2010 VH1 Do Something Awards, 2-hour awards show at 9pm on VH1
– Glee’s Jane Lynch is hosting, ‘nuff said. Who could possibly be more appropriate than the evil cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester to host an awards show dedicated to honoring people for being good people? Lady Gaga, Ellen DeGeneres and Matt Damon are nominated along with regular non-celebrity folk for doing significant charity work. Kristen Bell, SYTYCD’s Cat Deeley (best reality show host ever!), Kathy Griffin, George Lopez and Twilight’s Kellan Lutz will be in attendance. Also, Travie McCoy, Lifehouse, and Natasha Bedingfield will perform.
Degrassi, 2-hour season premiere at 9pm on TeenNick
– The Canadian teen drama series follows a group of students at Degrassi Community School who face various challenges like poor self-image, peer pressure, child abuse, sexual identity, gang violence, self-injury, teenage pregnancy, and drug abuse. Due to low ratings in the past few seasons, beginning with the show’s tenth season the format will change from a half-hour dramedy to a daily hour-long soap opera, with a total of 48 episodes this season.
– RuPaul and your favorite queens are back! The Dean of Drag has finally opened her “school for girls!” at RuPaul’s Drag U, where biological women (the kind who don’t have to tuck) undergo extreme transformations…drag queen style. Our pupils are frumpy, shy and anything but self-confident; but with the insight and instruction of beloved Drag Race alums, our once demure dames unleash their inner Divas and perform a musical number in front of a live audience that includes their loved ones. Only one woman can be valedictorian of her class, but all drag-uate with sass, self-respect, and the sense that anything is possible.
Tuesday July 20th
Teen Mom, season premiere at 10pm on MTV
– In 16 and Pregnant they were moms-to-be. Now, follow Farrah, Maci, Amber, and Catelynn as they face the challenges of motherhood in the second season of the hit spin-off reality series.
If You Really Knew Me, series premiere at 11pm on MTV
– Like a reality version of The Breakfast Club, each episode of this new series takes place at a different high school, and follows five students from different cliques as they go through the life-changing experience of Challenge Day, a one-day program that breaks down the walls between cliques, and completely changes the way students view their school and each other. Watch the amazing transformation each week as new students open up for the first time and try to change by revealing who they really are, behind the cliques and the labels. Is it possible to change your life, and maybe even your high school, in one day?
Wednesday July 21st
– From the producers of the hit series Intervention comes a new one-of-a-kind series that gives an unflinchingly honest look at a human condition that affects people and animals. Animal hoarding is defined as a compulsive need to possess and control animals. It has no official psychological diagnosis or treatment and, in most cases, the problem is not addressed until it becomes a crime…until now. Brace yourselves viewers because this one does not go down smoothly.
24 Hour Restaurant Battle, series premiere at 10pm on Food Network
– In each episode of this accurately titled new series, two teams of aspiring restaurateurs square off in an extremely intense competition to prove they have what it takes to open their own restaurant. The teams have just 24 Hours to conquer a concept, décor, and of course the food to turn a blank space into the restaurant of their dreams. Once the doors are open, actual diners will be served and a panel of restaurant experts will judge to see which team showed the most potential for running a successful restaurant. The winner will walk away with seed money to help them actualize their dream.
Friday July 23rd
The Pillars of the Earth, miniseries premiere at 10pm on Starz
– This 8-part miniseries is an epic tale of passion and greed based on the 1989 historical novel. The action begins when a mysterious secret disrupts the succession to the English crown and an unlikely member of King Henry’s family takes the throne. A power struggle between Henry’s daughter, Maud, and nephew, Stephen, causes England to be torn by war as battles rage for the rightful heir. Meanwhile, Bishop Waleran Bigod and the Hamleigh family manipulate the conflict to satisfy their own ruthless ambitions. Within this tumultuous setting, Prior Philip fights insurmountable obstacles to keep Kingsbridge and his dream of building a magnificent cathedral alive. The task is daunting, but master-mason Tom Builder, his gifted stepson, Jack, and noblewoman Aliena work together to achieve their dreams. And in the process, the long-hidden secret is revealed.
Saturday July 24th
Being Human, season premiere at 10pm on BBC America
– This British dramedy 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. The 3 housemates struggle to live normal lives, despite their strange and dark secrets. The trio will have to cope with the death of the vampire leader in last season’s finale but they face a serious threat from the human world this season: the mysterious Professor Jaggat and her cold-hearted colleague – religious zealots who have discovered their existence – are determined to carry out brutal experiments and ultimately destroy them.