see the stuff they didn’t air.
  • How Do I Look? (Style, 9pm):  “A young woman’s extreme fashion style is toned down to make her look more professional.” Many often confuse looking like a pro with being a pro.
  • The Listener (NBC, 10pm):  “Toby gathers information from a traumatized rape victim whose attack Mark failed to convict in the past.” I’m not sure if Toby heard it or not, but that’s the sound NBC canceling the show.


FRIDAY (7/24)
  • The Goode Family (ABC, 8:30pm):  “Gerald tries to raise money by bringing a Public Broadcast Radio station to Greenville and it looks like he’s going to succeed, but an old woman who donated $100,000 may lose her home because of the donation.” As a thank you for her sacrifice, the donor was given a lifetime supply of Schwetty Balls.
  • Mental (FOX, 9pm):  “Arturo gets a visit from his father, who is convinced that playing a doctor on a soap opera will help him solve a real medical case.” It’s nice to see Joey Tribbiani working again.
  • Whale Wars (Animal, 9pm):  “The Steve Irwin becomes surrounded by three Japanese harpoon ships.” Harpooning the ? That doesn’t sound right at all.
  • What Not to Wear (TLC, 9pm):  “A Renaissance-faire enthusiast gets a new look that’s more fitting for the 21st century.” From Renaissance geek to computer geek—I guess that’s an improvement.


SUNDAY (7/26)
  • Drop Dead Diva (LIfetime, 8pm):  “Kim and Grayson sue a psychiatrist who cured a multiple personalities but left him with the wrong one.” They were left with the client who wouldn’t pay.
  • Food Network Challenge (Food, 8pm):  “Pastry chefs celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street by creating cakes reflecting its past, present and future.” Alienated by the cake challenge, Cookie Monster later refused to participate in the festivities.
  • Denise Richards: It’s Complicated (E!, 10:30pm):  “Denise hosts a kidney cancer fundraiser, in memory of her mom, at Wrigley Field in Chicago.” Unfortunately, I think Denise’s singing raised more eyebrows than she raised money.
  • Hammertime (A&E, 10:30pm):  “Jamaris prepares for his prom, and he asks to wear the original suit from the ‘U Can’t Touch This’ video, but Hammer tells him he has to pass the dance test.” Novices can get tripped up in the Hammer pants.



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