Sunday, April 29th
TV Land Awards, special awards show from 9 to 10:30pm on TV Land
– Live With Kelly’s Kelly Ripa is the first-ever returning host of the TV Land Awards. The 10th Anniversary event honors the entire casts of Laverne and Shirley (Fan Favorite Award), Pee-wee’s Playhouse (Pop Culture Award), One Day at a Time (Innovator Award), In Living Color (Groundbreaking Award), and Murphy Brown (Impact Award). Aretha Franklin will receive the Icon Award and three-time GRAMMY Award-nominated music group The B-52s will set the mood for the evening, rocking out as the house band for the show.
Metalocalypse, season premiere at 12:12am on Adult Swim
– Season 4 of this series chronicling everyone’s favorite metal muthas features tales about dating a co-worker, the horror of flying coach, and job insecurity.
Monday, April 30th
The Pitch, 2-hour series premiere at 9pm on AMC
– AMC’s new reality series The Pitch offers viewers an intense, gripping, never-before-seen glimpse inside America’s top ad agencies. Each week watch two agencies as they compete to win a new client the only way they can: by going head-to-head in a cut-throat, winner-takes-all showdown, a presentation known as The Pitch. With only seven days to prepare, the pressure to perform is intense. The whining, the brainstorming, the blue-sky thinking: it’s all here as the teams work around the clock and pray for the moment of inspiration that will win them the job and keep their companies alive. The drama is real, the stakes are high, and the clock is ticking. From the producers of Undercover Boss. Witness the pressure…The passion…The Pitch.
Money From Strangers, series premiere at 10:30pm on MTV
– MTV’s newest reality series snares unwitting contestants off the street to perform interactive impromptu pranks on a variety of unsuspecting victims, as directed (via secret IFB earpiece) by host Jeff Dye and a rotating pair of celebrity accomplices watching the action on hidden camera feeds. If our contestants can successfully complete a prank without laughing or blowing it, they win $1,000. If they fail they exit with neither the full $1,000 nor their dignity.
Tuesday, May 1st
Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots, documentary special from 9 to 10:30pm on VH1
– Twenty years ago, the civil unrest sparked by Rodney King verdict yielded dozens of deaths, over $1 billion in damages, and, as this illuminating documentary explores, some of rap’s greatest moments. Snoop Dogg narrates while John Singleton, Ice-T, and every rapper this side of Tupac’s hologram recall the mood on the ground.
Friday, May 4th
Goldfathers, series premiere at 10pm on Nat Geo
– Its a modern-day gold rush. The new series follows three gold-mining operations as they battle nature, machines and each other in a brutal race against time to get as much gold from the ground as possible before the icy cold of winter returns to shut them down.
Saturday, May 5th
2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, special from 9 to 11:30pm on HBO
– This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took nearly six hours to work through tears (Bette Midler’s heartfelt tribute to inductee Laura Nyro), laughs (Chris Rock’s reference to the theoretical formalwear adorning the nether regions of the Red Hot Chili Peppers), and awkward elephants in the room (the absence of Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose). The edited version cuts out the snoozy parts and turns up the volume on the jams. The show-closing run through Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” makes the case for putting the songs—and not the moody, mortal artists—in the shrine instead.