Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event, special from 8 to 10pm on E!
– The ratings stunt cashing in on the star power of E! reality star Kim Kardashian will air in two parts on Sunday at 8pm and Monday at 9 pm. The special will go inside Kardashian and fiance Kris Humphries’ wedding, from the wedding planning to the parties to the couple’s actual wedding day on August 20th in Montecito, California.
Monday, October 10th
The Gayle King Show, season premiere at 10am on OWN
– Start your day off right with Oprah’s best friend and O, The Oprah Magazine Editor-at-Large Gayle King, as her hit radio show comes to television every weekday on OWN. Gayle’s 2-hour live talk show offers her unique perspective on an array of topics ranging from current events and cultural trends to politics and more, all while bringing viewers closer to their favorite celebrities and notable public figures with her revealing, compelling daily interviews.
– Nearly ten years after her talk show ended—and three years after her short-lived stint on The View—Rosie O’Donnell is stepping back into the spotlight on Oprah’s network. The Rosie Show is a daily talk show that will cover current events, and will host human interest guests, games, live performances, along with a behind-the-scenes look at Rosie O’Donnell’s life. Her first guest will be the movie actor Russell Brand.
Oprah’s Lifeclass, series premiere at 8pm on OWN
– Oprah Winfrey herself will take on a teaching role with Oprah’s Lifeclass, a series in which she will teach the lessons, revelations, and classic “aha moments” she has learned over the 25 years of her talk show career.
– The dark comedy series follows the misadventures of Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzmann), a young Brooklyn writer who is feeling lost and down on his luck. Rather than face reality, Jonathan turns instead to this fantasies—moonlighting as a private detective—because he wants to a man of action like his heroes from the classic private detective novels. Meanwhile, Jonathan’s boss, the pot-loving magazine editor George (Ted Danson), is having a career crisis as he contemplates whether the printed word is still relevant in today’s culture. And in order to deal with his troubles, he smokes more pot…should be amusing. Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) plays Jonathan’s best friend Ray, a talented but not-yet-financially-successful cartoonist. He’s Sancho Panza to Jonathan’s Don Quixote.
Enlightened, series premiere at 9:30pm on HBO
– This new offbeat comedy series stars Laura Dern as Amy, a self-destructive health and beauty executive who has a very public workplace meltdown. After three month of contemplation and meditation at a treatment center in Hawaii, Amy returns rested and ready to pick up the pieces of her old life and reshape the world she left behind. That includes delivering well-meaning, but generally unwanted advice to her mother Helen with whom Amy is living; her slacker ex-husband Levi (Luke Wilson) whose only solace comes from recreational drugs; and the crew of awkward co-workers Amy finds herself reassigned to. The new comedy follows Amy as she navigates an unconventional path between who she is, who she wants to be…and what everyone is willing to tolerate from her.
Tuesday, October 11th
BET Hip Hop Awards 2011, special awards show from 8 to 10pm on BET
– In its sixth year the awards show, hosted by comedian Mike Epps, continues to deliver the best two hours of hip hop on television. This year’s show features performances by DMX, Wale, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Roscoe Dash, Swizz Beatz, Young Jeezy, T.I., Lupe Fiasco, Erykah Badu, Heavy D, along with seven sets of pure rap genius highlighted in cyphers including Chris Brown, Eminem, Rick Ross and his Maybach Music team, Joe Budden, Yelawolf, Estelle, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Ludacris, Ace Hood, Blind Fury, and many more. Also, LL COOL J receives the “I AM HIP-HOP” Icon Award.
Last Man Standing, series premiere at 8pm on ABC
– Home Improvement star Tim Allen returns to ABC as Mike Baxter, world voyager and one daredevil of a marketing director who is about to face his greatest challenge yet…his family. After Mike’s wife, Vanessa, (Nancy Travis) receives a promotion at work, Mike must spend more time in his female-dominated household. With years of advice and guidance from their nurturing mother, Mike’s three daughters are not prepared for their old-fashioned, hotheaded father to take over. Especially 20-year-old Kristin, who’s trying to raise her own son, Boyd, with more of a liberal approach than Mike can stand. When he isn’t reclaiming the masculinity in his home, Mike works at the sporting goods man-cave, Outdoor Man: A place where men can buy guns, jerky and a camouflage recliner in one testosterone-fueled location. Mike’s boss, Ed, took Mike off of his thrilling magazine expositions and stuck him in front of the computer to supervise the company’s website. With the help of his naïve subordinate, Kyle, Mike runs the Outdoor Man video log, which not only explores the store’s stock of man-gear, but also helps Mike express his biggest concern with the 21st century: “What happened to men?”
Reed Between The Lines, series premiere at 10pm on BET
– Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcom-Jamal Warner return to television in BET Networks’ brand new original scripted comedy series. This new series is a modern day love story that follows a sexy, successful, African-American couple juggling three kids – Keenan, Kaci and Alexis demanding careers and outspoken coworkers. Throughout the series, Dr. Carla Reed (Ross) has to manage multiple roles as psychologist, wife, mother, and friend. In the first episode we see just how sticky multi-tasking can be when a female patient battling sex addiction ends up way too close to home. In the second episode, Dr. Alex Reed (Warner) realizes being an NYU professor is sometimes easier than being a home-schooling dad as he struggles to find the fine line between supportive and smothering when it comes to his baby girl Alexis.
I Used To Be Fat, season premiere at 10pm on MTV
– This documentary series profiles teenagers desperate to shed their unwanted pounds before heading off to college, a time when they can reinvent themselves. A weight loss guru is sent to work with each person and they’ll go through rigorous fitness regimens and work with experts to learn how to change the habits that caused them to gain so much weight. Each one-hour episode will focus on a different student, following them from the last weeks of high school to the first crucial days of college, and giving viewers an inspirational and intimate account of their emotional and physical transformation, as they struggle to change their attitudes, eating habits, and ultimately their lives. This summer in their lives is about more than just losing weight for these teens — it’s also about figuring out who they are and who they want to be. It’s time for them to stop leaning on mom and dad and to learn to stand on their own two feet. It’s a chance for them to realize that if they don’t take charge of their lives now, they never will. Some will lose the weight. Others will fail. But either way, this will be the most important summer of their lives.
Wednesday, October 12th
Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, season premiere at 9pm on Bravo
– This is a creative competition series that seeks to discover new talent and shed light on the artistic process that typically occurs behind closed doors. Assembled in New York City under the watchful eye of art world elites, 14 up-and-coming artists are ready to make their mark on the industry and battle it out for a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum and a cash prize of $100,000. China Chow, host and judge, lends her artistic grace to the second season of Bravo’s cutting-edge competition that brings fine art dialogue to the forefront of pop culture. Returning to the judging panel is Bill Powers, a New York Gallery owner and literary art contributor, as well as Jerry Saltz, senior art critic for New York Magazine. World-renowned art auctioneer Simon de Pury adds his voice of expertise as a mentor to the contestants. This season the competition has grown fierce, with artists who have studied under Marilyn Mintner, graduated top of their class at Yale, and even had their work sold by Simon de Pury. Joining the expert panel each week are professional artists known for challenging the mold in the constantly evolving art world. This season’s guest judges include Adam McEwen, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, KAWS, and Mary Ellen Mark
Psych, season premiere at 10pm on USA
– USA’s quick-witted original dramedy entering its sixth season stars James Roday as young police consultant Shawn Spencer who solves crimes with powers of observation so acute that Santa Barbara PD detectives think he’s psychic. Raised by a family of cops, Shawn possesses uncanny powers of observation honed by his police officer father, Henry, who drilled young Shawn as a way of grooming him for his inevitable career in the family business. Unfortunately, when a rift developed between father and son, Shawn took a series of random jobs instead of becoming the detective he was groomed to be. With the reluctant assistance of his best friend Gus, played by Dule Hill, Shawn uses his skills of observation and charismatic personality to become the detective he was trained to be, opening his own PI agency – Psych – and solving cases for an ever-suspicious, but grudgingly impressed, police force.
Thursday, October 13th
Selling LA, series premiere at 10pm on HGTV
– From Beverly Hills to the Sunset Strip, Los Angeles is a place where the rich and famous live large, and everyone has a dream. For the region’s real estate brokers, landing a client and closing a deal can be as competitive as any casting call. Follow three real estate firms as they build up their rosters of millionaire clients, tour spectacular properties and network their way through the competitive world of high-end real estate. This is Selling LA!
Saturday, October 15th
Don’t Tell the Bride, series premiere at 10pm on OWN
– The new wedding series Don’t Tell the Bride is based on the hit U.K. show of the same name. The series gives eight cash-strapped couples a budget to create the wedding of their dreams. But here’s the catch—the bride and groom can’t see each other for the month leading up to the nuptials, and the groom has to plan the whole wedding in secret with the help of his best man and the bride knows nothing of the events! The bride will see the invitations right when they come in the mail; she’ll try on the dress hours before she wears it down the aisle; and she’ll view the reception venue and meal when she arrives with the rest of her guests. Does this sound like a nightmare? Or is this a chance for the groom to impress his bride? When it comes to a wedding, there’s always drama, and Don’t Tell the Bride promises tantrums—and a few unexpected tears of joy before “the big day” is done.
– America’s favorite Scottish late-night talk show host returns to Comedy Central with the Network Television Premiere of Craig Ferguson: Does This Need To Be Said?. Filmed at the Polk Theater in Nashville, Ferguson explains his love for “friendly cussing” and the frustration he feels when he cannot use certain “naughty” words on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. In his second one-hour special, Ferguson explains what sex education was like growing up in Scotland, how celebrity scandals make for easy work days and how terrifying it was to meet “Bond-like” villain, Dick Cheney, while hosting the White House Correspondents dinner.
Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent, special from 10 to 11:30pm on Showtime
– Filmed during a live performance in Atlanta, Georgia, this hilarious concert features the comedienne’s uncensored views on sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Margaret skewers the politics, reality television, “sexting,” her mother and more in a gut busting performance of all new stand up and comedy songs from her Grammy-nominated album, “Cho Dependent.”